EDUCATION–G.R. Saunders Construction Timeline and BudgetEstablished Students at G.R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton willsoon have a bigger and better facility. The Department ofEducation announced today, May 6, it has set a timeline andbudget for the renovation process that will result inimprovements to the school’s gymnasium, library, cafeteria andmusic facilities. At the request of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board,the department evaluated the G.R. Saunders building in June 2004and determined that the work would be a good long terminvestment. The renovations will enable G.R. Saunders to betteraccommodate Grade 6 students from Stellarton Middle School, whichclosed in 2004. “We are happy to be working with the school board, G.R. Saundersstaff and students, and the school community to put theconstruction plans into action,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. The department will review the details of the plan with membersof the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, G.R. Saundersstaff and the school steering team to identify priorities andbudget parameters. Renovation details will be finalized by June 30. The $250,000design contract has been awarded to Harvey & MacKenzie Architectsand the construction contract will be issued for tender in March2006. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2006 and isexpected to be completed by September 2007. The budget for work in 2006-07 is $2 million. The remainder ofthe project budget for 2007-08 has not yet been determined. In 2004, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board closedStellarton Middle School. Grades 7 and 8 students were re-assigned to Westville Middle School, and Grade 6 students beganattending G.R. Saunders in September 2004. The renovation budget originally slated for Stellarton MiddleSchool was transferred to G.R. Saunders to upgrade the facilityto accommodate the additional students. Three new schools — North Nova Education Centre, NorthumberlandRegional High School and Truro Junior High — opened in theChignecto-Central Regional School Board in the last two years.
The Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia will continue to be strengthened thanks to new investments by the province. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 26, that the province will provide more than $16,000 to six communities and organizations that promote and develop the Gaelic language and culture. “These small, rural communities and organizations are among those who have helped to keep the Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia alive for generations,” said Mr. MacDonald. “By supporting these community-based projects, the province is playing an important role in preserving this distinct culture.” Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachdraidh a’ Bhràigh in Glendale is one of the organizations receiving funding under the program. The province will contribute $5,000 to the group to provide classes to 15 Gaelic speakers. “This project will help us to preserve the Gaelic language and ensure it is passed from one generation to the next,” said Clarence MacLennan, chair, Comataidh na Sgoile Gaidhlige, which organizes the classes. The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, based in Iona, will receive $4,775 to assist with the costs of an apprenticeship program that develops Gaelic language and cultural skills. “This new apprenticeship program will provide youth with the skills they need to make a connection and develop a deeper appreciation of the Gaelic culture,” said Rodney Chiasson, treasurer, Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. Established in 2004, the Gaelic Activities Program funds projects that increase Gaelic language opportunities in Nova Scotia and encourage and promote all forms of Gaelic cultural expression. It provides $100,000 a year to support projects that develop the skills — such as leadership, fundraising, communication and planning — of the people involved in Gaelic activities. To date, the province has invested more than $67,000 in 13 communities and organizations. More information about the program is available on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_gaelic_wtd.asp . The Gaelic language and culture contributes more than $23 million a year to the province’s economy through cultural products, events and activities.
Nova Scotia patients and families will receive improved palliative-care services as a result of a partnership announced today, Dec. 6, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Nova ScotiaCommunity College (NSCC). Beginning in January 2006, Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Palliative Care Front-line Education Program will be included as part of the regular curriculum for the college’s continuing care and practical nursing students. NSCC, in collaboration with provincial health districts, will also consider delivering the program to those already working in palliative care. “Responding to the many and varied needs of patients is challenging for our health professionals,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “In the emotionally charged area of palliative and supportive care, the need for knowledge and skill development cannot be overrated. I am delighted that Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Community College have joined forces to provide students and health professionals working in the palliative-care field with the understanding, knowledge and skill set to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.” “A life-threatening illness like cancer, turns a patient’s life upside down and inside out,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, commissioner at Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “It also impacts family, friends and co-workers. Health professionals who provide palliative- and supportive-care services are very often a lifeline for patients and families, helping them manage and cope with end-of-life issues.” Dr. Padmos said education is key to ensuring that health professionals have the knowledge and skills necessary to address patient and family needs. As a result of this new partnership, students will gain knowledge in such areas as pain and symptom management, spiritual care and cultural considerations, grief and bereavement, self-care and closure. “Once again, NSCC is taking the lead in training skilled workers to respond to job openings and requirements here in the province,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Government continues to work with NSCC, as well as universities, health-care facilities and business to ensure there are well-trained continuing-care and practical nursing professionals to fill needs in the health-care sector.” “At NSCC, we do our best to ensure our students gain thorough, current, high-quality education so they are prepared to meet the evolving needs of employers in all sectors of our economy,” said Heather Bishop, dean of health and human services at NSCC. “We believe that to meet the needs of employers, you also need to meet the needs of the community that those employers serve. This collaboration with Cancer Care Nova Scotia illustrates the importance of combining skill and compassion, to meet the needs of employers, families and the community. That is the kind of college we want to be.” The Palliative Care Front-Line Education program has been offered in health districts across the province since 2003. The program encourages collaboration and the development of community partnerships. A similar team approach will be implemented by Nova Scotia Community College. Program content will be delivered to both continuing care and practical nursing students. Evaluation results from the 1,800 health professionals who have already completed the three-day program indicate that program content is appropriate, meaningful and applicable to the daily work of health-care providers. Through testing, participants demonstrated both an increase in, and retention of, knowledge. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health-care system through prevention, screening and research. It also aims to lessen the fear of cancer through education and information. Its programs are centred in the community, compassionate to patients, cost effective and based on sound research. Cancer Care Nova Scotia developed the Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program in response to a needs assessment and a palliative care round table hosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. It was modeled after the Rural Palliative Home Care Project, a federal health transition project conducted in 1999 and 2000. NSCC offers more than 100 programs in five academic schools that reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy. Through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC serves almost 9,000 full-time students a year and more than 15,000 learners through customized programs, part-time studies, apprenticeship, and continuing education offerings.
On July 1, mandatory retirement will no longer be exempt from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. The act was amended to eliminate the exemption that allowed employers to discriminate on the basis of a person’s age by requiring them to retire. These amendments were passed in the April 2007 sitting of the provincial legislature. July 1, 2009 was selected to allow time for workplaces to plan for the transition. For decades, many people were required to retire at age 65 whether they wanted to or not. In recent years, there has been a gradual shift away from this approach to aging workers. “People choose whether to retire or not for many reasons based on their own lifestyle, circumstances and priorities. Today, people are living longer and have more active lives. Many want to continue working as they still have a lot to contribute,” said Graham Steele, acting Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “Promoting and maintaining a prosperous workforce here in the province is one of government’s top priorities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Our experienced workers play an invaluable role in our economy and this is an excellent example of how we will continue to support Nova Scotia families.” These amendments bring Nova Scotia in line with other national and international jurisdictions. “Mandatory retirement policies undermined the dignity and sense of self-worth of older workers,” said Krista Daley, CEO and director, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There will still be situations where, for legitimate reasons, based on job requirements, an employer can require a person to retire, but it can no longer be based on a uniform and artificially constructed age limit.” The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act. Commission staff investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and conduct public education and outreach to promote dialogue and respect for human rights.
As a strong weather system continues to bring wind gusts and heavy rainfall across most of the province, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to use extra caution to stay safe and be prepared for localized flooding and storm surges. As with any storm that produces wind gusts, power outages are also possible. Environment Canada is predicting the storm system will continue to move east across the province during the next 24 hours. As much as 100 millimetres of rain could fall in southwestern coastal areas, with winds gusting up to 90 km/h. Water levels along some coastal areas will be higher than normal with potential for storm surge. “I encourage people to be aware of the dangers presented by flooding and storm surges, especially in low-lying and coastal areas,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “I urge them to take all appropriate steps to prepare and protect themselves.” The Emergency Management Office is monitoring the impact of the weather system, with assistance from partners, including Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Power. Nova Scotia Power has had crews out overnight and today and is working to restore any power outages. While there were no reports of significant flooding as of early Friday afternoon, EMO regional officers are working closely with municipalities. EMO advises residents who live in areas prone to flooding to take appropriate precautions such as moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by high winds or floods. In the event of a flood: Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case you are instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Ensure storm drains and gutters are free of debris. Have drinking water on hand in case the regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In flooded areas, do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been deemed safe to use. Questions about safe drinking water can be directed to local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 during regular business hours. For urgent environmental matters after hours call 1-800-565-1633. During storm surge, maintain a safe distance from the coast. Getting caught near the shoreline during a storm surge could be life-threatening. For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 27 in Sutherland’s River and Exit 29 in Barney’s River Station, is expected to be closed for several hours because of a collision. Traffic is being detoured along the Trunk 4 highway. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 -30-
Hundreds of students from across the province with a zest for reading will help choose which Canadian authors win the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards. Every year, the Hackmatack program gives Atlantic Canadian students in grades 4 to 6 an opportunity to read a selection of outstanding Canadian authors and vote for the books they like best. Education Minister Marilyn More delivered two sets of the 2010-11 English fiction and non-fiction nominated titles to Alderney School today, Sept. 27, where the about 50 students in registered reading groups couldn’t wait to begin reading. “It is incredible to see so many young people and their families excited about the wonder and adventure reading can bring,” said Ms. More. “By allowing students to have a say in their learning, we are developing their leadership abilities and literacy skills. I am really looking forward to seeing the choices students make.” Each year, the Hackmatack selection committee nominates a shortlist of Canadian books for young readers. Children read the books and, on April 1, vote for their favorite. The winners of the Hackmatack Award in each category will be announced May 13. This year’s nominated titles include stories about the children of Africville, information about how to build your own country and exciting adventures about space cats and dinosaurs. Riley O’Brien, a Grade 6 student at Alderney, has been in her school’s Hackmatack Club for the past two years. She said she joined because she enjoys reading. “I really liked almost all of the books I read over the past two years, but I especially like chapter books,” said Riley. “I like doing lots of things like playing outside and going to my cottage, but I really love to read.” Each September, the Department of Education provides elementary schools with two sets of the English titles selected for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards program. Schools in the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) and schools that offer early French Immersion receive two sets of the French titles. More than 175 groups of Nova Scotian students participated in program last year. For more information on how to get involved, visit hackmatack.ca/ .
Les vingt-sept musées qui font partie du Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont ouverts et prêts à recevoir les visiteurs pour leur faire connaître de nombreux aspects de notre patrimoine tout au long de l’été. « Le patrimoine riche et varié de la Nouvelle-Écosse revit grâce aux nombreuses activités et expositions présentées dans nos musées, a déclaré David Wilson, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Cet été, nos musées offrent des expériences uniques dans toutes les régions de la province et nos visiteurs auront des souvenirs inoubliables. » Trouvez votre place dans la forêt de Netukulimk, un espace interactif au Musée d’histoire naturelle à Halifax. Netukulimk est une philosophie mi’kmaw qui décrit la connexion entre tous les êtres vivants. Le concept traverse les cultures et les générations et fait référence aux expériences individuelles harmonisant le monde naturel et le monde humain. Dans l’espace interactif, il y a des animaux vivants et six modules multimédias plus grands que nature qui visent à engager les sens du toucher, de la vue et de l’ouïe. Visitez le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique à Halifax pour voir l’exposition Hello Sailor! La vie gaie en mer. L’exposition couvre la période allant des années 1950 à aujourd’hui et porte sur la culture gaie qui faisait partie de la vie en mer. C’est la première fois que l’exposition est présentée en Amérique du Nord. Au Musée de l’atelier de fabrication de doris, à Shelburne, observez de première main comment les artisans d’autrefois construisaient les doris. Légères, à multiples vocations et faciles à construire en raison de leurs lignes simples, les doris furent à une époque l’épine dorsale de l’industrie de la pêche. La construction de doris, qui avait rendu Shelburne célèbre, continue aujourd’hui. Au mois d’août, le Musée de la maison Lawrence, à Maitland, célèbre son 40e anniversaire au sein de la famille de Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Cette jolie maison victorienne était celle de William D. Lawrence, un constructeur de bateaux qui doit sa place dans l’histoire à la construction, en 1874, du plus gros trois-mâts carré avec une coque en bois, le William D. Lawrence. Laissez-vous conter des histoires de l’âge d’or de la voile et découvrez le rôle essentiel de la construction de bateaux dans l’histoire de la province. Le crépitement du bois dans la cuisinière, la bonne odeur de la brise de mer, la chaleur de la maison d’une famille de pêcheurs. Vous trouverez tout cela au Musée sur la vie des pêcheurs à Jeddore Oyster Pond sur la côte Est. Construite au début des années 1900, la maison appartenait à Ervin Myers qui y vivait avec sa femme Ethelda et leurs treize filles. Visitez cette charmante maison ou promenez-vous sur le terrain pour apprécier combien extraordinaire était la vie ordinaire! Reculez dans le temps au Village historique de Sherbrooke dans le comté de Guysborough. Le village compte 25 bâtiments patrimoniaux et ses interprètes sont en costume d’époque. Montez dans la charrette tirée par un cheval, ou allez à la rencontre des animaux. Voyez les étincelles jaillir quand le marteau du forgeron frappe l’enclume. Observez les mains agiles de la tisserande à son métier et humez l’odeur des copeaux de bois dans l’atelier du tourneur de bois. Regardez le grain devenir de la farine au Musée du moulin à grain de Balmoral, un moulin de trois étages niché dans une gorge boisée à Balmoral Mills. Voyez le moulin en action comme à l’époque de son ouverture. Découvrez le patrimoine acadien au Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse à Pubnico-Ouest-le-Bas. Situé sur un terrain de 17 acres qui donne sur le havre de Pubnico, le village côtier met à l’honneur une langue et une culture qui prospèrent depuis plus de 350 ans. Explorez les bâtiments historiques, dégustez des mets délicieux et laissez-vous bercer par l’hospitalité acadienne traditionnelle. Pour plus d’information sur les 27 musées, les activités prévues, les coordonnées des musées, les droits d’entrée et les heures d’ouverture, allez à http://museum.gov.ns.ca.
Le ministère de l’Environnement avise les résidents de Middleton, dans le comté d’Annapolis, que leur eau est de nouveau bonne à boire après un écoulement d’eaux usées survenu dans le ruisseau Eel. L’enquête du ministère a déterminé qu’il s’agissait d’un écoulement limité, sur une période de moins de 24 heures, dans des eaux au débit rapide qui ont vite emporté les eaux usées hors du secteur. La réserve d’eau municipale de la ville de Middleton et les puits privés des résidents n’ont pas été touchés et l’eau potable de la ville est propre à la consommation. L’eau de surface dans le ruisseau Eel et dans la rivière Annapolis est sûre pour les fins récréatives. L’eau de surface comme celle des ruisseaux, des rivières et des lacs n’est jamais considérée comme une source sûre et fiable d’eau potable. Un tuyau d’égout à l’usine de traitement des eaux usées de Middleton s’était brisé; il a depuis été réparé et l’écoulement d’eaux usées a été maîtrisé.
The province is hoping to bring closure for the family of a 2007 homicide victim in Halifax Regional Municipality through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Glenn Bourgeois’ death could receive up to $150,000. “The loss of a life is always tragic and we must do what we can to ensure justice is served. To do this, we need the public’s help,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share in the responsibility of keeping our communities safe. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help police solve this case.” On July 21, 2007, at about 4 p.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a complaint about gunshots in the Maynard and Woodill streets area. The police found Mr. Bourgeois, who had been shot several times. He later died from his injuries. Two black men, one with a gun in his hand, were seen fleeing the area immediately after the shooting. “We believe that people in our community have information about Mr. Bourgeois’ death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and hope that the incentive offered through the Rewards Program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police. “We implore those people to come forward so that we may continue to work diligently to bring this file to a successful conclusion, which would undoubtedly result in closure for Mr. Bourgeois’ family.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Callers must provide their name and contact information and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. In July 2012, the Rewards Program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October, information received by the program helped an RCMP investigation that led to an arrest in the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. The program, which now has 70 cases, was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering him 101 suggestions to plug the gaps in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation and help alleviate problems faced by businesses. In his letter, Singh congratulated Modi on his spectacular win in the recent Lok Sabha elections and welcomed his resolve to speedily take the country on a trajectory of high growth and social justice. The Chief Minister said he looked forward to working with Modi to bring prosperity to the people of India as well as the state. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Specifically, the Chief Minister made several suggestions to help improve state GST collections and narrow their revenue deficit. According to him, State Goods and Service Tax rate should be higher than Central Goods and Service Tax so that the states do not suffer huge deficits. He also suggested an amnesty scheme to overcome the aberrations that led to serious confusion in the business circles in the initial phase of GST implementation, and said there was no need to continue with VAT legacy issues, which should find a sunset clause. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Pointing out that India had the dubious distinction of being among the five countries in the world that have four or more non-zero GST rates, the Chief Minister called for, ideally, a single GST rate, but said it should include not more than two rates for any chapter and not more than one rate at four-digit level of any chapter sub-heading. “This will ensure harmonisation of tax rate across similar supplies and avoid classification disputes besides opportunities to evade,” he said giving the example of different tax rates under various modes of transport. The Chief Minister has also suggested widening the GST net to include electricity, real estate and petroleum to make it a win-win situation for the states as well as businesses.
New Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday reported a 22 per cent decline in sales at 1,34,641 units in May. The company had sold 1,72,512 units in May 2018, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. Domestic sales declined by 23.1 per cent to 1,25,552 units as against 1,63,200 units in the year ago month, it added. Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 16,394 units as compared to 37,864 units in May last year, down 56.7 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsSales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, were down 9.2 per cent to 70,135 as against 77,263 units earlier. Mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 3,592 units as compared to 4,024 units in the same month a year ago. Sales of utility vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, were down 25.3 per cent to 19,152 as compared to 25,629 units in the year-ago month. Exports in May were down by 2.4 per cent at 9,089 units as against 9,312 units in the corresponding month last year, the company said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefMeanwhile, auto major Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) on Saturday reported 3 per cent decline in total sales at 45,421 units in May. The company had sold 46,848 units in the same month last year, M&M said in a statement. In the domestic market, sales were down 1.7 per cent to 43,056 units last month compared to 43,818 units in May 2018. Exports dropped by 21.9 per cent to 2,365 units as against 3,030 units in the year-ago month. In the passenger vehicles segment –which includes UVs, cars and vans –it sold 20,608 vehicles in May this year, against 20,715 vehicles in the same month last year. In the commercial vehicles segment, the company sold 17,879 vehicles as against 18,748 units earlier. In the medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment, M&M sold 637 vehicles for the month. “While consumer sentiment and demand continued to be subdued during the pre-election phase, our focus has been on correcting the channel inventory,” said Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. “Now, with a stable government at the centre and the forecast of a near normal monsoon, we hope to see an improvement in consumer sentiment over the next few months,” he added.
New Delhi: The government is likely to announce infusion of about Rs 4,000 crore in three public sector general insurance companies to shore up their capital. The capital infusion will help them improve their financial health to an extent that the proposed merger of the general insurance firms could take place, sources said. The announcement to this effect could be made in the first full-fledged Budget of Modi 2.0 government, to be presented in Parliament on July 5. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAccording to the sources, the Department of Financial Services will seek around Rs 4,000 crore in the Budget for fund infusion in three insurance companies — National Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company. Depending on the capital that Budget provides, individual allocation would be made, they added. The profitability of many general insurance companies, including that of state-owned ones has been under pressure owing to rising underwriting losses and higher claims. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe two of these public sector companies are struggling to maintain the solvency ratio. As against the insurance regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority’s (IRDA) solvency ratio norm of 1.5, National Insurance has an insolvency ratio of 1.5, while United India’s level is comparatively lower at 1.21. It is to be noted that the government, in the Budget 2018-19, had proposed to merge National Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company. The then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget speech had announced that the three companies would be merged into a single insurance entity. The process of merger could not be completed due to various reasons, including poor financial health of these companies. As on March 31, 2017, the three companies together had more than 200 insurance products with a total premium of Rs 41,461 crore and a market share of around 35 per cent. Their combined net worth is Rs 9,243 crore, with total employee strength of around 44,000 spread over 6,000 offices. In 2017, state-owned New India Assurance Company and General Insurance Corporation of India were listed on the bourses. Initial estimates suggest that the combined entity formed by merging the three insurers will be the largest non-life insurance company in India, valued at Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh crore.
Ahmedabad: Cyclone Vayu has weakened and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a “depression”, the weatherman said. However, the Kutch district administration is on alert as the cyclone can cause heavy rainfall in the region. Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local authorities are prepared to carry out relief and rescue operations whenever required, an official said. The cyclone over northeast Arabian Sea has recurved and moved northeastward with a speed of about 13 kmph in the last six hours and weakened into a “deep depression”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday morning, the cyclone was centered about 260 km west-southwest of Naliya, 240 km west-southwest of Dwarka and 340 km west-southwest of Bhuj in Gujarat, it said. “The system is very likely to weaken into a depression during the next six hours. It is very likely to move northeastwards and cross north Gujarat coast by midnight of June 17 as a depression,” the IMD said. The sea will remain “rough to very rough” along and off the state coast on Monday, the MeT department said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize It advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during the next 24 hours. Kutch Collector Remya Mohan said five teams of the NDRF were stationed in the district to help in rescue and relief work. She said the salt-pan workers were also advised to avoid venturing into the sea waters. The cyclone was earlier predicted to make landfall in Gujarat on June 13. However, it later began to move away from the state, sparing the coastline of any possible damage. The IMD last Friday said the cyclone was likely to “recurve” and return to the coast in Kutch district as a weakened system.
Athens: Scientists say a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has struck western Greece. Athens’ Geodynamics Institute reports that the tremor struck at 6:08 p.m. (1508 GMT) Saturday about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the city of Agrinio at a depth of 28 kilometers (17 miles). No damage or injuries have been reported so far. Greece lies in an active seismic region and earthquakes of similar magnitudes are frequent.
New Delhi: As many as 214 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) were reported in Assam till July 18 this year, Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Responding to a question over what measures were initiated by the Centre to address the outbreak, the minister said the central teams have visited Assam between June 30-July 1 and July 8-10 to review the situation and provide technical assistance to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The teams observed that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) transmission is going on in the state but at the same time transmission of other pathogens like scrub typhus, leptospirosis is also observed. “The state health authorities have already taken large number of actions to tackle the problem. However, issues related to over suspicion of AES and over diagnosis of JE, testing algorithm, treatment protocol and vector management were observed and state and District Health Authorities were advised accordingly,” Choubey said in his reply. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn the logistic and technical support extended to the state government to tackle the situation, the minister said there are 28 sentinel site hospitals and 1 apex referral laboratory identified for which 143 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) IgM ELISA kits have been supplied till July 18. The funds have been provided for establishment of 10 bedded pediatric ICUs (PICUs) for 8 of 10 high endemic districts. Four PICUs are functional till date, Choubey said. Funds have been provided for strengthening of two Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Departments in Assam’s two districts, he said.
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a narcotics dealer from Hyde Road in Port area on Thursday night and seized huge quantity of contraband narcotics Phensedyl Syrup.According to Special Task Force, on Thursday, STF officials came to know from their sources that some kind of narcotics products are being transported in Kolkata hidden in a goods vehicle. Based on the information, the police went to port area under West Port police station jurisdiction Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaand kept a strict vigil on the goods vehicles plying in the area. Meanwhile, the police came to know about a goods vehicle registration number — RJ-05-GB 1583. After waiting for almost an hour, the police saw a ten-wheeler truck bearing the same registration number. The truck was stopped near a popular warehouse in the area on Hyde Road and was searched. During the search, the police found 14,100 bottles of Phensedyl syrup, which contains Codeine Phosphate, form of contraband narcotic drug in 47 gunny bags, which was being transported in stealthily manner under other gunny bags containing edible oils, salts and other materials, from the goods carrying portion of the truck. The police are trying to locate the actual sender and receiver of the consignment by interrogating the arrested accused person. Following the seizure, the truck driver identified as Deepu Singh of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested. Phensedyl, a material which was used to prepare few brands of cough syrup earlier, has been banned several years ago as it was being consumed as a narcotics element. However, since the past few weeks STF have managed to seize huge quantity of narcotics materials and nabbed several narcotics racketeers.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday permitted processing of e-mandate on credit and debit cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with a cap of Rs 2,000. The RBI has been receiving requests from industry stakeholders to allow processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions with Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) during e-mandate registration and first transaction. “…it has been decided to permit processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions (merchant payments) with AFA during e-mandate registration, modification and revocation, as also for the first transaction, and simple / automatic subsequent successive transactions,” the RBI said in a circular. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis, the RBI said, has been done keeping in view the changing payment needs and the requirement to balance the safety and security of card transactions with customer convenience. The maximum permissible limit for a transaction under the e-mandate facility on cards would be Rs 2,000. The RBI added that no charges should be levied or recovered from the cardholder for availing the e-mandate facility on cards for recurring transactions.
HALIFAX – A Halifax bus mechanic who allegedly created a poisonous work environment by terrorizing his co-workers with racial slurs and harassment no longer works for the transit service.City spokesman Nick Ritcey says Arthur Maddox is no longer with Halifax Transit but he declined to discuss how or why he left his position, citing “confidential personnel matters.”Maddox’s tenure with the transit service, which started in 1988 and included a brief termination in 2001, ended after a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry decision found his workplace behaviour to be “disrespectful, aggressive and racist.”Lynn Connors, independent board chairwoman, said in her decision released publicly on Tuesday that Maddox bullied his co-workers and intimidated them into silence.She said the irony did not escape her that Maddox continued to be employed with Halifax Transit while his victims had all left in part due to his behaviour and the “poisoned work environment” he created.The allegations against Maddox and his small entourage included a message scrawled on the men’s bathroom wall, which said “all minorities not welcome; show you care, burn a cross.” It was signed by “a member of the Baby Hitler.”In another instance, the white bus mechanic who lodged the rights complaint arrived at a social event with his African Nova Scotian wife to hear Maddox allegedly say loudly: “We don’t want those kind of people here.”Maddox is also quoted as saying “racism should be a law that you can shoot somebody and get away with it.”After he allegedly threatened a black mechanic with physical violence, Maddox was fired in 2001.However, he filed a grievance through the union and was reinstated a year later. The city would later say that “its hands were tied” by a sunset clause in the collective agreementMaddox allegedly blamed the complainant for his dismissal and tried to hit him with a bus, according to the rights decision. The complainant reported the incident to the maintenance yard supervisor, but it was not investigated and Maddox was not disciplined.Connors said Maddox “took an opportunity to frighten” the complainant and was “trying to terrorize” him.She said Halifax is “vicariously liable” for the actions of its workers and that it did not do enough to curb inappropriate behaviour.Jacques Dube, chief administrative officer for the municipality, issued an apology Tuesday to the complainant and his family. He said the city is committed to a harassment-free workplace where all people are treated with dignity and respect.A hearing is set for Monday to discuss the awarding of damages or assignment of mandated training.The complaint regarding racism and harassment at the transit yard was filed with the provincial human rights commission nearly 12 years ago, in July 2006.Equity Watch, a Halifax-based group dedicated to employment equity, is calling for an independent public inquiry into what it calls a long-standing pattern of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the municipality.The group points to other examples of racism and sexism at the city, including the case of firefighter Liane Tessier. She faced systemic gender discrimination, but her concerns were ignored by the municipality and dismissed by the provincial human rights commission before she eventually received an apology last December.Earlier this month, a group of African Nova Scotian city employees demanded action on a confidential report from two years ago that found racism in the workplace. Raymond Sheppard, a spokesman for the group, told reporters that “the anti-black racism and discrimination within HRM is at 1950s levels.”“We believe that these cases are only the tip of the iceberg,” Equity Watch spokesperson Judy Haiven, a retired management professor at Saint Mary’s University, said in a statement.“Apologies, payouts and promises, and claims to want to do better don’t cut it any more. The residents of HRM and equity-seeking groups have a right to know what’s really going on and how we’re going to solve this systemic problem.”The group is calling for an independent public inquiry outside of the human rights commission, with its “dilatory, bureaucratic and uncaring approach,” Haiven said.
BC’s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province’s political parties.After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.Votes still need to be countedThis isn’t over yet. According to Elections BC, there were more than 50,000 valid absentee ballots in the last provincial and it’s unclear how many there are this time around. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that’s when a final tally will be officially released.If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there’s a difference of 120 votes. The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney-General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. At the outset of the campaign, Weaver made it his mission to expand his party’s presence in the legislature, saying that if he was the only Green elected, he wouldn’t run again.Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was “ecstatic.”“This is truly historic. I never believed it was possible even though I’d hoped.”Clark’s campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals’ winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.While Clark’s promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC’s strong economy as proof of the Liberals’ financial savvy. The province has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.The New Democrats’ platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.LISTEN: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s full speechAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510JohnHorganspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.This may drag on as a final count for #bclexn17 — including absentee ballots — doesn’t take place until May 22nd. #YourVote2017 #bcelxn17 pic.twitter.com/r4kzi0BIVD— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) May 10, 2017With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday’s provincial election. Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.LISTEN: BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks to her supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510ChristyClarkspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.LISTEN: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver addresses supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510AndrewWeaverspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.