Kamal Haasan unveils first look poster of Vishwaroopam-2

first_imgChennai, May 2 (PTI) Actor Kamal Haasan today released the first look poster of his sequel Vishwaroopam 2, on his Twitter handle. “With love my country and its people 7:04 PM – 2 May 2017,” he said, releasing the poster. Haasan appears in a bright blue suit against the backdrop of India Gate in the poster. Sporting bandages on his chin and near the left eye, he stands with the national flag fluttering over him and his right hand placed over his heart as if taking a pledge. The poster has kindled curiosity among fans on how racy and action packed the movie will be if the first-look appearance of the actor was any indication. While the release date has been speculated for quite some time by the fans, the actor in the poster just said “tarteting release 2017.” The movie is written and directed by Kamal Haasan and it is being produced by the actors production house Raajkamal Films International. The Tamil letters indicating Vishwaroopam has been written in the style of Urdu. “Happy to announce: Today 7pm Vishwaroop 2 Hindi first look poster & Vishwaroopam Tamizh Telugu 1st look posters release Exclusively for you,” he had tweeted earlier in the day. Vishwaroopams earlier part had witnessed trouble during release in view of objections by some sections of people. PTI VGN BNlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Sweden reach World Cup quarter-finals after 24 years

first_imgSweden defeated Switzerland 1-0 in their round of 16 match at FIFA World Cup 2018 at St Petersburg on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994. The Swedes managed to find the target after the two sides went goalless in the first half after a scrappy opening 45 minutes.Emil Forsberg, who was the most talked-about player in the Sweden side before the World Cup got underway, showed the world why he is regarded so highly. In the 66 th minute, he found space on the edge of the box and his splendid effort deflected off Manuel Akanji as Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer looked on helplessly.In the final minute, Olsson was tripped up by Lang and the Swiss defender got a red card while Sweden were awarded a free-kick. Toivonen took the free-kick but failed to score and the final whistle was blown as Sweden’s astonishing run continued.#SWE #SWE #SWE #SWE #SWE#SWESUI 1-0 pic.twitter.com/fRSS6XA8R1FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018Sweden reached the quarter-finals after 22 years following a terrific performance in the group stages. They topped Group F which also had Mexico, South Korea and defending champions Germany.HIGHLIGHTSSweden did not qualify for the World Cup finals in 1998 and exited in the round of 16 in 2002 and 2006. They then failed to qualify in 2010 and 2014.The Swedes won against Mexico and South Korea but lost a thriller to Germany. Against Switzerland in the pre-quarterfinals, Sweden had to work really hard but held their own as they came out victors, triggering massive celebrations among their fans.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEadvertisementSweden could have taken the lead in the first half.They had the best chance when Marcus Berg’s shot forced a fine one-handed save from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, while Albin Ekdal squandered another opportunity with a wild effort at the far post. Blerim Dzemaili wasted Switzerlands best chance when he fired over from 12 metres.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Gold medallist Amit’s ancestral village erupts in joy

first_imgRohtak, Sep 1 (PTI) As Amit Panghal (49kg) on Saturday hit the golden punch at the ongoing Asian Games, back home in his village, Mayana the anxious villagers erupted in spontaneous joy and celebration. The villagers, who had waited with bated breath, turned joyous after a stunning tactical win by Amit over reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the summit clash at Jakarta. Residents of nearby villages too descended to Mayana, some 8 km from Rohtak, to congratulate his father Vijender Singh, a farmer and his elder brother Ajay, a JCO in the Army. “I am elated,” said Vijender after watching his younger son winning the gold. He, however, at the same time felt dejected as his elder son who too is a boxer was not part of the event. “Had our financial position would have been better not only Amit even Ajay too would have today brought a medal for the country,” he said. He hailed the Manohar Lal Khattar government’s sports policy which honours medal winners by giving cash award and government job. “I could not afford to train my both sons as I was financially poor,” he said. Reacting over his younger brother’s feat, Ajay, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Army, said due to poor financial situation, their father could not afford the expenses on costly boxing equipments and diet. “I wanted Amit to carry on with his passion and bring a medal for the country,” he said. Amit (49kg) on Saturday became only the eighth Indian boxer ever to claim a gold medal at the Asian Games.advertisement The 22-year-old, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against the more fancied Dusmatov, who had beaten him in a split verdict in last year’s worldchampionships. India signed off its boxing campaign at the Games with a gold and a bronze, won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category. PTI VSD SSCSSClast_img read more

Mbappe: Neymar like a big brother to me

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe: Neymar like a big brother to me at PSG Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:13 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Neymar PSG Getty Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The France international is happy to be playing alongside the former Barcelona star and is targeting the Champions League title this season Kylian Mbappe is enjoying playing alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the Brazil star is “like a big brother” with the teenage striker.Mbappe joined the Parc des Princes side from Monaco in a deal that will cost around €160 million shortly after Neymar made the switch to the French capital for a world record €222m.PSG 17/4 favs to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The duo have had bright starts to life with Unai Emery’s side, with Mbappe scoring four goals in all competitions and Neymar getting 10 in 11.Mbappe expects Neymar to be pivotal in PSG’s future as they look to secure their place among Europe’s elite, but the 18-year-old is benefiting from his presence off the field too.”He’s really behaved like a big brother with me,” he told This is Paris. “For me it’s great to have a player like him with you every day.”He’s really a great player who is going to help PSG move up another level. We’re thrilled to have him. We hope that he feels good here, because then he’ll be capable of doing great things.”While Mbappe and Neymar are doing well in their first season, attacking partner Edinson Cavani is leading the club’s goal chart again with 13 from as many games, after scoring 49 in 50 in all competitions last season.Kylian Mbappe Neymar PSGAnd the France international hailed the 30-year-old striker as one of the game’s elite No.9s.”Edinson is the perfect team-mate for players like myself and Neymar,” said the France international. “He is always available, he’s very mobile, and he has an amazing shot on him. He’s a natural goal-scorer, a true professional and a very good person as well. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”The Ligue 1 giants are targeting a first ever Champions League title, having made it as far as the semi-finals in 1994-95, but 18-year-old Mbappe is obsessed with the prospect of winning the competition. “Our aim is to go as far as possible and to win the competition, so I don’t pay much attention to the records,” the attacker said after he became the first teenager to score eight goals in the competition. “I think I’ve broken quite a few records now, but I’m so focused on winning I don’t worry about all these different records.”I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but my one real obsession is to win that trophy. That’s all that matters to me.”Kylian Mbappe PSGThe sensational season he enjoyed at Monaco last season before his move to PSG saw Mbappe win the European Golden Boy award this week, a prize that only encourages him to keep going to reach his full potential.”You work hard all year for this kind of award,” he said. “I see it as a source of motivation to keep on working and to try to achieve more.””I felt at home here straight away. It’s been really ideal for me to settle in to a new team. Everyone has talked to me, we joke about as if we’ve known each other for years already.”The guys have also looked to protect me, they’ve really tried to do everything possible to enable me to focus on giving my best on the pitch.”It’s a very demanding environment here. You have to raise your game to the level of those around you. Then you have to maintain that high level, and by doing this I think I am improving naturally. I really think I’ve progressed since I’ve been here. This is just the beginning, so hopefully I can keep going now and keep getting better.”last_img read more

Colombia put trust in Juan Quintero against England and fret over Rodríguez

first_img Colombia’s Davinson Sánchez ready for battle with Spurs clubmate Harry Kane Colombia scouting report: assessing England’s last-16 opponents World Cup José Pekerman has put increasing trust in Juan Quintero for Colombia. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters The calf strain that had already sidelined the on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder from starting Colombia’s opening match against Japan again seems to be the issue. He did not train on Saturday but the Colombian Football Federation later said in a statement that a scan had shown swelling but no muscle tear. After Rodríguez missed training in the run-up to the tournament, at Colombia’s isolated base on the banks of the River Volga some 25 miles from Kazan, one coach commented that the player was feeling pain every time he started jogging. Not wanting to risk doing lasting damage and potentially missing the whole tournament, he had requested to take it easy.This was not the first time he had suffered a problem with the same troublesome left calf. Against Besiktas in Bayern Munich’s Champions League game in February he was clutching the calf when substituted just before half-time. He ended up missing three weeks.Pekerman claims that Rodríguez had trained normally before the Senegal match and was thus left confused by what the real issue was. Even in a best-case scenario Rodríguez will not be 100% fit for Colombia’s date with England in the last 16 in Moscow on Tuesday. For Colombia and their Argentinian coach, that is desperately concerning.Colombia have come so far since the guileful coach dropped the No 10 jersey in the lap of Rodríguez upon taking over as Los Cafeteros coach in January 2012. Back then, Rodríguez had only three caps for his country and was just 21 years old. This was an extraordinary statement and a resounding show of support in somebody so young. Topics The Observer features Pekerman had inherited a team that had spent 16 years trundling in world football’s wilderness. In the perennial search for an heir to Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, three World Cup qualifying campaigns had slid from view. For all its romance and mystique, many a precocious star had buckled under the weight and responsibility of the No 10.Yet with Rodríguez, Pekerman knew what he was doing. In his first managerial role in the 1990s, he led Argentina Under-20s to three world youth titles. When later promoted to the senior team, Pekerman would give an 18-year-old Lionel Messi his international debut. Rodríguez was clearly in good hands.Six years on and the coach’s faith in his prodigy has been more than justified. Already joint-third top scorer for his country and still only 26, Rodríguez’s achievements in yellow are remarkable. Of Colombia’s last 15 goals at the World Cup, the playmaker has scored six and provided four assists. In his astonishing World Cup debut four years ago he scored the best goal, won the Golden Boot and was arguably the tournament’s best player as Colombia reached the last eight for the first time. No player has been so important in Colombia’s football history. Not Valderrama, nor Faustino Asprilla, nor even Radamel Falcao.Pekerman signed a new four-year contract with Los Cafeteros in July 2014 and immediately began building a new side around his star. But qualification for Russia 2018 was a slog. Opponents routinely frustrated Colombia by sitting deep and stifling their attacking play.As a wandering No 10, Rodríguez floated between the lines seeking to influence a game starved of space. Gone was the swashbuckling and fast-transition football tied to neat geometrical patterns that Colombia served up in Brazil. Now Pekerman’s side were often dependent on some Rodríguez magic to swing games. Indeed, of 21 goals Colombia clocked up in qualifying, Rodríguez was involved in 48% of them (again six goals and four assists).That creative reliance may now pose a problem as Colombia plot victory against England without their mercurial star. Curiously, Pekerman’s long-term backup to Rodríguez had been Edwin Cardona, a bulky but technically gifted midfielder who was chopped from Colombia’s 23-man squad without formal explanation. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Reuse this contentcenter_img The look in José Pekerman’s baffled pinched eyes said it all. Colombia had just made history by qualifying for consecutive World Cup knockout stages for their first time, but the worry creased across the coach’s furrowed brow when asked about the extent of James Rodríguez’s latest injury was plain to see.“I’m very concerned, it’s very worrying,” the 68-year-old Argentinian confessed after Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal in which Rodríguez had to depart the field with a frustrated thumping of the turf just 31 minutes in. “It’s a very difficult situation for us. I don’t know where he stands right now. I can’t say any more because I just don’t know.”Arms folded and fingers twitching on the desk in front of him, Pekerman’s subtle mannerisms are usually telling. For Colombian journalists, every flicker of emotion shown by the highly hermetic coach is carefully interpreted. And this wasn’t good. “You could see it in Pekerman’s face, he fears the worst,” observed one reporter on the shuttle bus back to town. “I think we’re probably going to have to do this without him [Rodríguez].” World Cup 2018 Unofficially though, Cardona’s fate was sealed when he received a five-match ban from Fifa after making a racist gesture against a South Korea player in a November friendly, before then being implicated in a scandal at Boca Juniors that involved “girls, alcohol and knives”.Pekerman was unimpressed and instead turned to the tortured genius of Juan Quintero, who will now assume responsibility for picking apart England’s defence.Four years ago, Colombia’s World Cup plans were also dealt a crushing blow when their talisman striker Falcao suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Pekerman found a way of juggling his side to thrive without a player who had finished as his country’s top scorer in qualifying. But Colombia without Rodríguez is a very different prospect. And it may prove to be Pekerman’s biggest challenge yet. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Colombia Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Share via Emaillast_img read more

Chris Maguire gives Sunderland narrow lead over Portsmouth in play-offs

first_imgSunderland claimed a 1-0 win in their League One play-off semi-final first leg against Portsmouth.Chris Maguire scored the only goal at the Stadium of Light with a 62nd-minute volley, and Sunderland then had to hold on to their lead for the last quarter of the match a man down.Alim Ozturk was sent off in the 67th minute for bringing down Gareth Evans just outside the penalty area, the defender being deemed the last man. Evans hit the bar from the resulting free-kick but Sunderland held on.Sunderland said later they would appeal against Ozturk’s red card.Maguire went close with 10 minutes remaining when his low strike hit the post. The second leg at Fratton Park is on Thursday.The Sunderland manager, Jack Ross, said he thought his side were “a little bit passive” in the first half. “We tweaked a couple of things at half-time and in the second half I thought we were a lot better, a lot more like us. The sending-off obviously had an impact for the last 25 minutes of the game.”Kenny Jackett, the Portsmouth manager, said: “We’re 1-0 down at half-time but, with the second leg to come [at home], I don’t think that’s too much of a disaster on the balance of it. We have to make sure the chances we do create, we’re more clinical with.“I thought we were pretty solid up to half-time and in that pretty impressive period they had for 15 minutes in the second half they scored a great goal which our goalkeeper had no chance with.” 20 Thompson Possession Sunderland 7 Maguire 33 Close Fouls (s 58′) Portsmouth (s 70′) 9 Wyke 2 Matthews 10 Honeyman 13 O’Nien Share on WhatsApp Match stats 49 51 12 Flanagan League One 30 Dunne 6 Cattermole 24 Morris Sunderland Substitutes 19 Solomon-Otabor Substitutes 27 Power 3 5 Corners 5 Ozturk match reports 15 MacGillivray Share on LinkedIn Lineups (s 69′) 5 Clarke The Observer (s 69′) 2 Walkes POR49SUN51% Share on Facebook 15 15 7 Naylor POR SUN 22 Bogle 11 Curtis 26 Evans 35 Bass 9 Hawkins 18 Dennis 17 Morgan 8 Sunderland Off target 7 Portsmouth 3 Sunderland On target 2 Portsmouth 11 Gooch 1 McLaughlin 23 Leadbitter 30 May 6 Burgess Topics 3 Oviedo Goal attempts 10 Lowe 33 Hume Reuse this content 22 Grigg Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest 25 Ruiter Portsmouth 14 Cannonlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgery

first_imgArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal centre-back Rob Holding has undergone successful knee surgery.The 23-year-old was ruled out for between six and nine months earlier in December after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Holding finally underwent an operation on Sunday and he said on Instagram: “Happy that the surgery went well. Road to recovery starts now.”His absence has been part of a defensive crisis for boss Unai Emery – who has been forced to play Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back due to injuries to Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Uncapped Jalaj Saxena achieves big all-round feat in domestic cricket

first_img Next Uncapped Jalaj Saxena achieves big all-round feat in domestic cricketJalaj Saxena, who has been the recipient of prestigious Lala Amarnath award, has always found a way to keep himself ready for an India call-up.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: August 28, 2019 18:34 IST Kerala’s Jalaj Saxena celebrates fall of a wicket (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerala’s off break bowler Jalaj Saxena has been the recipient of prestigious Lala Amarnath awardHe is also the only Indian to hit a century and take an eight-wicket innings-haul in the same match twiceJalaj has also been part of two other IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers BangaloreHe may not have been considered for the senior Indian cricket team, Kerala’s right-hand batsman and off break bowler Jalaj Saxena has achieved a rare feat. Jalaj Saxena, a 32-year-old has created history after scoring over 6,000 runs beside scalping 300 wickets in first-class cricket.The record was scripted during the Duleep Trophy match played between India Red and India Blue on Monday. He has picked up 3/57 for India Blue against India Red in Duleep Trophy match which ended without a result.”I knew I completed 300 wickets but I did not know that I am the only uncapped player among the legends. I feel honoured to learn that I am in the same list with Polly Umrigar, Lala Amarnath, Kapil Dev etc,” he was quoted as saying by the Sportstar.Jalaj Saxena, who was bought by Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this year for Rs 20 lakh, is still waiting to make his debut for India. He has also been part of two other IPL franchises Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.Jalaj Saxena is also the only Indian to hit a century and take an eight-wicket innings-haul in the same match twice.Saxena has always found a way to keep himself ready for his dream India call-up.”I still have a dream to play for India. Age is just a number and fitness is an important aspect of my life. Yoga has helped me a lot, my father is a trainer as well. Professionally, it has helped my keep calm during tough times while helping me improve concentration and flexibility,” Jalaj told Mail Today in March 2019.Jalaj, who has been the recipient of prestigious Lala Amarnath award for the best all-rounder of Ranji Trophy for the last 4 seasons, has became 19th Indian to achieve the feat after CK Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Vijay Hazare, Vinu Mankad, C Sarwate, Polly Umrigar, Babu Nadkarni, Chandu Borde, ML Jaisimha, Saleem Durani, S Venkataraghavan, Syed Abid Ali, Madan Lal, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar, Sairaj Bahutule and Sanjay Bangar.Also Read | Duleep Trophy: India Red’s Karun Nair hits 166 before match ends in drawAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jalaj SaxenaFollow India RedFollow India BlueFollow Domestic cricketlast_img read more

Bold Tern Completes Installation of Alstom’s …

first_imgzoom Installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 was successfully completed on November 16th despite serious interruptions from severe weather at the Belwind site 45km off the Ostend coast.The exceptional dimensions of the new turbine meant Alstom called for the Bold Tern, one of the latest generation of jack-up vessels, which entered service with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in February 2013.As well as its large deck area of 3,200m2, the Bold Tern is equipped with a robust and versatile crane capable of handling 800tonne components at sea.The Bold Tern also has a DP2 dynamic positioning system for increased safety and can cope with challenging weather conditions. It was ideal to manage Alstom’s massive turbine with its 73.5m long blades and rotor diameter of 150m. The overall weight of the turbine and its structure totals 1,500tonnes.The installation set up consists of the three tower sections, the nacelle with hub and two blades attached in the bunny ear configuration and a single third blade. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s scope of work was to deliver the fully mobilised Bold Tern along with engineering services, lift supervision and WTG technicians, supplied by Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service, to ensure successful installation for a pioneering project.Bold Tern was loaded at the Port of Ostend during the week beginning September 30th and left for Belwind on October 7th, ready to start installation the following day.“The tower sections were smoothly installed before there was a period of severe winds when work was halted,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier lead engineer Sten Rundström. “When the required weather window finally happened, the remaining installation of the nacelle and final blade went very well and in the early hours of November 16th the first Alstom Haliade 150 6MW offshore turbine was successfully installed.”The installation will demonstrate how the machine behaves in the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed. It follows successful tests performed in March 2012 at Le Carnet site in France.Its scale makes the turbine more efficient, with a yield 15% better than existing offshore turbines, supplying power to the equivalent of about 5,000 households.Operating without a gearbox (using direct drive), its permanent-magnet enerator means there are fewer mechanical parts inside, making it more reliable and helping reduce operating and maintenance costs.This installation is seen as a key milestone in the industrialisation process of Alstom’s 6MW turbine. The current construction of two factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generator) should be complete by summer 2014. Work on two Cherbourg factories (blades and towers) will follow.“This project with Belwind asserts our technological leadership and our innovative abilities. The installation of our turbine which is simple, robust and efficient thus contributing in boosting the competitiveness of offshore wind energy,” said Alstom Wind senior vice-president Alfonso Faubel.Project Manager Per Dyberg said ‘the strong relationship between Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Alstom, based on mutual trust and respect, was fundamental to the entire project.‘The successful installation was thanks to the skilled and flexible engineering team, the proactive and dedicated project management team and the vast experience of the offshore construction team. And having a highly competent client that was able to take decisions on site ensured that the installation of the prototype went smoothly in spite of many challenges.’This installation concludes the sixth successful project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessels Bold Tern and her sister ship, Brave Tern, in their inaugural year of operation. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Fred Olsen Windcarrier, November 29, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

Still No Sign of MV Thorco Cloud’s Missing Crew

first_imgzoom The six crew members of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged freighter Thorco Cloud that went missing after their ship sank in the Singapore Strait in the evening hours of December 16 remain unaccounted for despite ongoing search and rescue efforts, according to the Mission of Seafarers responding to the tragedy.“Search and rescue operations have been continuing to try and locate a further 6 missing seafarers but so far no-one else has been found. The incident, which took place in Indonesian waters close to Batam, left the other vessel involved – the chemical tanker the MV Stolt Commitment- with minor damage and in a stable condition,” the charity organization said.MV Thorco Cloud had 12 crew members on board when it collided with Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank, out of which six were rescued.“I met with the surviving crew and the Captain, who are all very distraught. They told me that they had survived by staying afloat with life jackets but they all thought that they were going to die. One crew mentioned that while in the water, he slipped on every attempt to get on to a floating metal cover as he was covered in bunker oil, it was very frightening for him. As they had lost all their personal belongings, I provided them with clothes, a phone so that they could call their anxious families and prayed with them,” said the Revd Peter Manimathu, Port Chaplain for The Mission to Seafarers in Jurong Port.Indonesia has now taken the lead concerning the investigation of the accident, and, based on the latest update from the sunken vessel’s owner Thorco Shipping, the captain was being interviewed by the investigators together with the Thorco Shipping appointed lawyer.“The Antigua & Barbuda Flag State is contributing in relation to IMO casualty code for fact finding, and witnesses have been interviewed by them as well. It is our hope that the VDR (voice data recorder) will be released today for investigation purposes. Diver will be requested to investigate the wreck at first daylight if possible. Moreover, the local authorities have activated an oil pollution alert and the situation is under control,” Thorco said on October 18th.Based on the latest information from Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority, a search covering a radius of 10 Nm from the incident site was being conducted.Until now, RCC Tanjung Pinang (BARSARNAS) teams have recovered 2 life rafts, 1 lifeboat and the EPIRB from the MV Thorco Cloud. MPA’s hydrographic surveys revealed that the Thorco Cloud had broken into 2 sections. The stern section was located on the seabed where the ship sank at a depth of 39 metres.Although there is no impact to surface navigation, all ships have been advised to keep clear of the sunken wreck. The bow section of the ship is still visible and has grounded about 1000 metres to the east of the sunken stern section.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Public Consultations Begin on New Homeowner Protection

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to comment on issues and possible solutions to recent concerns about poor home construction, including condominiums. The public consultation began today, July 11, with the release of a discussion paper. “Consumer protection remains one of our top priorities,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Jamie Muir. “We need to hear from both industry and citizens on this important issue so that we can make sure the appropriate steps are taken to protect new homeowners.” The discussion paper is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr or by calling 1-800-670-4357. A response booklet is also available to provide comments relating to the discussion paper. Comments deadline is Aug. 22. Novus Consulting Group Ltd., an independent consulting firm, was hired earlier this year to conduct a review of new home construction in Nova Scotia. The consultants completed a broad range of business consultations and a public survey on the issue, which helped to form the basis of the discussion paper. The information obtained through consultation will help develop recommendations to government on measures to improve or address concerns. A final report to government from the consultants is expected by early fall.last_img read more

Jimmy Carter To Lead Habitat For Humanity Project In Nepal

first_imgApproximately 2,000 volunteers from around the world will pack their tools and take a trip to Nepal in November 2015 for Habitat For Humanity’s 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.Scheduled to take place Nov. 1-6, 2015, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will lead volunteers as they build homes in Pokhara, Nepal’s third largest city and home to three of the 10 highest mountains in the world. Pokhara is located 124 miles west of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.“I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Nepal many times and getting to know the rich culture, history and traditions of its people,” said President Carter. “And we look forward to sharing that experience with the many volunteers who will travel with us to help Nepalese families build better lives for themselves.”Often referred to as Habitat for Humanity’s “most famous volunteers,” President and Mrs. Carter give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes in order to shed light on the critical role decent housing plays in providing a path out of poverty. Carter Work Projects have been held in 15 countries including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam and Haiti. In 2014, the Carter Work Project was held in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.“For more than three decades the Carters have continued their amazing efforts in support of affordable housing worldwide,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We look forward to partnering with the Carters once again as they lead thousands of volunteers to Nepal during the 2015 Carter Work Project.”At a special event in Kathmandu, Aruna Paul Simittrarachchi, country director of Habitat for Humanity Nepal; Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity; Dr. Narayan Khadka, minister of urban development for Nepal; Rabindra Adhikari, constituent assembly member of parliament for Nepal; and Prem Baniya, youth ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Nepal, announced the selection of Pokhara as the 2015 location of Habitat’s signature project.“Hosting the Carter Work Project in Nepal is a huge honor and will help draw attention to, and support for, our efforts to address the significant housing deficit in our country,” said Simittrarachchi. “This will act as a catalyst to increase Habitat’s impact in the country and help many more families in need of decent housing.”For more information on how to volunteer for the 2015 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.org/cwp/2015.last_img read more

BC First Nation to present oral evidence about Trans Mountain expansion impact

first_imgThe Canadian Press NANAIMO, B.C. — The Tsleil-Waututh Nation will be presenting Indigenous oral traditional evidence to the National Energy Board at a hearing in Nanaimo, B.C. A news release says the board is hearing new evidence about the environmental effects of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion including adverse effects of shipping to species at risk such as southern resident killer whales.The oral traditional evidence will focus on potential impacts the project would pose to the Tsleil-Waututh culture and way of life, including their cultural relationships with whales, and how the expansion, if approved, would violate Tsleil-Waututh laws.  The Tsleil-Waututh will also file scientific expert reports with the board as evidence regarding potential impacts from shipping.Chief Maureen Thomas says the expansion violates the First Nation’s laws and poses serious and harmful impacts to Tsleil-Waututh people and culture, as well to as their lands, waters, resources, and way of life.The new hearings are being held after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the original approval for the expansion, saying the federal government didn’t adequately consult with First Nations or consider the impact of tanker traffic on the marine environment.last_img read more

Netherlands Refuses to Extradite Drug Lord Said Chaou to Morocco

The Netherlands’ Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Zeeland-West Brabant Court not to extradite suspected drug lord Said Chaou to Morocco.The Supreme Court’s judgment could have consequences for political cooperation between Netherland and Morocco, Dutch Crimesite reported October 30.The Dutch police arrested Chaou in June 2017  on charges of “drug trafficking, corruption, and criminal conspiracy.” On February 22, the Dutch Zeeland-West Brabant court ruled against Chaou’s extradition to Morocco with the justification that he would not receive a “fair trial” in his home country.However, the Dutch prosecution service did not agree with the decision and made an appeal to the Dutch Supreme Court.According to the prosecution service, the Zeeland-West Brabant court incorrectly assumed that Chaou would not receive a fair trial. The court’s assumption was based on an argument that Morocco had “tortured Chaou’s co-defendants and treated them in an inhuman manner” to force them to give false testimony against Chaou. On October 2, the Dutch advocate general advised the Supreme Court to support the Dutch prosecution service’s appeal. He said that the Supreme Court should consider Morocco’s extradition request, Dutch newspaper Bode reported. However, the Supreme Court did not take his advice into consideration.According to Crimesite, the prosecution service did not see a real risk of human rights violations in Morocco.Co-defendants’ testimonials ‘cannot be used in the Netherlands’Chaou’s lawyer Inez Weski said that Chaou’s co-defendants were heard in Morocco and their testimonials were used in Dutch criminal cases, reported Crimesite.If the Dutch Supreme Court supports the assumption that Chaou’s co-defendants made their testimonials under torture, “it means the testimonials cannot be used in the Netherlands,” Weski asserted.Weski believes that the Supreme Court’s decision “will certainly have consequences for cooperation between the judiciary and the police in the Netherlands and those in Morocco.” After several months of discussions with Dutch authorities, Chaou’s case nearly caused a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. In June 2017, Morocco decided to recall its ambassador to the Hague for consultation.In Morocco, Chaou faces charges of criminal gang formation, corruption, and international drug trafficking.Chaou was born in the Rif region, north of Morocco. He was an MP in the Moroccan Parliament between 2007 and 2010 before he Morocco in March 2010. read more

Southwest 737 Max makes emergency landing in Orlando

ORLANDO – The Federal Aviation Administration says a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet made a safe emergency landing Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, after experiencing an apparent engine problem.The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport around 2:50 p.m., and landed the plane safely. No passengers were on board. The aircraft was being ferried to Victorville, California, where Southwest is storing the airplanes.The 737 Max was grounded in the U.S. March 13 after a deadly crash involving a Max on March 10. It was the second fatal crash involving the airplane. U.S. Airlines are allowed to shuttle the planes but cannot carry passengers.The FAA says it’s investigating but it appears the emergency was not related to anti-stall software suspected in the two fatal crashes.The Associated Press read more

More gas hike protests in Mexico a day after clash at border

Protesters from an anarchist group shout slogans as they march against fuel price hikes in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Largely peaceful protests against the fuel price increases continued nationwide in Mexico, and looting seen last week largely subsided. The protests have left hundreds of businesses looted and more than 1,500 detained.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) More gas hike protests in Mexico a day after clash at border by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2017 6:16 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – Thousands of Mexicans marched in the capital Monday to complain about a gasoline price increase, demonstrating a day after police in Sonora state fought a pitched, three-hour battle to free a border rail crossing blocked by protesters.Demonstrators have been protesting across Mexico against a 20 per cent hike in gasoline prices that took effect on New Year’s Day, and the anger has occasionally erupted into violence, including several days of looting last week.The Sonora state government said late Sunday that two police officers were injured and two protesters were arrested in the confrontation at the border rail crossing in Nogales.Authorities said officers who tried to break up the blockade were attacked with rocks for about three hours and responded by “firing rubber bullets into the air.”Video aired by local media showed officers firing shotguns — commonly used to launch bean bags or rubber projectiles — at rock-tossing demonstrators.The government said 11 trainloads with about 1,000 cars of merchandise headed for the United States were backed up by the protest. It said the blockade had threatened to temporarily shut down Ford Motor Co.’s stamping and assembly plant in Hermosillo.On Monday, President Enrique Pena Nieto brought together labour and business leaders to talk about softening the gas price hike’s blow to Mexican families. He said business leaders were committed to not allowing indiscriminate price increases passed off as due to gas prices.Within hours of the meeting, several thousand people marched along Mexico City main boulevard calling for Pena Nieto’s resignation and burning him and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in effigy.In the border state of Baja California, the state tourism department acknowledged Sunday that gas stations there had run out of gas due to protest blockades of a distribution terminal in previous days, but said that supplies had been re-established.On Saturday, a lone protester drove his truck into a line of police guarding a fuel distribution terminal in Baja California. Federal police said seven officers were injured in the incident in Rosarito, near the border city of Tijuana.Protests have largely been peaceful, and the looting seen last week has largely subsided. Hundreds of businesses were ransacked and more than 1,500 people were detained during that unrest. read more

Caterpillar investment arm backs electric vehicle and solidstate battery tech firm

first_imgFisker Inc, an e-mobility and technology company developing electric vehicles and proprietary solid-state battery technologies, has announced a strategic investment from Caterpillar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc.Fisker said Caterpillar Ventures’ investment illustrates a “mutually recognised importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future. While Caterpillar and Fisker serve fundamentally different industries, advancements in electrification technologies pose increasing importance and offer the potential to positively impact customer value for the right products”.Fisker says its solid-state batteries present the next generation, post lithium-ion era, of future battery technologies. They offer bulk electrodes with high energy densities, enhanced safety, faster charge times and lower costs, according to the company.The company’s scientific breakthroughs include the patent-pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery, which, Fisker says, is set to usher in a new era in fast charging, safety, range and costs of less than $100/kWh.Fisker is the brainchild of EV pioneer and leading automotive designer Henrik Fisker.Caterpillar Ventures’ focus areas of investment, meanwhile, include robotics, energy, advanced materials, and digital solutions that help its customers. Earlier this year, it invested, for the second time, in MineSense Technologies, a company focused on real-time, sensor-based ore data and sorting solutions for large-scale mines.last_img read more

Hyundai recalls 16500 Velosters over stalling fire concerns

first_imgEnlarge ImageIf your engine starts knocking, it’s best to pull off the road and shut the vehicle off. Hyundai Computers are a part of just about every major system in a new car, and something as seemingly minor as poorly calibrated software can lead to major problems.Hyundai has issued a recall for 16,487 examples of the 2013 Veloster. All the affected vehicles contain Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 gas engine. The vehicles were all built at Hyundai’s Ulsan facility in Korea and carry build dates between April 26, 2012 and Oct. 16, 2013. The problem stems from the engine management software. In the affected vehicles, the software might cause the air-fuel mixture in the cylinder to ignite at the wrong time. This can lead to increased cylinder pressures that have the potential to damage the engine, leading to a vehicle stall or possibly even a fire. Drivers might hear a knocking noise and see a warning light illuminate in the gauge cluster.Hyundai discovered this flaw after NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation claimed to find a trend in stalls and noncollision fires in certain Veloster vehicles. Hyundai checked all its data and found that claims for stalls and noncollision fires dropped significantly starting in the 2014 model year. After diving deeper, Hyundai concluded that software from the 2013 model year was causing these issues. Thankfully, there are no reports of accidents or injuries related to this flaw.Thankfully, the fix is a quick one. Hyundai technicians will apply a software update that minimizes spark advance, thereby reducing the change of preignition. Hyundai will also reimburse owners who paid for related fixes out of pocket. Owners should expect to receive a recall notification via first-class mail in May. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Car Industry Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow 81 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 3 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer More From Roadshow 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Review • 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness More about 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 71 Photos Tags 86 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 26 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is right-priced performance 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 68 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 10 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Comments Share your voice 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 12 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Recalls Hyundai Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google Hyundai,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 1 Share your voice Car Industry Hatchbacks Preview • 2019 Hyundai Veloster: Newly matured, yet proudly odd hatch 49 Photos Tags Comment General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Star Trek connoisseurs can now sip Chateau Picard wine for real

first_img Comment It seems the United Federation of Planets wine tastes just as complex as the Federation itself.   35 Photos Anil’s Star Trek-themed home theater 18:17 Tags Enlarge Image Wines That Rock In the new Star Trek: Picard series, Picard can be found running his family vineyard Chateau Picard in France’s La Barre region. So why not make Picard’s wines a reality?A collection of special vintages inspired by the Star Trek universe is on the way from Wines That Rock. The first two releases are a 2016 Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux, France, and a Special Reserve United Federation of Planets old vine zinfandel. The 2016 Chateau Picard Bordeaux is described as “an 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot blend that is subtly smoky and spicy with a bright, fresh, clean-tasting style.” A 750 milliliter bottle of Chateau Picard Bordeaux retails for a robust $60 (roughly £49, AU$87).The United Federation of Planets wine is a 2017 old vine zinfandel from Sonoma County, California. It’s a blend of 87% zinfandel, 12% petite sirah and 1% Syrah. A 750 milliliter bottle of United Federation of Planets retails for $50 (roughly £41, AU$73). Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con The wine is described as having “aromatics of concentrated strawberry, blackberry and plum preserves with a chewy-layered midpalate filled with hints of white peppercorn, sweet red and black fruit.”The wine collection is available exclusively at StarTrekWines.com.The Star Trek: Picard series premieres in early 2020 on CBS All Access. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)Bottoms up, Scotty. center_img More Star Trek Share your voice Random TV and Movies Star Trek: The Motion Picture beams into theaters 40 years later Everything you need to know about Star Trek: Picard Facepalm cookies make one of Picard’s best memes tasty 1 Now playing: Watch this: CBS Star Treklast_img read more

Death toll in Portugal wildfire rises to 57

first_imgA wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. AFPRaging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 57 people, most of whom burnt to death in their cars, and injured scores of others, the government said Sunday.Nearly 600 firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late Saturday to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Coimbra, before spreading fast across several fronts.”Unfortunately, this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires,” a visibly moved Prime Minister Antonio Costa said.”The number of fatalities could still rise,” he said at the Civil Protection headquarters near Lisbon.”The priority now is to save those people who could still be in danger.”The European Union said it would provide firefighting planes following a request from Lisbon.”France has offered three planes through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and they will be quickly sent to assist the local emergency efforts,” EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said.Portugal was sweltering under a severe heatwave across the weekend, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in several regions.Some 60 forest fires broke out across the country during the night, with around 1,700 firefighters battling to put them out.Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said 57 people burned to death, mostly trapped in their cars engulfed by flames in the Leiria region. At least 59 were injured.”The fire is still raging on four fronts,” he said, of which two were spreading “violently”.”It is difficult to say if they were fleeing the flames or were taken by surprise,” Gomes said, speaking of the dead.National mourningDry thunderstorms were thought to have been the cause of the fatal blaze, according to the prime minister.A number of villages were affected by the main fire and homes were evacuated. Some were sheltered in neighbouring areas.”There are people who arrived saying they didn’t want to die in their homes,” Ricardo Tristao told AFP.Officials were not immediately able to comment on the extent of the damage.Spain dispatched two water-bombing planes on Sunday morning to aid the Portuguese fire service on the ground, Costa said.He added a period of national mourning would be announced shortly.”My thoughts are with the victims in Portugal,” EU commission head Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted. “I commend the bravery of the firefighters. EU civil protection mechanism activated & will help.”President Marcelo Rebelo went to the Leiria region to meet families of the victims, “sharing their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people,” he said.Firefighters did “all they could” when faced with the blaze, he added.Dozens of people who fled their homes were taken in by residents of the nearby municipality of Ansiao.”There are people who arrived saying they didn’t want to die in their homes, which were surrounded by flames,” Ansiao resident Ricardo Tristao told reporters.Portugal was hit by a series of fires last year which devastated more than 100,000 hectares (1,000 square kilometres) of the mainland.Fires on the tourist island of Madeira in August killed three people, while over the course of 2016 around 40 homes were destroyed and 5,400 hectares of land burned.last_img read more