Congress announces 59 candidates

first_img  According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidateslast_img read more

Physicists narrow in on electrical short in Large Hadron Collider

first_imgOfficials at the European particle physics lab, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, still don’t know how long it will take to fix an electrical short in the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but engineers have now homed in on the fault.As ScienceInsider reported earlier this week, the short has delayed the restart of the LHC, which was expected this week, after 2 years of downtime for repairs. During preparatory tests of the LHC’s systems on 21 March, a short developed in an electrical connection to one of the 1232 superconducting dipole magnets—each measuring 15 meters in length and weighing 35 tonnes—that steer particles around the LHC’s 27-kilometer ring. Researchers suspect that a wayward fragment of metal has caused the problem, and using standard electrical diagnostics, engineers have located the metal scrap to within 10 centimeters, according to a statement on the CERN website.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The fragment is inside the tube that connects the magnet to its “diode box.” The diode would protect the magnet in the event of a quench—a loss of superconductivity—by safely shunting the 12,000 amps of current out of the magnet before it heats up. The offending metal is likely making a connection between a cable inside the box and the tube, causing a short to ground. X-ray images have shown evidence of debris in the suspected region, but the area is difficult to image and results of those tests are still inconclusive.Even once the piece of metal is found, the fix may not be quick. The diode box operates at a temperature of 1.9 K and is cooled with frigid liquid helium by the accelerator’s cryogenic systems. CERN engineers have three options to try to fix the problem. They can try to melt away the metal by injecting a pulse of current. Or they can try to dislodge it with a blast of helium gas sent through the machine’s cryogenic system. If neither of those measures proves practical or succeeds, then workers will have to open the box and directly remove the metal. But that approach would require that the area be fully warmed up and then cooled down again. That could add about 6 weeks to the restart schedule. First collisions were originally expected in late May.last_img read more

Jeron Teng glad to see familiar face at sidelines in Altamirano

first_img“I’m so happy because coach Eric has been a mentor to me. I’ve learned a lot from him since high school and I’m glad that we could continue our partnership here in Alaska,” the 23-year-old said.Teng has had a fruitful past with Altamirano dating back to their days in the Philippine under-18 national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt is also under the veteran mentor’s guidance that the former La Salle stalwart showcased his full potential, averaging 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists for Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while also setting the league record for most triple-doubles at three.But Teng is aware that the PBA is a whole different ballgame, and he just feels lucky to have someone like Altamirano to guide him through the nuances of the pro game. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES “Coach Eric has been giving me tips on how to play here in the PBA. But I know that it’s not gonna be easy and I have to earn my playing minutes. I really have to work hard for it,” he said.Still, Teng couldn’t help but feel positive with what the future holds for the Aces this upcoming 2018 PBA season.“I’m very optimistic for our team. The coaching staff is very experienced in the PBA and Alaska is one of those top-notch organizations in this league. I expect I can really learn a lot of things here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jeron Teng. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng wasn’t the lone Flying V Thunder who found his way in Alaska, as coach Eric Altamirano followed suit as an assistant coach for coach Alex Compton.And the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA couldn’t be more thankful to have a familiar face by his side as he begins this new journey in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Sathya Sai Baba’s devotee Isaac Tigrett claims to be his ‘living will’

first_imgOne of late Sathya Sai Baba’s most famous devotees – Isaac Tigrett, the founder of  Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues – on Wednesday claimed that he was the “living will” of the departed spiritual guru. Claiming that he was “a living will of Bhagwan”, Tigrett said that Sai Baba had given him instructions on how he wanted the ashram to run. Reports suggested that Tigrett has also promised to reveal the secret told to him by Sai Baba in six weeks. He was also willing to share it with Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Tigrett lives in Sai Baba’s ashram Prasanthi Nilayam. The US-born businessman shared a close relationship with Sai Baba. He had donated money for the construction of a high-end hospital in Puttaparthi. The members of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust however dismissed Tigrett’s claim saying that there were no secrets kept by Sai Baba. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Raptors close in on historic NBA title, beat Warriors for 3-1 lead

first_imgATTLES’ PRESENCEHall of Famer Al Attles, the Warriors’ former general manager, coach and player, attended Game 4. It was the first game in approximately eight months for the 82-year-old Attles, who has had health issues.DURANT’S STATUSDurant missed his ninth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.Kerr is done providing every detail and step of Durant’s rehab progress.“We’re hoping he can play Game 5 or 6. And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire,” Kerr said. “There’s so much going on, and so it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not. So tonight he’s not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Toronto will take its first try at the title in Game 5 on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena. Golden State, still hopeful of injured star Kevin Durant’s return, must stave off elimination to guarantee one more game at Oracle. It would be next Thursday.Leonard’s 2017 postseason with San Antonio got cut short against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals after he re-injured his troublesome left ankle when Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under his.He’s picked up where he left off in that game. Leonard’s two jumpers in the final 42 seconds of the third put the Raptors up 79-64 heading into the final 12 minutes. Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer.A bloodied VanVleet then went to the locker room with 9:35 left after being hit in the face by Shaun Livingston’s left elbow when the Warriors guard went up for a shot and VanVleet was just behind him. Replays showed a tooth in the middle of the key even after play resumed.These poised Raptors kept level heads again after falling behind by 11 points in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors lead Raptors, 46-42, after cold-shooting first half ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within one victory of the franchise’s first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State’s home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident.Now, the Raptors as first-time finalists and in their 24th year of existence can bring Canada its first NBA championship.Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors’ dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory.Draymond Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.Warriors coach Steve Kerr challenged his team to do a better job defensively and Golden State did so early but couldn’t handle Toronto’s depth.Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. He was hurt in the first half of Game 2.Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first.Danny Green, who hit six 3s in Game 3, began 0 for 6 with five missed 3s before finally connecting from deep midway through the fourth. His 48th 3-pointer in the finals tied him with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for seventh place on the NBA list.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto overcame being outrebounded 29-18 in the first half and a 42-38 deficit overall. … The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday.Warriors: The Warriors’ streak this year of 19 straight postseason games scoring 100 points ended. It was 25 dating to last season’s run. … Golden State fell to 4-2 this postseason in games following a loss. … Livingston played in his 100th career playoff game with the Warriors, the fifth in team history to reach the mark. … The Warriors held a closed pregame shootaround 2 1/2 hours before game time. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the composed and confident Raptors, who for a second straight game found an answer to every Warriors threat at raucous Oracle — where home fans were stunned and silenced when the final buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA huge section of Toronto fans over, repeatedly singing “O Canada!”The two-time defending champions’ quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL Rahul

first_imgIndian batsman KL Rahul would never prefer a forced break but self-introspection during his time off from the game helped him bounce back well from the chat show controversy, he admitted.Rahul has more or less guaranteed his place in India’s World Cup playing XI with a hundred against Bangladesh in the warm-up game on Tuesday while batting at the much talked about No. 4 slot.”The time off from game does give a player opportunity to reflect on himself and it wasn’t any different for me,” Rahul told reporters referring to the time he was provisionally suspended by the BCCI for his loose talk on a TV show.”I spend some time with friends and family. It was important as I have been on the road for a long time. Given the situation, that’s not how I would have liked to get some time off but anyway I tried to make the best use of it,” said the stylish batsman, whose 108 of 99 balls has virtually ended the debate on No 4 slot.He doesn’t want to dwell on the past and the focus is now back on the game.”What’s gone is gone and the focus is always on cricket. I am really happy with how I have managed to bounce back. IPL gave me a lot of confidence and really happy that I could carry that confidence here today (Tuesday),” Rahul said.He has said it a number of times and again acknowledged the role played by India A coach Rahul Dravid in his comeback.advertisement”There were a few things about my batting and my technique that I needed to fix. I worked with my coach back home in Bengaluru and India A games gave me a bit of opportunity.”Like speaking to Rahul Dravid about mental preparation and how to handle low confidence and poor form. The best way to get back to scoring runs is to find that form in the middle and I got that opportunity. From there, it just carried on. I was very hungry to come back and score runs for whatever team I played,” he spoke on his comeback.He is all set to bat at No 4, having opened the innings most of the times, he has been ready for quite some time as the current team expects all the players to be ready for any role assigned to them.”Every batsman, who has played at this level knows how to handle pressure and responsibility given to him. It’s a team game where everybody is prepared for the last couple of years so that any role can be given, come a big game. So all of us have prepared in that way and nothing that is given to any individual will come off as a surprise,” he said when asked about the pressure of playing at a new slot.He considers himself lucky that in the past few years while playing for India, he got an opportunity to have a few good partnerships with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”When we lost 4 wickets for not too much (against Bangladesh), it was important for us to stitch a partnership. We (him and Dhoni) didn’t really talk too much in the middle as each of us had individual plans and we wanted to play that role.”Batting with MS is a dream and luckily we have had a few good partnerships with him in the last two or three years. So I enjoy batting with him. The way he batted was so good to watch from the other end. He dominated the spinners and was striking from the first ball as well. So it was great for us,” he was all praise for the veteran.Asked about the Sophia Gardens track, the batsman said that it was a “beauty” and he would love to come back here.”I got a hundred so I would love to come back here. There was a bit of movement, in the first 20 or 30 overs. There was a little bit for fast bowlers. The wicket played beautifully. It was good to be out there in the middle and get used to the format and spend some time.”Also Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso Read | If I had to be an Indian bowler, it would be Ishant Sharma: Jofra ArcherAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runs

first_imgChris Gayle became the 3rd West Indian after Viv Richards and Brian Lara to score 1000 runs in World Cups. Gayle joined an elite list during his 17-ball 21 against defending champions Australia in West Indies’ 2nd match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Chris Gayle, who turns 40 in September, has been in red hot form over the past few months. After destroying England in a series-winning performance at home, Gayle scored 490 runs at a strike rate of 153.60 for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Gayle was named in the West Indies squad for World Cup 2019 and was expected to play a crucial role for the Caribbean side in England. He hit an aggressive half-century in a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in West Indies’ tournament opener.Chris Gayle is one of the greatest batsmen in the shorter formats. During the 2019 IPL, he became the fastest to 4000 runs in the tournament and also became the first batsman to hit 300 IPL sixes.Chris Gayle, who is playing his 5th World Cup, has so far scored 1015 runs in 28 matches. In 2015, Gayle hit his career-best 215 against Zimbabwe. He now has 2 more runs than the legendary Viv Richards who hit 1013 runs in 23 World Cup matches. Brian Lara with 1225 runs continues to be the leading run-scorer for West Indies in World Cups.Sachin Tendulkar who scored 2278 runs in 45 matches from 1992-2011 leads the overall run-scorers list in World Cups while Ricky Ponting (1743) is 2nd. Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is 3rd with 1532 runs and Brian Lara is 4th.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is the new coolAlso See:last_img read more

ESPN Mistakes Devin Booker For Arrested Notre Dame DB Devin Butler

first_imgESPN accidentally uses Devin Booker photo on Notre Dame report.ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the error..@SportsCenter whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.last_img read more

HHI Posts Worst Quarterly Loss

first_imgzoom The world’s biggest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) recorded the worst quarterly net loss so far, amounting to USD 1.4 billion for July-September period.Growing competition from Chinese shipbuilders and slumping demand from European owners has brought HHI’s operating loss to 1.93 trillion won, plunging from an operating profit of 222.4 billion won.The company’s orderbook was 25.1 percent lower for the first nine months of 2014 when compared to the same period last year.The company’s revenue saw 5.6% dip to 12.40 trillion won.The struggling South Korean shipbuilder has already undertaken restructuring measures which saw HHI lay off 81 out of 262 executives, cutting its number of executive by 31 percent, according to Korea Herald.As a way of cutting back on expenses the company said it was considering closing unprofitable business branches such as those engaged in renewables.What is more, the company  may be facing strike for the first time in two decades as unionized workers threat to stop production if the management doesn’t sort out wage and benefit issues.The company has also received negative criticism for assigning dangerous jobs to its subcontractors, as only this year the death toll at the HHI rose to seven workers employed by subcontractors.The latest victim was a 55-year old worker that was crushed under a falling piece of metal equipment on October 23, who died two days after due to extensive injuries, South Korean daily The Hankyoreh writes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

IUMI Calls for Action on Rising Cargo Theft

first_imgzoom Marine insurer IUMI has called for the introduction of a range of measures to help reverse the worrying increase in cargo theft globally.During the IUMI conference in Berlin, the association published a position paper which points out that cargo theft is no longer confined to high-value goods and that online trading platforms are encouraging the crime.“In many incidents, cargo crimes are not single events or committed out of opportunity, but performed in a well-organised and professional manner,” IUMI said.According to an EU/Europol study based on the Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) IIS figures from 2008, the annual economic damage of cargo theft in Europe amounts to EUR 8.2 bn.Although there are currently no similar studies in the Americas, Africa or Asia, IUMI believes that there is a huge negative impact in these regions also.IUMI suggests that more needs to be done and can be incorporated with the preventative measures implemented already – including the security standards being promoted by the Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA).Specifically IUMI urged the relevant national authorities to develop and share an overview of cargo theft in their country. Based on this, they should initiate a dialogue with local insurers and other stakeholders to identify initiatives to deal with crime hotspots.In addition, IUMI believes that law enforcement through transnational coordination and cooperation between countries and national police forces should be improved and that special police units and specialised departments of public prosecution should be established to deal with cargo crime.Measures aimed at curbing this kind of crime should also include paying close attention to on-line platforms trading stolen cargo and cyber fraud including electronic bills of lading and permits.According to IUMI, introducing these measures would significantly reduce cargo theft by contributing to facilitate the safe and secure flow of goods within the global supply chain and increasing the safety of people working in the transport sector.last_img read more

Commission Chooses New Champion for the Workplace

first_imgHUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Commission Chooses New Champion for theWorkplace Nova Scotia businesses have to be leaders in promoting workplacediversity to remain competitive and prosperous, according to theNova Scotia Human Rights Commission. This message was delivered to more than 70 industry executiveswho gathered today, Feb. 1, at Halifax’s Casino Nova Scotia tolearn how respect for diversity and human rights can improvetheir corporate bottom lines and promote healthy workplaces foremployees. “We need to ask ourselves why one of every two new Canadians whoarrive in Nova Scotia move to another place. Why do they not seea future for themselves and their families in our communities?”said commission CEO, Mayann Francis. The commission named Convergys Corporation as its third championfor the workplace. The Champions in the Workplace program began in January 2004. Itchallenges businesses to examine their commitment to diversitywithin their workplaces. “Champion” businesses host a breakfastmeeting for industry colleagues to encourage dialogue anddiscussion about the role of human rights in creating healthyworkplaces. “I believe global businesses, like Convergys, understand theimportance of attracting a diverse employee base. They are alsocoming to realize that finding employees is only one element of astrategy to increase the diversity of the workforce. Keeping themand providing them with opportunities for promotion to managementis another challenge,” said Ms. Francis. “Convergys believes individual differences produce genuinecompetitive advantages in a global market. Leveraging thediversity of our workforce allows Convergys to maximize ourproductivity and enhance the quality of service we are able tooffer to all of our clients,” said Curt Stoll, vice president ofinternational human resources for the customer management groupfor Convergys. The commission is looking for more human rights champions inprovincial workplaces. “I challenge each of you to be champions for your workplace,”commission vice-chair Lance Hale told the audience. “Take theinformation you have garnered this morning and put it topractical use in your day-to-day business activities. ” As part of its mandate, the commission delivers public educationand training programs to help businesses and community groupswith policy development and recruitment practices that open upemployment opportunities for all Nova Scotians, particularlygroups that have traditionally been disadvantaged.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Middleton’s eastern town line, easterly 8.25 kilometres to the Kings County line will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Fraser Mountain Road, to the intersection of Highway 104 at Exit 27A until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road, from Highway 105 at Exit 2 southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289, Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for patching and repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddy’s Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass structure at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255, from Glace Bay town line to Durns Corner, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curbs and sidewalks until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 from Musquodoboit Harbour to Gaetz Brook will be intermittently reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route via Musquodoboit Harbour to Porters Lake via Highway 107. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and may include Saturdays. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31., while a new bridge is built. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from the intersection with Route 276 at Goshen southerly towards Goldboro, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 inbound at Exit 5A and 6 will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 23, for paving. Traffic control consists of cones and barrels. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Road West Bay Road from about 6.4 kilometres east of the Black River Road, easterly to Pringle Brook Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 from Mineville Road/Bell Street, Lake Echo to Highway 107 intersection (Exit 17), East Preston will be intermittently reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route via Lake Echo to Dartmouth via Highway 107. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and may include Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HANTS COUNTY: Georgefield Road Georgefield Road, from Shubenacadie Road northerly to the landfill site, a total of 5.5 kilometres, will have occasional one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass Structure The Thorburn Road overpass structure at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit due to shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908center_img Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Railway Overpass, Falmouth Avon River, No. 2 railway overpass structure, west of Exit 7 at Falmouth on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for deck repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of barricades and traffic lights. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road in New Germany, located between the intersection of School Street and Trunk 10, will be closed for the replacement of deck and concrete abutments until Monday, Oct. 23. Detour route on School Road, Route 208 and Trunk 10. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road, Secondary Road 221 Road improvement work will be taking place on Victoria Road north of Aylesford, from the Highway 101 overpass north for two kilometres to the intersection of Secondary Road 221, and then east on Secondary Road 221 for one kilometre, until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in sections where work is taking place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary northerly for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie, will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau River Road will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-421-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 1.1 kilometres east of Old Queensport Loop easterly towards Canso, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Black Rock Road from Trunk 1 to Route 221 will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to a half hour after sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Motorists on Highway 103 between Exit 4 and Exit 5 should drive with extra caution as traffic will be diverted between old and new highway sections while this section is being twinned. Motorists are advised to follow traffic control measures in place and obey the 80 km/h speed limit. Two-way traffic is still in place on most sections. The work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7Trunk 7 from Highway 107 access road, Porters Lake East to Parker Lane in West Porters Lake will be intermittently reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route via Porters Lake to Lake Echo via Highway 107. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and may include Saturday. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Route 320 from Arichat about five kilometres towards d’Escousse will be to reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 15, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Centerville Street Centerville Street, from Gardiner Road to Atlantic Drive, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will be reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Browns Mill Road, northeasterly for 5.8 kilometres until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-4545 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be closed for replacement of culvert from until Wednesday, Nov. 15. A detour will be available via Old Pictou Road, Gunn No. 4 Road and Black River Road. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of new sidewalks and curbs until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 between Hillside and Pictou Landing, is closed due to fire damage. Alternate routes are available on Change Harbour Road or Egypt Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane, from the church in East Bay for 3.5 kilometres west, to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be directed by traffic control persons and signs. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, southerly for 3.75 kilometres from the intersection with Route 316, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31 for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049last_img read more

Province Outlines Steps To Develop Marine Renewable Energy

first_imgNova Scotia has taken another step towards turning its abundant ocean energy resources into an affordable supply of clean, renewable electricity. The province released a plan today, May 14, that outlines how it will use local expertise and knowledge to develop the emerging energy sector. The Marine Renewable Energy Strategy contains broad policy, economic and legal conditions for renewable energy projects and technologies for commercial development in the province. “It represents a provincial commitment to cleaner and made-in-Nova Scotia energy solutions,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “It continues the careful approach we have already taken to explore the potential of tidal electricity in Nova Scotia. “The strategy will guide work related to in-stream tidal development. We have tapped into the expertise and knowledge of local experts to ensure it is implemented in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.” It incorporates feedback from consultations with interested groups and the Mi’kmaq. It focuses on three main areas: research; development; and regulatory planning. The regulation framework, which is being developed, will protect Nova Scotians’ interests and the environment while providing opportunities to invent, design, test and develop the right technologies to harness the province’s marine renewable energy. This report acts on recommendations by Dalhousie University oceanographer Bob Fournier, whose September 2011 report recommended developing a provincial marine renewable strategy and legislation. He outlined 27 recommendations in Marine Renewable Energy Legislation: A Consultative Approach, which focused on in-stream tidal development. The strategy addresses all of Mr. Fournier’s recommendations. “After five years of intense activity in the pursuit of marine renewable energy, the Department of Energy has produced a strategic plan,” said Mr. Fournier. “This plan, grounded in public consultation and thoughtful decision-making, is a roadmap that establishes goals, defines priorities and sets benchmarks against which Nova Scotians will be able to measure their progress. This is a useful and important document.” Elisa Obermann, Atlantic director, Ocean Renewable Energy Group, said the announcement enhances the province’s global reputation. “This strategy will ensure that Nova Scotia plays a major leadership role in the marine renewable energy industry worldwide,” said Ms. Obermann. “It provides the conditions to realize industrial-scale development of tidal energy.” “This plan shows Nova Scotia is thinking long term about tidal energy,” said FORCE chair John Woods. “The province is considering everything from environmental effects to costs to economic benefits; all of this is important if tidal is to become part of our future energy mix.” A copy of the strategy and other information can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

RSF: Morocco’s Essaouira a Top 10 ‘Paradise’ on Earth for Foreign…

Rabat- Essaouira has ranked among the top 10 retirement destinations in 2018 for foreigners to retire by the French website Retraite sans Frontieres.Morocco continues to attract foreigners from all around the world with its rich and colorful culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and hospitality. Morocco’s Atlantic port city, Essaouira, came tenth in the list of “Top 10 Overseas Paradise Escapes for 2018.” Another North African city, Houmt-Souk on the Tunisian island of Djerba, made it to the list. The list includes Portugal’s Cascais ranking ninth, Houmt-Souk eighth, Indonesia’s Ubud seventh, Dominican Republic’s Boca Chica sixth, Greece’s Paros fifth, Thailand’s Ao Nang third, Mauritius’ Trou aux Biches second, and Portugal’s Tavira first.Like every year, the site bases its judgment on specific criteria suitable for retirees: The cost of living, security and stability, infrastructure, natural and cultural heritage, climate, and environment.The survey notes the widespread use of the French language by Moroccans which makes it easier and comfortable for French retirees to communicate with the locals, in addition to the country’s geographic proximity to Europe. Essaouira’s charm lies in its combination of beach and desert, “its narrow streets, vivid colors, white houses with blue shutters … its medina and fish markets, fabrics and spices,” the website states.Essaouira/ Photo credits: TripadvisorRead Also: 8.7 Million Tourists Visit Morocco in First 8 Months of 2018Essaouira, Morocco,.Photo by Jeanette Clopton/MWNEssaouira is nicknamed both “Morocco’s windy city” and the “Atlantic Blue Pearl.”Enamoured with its charm, American actress Halle Berry and Canadian actor Keanu Reeves are currently exploring the city while shooting their action/thriller franchise, John Wick 3.“I’m free here, I’m me here,” Berry wrote of Essaouira next to an Instagram photo while enjoying a camel ride, among other photos of the star and the city.Keanu Reeves is also enjoying Essaouira. The Hollywood star shared photos of him and his fans in the city and magical moments in Essaouira’s breathtaking desert.Morocco received 8.7 million tourists from January to August 2018,  according to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Tourism.Tourist arrivals from Italy made the most considerable increase between the first eight months of 2017 and 2018, rising 14 percent. German tourist numbers increased 10 percent, French 7 percent, and Dutch 6 percent. read more

UN begins training 35000 Afghan police officers ahead of elections

1 June 2009The first batch of Afghan police wrapped up a training programme today that will eventually reach tens of thousands of officers in preparation for this year’s presidential and provincial council elections, announced the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The first batch of Afghan police wrapped up a training programme today that will eventually reach tens of thousands of officers in preparation for this year’s presidential and provincial council elections, announced the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Some 25 police officers have completed a two-day course in Kabul in the first phase of a programme that will train 350 officers in Herat, Kabul, Mazar and Kandahar who will then pass on their skills to 35,000 officers across the country ahead of the 20 August polls. The programme aims to prime the police officers to tackle security threats and provide voters with the confidence needed to come out in large numbers and cast their ballots without fear, a UNAMA spokesperson told reporters in Kabul.The elections support project of the UN Development Programme in Afghanistan (UNDP/ELECT), together with the European Union’s Police Mission (EUPOL) and the Ministry of Interior, is training officers on the electoral process, Afghanistan’s election law, international standards of elections and their role during the elections.UNAMA and the UNDP/ELECT project are supporting Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission in organizing the polls, for which nominations closed on 8 May with 44 candidates in the running for the presidential election and 3,324 for the provincial council elections.The UN Mission also announced that a girls’ high school has opened in the Qaramqul district of the northern province of Faryab with $257,000 in funding from Norway.The project was implemented by the Department of Rehabilitation and Rural Development under UNDP’s National Area Based Development Programme.The school, which can house 640 students at a time, is one of nine school projects which are under construction or rehabilitation by the area based programme in Faryab province with a total budget of close to $2 million.In addition, children in the north-eastern province of Kunduz will have a new school building, where 15,000 students in the Qala-i-Zal district will be able to study in the school’s 16-classrooms thanks to the UNDP Afghanistan New Beginnings Programme. The Department of Rehabilitation and Rural Development is building the school which costs $127,818, said UNAMA. read more

SAITM accuses Carlo Fonseka of making false statements

The management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) today accused Professor Carlo Fonseka of making false statements to the media.SAITM says the false statements made by Fonseka is an attempt to provoke University students who are being misled by various fractions in order to halt private medical education in the country. In regard to the accusations made by Prof. Fonseka, SAITM wishes to clarify with the public that at no point has SAITM earned a profit of Rs.1265 million. “SAITM expressed its sympathy towards Prof. Fonseka who does not know the difference between mere Income and Profit. The false propaganda conveyed by him is appalling and are not worthy of his caliber,” SAITM said. SAITM says the income that has been obtained through student and patient fees has annually been reinvested in improving facilities at the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital and SAITM for the benefit of students and its patients. (Colombo Gazette) SAITM says it was built with a personal investment from Dr. Neville Fernando at a cost of Rs. 700 million within a 4-acre land in Malabe housing 120,000 sqft.Following the obstructions from the GMOA to carry out clinical training, SAITM built its own teaching hospital to accommodate the necessary training. Subsequently, SAITM acquired a loan of Rs.2 billion for its construction and equipment where annually around Rs. 500 million is repaid to service the loan in addition to other operational expenses incurred by the institution. read more

Blues win 1st Stanley Cup beating Bruins 41

Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship.Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis. The Blues woke up on New Year’s morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.Coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November, is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins’ only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston.Boston outshot St. Louis 33-20, but the Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from Reilly and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was scoreless, then Schenn put it out of reach with 8:35 to play and Sanford made it 4-0 before the Bruins spoiled Binnington’s bid for a shutout.St. Louis can stop singing the blues.It’s time to play Gloria.Returning to the site of their last appearance in the final, which ended when Bobby Orr sailed through the air after scoring the Cup winner, the Blues won for the third time in Boston this series and an NHL record-tying 10th time in the post-season.O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the post-season. He is the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.Not so surprising with Gretzky, who is the NHL’s leading regular-season and playoff scorer, but O’Reilly had just three goals in his first 22 post-season games.Boston will have to console itself with the two major sports championships it has already won in the past year, or the dozen trophies that have been chauffeured through Boston in a parade of the city’s iconic, amphibious Duck Boats. Three of them have come at St. Louis’ expense.The Bruins tried to harness all the local karma they could.Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman and Julian Edelman waved a banner before the game while wearing David Ortiz jerseys; the Red Sox slugger is recuperating just a mile or so away from an assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic.Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also was in the crowd, wearing his World Series ring and a Bruins jersey. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most.The Blues had just one shot on goal heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored first when O’Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net. Then with just 8 seconds left in the period and Bruins forward Brad Marchand tentative on a line change, Pietrangelo beat Rask to make it 2-0.Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games – the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup. read more

Passengers stuck on train get pizza delivered after Storm Angus flooding

first_imgDomino’s Pizza UK replied: “Glad we were able to make your trip better, @Pam_Tuckett. Hope you enjoyed those ‘tastilicious’ treats!”Susan Howson also tweeted: “GWR booking taxis home for their staff whilst passengers stranded at Taunton station with free pizza promised!” GWR booking taxis home for their staff whilst passengers stranded at Taunton station with free pizza promised!— Susan Howson (@susanhowson20) November 22, 2016 Great trip home from London on train, stuck at Taunton with dominoes pizza and a chap in pyjamas #flooding @GWRUK pic.twitter.com/nxEznBiTtP— Pam Tuckett (@Pam_Tuckett) November 22, 2016 As Storm Angus brought flooding and gale force winds to the South West of England, a few stranded train passengers were cheered up thanks to a pizza treat.Commuters waiting on a Great Western Railway (GWR) train in Taunton, Somerset, due to flooding were cheered up when the food arrived. GWR staff ordered 60 large pizzas from Domino’s and collected the order before staff handed them out to passengers. “The railway line between Taunton and Exeter [was] damaged by floodwater; so we were taking passengers by replacement buses where possible,” a GWR spokesman said. “Conditions on the roads became hazardous – leading to passengers queuing at the station.”With waiting room facilities limited we had a train brought in so passengers could wait on the train and stay warm and dry – We also ordered 60 large pizzas for them, and offered complimentary refreshment.” Pam Tuckett, who took a photo of the pizza delivery, tweeted: “Great trip home from London on train, stuck at Taunton with Domino’s pizza and a chap in pyjamas.”center_img Glad we were able to make your trip better, @Pam_Tuckett. Hope you enjoyed those tastilicious treats! #Greatness https://t.co/PwvkvE3nBx— Domino’s Pizza UK (@Dominos_UK) November 22, 2016 Domino’s store manager, Hannah Collins, said she was delighted her staff could assist the passengers.“When we received a call from passengers stuck on the train at Taunton we did everything we could to make sure they had something fresh and hot to eat. They were very happy when we arrived and it was great to do something to help make them smile!” she said. Earlier this year, this man got Domino’s pizza delivered to a train with this genius move.While another man managed to check his grandmother was OK post-hurricane by ordering a pizza.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Top policeman who lost secret files should be sacked says disciplinary hearing

first_img“It is necessary to maintain public confidence and reputation of the police service.”ACC Beale, who headed the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, was prosecuted last year, and admitted a breach of the Official Secret Acts at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in December, for which he was fined £3,500.He is weeks from retirement but is now set to lose a £215,000 tax-free pension lump sum if his chief constable agrees with the panel recommendation.John Beggs QC, representing Mr Beale, said: “This is a moment of utmost seriousness to ACC Beale.“If Mr Beale had appreciated what he was doing consciously, he would have seen the risk – he plainly didn’t otherwise he wouldn’t have done what he did.“Although my learned friend said the harm could have been catastrophic, there is no evidence for you that actual harm has flowed from the misconduct.“There is no personal gain, no attempt to shift blame, no attempt to cover up, any of the traditional aggravating factors.“The police officer in England and Wales who most understands importance of security is Mr Beale.“Dismissal would be patently and grossly disproportionate.”The final decision on ACC Beale’s future now rests with the Chief Constable David Thompson, in a meeting scheduled to take place in the next few weeks. The impact of the loss could have been “catastrophic” a hearing at force headquarters heard.Corinna Ferguson, chair of the panel, said: “We have decided to recommend dismissal is the appropriate outcome.“It is the necessary sanction for what we regard as a serious breach of protocol in relation to top secret and secret material. A senior counter terrorism police officer should be sacked for losing top secret documents that were stolen from the boot of his car, a disciplinary hearing has said.Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, of West Midlands Police, was on Tuesday found guilty of gross misconduct for leaving the papers unattended for days.ACC Beale, 54, left the documents in a briefcase in his car boot for five days, in which time he went to the pub, went for a weekend away with his wife – leaving the car parked at a train station – and went supermarket shopping.He only discovered the case was missing when he stopped at Warwick Services on May 15 2017 while on the way to Oxford.The briefcase, containing four documents, included minutes from a high-level counter-terror meeting, counter-terrorism local profiles, details of regular organised crime and highly sensitive information about a high-profile investigation. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Bealecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus BealeCredit:Peter Manning / Alamy Live Newslast_img read more