Almost Empty Youth Centre to Close

first_imgThe province will work closely with local governments andbusiness organizations in southwestern Nova Scotia to promoteeconomic development, as it prepares for closure of the ShelburneYouth Centre on April 1. The announcement was made today, Feb. 10, by Justice MinisterMichael Baker. There are only two youths living on the modern campus that oncehoused 120 and that now has a normal capacity of 24. The facilitycosts about $2.8 million a year to operate. “With extra space available at our Nova Scotia Youth Centre inWaterville,” said Mr. Baker, “it’s the appropriate time to closeShelburne and transfer the remaining young people, to make surethey receive excellent programs in a larger group environment.Today’s announcement is all about doing the right thing for ouryouth, working with our staff to help them explore options, andworking together on future economic development opportunities.” As a result of the decline in the number of young people incustody, Shelburne was downsized to 24 beds in 2001. Since thefederal Youth Criminal Justice Act took effect in 2003, thenumber of residents has continued to drop. Under the Act, youthsunder the age of 18 who commit violent offences can be placed incustody. Non-violent offenders receive intensive supervision orother community-based sentences. Historically, about 75 per centof the young people living on-site have come from the metroHalifax region, with only two per cent from the South Shore. “When it comes to working hands-on with South Shore youth, ourintensive supervision programs provide an even greater benefitthan having a facility like Shelburne,” said Mr. Baker. “Ourprobation officers in Bridgewater and Yarmouth give directsupport to area schools by working with as many as 20 youths. Andthat support will continue. “This announcement removes any uncertainty among staff about thefuture of Shelburne,” added Mr. Baker. “I know it’s been adifficult time for them. Now, it’s time to roll up our sleevesand do our best to support the region’s economic strategy.” Mr. Baker said the province will listen closely to suggestionsand recommendations from the region. “We’re certainly open toideas,” he added. “We understand the value of attracting long-term jobs to the region.” The Shelburne Youth Centre is a former naval base that wasconverted to a juvenile training school following the SecondWorld War. The Department of Justice assumed responsibility forthe facility in 1994. Discussions will take place shortly with staff and the NovaScotia Government and General Employees’ Union to identifyoptions for staff, including continuing employment withinCorrectional Services.last_img read more

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AdoptAHighway Campaign Underway

first_imgHundreds of kilometres of Nova Scotia highways will soon be getting their annual spring cleaning now that the province’s 2006 Adopt-A-Highway program has begun. “Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have been making Nova Scotia highways look better since 1992,” said Theresa Osborne, co-ordinator, Adopt-A-Highway. “Last year they worked more than 6,000 hours along 532 kilometres of highways and 10 interchange areas and picked up almost 5,000 bags of garbage.” In a brief roadside ceremony to officially open the 2006 program today, May 12, Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac recognized the hard work of the volunteers and urged Nova Scotians to be extra careful when driving through cleanup areas. “The hard work done by these volunteers benefits all of us,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “It is important that drivers reduce speed and be extra cautious when they come across one of these cleanup groups at work.” Mr. MacIsaac said volunteers will be wearing fluorescent orange safety vests, but they may be fairly close to the road’s driving surface as they pick up litter from adopted sections of highway. Adopt-A-Highway is an internationally renowned roadside litter cleanup program. It protects and preserves the environmental health of the landscape and maintains scenic routes for motorists. In Nova Scotia it is supported by RRFB (Resource Recovery Fund Board) Nova Scotia, the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia, the departments of Transportation and Public Works, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and Environment and Labour, the Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia, and Clean Nova Scotia. More information about the Adopt-A-Highway Program is available by calling Theresa Osborne at 902-893-6520 or by e-mail at osbornct@gov.ns.ca . Information is also available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/wi/projects/adopt.shtml .last_img read more

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Defence and Aerospace Company Expands Halifax Workforce

first_imgL-3 Communications Canada, an industry-leading defence and aerospace company, is expanding its Halifax operations to create an additional 210 positions for Nova Scotians over the next five years. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has reached a payroll rebate agreement with L-3 Communications Canada to accelerate the growth of its Halifax operation. “The province of Nova Scotia is pleased to be a partner in the growth of one of the world’s leading defence and aerospace companies, L-3 Communications Canada,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “The announcement also signals an enhanced aerospace industry in the province, and expanded opportunities for Nova Scotians.” Canadian Defence Review magazine has named L-3 Communications Canada’s number one ranked defence company. The company is projected to bring in a substantial amount of new business to Nova Scotia. The company’s expansion plan includes targeting growth in the Department of National Defence’s Maritime helicopter support; maintenance, repair, and overhaul; electronics manufacturing; and integrated systems for security applications. “We have seen tremendous growth in Nova Scotia’s defence and aerospace industry,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Targeted support for businesses in these strategic economic growth areas offer significant opportunities for Nova Scotia’s future and provides well-paying job options for our youth.” “Nova Scotia has many strategic assets that make it the ideal location to grow our operations,” said Anthony Caputo, president of L-3 Communications Canada. “With its skilled workforce, unrivaled infrastructure, competitive costs, and advantageous geographical location, Nova Scotia is uniquely suited to provide all the required conditions for a highly effective operation.” NSBI’s payroll rebate is set at a maximum of $2,480,000 over a five-year period. The earned rebate will be invested incrementally as the company achieves its employment goals. “The defence and aerospace sector is a natural business asset for this province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Nova Scotia’s business case for this type of operation is unbeatable. NSBI is pleased to play a role in helping industry-leading companies like L-3 Communications take advantage of these positive conditions, and to gain ground in increasing the number of high-quality career opportunities available in our province.” L-3 Communications Canada is an international defence, aerospace and public security company with a strong focus on military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, navel ship systems, sensors, communications, electronics systems. L-3 Communications Canada is headquartered in Markham, Ont., with six operating divisions across the country employing more than 3,000 high-technology personnel in four provinces (Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta). L-3 Communications Canada currently employs 150 people at its location in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

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PengrowthNS Energy Scholarship Gets 1 Million Boost

first_imgMore Nova Scotia students will have a chance to make their mark in the province’s energy industry, thanks to Pengrowth Energy Trust and the Government of Nova Scotia. Premier Rodney MacDonald was joined today, Oct. 4, by Pengrowth president and CEO Jim Kinnear as the premier told participants at the Core Energy Conference that Pengrowth and the government are putting an additional $1 million — $500,000 each — into the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program. Today’s investments bring the total value of the scholarship trust to $3 million. “By expanding the scholarship fund, we are demonstrating our confidence in our energy industry and our commitment to encouraging young Nova Scotians to pursue careers in the province’s flourishing energy sector,” said the premier. “Our involvement in Nova Scotia’s offshore continues to be very rewarding for Pengrowth and for the people of Nova Scotia, which is why we are proud to be able to invest more in the province,” said Mr. Kinnear. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program is helping to foster strong energy careers for Nova Scotians. We’re proud to partner with the province of Nova Scotia in a joint mission to help ensure a secure energy future for the province where Pengrowth team members and their families live and work.” Energy Minister Bill Dooks welcomed the announcement. “There are many opportunities in Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” he said. “The additional $1 million will open the door for even more of our province’s bright students to explore what our energy sector has to offer.” The new investments will help create six additional trades scholarships for Nova Scotia students. It will also help create a Visiting Scholars program that will bring international experts to Nova Scotia to address critical areas related to the local oil and gas sector. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Fund was created in 2005. Pengrowth Corporation, one of the owners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, initially contributed $1.5 million to the fund and the province added $500,000. The goals of the program are to award scholarships and research grants to Nova Scotia students pursuing undergraduate degrees, college-level trades and technology programs at Nova Scotia Community College and graduate research at Nova Scotia universities. The premier and Mr. Kinnear recently announced the winners of the 2006 scholarships.The winners are: Evan Bridson-Pateman, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Co.Christopher Cloney, Brookfield, Colchester Co.Gillian Fung, Lower Sackville, Halifax Co.Malcolm Gillis, Margaree, Inverness Co.Danielle Glenn, Antigonish, Antigonish Co.Ashley Hill, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Co.Amy Ingram, Liverpool, Queens Co.Beth MacEachern, Westville, Pictou Co.Kevin MacIsaac, Westville, Pictou Co.Corey MacNeil, Cole Harbour, Halifax Co.Cody Rawding, Caledonia, Queens Co. Scott Smith, Halifax, Halifax Co.Mark Staples, Halifax, Halifax Co.Daniel Verner, Coxheath, Cape Breton Co. The deadline for the 2007 undergraduate and trades scholarships is April 27. For application forms or for additional information on the scholarships or petroleum innovation grant, please visit the Nova Scotia Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Human Rights Inquiry to Commence

first_imgAn independent board of inquiry will consider preliminary matters in a complaint of discrimination on the basis of sex/gender. Valerie Munroe, Janice MacDonald, and Debbie Reid claim they are paid less for work of equal value than other male employees of the Town of Truro. The Town of Truro is seeking a preliminary ruling about whether the board of inquiry has jurisdiction to hear a pay equity complaint, and whether the employees’ union, the Police Association of Nova Scotia, should be added as a respondent to the complaint. The hearing will begin Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. and continue to Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, 150 Willow St., Truro. It will be chaired by Kenneth Crawford. Boards of inquiry are the final stage in the human rights complaint process. They are independent, public hearings into complaints of discrimination.last_img read more

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Les NéoÉcossais étaient bien préparés en vue dune situation durgence

first_imgRamona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences, a félicité les Néo-Écossais, aujourd’hui 24 août, pour avoir pris les précautions nécessaires en vue de l’ouragan Bill. « La sécurité des Néo-Écossais est notre principale priorité, et en raison de l’incertitude relative à la taille et à la force de la tempête et du caractère imprévisible de sa trajectoire, il était important que les Néo-Écossais soient prêts au pire, a dit Mme Jennex. Je veux remercier tout le monde pour leur coopération. » Les coordonnateurs provinciaux et municipaux de la gestion des urgences et les bénévoles ont fait un excellent travail et joué un rôle essentiel alors que la tempête s’approchait des provinces de l’Atlantique, a souligné Mme Jennex. Les rapports préliminaires indiquent que les dommages ont été minimes. On rappelle au public de faire attention dans les zones côtières où les vagues peuvent encore être très fortes, et de se tenir loin des lignes de transport d’électricité brisées. Les organismes de gestion des urgences ont travaillé pendant la nuit. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la province et les organismes locaux continuent de surveiller les rapports météorologiques et les mises à jour des municipalités.last_img read more

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Fire Prevention Week 2009

first_imgDuring Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-11, Nova Scotians are encouraged to make sure their carbon monoxide detectors and fire safety equipment are working and properly installed. “Carbon monoxide can be a serious issue for any individual heating their home with wood, heating oil, propane or natural gas,” says Bob Cormier, Nova Scotia’s fire marshal. “It can also be a risk in homes that have attached garages.” Carbon monoxide detectors need to be: ULC and CSA listed installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications tested weekly replaced every 5 years. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur quickly and without warning. It is responsible for more deaths than any other single form of poisoning. Carbon monoxide detectors are the most effective way people can protect themselves and their family against the odourless, colourless gas. Nova Scotians are also reminded to check and maintain all of their fire safety equipment, including smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, on a regular basis. For more information on home safety and fire prevention, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/publicsafety.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img QUEENS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Tuesday, June 8. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 On Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8, Exit 24 on Highway 104 will be detoured to Exit 25 for construction of the roundabout. North Foord Street, south of Highway 104 by the ramps, will be restricted to a single lane until Tuesday, Aug. 31 to allow for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Foord Street and Exit 24. The first phase of work consists of replacement of the sanitary sewer and installation of catch basin. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103, between Exits 5 and 6, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-7994 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Seven sections of Highway 105 between Exit 6 and Exit 8 are reduced to one lane for construction and repaving. The work is expected to last until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 31 to Exit 32 will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shoulder work until Thursday, July 15. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 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 has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3 will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, June 18. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106 at Exit 2, Granton-Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Wednesday, June 30. Traffic signals on site. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Repairs to the Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive are expected to continue until the end of June. Traffic on the bridge will continue to be one lane until repairs are completed. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is open to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Saturday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 254 in Kennetcook to Route 236 Northfield Road will be reduced to one lane for about 7.5 kilometers for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control persons will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5 kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 8 and Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, widening of the twinned sections and paving until mid-June. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603.center_img ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic On Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for repair work on the Pomquet River Bridge, near Heatherton, until Wednesday, June 30. Temporary traffic signals are on site, but delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Wentworth Road Highway 101, from Exit 5 to Exit 5A (Wentworth Road Overpass included), will be reduced to one lane, stop-and-go traffic, for cold planing and repaving until Saturday, July 31. The Wentworth Underpass will also have stop-and-go traffic for concrete repairs for the same time period. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation from Monday, June 8 until Friday, June 11. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, near Exit 26 in Sutherlands River will have a speed zone reduction to 70 km/h for ongoing construction work for the Highway 104 twinning project. It is in effect until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2/Mill Village Road Trunk 2 from Gibb Road to 244 Interchange, about 2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control persons will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 A 7.2 kilometre section of Highway 106, from Highway 104 north to Exit 2, including westbound ramps on Highway 104 and ramps at Exit 1A and Exit 2 on Highway 106, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, installation of rumble strips, patching and repaving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m., to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday and from 6:30 a.m., to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Clamshell Road Clamshell Road will be closed to replace culverts until Friday, June 11. A detour is available via East Petpeswick to Trunk 7 and then to West Petpeswick. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Wednesday, June 30. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 15 westbound to Exit 13 will be reduced to one lane for shaping and paving of crossovers until Saturday, July 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from about two kilometres north of Catalone Gut Road, south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120last_img read more

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Courtmonitored Drug Treatment Program Piloted in Kings County

first_imgNew sentencing options and treatment programs will soon be available in Kings County for people whose addictions lead to criminal behaviour. Government introduced the first court-monitored drug treatment program in Atlantic Canada today, April 23. The Kentville Law Courts will house the pilot project. “Keeping communities safe means trying to address whatever is causing people to get involved with criminal activity in the first place,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “People with drug addictions often turn to crime to maintain their habits. With treatment and support, many can turn their lives around, and that helps all of us in the long run.” The project is designed to ensure offenders take responsibility for their actions and commit to addiction treatment. People who have been charged with an offence can be referred to the program by their lawyer, the Crown attorney, police officers, probation officers and community treatment partners. They can also refer themselves. “A key role of the court is to impose sentences that contribute to a just, peaceful and safe society,” said Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia. “During treatment, participants are held accountable to, and closely monitored by, the court. Sentences will try to deter the use of harmful substances that led to the crimes and to assist participants with rehabilitation.” To enter the program, participants must plead guilty to the offence and be in a treatment program before they return to court for sentencing. The court will monitor their progress. To graduate, participants must be drug-free for at least three months and be involved in their community. If they are charged with any new offences, they cannot complete the program. “We know that drug misuse, including abuse of prescription drugs, is a serious problem,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Today’s announcement is another positive step forward in our efforts to tackle this issue.” The pilot will be monitored to see if it helps prevent offenders from re-offending and reduces crime. The program began accepting referrals this month and court appearances should begin in May. The program is supported by the provincial and federal governments, the provincial court, Annapolis Valley Health, local police and community groups.last_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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Surfacetoair missile Akash successfully test fired

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Monday successfully test fired an Akash-MK-1S missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Odisha, the defence ministry said Monday.The surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile with a strike range of 25 km and capability to carry warhead of 60 kg was test fired on May 25 and May 27, they said. “Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR, Chandipur, Odhisa on May 25 and 27,” the defence ministry said in a statement. It said the Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance. “Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in both the missions. All the mission objectives have been met,” the ministry said.last_img read more

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Cops intensify late night patrolling to check harassment incidents

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata police intensified its vigil across the length and breadth of the city during the late night hours following the harassment of former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta and her cab driver in the heart of the city on July 17.Following the incident, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly gave instructions to the top cops to strengthen surveillance particularly during the late night. Prodded by the Chief Minister, the city’s police commissioner Anuj Sharma held meeting with the senior officers and chalked out a standard operating procedure so that a police station does not refuse to take a complaint irrespective of their jurisdiction. The standard operating procedure has been delivered to all the police stations in the city charting a guideline on what is to be done if a person intends to lodge a complaint at a police station area other than where the incident had taken place. It says that no complainant should be harassed under any circumstances and steps would be taken against the officers if they are involved in such incidents. A general dairy (GD) should be taken by the on-duty police officers immediately after a harassment victim steps into a police station. If the victim lodges the GD at a police station of different jurisdiction, the police officer of that particular police station should inform the control room and seek advice in this regard. As a part of its surveillance drive the police have been conducting raids at important places in the city after 9 pm. The raids are jointly conducted by the traffic police and anti-rowdy squads of the city police. On Saturday night, the city police prosecuted 2,178 people for various law and order violations. Sengupta was allegedly harassed by some youths late on July 17 while she was on her way home with one of her colleagues in a cab.last_img read more

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The necessary quality check

first_imgThe purpose of a PhD is to facilitate original research in the chosen field of the enrolled scholar. Attribute it to the raging job crisis or the way to get by with a doctorate made much easier, it has come at an opportune time to assess the quality of PhD pursued across India. Potentially, such researches can contribute significantly to public policy with their insight and analysis of relevant details. But as matters stand, in social and natural sciences (with the exception of IITs), the topics of research are often hyper-theoretical with little empirical studies, or historical without any contemporary currency; and researches in literature are often repetitive. History is inevitable, but the understanding of histories and to justify the resources that enable research in this direction must bear some pertinence to matters of current relevance. Similarly, analysing the wonders of the universe will acquire greater meaning if it concludes with some concrete ideas with respect to the application. Academic research ought not to be like a work of fiction: pursued for the sake of it, and indulged in by another if it happens to resonate with them. There must necessarily be some connection between the area of research and its outcome in terms of relevance in general application. Some research topics reportedly include: ‘Tribal movements of Gujarat in the 19th and 20th century’, ‘Colonisation and development problems in Kerala—a case study of evolution and nature of public action 1850-1956’, ‘Widows and widowhood in the colonial Punjab’. University Grants Commission (UGC) has received a total of 160 proposals for a six-month study on the quality of PhD theses in Indian universities. These proposals have come from individuals, institutions, and educationists from across the country following UGC’s notice in May this year. There is absolutely a need to tighten the noose around academic research for a range of reasons. As much as universities are a cradle of revolutionary ideas that can instigate favourable changes, they are also the dens of first level politics. There is no dearth of enrolled scholars who harbour ambitions of not academics but politics and treat universities as an instrument to realise their dreams. Naturally, the focus is not on academics primarily and this is where a trend sets in quality takes a hit. PhD enrolment has seen a 50 per cent increase between 2011 and 2017. With such a massive leap in just six years, the results too ought to have been comparable but such is not the case. There are far too many PhDs and too little advancement that should have come with it. Definitely, Indian research is largely poor compared to popular global standards, but this timely quality check seeks to correct that.last_img read more

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Celebrities rejoice Emmy nods

first_imgLos Angeles: Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards came with some surprises and some snubs, but brought along a lot of reasons to celebrate for many. Some were pleasantly surprised, some were pleased, some saw it as a positive sign of representation and some have already started wondering what would they wear at the “coolest party”. The popular fantasy drama “Game Of Thrones”, which wrapped up its story this year, set a new record by earning 32 nominations at the 2019 Emmys. It was followed by Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” with 20 nominations, including nods for Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot HBO’s “Chernobyl” earned 19 nominations. These included a nomination for Best Limited Series, with Jared Harris getting a nod in the category of Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson have received nomination in the supporting actor categories for the show. “Formally the coolest party I could ever dream of being invited to. This is insane. Huge thanks to the Television Academy for the nod and for recognising so many different players from our ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ family who make the show sing,” tweeted Rachel Brosnahan, who is in contention in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her starring role in the show. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Actress Alex Borstein is in the race to pick up the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series trophy. She reacted with a funny tweet. “Thanks for all the Emmy nom, congrats! Celebrated by making long shadows with my doggie and picking up his p**p,” wrote Borstein, famous as Susie in “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”. The final season of “Game Of Thrones” (GoT) might have disappointed many, but it create a big bang at the Emmy nominations. Season eight of GoT leads the field of nominees, contending in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Best Actor (Kit Harington), Best Actress (Emilia Clarke), and four Best Supporting Actress nods — for Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Actors Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are contenders in the Best Supporting Actor category. “I can’t believe it. Thank you universe… Can it truly be real?” wrote Christie on Instagram. Ava DuVernay’s Netflix docu-series “When They See Us”, which highlights the issue of racism through the real-life story of five black and Latino men who are wrongly convicted for a gangrape, got a whopping 16 Emmy nods including Outstanding Limited Series. “Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story. Thank you Television Academy for honouring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member… Thank you Netflix for believing in this story and letting me tell it the exact way I wanted. Appreciate the faith and the fearlessness,” DuVernay tweeted. On earning a nomination in the category of Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “When They See Us”, Vera Farmiga said: “Visibility is paramount.” Actress Patricia Arquette was asleep when she got the call to inform her of the news that she had been nominated in two categories — Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Act”, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “Escape At Dannemora”, currently streaming on Hotstar Premium in India. “I was dead asleep when my phone rang and it was Joey King on FaceTime crying. But she was crying happy tears and I said ‘Did you get nominated?’ She cried and I said,’What is it? Did you get nominated?’ and she shook her head ‘Yes! We both did!’ It was such a great feeling to see her face and feel her joy,” Arquette said. Actress Joey King will fight for the trophy of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie with Arquette, Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”), Aunjanue Ellis (“When They See Us”), Niecy Nash (“When They See Us”) and Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”). Joey King said that her work on ‘The Act’ was “the most fulfilling and challenging work I’ve gotten to do as an actress thus far”. “To be nominated for an Emmy in a category with such incredible nominees by my side, especially Patricia, is the most surreal feeling. I haven’t stopped crying,” she added. “Pose” star Billy Porter has become the first openly gay black man with an Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Drama, and he is “overwhelmed with joy and gratitude”. “There was no context for this before… to be an openly gay black man nominated for a leading actor drama Emmy Award. It just didn’t happen. And now, I’m living truth that it can be possible. It’s incredible to be recognised for the work. And then it goes much deeper. It’s about representation. It’s about all people’s stories being told. It’s about the art,” Porter said. Reacting on his nomination for “Black Monday”, Don Cheadle said: “Never gets old. Thanks, TV Academy and a huge thanks to the entire cast, crew and creators of ‘Black Monday’. We’ll roast marshmallows on those golden wings if I bring it home.” Sacha Baron Cohen, who was nominated for directing the variety series “Who Is America?”, gave a special shout out to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “I want to thank my crack team of researchers, (who were) told to uncover bigotry, racism and hate in the US. That took them about 30 seconds… they just started following the President. While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognised. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver,” Cohen said. “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore was happy to be in competition with Emilia Clarke, Viola Davis, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney and Robin Wright in the Outstanding Drama Actress section. “I am still in shock and overwhelmed but filled with gratitude for the nomination in a category with such undeniably strong and talented women, all of whom I absolutely stand in awe of,” she noted. The 71st Emmy Awards will be held on September 22 in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Big accident averted due to quick response by IndianOil officials

first_imgAmbala: A LPG tanker travelling towards Hoshiarpur in Punjab after filling up LPG from IndianOil’s LPG Bottling plant in Loni, Ghaziabad overturned near Ambala on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Immediately after receiving the news of the accident IndianOil General Manager Ravi Suresh Sharma, the in charge of the Ambala terminal constituted a 5 member quick response team which reached the site promptly. The team then coordinated with the local administration and arranged for the presence of 2 Fire tenders and an ambulance at the site as a measure of abundant precaution. The police from Baldev Nagar Station had meanwhile had cordoned off the area. In coordination with the National Highway Authority, the IndianOil team initiated the process of rescue for which 4 cranes were brought in and the tanker was brought on its wheels. The entire operation was supervised by the IndianOil Officials and no leakage of LPG took place from the tanker at any point of time due to the quick response of Indian Officials.last_img read more

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Akhtar wants Sarfaraz to be removed calls for split captaincy

first_imgNew Delhi: Following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the 2019 World Cup, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Sarfaraz Ahmed should be kept in the team for his wicket-keeping and batting skills and not as a captain in any of the three formats. “He (Sarfaraz) should be used for his wicket-keeping and batting skills,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “No way should he continue as captain of the team. He should not be the captain in any format.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPakistan were knocked out in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men finished fifth in the points table — at equal points (11) with New Zealand after the round-robin stage. However, the Black Caps qualified as the fourth team for the semi-finals owing to better net run-rate. According to Akhtar, Haris Sohail should lead Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is whereas Babar Azam should be handed over the captaincy in Test cricket. “Haris Sohail should be made the captain. He should captain the side in ODIs and T20Is. They should test him (Babar Azam) in Test cricket. I wish him the best. He has scored a lot of runs,” he said. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had earlier lashed out at Sarfaraz following Pakistan’s defeat in the round-robin stage of the World Cup and had termed the 32-year-old as a “brainless captain”.last_img read more

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Parekh says slowdown temporary as demand for assets growing

first_imgMumbai: HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh exuded optimism that the slowdown, driven by lower consumption, is “temporary” in nature as there is adequate demand for assets across the country. There has been a distinct slowdown in the economy which was reflected in the lower GDP growth of 6.8 percent in FY19, he said. “While there has been an across-the-board slowdown in consumption, given the inherent demand and low penetration levels, I believe this is temporary in nature,” he told the shareholders at the 42nd AGM here Friday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There remains adequate demand for affordable housing across the country, which is supported by the government flagship credit-linked subsidy scheme and incentives provided to developers to increase the supply of affordable homes. The demand for commercial real estate has been buoyant, especially across the top eight cities, he added. “One is seeing increased demand for commercial real estate, particularly from the IT sector, e-commerce and professional and services sector,” Parekh said, adding even the demand for retail space has picked up in certain pockets. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In recent times, several investors such as pension funds, sovereign funds and private equity players with deep pockets have evinced interest in the country’s commercial real estate sector, he said. He said the challenge in the housing sector has been with the upper middle segment and high end luxury housing. “It is this segment where unsold inventory levels are high. This is where the price of the apartments are typically upwards of Rs 2 crore,” he said, adding “I would like to reiterate that the demand for smaller sized homes at affordable price points is still strong”. Parekh said the problem got compounded with the tight liquidity situation that prevailed since last September. This particularly impacted the non-banking finance companies and housing financiers and blamed it on banks’ risk averseness. “Banks are reluctant to lend and there has been a flight to safety where a select, few, high rated NBFCs and HFCs have access to funding, while for several others, access to credit has been chocked,” he said. Due to this a number of NBFCs and HFCs have curtailed disbursements. This in turn has had spillover effects into a number of other sectors. “One is hopeful that normalcy will be restored soon and by the time the festive season sets in, some of the risk averseness should taper off. To my mind, what is critical is re-instilling confidence in lenders to support growth in the economy,” he added.last_img read more

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Starbucks to expand aggressively in India

first_imgAhmedabad: Tata Starbucks has taken up an aggressive expansion plan by adding more stores across the country in the current financialyear compared to 30 stores opened last year, said a top company official. Tata Starbucks is a 50:50 joint venture company between Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks Coffee of the US. The premium coffee chain has expanded its footprint in India by entering Gujarat with five new stores in Ahmedabad and Surat on Wednesday. “The company will open more stores in the current financial year compared to 30 last year, as it continues to look for opportunities to expand everywhere in the country,” Navin Gurnaney, the CEO of Tata Starbucks said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalWith the opening of three stores in Ahmedabad and two in Surat, we will have 157 stores in ten cities across the country, Gurnaney said. Two years ago, the company added 25 stores and last year it added 30 stores. “We will substantially exceed that number this year, and growth will continue to be very strong, Gurnaney said. He said the company will remain aggressive in terms of expanding its presence in the coming years, by adding stores even in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai where it has a significant presence. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company is also constantly adding new products and innovating in terms of beverages. We are looking at opportunities everywhere, including Gujarat. We are constantly adding new products. We have added 18 new food items in our stores in Mumbai and Pune, he said. He said Gujarat stores will offer more vegetarian options than anywhere else in the country. With coffee consumption growing in India, Tata Starbucks sees fantastic trajectory of growth, and will remain very bullish on India, he said.last_img read more

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Sexual assault case SC dismisses Tarun Tejpals plea seeking quashing of charges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by Tehelka magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal seeking quashing of charges framed against him in a sexual assault case filed by a former woman colleague. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked Goa’s lower court to complete the trial preferably within six months in the case against Tejpal. Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former woman colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013. He has denied the allegations. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013, by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014. The court had on August 6 reserved its order on Tejpal’s plea. The Goa Police had claimed that there were “contemporaneous” WhatsApp messages and e-mails which showed that the Tehelka magazine founder should face trial in the case. The police, while opposing Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of charges framed against him, had told the court that there was “ample material” warranting trial in the case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tejpal had moved the apex court, challenging the Bombay High Court’s December 20, 2017, order dismissing his plea seeking quashing of charges. Earlier, he had claimed that there were inconsistencies in the video recordings and the statements of the victim recorded under section 164 of CrPC before the magistrate. The trial court in Mapusa town of Goa had framed charges against Tejpal under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including alleged sexual harassment and provisions related to rape.last_img read more

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BJP has Gujs washing powder to clean Oppn leaders Danve

first_imgMumbai: In a veiled reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, Union minister Raosaheb Danve has said they have “Gujarat’s washing powder” which first cleans the Congress and NCP leaders before they are inducted into the BJP.He also dubbed as “funeral procession” the NCP’s ‘Shivswarajya Yatra’, the Sharad Pawar-led party’s mass contact programme to counter Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have Gujarat’s washing powder which first cleans leaders of the Congress and NCP and then the BJP inducts them,” Danve said in an indirect reference to the leadership qualities of Modi and Union Home Minister Shah. Notably, both Modi and Shah hail from Gujarat. Danve was addressing a rally on Wednesday evening in Jalna district where Fadnavis was also present on the stage. Hitting out at the NCP’s pre-poll yatra, Danve said, “(On one hand) there is Chief Minister Fadnavis’ Mahajanadesh Yatra where people are flocking in large numbers. On the other hand, the NCP’s rally is, in fact, a funeral procession.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”People generally make a point and attend a funeral procession but in case of NCP’s rally, several senior leaders are skipping it. NCP’s own people are turning their back on the party’s rally,” said the Union minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution. Meanwhile, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde hit back at Danve’s remarks. In remarks laced with sarcasm, Munde said the Union minister was “right”, and added the NCP’s yatra was indeed the “funeral procession” of the “tyrant, insensitive and anti- farmer” BJP-led Maharashtra government. “But I correct your mistake. People are giving huge response to the Shivswarajya Yatra to pay homage to the authoritarian government. @raosahebdanve,” Munde countered Danve in a tweet in Marathi. He also put out a video clip on his Twitter handle to allege that the rally organised as part of Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ received poor response in Danve’s home turf, Jalna, even as the BJP’s working president J P Nadda spoke.last_img read more

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