Cape Breton Reaps Benefits Of Opportunities For Prosperity

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Cape Breton Reaps Benefits Of OpportunitiesFor Prosperity In 1999, the government of Nova Scotia did something radical: Itrecognized that ad hoc, piecemeal efforts to grow the economyweren’t working. It recognized that a strategic, co-ordinated andfocused economic growth strategy was needed — a strategy thatwould involve other levels of government, business and thecommunity. In October 2000, Opportunities for Prosperity — Nova Scotia’sgrowth strategy — was born. Today, that strategy has positivelyaffected every region of the province. The numbers tell the story. The first chapter of that story begins with the number ofbusinesses in existence. In 1993, according to StatisticsCanada’s business register, there were 28,922 businesses in NovaScotia. By 2003, there were 52,085 business in the province. If the Cape Breton area is singled out, the numbers continue tobe positive. In 1993, according to the register, there were 5,144businesses on Cape Breton Island. By 2003, that number had grownto 6,783. This growth can be attributed to the ingenuity of our workforce,and the fact that the government of Nova Scotia has provided anumber of tools to help small business, and rural Nova Scotia,grow. The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program is one example. Sincethe program began in June of 2003, more than $3.4 million hasbeen put into the hands of 42 businesses which have employed 211Nova Scotians. This $8-million program is in place because smallbusiness was clear that access to capital was a problem. Theprovince agreed and put a solution in the hands of the creditunion system — and in the hands of Nova Scotia’s communitiesthemselves. Community Economic Development Investment Funds, or CEDIFs, arealso helping improve the economy across the province. The province recognized that more than $600 million is investedby Nova Scotians in RRSPs, with less than one per cent findingits way back into Nova Scotia’s economy as reinvestments. Itcreated the Community Economic Development Investment Fundprogram to encourage more people to make investments at home,making the 23 funds currently operating a made-in-Nova-Scotiaplan to local investment. The program allows communities to putideas, and people, to work. To date, $10 million has beeninvested in these funds, most of which has been reinvested inbusinesses within their communities. The funds are activethroughout the province — particularly in Cape Breton. Since the number of businesses is on the rise, it makes sensethat employment numbers are up as well. In 1993, there were352,100 Nova Scotians working. In 1999, there were 388,000. By2004, there were 421,500. More importantly, the participationrate — or the number of people entering the workforce — grewfrom 58.2 per cent in 1993 to 61.7 per cent in 2004. The latest seasonally adjusted figures from Statistics Canadacontinue to indicate an upward trend. More than 449,200 NovaScotians were working in the month of May, an increase of 3,700people over the previous month. In Cape Breton, 42,900 people were employed in 1993. By 1999 thatnumber had grown to 49,100. And, in 2004, there are 51,200 peopleemployed. The participation rates have grown in this area as well, from47.9 per cent in 1993 to 50.8 per cent in 2004. The unemploymentrate has fallen from 28.7 per cent in 1993 to 15.9 per cent in2004. There is more work to do. Regional unemployment rates are stillunacceptably high, but steady progress is being made, thanks, inlarge part, to initiatives like the Cape Breton Growth Fund. This$98-million fund has invested more than $47 million in 27projects and provided more than 2,900 jobs for Cape Bretoners. The fund is a partnership between the federal and provincialgovernments — because the joint approach makes sense. If NovaScotia is to effectively continue to grow its economy, it willtake partnerships, co-operation and fresh approaches. About $36 million of the fund remains for investment. Individualsinterested in more information can contact Rick Beaton at theCape Breton Growth Fund (902-564-3618). Information is alsoavailable from Eileen Lannon Oldford of the Cape Breton CountyRegional Development Authority (1-800-818-2201) or Blaine Gillisof the Strait Highlands Regional Development Agency (1-800-546-3390). Input and ideas are also welcome at Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI), an organization borne out of Opportunities for Prosperityand mandated to take a client-focused, private-sector approach togrowing the provincial economy. It does so by developing theprovince’s exports, attracting investment from companies outsideNova Scotia and providing tools for companies to help themrealize growth opportunities. Since it was created in November 2001, NSBI has met with 750businesses across the province. Its business attraction andfinancing clients aim to create or maintain at least 7,200 jobs. Last year alone, the organization helped 230 companies increaseexport sales or find new markets. Companies interested in growthopportunities through NSBI can contact Lisa Dobson in PortHawkesbury (902-625-4205)or Lisa MacDougall in Sydney (902-563-5769). -30-last_img read more

Offhighway Regulations Promote Safety Parental Responsibility

first_img — permit a charge to be laid against anyone caught riding an off-highway vehicle after March 31 without a valid registration. The fine ranges from $250 to $2,000. — require a rider, or group of riders, to obtain written permission from a landowner before moving onto private property. Landowners can report violations by calling toll-free 1-800-565-2224. They can also contact local police. — provide for licensing in vulnerable environmental areas in exceptional circumstances. — permit a landowner in a coastal barren or highland barren to operate an off-highway vehicle on their own property, without requiring a special licence. — authorize the minister’s advisory committee to recommend how the infrastructure fund should be used each year. — create opportunities to set up a system of designated trails. — define terms such as “closed course,” “first responder,” “instructor,” “trained official” and “guardian”. The province has set up a toll-free number for information on the regulations. It is 1-877-OHV-LINE. Calls during regular business hours will be directed to the nearest office of the Department of Natural Resources. Information is also available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/ read more

Cat Ferry Welcomes New Englanders

first_imgMore than 14,000 New Englanders experienced Nova Scotia culture and got a host of vacation ideas when they boarded the Cat ferry in Boston Harbour over the weekend. North America’s fastest car ferry was in Boston to host a floating trade show May 19-21. The event promoted tourism in Nova Scotia and the Cat’s new route from Portland, ME to Yarmouth. “We had a wonderful, warm reception in Boston with thousands of people visiting us on the Cat, talking to our tourism operators, and enjoying our entertainers,” said Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We also got some good New England media coverage to further spread the word about the unique experience of a Nova Scotia vacation.” Tourism operators demonstrated the professionalism of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry to potential tourists, as well as travel media and travel trade operators such as travel agencies and motorcoach companies. “This event was very well organized and presented, and gave us an opportunity to speak face to face with a great many potential tourists from the Boston area,” said Ken Petrie, manager of tour and travel marketing for Oak Island Resort and Spa. “I’ve never heard so many people saying they’re coming to Nova Scotia this year, so we’re pleased with that reaction.” Visitors to the Cat were treated to Nova Scotia entertainers, including some of the province’s best musicians. On Saturday evening, Bostonians tapped their toes as local musicians joined the Barra MacNeils, J.P. Cormier, Dave MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray for a jam session on the dock. The Boston promotion was one of many consumer-focused initiatives in Nova Scotia’s marketing campaign. The campaign also includes promotions in Calgary earlier in May, the Milwaukee Celtic Festival, WI, in August, and numerous travel shows. The marketing campaign is based on the annual tourism plan, which is developed by the joint industry-government Tourism Partnership Council. The plan is based on extensive research and designed to expand the tourism industry in Nova Scotia. It is available at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

Farms Welcome Visitors on Sept 21

first_imgNova Scotia farmers will welcome visitors on annual Open Farm Day, Sunday, Sept. 21. “This day provides a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to visit a local farm, talk to the farmer, and better understand the importance of supporting our agricultural community by selecting local food products,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. Nova Scotia farms generate more than $454 million in revenue each year. “Our agriculture sector provides consumers with safe, high quality food. Farmers also work hard to reduce their impact on the environment by participating in the environmental farm plan program,” said Mr. Taylor. “Open Farm Day is one way we can show support for the farmers who feed us all.” The province’s largest farm sectors are dairy, horticulture, poultry and eggs, and livestock. “Open Farm Day is a great day for families to visit their local farms and learn more about where our food comes from,” said Beth Densmore, co-chair of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee. “Each farm will offer visitors a different view of agriculture in Nova Scotia.” Last year, 40 farms and almost 10,000 visitors took part in the Open Farm Day activities. This year, 50 farms will participate in the event which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee, and Sobeys Inc. A map and list of participating farms are available at Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland stores. Information is also available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri .last_img read more

Cease Trade Order Against CanGlobe Extended

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has extended a cease trade order, today July 20, against Canglobe International, Canglobe International Capital Inc., Canglobe Financial Group, Peter Mill and Douglas Rudolph. Mr. Mill and Mr. Rudolph appear to be holding themselves out as engaging in the business of trading in securities and advising others as to the investing in or buying or selling of securities in Nova Scotia without being registered to do so contrary to section 31(1) and 31(2) of the Securities Act. The parties named in the order appear to be engaged in the distribution or sale of securities without having filed a prospectus or preliminary prospectus, contrary to section 58(1) of the Act. A temporary order was issued against the parties on July 14. The order directs them to comply with or cease contravening Nova Scotia securities laws, and to cease trading in the securities of Canglobe International, Canglobe International Capital Inc. and Canglobe Financial Group, directly or indirectly. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province. A copy of the cease trade order may be found online at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/docs/CanGlobeEord200711.pdflast_img read more

Amélioration de laccès aux services agréés de garde denfants pour les familles

first_img « À titre d’exploitante d’un centre de garde d’enfants et d’une agence de services de garderie en milieu familial, je suis ravie de la publication d’un plan qui appuiera un plus grand nombre de places dans les services de garde d’enfants dans les régions de notre province où un besoin a été cerné, affirme Donna Buckland, exploitante du centre Giant Steps Childcare Centre à Upper Tantallon. Ce financement assurera des programmes de garde d’enfants à long terme qui sont durables et de qualité supérieure et qui favorisent l’intégration pour nos familles et nos enfants. » En janvier 2018, le gouvernement provincial a signé un accord de 35 millions de dollars sur trois ans pour le financement de l’apprentissage et de la garde des jeunes enfants avec le gouvernement fédéral. Une portion de ce financement a été désignée pour augmenter le nombre de places dans les services de garde d’enfants et établir un programme de subventions ponctuelles. Le gouvernement aidera un plus grand nombre de familles dans la province en créant jusqu’à 1000 nouvelles places dans les services agréés de garde d’enfants grâce à un investissement de 8,9 millions de dollars. « Un investissement dans le secteur de la garde d’enfants est un investissement dans les enfants et les familles et un investissement économique dans nos collectivités, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Notre priorité est d’offrir des services agréés de garde d’enfants plus abordables, plus accessibles et favorisant l’intégration pour les enfants et les familles. » Jusqu’à 500 nouvelles places seront créées dans les services de garde d’enfants en milieu familial. Les 500 autres places seront créées dans les 15 nouveaux centres agréés de garde d’enfants qui seront établis dans les collectivités qui ont besoin de services de garde d’enfants. Une partie du financement servira à appuyer un nouvel incitatif pour les fournisseurs de services de garde d’enfants à l’échelle de la province visant à créer des places prévues pour les enfants en bas âge. Ce financement s’élèvera à 6,9 millions de dollars au cours des deux prochaines années. La somme de deux millions de dollars qui reste servira à offrir des subventions ponctuelles en 2018-2109 aux centres actuels afin de les aider à transformer leurs établissements pour répondre aux besoins changeants de leurs communautés en matière de garde d’enfants. « Les gouvernements du Canada et de la Nouvelle-Écosse continuent de travailler ensemble pour une vision à long terme où les enfants et leurs familles ont accès à des services d’apprentissage précoce et de garde d’enfants de qualité supérieure dans leurs communautés », souligne Jean-Yves Duclos, ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social. Les municipalités où de nouveaux centres seront établis incluent : Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton Comté de Colchester Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Comté de Hants Comté d’Inverness Comté de Kings Comté de Lunenburg Comté de Pictou Comté de Queens Comté de Shelburne Comté de Yarmouthlast_img read more

BJP wins 41 out of 60 seats in Arunachal

first_imgItanagar: The BJP has won 41 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly after results of all the constituencies were announced, an election official said Saturday. Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh were held for 57 seats as three BJP candidates were earlier declared elected unopposed.The Janata Dal (United) won seven seats, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) one and Independents two. Counting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed, the official said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistAmong the prominent BJP winners are Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who won from the Mukto seat, bordering China, for third time in a row. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein won from the Chowkham constituency. In the Daporijo seat, the result of which was announced early this morning, BJP candidate Taniky Soki won the seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Togam Tamim. BJP candidate Rode Bui bagged the Dumporijo seat defeating his nearest NPP rival Paknga Bage while NPP’s Tarin Dakpe won the Raga seat, the official said. Counting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed as the counting officials went away from the counting centre without handing over the results for which counting could not be continued as per the guidelines. See P4last_img read more

Protestor grabs Indianorigin US presidential candidates mic

first_imgWashington DC: Indian-American Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris was interrupted on-stage by a protester who grabbed the microphone from her hand while she was answering a question on equal pay at an event in San Francisco. Approximately 10 minutes into her speech at MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum on Saturday, Harris was asked about her proposal to address the gender pay gap by moderator Stephanie Valencia when she was approached by a tall man dressed in black and wearing a press badge who jumped on the stage, the CNN reported. Harris appeared puzzled but remained calm as the protester grabbed the mic from her hand, it said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’While taking the microphone, the protester, identified as 24-year-old animal rights activist Aidan Cook, said he wanted her attention for a “much bigger idea” than the gender gap she had been speaking about. “We were protesting just a few minutes ago asking for your attention to a much bigger idea…,” Cook said, as the moderator tried to intervene. The 54-year-old Senator calmly walked away from the protester as the security staff and some other people, including Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff, managed to remove the protestor, who was resisting to leave the stage, from the event. No charge was imposed on Cook for his action. After Cook’s removal, Harris returned to the stage and continued her speech. Meanwhile, MoveOn, the liberal advocacy group behind the event, have said they “severely regret” the security failing.last_img read more

Boots Belts Berets to be turned into web series

first_imgMumbai: Tipping Point, Viacom18 Studios’ digital content arm, has bought the rights for screen adaptation of Tanushree Podder’s novel ‘Boots Belts Berets’. The web series will capture the roller-coaster ride of Podder’s four protagonists – Pess, Bertie, Randy and Maachh – when they are thrust into the world of National Defence Academy (NDA), a journey of boys becoming men of honour. “Tipping Point seeks out narratives missing in the mainstream. We produced 12 short films, which were received well by viewers owing to their quirky and novel concepts. With this brand new web series, we maintain our proposition to produce standout contemporary content that will shock, awe or warm the heart,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said in a statement. For Podder, the adaptation of her novel into a web series is like a “dream come true”. “I am thrilled that ‘Boots Belts Berets’ is being adapted into a web series. There’s nothing more exciting for an author than to know that the story will be reaching many more people. It’s a dream come true,” she said.last_img read more

90 Bihar kids die of encephalitis in 15 days

first_imgNew Delhi: At a time when children are dying in plenty in Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) or Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases, the government’s focus on the affairs of doctor’s strike in West Bengal has raised eyebrows of many. Even though the death toll in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district due to AES/JE rose to over 90 in 15 days, not much has been done by the concerned ministries to contain the deaths.However, the local administration, which has failed to decipher the root cause of the disease, has started an awareness drive in nearby villages. Most importantly, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is also scheduled to visit the district on Sunday to take stock of the situation. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceWhile talking to Millennium Post, Muzaffarpur’s chief medical officer Shailesh Prasad Singh told that the AES disease is still an enigma. “Much has been done in the direction to find out the root cause of the disease, but there is no report to validate the origin of the deadly virus. Researchers from international agencies like the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, WHO, UNICEF, etc had made several visits to the district to unravel the mysterious disease, but situation prevails as it was earlier.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”It’s the failure of government. Deaths due to AES/JE is not a new thing for Bihar, it’s happening from several years and the governments at the Centre and state are busy in their own affairs such as visiting different countries, conducting researches, etc. Even though the country has research institutes of world repute, but we are still clueless on this matter,” said a health activist, who is working in Muzaffarpur. “In June 2014 too, the then Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had visited the affected district and had assured to extend every possible support to Bihar to contain and manage the surge of AES/JE. Teams of international health agencies visited had also visited the district in 2014, but why the governments are not able to contain the disease,” the health activist said, adding that more than 290 cases of AES/JE have been reported till now. Meanwhile, commenting on the situation that’s prevailing in the district for several years, the Muzaffarpur CMO summed up that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lichi on empty stomach are some of the visible causes of JE. “JE is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions and headaches. The disease commonly hitting children below 10 years and once a child gets affected with the disease, the chances of survival are very negligible,” Singh told Millennium Post. On his visit to the district, Vardhan said, “I would discuss the management measures being recommended by the high-level expert team of the Centre, and support that can be extended through National Health Mission (NHM) for health systems strengthening and other ministries of the Central government as part of the immediate and long term measures.”last_img read more

Indias high tariff unacceptable says Trump ahead of G20

first_imgWashington: India’s high tariffs on US goods is “unacceptable” and must be withdrawn, President Donald Trump said Thursday ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. President Trump early this morning tweeted, “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!” Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France Trump will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. This would be his first meeting with Modi after the BJP’s stunning victory in the general elections. It comes after the India visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which he met Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The Trump-Modi meeting assumes significance in the wake of the strain that has popped up in the bilateral relationship on a host of trade and economic issues. India has raised tariffs on 28 items exported from the US in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products. The Trump administration wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lower the trade barriers and embrace “fair and reciprocal” trade.last_img read more

Higher allocation for environment but no vision to curb airpollution

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Union Budget of 2019-20 financial year got higher allocation for the environment sector, however the Centre did not present any vision to combat air pollution which is a major issue in Delhi, said the environment lists. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the budget as “Green Budget”.The Centre on Friday increased the allocation for Environment Ministry from last fiscal by 10.4 percent to Rs 2,954.72 crore for 2019-20. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget speech, allocated Rs 460 crore for pollution control schemes including National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) with a vision for “pollution-free India with green Mother Earth and blue skies”. The revised budget for pollution control schemes in the last fiscal was a mere Rs 5 crore. The finance minister proposed lowering of the GST on electric vehicles (EVs) from 12 to 5 percent. Also to make them affordable to consumers, the government will provide additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs, Sitharaman said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNCAP is a time-bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner. However, the environmentalists see no push in the vision of combating air-pollution which is a major issue in Delhi and in the northern parts of India. “This budget was presented amid the talks on the water crisis in India and air pollution. While the government focused on infrastructural development, there has been no focus on ecology, air pollution and public health,” said Vimlendu Jha an environmentalist. “Air pollution in Delhi and northern India is a major issue and it deserves a separate focus. The EV policy and water related announcements were also nothing new, therefore there is a lack in all over push to combat air pollution in Delhi and adjacent area,” said Jha.last_img read more

Tears unstoppable in Shimla Sushma ji

first_imgShimla: Tears have not stopped rolling from those eyes, which once spotted a bright young law student at Panjab university Sushma Sharma, later Sushma Swaraj in 1971-73.Whether it’s Kali Dass Batish, a former ABVP activist and student leader at Panjab university or Aruna Kapoor, a retired sessions’ judge – one of her close class-mate in the law in Chandigarh, everyone looked heart-broken in the demise of a leader, who shared a strong social bonding, much above the heights she had achieved in the politics. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As Batish, and his entire family remained glued to TV on Wednesday watching minute-to-minute coverage, and rich tributes being paid to India’s tallest leaders, Aruna Kapoor’s husband Dr Harbans Kapoor, turned emotional repeatedly recollecting his close families ties with the former foreign minister. “My wife and Sushma ji were prolific debaters of the college together. She was an extraordinary orator in Hindi and my wife Aruna used to team her-up in English. Travelling on cycle rickshaw together, and going around Chandigarh markets, are few good memories we shared,” says Dr Kapoor, a cancer specialist. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAruna Kapoor says there are so many fond memories about her in the college days and hostel life. “Once we went to Ferozepur for a debate on behalf of the college. All rival teams surrendered beforehand on seeing Sushma ji. She had earned a wide reputation as No 1 debater, and had been on a winning spree always,” she recalls. “Once we were listening Hindi news bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) and news-reader was Sushma Sharma. She jumped-up telling all of us, look girls –one day you will hear this. “Yeh Akashwani hai, abb samachar Sushma Sharma se! We had a big laugh and wished her good luck too. But never knew she will gain remarkable popularity as such a popular leader of the Indian Nation.” Batish, on the other hand, remembered how Sushma Swaraj once herself tweeted about him declaring that Kali Dass Batish inducted her into the ABVP 40 years back. “I never knew she used to call me her mentor and this she had told to Narendra Modi ji (then BJP general secretary in Himachal Pradesh) and former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. It’s Modi ji who once shared this with me,” Batish told the Millennium Post. Batish recalls having met her in Chandigarh, where she was doing her law and he (Batish) studying his Post-graduation, was a student leader. “I shared the stage with her in a debate. She won the first prize. Thereafter, we became very good friends and remained in touch for a long time,” he recalls. Initially, she was not in the ABVP but gradually she got associated with the organisation. He recalls, “Once I went to Narnaul in Haryana for an ABVP event. She saw some posters about my visit. She made it a point to attend the event and met me also.” Batish shared on his Facebook a Twitter post of Sushma Swaraj to fresh his memories. In town, the BJP held a condolence meeting and paid floral tributes and remembered her connections with Shimla.last_img read more

Ahead of Maha polls another NCP MLA set to join Shiv Sena

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra NCP MLA Dileep Sopal on Monday announced he will soon join the Shiv Sena and contest the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls. Sopal, who represents Barshi Assembly constituency in Solapur district, served as a state Cabinet minister in the previous Congress-NCP coalition government. Addressing a gathering in Solapur on Monday, he said, “I will join the Shiv Sena in the coming days and contest the state elections.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray also confirmed that Sopal will be joining the saffron party. Last month, NCP MLA Pandurang Barora, who represented Shahapur Assembly seat in Palghar district, joined the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra. On Sunday, rumours were doing the rounds that NCP’s former minister and heavyweight leader from Konkan region, Bhaskar Jadhav, may join the Sena. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The speculation gained ground after Jadhav, a former Shiv Sainik and sitting MLA from Guhagar constituency in Ratnagiri district, visited Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra here and held a closed door meeting. However, Jadhav later said, “These are just rumours. I will remain with the NCP.” On Saturday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis virtually extended an invitation to NCP’s Satara MP and Maratha royal Udayanraje Bhosale to join the BJP. Bhosale on Friday lavished praise on the chief minister for carrying out development works in Satara. The MP had also accused the previous Congress-NCP government of creating “obstacles” in the progress of his constituency. Bhosale, who is the descendant of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is one of the NCP’s four MPs from Maharashtra. Recently, his cousin and NCP’s Satara MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale deserted the Sharad pawar-led party and joined the BJP along with other legislators like Sandip Naik and Vaibhav Pichad. The state Assembly polls are due in September-October.last_img read more

HC calls for fresh trust vote at Bongaon in 12 days

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday instructed the North 24-Parganas district administration to conduct trust vote at Bongaon municipality within 12 days.The High Court has reportedly asked the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to hold the trust vote at her office within the stipulated time amidst adequate security arrangements. The district police superintendent has been asked to provide security to the councillors from Bongaon municipality who will turn up at the DM’s office during the trust vote. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress had claimed in July that they had established control over Bongaon Municipality by defeating BJP in the no-confidence motion. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district claimed that the BJP councillors did not turn up in time. They also alleged that BJP had tried to create trouble over the trust vote that took place last month. During the previous trust vote, unprecedented police arrangements were made in front of the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, BJP leaders claimed that they had 11 councillors in the municipality out of 22 in total. Both the rival parties claimed their control over the municipality board following the trust vote. BJP later moved to the Calcutta High Court in this regard. It has ordered a fresh trust vote within 12 days and the district administration will ensure that it happens without any trouble. Bongaon municipality in North 24-Parganas district has been in a legal tangle for some time following dispute over a confidence vote, as both the parties claimed majority. State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick had earlier accused the saffron party of engineering the defections. It may be mentioned here that after the Lok Sabha elections, BJP allegedly continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool Congress in various municipalities across the state.last_img read more

Security beefed up in view of death anniv of 2 men killed

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): Security has been beefed up with additional police deployment in Kawal and Malakpura villages in this district of Uttar Pradesh in view of the sixth death anniversary of two men who were killed in Kawal, following which communal riots had erupted in the district and adjoining areas. A “havan” would be organised in Malakpura to mark the death anniversary of the two men — Sachin and Gaurav — and a number of people, including Union minister Sanjeev Balyan, were expected to attend it, former block president Virender Singh told reporters here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been clamped in Jansath tehsil of the district to maintain law and order. Three men — Sachin, Gaurav and Shahnawaz — were killed in a clash over a road accident in the district on August 27, 2013, triggering communal violence.last_img

Neymar set for Barcelona return after PSG agrees to transfer

first_imgParis: Neymar is reportedly set to complete a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona after a summer of incessant speculation. According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia, the Brazilian will return to the Camp Nou two years on from joining PSG from the Blaugrana for a world-record transfer fee. “An agreement was reached between clubs and between Barcelona and the player,” Di Marzio said. “In the coming hours the parties will sign on the dotted line and make official Neymar’s return to the Camp Nou—his first home in Europe before becoming the most expensive player in history.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn 2017, PSG stunned the football world by pulling off the transfer of Neymar after paying the Brazil star’s £198 million buyout clause. While Neymar has excelled when on the field for PSG, his time at the club has been far from straightforward. Injuries have prevented him from playing a part in the latter stages of both his seasons in Paris. There’s also been constant speculation about a move back to La Liga, with Real Madrid the team most strongly linked during Neymar’s first season at PSG. Following the 2018-19 campaign, rumours regarding Barcelona coming back in for their former player intensified. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNow, Neymar appears set to move back to the Catalan giants, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey. He’ll be part of a high-class group of attacking players, with Antoine Griezmann arriving already this summer to join Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up top. Barca fans and neutrals around the world will be excited see Neymar link up with Messi and Suarez again, as the trio were sensational in unison during their time together at the Camp Nou. Given the manner in which he left the Blaugrana, Neymar may take some time to win over the Barcelona supporters should the switch go through. However, if he can reach the world-class heights he did in his first spell at the club, he will likely be forgiven. It will be interesting to see how manager Ernesto Valverde fits all of the attacking talent Barcelona boast into the same side. Given the effort that’s gone in to bringing back Neymar, he will surely be guaranteed a starting spot in his preferred berth on the left flank.last_img read more

Hong Kong reels from worst clashes in months as protesters battle police

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong was reeling Sunday from some of the worst clashes to rock the city in months after hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas and deployed water cannon, before making mass arrests inside train stations.Police had banned a planned demonstration in the financial hub on security grounds, but tens of thousands defied authorities Saturday to march through the city’s main highways for the 13th consecutive weekend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally quickly descended into violent clashes with riot police which stretched into the early hours of Sunday, with officers pursuing protesters into metro stations and making mass arrests.Video footage captured by local media showed elite police charging and pepper spraying two couples cowering on the floor of a train compartment, with one man crying in anguish as he wrapped his arms around a friend.A small group of hardcore protesters surrounded the city’s parliament, unleashing a barrage of rocks and petrol bombs at riot police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThick, black smoke swirled from a large fire started by masked demonstrators at a barricade on a major thoroughfare, close to Hong Kong police headquarters.Police dispersed crowds with water cannon as the night spiralled into a cat-and-mouse chase across the city, with police making numerous arrests.”With such escalating violence and progressively lethal weapons of protestors, the safety of police officers and other members of the public is seriously threatened,” police said in a statement. Police said officers fired two warning shots into the sky after being attacked by group of “violent protesters who attempted to once snatch police pistols”.Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of universal suffrage for Hong Kong that sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014.”Peaceful protest doesn’t work,” 22-year-old demonstrator Stone told AFP, giving one name.As protesters streamed into a nearby metro, graffiti on a pillar inside the station read: “We shall never surrender.” The hospital authority said Sunday that 31 people were admitted with injuries following the clashes, including five who remain in a serious condition.Protesters were preparing to demonstrate again on Sunday, with plans to rally at a bus terminal outside the city’s airport, with disruption also expected at train stations enroute to the airport.Police on Friday rounded up several high profile pro-democracy activists and politicians in sweeping arrests condemned by rights groups.The months-long protests were sparked by an attempt by Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government to pass a now-shelved bill which would have allowed extradition to China.But they have expanded into a wider pro-democracy push, bringing millions to the streets in peaceful marches but also groups of hardcore protesters clashing with police.Beijing’s state news agency Xinhua posted a video on Twitter late Saturday of armed Chinese riot police holding “anti-riot drills in Shenzhen”, a city which borders Hong Kong.Beijing has also unleashed a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle in an attempt to muzzle the movement, which it views as a direct challenge to its rule.At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep that rights groups said was taken directly from Beijing’s playbook.Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”.Police denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests.More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection with the protests.The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line on Hong Kong.The weeks of violence have damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity.last_img read more

Stand more to combat effects of sedentary lifestyle

first_imgSpend more time standing to increase energy expenditure and combat the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, a new study suggests. The research published recently has also found that we burn 45 kilocalories more, per six-hour period while standing compared to lying or sitting. “If we take steps to combat a sedentary lifestyle by making small lifestyle changes, such as spending more time standing, this could reduce the risk of developing diseases such as obesity or Type 2 diabetes,” said study lead author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, the researchers used a sample comprising 53 young adults, who were classified into two types, “savers” and “spenders” of energy, depending on the amount of energy expenditure they consumed when switching from sitting or lying to standing. “Savers consume very little energy in their activities and, therefore, the difference between sitting/lying or standing is practically nil for them. But energy spenders burn approximately 10 per cent more energy when they switch from sitting or lying to standing.” The factor that appears to have the greatest effect is muscle mass. People with more muscle mass expend more energy than people with less muscle mass, said the researcher. In light of the results, the authors recommend spending more time standing in the office as a good strategy to use up more energy and thus avoid storing it as fat.last_img read more

Explosion at Husky refinery in Wisconsin sends several to hospital

first_imgCALGARY – A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a Wisconsin refinery owned by Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. on Thursday, injuring several people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom.No fatalities have been reported, but at least five people have been taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minn., following the explosion at the oil refinery at about 10 a.m., Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told The Associated Press.Panger didn’t have details about the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded.The 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Superior purchased by Husky last year has been shut down and there’s no word yet on when it might restart, said company spokesman Mel Duvall.“We have responders on site,” he said.“There have been some injuries and those folks are being treated in hospital but all personnel have been accounted for and at this time we are not aware of any fatalities.”He said he couldn’t confirm the cause or location of the incident which occurred about an hour before Husky’s annual general meeting began in Calgary.A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that the explosion sounded like “a sonic boom” and that it happened when crews were working on shutting the plant down for repairs.Panger said the fire was out by 11:20 a.m., although smoke could be seen rising from the plant. Panger said a small tank exploded containing either crude oil or asphalt.Superior police are advising people to stay away from the area and roads around the refinery have been blocked off. There have been no neighbourhood evacuations. Superior is a city of about 27,000 people that borders Minnesota to the north and the tip of Lake Superior.No damage estimate was available. The Superior Fire Department sent all three engine companies to the explosion, and nearby Duluth sent over a command vehicle.Husky announced the purchase of the refinery from Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners last year for $560 million in cash. It’s Wisconsin’s only refinery, and it produces gasoline, asphalt and other products.The refinery, which dates back to the early 1950s, has a processing capacity of around 50,000 barrels per day and a storage capacity of 3.6 million barrels of crude and products. It processes both heavy crude from the Alberta oilsands and lighter North Dakota Bakken crude.– With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more