22 Oct

Spring Weight Restrictions Coming March 10

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Spring Weight Restrictions ComingMarch 10 Is spring around the corner? It’s hard to imagine after therecent blizzards, but the mild weather is prompting Nova Scotia’sDepartment of Transportation and Public Works to take steps toprotect provincial roads. The annual spring weight restrictions on Nova Scotia’s provincialroads will come into effect provincewide at 12:01 a.m. onWednesday, March 10. The restrictions on heavy trucks is announced each year aroundMarch to help protect roads that are weakened as the frost leavesthe ground, leaving the roadway vulnerable to cracking andpotholes. A detailed advertisement that lists all roads that are exemptfrom the restrictions will be published in newspapers today,March 5, and Monday, March 8. Information will also be posted onthe department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . The spring weight restrictions are in effect until May 3. Theywill be removed sooner if road and weather conditions permit.last_img read more

22 Oct

Workers Compensation Board Structure to Change

first_img Changes to the composition and structure of the WorkersCompensation Board’s board of directors will maintain andstrengthen its accountability to stakeholders. The proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act,introduced today, May 12, were established by a working grouprepresenting employer and employee groups, and injured workers.The group has been meeting with government and the board sinceDecember 2004 to discuss and recommend improvements to governanceand accountability at the Workers’ Compensation Board. “Governance was a key issue raised in the last review of theboard. These changes will improve accountability, and ensure thatthe system is responsive to the stakeholders it serves,” saidEnvironment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. The amendments will eliminate two non-voting positions from theboard. They will require four employer and four employeepositions, instead of the current three, bringing the boardtotal, including chair and vice-chair, to 10. The working group has also adopted a Statement of Principles andObjectives on Governance and Accountability. This documentoutlines a shared vision for the workers’ compensation system,which includes how members should be solicited and appointed, theobligations of directors, and processes for ongoing consultationwith stakeholders. “Planning and improvements throughout the system will benefitfrom the significant input and feedback from stakeholders that’sbeen agreed to in the Statement of Principles and Objectives,”said Mr. Morash. “Stakeholders are telling us, through the publicconsultation process, that they’re pleased with the changes beingproposed. I believe that’s an important endorsement for thechanges that are taking place.” Workers’ Compensation Board Structure to Changelast_img read more

22 Oct

Provincewide Voter Enumeration Starts Next Week

first_imgNova Scotians can expect a visitor at their apartment, condo, or house over the next couple of weeks. Elections Nova Scotia enumerators will start going door to door, collecting information for the provincewide list of electors beginning on Thursday, Sept. 8. Chief electoral officer Christine McCulloch reminded Nova Scotians today, Sept. 1, that they need to participate to ensure that they are able to vote in the next provincial election. “This enumeration is part of the plan, announced in mid-April, to develop a made-in-Nova Scotia list of electors,” she said. “It’s important that everyone who is eligible to vote makes sure his or her name is on this list. The enumerators will only take a few minutes of your time, but those few minutes could make a big difference to you the next time you go to vote in a provincial election.” About 4,200 enumerators have been hired to collect and confirm voter information in the door-to-door canvass from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19. If residents are not at home when an enumerator calls, a notice will be left in a mail box or under the door to advise people how to get their names on the list of electors. Enumerators will try two or three times in an effort to find someone at home. Ms. McCulloch said the enumerators will be easy to spot. “Nova Scotia enumerators will stand out from census-takers, federal enumerators or any other people knocking on your door,” she said. “They will wear a white Elections Nova Scotia numbered ID badge which will tell you immediately that they are helping to prepare a provincewide list of electors. Each enumerator will also carry a letter of introduction from the chief electoral officer. The only information they will be seeking is the name, date of birth and address of any residents who are eligible to vote in a provincial election.” To be eligible to vote in a Nova Scotia election, an individual must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older on the date of an election, and have been a resident of Nova Scotia for six months or more prior to the election call. “Obviously the list will evolve,” said Ms. McCulloch. “We don’t know now when the next provincial election will take place so we will have ways of ensuring that all people who turn 18 or who become citizens or residents can add their names to the list. For now, however, we want to get the bulk of the work on this list done and ready to use.” Ms. McCulloch said there will be enumerators working in every community across the province, except in the Chester-St. Margaret’s electoral district, where an enumeration took place before the June 21 byelection. Radio and newspaper advertisements will also tell people how to make certain that they are on the electors list and that their information is correct. “It is a citizen’s right, privilege and duty to vote,” said Ms. McCulloch. “An accurate and permanent electors list will help ensure that eligible voters are ready when Nova Scotians are next invited to the polls.”last_img read more

22 Oct

Weekly Traffic Advisories

CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 105 from one kilometre east of the Highway 125 interchange, (before Ed’s Playland), easterly to the bridge near the Marine Atlantic Terminal, for ditching, pipe work, and repaving. The work is scheduled to be completed Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour is available on Gannon Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306, from Acres Road southeasterly to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro, for 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane at various locations and times from Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use caution while travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Work is expected to continue until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from the Victoria/Inverness county line, westerly about 3.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing and repaving until to Friday, Aug. 31. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Port Maitland Bridge Port Maitland Bridge on the Main Shore Road is closed for replacement until Friday Aug. 3. Traffic control consists of detour signs and traffic control people. There is a detour on Main Shore Road and Quaco Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Broadway overpass, easterly to Exit 29 at Barney’s River Station, for about 8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31 for repaving. Motorists will follow a pilot vehicle through a 2 kilometre work zone. Wide-load detour signs are posted. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through the construction zone. Traffic control people will be on site. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour will be closed to replace the bridge until Thursday, Aug. 23. Detour route at Long Beach Road and Baxters Harbour Road. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Oak Island Road Oak Island Road between West Brooklyn Road and Avonport will be closed to build a wall until Friday, July 20. A detour route is available via West Brooklyn Road. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 south and northbound lanes will have intermittent one-lane closures between Exit 11 (Stewiacke) and Exit 13A (Power Centre) for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Old Margaree Road Overpass The Old Margaree Road overpass in Baddeck will be closed for bridge painting from Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 27. Traffic control consists of traffic control signs and people. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River overpass on Highway 102 southbound, south of Exit 4A, will have a left lane closure for bridge repairs until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 Route 302 at the intersection of Trunk 2, westerly to Trider Road, has one-lane closures for road work until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road south for six kilometres until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, easterly to the CNR overpass, will have a one lane closure for paving from Thursday, July 5 to Tuesday, July 31.Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road at the intersection of Route 242/Barronsfield Road in River Hebert northerly six kilometres will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: HantsportKates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-755-7147 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Groves Point Road Groves Point Road, from Highway 105 to Groves Point Beach Park, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour is St. James Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads Motorists are advised that a one-lane closure will take place at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Public is advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat, north for 4.5 kilometres, toward D’Escousse to allow for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Arhibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, until Sunday, Sept 30. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be directed through the site on a temporary bridge regulated by traffic lights until the replacement is completed. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cribbons Point Road Cribbons Point Road, at the intersection of Route 337, east for about 1.7 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of signals. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road, to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, about 2.6 kilometres north of the Antigonish-Guysborough County line for about 8.3 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Paving Projects Paving has started on three sections of road in Lunenburg. Sections being paved are: PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres to the south, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. DIGBY-YARMOUTH COUNTIES: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Darling Lake, Yarmouth Co. to Salmon River, Digby Co. will be reduced to one lane for a paving project until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control will be a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Addington Forks, west for 6.5 kilometers, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Northfield Road, from Silver Road to McKeen Road at Upper Northfield Osborne Road, from Lower Branch Road in New Germany to end of chip seal Zwicker Mill Road, from Route 208 to Trunk 10. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Blanchard Brook Bridge Blanchard Brook bridge on Route 348 in Sunny Brae will be closed to all traffic until Friday, July 20 for bridge repairs. Motorists are advised to use detour at East River West side Road. -30- CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 in Cape Breton Regional Municipality from Exit 2 to Exit 4 will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route is available via Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111, eastbound and westbound, from the Windmill Road overpass to Lake Micmac and Lake Banook will have lane closures at various locations until late July for construction. Two travel lanes will remain open for commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Halifax bound, and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dartmouth bound. At least one travel lane will remain open at all other times. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the work site, and be prepared for delays. Traffic is controlled by traffic control people, signs, cones and barrels. Work is expected to take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (some weekend work may take place). YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to take an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brickton Bridge The Brickton Bridge on Mount Hanley Road will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for repairs and painting until Friday, Aug 17. There is a detour at Trunk 1 to Lawrencetown Lane to Middle Road. read more

22 Oct

Waterfront Development Announces Return of Tall Ships Nova Scotia

first_imgWaterfront Development announced today, Oct. 27, that tall ships are returning to Nova Scotia. They will arrive in Halifax July 19-23 and visit outports across the province July 24-30. “The province has committed $780,000 to the Tall Ships Nova Scotia event,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Our contribution will help fund the cost to bring the ships here and attract more visitors to the province.” The event is part of the Tall Ships Challenge – Atlantic Coast 2012 Race, organized by Tall Ships America. The ships will start in Savannah, Ga. and sail up the U.S. eastern seaboard, stopping in Charleston, S.C., Greenport, N.Y., and Newport, R.I. “The tall ships event will showcase the best of Nova Scotia,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “Nova Scotians and visitors to our province will have the opportunity to sample the best food, music, art and film, and a experience a piece of our history.” Event programming will include a special historical piece to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812. Halifax events will include an encampment and animators along the waterfront. Each of the outports will also commemorate Nova Scotia’s connections to the War of 1812. “The War of 1812 was a turning point in Canada’s history, and Canada’s national historic sites are at the very centre of the 200th anniversary,” said Linda Frank, field unit superintendent, mainland Nova Scotia field unit, Parks Canada. “Parks Canada is exploring opportunities to work with Waterfront Development to bring the stories of 1812 to the Halifax waterfront during Tall Ships 2012. “It will provide the chance for knowledgeable Parks Canada staff to captivate all ages and interests by telling some of the moving and inspiring stories from this time of conflict and courage.” Locals and tourists in other regions of Nova Scotia will have an opportunity to experience the tall ships in small and large ports across the province. Waterfront Development is partnering with Cape Breton Island to bring the Tall Ships to Port Hawkesbury, Louisbourg and Sydney. The ships will also visit Lunenburg, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Pictou and Pugwash. Theodore Tugboat is also playing a big role in the event. He is headed to the United States for the winter and will be travelling to the U.S. tall ships race ports. He will then bring them with him back to Halifax. “On behalf of the Murphy family and business, I am thrilled that Theodore will represent Nova Scotia traditions and culture as he departs on this significant promotional mission,” said Jeff Farwell, general manager and owner, Murphy’s The Cable Wharf. “This is a wonderful example of how private sector businesses can work effectively with the government to achieve great results.” In 2009, Tall Ships of Nova Scotia generated an incremental economic impact of $32.8 million, and attracted more than 94,000 tourists to the province. “The Waterfront Development team have put together yet another recipe for success in 2012. They’ve leveraged the popularity of the Nova Scotia’s waterfronts and used them as the stages on which the magic of a tall ships visit will be experienced,” said Patricia Lyall, president and CEO, Destination Halifax. Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences, and reflect and protects marine heritage. The Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts are the two most visited destinations in the province. For more information on the Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2012 event please visit www.my-waterfront.ca .last_img read more

20 Oct

Wimbledon Angelique Kerber wary of Serena Williams shadow

first_imgLondon: There are seven Grand Slam winners in defending champion Angelique Kerber’s quarter of the draw at Wimbledon this year but the German admits she is only conscious of one particular minefield — Serena Williams. Kerber won her third career major at the All England Club last year to add to her triumphs at the 2016 Australian and US Opens. Williams was her victim in the 2018 final as she avenged her loss to the 23-time major winning American in the final two years earlier. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I don’t know everyone who is in my draw, I just know Serena is there. Heard it all the time already,” said the 31-year-old German on Sunday. “Serena is one of the best players in the world. She’s a champion. To see how she is still competing and trying to coming back, trying to play her best tennis, she’s one of the toughest opponents to beat still. “Also with her experience, how she tries to play always her best tennis. Of course, young players are coming, but for me she is one of the best ones.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFifth-ranked Kerber will have plenty of challenges before she even contemplates facing seven-time champion Williams who she can’t meet before the last 16. Amongst potential third round opponents are five-time major winner Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, and 2011 US Open winner Samantha Stosur. Also in her section are new world number one and Roland Garros winner Ashleigh Barty, 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza as well as 2004 US Open and 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova. It’s enough to put even an experienced player such as Kerber under pressure, especially when it comes after a roller-coaster career at the Slams which has often seen her flatter to deceive when defending a title. Her defence of her Australian Open in 2017 ended in the fourth round while her attempt to defend the US Open crown later that year was over in a flash, Naomi Osaka applying the knockout blow in the first round. At Roland Garros this year, her hopes of completing the career Grand Slam were also dashed at the first hurdle when Kerber fell to Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova. Happily for Kerber, she has not lost in the first round at Wimbledon since 2011. “Wimbledon is more like mentally, also you have the experience of playing a lot of matches on grass, which is completely different to the other surfaces,” said Kerber, who made the final in Eastbourne on Saturday, losing to Karolina Pliskova.last_img read more

20 Oct

Adityanath writes to HRD minister urging him to establish IISER in UP

first_imgNew Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has written to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ urging him to establish an IISER in the state. In his letter, Adityanath has said the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has been providing inter-disciplinary education and in order to promote science education, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has established seven such institutes in the country. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest state in terms of its population of 23 crore and a huge section of it consists of youth, who are in search of educational and employment opportunities. “With the establishment of an IISER, new avenues will open up for the state in terms of education and employment and the future of the youth will also be secured,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister has written in his letter to Pokhriyal.last_img read more

20 Oct

Ariana Grande opens up about Mac Miller and Pete Davidson

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Ariana Grande has reflected upon the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her short-lived engagement to comedian Pete Davidson in a new interview. In a wide-ranging profile piece by Vogue, the 26-year-old musician said headlining the 2019 Coachella music festival reminded her of Miller, who passed away from an accidental overdose in September last year. “I never thought I’d even go to Coachella. I was always a person who never went to festivals and never went out and had fun like that. But the first time I went was to see Malcolm perform, and it was such an incredible experience. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “I went the second year as well, and I associate… heavily… It was just kind of a mindf**k, processing how much has happened in such a brief period,” Grande said. In 2018, the singer had blasted a Twitter user for “shaming and blaming” her for her breakup with Miller. Looking back at her response, she said, “People don’t see any of the real stuff that happens, so they are loud about what they think happened. They didn’t see the years of work and fighting and trying, or the love and exhaustion. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “That tweet came from a place of complete defeat, and you have no idea how many times I warned him that that would happen and fought that fight, for how many years of our friendship, of our relationship. You have no idea so you’re not allowed to pull that card, because you don’t f**king know. That’s where that came from,” she added. The singer said she spent years worrying about Miller, who was battling substance abuse and alcoholism. “It’s pretty all-consuming. By no means was what we had perfect, but, like, f**k. He was the best person ever, and he didn’t deserve the demons he had. I was the glue for such a long time, and I found myself becoming… less and less sticky. The pieces just started to float away,” Grande said. She also talked about her relationship with Davidson, with whom she got engaged in May 2018 and later separated in October same year. “My friends were like, Come! We’re gonna have a fun summer.’ And then I met Pete, and it was an amazing distraction. It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn’t know him. “I’m like an infant when it comes to real life and this old soul, been-around-the-block-a-million-times artist. I still don’t trust myself with the life stuff,” Grande said.last_img read more

20 Oct

UK car sector accelerates towards electric future

first_imgLondon: Britain’s auto industry, seeking to swerve Brexit obstacles, is accelerating toward electrification as consumers shun high-polluting diesels, driven by rapid advances in technology and greener government policy. Four famous car brands born in Britain but now foreign-owned — German-held Bentley and Mini, Indian-backed Jaguar Land Rover, and Chinese-controlled Lotus — have each this month outlined plans for purely electric models to sit alongside their petrol vehicles. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAll-electric cars, which need to be charged from the mains, and hybrids, which combine electrics with petrol or gasoline engines, are gaining in popularity as more consumers turn away from the pollution-spewing internal combustion engine. “You need to be into electrification,” Lotus Cars chief executive Phil Popham told AFP in an interview after unveiling the firm’s first all-electric sports car Evija — pronounced “E-vi-ya” — which the company will start making next year. Lotus, 51-percent owned by Chinese auto giant Geely, plans an initial sale of only 130 of the supercars, which will each cost about 1.7 million pounds ( 2.1 million, 1.8 million euros). “Electrification is absolutely part of our future,” said Popham. In the not-too-distant future, all of our cars will offer electrification.” Lotus’ plant in Hethel, eastern England, will see a 100-million pounds investment over the next five years as it ramps up its sports car range with financial firepower and technical knowhow from Geely, which bought its majority stake two years ago.last_img read more

18 Oct

4 of top10 cos lose 84433 cr in mcap HDFC twins hit

first_imgNew Delhi: Four of the 10 most valued domestic companies together witnessed an erosion of Rs 84,432.8 crore in market capitalisation last week, with HDFC twins taking the biggest hit. RIL and SBI were the other frontline companies that suffered a drop in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HUL, Infosys, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank finished with gains. However, the cumulative gain of these firms at Rs 22,058.3 crore was less than the total loss suffered by the four companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe m-cap of HDFC Bank plunged Rs 26,900.6 crore to Rs 6,22,401.90 crore, making it the top loser among the top-10 firms. It was followed by HDFC, whose valuation tumbled Rs 23,360.6 crore to Rs 3,74,131.53 crore. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) lost Rs 22,123.4 crore in m-cap to stand at Rs 7,69,627.33 crore, while SBI’s valuation dropped Rs 12,048.2 crore to Rs 3,05,667.95 crore. In contrast, the market cap of TCS jumped Rs 11,951.35 crore to Rs 7,91,302.89 crore and that of ICICI Bank zoomed Rs 3,484.66 crore to Rs 2,68,125.39 crore. ITC added Rs 2,487.11 crore to its valuation to reach Rs 3,31,749.04 crore and Kotak Mahindra Bank gained Rs 2,138.61 crore to Rs 2,88,522.40 crore. The valuation of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) climbed by Rs 1,266.41 crore to Rs 3,74,651.29 crore and that of Infosys rose Rs 730.16 crore to Rs 3,38,148.69 crore.last_img read more

18 Oct

Need to understand why law graduates natural choice is not legal profession

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday said there is a need to look at the role and functioning of lawyers and understand why a law graduate’s natural choice is not the legal profession in spite of great attractions and opportunities.The CJI said lawyers act as advocates and advisors of litigants and help them secure their rights under the law. While working for their clients, they interpret and mould the law and help the judges in laying down the legal propositions that have binding effects on the future generations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justice Gogoi, who was speaking at the seventh annual convocation of National Law University here, added that the purpose of law schools is to bring out lawyers who would serve the country as prospective leaders of the bar, adjudicators on the bench and educators and teachers. He said it is time now for introspection and analyse as to whether the five-year law course, a combined degree in law and arts, has met its ambitions. He said the five-year law school model has not entirely failed in achieving the purpose, but it has also not brought about the expected transformation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”National law schools have sought to foster intensive five-year course, combined degree in law and arts. This initiative was on a strong commitment to improve existing legal infrastructure. Indeed with this ambition, five-year law schools have spearheaded critical changes in syllabi and structure to bring up new generation of lawyers who will think more critically and analyse comprehensive and argue articulately,” the CJI said. He said it must be asked as to how many law schools are serving the purpose they were designed for and added that the primary reason for setting up the five-year law schools was to strengthen the bar. Besides Justice Gogoi, Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel, who is the chancellor of the NLU, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev, NLU vice chancellor Ranbir Singh and registrar G S Bajpai were also present in the programme. Degrees were conferred on the students of LLM and BA. LLB courses and the toppers were also awarded with gold medals and cash prizes. Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev was also awarded a degree in LLM professional course and a gold medal. Justice Gogoi said the five-year model was aimed at developing socially conscious lawyers who serve society by developing skills in the field of advocacy, legal aid, legislation or reforms and also organise lectures, conferences and promote legal knowledge. “One will necessarily have to look on the role and functioning of lawyers and try and understand why in spite of great attractions and opportunities that the legal profession offers, the law graduates natural choice is not the legal profession, he said. He added that lawyers also act as adjudicators, negotiators and mediators and they are great educators too. Career in law firms and corporates have become popular choices and continue to remain so, the CJI said, adding that the highly attractive career at the bar and the bench also needs to be highlighted. Practice of law is a reasonably lucrative profession. I do not wish to be drawn into the financial side of the legal profession… All that I would like to say is that the issue is left to the members of the bar to ponder and decide, the CJI said. He also spoke about the hefty fee structures in law schools and said “if existing fee structure acts as economical barrier to education, then in a country like ours, it is nothing short of a tragedy”. A lawyer’s mind is always an open mind, he can take any case and fight it out within the framework of law. “Until and unless the bar is strong, our legal system cannot function efficiently,” he said. Bar is a feeder to benches also. Most of the judges in the higher judiciary are drawn from the bar, he said. Let me tell you life at this side of the bar, the bench, is not bad. I have been on this for 20 years now. The levels of satisfaction are very high, the CJI said. On freedom of choice, he said, Say no and a big no to anything and everything that appear to your mind to be morally and actually regressive. Say yes to everything which you think can be offered to anybody.”last_img read more

18 Oct

RBI rules out asset quality review of NBFCs for now

first_imgMumbai: Even as he reiterated the regulatory resolve to not let any large NBFC fail, Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Monday ruled out ordering an asset quality review of the systematically important shadow banks for now. The over 12,000-odd non-banking financial institutions, coupled with their housing finance peers, collectively control a quarter of the credit market, have been under severe stress following the bankruptcy of one of the largest players IL&FS group last September. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe IL&FS group owes close to Rs 1 trillion to the system and more than half of that is to banks, mostly state- owned ones. Its failure has made banks highly risk averse to the NBFC sector, leading to a severe liquidity crunch. The group is not only under bankruptcy process now but also under many a probe including by the ED, CBI and the SFIO. Addressing the press on the sidelines of the national banking conference being organised by the industry lobby Ficci, Das ruled out ordering an asset quality review of the large NBFCs, says the RBI is not thinking about conducting one for now as it had done for the banks in late 2016 and early 2017, under which it identified 40 largest stressed accounts and asked banks to send for bankruptcy resolution. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”At the moment there is no such proposal to have an asset quality review on NBFC but while saying that let me also add that 500odd NBFCs and HFCs are closely being monitored by us and our monitoring and supervision include all aspects of their functioning, including their capital adequacy, stability, their cash inflow, outflow,” Das told reporters. He said the RBI is keeping a close watch on the interconnectedness of banks and non-banking finance companies and reiterated that the monetary authority will not let any of the top 50-odd NBFCs to fail. “It is our endeavour to ensure that no large NBFC collapses,” Das reiterated and said the objective of the RBI is to harmonise the liquidity requirements for banks and non- banking finance companies. “It is our endeavour to have an optimal level of regulation and supervision so that NBFCs are financially resilient and robust. We will not hesitate to take whatever steps are required to maintain financial stability in the short, medium and the long-term.” Stating the objective of the regulation is to harmonise the liquidity norms between banks and NBFCs, taking into account their unique business models, he said, “we are also looking at governance and risk management structures in NBFCs” and recalled that as late as in May 2019, RBI had asked NBFCs with a size of over Rs 5,000 crore to appoint functionally independent chief risk officers with clearly specified role and responsibilities with a view to bring in professional risk management system. On the housing finance companies, some of which are also in trouble following the NBFC crisis, and whose regulatory remit has been vested with the RBI after being taken away from the National Housing Bank since the July budget, he said all the regulations put in place by the NHB will continue for HFCs, but RBI is in the process of reviewing some of the norms. Das explained that bringing HFCs under the regulatory ambit of the Reserve Bank is a significant move, given their asset-liability profiles. Including HFCs, the size of the NBFC sector constitutes about 25 percent of combined balance sheet of scheduled commercial banks. The Reserve Bank will take necessary measures to deal with these challenges, Das said. Pure-play housing finance companies like Dewan Housing is on the verge of collapse following the credit crunch created by the fall of the IL&FS group.last_img read more

18 Oct

Thousands protest against demolition of Ravidas Mandir

first_imgNEW DELHI: The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi turned into a sea of blue as thousands of Dalits from various parts of the country hit the streets of the city on Wednesday to protest the recent demolition of a Ravidas Mandir in the national capital. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.Wearing blue caps and carrying flags, protesters of all age groups marched from Ambedkar Bhawan in Jhandewalan to the Ramlila Maidan. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTraffic movement was affected in some parts of the city due to this. Cries of ‘Jai Bhim’ rend the air as the protesters, who arrived from Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states, demanded that the government hand over the plot of land to the community and rebuild the temple. The protest in Delhi came a week after a similar protest of Dalits in Punjab on August 13 over the issue. The issue has taken a political hue with various parties demanding that the temple be reconstructed either at the same spot in Tughlakabad forest area or at an alternative location. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe gathering in the national capital saw the presence of Delhi’s Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and spiritual leaders from the community. Gautam said their fight is against the injustice meted out to the community and not against the Supreme Court order. “I am here as a representative of the community and not as a Delhi minister or politician. We respect the Supreme Court order, but the government should answer why only temples of the Dalit community and statues of BR Ambedkar are being demolished across the country?” he asked. Gathered under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Sant Shiromani Guru Ravidas Mandir Sanyukta Sanrakhshan Samiti, an umbrella body of Dalit groups formed for this temple movement, the protesters resolved to continue the fight till their demands were met. Some even proceeded on an indefinite hunger strike at the Ramilia Maidan. Hansraj Raj, 42, who travelled to Delhi from Punjab’s Jalandhar, asked, “How is our demand different from that for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya? If that is so important for a particular community, this is important for us.” V P Singh, 60, from Ghaziabad said thousands of religious structures have come up on government and forest land. “Why only a temple of Sant Ravidas was razed? The government should answer”. Sonu, 30, said, “They are asking us to construct the temple at an alternative place. Why don’t they shift the Ram Mandir to some other place? Everything happened in the blink of an eye. We didn’t even get to know of the SC order. Are we not citizens of India?” Another protester alleged that the apex court diluted provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, “without considering the views of Dalits”.last_img read more

18 Oct

Maharashtra Man gets 20year jail for murdering neighbours son

first_imgThane: A local court has handed a 20-year imprisonment to a 35-year-old man from Diwa in Thane district of Maharashtra for murdering the 10-year-old son of his neighbour over a petty issue in 2014. The testimony of the younger brother of the victim nailed the role of the accused in the crime. District Judge V Y Jadhav on Friday convicted Kiran Tambe under sections 302 (Punishment for murder) and 363 (Punishment for kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and directed him to pay Rs 55,000 as fine. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The prosecution has proved the charges against the accused beyond all doubts for which the accused needs to be convicted and sentenced,” the judge noted. A total of nine witnesses were examined during the trial. Additional Public Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni told the court that Tambe had scolded the victim and his brother on January 19, 2014 for watching him fight with his wife. Tambe later had a heated argument with the father of the boys who had confronted him. “On the next day (January 20), Tambe took the ten-year-old victim to the terrace of their building and asked him to bring liquor for him, which he refused. Irked by this, Tambe attacked the boy with a sickle and pushed him off the terrace. The boy died on way to hospital,” said Kulkarni. Among other evidence, the court also relied on the testimony of the younger brother of the victim, he said.last_img read more

18 Oct

Hamilton crash causes redflag stoppage at Spa practice

first_imgSpa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Practice at Spa was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday after Lewis Hamilton crashed his Mercedes into a wall. The championship leader and defending five-time world champion was unhurt and climbed out of his car as the red flag came out to suspend the third free practice session. Hamilton lost control of the car at high speed at the Les Fagnes chicane in a heavy collision with the tyre-protected barriers. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I’m in the wall guys,” said Hamilton. “Sorry.” His car appeared to be badly damaged around the front and the left front wheel and looked as if it may need substantial repairs, or a chassis change, for the Briton to take part in qualifying scheduled for later on Saturday. Hamilton was taken back to the paddock while the car was transported away on the back of an open truck which showed severe damage to both front wheels.last_img read more

17 Oct

BC court approves classaction against province over 2013 fuel spill

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has approved a class-action lawsuit against the provincial government over a fuel spill that forced the evacuation of thousand of residents in the Slocan Valley four years ago.The law firm representing 2,500 residents says it’s the first such environmental lawsuit certified by the court against the province of B.C.The firm, Rosenberg Kosakoski Litigation, says in a statement the tanker truck that overturned, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the Slocan River water system was part of a province-led refuelling operation for firefighting helicopters.The action alleges the province caused the disaster because of operational mismanagement and then failed to adequately respond to the spill, which resulted millions of dollars in damages to private property and the ecosystem.At the time, residents were evacuated and a do-not-use water order was put into effect as the fuel moved from Lemon Creek into the Slocan River.The firm says in the statement that the province contested the class-action application, pointing blame at its co-defendants including the firms contracted by the government to execute the operation.Calgary-based Executive Flight Centre owned the truck that was on its way to supply helicopters battling a nearby wildfire when it overturned into the creek.The statement says Justice David Masuhara rejected the province’s position, saying everyone should be concerned when the government fails in its duties to protect the environment and take responsibility for its mistakes.last_img read more

17 Oct

FedEx Office stores closing in Canada at the cost of 214 jobs

first_imgTORONTO – Shipping giant FedEx is closing its FedEx Office stores in Canada after 32 years in the country.Spokeswoman Stacey Sullivan says FedEx Office will close its 24 stores, a manufacturing plant in Markham, Ont., and its head office in Toronto.The move will result in the loss of 214 jobs, but will not affect FedEx’s shipping business in Canada, she said, adding the decision was made after assessing current and future business prospects.Eighteen of the stores are in Ontario, five in B.C. and one in Nova Scotia. The closings are to begin in August.FedEx Office shops offer a range of business services including copying and printing, sign making, office supplies sales and packaging services.The stores are also used as pick-up and drop-off sites for FedEx shipping.last_img read more

17 Oct

Laws must change politician says after NL man acquitted of FHITP slur

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland politician is hoping to change provincial harassment laws following the acquittal of a man who hurled sexual obscenities at a female TV reporter in St. John’s.Cathy Bennett says laws on workplace sexual harassment are badly outdated.On Tuesday, provincial court Judge Colin Flynn dismissed a single charge against 28-year-old Justin Penton for causing a public disturbance.Penton acknowledged he yelled a phrase commonly abbreviated to FHITP at NTV reporter Heather Gillis last April as she taped an interview outside the St. John’s dump.The judge said the sexist slur — part of a crass phenomenon that has plagued journalists in the United States and Canada since it started as an online prank in 2014 — was vulgar and offensive, but not a crime under the circumstances.In a statement Wednesday, Bennett said she will introduce a private member’s bill in the House of Assembly to amend the Labour Standards Act, the Labour Relations Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.“A workplace can also include public sidewalks where a female reporter may be doing her job,” Bennett said in her statement.“Sexual harassment perpetrated by bystanders, peers, subordinates and people in power can no longer be tolerated and our laws must be changed in order to ensure there are legal consequences to such actions.”Bennett, who has long been an advocate against harassment of women, was the Liberal government’s finance minister until she resigned in July. She continues to represent a St. John’s-area riding.She said there is for the first time a unified voice of intolerance toward sexual harassment of women, and laws must keep up with society.“I fear our laws in Newfoundland and Labrador, like many places, are dreadfully outdated to reflect our current times,” she said.In his ruling Tuesday, Flynn noted it’s open to Parliament to broaden the law, as was done in England where statutes protect against intentional harassment but also “alarm or distress.”The judge also said his ruling on the specific facts “does not mean that these noted words can be said to persons, in particular female reporters out doing their jobs, with impunity.”Gillis said in an emailed statement she understood the judge has to work within the law, but was disappointed in the ruling.Mark Dwyer, NTV’s news director, said another reporter in the newsroom had the same obscenity yelled at her Monday night during a live hit at city hall.“In our newsroom, almost every female reporter has been subjected to it,” he said Tuesday.last_img read more

17 Oct

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for February by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in February. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (revised numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.0 per cent (14.0)— Prince Edward Island 10.1 (10.6)— Nova Scotia 7.9 (8.2)— New Brunswick 8.2 (9.1)— Quebec 5.6 (5.4)— Ontario 5.5 (5.5)— Manitoba 5.9 (5.6)— Saskatchewan 5.6 (5.4)— Alberta 6.7 (7.0)— British Columbia 4.7 (4.8)last_img

17 Oct

Quebec ticket takes Friday nights 60 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – After going unclaimed for several weeks, the $60 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw was won by a single ticket sold in Quebec.The draw also offered 52 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each, and 27 of them were won — to be shared by the holders 37 winning tickets sold across the country.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on June 15 will be approximately $35 million.last_img