Research that may help Nova Scotia fishermen find fuller, harder-shelled lobsters for markets is receiving a helping hand from theprovince. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is contributing$58,000 to a lobster quality monitoring project, Agriculture andFisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont said today, March 9. The project monitors the timing of the lobsters’ natural moltcycle; the process by which lobsters grow a new shell and discardthe old one. The timing of the molt directly influences lobsterquality because time is required after the molt to return to topmarket condition. “The lobster fishery is an important industry. It is imperativethat we support scientific work that will further our biologicalunderstanding of lobsters. Despite our success in this fisherythere are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to lobsterbiology,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The Fishermen and Scientists Research Society will receive the$58,000 contribution to pay for sampling costs associated withthe 2005 LFA 33 & 34 Lobster Quality Monitoring project. Theprovince will partner with the industry, the Fishermen andScientists Research Society and the federal Department ofFisheries and Oceans on the project. “The lobster industry is the backbone of the rural economy insouthwestern Nova Scotia and we must work together to ensure itscontinued success,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Nova Scotia’s seafood industry is worth an estimated billiondollars annually. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Department Supports Lobster ScienceInitiative
A pilot program to keep more skilled trades workers home, and employed, has been launched by the province and the Nova Scotia Community College. The pilot is based on a new model of skilled trades education, collaborative apprenticeship. Students, or pre-apprentices, are linked with employers early, making it easier and faster to complete apprenticeships in the trade. Program graduates will be certified and qualified skilled tradespeople ready to join Nova Scotia’s workforce. “The collaborative apprenticeship model is an example of the type of flexible, customized training we hope to see more of in the coming years,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We’re working very closely with employers to help them meet their workforce needs. “The automotive industry in Truro is supportive and involved in this pilot and we look forward to working with other trade sectors in the future.” The first transportation mechanical repair program class starts June 11 at NSCC’s Truro campus. It is a joint effort between the community college, the Department of Education and employers. Nineteen employers have made a multi-year commitment to the program. “I want to do my part to create good employment opportunities that keep skilled people in my community,” said Dave Goswell, product support manager for Wilson Equipment in Truro. “It is important for employers to be involved in programs like this so community members can have rewarding employment and so our industry can continue to grow.” Students will get classroom training and hands-on industry experience, then will become registered apprentices and earn a wage while completing the program. Students will then be eligible to write a qualification exam to receive a certificate of qualification in one of three trades — automotive service technician, heavy duty equipment technician or truck and transport mechanic. “This model allows us to expand trades education based on the demand and enthusiasm of communities,” said Ron Farrell, dean of trades and technology at NSCC. “We’re able to create new solutions for communities that don’t have other trades education, and those who may have specific workforce development needs.” After the pilot, Nova Scotia will explore the possibility of similar programs across the province. The Department of Education and NSCC plan to work closely with sector councils, employers and other interested partners to develop personalized apprenticeship models. It is expected that collaborative apprenticeship will produce highly trained individuals who have strong connections with employers, a commitment to lifelong learning and who support building successful trades careers in Nova Scotia. To learn more about the transportation mechanical repair program visit www.nscc.ca/OnTrack or call 1-866-679-6722.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 About 8.8 kilometres of Route 333, from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 from Brierly Book Road, west for eight kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, quardrail and culvert installation until Friday, July 18. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 336 Route 336 from the intersection of Southside Road, south to the county line, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, culvert installation and repaving, about eight kilometres, until Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Sherman Lake Road to Hiltz Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert work, patching and paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 19 to Exit 21, including ramps at Exit 20 and the William Porter Connector. Also, East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection at Trunk 7 for 3.8 kilometres. Work takes place until Thursday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Magazine Hill for 2.2 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for Jersey barrier replacement from Saturday, July 5 to Monday, July 21. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Friday, Aug. 1. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30 to be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in the community of Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: Skye Glen Bridge Skye Glen Bridge on Cross Road will be closed to replace the bridge until Wednesday, July 9. Alternate routes are Route 252 and East Sky Glen Road. HANTS COUNTY: Bass Creek Bridge Bass Creek Bridge on Route 215 will be reduced to one lane for bridge deck replacement and guardrail work from Monday, July 7, to Thursday, July 31. There will be traffic control people and signs on site. Traffic lights will be in place 24 hours. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Route 224 from Rocky Brook to Beaver Dam, about 6.1 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for graveling and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Lane Closure Northbound sections of Highway 102, between Exit 12 and Exit 13, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, July 18. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 Fax: 902-447-2891 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route 348 in Pictou County will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge for replacement of the bridge until Tuesday, Aug. 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. PICTOU COUNTY: East River West Side Road Closed The East River West Side Road in Eureka Mills will be closed until Saturday, July 12, to repair the bridge. A marked detour is provided on River Road, Springville Road and Route 348. PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has closed two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The first section is at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for about one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-637-4104 Fax: 902-447-4105 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-637-4105 Fax: 902-447-4104 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the end of existing twinning east for about 9.8 kilometres to Exit 27A, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, July 18. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 105 Route 105 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving for about a half kilometre east of Northside River Denys Road until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12 from Chester Grant Road west for 7.3 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for pulverizing and paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and possibly on Saturdays. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Exit 7 (Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech), including ramps, until Thursday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat from about a kilometre north of River Denys Mountain Road going north for 5.2 kilometres until Friday, July 11. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road will be reduced to one lane from the Old Margaree intersection north for five kilometres for pipe installation, ditching, guardrail installation and paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-827-2544 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-863-7527 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358 There will be a one-lane closure until Friday, Oct. 31 to repave Route 358 from Route 341 (Canard Street) north for three kilometres to Route 221 in Canning. Also, repaving will take place on Route 358 from Route 221 (at the town monument) north for three kilometres to Woodside Road. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Highway 101 connector in Greenwich to the Wolfville town line will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-527-5398 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 Fax: 902-756-3313 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, July 31, from the intersection of Route 242 north toward Minudie. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, July 18. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs in place. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Lane Closure A section of Highway 103 over the Roseway River, 500 metres west of Exit 26 at Shelburne, is reduced to one lane until Thursday, July 31, for bridge repairs. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Exit 11 west for about 3.2 kilometres and from the Inverness County line east for about 3.2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, July, 18. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Louisbourg Highway Sections of the Louisbourg Highway (Trunk 22) between Landry Crescent and Albert Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving, until Thursday, July 31. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335 Route 335 near West Pubnico, from the intersection of Green Grove Road east for 6.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, July 25 for repaving. Traffic delays are expected and the rough surface during construction will require extra caution by cyclists. Drivers should use extra care in construction zones. 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Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Dec. 16, spoke to more than 70 business leaders from around the world at a reception in Copenhagen to showcase Nova Scotia’s innovative green technologies. “Nova Scotia has an exciting story to tell about what we are doing to address climate change and other environmental issues while growing a sustainable, green economy,” said Premier Dexter. All participants from the Nova Scotia delegation were at the event to meet potential investors and other businesses interested in what Nova Scotia companies are doing about climate change, environmental sustainability and green economic development. Premier Dexter was joined by the president and COO of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Scott Travers, who spoke to the group about tidal power. “Minas Basin Pulp and Power and the rest of Team Nova Scotia are here in Copenhagen and want to tell the world that we are open for business,” said Mr. Travers. “Come and invest in our tidal power.” Research suggests the Bay of Fundy is the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with an enormous resource next to an existing transmission grid and potential consumers. “The future for tidal power in Nova Scotia is strong: we have a world-class resource attracting world-class technology,” said Premier Dexter. “Tidal power from the Bay of Fundy is one of Nova Scotia’s most promising sources of clean, renewable energy.” One-hundred billion tonnes of seawater flows through the Bay of Fundy every tide cycle. This is about four times the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers and streams in the world. Two years ago, government selected Minas Basin Pulp and Power as the developer of the first grid-connected in-stream tidal power array demonstration project in the world. This commercial threshold technology uses the kinetic power of tidal currents and does not require a constricting dam. Using this technology, there is an estimated 300 megawatts of extractable energy from the Minas Basin area of the Bay of Fundy alone, which is enough energy to power close to 100,000 homes. For Nova Scotia, it represents up to 15 per cent of the total electricity demand and could cut emissions by about 1 million tons a year. Minas Basin Pulp and Power is managing the project from design to the approval stages, including operation.
Students and families from Porters Lake and surrounding area are celebrating their new school today, Oct 18. Education Minister Ramona Jennex and representatives from the Halifax Regional School Board, and Halifax Regional Municipality joined students, teachers, parents and the schools’ communities to celebrate the opening of Porters Lake Elementary School. “Putting kids and learning first means providing students with a school that will enhance learning in the classroom,” said Ms. Jennex. “Porters Lake Elementary is not just for the students, it’s also a place where families and community members can gather for activities after school hours.” Porters Lake Elementary has been open since September and has 349 students in grades Primary to 6. The new school has a large gymnasium, raised classroom that could act as a stage, community room and studio, and a cafeteria available after hours for use by the community. “As a former teacher, I am pleased for the students, staff and the community who will have this school, as well as the community centre to serve their needs for generations to come,” said Steve Brine, Halifax Regional School Board member for the area. “I want to commend and thank all partners – the province of Nova Scotia, HRM and HRSB – as well as the people from Gaetz Brook to Porters Lake and all communities in between that worked hard to make this dream come true.”
Gurugram: Unlike 2014 General elections when Prime Minister Narender Modi, then a challenger, had done a massive public meeting in Gururgam, this time neither Modi nor Amit Shah did a rally in Gurugram. In fact, the only major leader from BJP who had done a major rally in Gurugram was Rajnath Singh. To fill the gap of major national leaders not campaigning in the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, the mantle was donned by the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khatar. From October to May 10, Khattar held over 30 public meetings in and around Gurugram. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe Chief Minister realised from the very beginning that the weak areas of the party were in Mewat. The 65-year-old leader, therefore, held various public meetings in the area which is among the most backward districts in the country. Khattar did not shy away in conceding among the electorate of Mewat that while Gurugram was one of the richest cities in the country, the neighbouring Nuh was the most backward district in the country. In his campaigns, he blamed the lack of development, the discrimination of the previous governments in not ensuring equitable growth in Haryana. The CM highlighted that how a large number of investments by the Central and the state government helped develop national highways and expressways around the region. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe chief minister also assured the voters of Mewat that he will provide suggestions towards not making changes in the Central Motors act which had rendered most of the drivers of Nuh jobless. It is important to note that in the recently modified Central motors act those drivers who have not passed class 10th will not be given commercial licence. Just before the starting of the hectic election campaigns, the CM also resolved the difference with the winning candidate Rao Inderjit Singh to make sure that the BJP unit functions as a team in winning over Gurugram. While Rao Inderjit consolidated over his voter bases in Rewari and Bawal, the CM tried to consolidate on the urban middle-class votes of Gurugram.
Baranovichi: India’s junior women’s hockey team came up with a fine performance to hold Belarus senior women’s team to a 1-1 draw here on Friday. Belarus is currently leading the five-match series 2-1, with one drawn game. In a competitive first quarter, it was India who were consistently on the front foot with their attack and wing play. Although India managed to trouble the Belarusians, they were unable to create clear goal scoring chances and the first quarter ended with both teams locked 0-0. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev The pattern followed in the second quarter as well, but by now the Belarusians had settled down and were happy winning the loose balls and attacking on the counter. In the 23rd minute, Yuliya Mikheychyk scored the opener to give the hosts the lead. India won their first Penalty Corner of the game but missed the attempt. Moments later, they were gifted another chance, with the referee awarding a stroke and Gagandeep Kaur slotted home from the spot in the final minute of the quarter to level the scores. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships The teams went into half-time locked at a goal apiece. Belarus kicked off the third quarter aggressively, winning a pair of PCs right at the start. Bichu Devi in India’s goal proved to be the difference though, her smart saves from both denied Belarus the goal that would haven give them the lead. India hit back immediately, winning a PC soon after. From the PC an infringement meant they were awarded a penalty stroke and the opportunity to take the lead, but Reet missed from the spot, and the two teams went into the final break locked at one-all. India entered the final quarter knowing that the onus was on them to find a winner. On the other hand, Belarus, leading the series, were happy to defend and hit on the counter. India dominated possession but despite attacking constantly couldn’t make clear cut inroads on the Belarus goal. The game ended in a draw. India play their final match of the tour against the Belarus Development Women team on June 15.
Mumbai: At 53, superstar Salman Khan is setting fitness goals with an impressive back flip into a pool. Salman shared a video on his Twitter account in which he is seen in a pair of blue shorts and a matching blue shirt as he climbs a rocky outcrop next to a swimming pool. He then does a back flip dive into the pool. The video also features the song “Jag ghoomiya” from his film “Sultan” playing in the background. The “Dabangg” actor also shared an adorable video with his nephew Ahil. In the video, Ahil holds on to Salman’s leg, refusing to budge as the “Bharat” star makes a mock attempt to free himself. In the video, Salman is heard saying: “Ahil is real strong. He is carrying his mamu with his finger in his nose.” In another video which the star shared, Salman can be seen carrying a bulkier man on his shoulders. On the acting front, he will next be seen in “Inshallah” and “Dabangg 3”.
New Delhi: Terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, will be among a host of issues on the table when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.The two leaders will hold talks on Wednesday – their first meeting after Jaishankar assumed office last month. Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceDuring his visit, Pompeo will also have a working lunch with Jaishankar and call on PM Narendra Modi. He will meet Indian and US businesses in a round table format and deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre. Jaishankar, while speaking about the visit in Gandhinagar, said India will try to find common ground on trade issues during discussions with Pompeo. “We will be meeting with a positive attitude,” he told reporters after filing his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha poll from Gujarat. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeDiplomatic sources said combating terrorism, including cross border terrorism, is an “inescapable” topic of discussion in Indo-US talks and will be “very high” on the minds of the two ministers. Another matter that is likely to figure high in the talks is the H-1B issue with an American official saying Pompeo will assure the Indian leadership during his visit to India that the Trump administration has no plans to impose a cap on issuing the highly sought-after H-1B visas that are forcing foreign companies to store data locally. On the issue of the situation arising out of the ending of exemptions from US sanctions to buy oil from Iran, the diplomatic sources here said a decision will be taken based on India’s energy security and commercial considerations. See P7
Chandigarh: Contractual employees of the state-owned Punjab Roadways Tuesday went on a three-day strike in support of their demands including regularisation of their jobs and increase in salary. More than 1,500 buses stayed off the road across Punjab, causing inconvenience to passengers. Under the banner of Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual workers union, the protesters are mostly drivers and conductors. “Contractual employees have been working for the past several years but they have not been regularised,” said a protesting member of the union in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! They claimed that drivers and conductors were being paid a meagre amount of Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per month as salaries. The protesters held demonstrations at several bus depots including the ones at Ludhiana and Amritsar and did not allow the movement of buses. They also raised slogans against the state government for not acceding to their long pending demands. The state administration deployed police force at the bus depots to prevent any untoward incident. Contractual workers have also threatened to ‘gherao’ the residence of Punjab Transport minister Razia Sultana at Malerkotla in Sangrur on July 3 as part of their protest.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to AgustaWestland deal accused middlemen Sushen Mohan Gupta in connection with a money laundering case against him. A bench presided by Justice Sunil Gaur slated the matter for hearing on September 12. Special Public Prosecutor D.P. Singh appeared on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate. The agency knocked the doors of the High Court challenging the bail granted to Gupta. The ED had arrested Gupta on March 26 this year in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The agency has alleged that Gupta along with Gautam Khaitan formed shell companies that were used to park the bribe to be paid to politicians and bureaucrats in India in the VVIP Chopper case. On June 1, Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar granted bail to Gupta and directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh with two sureties of like amount each.
New York: Pakistan’s real “existential threat” is not India but its “internal extremists” and the terror groups like the TTP, former CIA Director Gen David Petraeus has said as he hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be able to deal with the challenges facing the country. Petraeus, during an interactive session at the Indian Consulate here on Tuesday following his address on the topic of the Indo-Pacific, said Prime Minister Khan is facing a daunting challenge in his country where the economy is “very distorted” and the “realities of the situation are really quiet difficult.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The challenge for Pakistan, of course, is that the existential threat is not the country to its east, it is not India. It is the internal extremists. It is a very diabolically difficult problem to deal with,” he said. Petraeus, a partner in the international investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, was the special guest for the ‘New India Lecture’ series organised by the Consulate General of India, New York in partnership with the US India Strategic Partnership Forum. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResponding to a question on US-Pakistan relationship, Petraeus said he has experienced the bilateral ties “on a very first hand basis” as the Commander of the US Central Command around the year 2009 and there have been some “positive” as well as “disappointing and frustrating periods” in ties between Washington and Islamabad. He added that the US has always provided “enormous” support to Pakistan, recalling that he and former special adviser on Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke went to the US Congress and got USD 7.5 billion for economic assistance for Pakistan over a five-year period, which was in addition to the USD two billion already extended in various categories of defence assistance and counter-terrorism support. “At the end of the day, of course there was a degree of disappointment,” he said. On Afghanistan, the veteran and decorated US military officer said while the Afghans are fighting and dying for their country, “sadly the momentum of recent years has been against Afghanistan rather than for it”.
Los Angeles: Shazam! star Djimon Hounsou is replacing actor Brian Tyree Henry in the much-anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place. Henry, who was in negotiations to star in the movie, left the project due to scheduling conflicts, reported Entertainment Weekly. John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled sequel with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is the new addition to the cast. The sequel is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020. A Quiet Place, which released last year, followed an isolated family of four forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Krasinski directed and starred in the film, which grossed USD 340 million worldwide.
Colombo: Nearly 300 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly Easter Sunday attacks by the Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, Sri Lankan police said on Thursday. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many high-end hotels, killing 258 people in the country’s deadliest violence since the brutal civil war ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said, 293 suspects have been arrested so far. Some 115 of them are in remand custody while 178 are being held under detention orders served on them. A state of emergency was clamped in the country to help the authorities with investigations. The laws helped arrests and searches without warrants. However after four months of operations the law came to be lifted on August 22. The police assured that investigations would be carried forward with no hindrance despite the lifting of emergency laws. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The attacks left the island’s tourism sector devastated. Tour operators cancelled advance bookings due to security fears and the government was forced to offer many concessions for its revival. Politically too the attacks caused a stir and led to the sacking of the then police chief and the then top bureaucrat at the defense ministry who were charged with negligence as they had failed to prevent attacks despite prior intelligence.
Thiruvananthapuram: The in-form Shubman Gill will renew his quest for selection into the senior team when India ‘A’ take on South Africa ‘A’ in the first unofficial Test beginning here from Monday. The highly-rated Gill will lead the team in the first of the two four-day matches, with veteran ‘keeper Wriddhiman Saha captaining in the second. The teams for both the matches are a mix of experience and youth. The first game will see Karnataka all-rounder K Gowtham and Andhra wicket-keeper K S Bharat get a go. The former was in his element during the ‘A’ team’s tour of the Caribbean and shone in the Karnataka Premier League too. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBharat has showcased his skills with the gloves and bat in the several games he has played for India ‘A’ in the past year or so and has been close to selection in the senior team. With Rishab Pant becoming the first-choice ‘keeper across formats in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and with the selectors likely to manage his workload, the focus will be on the likes of Bharat to replace him whenever he is given a break. Bharat and Saha are among those in the fray for the second ‘keeper’s slot and their performances will be watched with interest. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe focus will also be on openers Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran though the duo will feature only in the second match, to be played in Mysuru from September 17. The two batsmen have scored heavily for Gujarat and Bengal respectively in the past few seasons with Easwaran slamming a big century in the Duleep Trophy final that concluded on Saturday. With K L Rahul not in the best of form, the duo will be keen to put in a strong performance against a quality SA ‘A’ attack that includes, among others, the sharp Lungi Ngidi, who is coming back from an injury. All-rounders Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube will figure in both matches. The Tamil Nadu player who returned mid-way from the World Cup due to an injury and made a comeback during the TNPL only to get injured again and miss the limited-overs leg of ‘A’ series, gets an opportunity to underline his credentials. Mumbai player Dube, on the other hand, has impressed in the recent five-match unofficial ODIs against SA ‘A’, showing an ability to get quick runs. He will be eager to perform in the longer format, too, and catch the selectors’ eye. Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has been a consistent performer over the years and starred in the ‘A’ team’s recent win against West Indies ‘A’ in the Caribbean. The Proteas ‘A’ team, led by Aiden Markram, seen as a future senior team captain, includes several players with international experience. Markram and the rest will look to gain experience of playing in sub-continent with the Test series to follow the T20 Internationals. The series will also serve as good preparation for Ngidi, who is part of the Test squad. He had struggled with a hamstring injury during the World Cup and played only four of the side’s nine matches in the tournament in England. Teams: India A: Shubman Gill (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Ankeet Bawne, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Vijay Shankar. South Africa ‘A’: Aiden Markram (captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Lungi Ngidi, George Linde, Pieter Malan, Eddie Moore, Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen, Dane Piedt, Wiaan Mulder, Heinrich Klaasen, Lutho Sipamla, Khaya Zondo. Agencies
TORONTO – Four men accused of arranging a brazen daytime killing at a crowded Toronto cafe as part of a feud among drug traffickers were found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday.The convictions of Nicola Nero, Martino Caputo, Rabih Alkhalil and Dean Wiwchar carry automatic life sentences without parole eligibility for 25 years. The men were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.The four had been on trial for the death of John Raposo, who was shot on the patio of the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe on the afternoon of June 18, 2012, as soccer fans gathered to watch a Euro Cup game.The men showed little emotion as their verdicts were announced in a packed courtroom. Jury members deliberated for two days before making their decision.Raposo’s family thanked the judge, the jury and the prosecutors involved in the case but said they were still mourning their loss.“Our hearts are broken. Justice cannot bring back the missing link in our family,” Raposo’s cousin, Helen Pacheco said outside court. “We ask everyone to remember John not how he died but how he lived.”Prosecutors accused Wiwchar of actually carrying out the killing of Raposo. They said the men on trial orchestrated the hit on their rival partly because they believed Raposo had ratted Nero out to authorities.Nero, Caputo and Alkhalil plotted to steal a 200-kilogram shipment of cocaine from Raposo, split the money between them, and have him assassinated, court was told.The Crown relied partly on encrypted messages it said were exchanged by the men in the months leading up to the shooting.In at least one message, Nero called Raposo a “rat” who deserved to die for the harm he had caused, court heard. Another message had Wiwchar calling himself a contract killer who warranted a $100,000 fee.But one of the defence lawyers said any talk of revenge in those messages was pure “macho trash talk” and should not be considered proof of a murder plot.Alan Gold, who represents Nero, told the court the group considered stealing the drugs from Raposo to be retribution enough.Prosecutors alleged Wiwchar travelled from Vancouver for the job, and donned an elaborate disguise in an effort to evade authorities.Witnesses described the killer as wearing a shoulder-length wig, sunglasses, a dust mask, an orange construction vest with a reflective X on it and a hardhat, court heard.The Crown said a hardhat, construction vest and skin-coloured face masks were among the items found in Wiwchar’s Vancouver home, while searches on his home in Surrey, B.C. netted a cache of firearms as well as wigs, liquid latex skin, theatrical makeup, fake moustaches and beards and other items.Other searches uncovered more than $60,000 in cash, the prosecution said.Wiwchar was arrested three days after Raposo’s death. Nero, who was arrested in a drug investigation roughly a month before the killing, was charged while behind bars in early 2013, around the same time that Caputo was arrested in Germany. Alkhalil was arrested in Greece the following year.The four men are to be sentenced on the conspiracy count at a still-to-be determined date but their lawyers will return May 23 possibly to make arguments about how long it took to get to trial.
EDMONTON – Environment Canada says smoke from British Columbia’s wildfires will likely result in high-risk air quality levels in parts of central Alberta by Wednesday.The department has issued a special air quality advisory, which says although a cold front has flushed a lot of smoke out of Alberta, more of it will start drifting across the Rockies by Tuesday night.The advisory says current indications are that the thickest smoke and poorest air quality will be between Edmonton, Hinton and Red Deer.As a result, people may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.Officials say children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.People with breathing difficulties are being advised to stay indoors, or perhaps find a public place that’s cool and ventilated.
MONTREAL – A preliminary hearing will resume Wednesday in Montreal for a man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing.Michel Cadotte, 56, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.The hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Cadotte to trial.He was granted bail under several conditions earlier this month.The judge hearing the case has placed a publication ban on the evidence and testimony being presented.Two witnesses testified Tuesday — a pathologist and a caregiver from a Montreal long-term care facility.Cadotte was present, entering the courtroom flanked by both his sister and Lizotte’s sister.He sat alone in the front row, quietly jotting down notes.
MONTREAL – A new study suggests anglophone Montrealers drink more excessively than their francophone and allophone counterparts and that tippling habits are split along linguistic and cultural lines.The CROP survey commissioned for Educ’alcool, a non-profit that champions responsible alcohol consumption, indicates English-speaking Montrealers are harder drinkers than their francophone counterparts.The results unveiled Tuesday found that 46 per cent of the anglophones surveyed admitted to binge drinking (five or more drinks in one session) in the past year, compared with 39 per cent of francophones and 27 per cent of people whose mother tongue was neither French nor English.Anglophones also were more likely to drive drunk — about 15 per cent admitted to doing so compared with just four per cent of francophones and two per cent of allophones.“Anglophones drink more often, drink more, drink more in excess and drink and drive more than francophones, who in turn … (do the same) compared to allophones, who are the best consumers of the group,” Educ’alcool executive director Hubert Sacy said in an interview.While the poll doesn’t explain why, Sacy said there are several explanations for the numbers, including the link between income and drinking.“The more money they have, the more alcohol they drink,” Sacy said. “When you don’t have enough money to cover normal expenses, you don’t spend money on alcohol.”Sacy added that allophones often come from countries where alcohol isn’t consumed in large quantities, whereas anglophones stem from cultures that view drinking as more normal.Educ’alcool commissions the survey every two years to get a better idea of portrait of alcohol consumption and behaviours in the province.Sacy said a 2015 survey suggested a discrepancy between francophone and non-francophone drinkers, but the sample size was too small.This year, they tripled the number surveyed to 2,700 Quebecers, including 150 in Montreal from each of the three groups, revealing very distinct drinking habits.While the other groups preferred to drink with friends, 73 per cent of anglophones preferred drinking at home, the study suggested.Some 79 per cent of Montrealers in the survey considered themselves drinkers, but the consumption rate varied by group: 1.9 times a week for anglophones compared to 1.4 for francophones and 1.1 for allophones.For Ziggy Eichenbaum, owner of Ziggy’s Pub on Montreal’s bustling Crescent Street, there doesn’t appear to be a huge difference in drinking habits among patrons, except for their preferences.“The French have more tendency to drink more wine, the English have a tendency to drink more beer and alcoholic beverages,” Eichenbaum said of his clientele.Sacy said a number that struck him was the 18 per cent of Montrealers who reported encountering a police alcohol checkpoint in the Montreal area in a 12-month span.That 82 per cent have not is worrisome given that roadblocks are a proven deterrent, he added.“One can understand police in urban areas have plenty of other things to do,” Sacy said. “But still, the decrease from two years ago is unacceptable.”The telephone survey of 2,700 Quebecers between Feb. 20 and March 20 of this year is considered to have a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error for results by region increased to eight percentage points.