SINGAPORE Steve Cishek Jersey , Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Maritime and Port Authorityof Singapore (MPA) announced Wednesday evening that divers haverecovered two bodies of missing crew members from a dredger whichhad collided earlier in the day with a tanker in Singapore'sterritorial waters.
The MPA did not mention the nationalities of the recoveredbodies in its press release. But an official with the ChineseEmbassy in Singapore confirmed that one of them was Chinese and theother Malaysian.
The dredger, identified as the JBB DE RONG 19, had 11 Chinesecrew members and one Malaysian onboard when the collision occurredat about 12:40 a.m. (1640 GMT Tuesday). The accident capsized theship, leaving five crew members, including four Chinese,missing.
The collision also damaged the hull of the Indonesian-registeredtanker, but all its 26 crew members were unharmed.
The MPA said it will continue to lead the search and rescueoperations, which so far involve about 200 people, supported bymultiple vessels and helicopters.
The MPA added that it had notified the Indonesian RescueCoordination Center about the incident and they have deployed fivevessels to assist with search and rescue in Indonesian territorialwaters.
Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, said the authority expressedits deepest condolences to the families of the two deceased andwish those injured a speedy recovery.
He said Singapore will continue with its search and rescueefforts to find the remaining three missing crew members.Enditem
Iraq's parliament voted on Tuesday to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence planned for September 25, authorizing the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity, lawmakers said.
Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session before the vote and issued statements afterwards rejecting the decision.
Western powers fear a plebiscite in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region - including the oil city of Kirkuk - could ignite conflict with the central government in Baghdad and divert attention from the war against Islamic State militants.
"This referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional," the resolution said, without specifying which measures the government should take.
"Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session but the decision to reject the referendum was passed by a majority," Mohammed al-Karbouli, a Sunni Muslim lawmaker, said.
A senior Kurdish official dismissed the vote as non-binding though an Iraqi lawmaker said it would be published in the official gazette after approval from the Iraqi presidency.
"The Kurdish parliament will definitely have a response to the resolution when it convenes on Thursday," said Hoshiyar Zebari, former Iraqi foreign and finance minister and now a senior adviser to Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani.
Barzani had said he wants to pursue independence through dialogue without provoking a conflict.
A Kurdish delegation met officials in Baghdad for a first round of talks in August concerning the referendum.
An Iraqi delegation was expected to visit Erbil in early September for a second round of talks, but the visit has yet to happen with less than two weeks before the vote.
Turkey, along with Iraq, Iran and Syria, also opposes the idea of Iraqi Kurdish independence, fearing separatism could spread to their own Kurdish populations.
Kurds have sought an independent state since at least the end of World War I, when colonial powers divided up the Middle East and left -Kurdish-populated -territory split -between modern-day -Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Home > Family > Family LifeBring Positive Changes In Your Life With Feng Shui Posted by avasmith037 in Home on January 9th, 2016
“Feng Shui is about reclaiming your life’s energy and directing it towards balance and purpose. The result greater harmony in your space and life.” - Wahida Young
This has been the decade of Feng Shui: one of the five arts of Chinese Metaphysics. Feng Shui, which literally translates to “wind-water” in English, is the philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment with the usage of objects that bind the universe, earth and humanity together. If you are facing disturbances in your life, then you should hire Feng Shui consulting services to introduce harmonious balance into your life. It will enable you to clear out the clutter in your life and bring about positive changes.
Without delving too much into everything that is Feng Shui, let’s talk about the tools and analysis in Feng Shui. The two tools that are used in a Feng Shui analysis are the Compass and the Bagua. The Compass, also called the Luopan, is used by the consultants to determine the precise direction in which the object or item should be placed. There are three types of Compasses which can be used: San He, San Yuan, Zong He.
The Bagua (pronounced “bah-gwah”) is an octagonal diagram or grid that contains the symbols of the I Ching - the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based. The Feng Shui Bagua can be used for your home or office, and it will provide you an in-depth guide to maximize the flow of chi (fundamental energy of the universe) in your home or office. This is done by arranging it around the nine primary areas of your life: