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zoom German container line Hamburg Süd christened the 10,600 TEU container ship Cap San Vincent at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s yard in Okpo, South Korea on September 16.The Cap San Vincent is the most recent vessel of an identical group of three, with its sister ships Cap San Juan and Cap San Lazaro being delivered to Hamburg Süd earlier this year.With an overall length of 331 metres and a width of 49.4 metres, these “Cap San” boxships are the largest in the Hamburg Süd’s fleet.The new ship is to be phased into the company’s Asia-South America East Coast Service in late September.“Although the competition for the carriers in this market is immense, we are convinced that there are further growth opportunities for Hamburg Süd. We shall, therefore, be expanding our liner network in the region and using the port of Busan as a gateway for cargo from and to Korea and as a central hub port,” Dr. Arnt Vespermann, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, said.
Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo, Samarasinghe said the matter will also be discussed in Parliament and all legislators will be briefed about the agreement signed between the two countries. Under the agreement, China Merchants Port Holdings will own 70 percent stake of the port while Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own 30 percent, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said late Tuesday. Cabinet has approved a new agreement with China on the Hambantota Port.Under the new agreement 70 percent of the Hambantota Port will be given on lease to a Chinese company. “This agreement will be a win-win situation for both China and Sri Lanka. We hope to strengthen the operations of the Hambantota Port which will be beneficial for Sri Lanka,” Samarasinghe said.China Merchants Port Holdings will manage the operations of the port. Sri Lanka will manage the security of the port along with the navigation and approvals. Samarasinghe added that although negotiations with China Merchants Port Holdings took a long time, all matters regarding the agreement had been thoroughly discussed for the benefit of both China and Sri Lanka.He further explained that after 10 years, if Sri Lanka wished to purchase an additional 20 percent stake of the port, they could do so by purchasing it, resulting in China and Sri Lanka owning an equal share of 50 percent each.
Teachers from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are being given projects rooted in stereotypes rather than reflecting their personal strengths, a survey of BME (black and minority ethnic) staff has found.Evidence from more than 1,000 teachers in England found additional workloads included black teachers being asked to lead their school’s Black History Month activities, instead of being put in charge of intellectual teacher and learning responsibility (TLR) roles.Some also claimed the bosses relied on stereotypes as an excuse to hand BME teachers classes with the “most challenging behaviour”.The survey, for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) by race equality think tank Runnymede Trust, found 32% of male and 27% of female teachers did not feel staff were comfortable talking about race or sexism.Respondents said structural barriers such as racism – including assumptions about capability based on racial and ethnic stereotypes – were everyday experiences for BME teachers.In particular, BME teachers spoke about an invisible glass ceiling and a widespread perception among senior leadership teams (SLT) that BME teachers “have a certain level and don’t go beyond it”.One primary school teacher of Caribbean origin said: “You can bring experiences of your own culture, get children to ask questions about culture, to lead on faith and Black History month.”(But) having to deal with difficult conversations, you become the mentor for BME, given classes with the most challenging behaviour. It’s the result of stereotypical assumptions.”Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary, said: “Racism is not discussed enough in schools, even at a time when intolerance is increasing within society. “These findings remind us that it is a defining feature of BME teachers’ lives and deeply affects the experience of young black people. It is urgent we open up conversations about racism in staff rooms, in classrooms and in the curriculum.”Children come to school in a world that is not equal. BME teachers and pupils face racism in the streets, in popular culture and in employment.”Strategies to better use the potential of schools and colleges to reduce racism are urgently needed. The NUT will be using the good practice identified in schools via this research to develop practical tools for schools to challenge the effects of racism.”Dr Zubaida Haque, research associate at the Runnymede Trust, said: “Government and school leaders should be concerned that over 60% of black and ethnic minority teachers are thinking of leaving the teaching profession.”Our survey found that BME teachers were not only overwhelmed with the mountain of paperwork but they are also beaten down by the everyday ‘micro-aggressions’ in the staff room and the low expectations and support by senior staff in their schools.”This has led to BME teachers feeling undervalued, isolated and disillusioned with their careers.”The NUT’s annual conference is being held in Cardiff over the Easter weekend. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.