NSLC Improves Pricing Clarity

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has changed the way itdisplays the prices on its products. Effective immediately, all NSLC products will feature before taxprices, with taxes and bottle deposits shown separately, thecorporation announced today, Jan. 4. Under the new system, the price of a case of beer is displayed as$14.60. HST of $2.19 and bottle deposit of $1.20 is shownseparately, for a total of $17.99. Prior to this change, theprice was displayed simply as $17.99. The change in the way prices are displayed will not result inprice increases, but will provide clearer information forconsumers. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation provides world class selectionand service of beverage alcohol through the operation of 104retail and seven agency stores throughout the province. Byproviding superior customer convenience and service, the NSLCreturns substantial revenue to the provincial government whileensuring the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol in NovaScotia. -30-last_img read more

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Two Road Improvement Contracts Awarded in Cumberland County

first_imgThe province has awarded two separate contracts worth $1.8 million for road improvements in Cumberland County. The first contract is for repaving on Route 302, west of Springhill, from the intersection of Trunk 2 at Southampton, north for 9.8 kilometres to the intersection of Athol Road. The winning contractor was Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd. with a bid of $1,479,133. A contract was also awarded for crack filling, sealing, and surface coating for 7.3 kilometres on Route 366 from east of Trunk 6 to Green Road, and from Green Road east for 5.7 kilometres to Joe Bert Road. The winning contractor was Industrial Cold Milling Limited with a bid of $317,100. “These projects are part of the department’s determined effort to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This year we are spending $143 million on road construction.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Partners Grow Tourism in Region

first_imgThe world’s highest tides on the Fundy coast, the Cape Forchu lighthouse, in Yarmouth County, and Lunenburg’s picturesque waterfront — the southwestern region of Nova Scotia has experiences for every visitor and more power to market them through a growing partnership of tourism operators. Destination South West Nova Scotia is what’s known in the tourism industry as a destination marketing organization. It is headed by Doug Fawthrop, innkeeper and managing director of White Point Beach Resort. “Tourism operators are joining forces through Destination Southwest Nova Scotia to work at developing and promoting this area together,” says Doug. “Our primary goal is to bring visitors to this whole region. Once they’re here, we can help each other by spreading the business around.” Operators in the area have a history of working in partnership. The Yarmouth County, Evangeline Trail and South Shore tourism associations have been collaborating on marketing initiatives for the past 10 years. Individually, these regional tourism industry associations are small. They do not have the resources to be full-scale destination marketing organizations. “Today’s tourists are looking for lifestyle experiences,” Doug says. “Individual operators can’t meet their expectations on their own, and we’re even limited if we only work through small organizations. We need to market this entire region together.” To gain the necessary critical mass, Doug and some of his fellow tourism operators started Destination Southwest Nova Scotia three years ago. The industry has been quick to embrace the opportunity with 700 operators already signed up as members. Recently, the existing associations decided to amalgamate under the new organization. “Our new mantra is partners, not competitors,” says Doug. “As partners, we have one united voice to draw tourists to the region, and we help each other by creating the products that tourists want. When we work together packaging experiences with accommodations and restaurants, we bring business to many operators in this region.” One example is vacation itineraries that Doug creates for his guests based on visitors’ interests, such as golf, birding or museums. The itinerary can bring visitors to several different locations throughout the region where they enjoy experiences and spend time in communities. Destination Southwest Nova Scotia has developed numerous marketing products featuring tourism businesses and attractions throughout the region. They include vacation and experience guides, a direct mail campaign and a website at www.destinationsouthwestnova.com . Supporting the development of destination marketing organizations is part of Nova Scotia’s vision for tourism. The Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council has produced a resource kit to help members of the industry develop tourism destination areas. The vision was developed by a team of government and industry representatives from the council, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. More information is available on the website at www.nstpc.com . Tourism is a $1.29 billion industry in Nova Scotia employing 33,000 people. -30-last_img read more

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Lunar Fishing Drops Anchor in Lunenburg

first_imgThe picturesque Lunenburg waterfront has become more vibrant as a new modern fishing operation establishes a permanent home base in the seaport town. Lunenburg Waterfront Association and Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, signed an agreement with Lunar Fishing to acquire the waterfront property in Lunenburg. “It is important to find the right fit, when seeking tenants in a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Lunar Fishing is a perfect fit, as the company uses modern technology that integrates seamlessly with the traditional maritime way of life.” The local community, the Lunenburg Waterfront Association and the waterfront development corporation are developing a business plan to help revitalize Lunenburg’s working waterfront after the province purchased the land from Clearwater’s fishing operations a year ago. In August 2005, the province purchased a block of 17 waterfront properties to preserve 22 buildings and eight wharves and ensure the continuation of a dynamic working waterfront in Lunenburg. “We are pleased to announce the deal with Lunar as the third major transaction to be confirmed on the Lunenburg Waterfront Association properties,” said association president Jim Eisenhauer. “Lunar’s vessel, Julianne III, has operated from Lunenburg on a short-term berthing agreement since October 2005. We are thrilled that the acquisition of these properties now sees Lunar drop permanent anchor here to establish Lunenburg as it’s operational home port.” The agreement is the result of a public call for proposals for use of the property. Agreements with North Sails Atlantic and Sobeys were announced earlier this year. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that has been planning, co-ordinating, promoting and developing properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour for the last 30 years. The corporation, in co-operation with the Lunenburg Waterfront Association, is managing the waterfront properties in Lunenburg on an interim basis. Lunar Fishing was established more than 50 years ago and currently operates three modern fishing vessels. In addition to fishing for mackerel and herring, the company catches significant quantities of blue whiting. Lunar personnel have said they appreciate the warm welcome received from the Town of Lunenburg and look forward to the future growth and restoration of the waterfront.last_img read more

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Fermeture de certains parcs provinciaux en raison de la tempête

first_imgDes parcs provinciaux à usage diurne et de camping dans les comtés de Shelburne, Yarmouth, Queens, Annapolis et Digby seront fermés au public en raison des conditions météorologiques qui seront causées par la tempête tropicale Kyle. Le parc Sand Hills, dans le comté de Shelburne, le parc de la plage de Port Maitland, dans le comté de Yarmouth, le parc Valleyview, dans le comté d’Annapolis, le parc Thomas Raddall, dans le comté de Queens, et les parcs de la plage de Mavillette et de Smugglers Cove, dans le comté de Digby seront fermés à compter de 19 h. Au parc provincial de la plage Rissers, dans le comté de Lunenburg, les sites boisés de North Rissers et tous les sites de Little Rissers seront fermés, y compris les sites 1 à 75. Ceux qui souhaitent faire du camping dans le parc ce soir peuvent toujours le faire, mais uniquement dans le champ situé à North Rissers. « La fermeture de ces parcs est tout simplement une mesure de précaution, » a dit Gerry Joudrey, directeur régional du ministère des Ressources naturelles. « Nous voulons assurer la sécurité de nos visiteurs et de nos employés en tout temps. » Ces parcs devraient ouvrir de nouveau lorsque la tempête sera passée et que les employés pourront évaluer si des dommages ont eu lieu et s’assurer qu’il n’existe aucun problème de sécurité. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les parcs provinciaux, consultez le www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Saturday, July 31. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 -30-last_img

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First Feature Project Partnership Renewed

first_imgFilm and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada are working together to support emerging filmmakers with the First Feature Project. “We continue to support the careers of emerging filmmakers in Nova Scotia because we believe that they are important to the success of the creative economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “This innovative collaboration has delivered strong results over the last three years and has established itself as an important program for Nova Scotia’s creative talent and our vibrant industry.” Established in 2011, the project provides support to a producer-director-writer team to produce their first feature film. To date, the First Feature Project has funded three feature films, Roaming, Bunker 6 and Lure. In 2013, local producer Chris Turner was selected. His psychological thriller Lure was shot locally in February. “The First Feature Project was an incredible learning experience,” said Mr. Turner. “Having the opportunity to both write and produce a feature film will bring my career to a whole new level. It could not have happened without the support of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada and our talented cast and crew who worked so hard to bring Lure from script to screen.” The selected team will receive $120,000 in funding from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. To qualify, the applicant must have produced at least two professional short films, one of which has been screened at a major Canadian or international film festival. “Throughout the past three years the calibre of films produced through the project has showcased the high level of talent we have here in Nova Scotia,” said Linda Wood, director, Business and Legal Affairs at Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “We look forward to receiving more creative proposals from our local filmmakers and working with the selected team.” “We’re thrilled to be able to partner once again with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia,” said Anne Frank, interim regional feature film executive, Atlantic Region, Telefilm Canada. “Telefilm has been in the talent development business for more than 40 years, supporting dynamic companies and creators from across the country. “But to do this we rely on partners who share our passion for discovering new and emerging talent to create the next cinematic gems.” Project guidelines can be found at http://film.ns.ca/content/first_feature_project. The deadline to apply is June 23. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loan and investment programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

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Northern Railways gets new 22 km line from Khatauli to Muzaffarnagar

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to strengthen its infrastructure, the Northern Railways has added another feather in its cap by doubling a 22-km long section from Khatauli to Muzaffarnagar in connection with the Meerut City-Muzaffarnagar rail line doubling on the Ghaziabad-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division.The new stretch of doubled line is a part of the larger doubling project being undertaken by Northern Railways on the Delhi-Meerut-Sahranpur stretch of rail lines, which is set to ease travel for commuters and goods alike.Commissioner of Railway Safety in the Northern Circle, SK Pathak on Wednesday conducted an intensive inspection on the new section of the line along with a speed test on it. The trial train successfully ran at a speed of 120 km/hr, clocking a top speed as high as 140 km/hr. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPathak expressed his satisfaction over the construction quality of the new doubled line and consent to run trains on it at running speed up to 110 km/hr has been granted to the Northern Railways. This new addition to the rail lines will come as a relief for a large number of residents in one of the important sugar-producing regions in the country. The doubling work completion and the start of regular train services on the 22km-long doubled line are set to facilitate smooth and timely operations of goods trains as well as passenger trains.last_img read more

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Pacers Root set up Engs 8wicket win over WI

first_imgSouthampton: Joe Root hit his second century of the tournament after England pace battery tormented the West Indies batsmen to set up a thumping eight-wicket win in their World Cup match here on Friday. West Indies got a taste of their own medicine — they had troubled the Pakistanis with bouncers in their only win thus far — as the England pace battery unleashed fiery spells to bundle them out for 212 in 44.4 overs. England overhauled the target with remarkable ease, completing the win in 33.1 overs as Root remained unbeaten on 100, which came off 94 balls. In his 16th ODI 100, Root found the boundary rope 11 times. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevWest Indies owed their total to Nicholas Pooran (63), who chose the biggest stage to strike his maiden ODI fifty, and Shimron Hetmyer’s (39) sensible batting on a pitch which had no demons. They added 89 runs for the fourth wicket but West Indies’ big guns failed to fire. Extravagance, when the situation demanded patience, resulted in Chris Gayle (36) and Andre Russell (21) throwing their wickets away. The T20 style batting in the longer format cost their side dear. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsYoung pacer Archer (3/30) had the West Indies batsmen dancing on the pitch, troubling them with the steep bounce. Archer, Mark Wood (3/18), Chris Woakes (1/16) and Liam Plunkket (1/30) delivered the goods for the home favourites after home skipper Eoin Morgan opted to field. For defending 212, West Indies needed early wickets but openers Root and Jonny Bairstow (45) punctured all their hopes with a commanding 91-run stand. It seemed the two batsmen were competing to hit most the elegant shots one can hit. Their cover and straight drives were like unrestrained stream of a river. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell did ask a few tough questions to the English duo but Root and Bairstow were up for the task. Bairstow departed when his square cut off Shannon Gabriel landed straight into the big hands of Carlos Brathwaite. Root and Woakes (40), promoted to number three, then added 104 runs for the second wicket to push the side to the doorstep of a comfortable win. The result catapulted England (6) to the second spot in the table behind New Zealand (7). Earlier, the ball was hurrying on to the batsmen and whether it was a Shai Hope (11) or the big-hitting Gayle, the Caribbeans found the going tough as timing the ball was a challenge. They had already lost Evin Lewis (0), bowled by Woakes off a yorker. Gayle, out of frustration, pulled one from Woakes, just managed an edge but escaped as Wood grassed a sitter. The marauding batter did hit a few big shots, including a massive straight six off Woakes, but did not last long, edging one straight to Jonny Bairstow off Plunkett. Hope’s torturous stay was ended by Wood when he had him trapped after reviewing the umpire’s not out decision. Pooran and Hetmyer then chose restrain over flamboyance, steading the innings. The duo did all the hard work, working the ball around to keep the scoreboard going in their partnership, which got broken when Joe Root had Hetmyer caught off his own bowling. The part-time off-spinner struck in his next over too, dismissing the rival captain Jason Holder (9) in similar fashion. In came Russell and the ball was soon flying into the stands. He twice dispatched leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the crowd after being dropped but was dismissed, attempting another big shot off Wood.last_img read more

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Gold futures up on spot demand

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold prices rose by Rs 306 to Rs 34,747 per 10 gram in futures trade Tuesday as participants created fresh positions tracking a firm trend overseas. On the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold for delivery in August contracts traded higher by Rs 306, or 0.89 per cent, to Rs 34,747 per 10 gram in a business turnover of 19,575 lots. The gold for delivery in October contracts, too, rose by Rs 308, or 0.89 per cent, to Rs 34,968 per 10 gram in 5,008 lots. Marketmen said, the rise in gold prices at futures trade was mostly due to widening of positions by participants in domestic markets. Globally, the gold was trading a shade higher by 1.03 per cent at USD 1,432.80 an ounce in Singapore.last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia raises Indias Haj quota by 30000

first_imgOsaka: In a significant step, Saudi Arabia has increased India’s Haj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in the kingdom. The issue of India’s Haj quota was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman here. Modi, who is in Japan for the G20 Summit, discussed the deepening cooperation in trade and investment, energy security and counter-terrorism with the “invaluable strategic partner”. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that the Crown Prince had promised Prime Minister Modi that India’s Haj quota would be raised from 170,000 to 200,000 annually. “This is important and this has been done,” he said. Two lakh Indians will have the opportunity to go for Haj which will begin very shortly, Gokhale said. The two leaders also spoke about the need for greater tourism, more flights and agreed to meet again, he said. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador The Saudi Crown Prince has also invited the Prime Minister to be one of the main guests at an international conference later this year and he has accepted the invitation with pleasure, the Foreign Secretary said. The government last year allowed women to go on Haj without ‘Mehram’ or male companion, which saw about 1,300 women going without any male companion. They had been exempted from the lottery system. Last year, Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 5,000, while in 2017 it was increased by about 35,000. The Haj subsidy provided by the government was removed last year in the light of a Supreme Court order of 2012.last_img read more

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CM Dy CM hit back at Delhi BJP chief Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the allegations of corruption by the Delhi BJP on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal vehemently rejected the accusations, daring Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari to arrest him if such irregularities are proven. Kejriwal added that the saffron party was trying to hamper good education being provided to poor people in Delhi government schools.”The BJP’s CBI checked all our files but found nothing. If there is a scam then arrest us immediately, all the agencies are with you. Why do you want to obstruct good education to the poor,” the AAP chief tweeted. In another tweet, he said, “For the first time poor children are studying in such good schools (of Delhi government) which were earlier available to rich people only. Now children of auto drivers, housemaids and labourers are becoming doctors, engineers and lawyers. BJP does not want this so it has deliberately kept the schools in poor quality in the states ruled by it,” he said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDeputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also in charge of the Education Department in Delhi, rejected these allegations made by Tiwari and his party as well, saying that the Dehi BJP chief should get him arrested if he were in fact guilty. If not, Sisodia demanded that Tiwari apologise for “lying” to the poor people whose children are getting education in good quality schools of the Delhi government. Sisodia also posted a video presentation on infrastructure at Delhi government schools, and challenged Tiwari to name 10 such schools in BJP ruled states which could match them. Denying the allegations of increased spending on classrooms, he said the expenditure on construction of classrooms cannot be calculated as Tiwari has done. Responding to these issues raised by the CM and Dy CM, Tiwari said that the Delhi government should focus on the allegations that have surfaced rather than challenge him to arrest them. He added that no MPs or MLAs can make arrests and that due process will be followed in this regard.last_img read more

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Lioness at Alipore zoo gives birth to 3 cubs after decades

first_imgKolkata: A lioness named Shurti gave birth to three lion cubs at the Alipore Zoological Garden on June 28.The cubs and their mother have been kept under the CCTV surveillance. It may be mentioned that after more than two decades, a lioness has given birth to lion cubs in the zoo. The director of Alipore Zoological Garden, Asis Kumar Samanata on Monday said Shruti had given birth to three cubs on June 28 and a team was formed to look into their wellbeing. The team comprised three doctors and two supervisors to smoothly conduct the delivery. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”We had formed a team for the delivery. Two days after the delivery, on Sunday evening we noticed that the lioness was not feeding one of the cubs. It was taken to the hospital where it was fed. This lion cub is found to be little week. It would take some time to be stable. All the animals have been kept under observation. It is presumed that the lion cubs will be put inside the enclosure for public viewing after three months,” Samanta said. The officials and the employees are very excited to get three lion cubs in the zoo.last_img read more

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Well be 3 trillion economy this fiscal itself FM

first_imgNew Delhi: India is set to become $3 trillion economy in the current fiscal, and structural reforms are needed to reach $5 trillion in next few years, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Union Budget 2019-20 Friday. Presenting the first Budget of the Modi government in its second term, she said the Indian economy, which stood at $1.85 trillion five years back, has reached $2.7 trillion now, and is within capacity to reach $5 trillion in the next few years. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Indian economy will grow to become a 3 trillion dollar economy in the current year. It is now the sixth largest in the world. Five years ago, it was at the 11th position. In Purchasing Power Parity terms, we are in fact, the 3rd largest economy already, only next to China and the USA. To attain $5 trillion economy and more, India needs to continue undertaking many structural reforms, Sitharaman said in her first ever Budget presentation. The minister said the government in the last five years brought about many big reforms in particular, in indirect taxation, bankruptcy and real estate. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”While these reforms were happening here in the Parliament, the common man’s life was being changed through Mudra loans to help him do his business, and through several programmes it was being ensured that his/her kitchen become smokeless, his/her house got electricity connection and women’s dignity was respected with the provision of toilets in homes,” she said. The common man was served even as major transformational reforms were being rolled out. “And for this to continue, we need to invest heavily in infrastructure, in digital economy and on job creation in small and medium firms. “It took over 55 years for the Indian economy to reach 1 trillion dollar but when the country and her people’s hearts are filled with aasha, vishwas and aakansha that is, when hearts are filled with hope, trust and aspirations, we, in 5 years, added 1 trillion dollar. Today we are nearing a 3 trillion dollar level,” she said. The minister said the target of reaching a $5 trillion economy is eminently achievable on the back of hard labour of the people of the country. “…their goals of human pursuit filled with their inherent desire to progress led by the dedicated leadership present in this House, the target is eminently achievable,” the finance minister said. She also recognised that India’s private sector industries, be it small, medium or large, have played a substantial role in growing the economy. “I recall the words of an eminent industry leader, who said that his company’s growth has always aligned itself with India’s growth, before and post-independence. So if before-independence, India Inc understood ‘Swadeshi’, today they understand ‘Make in India’. “We do not look down upon legitimate profit-earning. Gone are the days of policy paralysis and license-quota-control regimes. India Inc is India’s job-creator. They are the nation’s wealth-creators,” Sitharaman said. The minister said, together, with mutual trust, India can gain, catalyse fast and attain sustained national growth. “I wish to propose a number of initiatives as part of a framework for kick-starting the virtuous cycle of domestic and foreign investments,” she said in her speech. Finance Minister also announced a slew of steps to scale up India’s infrastructure including augmenting 1,25,000 km of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana at a cost of Rs 80,250 crore and creating a national highways grid. She said that steps were taken to boost infrastructure in sectors like roads, waterways, metro and rail. She also emphasised on the measures for a self-reliant aviation industry. “We need to invest in infra, digital economy and job creation in small and medium enterprises…Schemes such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala and Udaan are bridging rural urban divide and improving our transport infrastructure,” Sitharaman said presenting the full Budget for 2019-20.last_img read more

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Iran says assisting ailing foreign tanker

first_imgTehran: Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has said that the Islamic republic was assisting a “foreign tanker that had encountered a technical problem” in the Gulf after receiving a distress call. “According to international regulations… Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday according to an official government Twitter account. The spokesman added that further details would be released later. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangEarlier TankerTrackers reported that the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, used in the strategic Strait of Hormuz “for fuelling other vessels” had crossed into Iranian waters on July 14 “for the first time as she slowed down”. According to the online oil shipment tracking service, at that point the tanker’s automatic identification system stopped sending signals. The Riah’s last known position was off Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz. Tensions in the region have soared in recent weeks, with the US calling off air strikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone, and Washington blaming Tehran for a series of attacks on tanker ships off the United Arab Emirates coast. On Tuesday, a UAE official, who requested anonymity, said the tanker Riah did not send out a distress call. “The tanker in question is neither UAE owned nor operated, does not carry Emirati personnel, and did not emit a distress call,” the official said.last_img read more

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BCCI likely to wait till October before taking call on January home

first_imgNew Delhi: The suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) by the ICC has cast serious doubts on the limited overs away series against India in January next year but the BCCI will wait till October to consider a back-up plan. The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections. This has certainly put India’s home T20 series against Zimbabwe in a limbo. India are scheduled to play three T20s in Guwahati on January 5, Indore on January 7 and Pune on January 10. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Right now, we are not really thinking of any back-up plan. We will wait for the ICC quarterly meeting on October 16. Since they have been given three months to get their house in order, it is only prudent that we wait,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments in ICC said on Friday. He however agreed that situation could be a bit different if ZC fails to get a clearance from the ICC in October. “Yes, that’s our dedicated home window. We hope they get their house in order or else we will have to have some plans in place,” he said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIt needs to be checked if there is any full-member nation (Afghanistan, Sri Lanka or West Indies) available for a short tour which will be followed by a mini limited overs series against Australia. As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to ZC has been frozen and representative teams from the African nation will not be allowed to participate in any ICC event. The ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of Zimbabwe government and ZC before making its decision.last_img read more

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Beaten to death on child lift suspicion

first_imgDarjeeling: A 32-year-old was stoned to death on suspect of being a child lifter.The incident occurred in Sukhani Bustee, Nagrakata in the Jalpaiguri district. Rumors have been circulating in the tea belt since the past few days regarding child lifters. The villagers had started keeping close watch specially after dark armed with batons, bow and arrows. Any unknown person were being questioned by them. A youth used to frequent the Sukhani Bustee dressed as a woman asking for alms. On Monday, when he arrived he was stopped by some local residents. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt that time someone from among the crowd shouted out that the person was a child lifter. Immediately the mob went out of control and started hitting him. He started running. The crowd started chasing him. As he neared the railway tracks the mob started pelting stones. He fell to the ground. They continued pelting stones at him. Police rushed to the spot. They rescued the person and rushed him to the Sulkapara Primary Health Center where he was declared dead. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDebasish Chakraborty, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Mal, stated that though there has not been a single incident of abduction, some persons have been spreading rumors of child lifters. “Some persons have been arrested in connection with spreading rumors and lynching this person. We have started a case. Patrolling in this area has been intensified. We are constantly telling people not to spread rumors,” added Chakroborty. The victim has not been identified yet. Some claim that he belonged to the third gender.last_img read more

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Womans body found hanging in Narendrapur

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her in-laws’ house on Thursday.The incident took place in South 24-Parganas’ Narendrapur. The family members of the victim alleged that she had been murdered by her husband after she protested against the latter’s extra marital relationship. The victim has been identified as Joba Sona. The victim got married to one Bipalb Sona around four years ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she came to know about her husband’s illicit relationship with another woman in the locality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also alleged that the accused husband also used to torture the victim for dowry. He also threatened the woman for the dire consequences if her father fails to provide him the money the accused had demanded for. The local residents found the victim hanging from the ceiling and husband had fled from the spot. They informed the matter to the local police station. The police officers reached the spot and recovered her body. It was later sent for the post mortem examination. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe investigating officers are waiting for the result of the examination as it might throw some light on her death. The police are not ruling out a foul play behind the incident. The family members who rushed to the spot after being informed alleged that her husband strangulated her and later body was kept in such a manner so that it appears to be a case of suicide. On the basis a complaint, lodged by her family members, police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The accused husband has been absconding since the incident occurred. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused.last_img read more

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Data reveals level of violence threats in Nova Scotia classrooms

first_imgHALIFAX – Students commit, incite or threaten some form of physical violence an average of about 1,100 times a month at Nova Scotia’s schools, prompting teachers to call for more support staff and a clearer discipline process.The data, obtained through freedom of information legislation, includes reported incidents at 400 schools, using the province’s definition of violence as “using force, gesturing, or inciting others to use force to injure a member of the school community.”In the 2015-16 school year, there were a total of 11,740 cases, and in the first seven months of the current year there were 7,515 cases, according to the data provided.The Education Department declined to provide an official to do an interview, but sent emailed comments indicating many of the incidents don’t result in harm and a large percentage are young children who are kicking, throwing rocks or pushing in elementary schools.However, some teachers say the figures are concerning because they include cases of teachers facing attacks by troubled young people who can’t easily be removed from classrooms they’re disrupting.Peter Day, a math resource teacher in Cape Breton, says incidents ranging from minor outbursts to punching, spitting on and biting educators have become disturbingly routine.“A few weeks ago I was at a school and there was a staff member bitten and that was a normal thing … to the point where I was saying, ‘You need to go to the hospital for that, that’s an occupational health and safety issue,’” he said in a telephone interview.“My biggest concern is the lack of resources that are available to help with these issues,” he added, saying more teachers’ aides, guidance counsellors and behavioural therapists are needed.The province said in an email the incidents decrease as students grow older and learn to better control their behaviour.“A large percentage of reported behaviours are ones often seen in young children … who are learning self-control and appropriate responses to new routines and expectations,” wrote spokeswoman Heather Fairbairn.“Examples include kicking, throwing rocks or pushing. We see that incidents decline significantly as students advance through elementary school to the higher grades as they develop those essential self-regulation skills.”The department says it has given funding to school boards to directly support the development of social and emotional learning programs in schools.Fairbairn says more than 140 schools are using approaches “that focus on conflict resolution, relationship-building and decision-making to help students take responsibility for their actions as members of a school community.”The Acadian school board, the only board to provide details of the results of the violence, seemed to confirm that most incidents are less serious in nature, with over half of the 576 cases of physical violence last year resulting in no formal measures being taken — though there were also 30 suspensions among the total.However, some commentators on education say the data on physical violence is weak because it lumps together very different kinds of incidents — making it difficult to understand precisely what’s going on and how to respond.Paul Bennett, a consultant on education in Halifax, said the province’s wide definition of physical violence is out of step with other provinces.“Obviously we could learn from Ontario, which required all school boards to publicly disclose the acts of school violence. It’s quite clear their definition was what most people would consider to be violence,” he said.Since 2011, Ontario’s definition of physical violence has mainly consisted of assaults causing harm that required medical attention, as well as sexual assault, weapons possession and extortion.The Toronto school board publishes a detailed annual report providing suspension rates and comparing rates from year to year. It also looks at the levels of violence tied to children with learning disabilities, behavioural issues, autism and intellectual disabilities.“If it’s going to be research-based, you need to collect the data necessary to make those policy decisions,” Bennett said in an interview.Bill Byrd, director of the Toronto-based Safe Schools Network, said clear definitions with details on what happened are needed in Nova Scotia.“The more you refine it the better. If they (the Nova Scotia government) does that it will help to … see what is the real problem and what are you going to do about it,” he said.Liette Doucet, the president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said the province’s schools are increasingly violent.“We get calls from teachers all the time who have been intimidated by students … they’ve been kicked, they’ve been spit on, they’ve been punched and even had chairs thrown at them. It goes on and on and on,” she said.“The calls we get are increasing, not decreasing.”Doucet says teachers believe a clearer discipline process is needed, which allows for swifter action with ongoing problems.The province recently appointed a Council to Improve Classroom Conditions that is co-chaired by the union and the government. It was one of the steps taken after the Liberal government legislated the 9,300 teachers back to work.The council’s mandate includes discussions on school discipline policies and “complex classrooms,” but a spokesperson was unavailable to indicate if there are any findings yet in these areas.last_img read more

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Daycare worker charged with sexually assaulting child at Halifax centre

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax daycare provider says it is trying to reassure parents after one of its employees was charged with sexually assaulting a young child on the job.Police say they were told on the evening of Aug. 22 that a man working at the Kids and Company daycare on Barrington Street touched one of the children in a sexual manner earlier that day.The man was suspended the same day.Mitchell Casavechia, 20, of Cole Harbour turned himself in to police headquarters last Thursday and is now facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.“We’re doing everything we can to the best of our ability to reassure parents, but as you can appreciate this is a tough situation for sure,” said Dorothy Morphy, area director for the Kids and Company chain.She said Casavechia had been working with Kids and Company for less than four months, and she said the company had completed all the mandated checks.“Everything that we’re supposed to do — reference checks, child abuse registry, everything — was done,” she said.Halifax police spokesman Cindy Bayers said investigators do not anticipate more charges.Police were not releasing the child’s age or gender.Bayers said sexual assault investigations are “quite complex,” and explore many avenues, but police informed the public about the probe as soon as it was appropriate.“We did take the step where we named the daycare and the particular address. We do try to provide the public with as much details as we can,” Bayers said.The company said it is working with police and child services.“The moment we were alerted to the allegation, the teacher was suspended from all duties and all authorities were notified,” Michael Gillings, a spokesman for the daycare chain, said in a statement.In an email, Gillings said all employees must undergo a thorough screening, including a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector screening and a child abuse registry screening.“No one is hired unless all clearances come back clear,” he said, adding that the company will follow any and all recommendations provided by Child Welfare as the investigation unfolds.Gillings said the daycare has about 20 employees and 80 children, and that it follows or exceeds the required child-to-teacher ratios.He said that the company’s daycare centres have web cameras in all classrooms and outdoor spaces.Gillings said no children have been pulled from the daycare following the incident.Casavechia was released on numerous conditions, including not going to any daycare, playground or school, and to not be around youth under 16 except when in the company of their parent.He is expected to appear in court on Oct. 26.last_img read more

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