Tips For Dealing With a Phone Outage

first_img In today’s technological world, it has become very easy forpeople to get help in an emergency. But what happens if somethingunexpected happens and there is no phone service — how will youget help? This is just one of the many things individuals should thinkabout when developing an individual emergency plan. “Although phone outages are not common, as with anything theunexpected can happen, especially during major storms orhurricanes,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “Dealing with a phone outage should bepart of every family and business emergency plan.” If there is a phone outage, there are still a number of thingsthat individuals can do to receive help in an emergency:– Listen to your local radio station during outages. They havethe most up-to-date information and can inform of any receptioncentres that may be established;– If there is no service from your land line phone, you stillmay be able to call 911 from a cell phone. Keeping a cell phonecharged is always a good idea. If you don’t have a cell phone,find out which neighbors do. Remember: Never call 911 just tocheck if the system is working; — Have a first aid kit as part of your home emergency kit;– In any emergency it becomes important for neighbours to helpneighbours. Checking on neighbours who are seniors or people wholive alone is a good idea so those who may be more vulnerable donot feel as isolated without phone service;– Know where your local police, fire or ambulance responders arelocated;– If there is a telephone failure in your community, and youneed an ambulance, it will be located at the local EmergencyHealth Services system ambulance base unless it is alreadycommitted. “Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr.Fage. “Each of us can reduce the risk we face by betterunderstanding what could happen and learning how to betterprepare our family, community and province.” Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 2-8, withparticipation from every province and territory. This year’stheme is Prepare Now! Learn How! For more information on being prepared, visit the Nova ScotiaEmergency Measures Organization’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo/. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Tips For Dealing With a PhoneOutagelast_img read more

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New CEO Appointed

first_imgNova Scotia’s Office of Acadian Affairs has a new chief executive officer. Vaughne Madden, a longtime leader in Acadian community development, will assume the new role on Monday, Sept. 19. “Vaughne brings an ideal combination of experiences to this important assignment,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “She understands both the needs of the community and the inner workings of government. We’re very pleased to have her join the team now, as we begin to improve the delivery of French-language services in this province.” Ms. Madden has spent more than a year as part of an inter-departmental committee working to increase the delivery of French-language services by the provincial government. The appointment to the committee was one of her duties as the interim Acadian liaison officer with the Department of Tourism Culture and Heritage. Prior to her work with the provincial government, Ms. Madden was executive director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2004, an international celebration of Acadians. Over the last 20 years, she has held senior positions with such Acadian organizations as the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and the Société Promotion Grand Pré. She has a bachelor’s degree in social services with a major in community development from the University of Moncton. She is originally from the Acadian Village of Sainte-Anne du Ruisseau in southwest Nova Scotia. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and helping the province improve its services to the Acadians and Francophones of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Madden. The Office of Acadian Affairs offers advice and support to departments, agencies and Crown corporations, so they can develop and adapt policies, programs, and services that reflect the needs of the Acadian and Francophone community of Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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International Baccalaureate Program Training Underway for Teachers

first_imgNova Scotia’s most ambitious students are a step closer to benefiting from one of the world’s most respected pre-university high-school diploma programs. Instructors with International Baccalaureate North America (IBNA) are in Halifax this week, Dec. 8-10, to train 128 teachers, who will deliver the program to students at 10 Nova Scotia high schools, beginning in September 2007. This will bring the total number of high schools offering two-year diploma and certificate courses to 12. Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater and Sydney Academy already have International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. This is the first time IBNA has held it’s level 1 teacher training away from one of its designated training venues. The IB program is a universally recognized, advanced liberal arts diploma designed for high-achieving students in grades 11 and 12. Pre-IB courses will also be offered in Grade 10. “Instead of bringing the teachers to the training, we have decided to bring our training to the teachers,” said Anthony Tait, manager of professional development for IBNA in New York. No other province or state has launched the IB diploma program in so many schools at one time. “It is very impressive,” said Mr. Tait. Hosting the three-day training session in Halifax will save the province significant travel costs. “We are very pleased that International Baccalaureate North America has broken with tradition to help Nova Scotia bring this valuable program to more of our students,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. He said the program will be a huge benefit to students who do well in school and are looking for a challenge. The program is open to any student, but standards are high. To succeed, students must be highly motivated. In addition to classroom time, students can expect an extensive home work load, a heavy reading requirement, a 4,000-word research essay, a final exam that can last two days, and a minimum of 150 hours of participation in athletics and community service. “This is for the academically ambitious student. Very average students can do well, if they are prepared to work hard,” said John Messenger, provincial co-ordinator for the program. “It’s the best university preparation program there is.” IB graduates are highly sought after by universities eager for students who have met an international standard of excellence. They are also near the front of the line for scholarships and can often get advanced credit for their high-school courses. The diploma program emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, writing and oral communication, philosophy, community service, athletics, and internationalism. There are more than 1,330 IB schools in 120 countries. Canada has about 100 schools offering the program. The 10 high schools applying for IB designation are: Avon View, Windsor; Cobequid Education Centre, Truro; Charles P. Allen, Bedford; Citadel, Halifax; Prince Andrew, Dartmouth; Cole Harbour District, Cole Harbour; Halifax West, Halifax; Dr. John Hugh Gillis, Antigonish; Yarmouth Consolidated, Yarmouth; and Northumberland Regional, Westville. The Department of Education promised expansion of the IB program to all school boards in Learning For Life II, the province’s plan for improving education. The first diploma students will graduate in the spring of 2009. The province has given school boards $250,000 in funding for IB training.last_img read more

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Province Announces School Construction Progress

first_imgThe province is moving forward with its commitments from the 2003 School Capital Construction Report, Premier Rodney MacDonald and Education Minister Karen Casey announced today, April 26. “Building and renovating schools reflects our commitment to create winning conditions that will help us achieve future prosperity,” said the premier. “We are providing public school students with the education they will need to move on to college, university or the workforce.” Speaking at the East Richmond Education Centre in St. Peter’s, Richmond Co., the premier announced that renovations will proceed to expand the gymnasium and cafeteria, upgrade classrooms with new technology, and prepare for the addition of a new wing of classrooms. When the renovations are finished, all students will be in one building rather than two, as is now the case. The premier also said progress was being made on projects in Sydney, Cheticamp and Port Hawkesbury. Ms. Casey visited the Annapolis Valley to announce progress in renovations of local schools. She met with board officials, school staff and students at Middleton High School. “I was extremely impressed by the students from Middleton who came to the legislature a few weeks ago to ask me about renovations to their school,” said Ms. Casey. “I committed to them that we would complete the design work and issue a tender in this fiscal year, guaranteeing that construction could start next spring.” Ms. Casey confirmed that planned renovations of Kings County Academy have been upgraded to new-school status and the project will begin in 2007-08. She also announced improvements to St. Mary’s Elementary in Aylesford, and Somerset and District Elementary in Berwick.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30, for road improvement work. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road will be closed to replace the culvert until Friday, Oct. 12. A detour is in place. The road is closed 24 hours a day. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Eskasoni Highway Eskasoni Highway, Route 216, about seven kilometres west of Trunk 4, for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: TRUNK 4 Trunk 4, from about three kilometres west of Church Road in East Bay, for about 14 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 in Bricton, from about one kilometre west of Mount Hanley Road for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and culvert replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Sept. 14, for repairs. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. -30- CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible.center_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Friday, Sept. 21, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Ball’s Creek overpass, for about 11 kilometres west, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 east bound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for traffic signals installation, patching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Chegoggin Marsh Bridge Chegoggin Marsh Bridge on Main Shore Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 14. Barriers are in place and a detour is available on Peterson Road to Dayton Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road River John Road, from Trunk 6 for about one kilometres east of Hamilton Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road, from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, west of Lawrencetown, will be closed for culvert replacement until Saturday, Sept. 8. A detour is in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Sept. 21. Traffic control signals are in place. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road at Victoria Junction, east for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Raynardton Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road west of Gavelton in Yarmouth County is closed to be replaced. Drivers should use alternate routes. The work is scheduled to be completed Friday, Nov. 20. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.last_img read more

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Minister Offers Condolences to Family of Deceased Worker

first_imgLabour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of a man who died today, Nov. 7, after a fall while working at an industrial site in Clayton Park. “I can’t imagine how this young man’s family must be feeling, and my thoughts are with them during this extremely difficult time,” said Ms. Regan. “I want to assure the family and all Nova Scotians that our investigation is underway, and we are committed to finding answers quickly about what caused today’s tragic incident.” This is the 28th workplace fatality this year. In 2012, 32 Nova Scotians died at work. A stop-work order has been issued until investigators are satisfied workers will be safe.last_img

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First Responders to Purchase New Equipment

first_imgFirst responders will be better equipped to respond to emergencies with about $500,000 in investments under the provincial Emergency Services Provider Fund. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced the funding for new equipment for 47 emergency service providers today, Aug. 26. “This funding helps fire departments and other first responders obtain the equipment necessary to respond to emergencies and keep us all safe,” said Mr. Churchill. “We need to ensure our first responders are protected and have the tools they need to do their jobs as safely as possible.” Equipment to be purchased includes personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatuses, hoses, radios, pagers and rescue tools. First responders include fire departments, HAZ-MAT organizations, and ground search and rescue teams. “We are pleased to be able to purchase protective gear for our firefighters,” said Lakes and District Fire Chief Scott Killam. “Safety is paramount and this funding will ensure we can properly equip our members.” “This is an important program that helps fire departments obtain the equipment required to respond to emergencies every day,” said Lake Vaughan Fire Chief Earle Raynard. “We work together with neighbouring fire departments on calls so the benefit of these investments extends beyond the individual department.” Organizations may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000, once every three years.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CONTINUING WORK SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place.center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, east of MacGee Road, is closed to replace a culvert. A detour is in place. Work should be completed by Thursday, Aug. 31. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will be down to one lane from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road for upgrades and repairs to the asphalt and bridge until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake will be under construction and have occasional stop-and-go traffic while work is being carried out to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30-last_img read more

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Wreckage of missing An32 aircraft spotted in Arunachal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Tuesday that it has spotted the wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft which went missing in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 with 13 people onboard. “The wreckage of the missing An-32 transporter aircraft has been spotted at Lipo, northeast of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet by the IAF MI17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh told IANS. Also Read – ‘Balakot strikes show shift in handling of terror attacks’ “Our next effort is to get to the wreckage site to establish the status of the occupants and search for the black box and CVR of the ill-fated aircraft with tail number K-2752,” Singh said. On June 3, the Russian-origin An-32 trasnporter took off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.27 p.m. for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi-Yomi district bordering China. The aircraft lost contact with the ground staff at 1.30 p.m. Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal R.D. Mathur is monitoring the search and rescue operations. Also Read – SC declines request to stay sharing of docs on Reliance On June 8, the IAF announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for any information leading to the location of the missing aircraft. To locate the aircraft, Mi-17 helocopters, Advanced Light Helicopters, SU-30 MKI, C130 and Army UAV were pressed into service. The Indian Navy’s Long Range Maritime reconnaissance aircraft P-8I and satellites were also used. Besides, teams of the Indian Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), local police and other agencies were involved in the search operations on the ground level from the day the aircraft went missing.last_img read more

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Robber held after brief encounter

first_imgNEW DELHI: Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested one desperate Snatcher cum Robber wanted in a case of firing upon police persons in the area of Kotwali.One country-made pistol and two live and one fired cartridges have been recovered from his possession when he was coming to Bhairo Mandir Pragati Maidan for any criminal activity. Accused Dharmender was signed to stop on July 3 at Bhairo Mandir Pragati Maidan but he accelerated his scooty when his scooty was interrupted he hit his scooty in police team’s vehicle and tried to escape after opening fire upon the police team. After a chase team overpowered him Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDuring interrogation, he disclosed that he went jail 1st time in the year 2006 in a motorcycle theft case. After that, he remained in jail for eight years in a murder case since 2008 to 2016 where he met with Tanish and Sammi. After coming out from jail in the year 2016 he started snatching and committing robberies with his associates. On June 3 evening he along with his associates Tanish, Ajay and Raju opened fire upon police persons when they were stopped for checking.last_img read more

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Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking stay on Stephens admission interviews

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thursday dismissed a plea challenging the inclusion of a supreme council member of St Stephen’s College here in the interview panel for admission of Christian students to the institute.Justice Anu Malhotra dismissed the plea moved by three professors of the college. The court had earlier declined to stay the interview process for admission of Christian students to the college under the Delhi University (DU). The teacher-members of the college’s governing body – N P Ashley, Abhishek Singh and Nandita Narain – had challenged a decision taken by the college’s supreme council at its March 12 meeting. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to the petition, at the said meeting, it was decided to have an additional Christian member, nominated by the supreme council or the governing body, to be part of the interview panel with respect to admission of Christian students in all subjects. The supreme council is higher in authority than the governing body of the college, comprising members from the Church of North India and also those nominated by it. The petitioners had contended that the “interference” of the church in the admission process was against the norms of the college. However, the college, before the single-judge bench, had claimed that the petition was not maintainable as neither any fundamental right nor any statutory or legal right of the petitioners was violated. The college had urged the court to dismiss the petition, alleging that the petitioners had not approached the court with clean hands and the plea was moved with oblique motives.last_img read more

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An extravagant fashion affair

first_imgLal Bhatia, Owner of David and Goliath; and Imran Zaki, President, Faces along with other guestsMonsoon bridal couture show 2019, curated by Kaushik and Rajat, was recently held at Aqua, The Park.The ‘Wedding Couture’ designed by national-level award-winning brand, ‘Moha Atelier’, was breathtakingly beautiful. However, it wasn’t just the attires that made this event glamorous; it was former Mrs India turned actress, and the Showstopper of the event – Richa Sharma’s presence that added all the oomph, glam and glitz. Hosted by RJ Shelee from 94.3 Red FM, the show was also graced by Lal Bhatia, Owner of David & Goliath, and Imran Zaki, President, Faces.last_img

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ICC backs Kumar Dharmasenas decision in World Cup final

first_imgDubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed umpire Kumar Dharmasena after he was targeted for his controversial overthrow call in the World Cup final 2019 recently.In the final of the showpiece event, England needed nine runs from three deliveries to win before Dharmasena awarded the hosts six runs when a throw from New Zealand’s Martin Guptill ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary. The batsmen didn’t cross for their second run when the throw was sent on its way, so should have only been five runs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Sri Lankan umpire accepted his mistake, but didn’t regret the decision. His error could have handed the Kiwis a victory, but with the match and the resulting Super Over eventually tied, England were declared winners on boundary countback.ICC, General Manager of Cricket, Geoff Allardice, noted that the umpires had to make a judgement call as to whether the batsmen had crossed when the throw was released. Talking to ESPNCricinfo, he said: “After everything that went on during that delivery, they got together over their comms system and made their decision. They certainly followed the right process when making the decision.””They were aware of the law when they made the judgement about whether the batsmen had crossed or not at the time. The playing conditions don’t allow them to refer to such a decision to a third umpire. The match referee cannot intervene when the umpires on the field have to make a judgement call like that,” he added.last_img read more

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WBSU kicks off Korean language course

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State University’s (WBSU) plan of commencing a school of foreign language has received a big boost, with the varsity being able to start a Korean language course.”We have started a six month course in Korean language and we have been able to convince the concerned ministry in Korea to fund the course. Two teachers from the country have come in our university and are teaching the foreign language. 25 students are already pursuing the course,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe six month course that comes at Rs 500 a month, will provide an idea of Korean language and culture. Classes with duration of two hours are being held thrice a week. It may be mentioned that the university has been working for the introduction of Korean language for the last two years. “Roping in suitable teachers and most importantly clearing the flow of foreign currency into the university’s account was a major challenge, which is still being sorted out,” a senior university official said. The varsity had conducted a survey and found out that if English and Chinese or English and Korean can be taught side by side, there is great scope for procuring job as ambassadors in China and Korea. “We want to tap this opportunity and for this we have introduced the certificate course in Korean and will follow it up with a similar course in Chinese language,” the official added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe WBSU V-C had visited Korea and had found that most of the people in the country are very weak in English. The university had held separate workshops in both Chinese and Japanese language and the students were very enthusiastic. “It is a challenge for us to run the course smoothly. If we are able to do it, then we will get a grant of Rs 1.2 crore from the concerned ministry in Korea and if we fail, they may stop the course after six months,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

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RBI panel pitches for federal body like GST Council in agriculture

first_imgMumbai: An RBI panel on Friday suggested setting up of a federal body on the lines of the GST Council to implement reforms and boost credit flow in the agriculture sector, besides pitching for direct transfer of subsidy and no farm loan waivers. Among other recommendations, the panel said banks should develop a management information system (MIS) to flag loans sanctioned against gold as collateral in core banking solution (CBS) platform for effective monitoring of end use of funds. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn February this year, the RBI had set up the ‘Internal Working Group’ to understand the reasons for regional disparity and other agricultural credit related aspects and suggest workable solutions to address constraints in accessing institutional agricultural credit. Recommending solutions to improve farm credit flow, the panel said, “Government of India (GoI) should set up a federal institution, on the lines of GST Council, having participation from both the Centre as well as the states to suggest and implement reforms in the field of agriculture.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, that consists of the finance ministers of Centre and all the states, decides on tax rates. The panel said farm loan waivers should be “avoided” and interest subvention or subsidy given on farm loans should be replaced with Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), which is being implemented in host of government schemes like subsidy on LPG and fertiliser. It also stressed that banks should increase credit for allied farm activities as well and give consumption loans to farmers up to a sanctioned limit of Rs 1 lakh. The panel further said that the Centre should push state governments to complete the digitisation process and updation of land records in a time bound manner. That apart, state governments should give access to banks to digitised land records in order to verify land title and create charge online. In such states, banks should not insist on submission of land title documents, it added. The panel also said state governments having a highly restrictive legal framework should be encouraged to reform their legal framework on the basis of Model Land Leasing Act proposed by NITI Aayog/ Land Licensed Cultivators’ Act, 2011 of Andhra Pradesh so that formal lending to tenant farmers can improve. On farm loan waiver, the panel said it should be “avoided” and both the Centre and state governments should undertake a “holistic review” of the agricultural policies and their implementation, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of current subsidy policies. Among other recommendations, the panel said the interest subvention scheme should be replaced with DBT to targeted beneficiaries with an overall limit of Rs 3 lakh per individual farmer. To curb the misuse of interest subsidy, banks should provide crop loans, eligible for interest subvention, only through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) mode. To address regional disparity in agri-credit flow, the panel said priority sector lending (PSL) guidelines should be revisited and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) should gradually increase the allocation of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) in central, eastern and north eastern states over a period of time. Also, the corpus of RIDF should be increased and state governments should be sensitised to allocate a larger portion of their borrowing from RIDF for the purpose of absorbing funds for rural infrastructure development in their state.last_img read more

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Tension over Kashmir not to affect TAPI Pak assures Turkmenistan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has assured Turkmenistan that rising tensions with India will have no effect on TAPI gas pipeline project, a media report said on Sunday after doubts were raised over the future of the USD 10 billion trans-national project in the wake of fresh tension between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir. Some Pakistani experts raised doubts about the future of the the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) and other offshore gas pipeline projects following tensions between India and Pakistan after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”However, Pakistan has assured Turkmenistan that rising tensions with India will have no effect on the mega project, a government official was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. The TAPI pipeline project seeks to build connectivity in the South and Central Asian regions through gas pipelines and will help ease energy shortages in South Asia. The TAPI will pass through war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan to India to boost economic activity and to ensure peace and stability in the region. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThis project would also help connect two regions through road, rail and fiber cable network. The construction work has already started in Turkmenistan and is expected to start soon from Turkmen-Afghan border to Herat section, the official said, adding that construction activities in Pakistan are set to kick off during the first quarter of 2020. There has been tension between Pakistan and India over Kashmir. However, this will not affect TAPI pipeline project, the official was quoted as saying. Tapi Company is responsible for the execution of this project. However, Pakistani companies are assured to get maximum share in the work within Pakistan, said Mobin Saulat, Managing Director of Interstate Gas Systems (ISGS), which is working on Pakistan’s some big pipeline projects. He said a delegation of Tapi Company would visit next month to review the progress of the project and finalise the plan for construction. Each Pakistan and India would receive 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) gas. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. Asserting that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”, India has defended imposition of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they were put to prevent Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists.last_img read more

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Almost 1000 icebergs counted in shipping lanes so far this year patrol

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Iceberg Alley off Newfoundland has been an especially dangerous stretch this year with almost 1,000 icebergs counted in North Atlantic shipping lanes since February.Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol, said Monday it’s already among the top 20 most severe ice seasons on record since 1900.A final ranking won’t be known until later this year as some bergs are still drifting south, she explained.“There are definitely a lot still in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and near the entrance to the Strait of Belle Isle and then up along the Labrador coast,” she said in an interview.The gigantic slabs of prehistoric ice break off from Greenland glaciers then move south. They drift in whatever direction the currents and winds take them.The count continues but it’s so far the 18th worst ice season on record, McGrath said.“Considering that number goes back the whole way to 1900, even the 18th most severe is still pretty significant when you’re looking at 117 years of data.”In 2014, there were 1,546 icebergs in the shipping lanes, making it the sixth highest count since 1900. There were 1,165 icebergs in 2015.The International Ice Patrol was formed after an iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912. It works with Canadian partners to track conditions, including using surveillance flights, and update mariners.McGrath said the patrol has a perfect safety record for those who heed its warnings. As of Monday, there were about 12 icebergs drifting through the shipping lanes off eastern Newfoundland.McGrath said a series of low-pressure systems last spring drove hundreds of icebergs close to shore along with unusually thick sea ice.The height of the ice season is typically in late May or June but several bergs along Newfoundland’s eastern coast have lit up social media this month.last_img read more

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier took another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader Friday after he refused to retract comments suggesting she is personally on trial.Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown withdraw comments he made a day before the premier testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.Brown had told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”After receiving the lawyer’s letter, Brown said he would “ignore her baseless legal threat.” When asked to explain why, he said it was a “sad day for Ontario” to see the premier “debased” and “humiliated” by testifying in court.Wynne’s lawyers followed up Friday with another letter to Brown saying it constitutes a notice of libel.Brown’s comments about the premier being debased and humiliated are another defamation, her lawyers wrote.“Our letter of September 13, 2017 was intended to provide you with an opportunity to partially mitigate the damage you have done with a retraction, an apology, and an undertaking to refrain from making any further defamatory statements about Premier Wynne,” Jack Siegel and Sheldon Inkol wrote.“Not only did you refuse to make a retraction or to apologize, you chose to compound the problem by making further defamatory statements. Accordingly, a legal action will now be commenced against you for defamation.”Brown repeated the comments about the premier being debased and humiliated Friday in a statement responding to the libel notice.He suggested the notice was a way for the premier to distract the public from another ongoing trial involving two staffers of former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, and a critical auditor general report earlier this week on the Liberal government’s plan to cut hydro bills.“Make no mistake, it is political corruption that’s on trial,” Brown wrote. “And the premier is oblivious to the fact that her party is politically corrupt.”Brown suggested Wynne should be the one to apologize, for “years of waste mismanagement and political corruption in this province.”“We as a province need to put this ugly chapter behind us and move on,” Brown wrote.Wynne’s lawyers said Brown’s status as leader of the Progressive Conservatives increased the likelihood that his statements would be repeated by others, therefore “increasing the potential harm to the premier’s reputation.”The “stubborn refusal” to retract the comments has put Brown on the hook for potential aggravated and punitive damages, they wrote in the libel notice.The lawyers also warned Brown that he must preserve all relevant documents, because if Wynne proceeds with a lawsuit he will be required to disclose them all.Speaking in Windsor, Ont., after meeting with two U.S. governors on Friday, Wynne was vague about her hopes for what would come from the libel notice.“An acceptable outcome for me is to have a debate about the truth, whatever the subject we’re talking about, to talk about the facts and talk about the substance of the issues,” she said. “That’s to me the best outcome in any political situation.”Progressive Conservative Bill Walker apologized last month after receiving a letter from Wynne’s lawyer for remarks he made suggesting the premier was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the Sudbury bribery trial.Wynne previously sued former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and another Tory member of provincial parliament after the pair said she oversaw — and possibly ordered — the destruction of documents related to two cancelled gas plants. Those are the allegations for which the two McGuinty-era staffers are currently on trial.That lawsuit was resolved in 2015, though it is not known whether it was settled or withdrawn.last_img read more

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Lafarge Canada seeks approval for plan to burn tires as energy at

first_imgHALIFAX – Lafarge Canada is seeking industrial approval to burn tires as fuel at a Nova Scotia cement plant.The company filed for the approval today from the Environment Department to burn tires as a low carbon fuel at its Brookfield plant in Colchester County.The department says it is reviewing the application and has 60 days to make a decision on the one-year pilot project.Environment Minister Iain Rankin, who approved the company’s environmental assessment in July, has called the project a good way of reducing coal use at the plant.The move sparked criticism from residents near the plant, environmental groups and Nova Scotia’s NDP, which has called on the Liberal government to ban tire burning.A group of local residents — Citizens Against the Burning of Tires — launched a court challenge in August, arguing the government’s approval of the project violated the province’s Environment Act. A judicial review has been set for March 6 and 7.To get industrial approval, Lafarge must address several environmental issues, including hazardous waste and air emissions. Once granted, the approval would list the terms and conditions the operation must meet to reduce potential risks to the environment.last_img read more

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