New Advertising Website Launched

first_imgNova Scotians can now read and hear provincial government advertising any time they want on a new website that was launched today, Dec. 22. Advertisements include information on new programs, services, public tender announcements, employment opportunities, public meetings, and notices. For example, there are ads on everything from the winter parking ban to energy saving tips. The website includes the entire copy of the ad, including artwork. Audio files from radio and television advertisements can also be heard on the site. The website includes new advertisements and archived ads from the last year prepared by advertising services, a section of Communications Nova Scotia. Minister of Communications Nova Scotia Ernest Fage said the new website benefits consumers and advertisers because ads are now accessible all the time to Internet users. “This new feature enhances the job of informing Nova Scotians. People now have another, convenient way to find out what programs and services the government offers.” Communications Nova Scotia assistant deputy minister Laura Lee Langley said advertisers benefit from the new website because their messages are now available all the time. “Our clients are trying to reach as many people as they can and this new website makes it possible for their messages to be seen, and in some cases heard, any time.” The website is available at www.gov.ns.ca/cmns/advertising .last_img read more

Province to Help Young Adults with Special Needs

first_imgThe province is taking action to help young adults with special needs successfully make the transition from high school to independent living. The Department of Education and the Department of Community Services agreed today, July 14, to provide interim funding for the Access to Community Education and Employment program (ACEE) while the program’s operator, the Independent Living Resource Centre, tries to secure federal funding. The provincial funding will keep the Halifax-based education and employment program operating over the next year. The program will help up to 24 recent public school graduates with special needs obtain life skills, job development and employment training. It is designed to support young adults with special needs who do not yet qualify for adult social services after finishing high school. The federal government has been funding the program but has yet to commit to supporting the program for the next year. “This is an extremely valuable program and our funding means the program will go ahead in September,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “We will support the Independent Living Resource Centre’s ongoing efforts to obtain federal funding.” Education and Community Services will provide the Independent Living Resource Centre with up to $205,000 so it can continue to offer support to young adults with special needs. Over the past several weeks some parents of students with special needs have raised concerns over the lack of access to continuing education for their children once they graduate. Education Minister Karen Casey said it is important students have the opportunity to get the skills and training they need after they have fulfilled all their high school requirements and can no longer benefit from the school system. “This is an attempt to bridge those gaps in service so these adult students can reach their full potential,” Ms. Casey said. Lois Miller, executive director of Independent Living Resource Centre, said provincial funding will give her organization time to re-apply for federal funding. “We are working hard to convince Ottawa to continue funding this valuable program,” she said. “The centre and our clients are extremely pleased that the provincial government is helping to keep this program in place for at least another year.” “ACEE has offered youth with disabilities an important option to let them move confidently into employment or further education,” said Ms. Miller.last_img read more

New Appointments to Arts and Culture Partnership Council

first_imgNova Scotia’s arts and culture sector will continue to be broadly represented with the appointment of four new members to the province’s Arts and Culture Partnership Council. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher announced today, Aug. 10, that Shelley Fashan, Jim Morrow, Kim Reinhardt and Linda Ross have accepted appointments to the Partnership Council. “The arts and culture industry in Nova Scotia enhances our quality of life and brings important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Mr. Goucher. “I look forward to working with these respected members of our arts and culture community to further strengthen this vibrant sector.” Ms. Fashan lives in Lake Echo, Halifax Co., and is involved with many cultural events and projects, particularly in the African Nova Scotian community. She was a founding member of the African Nova Scotian Music Association and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, a former board member of the East Coast Music Association and one of the first members of the former Nova Scotia Arts Council. Mr. Morrow, of Port Williams, Kings Co., is the artistic director and resident designer at Mermaid Theatre. His plays have earned the company numerous awards, including the Canada Export Award and the Nova Scotia Export Award. He is also the current chair of the Artist in Residence Program at the QEII Hospital’s Centre for Health Care of the Elderly. Ms. Reinhardt, of Ketch Harbour, Halifax Co., is the chief curator at Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum. She has taught historical and critical theory courses in film and Canadian art and has served as the curator for the Multicultural Arts Resource Centre and Gallery, assisting newcomers to Canada who aspire to lead careers in the arts. Ms. Ross from Sable River, is chair of the Community Business Development Corporation in Shelburne County. With aerial photography as her speciality, she has produced more than 20 postcards featuring Nova Scotia’s beaches and shoreline towns. Her work has been featured in many books and publications. Mr. Morrow has been appointed to the Arts and Culture Partnership Council for three years, Ms. Fashan and Ms. Reinhardt for two years and Ms. Ross for a one-year term. “I am delighted to welcome these talented and experienced individuals to the Partnership Council,” said Paul Gallant, council chair. “Together with our returning members, they will play an important role in representing the interests of our arts and culture sector here in Nova Scotia.” Joella Foulds, Terry Kelly and Wayne MacGillivary have all been appointed as returning members to the Partnership Council for three-year terms. Other council members include: Jenni Blackmore, Seaforth, Halifax Co.; Karen Diadick-Casselman, Cheverie, Hants Co.; Donald Ferguson, Glace Bay, Cape Breton Co.; Wanda George, Canning, Kings Co.; Laurie Swim, Lunenburg, Lunenburg Co.; and Dianne Coish and Marcel McKeough, representing the culture division, Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. The council members represent a cross-section of Nova Scotians with geographic and cultural diversity, and a broad range of experience in the arts and culture sector.last_img read more

Launch of Youth Sexual Health Strategy

first_imgAn innovative provincial strategy has been launched today, Oct. 12, to improve the sexual health of Nova Scotia youth. The document, called Framework for Action: Youth Sexual Health in Nova Scotia, is a comprehensive approach to sexual health education, services and supports for youth. It will be implemented over the next five to seven years. The framework was developed by the Nova Scotia Roundtable on Youth Sexual Health, a group of health professionals, educators, government and non-government organizations interested in youth sexual health issues. Implementation of the framework will be lead by the roundtable, the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, the Department of Education, youth and other key partners who are committed to youth sexual health issues. The framework will increase community awareness and support for youth sexual health issues, expand school-based sexual health education, encourage youth participation in sexual health decision-making and ensure services are youth centred and available throughout Nova Scotia. “Our department is committed to supporting implementation of the framework and will play a leadership role,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Sexual health is one of our key priorities.” Recent research indicates some Nova Scotia youth continue to have unprotected sex and unplanned sex while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This puts them at risk. Sexual health is an important aspect of overall health and includes healthy relationships, positive body image, decision-making skills, access to comprehensive sexuality information and the absence of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. “The Department of Education will play a critical role in implementing the school-based component of the framework,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “Access to comprehensive sexuality information helps youth to make informed decisions about their personal health.” The roundtable will work with government and other organizations and community groups to publicize and implement the framework for action. That work will include setting up provincial and regional working groups. “It has taken the contributions and hard work of a lot of community and government partners to get the framework to this point,” said Rhonda Phillips, a member of the roundtable. “But our work is really just beginning.”last_img read more

Province to Reopen Temporary Winter Shelter

first_imgPeople in need of a place to spend the night will once again have another option this winter. Pendleton Place will provide overnight accommodation for up to 20 men and women, 16 years of age or older, who have trouble finding appropriate shelter for various reasons. Those reasons may include mental health concerns, substance abuse, shelter overflow or the person is restricted from another facility because of safety, mobility or incompatibility concerns. Pendleton Place opens on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Halifax and will again be located at St. Patrick’s Church, 2263 Brunswick St. The shelter will operate daily from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. until May 1, 2008. In addition, support staff may be available during shelter hours to help people find other accommodations and make referrals for counselling, addiction services and other supports. The Department of Community Services will provide more than $200,000 in operational funding for the shelter. The Saint Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia, which operates a number of facilities for persons in transition and is experienced with helping people deal with the complex issues of homelessness, will manage, staff and operate the shelter.last_img read more

À partir du 1er septembre la loi dit quil faut ralentir dans

first_imgLe gouvernement tient à rappeler aux Néo-Écossais qu’à partir du 1er septembre, la loi exige de ralentir à 30 km/h dans la plupart des zones scolaires quand des enfants sont présents. En vertu de la loi sur les zones scolaires plus sécuritaires (Safer School Zone Act), les conducteurs doivent ralentir à 30 km/h dans les zones scolaires où la vitesse est de 50 km/h, quand des enfants sont présents. Dans les secteurs où la limite de vitesse est supérieure à 50 km/h juste avant d’entrer dans la zone scolaire, la limite de vitesse dans la zone scolaire reste à 50 km/h. « Notre but, comme toujours, est de protéger les enfants qui, parfois, oublient les règles de sécurité près des routes, a déclaré Maurice Smith, le ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. On ralentit par prudence quand on conduit où il y a des enfants. » De nouveaux panneaux de signalisation sont en cours d’installation dans les zones scolaires partout dans la province et une campagne d’information est aussi en cours pour informer les Néo-Écossais de la loi.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Road Kingsburg Road, from Route 332 to end of pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road is reduced to one lane for paving and patching. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. -30-last_img

Development Opportunity on Lunenburgs Working Waterfront

first_imgWaterfront Development Corporation is inviting proposals from development and business interests to partner on construction of a new facility on the former Scotia Trawler storeroom site. The agreement would also include a long-term lease for the property and wharf. The request for proposals is open until Nov. 28. “Lunenburg is one of Canada’s most historic and recognized fishing ports and commercial harbours,” said MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “This is an opportunity to work together to attract new business and economic activity to a key Nova Scotia location.” Located at 250 Montague St., the site is situated on the working waterfront in the heart of the UNESCO designated World Heritage site. As a result of fire in the summer of 2013, the building previously located on the site has been removed and the area is ready for new construction. “There is growing momentum on the waterfront and in the community,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corp. “Since 2005, we have invested over $2 million in the Lunenburg waterfront and important projects are on the horizon. This partnership opportunity will create new economic activity at this strategic site while preserving the heritage character of the Old Town.” Gerry Rolfsen, chair of the Lunenburg Waterfront Association, said the working waterfront is critical to the economic prosperity and identity of the town. “With our partners at Waterfront Development, we are seeing great progress toward achieving this vision,” said Mr. Rolfsen. “This site is a key property for the successful future of the working waterfront and we are optimistic we will find a partner who will be able to develop it to its full potential.” The site is approximately 27,000 square feet (2,508 square metres) and is centrally located on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Lunenburg is surrounded by a diverse cross-section of industries, including companies involved in aerospace and defence, manufacturing, agriculture, ocean technology, value-added food products, and energy. It is also home to several internationally-traded companies, including ABCO Industries, Clearwater Seafoods Limited, and HB Studios. Lunenburg is a seaside town among the most visited tourism destinations in Nova Scotia. Historic architecture, an active culinary scene, more than 180 shops and services, fine art, golf courses, festivals, and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic make it an attractive location for businesses, visitors and residents. Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. It fosters waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide memorable public spaces, and reflect and protect marine heritage. Visit www.my-waterfront.ca for more information.last_img read more

Crown Attorneys Appointed in Halifax and Dartmouth

first_imgSarah Kirby has been appointed a Crown attorney in Halifax and Emma Woodburn has been appointed a Crown attorney in Dartmouth. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointments today, Nov. 3. “Ms. Kirby and Ms. Woodburn each have a unique background which, in combination with their legal skills, will be a solid asset to our team of Crown attorneys,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Halifax, Ms. Kirby graduated in 1994 from Dalhousie University with an honours bachelor of science and in 1999 from the juris doctor program. She articled with McInnes Cooper and was later appointed an associate concentrating in commercial litigation with a sub-specialty in marine law. In 2007, Ms. Kirby moved to Metcalf and Company, and in 2009 to Ritch Durnford. At each firm, she provided dispute resolution, litigation and regulatory advice, and representation to a variety of commercial clients. In 2011, Ms. Kirby was appointed assistant dean at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. In addition to her role at the law school, she was also a Small Claims Court adjudicator and a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. A native of Halifax, Ms. Woodburn graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 and from Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2013. Between degrees Ms. Woodburn worked in Poland as an international projects assistant with the Association of Entrepreneurship Promotion and as an English teacher in South Korea. Ms. Woodburn articled with Stewart McKelvey and later was appointed an associate.last_img read more

Province has Agreement in Principle for Sale of Exhibition Park

first_imgThe province has an agreement in principle with Banc Properties for ownership of Exhibition Park in Halifax. “We know the park is important to the exhibitors and the public that use it and I’m happy to report that the agreement stipulates continued operation of the Exhibition Park in partnership with the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This is a good business opportunity – we’re moving out of the way to let the private sector take the lead.” The province consulted with the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia before making a decision on proposals submitted for the property. “We have been involved in virtually every step of the way,” said Jim Gourlay, executive director of the Exposition Managers Society of Nova Scotia. “The needs and wishes of the industry were clearly understood by government and were incorporated into the criteria for the eventual sale of the facility to the private sector.” The property includes 112 acres of land and the Exhibition Park structure. While other components of the deal still need to be finalized, the negotiated price is $2.5 million, with the understanding that the new owner will assume costs of necessary renovations and repairs. The province estimates those immediate costs at $3 million. Future event bookings will be facilitated through the new owner.last_img read more

Sheet Harbour Residents Celebrate New East River Bridge

first_imgResidents of Sheet Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality, will walk across the new East River Bridge today, Dec. 17, to celebrate its completion. The bridge will be open to vehicles on Friday, Dec 18. “The new East River Bridge will help make the community stronger and safer,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The bridge is important infrastructure for our residents, visitors, businesses and industries.” The bridge is two metres wider than the existing one. The wider shoulder for cyclists and the wider, lighted sidewalk for pedestrians, will be safer and encourages active transportation. “It will be sad to see the old bridge with its engineering ties to the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge in Halifax disappear but the new bridge, for safety considerations, is a much needed successor,” said Susan Boutilier, member of the Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce. “The community will be honouring both as we walk across the old one to say goodbye, and then the new one to say welcome.” The total cost of the bridge is $19 million. The province contributed $11.8 million. The federal government invested $7.2 million through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Build Canada Fund. “The local economy benefitted from the construction of the bridge as businesses such as the local quarry and the concrete plant provided materials for it,” said Mr. MacLellan. “The new bridge will last almost into the next century.”last_img read more

Karnataka cabinet expansion on June 12

first_imgBengaluru: Expansion of the Karnataka cabinet would take place on June 12, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy announced Saturday, in a much expected move to quell growing dissent within the Congress-JD(S) coalition that threatens the stability of its government. Kumaraswamy made the announcement in a tweet after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, which comes after weeks of consultations between the chief minister and Congress leaders amid coalition worries compounded by the Lok Sabha poll rout. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Today, I met the honourable governor and requested him to give time for the cabinet expansion. He has fixed June 12, Wednesday, 11.30 am to administer oath,” Kumaraswamy tweeted. The cabinet expansion or rejig was in the offing after the humiliating defeat of the Congress and JD(S) in the Lok Sabha election, in which both the parties barely survived the Modi wave, getting one seat each. The BJP swept the polls, capturing 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, backed by the BJP, won the Mandya seat, defeating Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil in one of the most bitterly fought contests. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe cabinet expansion is seen as a way to contain the rebellion that erupted, specially in the Congress, after the poll debacle, with several senior leaders openly castigating the state leadership. Of the total 34 ministerial positions in Karnataka, the Congress and the JD(S) have shared 22 and 12 respectively under an understanding between the two parties. Currently, three posts are vacant, two from JD(S) and one from the Congress.last_img read more

Special team to keep tabs on passengers alighting from wrong side of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Northern Railways has formed a special team under RPF Inspector of Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station Kishan Kumar to keep an eye on passengers alighting from the wrong side of the train when they arrive or depart.The decision comes after an analysis of laptop and mobile lifting incidents showed that such offenders often deboard from the wrong side of the train to avoid being caught. This pattern was noticed after reviewing CCTV footage of these incidents. In fact, such teams are already being effective. Recently, a laptop thief was nabbed by RPF officials within four minutes of stealing the laptop, when Const. Satyendra Yadav saw the accused deboard from the wrong side of the train on the live CCTV stream. Further, it was found that the accused was a habitual laptop-lifter and solved a total of four laptop thefts in the process, recovering three stolen purses as well. SC Jain, DRM of the Delhi Division said that detection of crime with live monitoring is an example of the high-level of professionalism we are bringing to the table. It will immensely help is in containing such crimes in trains.last_img read more

Sanjivani 2 first look out on National Doctors Day

first_imgMumbai: The makers of “Sanjivani 2” marked the National Doctors Day on Monday with the first look of the show. Producer Siddharth P. Malhotra shared the look on Twitter, and wrote: “It’s National Doctors Day, so ‘Sanjivani 2’ ka first look banta hai. Presenting Dr Ishaani (Surbhi Chandna), Dr Sid (Namit Khanna), Dr Anjali (Sayantani Ghosh), the original pillars Dr Juhi (Gurdip Kohli) and my favourite always Dr Shashank (Mohnish Bahl).” “Sanjivani”, which aired in 2002, narrated a story about four medical interns Juhi Singh, Rahul Mehra, Simran Chopra and Omi Joshi and the trials and tribulations they face to fight a constant battle against diseases and death of patients while balancing their professional and personal life. The reboot of the medical drama will air on Star Plus.last_img read more

Global app revenue grows 15 to hit 39 bn in H1 2019

first_imgSan Francisco: Revenue from Apple App Store and Google Play reached $39.7 billion during the first half of this year – up 15.4 per cent from the $34.4 billion consumers spent across both stores in the first half of last year, according to a new report from mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. While consumers spent an estimated $25.5 billion globally on Apple’s App Store in the first half of 2019, Google Play’s estimated gross revenue was $14.2 billion for the half, the research showed. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “Tinder was the highest grossing non-game app in 1H19, generating an estimated $497 million in spending across both stores. This was about 32 percent more than users spent in the app during the first half of 2018,” Randy Nelson, Head of Mobile Insights, Sensor Tower, wrote in a blog post on Friday. Tinder was followed by Netflix, Tencent Video, iQIYI and YouTube respectively in the list of top five non-game apps. “Netflix was the second highest earning non-game app for Q1 and Q2 with estimated consumer spend of close to $399 million globally. It had been No. 1 for in-app revenue in 1H18, but has since declined following Netflix’s decision to remove subscriptions from the iOS version of the app,” Nelson added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs With Facebook’s WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook holding onto the top of the chart, the top three apps by global downloads remained unchanged over the first half of 2018. TikTok again beat Instagram to claim the fourth position in the list of most downloaded apps globally. The short-video messaging app owned by Beijing-based start-up ByteDance saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the half to nearly 344 million worldwide despite a two-week ban in India during Q2, revealed the estimate by Sensor Tower.last_img read more

Housing sales down 11 in Q1

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales fell 11 per cent in April-June 2019-20 across nine major cities to nearly 72,000 units but demand is expected to rise due to additional tax sops in the Budget for affordable homes and political stability at the Centre, as per a report. New housing supply fell 47 per cent to 37,852 units in nine cities due to liquidity crunch and general elections, the report by News Corp-backed property brokerage firm PropTiger said. The nine cities covered in the report are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Noida and Pune. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While we saw a decline in both sales and launches in Q1 FY’20, the outlook is optimistic going forward. A stable government at the Centre and a Union Budget that announced several favourable measures for the residential real estate sector are likely to act as catalysts,” said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO of PropTiger, Housing.com and Makaan.com. He said traffic at the group’s all three portals increased during April-June quarter, but it seems that people were on wait and watch mode because of general elections. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAgarwala expected housing demand to rise in the coming months on the back of rise in the tax deduction limit on the interest payable on home loans to Rs 3.50 lakh for affordable homes from the current Rs 2 lakh limit, as announced in the Budget. “Additionally, several banks have lowered interest rates after the RBI reduced the repo rate to a record low. We are confident that these measures are likely to stimulate home sales in the coming quarters,”Agarwala said. According to the data, housing sales increased in four cities — Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune — and declined in the remaining five. Gurugram witnessed the highest increase of 32 per cent in housing sales at 4,951 units during April-June 2019 from 3,737 units in the year-ago period. Housing sales in Hyderabad and Kolkata rose 10 per cent at 6,204 units and 3,481 units, respectively . Pune saw 5 per cent rise in demand at 14,998 units. However, Noida saw steep 56 per cent decline at 3,304 units, followed by 36 per cent dip in Ahmedabad at 3,362 units, as per PropTiger.com’s ‘Real Insight Report’ for April-June 2019-20. Sales in Bengaluru went down 17 per cent at 8,431 units, while demand fell 14 per cent in MMR at 22,652 units. Chennai saw modest 2 per cent fall at 4,574 units during the period under review.last_img read more

Opposition slams govt for not sending bills to select panel

first_imgNew Delhi: The opposition in the Rajya Sabha hit out at the government on Wednesday, accusing it of not keeping its word on sending some bills including the Triple talaq bill to the Select Committee, as suggested by them.Raising the issue soon after Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had approached them to ask which bills they wanted to be sent to Select Committees. Leaders of all parties wanted that at least six bills be sent to committees for further scrutiny, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am drawing the attention of the chair…I am seeking your indulgence, we wanted that RTI bill to be sent to the Select Committee,” he said. “You are master, you tell your people to be present and we remain under the illusion that this bill is going to the Select Committee. “This is not done. This is unfair on the part of the government,” Azad said, while referring to the passage of the triple talaq bill on Tuesday. He said the government had approached the opposition through the Parliamentary Minister and he wanted to know which bills were to be sent to Select Committees. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We gave them a list of some 23 bills and we wanted at least half of them to be sent to Select Committees. We identified as many as 6 bills as A-category to be sent to Select Committees, and two under B-category and the list was taken by the government,” Azad said. The Congress leader said the bill discussed on Tuesday was the first bill which was supposed to go to Select Committee. The Bill, which is listed as number 2, was also slated to go to Select Committee, which the opposition had recommended. “Unfortunately, that bill (triple talaq) was listed at night,” he noted. “My submission is that out of the six bills which we had given on priority to be sent to the Select Committee was the bill which was discussed on Tuesday and passed. We were in the dark we could not inform our members of Parliament. The second bill, which is being considered today for passage, is also on the priority list to be sent to the Select Committee. “My submission to the government is that on one side you are seeking the list from the opposition for bills to be sent to the Select Committee and you don’t come back and you put them for passage in the House and get them passed,” the leader of opposition said. He was supported by Derek O’Brien (TMC), who sought the protection of the chair, alleging that the government was pushing through legislations without scrutiny. “We seek your protection, because we managed to attend the meeting with the government and on that understanding the government did tell us that they would revert to us on three to four bills on the seven we have listed. Monday night at 9.30 PM, taking everyone by surprise (triple talaq bill was listed). “There is a rule and there is a convention whereby under understanding and after talking to us and find solutions for passage of bills. You don’t do anything clandestinely at midnight to catch people by surprise,” he said. O’Brien said two bills – the triple talaq bill and the UAPA bill — were on top priority of the opposition for sending them to the Select Committee for further scrutiny. “One got listed on Monday night and the second one was listed today. We seek your protection. Out of the 23 bills, even though we are not going to go back to what has been passed the last time, the opposition together had a list of six bills, four of which were marked as A-plus. “We seek your protection. We want to examine these bills. If the government has the numbers it can pass the bills. But, let us fight for the integrity of Parliament. That is what we are asking for,” the TMC leader said. Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) also sought to know whether the minister is denying that he had told the opposition about bills being sent to select panels. “The minister had stated that bills will be sent to Select Committee. Let the minister speak. If the minister is going back on his words, it is not right,” Yadav said. “I have heard it. I will look into it….You have raised the issue, then I will examine it,” Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said. Countering the opposition charge, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the chair has already said that eight out of 10 bills in last two years have been sent to the Select Committee. “This shows the intention of the government.This bill UAPA was not sent to Select Committee during the UPA government. It is not like this that these bills will have to go to Select Committees,” the minister said.last_img read more

Hundreds arrive to honour El Paso victim after public invited

first_imgEl Paso: When Jordan Ballard read that one of the victims of the El Paso massacre had few relatives and the public was invited to her funeral, the Los Angeles resident bought a plane ticket and flew to El Paso to honour a woman she had never met. She was one of hundreds of strangers who braved 100-degree (38 Celsius) heat to pay their respects to 63-year-old Margie Reckard. Feeling alone after her death, Reckard’s companion of 22 years, Antonio Basco, had welcomed anyone to come. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I arrived here this morning,” said Ballard, 38, who lived in New York City during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “His story moved me.” The service was moved from a funeral home to La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center to accommodate the crowd. Vocalists and musicians volunteered to help, including a mariachi band. Condolences and orders for flowers poured in. “He felt like he was going to kind of just be by himself with this whole thing but it’s not so,” Perches Funeral Homes director Harrison Johnson said on Thursday of Basco. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls While well-wishers waited, Basco arrived to people shouting blessings in English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone gave him a gift that appeared to be an El Paso t-shirt. “I love y’all, man,” Basco said, before breaking down. Jason Medina, 42, of El Paso, also felt he had to come. Wearing a black and red zoot suit, Medina stood quietly in line and waited for his chance to say goodbye to someone he never knew. “I know her now,” Medina said. “We’re all family, bro.” Johnson, who is also a pastor, headed the service. Funeral home staff urged attendees to be patient as people began rotating in and out of the service amid scorching heat. Reckard had children from a previous marriage who travelled from out of town to the funeral. But Johnson said that for Basco, Reckard was “his life, his soul mate, his best friend.” The couple had a car wash business, he said. “Probably some people have felt like Mr. Tony in a time of death they felt like they were alone and nobody was around,” Johnson said. On Tuesday, Perches posted on Facebook a photo of a bereft Basco kneeling by a candlelight memorial. The post welcomed anyone to attend Reckard’s funeral and soon drew thousands of comments and shares. Perches is among local funeral homes offering free services for the 22 people killed. In the days after the shooting, Basco told El Paso television station KFOX that Reckard’s kindness and selflessness was incomparable. “When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” Basco said. Her son, Harry Dean Reckard, told The New York Times that when he and his brother and sister were children, the family didn’t have much money and frequently moved. He said his mother would sometimes work at fast food restaurants or as a hotel housekeeper to add to what her husband earned as a truck driver. “As a kid, I just remember her feeding us and trying to provide for us the best that she could,” said Harry Dean Reckard, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He said that after his father died in 1995, his mother began a relationship with Basco. The couple had moved to El Paso a few years ago. He said his mother, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease, “was loved by many.”last_img read more

Iran unveils domestically built missile defence system

first_imgTehran: Iran unveiled on Thursday what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defence system, the media reported. The missile system, dubbed Bavar-373, was unveiled during a ceremony in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani, Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and other senior military officials, Press TV reported. The display comes amid rising tensions between the US and Iran in the Gulf. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBavar-373 is a mobile missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming hostile targets. The system employs missiles that have a maximum range of 300 kilometres, the report said. The system is capable of simultaneously detecting up to 300 targets, tracking 60 targets at once and engaging six targets at a time. According to the report, Bavar-373 is a competitor to Russia’s S-300 missile system and brings a few substantial upgrades over the Russian system.last_img read more

KMC set to launch special drives as number of dengue cases climb

first_imgKolkata: The health wing of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch special drives in vast areas of Tollygunge, New Alipore, Golf Club and Jodhpur Park covering wards 81, 93, 95, 97 and 99, where the number of dengue cases has seen an alarming rise.A high-level meeting was held to discuss the measures to be adopted by the KMC to combat the situation on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh. Ghosh said that the number of people afflicted with the disease in these posh areas of South Kolkata is far more than the North and Central parts of the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe said many houses in New Alipore, Jodhpur Park and Golf Club remain under lock and key and the civic workers have no access there. Recently, the civic workers used a ladder to reach the roof of an abandoned house at Baghajatin in ward 99 and found mosquito larvae there. Apart from this, some abandoned factories in South Kolkata and the southern fringes of the city have posed a serious threat as well, as the conservancy workers cannot go inside the factories and clear the accumulated garbage. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGhosh has ordered the civic employees to break open the locks of such factories under Section 546 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980 and conduct cleaning operation. The Deputy Mayor regretted that despite repeated requests, there are many people who are not cleaning the containers that store water, at least once a week. There are also owners who do not clean flower vases, pots and the trays of refrigerators at least once a week. The clear water accumulated in these serve as potential breeding ground for the Aedes Egypti mosquitoes, which are primarily responsible for causing dengue. Ghosh added that the newly-acquired drones have helped KMC spot water patches on the roofs of high-rise buildings, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. He appealed to people from all walks of life to follow the dos and don’ts listed by KMC, in order to check the spread of the disease.last_img read more

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