Ten-man NorthEast United FC stood firm to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Indian Super League campaign with a win, here Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final.FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going.Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.Kerala pushed forward and threatened to take the lead. In the 21st minute, Seiminlen Doungel ran clear down the right and sent a dangerous cross into the box which was almost turned in by Slavisa Stojanovic.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute.Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders.Rowllin Borges slotted in at right-back as the visitors sat back and hoped to catch the hosts on the break. Pekuson went close again before the break as he shimmied away from Borges and cut in from the left flank but his low driven shot ricocheted off the inside of the post.advertisementDoungel was sent clear on goal at the stroke of half-time but an excellent save by Pawan Kumar kept the scoreline unchanged.Despite the numerical disadvantage, NorthEast had the Blasters defence in a spot of bother early on after the break.Panagiotis Triadis crossed from the left and found Lalrempuia Fanai inside the box whose shot was kept out by a diving Dheeraj Singh. The forward latched on to the ball on the rebound but Anas Edathodika got in the way to make the block.Blasters found it easier to counter and used the space in behind the opposition’s defence. Pekuson darted forward and crossed for Seiminlen Doungel who chested it down for Stojanovic to shoot in the 58th minute.The effort was parried away bravely by the NorthEast custodian who kept the visitors in the match.The goalkeeper was called into action again in the 69th minute when a Stojanovic shot took a deflection off Shouvik Ghosh and swerved in towards the goal. A fantastic finger-tip save by Pawan helped the ball onto the crossbar.
zoomWärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS; Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä The technology group Wärtsilä secured 13 contracts for its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) to global shipping operators in the fourth quarter of 2018.Wärtsilä said that the systems have been ordered for ships being built at yards in China, including a RoRo ferry, two RoPax, six tankers and four container vessels. Ship owners are also increasingly requesting quotations for their existing sailing fleet, the company added.The demand for BWMSs is rising as owners work to make their vessels compliant with the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations that entered into force in September 2017 for all new build vessels. The convention aims at preventing the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, and at halting damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge.For a vessel to be compliant with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, owners have to install a BWMS at the next special survey of the vessel after September 8, 2019. This essentially gives a five-year window for retrofits between September 2019 and September 2024, depending on when the special survey is due.“This continued strong demand is a very positive verification of the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of the Wärtsilä Aquarius systems. Owners around the world recognise the fact that our BWMS solutions, which are backed by Wärtsilä’s extensive global service support network, provide assurance that their vessels can fully comply with the regulations, even with varying levels of water quality,” says Arto Lehtinen, Director, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) BWMS has been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval granted in 2012. The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday handed over 29 stalls to the hawkers in Gariahat, whose stalls were damaged after a massive fire on January 20.”It will take some more time for us to start business as we have to make adjustments for arrangement of these stalls. CESC will be providing the electricity connection, the work for which will start from Wednesday. Mayor Firhad Hakim has also assured us that hawkers will be provided with licence and will be entitled to benefits under Swastha Sathi scheme,” said Abhijit Saha, vice-president of Hawker Sangram Committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA KMC official said that the design of the stalls has been made in such a way so that a customer will not get drenched in rain while buying stuff from them. The Central Store of KMC has made the stalls with wheels underneath and fitted them with LED boards at the back for advertisements. The stalls will be placed at a distance of 50 feet from the main road to allow smooth traffic movement. Hakim has instructed the Central Store to make one lakh stalls, which will be given to hawkers in other parts of the city. However, the work will take time as the design of the stalls may not be similar to cater to the requirement of the hawkers in other parts of the city. A group of architects that the civic body had consulted, had suggested that the stalls should not block the signboards of the permanent shops.