Winter Sportfishing Opens New Years Day

first_img Nova Scotians will have more opportunities to enjoy the province’s great outdoors when winter sportfishing season opens on New Year’s Day. Fishing venues are expanding with more lakes open for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel or perch. The Cape Breton Highlands Special Trout Management Area will be open for brook trout angling this winter and in the tidal waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes, anglers may now fish for brown trout as well as rainbow trout. “Winter sportfishing is a wonderful way for Nova Scotians to enjoy the province’s great outdoors,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Winter sportfishing is one of many winter outdoor experiences that Nova Scotia offers and whether you are a beginner or experienced angler, it is an activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups. “I would like to encourage all anglers to use caution this season.” A 2011 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Licences are valid until March 31. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate. Anglers can also take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing licence. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml . Note: A list of waterways open and restrictions for winter sportfishing follows this release.last_img read more

Changes to Public Trustee Act Increase Efficiency

first_imgThe province is making it easier and faster for Nova Scotia families to deal with estates valued at $25,000 or less through a proposed change to the Public Trustee Act, introduced today, April 13. The change allows the public trustee, an independent body, to administer those estates using a simple and efficient process that currently applies only to estates of $10,000 or less. “This will help many Nova Scotians through a difficult process at a difficult time,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “These changes simplify the process and will help to settle these estates faster and more efficiently.” This method of administering estates is called election and is at the discretion of the public trustee. Key advantages of public trustee administration include reduced paperwork, such as using a simple court of probate form instead of a full court hearing. The time needed for final resolution can be months shorter. It will also save money. The probate court charges nearly $200 to open and close an estate valued at more than $10,000 and less than $25,000. With the change to the act, the public trustee can use the simplified probate document for estates of less than $25,000. It costs $1 to file. The Public Trustee of Nova Scotia protects the financial and personal well-being of its clients.last_img read more

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Nova Scotia

first_imgMay has been proclaimed Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind all drivers that motorcycle traffic will increase on Nova Scotia roads during the warmer months and to drive safely. A proclamation was read to motorcyclists today, May 1, at a ceremony in Dartmouth by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. He also drove through Safety Services Nova Scotia’smotorcycle test layout and spoke of the dangers that distracted drivers create for motorcyclists. “As a biker myself I’ve seen lots of close calls when drivers aren’t paying attention,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Road safety is a shared responsibility and all drivers need to be alert as the use of motorcycles increases in warmer weather.” “A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost somebody their life,” said Ed Snow of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We’re asking all drivers to take that second look before proceeding from a stop or turn.” There were 11 motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia last year. In 2013, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Access Nova Scotia licensed more than 4,500 new motorcyclists in the province. There are more than 30,000 motorcycles registered in Nova Scotia. More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found on the Safety Services Nova Scotia website at www.safetyservicesns.com .last_img read more

Le gouvernement élargit la prestation des programmes Jeunes entreprises

first_imgUn plus grand nombre d’élèves de la 9e à la 12e année en Nouvelle-Écosse auront accès à un apprentissage pratique en matière de littératie financière, de préparation de carrière et d’entrepreneuriat pendant cette année scolaire. Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a annoncé un partenariat amélioré entre le gouvernement et les Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse, aujourd’hui 14 janvier. « La communauté des affaires et la communauté de l’éducation peuvent collaborer pour offrir aux élèves davantage de possibilités d’apprentissage en matière de choix de carrière et du monde des affaires », souligne Mme Casey. « En élargissant la prestation du programme des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires, nous stimulons l’innovation, la créativité, la résolution de problèmes, l’initiative personnelle et le travail d’équipe, et nous contribuons au développement des futurs entrepreneurs. » Les partenariats avec les entreprises locales et la prestation des programmes des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires est une façon dont le gouvernement modernise le système d’éducation dans le cadre du Plan d’action en matière d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement augmente le financement du programme des Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse de 50 000 $ à 125 000 $ pour l’année scolaire 2015-2016 afin de permettre la prestation d’un plus grand nombre de programmes qui permettront d’améliorer et d’appuyer l’apprentissage à différents niveaux scolaires : — Tous les élèves de la 9e année dans 382 classes à l’échelle de la province participeront au programme « L’économie pour le succès », qui permet d’améliorer la capacité des élèves de planifier et de gérer leur avenir éducatif et financier en développant leur aptitude au travail et leur efficacité interpersonnelle. — Le programme « Entreprise étudiante » sera offert aux élèves du deuxième cycle du secondaire dans tous les conseils scolaires en augmentant le nombre de programmes offerts de 29 à 35. Ce programme permet d’améliorer la pensée critique ainsi que les compétences en matière de présentation et de leadership. — Le nombre de programmes « Bien plus que de l’argent » offerts aux élèves de la 10e année sera doublé. Ce programme permet d’améliorer les connaissances des techniques de planification financière, la littératie financière, les acquis numériques, la gestion personnelle, la confiance en soi et la capacité de faire des choix judicieux en matière de placements. « Notre mission est d’inspirer et de préparer les jeunes à réussir dans l’économie mondiale », affirme Kristin Williams, présidente et directrice générale des Jeunes entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nous sommes ravis de faire partenariat avec le gouvernement pour améliorer les programmes d’études offerts. En assurant un plus grand nombre de diplômés qui ont un certain niveau de littératie financière et un certain potentiel en matière de leadership, nous contribuons à la prospérité économique de notre province. » Les Jeunes entreprises viseront aussi à augmenter la participation parascolaire au programme de crédits de développement personnel offert par le ministère. L’expansion des programmes des Jeunes entreprises dans tous les conseils scolaires est effectuée dans le cadre du plan d’action du gouvernement qui met l’accent sur des changements fondamentaux visant à renouveler, à réorienter et à rebâtir le système d’éducation pour la première fois en toute une génération. Le plan d’action peut être consulté au www.ednet.ns.ca. Pour plus d’information sur les Jeunes entreprises, consultez le www.janovascotia.org (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Premier cas de Zika confirmé en NouvelleÉcosse

first_img Pour plus d’informations sur les pays touchés par le Zika, allez à www.healthycanadians.gc.ca . Un premier cas d’infection à virus Zika a été confirmé en Nouvelle-Écosse. Une femme a été infectée lors d’un voyage dans un pays touché par la flambée épidémique. Elle n’a pas été hospitalisée et elle est maintenant rétablie. « Le risque d’infection à Zika est très faible pour les Néo-Écossais et les Canadiens. À notre connaissance, aucun cas de transmission directe d’un moustique à une personne n’aurait eu son origine au Canada, a déclaré le médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjoint, le Dr Frank Atherton. Les Néo-Écossais qui voyagent dans des pays touchés par le Zika, et surtout les femmes enceintes ou qui envisagent de tomber enceintes, devraient prendre des mesures préventives pour réduire leur exposition aux moustiques. » Le virus Zika est essentiellement transmis aux gens par les moustiques porteurs du virus. La présence en Nouvelle-Écosse de moustiques porteurs du Zika est très improbable, car ces moustiques ne peuvent pas survivre dans notre climat. Il y a déjà eu transmission du virus lors d’activités sexuelles, mais cela reste très rare. À leur retour d’un voyage dans un pays touché par le Zika, les hommes devraient utiliser un condom pendant six mois avec toute partenaire qui pourrait tomber enceinte. Quant aux femmes qui reviennent d’un pays touché par le Zika, elles devraient attendre au moins deux mois avant d’essager de tomber enceintes. Les Néo-Écossais qui voyagent dans un pays touché par le Zika peuvent se protéger : en utilisant un insectifuge contenant du DEET ou de l’icaridine sur la peau exposée en dormant sous une moustiquaire si l’hébergement est en plein air ou dans un endroit non fermé en réservant un endroit doté de moustiquaires en bon état ou complètement fermé et avec air climatisé en portant des vêtements de couleurs pâles à manches longues, des pantalons longs et des chaussures au lieu de sandaleslast_img read more

Province Extends Fire Water Services

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources is keeping some seasonal wildfire fighters and burning restrictions in place longer than usual as the risk of wildfires remains high in parts of Nova Scotia. Burning restrictions across the province are posted daily at 2 p.m. at www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe . No burning of campfires or brush is permitted any day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. during wildfire risk season. The season typically runs from March 15 to Oct. 15, but this year it will end on Oct. 22. Seasonal fire crews in the western and central regions of the province will stay on until Oct. 22. “Maintaining these resources and restrictions until Oct. 22 is necessary to ensure the safety of our forests, our communities, and our people,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources. “Conditions are still too dry to let our guard down and we urge everyone to follow the burning restrictions posted online.” Nova Scotians in need of potable water and showers will have access to designated provincial parks in the central and western regions of the province after the camping season ends. The department will keep those parks open up to and including Oct. 27 for water access only. Most provincial parks traditionally close after Thanksgiving. The following provincial parks are available for public use (showers and potable water access) from Sundays to Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free of charge: For more information on how government is helping residents affected by the water shortage in southwestern Nova Scotia, visit novascotia.ca/watershortage/ . Dollar Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Graves Island Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co. Laurie Provincial Park, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Halifax Regional Municipality Porter’s Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Rissers Beach Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co. The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Co. Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Queens Co.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Removes Barriers to Interprovincial Trade

first_imgNova Scotia is making it easier to do business, reach new markets and increase consumer choice as a result of significant measures announced today, Dec. 7, by Premier Stephen McNeil. “Trade is critical to Nova Scotia’s economy. We are well positioned to play a leadership role in removing interprovincial trade barriers and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Premier McNeil. “I look forward to having further discussions with my colleagues during today’s meetings and to working with the federal government to generate national change.” Premier McNeil, the other premiers, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with the three leaders of the national Indigenous organizations today in Montreal. Following that meeting, the premiers and the prime minister will meet to discuss mutual priorities. Nova Scotia is taking concrete steps to eliminate barriers to interprovincial trade in five areas, including alcohol, business registration, occupational health and safety, transportation and technical safety. These actions build on significant regulatory reductions and cost savings achieved through Nova Scotia’s Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. Alcoholic beverages: Effective immediately, Nova Scotia will remove personal exemption limits for alcohol being transported into the province for personal consumption. Business registration: In 2019, Nova Scotia will waive extra-provincial business registration and renewal fees for businesses formed in another province or territory. By doing so, the province will become the only jurisdiction to join Ontario in ending the practise of charging businesses extra to operate outside their home province. Occupational health and safety: Next year, Nova Scotia will also finalize work to recognize common standards in specific areas of occupational health and safety, including first aid kit contents, eye, face, foot and hearing protection and personal floatation devices. This will also make it easier for businesses and workers to use such safety items in other provinces or territories. Transportation: In 2019, Nova Scotia will align allowable weights between dual tires and wide-base tires to make it more practical for companies to use wide-base tires. These tires help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to improved fuel economy. Technical safety: Nova Scotia will mutually recognize the Canadian Registration Number for pressure equipment design to do its part in ending multiple reviews across the country, also effective next year. Government has committed to reducing the cost of regulatory burden for Nova Scotia businesses by $25 million by the end of 2018. The province is on track to meet the target with results to be publicly reported in early 2019. A detailed interim update, released in March, reported that the province had achieved 93 per cent of the target. As part of its focus on helping businesses navigate the province’s regulations, Nova Scotia also launched a business navigation service. Since 2017, 3,000 businesses have used the service, saving clients about $2.5 million.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Building Momentum

first_imgAs 2018 draws to a close, it is a chance to reflect on how lucky we are to live in Nova Scotia. We enjoy our freedom, opportunity and strength of community. With these and our many other attributes, more young people, families and new Nova Scotians are seeing a life for themselves here. I’m very proud that for the second year in a row we can celebrate yet another record high for our population — almost 965,000. Our population growth since 2015 is more than we’ve seen in the last quarter-century. This good news reflects the momentum Nova Scotia is building. You may have also seen the recent stats about our province tracking toward another record year in immigration, with well over 5,000 landings. We’ve welcomed 15,000 immigrants to our province in the last three years — the most since the end of the Second World War. And we’re seeing more of these new Canadians stay in Nova Scotia — our retention rate has almost doubled in the last 15 years. I always enjoy meeting these new Nova Scotians, who bring a sense of optimism, enrich the diversity of our province and strengthen our economy. Young Nova Scotians are also seeing a future for themselves in the province. More of them are staying in Nova Scotia than leaving, something that hadn’t happened in consecutive years for close to three decades. We’re helping support options for our sons and daughters to stay or return here. There is growing interest in our workforce attachment programs like Graduate to Opportunity, which supports employers who hire recent graduates. Our startup community is thriving. Government is a partner in creating the spaces and expanding the networks that encourage and support people with an entrepreneurial spirit and great ideas to start their own companies. Volta, in Halifax’s innovation district, tripled its office space this year and has 40 startups on site. There’s another 40 at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth. There are startup supports active from Sydney to Yarmouth. This tech environment is one reason young people are staying in the province, and it’s attracting interest and investment from outside our borders. While our participation in the new economy is growing, we continue to build on the success of traditional industries. Nova Scotia seafood exports surpassed $2 billion last year, again leading the country. This year’s total is tracking even higher. Our tourism industry has had another excellent year, including record-breaking cruise ship seasons at the Port of Sydney and the Port of Halifax. Tourism is a Nova Scotia success story, with strong growth in the number of visitors and revenue over the last five years and I congratulate all those involved in building this important sector of our economy. Government is doing its part to enhance the conditions for growth with its stable fiscal approach. We are forecasting a third consecutive balanced budget. In September, credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s upgraded Nova Scotia’s rating to the highest they’ve ever had us, sending an important signal that we’re a stable and well-managed province. We’re also making Nova Scotia a more attractive place to do business with a concerted effort to reduce red tape. We’re making good on our commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on business by a net value of $25 million, and we’re not going to stop there. We will keep up the effort to be efficient, and make sure regulations make sense. We’ve lowered the cost of incorporation for businesses, and we just eliminated the fee for businesses already registered in another province to register here. In 2018, we saw unemployment rates among the lowest since Statistics Canada started its labour force survey in 1976, while full-time employment reached a new high. Finding ways to help entrepreneurs and the economy flourish benefits us all. It creates jobs, strengthens communities, and generates the revenue needed to provide programs and services for Nova Scotians. There are now close to 3,000 four-year-olds in our province benefitting from pre-primary, perhaps our most significant new social program in a generation. This is the second year of our four-year plan to extend this program across the province. Every child, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, deserves the chance to have the best foundation possible entering school. We are improving supports for those less fortunate. This year also saw the biggest tax cut in our recent history take effect — an increase in the basic personal exemption for personal income tax for 500,000 Nova Scotians, with 60,000 of them no longer paying provincial income tax.| Healthy breakfast programs are now in place at 93 per cent of our schools, the highest rate in the country. Clients of the Department of Community Services are keeping more of the money they earn and there will be increased support in the new year. Health care is top of mind for many Nova Scotians and that means it’s top of mind for government too. We face challenges in health care just like all provinces and we are working hard to get our health-care system where we all want it to be. We are making changes and starting to see some progress. More than 100 new family doctors and specialists have started practicing in Nova Scotia this year, and we are one of the only provinces to increase residency spaces for family doctors and specialists, which helps recruitment and retention. Our physician immigration stream – the first of its kind in Canada – launched this year and has already seen 18 doctors approved. Wait lists for hip and knee surgeries are coming down and the number of orthopedic surgeries has increased. This year gave us many signs of positive momentum for 2019 and beyond. It has also been filled with moments, efforts and accomplishments that have made me so proud to be the premier of this province. Let me share two that stand out. On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, I had the honour to be part of the opening of the first Aboriginal Wellness and Gladue Court, in Wagmatcook. Mi’kmaq chiefs, the family of Donald Marshall Jr., the community and the judiciary gathered for this historic event — it’s the first court of its kind in Canada — and it’s something all Nova Scotians can take pride in. And this summer, the community of Antigonish and the surrounding area wrapped their arms around this country’s Special Olympians, hosting the national summer games. These athletes showed us the best of the human spirit, and I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and everyone else who made the games such a success. As we ring in another new year, let’s remember what these athletes showed us — kindness, compassion and finding joy in the success of others. May their legacy be part of a happy and safe 2019 for us all. -30-last_img read more

Tendulkar to make his commentary debut in WC opener

first_imgMumbai: Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be making his on-air expert debut with the World Cup beginning on Thursday in England and Wales. Tendulkar will grace the commentary box during the tournament opener between England and South Africa to be played at The Oval, London. The Master Blaster will join the Philips Hue Cricket Live pre-show in Hindi and English at 1.30 p.m. with his very own segment ‘Sachin Opens Again’ at the Star Sports network. He will be joined by an already illustrious panel of experts, some of whom have had the pleasure of playing alongside and with him. Tendulkar holds a number of ICC Cricket World Cup records. He scored 2,278 runs in the six editions of the World Cup he played. He also holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup — 673 in 11 matches in 2003. India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa.last_img read more

CBI carries out searches at residences of former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI conducted a search operation at 21 locations including three residential premises of former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with an illegal mining case, sources here said on Wednesday.His three houses in Amethi were part of this search operation which is spread over 11 locations in Hamirpur district in the state and several other places in Delhi and the NCR, they said. Sources added that former Lok Sabha MP from Samajwadi Party Ghanshyam Anuragi’s premises in Jalaun district was also raided in connection with the case. Anuragi was earlier this year questioned by the CBI in the case. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCPrajapati held the mining portfolio in the Akhilesh Yadav government and he is considered an influential Samajwadi Party leader. He is currently in jail in a rape case. A woman from Chitrakoot had alleged that the minister exploited her on the promise of allotting her a mining lease, but he denied the charge. The officials said rules and procedures were violated by politicians and officials in the allotment of mining leases of minor minerals in Hamirpur district between 2012 and 2016. Minor minerals include sand, gravel, etc. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey said social media sensation IAS officer B Chandrakala is also named as accused in the case registered by the CBI. Her videos lashing out at government officials had earned her a title of ‘Lady Dabangg’. A UP cadre IAS officer of the 2008-batch, Chandrakala was the district magistrate of Hamirpur during 2012-14 when she allegedly violated an e-tender system of allotting mining contracts in her district, the FIR said. Yadav, who was the chief minister of the state between 2012 and 2017 and held the mining portfolio during 2012-13, is also under the scanner, according to the FIR. He was succeeded by Prajapati, who took charge as the mining minister in 2013 and was arrested in 2017. This is a third FIR pertaining to illegal mining cases registered by the CBI on January 2, 2019, nearly two-and-a-half years after the agency was directed by the Allahabad High Court to probe the issue. It had carried out first searches after the FIR was filed. On July 28, 2016, the CBI was directed by the high court to probe illegal mining in the state following which it had registered seven preliminary enquiries out of which two pertaining to Shamli and Kaushambi districts were converted into FIRs in 2017. With PTI imputslast_img read more

Healthcare crisis across state forces emergency meeting at Swasthya Bhawan

first_imgKolkata: A complete shutdown of Outpatient departments (OPDs) and various non-emergency wards at various state-run medical college hospitals in the state caused due to the prolonged ceasework by junior doctors prompted the state Health department to hold an emergency meeting at Swasthya Bhawan on Wednesday.Even the emergency departments at the various medical colleges in the city did not function properly, with the doctors threatening not to attend to a patient unless his/her condition is critical. Health services in the medical colleges in the districts has taken a major blow as various doctors’ organisations observed ceasework for 12 hours on Wednesday to protest against the attack on junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMinister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya convened the meeting with senior officials of the department in presence of medical superintendents and principals of various medical colleges in the city, to review the security system in and around the hospitals. It has been a long-standing demand of the junior doctors to ensure adequate security arrangement inside the hospital campus, so that they are not assaulted by the family members of patients. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHealth Secretary Rajeeva Sinha, Director of Health Service (DHS) Dr Ajay Chakraborty, Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra and other departmental officials were present during the meeting. Discussion on how to tide over the crisis also took place in the meeting. The agitating doctors demanded the intervention of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and an assurance from her to check the assaults on doctors. Sympathy has poured in for the agitating junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital from various doctors’ organisations, which have extended moral support to their ceasework. The Health department has urged the agitating junior doctors to stop the ceasework and join their duties. It has been learnt that Bhattacharya enquired in detail how many police and security personnel are deployed at each medical college in the city. The minister has asked the health officials to chalk out an elaborate plan on how to check the incidents of assault on doctors. The department is eyeing a complete overhaul of the security system in hospitals. Earlier, the NRS doctors had demanded the introduction of a panic button, with which the doctors will be able to draw the attention of security personnel in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee said during a press conference that he condemns the attack on doctors and is praying for their speedy recovery. However, in the same breath he said that the junior doctors must introspect if they are doing right by denying treatment at the hospitals. “Who will take the responsibility if someone dies after being denied treatment?” Banerjee asked.last_img read more

Power dept gets Rs 700 cr grant to modernise generation distribution

first_imgKolkata: The state government has given Rs 700 crore to the state Power department for modernisation of generation and distribution of power in the state. A major objective behind the move is to reduce hazards in power generation and distribution.”We are taking several steps to prevent fatalities due to electrocution. Workers in the electrical industry and power transmission and generation industry are most susceptible to occupational hazards created out of fly ash, carbon dioxide emission etc. The state government, in order to mitigate the risks in the electrical industry, is using AV cables and also dividing the length of transmission, thereby minimising the potential risk,” state Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said at the national conference on “Occupational Health and Safety- Towards a Healthy and Safe Workplace,” organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Friday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaElaborating on the steps taken by his department, the minister said they are using SEEDN technology which helps in locating the exact area of a fault while moving from the substation located at a particular area from where the fault has been reported. The technology is equipped with a fault passage indicator, which helps in quickly identifying the location of the electric pole where there has been a problem. Earlier, engineers from the Power department had to travel long distances and check every single pole to identify the exact place where the fault had occurred. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Our department, with the objective of sustainable and uninterrupted power connection, has taken up a project of underground cable system for power supply in 74 urban townships across the state. We have set a target of 2025 for completion of this underground power supply project. We are taking up an average of 11 urban townships a year for installing this facility and work is on full swing,” a senior official in the department said. Speakers at the seminar deliberated that globally, 340 million people are affected by occupational hazards and around 140 million people are affected by occupational diseases. This figure roughly leads to loss of 4 percent of GDP in a year. Thus, special emphasis on more research on this field is needed. Also, industry academia partnership is the need of the hour for more integrated development of Occupational Health Hazards (OHH), they stated.last_img read more

Suvendu to visit North Bengal to take stock of monsoon prep

first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation minister Suvendu Adhikari will visit North Bengal on July 6 to take stock of the preparedness in preventing flood-like situation, with the onset of monsoon season.The minister said a round-the-clock control room has been set up at Jalsampad Bhavan in Salt Lake, for passing on information of excessive waterlogging. “I have already done meetings at the Kolkata zone, Western districts zone and Midnapore zone and supervised measures for tackling flood-like situation in the state. I will visit North Bengal on July 6 for the same purpose,” Adhikari said, in response to a query at the state Assembly on various projects taken up in the state to control flood. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe minister said that his department will soon start developing a sewerage system to prevent flood-like situations at Banarhat in Jalpaiguri and its adjacent areas. The tea gardens in Banarhat and its adjacent areas also bear the brunt of this. “Central government organisations like ONGC and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Railways and Bhutan government needed to be taken into confidence for tackling the problem in the area. It took time but our department has taken everybody into confidence and work for sewerage infrastructure will start soon. We are hopeful that this problem will be resolved before the 2020 monsoon,” Adhikari said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersFlash floods in Bhutan bring down stones from mountains located particularly in Joygaon area and this causes siltation in the rivers in Jalpaiguri almost every year during the monsoon. This results in flood-like situation in Banarhat and a number of tea gardens are also affected. Adhikari reiterated that meetings have already been held with Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and Farakka Barrage authorities to inform the state and take its nod before releasing water from the barrages. It may be mentioned that water level in dams has been low till date, as there was 26 percent less rainfall last year in the state.last_img read more

We will be definitely happy with Ravi bhai continuing as coach says

first_imgMumbai: Captain Virat Kohli on Monday said he is in favour of Ravi Shastri continuing as the head coach of the Indian cricket team despite the criticism it faced following the semi-final ouster from the World Cup. The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Well, the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Kapil Dev) has not contacted me on this. But all of us share a great camaraderie with Ravi bhai and would definitely be very happy (to have him around),” Kohli told reporters when asked for his opinion on the appointment of chief coach. “But as I had said, it’s on the CAC to decide (how to go about it).” They may have failed to win the T20 World Cup in 2016 and the ODI World Cup in 2015 and 2019, but the Shastri-Kohli duo helped India climb the top of the Test rankings with a historic series triumph in Australia. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Shastri was the team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble was removed following his differences with Kohli. The interviews of applicants for India’s head coach are likely to take place on August 13 and/or August 14. The deadline for filing the applications for the head coach and support staff is July 30. The Committee of Administrators (COA) running Indian cricket has tasked the Kapil Dev-led ad-hoc committee to pick the next national coach. The ad-hoc body comprising former India captain Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy had earlier appointed W V Raman as the womens team coach in December. Back then, the COA was a two-member panel comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India women’s captain Diana Edulji, who had called the women’s coach selection process unconstitutional. She had asserted that only the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was empowered to do so. But with serious doubts over the future of CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman the CoA thought it was prudent to hand the responsibility to the ad-hoc panel.last_img read more

Shame guilt affect work of asthma sufferers

first_imgIt is not just respiratory symptoms or a feeling of tiredness that asthma sufferers have to face daily, many of them even have to deal with shame and a sense of guilt using inhalers at work, preventing them from working to their full potential, new research has found. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people around the world suffer from asthma. The study, published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, showed that asthma sufferers are missing nearly one-tenth of work hours due to their symptoms, which also results in a loss of productivity and affects their emotional well being. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn an average, three out of four workers could not work to their full potential, showed the survey of over 1,500 symptomatic asthma patients across six countries Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and the UK. Overall, total work productivity dropped by one third (36 per cent) due to asthma. “But, what struck us most was the emotional response to asthma in the workplace,” said Kevin Gruffydd-Jones from Box Surgery in Britain. The study results found that on an average, up to one-tenth (9.3 per cent) of work hours were missed in a single week because of workers’ asthma symptoms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAsthma sufferers in India too face similar challenges, according to doctors. “One cannot ignore the environment and other related conditions which in any case can go against the patient; she/he has to be prepared all the time with medications, inhalers and other prescriptions,” said doctors. “Strong will power is needed to continue with normal daily life as being careless is not an option,” they added. Asthma patients often feel inferior and disadvantaged compared to their non-symptomatic colleagues. “Being an asthma patient one is prone to minor or major attacks. A large number of patients have to be on daily treatment to keep symptoms under control,” doctors said. “The disease affects the daily life of an individual where she/he has to take a number of precautions for their well being along with medications and and at the same time have to continue with their jobs, home tasks and other work,” they added.last_img read more

Residents panic as leopard strays into house in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: It was a moment of panic and horror for the residents of Badshahpur Gurugram when a 2.5-year-old male leopard strayed into a house at 3 pm on Friday. The leopard remained inside the home for about an hour and then entered a salon, where it was locked by the shopkeepers. The residents called the police and the wildlife department. At 5.30 pm, the leopard was successfully rescued by the wildlife department.Shockingly, the leopard strayed into the house that is located along Sohna Road, an arterial road in the city and about 500 meters away from Vatika City, a residential township along Sohna Road. More than 2,000 people gathered on the road while the department was carrying out the rescue operation and cops were managing the traffic. “We have rescued the big cat. It has got some scratches on its face since some broken glass was lying in the salon where it strayed. The wildlife department team rescued the big cat without any tranquilizer and amid the chaos,” said Vinod Kumar, additional principal chief conservator of forest, Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThis is not for the first time when the wild cats have entered the areas inhabited by the humans. One instance that reflects this disturbing trend was witnessed in 2018 when the wild cat entered the Maruti factory in Manesar. Even as the citizens in Gurugram may be fretting over the wild cat now straying frequently into human habitats, the forest division officials have expressed optimism over sightings of the wild cats. Officials have also maintained that there is a possibility of some leopards also entering into the city from Sariska Forests situated in Rajasthan. With frequent sightings, the city forest officials have now started holding camps in various villages on the issue of dealing with leopards. “It is a positive sign that there is a frequent sighting of leopards in and around Gurugram. Starting from eighties areas of Mandawar, Hassanpur, Alipur, Sultanpur and forests along Manesar that contained a large population of leopards began to show the decline in leopards for various reasons. After a long, sightings of leopards is being reported from Aravallis in Gurugram,” said an officer from South Haryana forest division.last_img read more

Manmohan files RS nomination from Raj

first_imgJaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh filed nomination papers for the bypoll to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Tuesday.Singh filed four sets of nomination papers in the chamber of returning officer in Rajasthan Assembly and expressed gratitude to the Congress party for nominating him. He condoled BJP leader Madan Lal Saini’s death in June, which has led to the vacancy in the upper house. Singh said he will do whatever is possible to promote the cause of the people of the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am very grateful to the Congress party and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and all members of the Congress party for nominating me to this vacant seat in the council of states,” he told reporters after filing the nomination. Saying he recognised there were circumstances in which the vacancy was created, he conveyed his condolence to Saini’s family. “I express gratefulness to the people of Rajasthan and the Congress party for giving me this privilege for serving the people of Rajasthan in the council of states. I will do my very best to do whatever is possible to promote the cause of the people of Rajasthan,” he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSingh, 86, was accompanied by Gehlot, Pilot, AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, chief whip Mahesh Joshi, state Health Minister Raghu Sharma at the time of the nomination. Pilot said the Rajasthan Congress will benefit from Singh’s experience. “I am happy that the Congress party has made former prime minister Manmohan Singh its candidate for the vacant seat in Rajya Sabha. Manmohan Singh’s personality and experience will benefit us all.” “I am happy that all of us Congressmen from Rajasthan, Congress MLAs will get a chance to make a former prime minister an MP.” The Congress has a majority in the state assembly and Singh, thus, is likely to win the bypoll.last_img read more

Curfewlike restrictions reimposed in several parts of Kashmir to foil Muharram processions

first_imgSrinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence. Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said. The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began. Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain – the grandson of the Prophet – had attained martyrdom – is said to have been taken place in the 7th century. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time. The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests. Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday. Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said. Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.last_img read more

Adani Power arm to supply 295 MW to TN Telangana under govts

first_imgNew Delhi: Adani Power on Friday said its arm Raigarh Energy Generation Ltd (REGL) will supply a total of 295 megawatts (MW) to Tamil Nadu and Telangana over the next three years under a pilot scheme. REGL would supply 185 MW to Tamil Nadu and 110 MW to Telangana from its 600-MW power plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, under the power ministry’s Pilot Scheme-II. The scheme is to facilitate the procurement of power for three years from coal-based power plants that are already commissioned and do not have power purchase agreements (PPAs). Since a PPA is a prerequisite for getting coal linkage, these plants are under stress. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary REGL (formerly known as Korba West Power Company Ltd) has been issued a letter of award by PFC Consulting Ltd (nodal agency under the scheme) for supply of total 295 MW power (i. e. 185 MW to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd and 110 MW to Telangana State Power Coordination Committee) from its 600-MW power plant situated at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, for a period of three years under Pilot Scheme-II through NHPC Ltd,” according to a BSE filing by Adani Power.last_img read more

Inmate injured partial lockdown ordered after assault at NB prison

first_imgRENOUS, N.B. – An inmate was taken to hospital after an assault at a maximum-security prison in New Brunswick.Officials at the federal Atlantic Institution in Renous say the victim was found injured last Thursday around 10 p.m.Assistant warden Nicole Gaudet says the inmate was evaluated by staff and taken to an outside hospital for treatment.No other staff members or inmates were injured.The RCMP and the institution are investigating the incident and the warden has ordered a partial lockdown of the prison.last_img read more