DHT Says No to Frontlines Offer

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based crude oil tanker firm DHT Holdings has rejected Frontline’s offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock in DHT for a per-share consideration of 0.725 Frontline shares.After a comprehensive review, conducted in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the DHT Board of Directors concluded that the Frontline proposal “is wholly inadequate and not in the best interests of DHT or its shareholders.”“We believe that Frontline’s proposal substantially undervalues our company and represents an opportunistic attempt to acquire DHT at a low point in the cycle,” Erik Lind, Chairman of DHT, said.Lind added the company is “confident that DHT will generate significantly more value to shareholders as an independent company than the prospects afforded by this proposal.”The offer by the John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator was made last week when the company initiated discussion with DHT for a potential business combination.Together with its affiliates, Frontline has also acquired 15,3 million shares of DHT, representing around 16.4% of DHT’s outstanding common stock based upon 93,366,062 common stock outstanding.last_img read more

IRClass Accredited for EU MRV Services by RvA

first_imgzoom Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad voor Accreditatie RvA). As explained, this accreditation enables IRClass to undertake the assessment of monitoring plans and verification of emissions reports (CO2) as an independent verifier for any ship, anywhere in the world, regardless of country of ownership, flag state, or class.The EU regulation 2015/757 requires ships of above 5,000 GT visiting EU ports and while in EU ports to monitor and report their CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and transport work.As a first step towards compliance, ship-specific monitoring plans need to be submitted by a company for assessment by August 31, 2017. At the end of each calendar year commencing with 2018, a ship-specific emissions report is required to be prepared by a company and submitted to an accredited independent body for verification.As an independent ship classification society, IRClass provides ship classification and certification as well as technical inspection services. In 2016, IRClass was granted a recognition by the European Commission which allowed this classification society access to European markets.RvA is an internationally reputed, Netherlands based EU notified body for accrediting an organization as independent verifier according to ISO and EU requirements.last_img read more

50 New Portable Childcare Spaces for Nova Scotians

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–50 New, Portable Child-care Spaces for NovaScotians More Nova Scotians will have access to help with their child-carecosts thanks to 50 new, subsidized child-care spaces announcedtoday, Oct. 28, by Community Services Minister David Morse. The minister made the announcement at the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege, Akerley Campus Child Care Centre, a centre for students,staff and community members that was recently enhanced withsupport from the Early Childhood Development Initiative(ECDI). “Quality child care is an essential part of Nova Scotia’s EarlyChildhood Development Initiative,” said Mr. Morse. “These 50 new,portable, child-care spaces, combined with the ECDI’s otherbeneficial and important programs, such as child-care resourceand referral centres, were created to enhance the support forfamilies across the province.” A portable space means a family can choose to use any licensedchild-care centre that provides full-day services. Parents cantake the subsidy with them if they move to another area of theprovince. These spaces are designated for children up to 12 yearsof age and are being distributed in areas across the province.There are now more than 2,700 subsidized spaces in Nova Scotia. “Through the Early Childhood Development Initiative, we arefocusing on family and parenting supports, healthy pregnancies,births and infancy, and enhanced learning and care for childrenso we can enrich opportunities for healthy development,” said theminister. “We, at St. Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education, aredelighted to hear about the new subsidy spaces being madeavailable for the children of Nova Scotia,” said Jane Cawley,executive director, St. Joseph’s College of Early ChildhoodEducation. “This is a positive step towards the goal of providingquality child care to all families who need it.” The Early Childhood Development Initiative is a jointly fundedprogram that was developed through the federal-provincial-territorial Agreement on Early Childhood Development. InSeptember 2000, the federal, provincial and territorialgovernments committed to improve and expand early childhooddevelopment supports and services. The province of Nova Scotiahas already invested more than $12 million in the Early ChildhoodDevelopment Initiative.last_img read more

Le Service des archives de la NouvelleÉcosse commémore la Déportation des Acadiens

first_imgLe 8 octobre est une date importante dans l’histoire de la Déportation des Acadiens. C’est à cette date en 1755 que les navires britanniques ont quitté Grand-Pré, déchirant ainsi la communauté acadienne francophone qui vivait dans cette région depuis trois générations. Le Service des archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse a souligné ce triste anniversaire par le lancement d’une nouvelle ressource Internet entièrement dévouée à l’histoire de la Déportation. Le site Web, intitulé Au coeur de l’Acadie : Archives concernant la Déportation, 1714-1768, utilise des documents numérisés pour présenter un compte rendu factuel des événements qui ont précédé cette date en 1755, des descriptions de la Déportation telle qu’elle s’est déroulée dans diverses communautés, ainsi que des dossiers pertinents des années qui ont suivi. « La Déportation est un événement important dans l’histoire de notre province, et cette nouvelle ressource nous offre encore plus de renseignements sur les Acadiens en Nouvelle-Écosse, » a annoncé Rodney MacDonald, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Nous sommes heureux d’ajouter l’histoire de la Déportation aux ressources en ligne des Archives, et nous continuerons à travailler en vue d’offrir encore plus de ressources en ligne. » Puisque l’on ne détient aucun document écrit par les Acadiens de cette période, le site Web contient surtout des documents créés par le gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal et à Halifax. Les journaux privés du colonel John Winslow, commandant des troupes de la Nouvelle-Angleterre et superviseur de la Déportation, constituent l’un des plus importants documents de cette nouvelle ressource. Winslow a passé l’été et l’automne de 1755 à Fort Beauséjour (sur l’isthme de Chignecto) et à Grand-Pré. Dans ses journaux, il a consigné les événements qui se déroulaient chaque jour, par exemple la proclamation de déportation, le rassemblement et la détention des Acadiens, l’incendie de leurs maisons et de leurs fermes, l’approvisionnement des navires, puis le départ des navires. Selon l’archiviste provincial Brian Speirs, le nouveau site Web constitue la ressource Internet la plus importante et la plus complète de documents sources de première main relatifs à la Déportation. « Il s’agit d’une nouvelle ressource très intéressante pour les généalogistes, les historiens communautaires, les spécialistes en la matière et les Acadiens de partout, » a déclaré M. Speirs. « La ressource en ligne permet la recherche d’un mot ou d’une phrase, ce qui encourage un nouveau type de recherche qui était auparavant impossible avec les index traditionnels ou les livres publiés. » Le site Web a été élaboré en collaboration avec l’Office des affaires acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, affirme qu’il est heureux que cette nouvelle ressource fasse la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine acadien. « Cette ressource permet aux descendants acadiens de partout d’obtenir de l’information sur cet événement important dans leur histoire, et elle met l’accent sur la diversité que les Acadiens apportent à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le site Au coeur de l’Acadie s’ajoute trois ressources connexes qui se trouvaient déjà sur le site Web des Archives : des documents numérisés des registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749; une base de données consultable des registres de St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755, et; une exposition virtuelle de photos historiques intitulée C’est ici chez nous : Les Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Grâce à ses services sur place et en ligne, le Service des archives et de la gestion des dossiers de la Nouvelle-Écosse aide les chercheurs et les visiteurs de partout à obtenir de l’information sur eux–mêmes, sur leur famille, sur leur communauté et sur leur province. Le site Web Au cœur de l’Acadie se trouve à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/deportation .last_img read more

Nova Scotia Teenagers Invited to PARTY

first_imgNova Scotia teens will be among the first in the country to use a new, interactive version of a program that takes them on a life-like journey designed to reduce alcohol-related injuries. The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) educates students about the health-related consequences of injury. Created in 1986 by emergency department nurse Joanne Banfield from Toronto’s Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Science Centre, the program is now up and running in more than 70 sites across Canada, the United States and Australia. Through the P.A.R.T.Y. program, students follow the path of a trauma patient through the health-care system, seeing firsthand the impact of an injury. Presentations are made by health-care workers and police, and visits are made to various parts of affiliated hospitals. The new, updated version of P.A.R.T.Y. uses a DVD, interactive exercises and two trained facilitators to deliver the injury prevention message. “The conventional form of P.A.R.T.Y. has been an outstanding resource for those cities and towns that have the people and facilities to support the initiative, but many areas needed some assistance, and this new version of P.A.R.T.Y. is the answer,” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, Nov. 8. “The new version is easier to stage, is available in French and English, and will allow many more teenagers to participate in a worthwhile injury prevention experience.” The new version of P.A.R.T.Y. will be piloted across Atlantic Canada this school year. The DVD portion of P.A.R.T.Y. provides teenagers with a realistic and sometimes explicit journey from the scene of a mock car crash, through the emergency department and intensive care unit, and into rehabilitation. The DVD ends with a series of testimonials from injury survivors and people affected by injury. The crew from CBC TV’s Street Cents produced the DVD last spring. The interactive exercises have been designed to get teenagers thinking and talking about injury, and was developed by faculty and students from the Dalhousie University School of Health and Human Performance. Dalhousie will also be conducting an evaluation of P.A.R.T.Y. The facilitators include paramedics, nurses, doctors, medical students, health promotion students, nursing students, RCMP and municipal police, firefighters, and others with an interest in injury prevention. “I’m very pleased that the resource developed almost 20 years ago at Sunnybrook and Women’s College continues to evolve and adapt to benefit our youth,” said Ms. Banfield. “Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for teenagers in Canada, and this new way of delivering P.A.R.T.Y. will bring a worthwhile and effective initiative to thousands more young people.” The Nova Scotia Department of Education has endorsed P.A.R.T.Y. as a resource for its high school career and life management curriculum. Major support and funding for P.A.R.T.Y. has come from Nova Scotia Health Promotion, the CBC, Emergency Health Services, the Be Smart Be Safe campaign from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee, the Nova Scotia Office of Acadian Affairs, the Department of Education, the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, Emergency Medical Care, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, the RCMP and Dalhousie University and Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Welcomes IT Executives

first_imgMany of the country’s top information technology (IT) executives arrive in Halifax, today, Sept. 20, to discuss ways to improve the IT business environment in Canada. The Information Technology Association of Canada is holding its board meeting in Atlantic Canada for the first time. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia worked in partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada to bring the board meeting to Halifax. “On behalf of the business and IT communities in Nova Scotia, the province is proud to host the board for the first time in Halifax,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “High profile gatherings like this one demonstrate that we have the people, the skills and the resources to do great things in our province’s IT sector.” As part of the meeting, board members will visit Halifax West High School where they will meet with students, answer questions and discuss the IT job opportunities available in Nova Scotia. “The province is showing our support for this sector through the IT programs and courses that we offer in our high schools, universities and colleges,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “Information technology is used in every industry, from retail to forestry, and we are doing our part to make sure our young graduates have the right set of skills to be successful in this growing sector.” “The board is pleased to be in Halifax to see first-hand the great effort Nova Scotia is making in growing its IT industry,” said Bernard Courtois, president and CEO of the association. “In addition to the board meeting, we are eager to meet students at Halifax West High School, learn about their interests and talk about what IT can do for them in their careers.” The board’s program in Nova Scotia also includes a luncheon hosted by the premier. Guest speakers will discuss the results of the recent federal expert panel on commercialization. “IT is a key sector in Nova Scotia, employing about 14,000 professionals in more than 1,400 firms,” said Michael McConnell, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia. “With international companies like RIM, CGI, Keane and xwave growing here, the province has more IT jobs than we’ve ever seen before.” “The success of IT companies in Nova Scotia is backed up by our province’s unique business environment and the collaboration of industry professionals, academia and multiple levels of government,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We are eager to explore the opportunities our IT sector can bring to the province now and in the future.” The Information Technology Association of Canada is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technology industry in all sectors including telecommunications and Internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. The association’s network of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 579,000 jobs and $137.6 billion in revenue annually to the Canadian economy. The Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the growth and development of the information technology industry in Nova Scotia. The alliance achieves its goal by developing industry skills, sharing ideas and information, building alliances, and promoting IT opportunities and events. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 will have stop and go traffic for installation of traffic signals, asphalt patching and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Big Pond Bridge Route 305 will be closed between Florence and Sydney Mines at Big Pond Bridge for repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. A detour is available on Highway 105. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow-moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals, patching and paving until Monday, Nov. 26. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge The Welshtown Bridge on Welshtown Road, Welshtown will be closed to all traffic for bridge construction until Friday, Dec. 21. Detour signs are in place. Detour on Highway 203, known as the Ohio Road, Trunk 3, and Upper Clyde Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from St. James Road to Groves Point, will have one-lane closures for milling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east for about four kilometres, to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to one lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. When work is complete, Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3 will be reduced to one lane. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105, Little Bras d’Or Bridge Traffic on Highway 105, the Trans Canada Highway, is being detoured onto the new Little Bras d’Or Bridge, while work is being done on a water pipeline. When work is complete, traffic will return to the existing bridge until work is completed on the new bridge approach road. Drivers should travel with caution. The new bridge is scheduled to open at the end of November. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Traffic on sections of Highway 3, from Exit 32A to the intersection of Route 308 at Tusket, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 30. -30-last_img read more

March Break Activities at Museums

first_imgPeople can take advantage of exciting March break activities at Nova Scotia Museum sites with pirates, sea creatures, bugs and Jack the Kangaroo. “This March break is an excellent opportunity for families to visit the museums and learn about true stories and myths of the past, and interesting creatures from around the world,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The amazing teams at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Industry are committed to providing a fun and educational experience during March break, especially for young people.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is giving people the chance to discover the realities and folklore of piracy, both modern and historical. Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies! runs until March 23. The museum invites people to come dressed as a pirate, and to learn the many truths and myths about pirates, life at sea, navigation, weapons, Oak Island and more. “If you’re an aspiring pirate or someone who wants to add more to your character, jump aboard ship at the Maritime Museum this March Break for a chance to let your inner pirate out,” said Lee Schuette, curator of Visitor Experience and Engagement. “Learn how to curl up in a hammock, tell time by the stars, fire a cannon and use a boarding axe to demand what you want. Visit Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies!, and find out how much fun the old ways really were.” The Museum of Natural History, also in Halifax is hosting an exhibit with beautiful animals from the land down under. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is featuring Jack the Kangaroo and other animals from Australia from March 8-16. The museum is also featuring Bugs: Outside the Box, the new exhibit that takes a big look at little bugs. For March break, the museum is adding live bugs, bug eating, crafts and hands-on fun for people of all ages. The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is giving visitors a chance to swim beneath the waves with Sea Creatures. Kids can imagine they are spending a day at the beach, touch common sea animals from Nova Scotia’s shores, paint a scene on a shell, or learn to fold an origami fish. People are invited to dress as their favorite pirate, mermaid, sponge or sea monster for a chance to win a prize. The Seaside Fashion Show will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day from March 8-16. Visitors who are brave enough can have their picture taken in the tentacles of a giant sea monster, the Kraken. The Museum of Industry’s popular plasma cars will be back too. For more information visit http://museum.novascotia.ca . On Twitter, follow #mmapirates and #mnhdownunder.last_img read more

Commission Issues Notice of Changes to the Nova Scotia Securities Act

first_imgNew amendments to the Nova Scotia Securities Act are in force that will improve investor protection and promote a harmonized securities system in Canada. Government introduced the amendments in the fall 2015 sitting and Bill 129 was passed by the House of Assembly. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is responsible for administering the Securities Act. It issues notice of amendments to the Act as a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators. The Securities Act provides investors with protection from practices and activities that undermine investor confidence in the fairness and efficiency of capital markets and fosters the process of capital formation. Changes to the Securities Act, effective Dec. 18, 2015,include amendments to: –- Section 29C to expand and clarify types of freeze orders that the commission can make –- Sections 29E and 29EA to expand the scope of compliance examinations and continuous disclosure reviews –- the commission’s rule-making authority to support the proposed expansion of the passport system to include applications to cease to be a reporting issuer and failure-to-file cease trade orders –- Section 146N of the Act to suspend the running of the limitation period applicable to legal action for misrepresentation under certain conditions –- a housekeeping amendment to Section 77 of the Act to eliminate an outdated reference These amendments represent the continuing commitment by government and the commission to ensure that the Act remains an up-to-date and effective vehicle for investor protection and efficient capital markets. Some of the other amendments are awaiting proclamation. To view the amendments go to: http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/bills/securities_act_bill_129last_img read more

Catherine Blewett to Join Federal Public Service

first_imgCatherine Blewett, clerk and secretary to cabinet, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and CEO of Immigration, will join the federal public service June 20. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today, March 8, Ms. Blewett will serve as Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “Catherine has made a significant contribution to public service in Nova Scotia and I am pleased she has been recognized nationally,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Catherine’s dedication in key areas such as immigration and intergovernmental relations have positioned Nova Scotia well for continued progress.” “I have been very grateful for Catherine’s leadership as head of the provincial public service, and am proud of the fact that one of Nova Scotia’s most senior civil servants has the opportunity to take her passion and abilities to Ottawa.” -30-last_img read more

Arunachal govt to hand over MLA killing case to NIA

first_imgItanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to hand over the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an official said on Monday. The state Cabinet in its first sitting on Sunday night unanimously decided that the case be handed over to the NIA as thorough investigation needs to be carried out in a time bound manner and justice be delivered expeditiously to the bereaved family members by booking and nabbing all the culprits, the official said. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu also condemned the killing of the MLA and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants.The cabinet approved for providing a Group C post in the government to the next of kin of the deceased and provide Rs 20 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.last_img read more

Saffron workers try to make Bashirhat bandh a success obstruct traffic train

first_imgKolkata: Following the day-long drama on Sunday, BJP workers on Monday forcefully tried to make the 12 hour Bashirhat strike a grand success. BJP workers put up road blockades and obstructed train services which resulted in tremendous harassment for the daily commuters.Since morning, several road blockades were put up across the Bashirhat area to obstruct normal traffic. Near Kachithuba More, two rallies of Trinamool Congress and BJP came face to face, which resulted in a scuffle. BJP workers put up tree trunks to block the roads. In some places, BJP workers also burnt car tyres to obstruct normal traffic. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaEven some examinees of West Bengal State University (WBSU) were obstructed while going to the examination centres. Despite repeated requests, BJP workers did not bother to hear their plea. Later, with the help from the local residents, the students were able to reach their examination centres just before commencement of the examination. BJP workers also locked the gate of Taki Municipality on Monday morning. Apart from the road blockades, BJP workers obstructed train movement on the Barasat-Hasnabad section of Eastern Railway’s (ER) Sealdah division. At around 7 am on Monday, a group of BJP workers obstructed train movement at Bhyabla Halt railway station. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAt around 9:10 am, obstructions were put up at Haroa Road railway station and at 9:20 am in Hasnabad railway station. For almost three hours, the obstruction continued. As a result, daily commuters and office-goers faced immense harassment. At around 11 am, the obstructions were cleared and normal train movement commenced. During the obstruction period, truncated services were on between Sealdah and Lebutala. On the other hand, a team from Central Intelligence Branch (IB) visited Bhangipara and collected information about Saturday’s clash. The IB officials also met with the families of the deceased persons. They reportedly took some pictures of the area and left.last_img read more

Hara Bhara Kebab

first_imgIngredients Boiled Spinach Paste 600 gm Oil 30 gm Ghee Desi 20 gm Dal Chana 100 gm Aniseed Cooking 5 gm Cumin Seed 5 gm Javitri Whole 5 gm Salt 5 gm Elaichi Powder 5 gm Kasoori Methi 5 gm Lemon Juice 5 ml Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAGinger (chopped) 5 gm For Stuffing Green Chilli (chopped) 2 no Khoya 20 gm Coconut Powder 20 gm Chop Coriander 10 gm Bhuna Jeera Powder Base 2 gm Garnish Indian Plate Lettuce Head 1 no Lemon Wedges 1 no Carrot Juilienne 20 gm Garam Masala 2 gm Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLEBeetroot Juilieene 20 gm Chat Masala 5 gmPreparation Cook the chana dal along with spices and make a paste of it; mix it well with spinach paste. Make small six equal balls, flatten it with palm and stuff it with above stuffing mixture. Shallow fry it with ghee and sprinkle some chat masala on it. Serve hot with tomato and mint chutney. Garnish with julienne of onion, carrot, beetroot, green chilli slit, chopped coriander and lemon juice. (Courtesy: Chef Ajay Mathur, Jaypee Palace, Agra)last_img read more

Chrome users to soon play and pause videos in browser

first_imgSan Francisco: Google is working on to add a play and pause button on its Chrome browser’s toolbar that will help users pause or resume a video playing in the browser, regardless of the where it’s coming from.According to ZDNet, the new Google Chrome feature is called Global Media Controls (GMC) and is now in testing phase.The button will work with both audio and video content and will work across multiple Chrome windows.”The users will be able to pause a video that’s playing in a different window altogether, and not necessarily the ones playing in the current one,” said the report late Saturday.The button will be available on desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.last_img

Biman Banerjee calls for meeting to iron out MLALAD expenditure issue

first_imgKolkata: Speaker Biman Banerjee on Monday asked Tapas Roy, who holds the independent charge of Planning, Statistics and Programme Monitoring department, to convene a meeting of the standing committee of MLAs to take up the issue of spending MLALAD funds.A number of MLAs in the state Assembly raised issues over less spending of MLALAD funds by some municipalities or utilising the same in schemes other than what it is allocated for. The matter was raised by Left Front MLA of North Dum Dum Tanmoy Bhattacharya, who questioned Roy about the inability in spending MLALAD funds, popularly known as BUP funds, on the part of North Dum Dum and New Barrackpore municipalities. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe North Dum Dum municipality has spent Rs 23 lakh, while New Barrackpore has failed to spend any amount. “There is a fixed guideline for spending funds under BUP scheme and there should be public display in the form of signboards mentioning the funds spent under the scheme. If it is found that proper procedure has not been followed in this regard, it is not desirable,” Roy said. He asserted that this fund is a right of the MLAs. “My department will again pass over direction to the District Magistrates to ensure that signboards are put up displaying expenditure of BUP funds,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis fund is allocated by the state government on the recommendation of the respective MLAs for development work in the area and is spent through the municipalities. Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan mentioned that his MLALAD funds have been spent by Champdani and Baidyabati municipalities in Hooghly in some other projects against his recommendation. “Often we are completely in the dark about how the municipalities spend these funds,” Mannan added. The Speaker said that the issue has been raised by a number of MLAs and asked Roy to organise a standing committee meeting of MLAs to solve the same.last_img read more

Prioritising geriatric care

first_imgDespite the fact that senior citizens have contributed through their life to the nation’s building, healthcare for them remains a big challenge. The National Health Policy recognises a growing need for palliative and rehabilitative care for all geriatric illnesses and advocates the continuity of care across all levels. The question, however, is how all this is going to be met with. The Ayushman Bharat has serious limitations. It provides healthcare coverage to only 40 per cent of the population, that too for indoor care only. This means 60 per cent of the population is left out of this insurance scheme of five lakh rupees for a family. It is also a well-known fact that 70 per cent of the out of pocket expenditure on health is on outpatient care. This is applicable more to the geriatric group because a person in this age group is faced with the diseases of chronic nature, for which he/she has to pay frequent visits to the outpatient clinics. Also Read – A special kind of bondSocial security schemes for senior citizens in our country are very poor. The old-age pension varies from state to state. While the Delhi government gives a pension of Rs 2000 per month, it is Rs 400 in Bihar, Rs 500 in UP and Rs 750 in Punjab. With this meagre amount, it is not possible for a person to sustain life what to talk of getting quality healthcare. The government has introduced a few health insurance schemes to give benefit to the poor. The Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojna (RSBY) for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, Aam Admi Bima Yojana for rural landless household, Janashree Bima Yojana (JBY) for below poverty line and marginally above the poverty line, Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS) for health care to poor families. These schemes provide very minimal healthcare facilities for hospitalisation only. Also Read – Insider threat managementEmployees’ State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) of India, is a multidimensional social security system tailored to provide socio-economic protection to worker population and their dependents covered under the scheme. This scheme covers about three crore workers. The “Central Government Health Scheme” (CGHS) provides comprehensive health care facilities for the Central Govt. employees and pensioners and their dependents residing in CGHS covered cities. Started in New Delhi in 1954, Central Govt. Health Scheme is now in operation in 27 cities. Barring the ESIS and CGHS, none other scheme provides satisfactory health coverage. In the absence of any suitable healthcare schemes by the government, large numbers of people, especially from the middle-income group, have started opting for the insurance coverage either by the public sector or the private sector insurance companies. However, for senior citizens, to pay a premium for the insurance is becoming a nightmare. While a person is more likely to be taken ill in the elderly age, the insurance companies increase the premium exorbitantly with the age of the insured. This increase has been marked in the previous few years. The increase in the service tax from 14 per cent to 18 per cent GST on the basic premium has further escalated the cost of insurance. The data of the Mediclaim policy of public sector unit, the New India Assurance Company Limited Premium speaks of this. For senior citizens, who have either no income of their own or have very meagre income and are dependent on their children, it is impossible to pay the high insurance premium. With constantly decreasing of interests on their savings, their problems are getting compounded. Any serious illness they might land into will cost lakhs of rupees in any tertiary care hospital. Moreover, their day to day OPD care needs is not covered in these schemes. Mockery of the situation is that the government is paying to the public sector companies a premium of Rs 1250 for coverage of Five Lakh rupees under the Ayushman Bharat. While if a senior citizen has to insure the premium it is around Rs 50,000. It is a common knowledge that even with Rs 1250 premium, the company must be making a profit. Then what is the logic of such a huge difference in the premium? Therefore, only a comprehensive universal health care system can meet the needs of senior citizens. The government must open its advanced tertiary care centres where facilities for palliative and rehabilitative care are available. Insurance companies should be made to compulsorily cover OPD care cost as well for senior citizens. Insurance premium for senior citizens should be at par with the premium paid by the government in the Ayushman Bharat. The state-owned insurance companies should develop a social welfare approach instead of a totally commercial one. There is a need to open special centres for geriatric healthcare. Geriatric health should be part of the medical curriculum where students are trained in their problems and also to develop special empathy for patients. All the elderly should be issued health cards to get benefit from any doctor for which the government must pay. It would be appropriate and scientific to impose Geriatric health Cess instead of Cow Cess. It is time government steps in to provide universal healthcare to all the citizens. The fleecing by the insurance companies must be put to an end. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

India to spend 130 bn for military modernisation in next 57 years

first_imgNew Delhi: As India faces complex security threats, the government has firmed up a mega plan to spend USD 130 billion to bolster combat capability of the armed forces in the next five to seven years, according to an official document.Official sources said the government has decided on a broad plan to speed up modernisation of the Army, Navy and the Air Force under which a range of critical weapons, missiles, fighter jets, submarines and warships will be procured in the next few years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’They said the government’s immediate priority is to fast-track infantry modernisation, including procuring 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army. Another key priority is to procure 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the IAF. “The government will spend USD 130 billion for fleet modernisation in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces,” the official document stated. The armed forces have been pushing for adequate allocation of funds so that they are well prepared to deal with the possibility of a “two-front” war on both northern and western borders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources said government is aware of China significantly ramping up its air and naval powers, adding the aim is to equip both the the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy with capabilities at par with its adversaries. To bolster its operational capability, the Navy has already finalised a plan to have 200 ships, 500 aircraft and 24 attack submarines in the next 3-4 years. At present, the Navy has around 132 ships, 220 aircraft and 15 submarines. The sources said the government is also determined to significantly enhance IAF’s overall combat capabilities and a detailed plan is being finalised. The government is also working on a mega defence project to make the airspace over almost all its major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, virtually impregnable, the sources said. It is also inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system — Agni V — which is expected to significantly bolster the country’s air defence system. The missile, with a strike range of 5,000 km, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles. In its missile armoury, India currently has Agni-1 with a 700 km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range. The sources said the government’s focus will be to develop the domestic defence industry and key policy initiatives are expected to be rolled out for it in the next couple of months.last_img read more

Nova Scotia election roundup

first_imgHALIFAX – (NSElxn)Nova Scotia’s Tories are promising to introduce a “no-boondoggle guarantee” if they are elected in the May 30 provincial election.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says any time a government project exceeded its budget by more than 10 per cent, that would trigger an automatic internal audit, the results of which would be made public.He made the promise Friday at his campaign headquarters in Halifax, though he had few details to offer when asked how the new law would work.Baillie would not set a threshold when asked what level of government spending would be covered by the guarantee.—(NSElxn-NDP)The New Democrats have released some new election ads, one of which talks about challenges in the education system.The second ad focuses on the NDP’s plan to hire more doctors and improve primary care.NDP Leader Gary Burrill issued a statement Friday saying the province’s health-care system is in a crisis.He also pledged to create more nursing home spaces for ailing seniors stuck in hospitals.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Liberal)Premier Stephen McNeil says he has a new plan to help the province’s small- and medium-sized businesses grow.He says a re-elected Liberal government will create a so-called innovation rebate program.The program would help established businesses by offering rebates of up to 15 per cent for capital investments between $3 million and $15 million.McNeil said the program would be subjected to strict accountability rules.(The Canadian Press)—(NS-Elxn-Poll)A public opinion poll is suggesting the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives were in a dead heat heading into the final full week of the election campaign.The Forum Research survey of 1,057 voters found the Liberals were in the lead with 37 per cent support, a drop of five percentage points since the company’s most recent survey at the beginning of the campaign.Meanwhile, the Tories gained five points to reach 35 per cent support while support for the NDP remained unchanged at 25 per cent.With a poll this size, the results are considered accurate to within plus or minus three percentage points, which means the parties are statistically tied for support among leaning voters.—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Online sextortion cases involving teen boys spiking experts

first_imgChild exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys.The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent.While 65 male victims may not seem like a large number, executive director Lianna McDonald says the jump clearly establishes that boys are increasingly at risk of online threats.“We need to pay attention regardless,” McDonald says from Winnipeg, where the centre is based.“We know the seriousness of it. This isn’t necessarily all about quantity, it’s about severity.”What’s not clear is the reason for the increased reports.“Is it that they’re more aware of who we are to report? Is it because it’s a growing problem?” she asks. “The marker on this one is we didn’t really have it before. And not only are we hearing about it but now we’re hearing about it from other agencies also, which corroborates something different.”As a result, the centre launched its first awareness and prevention campaign for young males on Tuesday.It uses humour to reach boys with a bizarre-looking mascot — the hairless, pink-skinned naked mole rat. The creature is meant to spark conversation and offer an alternative image boys can send when asked for nudes.The unconventional approach is a bid to “cut through the clutter for an audience that’s not paying attention,” says McDonald, adding that fear-based campaigns don’t seem to work with boys.The group launched a website offering confidential online help, as well as information for boys, educators and parents looking for ways to start the conversation.Overall, reports to Cybertip involving both genders jumped 140 per cent between 2015 and 2016.The officer in charge of the Toronto police’s child exploitation section says boys are victims of sextortion “way more than people out there think.” He recalled one offender who admitted to tricking more than 1,200 boys into becoming victimized.“All of these boys thought they were sending these (images) to a girl their age,” says acting Det-Sgt. Paul Krawczyk.“Imagine the ones we’re not catching and then imagine the ones that we don’t know about.”He urged parents to warn sons of the danger, and point out that girls typically don’t ask to see explicit images.Girls still remain the bigger target of online predators, adds McDonald.While boys tend to be targeted by unknown adults overseas, girls are exploited in a variety of ways.“There’s the non-commercial side to it where you’ve got kids, for malicious reasons, who are blackmailing girls for more photos so they can share it,” says McDonald.“You also have things like the Amanda Todd case, very notorious scenarios where you have adult men who are again capturing them on video doing things. And they’re not necessarily appreciating who they’re talking to and they think they’re in some sort of actual relationship. It’s much more diverse for girls.”Boys are often targeted by strangers who send them pre-recorded videos of young girls and urge them to reciprocate, says McDonald.This mostly involves 13- to 15-year-olds, who can become suicidal as pressure mounts.“We have young kids phoning us and saying: ‘I’m supposed to make a payment at Western Union by 6 o’clock or they’re going to send my picture or my video to all of my friends and family and I’m desperate,’” she says.“It’s not difficult to appreciate that these kids are in over their heads. And because they’re so deeply humiliated about what’s about to happen and what they’ve done, they’re panicked and they’re not sure what to do.”The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children.———Online:http://www.cybertip.cahttp://www.dontgetsextorted.cahttp://www.needhelpnow.calast_img read more

1 million birthday win for Kelowna BC man planning to pay off

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man had a happy birthday indeed by winning $1 million.The B.C. Lottery Corp. says David McLeod of Kelowna bought a 6/49 ticket for a draw on May 17, which happened to be his birthday.McLeod says he texted a picture of the validation slip to his wife to confirm what he was seeing.He says it a great present and the reality of the big win is starting to sink in.McLeod plans to pay off his mortgage with part of money.He says he’ll donate some of the money to the Rotary and help his kids with their university expenses.last_img