With the rising interest of women in adventure sports, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is mulling over the idea of having an all-women mountaineering team.An ITBP official here said: “We have observed that women personnel are showing keen interest in adventure sports such as mountain climbing and trekking. A group of 14 women undertook an advanced course training in mountaineering from the Mountain and Skiing Institute (M&SI) in Auli, Uttarakhand. There is an idea to have a dedicated all-women mountaineering team.”These women, between the age group of 20 and 30 years, underwent an extensive and rigorous training for six weeks at the institute, where they learned about the techniques of mountaineering and trekking and also how to carry out search and rescue operations in difficult and hostile conditions.As a part of their advanced training course, they also successfully climbed an unnamed peak around 17,000 ft high near Mana post in Uttarakhand.”They have been imparted various trainings including rock craft, ice craft and snow craft besides survival techniques in high altitudes,” officials added.They also undertook a cleanliness drive around the Badrinath Temple and the Alaknanda ghats in Uttarakhand.ITBP Deputy Inspector General Aparna Kumar had set the trend by completing ‘Seven Summits’ challenge by scaling Mount Denali peak in North America on June 30.The ITBP started recruiting women personnel in January 2017 and since then these personnel have been posted along the India-China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. It has also opened combat roles for women officers.ALSO READ | How ITBP braved avalanche risk, stench of bodies to recover remains of Nanda Devi climbersALSO READ | 2 Indians die in Mount Everest traffic jam. Mountaineer’s photo goes viralALSO WATCH | This California couple just tied the knot atop Mount Everestadvertisement
Share on LinkedIn Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast: Africa Cup of Nations – as it happened A counter-attack led by full-back Achraf Hakimi almost led to a second as Amrabat dummied, allowing En-Nesyri a shot – but the Leganés striker, subject of reported Arsenal interest this summer, hit his effort straight at Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.Just before that, a mistake by Morocco keeper Yassine Bounou almost allowed the Ivorians to equalise. Bounou came racing off his line but failed to clear, only for Serey Dié to hit the side netting.Morocco managed to deal with the danger of Lille forward Nicolas Pépé, but found substitute Wilfried Bony more difficult to deal with. Bony’s aerial strength set up two half-chances as the Elephants surprisingly left Wilfried Zaha on the bench.Pépé eventually did get an effort on target with an acrobatic bicycle kick in the last minute, but Bounou made a good stop to keep the lead intact. Morocco then had the last chance of the game, Hakimi crossing for the unmarked Noussair Mazraoui, who only had to sidefoot the ball home but crashed his effort off the crossbar.The defeat leaves Ivory Coast on three points, level with South Africa, who edged out Namibia 1-0 in Friday’s final game to boost their hopes of progressing from Group D.Minnows Namibia were defensively dogged and created a scare or two in the first half, but conceded from a set-piece with 20 minutes to go. Goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua failed to connect with a corner, allowing midfielder Bongani Zungu to head into the empty net. Pinterest Morocco reached the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, and served notice that they are one of the sides to beat, with a 1-0 win over Ivory Coast in Cairo.Youssef En-Nesyri’s 23rd-minute goal ensured progress from Group D for Morocco, who join fellow heavyweights Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria with a 100% record after two matches.The goal, brilliantly crafted by Nordin Amrabat, capped a polished performance by the Atlas Lions. The former Watford winger beat four defenders with a mazy run, then broke the offside trap with a no-look pass, setting up En-Nesyri to finish low with his left foot. Facebook Reuse this content Diadie Samassekou’s corner evades Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassan to put Mali ahead. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Tunisia football team Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast football team news Morocco football team Mali football team Share on Facebook In Friday’s early game, Tunisia and Mali drew 1-1 to leave Group E finely poised, with Angola and Mauritania meeting on Saturday.The Tunisia captain, Wahbi Khazri, levelled the scores with a deflected free-kick after Mali had scored direct from a corner. Diadie Samassekou’s inswinging delivery on the hour-mark caught out Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen, who allowed the ball to slip through his hands.Former Sunderland midfielder Khazri equalised 10 minutes later when his free kick took a wicked deflection off the Malian wall, completely wrong-footing goalkeeper Djigui Diarra.Tunisia have two points after two straight draws, while Mali have four after beating Mauritania in their opening game. Share on Twitter Read more Twitter Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Next Rahul Noronha April 19, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 29, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 15:38 IST Farmer Friendly: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a ‘Kisan Abhaar Sammelan’ in Raipur on January 28. (Photo: Bhupesh Kesharwani)In the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endureIn the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endure this general election, going by surveys commissioned by parties and the mood on the ground. Political pundits suggest that the Chhattisgarh electorate tends to vote the party in power in the state in the Lok Sabha election. The explanation may sound simplistic, but previous results lend it credence. For example, in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 assembly elections, which the BJP won, the Congress got 37, 38 and 39 seats respectively in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly. But in the three Lok Sabha elections that followed, it failed to win more than a single seat. The lucky Congress candidates were Ajit Jogi (Mahasamund, 2004), Charan Das Mahant (Korba, 2009) and Tamradhwaj Sahu (Durg, 2014). And they were all individually influential.But even beyond the observed mirror-image pattern of assembly and Lok Sabha polls, developments on the ground may not let the BJP regroup after the 2018 assembly poll defeat and set the agenda in this election. For one, the new Congress government has fulfilled its assembly poll promise of waiving farm loans, unlike neighbouring Madhya Pradesh where the party’s government is yet to complete the process. The increase in the procurement price of paddy, from Rs 2,050 to Rs 2,500 per quintal, should please farmers further. The Bhupesh Baghel government has also announced the recruitment of 15,000 teachers, 1,345 assistant professors and 61 sports officers. While this may not address the larger unemployment situation in the state, it has given the public a sense that the governmentthe most sought-after employer hereis opening its doors.advertisementJobs is a vote-catcher in any election, and Chhattisgarh is no different. According to India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange’, a weekly political tracker in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, 22 per cent respondents in the state rated unemployment as the biggest election issue, followed by good work done by the party’, which 19 per cent respondents felt was their priority issue. With its vigorous jobs pitch in the Lok Sabha manifesto, the Congress hopes it has a finger on the public’s pulse.The Congress won 68 seats in the last assembly election, the most comprehensive mandate so far for any party in the state. The defeat seems to have thoroughly demoralised the BJP. Also, the Baghel government is probing several allegations of corruption pertaining to the previous BJP government, including alleged financial irregularities by former chief minister Raman Singh’s son-in-law Dr Puneet Gupta while he was superintendent of a government hospital in Raipur. Bhopal-based political analyst Girija Shankar explains why the BJP is on the back foot. The assembly election defeat weakened Raman Singh, and the BJP cadre that should have returned to work for the Lok Sabha poll is still not to be seen. On the other hand, the Congress has seen a revival in the true sense in Chhattisgarh and is contesting aggressively, he says.Both parties are betting on new candidates. Between the 22 candidates of the BJP and the Congress contesting the 11 seats, 19 are making a debut on the Lok Sabha turf. Even in a seat like Raipur, which has over 60 per cent urban voters and has been with the BJP since 1989except 1991 when V.C. Shukla of the Congress defeated Ramesh Baisthe party does not appear to be on a strong wicket. The contest is between the BJP’s Sunil Soni, a former mayor, and current city mayor Pramod Dubey, whom the Congress has fielded. The BJP is banking on its main campaigner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to see it through in Raipur, particularly since it did not give the ticket to Bais, the sitting MP. Bais, a seven-term MP from Raipur, is from the backward Kurmi community, which accounts for 8-10 per cent of the state’s population. This election is being contested under the leadership of PM Modi, and it is imperative that he be given a second term for all that he has achieved in the past five years, says Soni.Chief Minister Baghel claims the prime minister is himself not enthused by the BJP’s prospects in the state. PM Modi came to Chhattisgarh on February 8 and held a public meeting in Raigarh that was not well attended. He cut down his visits to the state after that because he doesn’t see any results coming from it, insists Baghel. He will be holding a couple of public meetings ahead of the electionsthat’s it.advertisementBaghel’s assertion aside, the BJP seems to be in the fight in about half a dozen seats, but it’s uncertain how many it can win. In Durg, the party has fielded Vijay Baghel, the chief minister’s nephew who, incidentally, had defeated him in Patan in the 2008 assembly election. Vijay faces the Congress’s Pratima Chandrakar, daughter of Vasudev Chandrakar, widely regarded as the chief minister’s political mentor. The Congress won Durg in 2014, but this time resentment could be brewing in its own camp, given that sitting MP and home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu’s demand that the ticket go to his son was overlooked, citing caste factors.The Congress holds seven out of the eight assembly seats falling under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, while in Kanker, another tribal seat, it has all eight assembly seats. Mahasamund has an interesting contest on the cards, with two Sahu OBC leaders pitted against each otherCongress MLA Dhanendra Sahu is taking on the BJP’s Chunnilal Sahu. With five of the eight MLAs in the area from the Congress, the advantage arguably rests with Dhanendra. But analysts say the Sahu community could rally behind PM Modi, who comes from a similar OBC community in Gujarat.In Janjgir, a seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) could play the spoiler for the Congress. The BSP has fielded Dauram Ratnakar, a three-term MLA and party veteran, and the BJP former MP Guharam Ajgale against the Congress’s Ravi Bharadwaj. A split in the SC vote will only help the BJP.To the BJP’s dismay, its nationalistic posturing in the aftermath of the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama and India’s subsequent air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot has failed to get the desired traction in Chhattisgarh’s hinterland. Analysts see two reasons behind this: the state’s distance from the India-Pakistan border and its repeated brushes with gruesome attacks on security forces, courtesy the ongoing Maoist insurgency.The BJP’s other disadvantage is that its alleged majoritarian politics has, of late, not been as effective in Chhattisgarh. As a case in point, in the 2018 assembly election, Congress candidate Mohammad Akbar won the Hindu-majority Kawardha seat by a margin of almost 60,000 votesthe highest for any candidate in the state. In north Chhattisgarh, where the BJP benefitted in the past from the divide between Christian and Hindu tribals, the party did not win a single seat.However, what has not gone down too well with the electorate is the Congress’s announcement in its manifesto to do away with the British-era sedition law. While the party has reasoned that the law has been grossly misused and is redundant, it may help the BJP cut into Congress votes in the urban and semi-urban areas of central and north Chhattisgarh. By announcing that it is doing away with the sedition law, the Congress has given fodder to the BJP. It seems to have shot itself in the foot, forecasts Jogi.advertisementNow, the challenge for the Congress is to make the electorate believe that party chief Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious poverty alleviation programme, the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), is for real. A wide section of the voters doubts if the party has the will and the vision to implement it. State BJP chief Dharamlal Kaushik says voters remember the false promises the Congress made in 2018. Before the assembly election, the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, had vowed to give the unemployed a dole, impose prohibition and retrieve the money lost in chit-fund scams. None of these has been fulfilled, he says. Rahul Gandhi is emboldened by his party’s victory in Chhattisgarh on the basis of empty promises. But it won’t work this time. Baghel disagrees.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow congressFollow BJPFollow Rahul Gandhi Hand Over the ReignAfter a landslide in the Chhattisgarh assembly poll, the congress has improved its Lok Sabha prospects by delivering on key promises. Can the BJP fight back?advertisement
zoom After the South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping, a member of the CKYHE Alliance, decided to file for court receivership, the remaining four members of the alliance have decided to cut all ties with the company.Namely, Shanghai-based shipping company Cosco Container Lines, Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Taiwanese Yang Ming and Evergreen Line said that their cargo will not be loaded onto vessels operated by Hanjin Shipping, and added that Hanjin’s cargo will not be allowed to load on the vessels operated by the remaining four members of the alliance.Furthermore, with respect to cargo already booked on vessels operated by Hanjin Shipping, Coscon said that the company would arrange “smooth transfer to other service or lines operated by Coscon or other alliance members.”Due to the prolonged depression in the shipping market, the financially troubled Hanjin Shipping decided to file for court receivership earlier this week.Following the company’s move, Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) said that the government “will promote sales of Hanjin Shipping’s core assets to Hyundai Merchant Marine in a bid to maintain competitiveness of the shipping industry.”Namely, Hanjin’s compatriot shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will acquire the company’s core assets such as ships, overseas sales network and key work forces to retain Hanjin Shipping’s competitiveness as much as possible.Additionally, FSC said that HMM will deploy more than 13 vessels on Hanjin Shipping’s two America and Europe routes to minimize the effects of the company’s filing for court receivership.Based on the Alphaliner carriers league, Hanjin is currently the world’s seventh largest container line. It operates a fleet of 98 cellular ships with a total capacity of 609,500 TEU. The company also operates some 44 bulk carriers and tankers, as well as 11 dedicated container terminals around the world.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Greek shipowner NGM Energy has been linked to an order for two 156,000 dwt tankers at Chinese shipbuilder New Times Shipbuilding, according to Clarksons.The tankers are expected for delivery in 2020 and are priced at USD 56 million each.The order includes an option for two optional tankers, based on the shipbroking report.New Times Shipbuilding has clocked up over 60 newbuilding orders over the past few years, securing a solid backlog until 2021.The most prolific sectors so far have been Capesizes and LR2 tankers that dominate the orderbook.Chinese Bank of Communications has an impressive order tally at the shipyard with 6 Suezmax tankers and 12 LR2 on order, based on the data from VesselsValue. Pan Ocean and 2020 Bulkers have eight Capesizes on order at the yard respectively, and FrontMarine has eight Ultramax bulkers.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay Licence) Short-sea container services could provide alternative capacity between the UK and EU to alleviate possible congestion at the Port of Dover post-Brexit, a study by shipping consultancy Drewry showed.These latest findings follow an earlier Brexit briefing and resilience study by Drewry which concluded that the Port of Dover had the capacity to cope with moderate Brexit disruption.Using this ‘alternative mode’ assumption, Drewry sought to understand the current container services available at UK Ports, their connectivity with EU Ports and to examine what container shipping lines could do to accommodate additional volumes by understanding current service capacity levels and how easily additional capacity, if required, might be deployed.“In this second phase of our short-sea analysis we have turned our attention to alternative capacity and congestion mitigation,” said Tim Power, head of Drewry Maritime Advisors.Powel explained that container shipping line services not only have the capacity, options and flexibility to handle additional container volumes in the event of disruption to cross-Channel freight services but also container terminals in the UK have the capacity to meet the additional throughput demands.The study highlighted that of the 2.5 million trailers going via Dover up to 20% could possibly shift to another mode of transport. Also, the study showed that there are four ways that container shipping lines could cater for this demand, namely, making use of spare capacity on existing services; increasing frequency on existing services; increasing vessel sizes on existing services; and launching new services.Furthermore, the study noted that UK container terminals in 11 ports have a combined spare capacity of 5.9 million TEUs, sufficient to handle this additional volume and provide wide geographical coverage.
Yamunanagar (Har): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his idea for a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest of poor came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Rs 15 lakh promise’ made ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Gandhi said the Congress’ poll promise for the ambitious ‘Nyay’ (Nyuntam Aay Yojna) under which Rs 72,000 will be deposited each year in the bank accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest is ‘historic’ and claimed that the prime minister looks ‘shaken’ ever since the announcement was made on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Accusing Modi of helping certain industrialists, Gandhi said he protects the rich while refraining from helping out the debt-ridden farmers, adding this ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief . On the contrary, Gandhi said his party bats for the poor, the weaker sections and the farmers. The 2019 polls are a fight between two ideologies. On one hand are the BJP, the RSS and Narendra Modi and on the other is the Congress,” he said. Gandhi was on a day’s visit to Haryana to be part of Congress state unit’s ongoing six-day lone Parivartan Yatra , which began from Gurugram earlier this week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGandhi said unlike the BJP his party keeps its promise and referred to ‘Nyay’ the Congress plans to introduce if it forms the government. “He (Modi) promised putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account. Did anyone get anything? he said at a public meeting in Yamunanagar district’s Jagadhri town. “Truth is when our Government is formed we will put Rs 72,000 a year into the accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest. Modi spoke lies about putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account, However, I felt that the idea about putting money into bank accounts of the poor was a right one if implemented with sincerity. I caught hold of this idea. I spoke to Congress party’s thinktank and told them about Modi’s Rs 15 lakh promise and said he did not fulfil it, instead what he did was to do injustice to farmers, hit small shopkeepers with demonetisation, and brought Gabbar Singh Tax (GST), Gandhi said, adding he told the party’s thinktank to come out with a scheme to benefit poor and they worked out the modalities in six months. Gandhi was referring to Modi’s 2014 election speech when as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate he promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days of coming to power. Modi had also said that if all the black money was brought back to the country, it would be enough to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every poor person’s bank account. “It(Nyay) is historic, so much historic that you must have seen Narendra Modi’s face on TV during the past 2-3 days, he looked shaken . Gandhi also accused Modi and BJP of spreading hatred and anger and putting real issues on the backburner. “In the last five years, Modi ji has waived Rs 3.50 lakh crore of 15 industrialists.
Rabat – Thousands of people from different Moroccan cities protested outside France’s embassy in Rabat on Thursday against members of feminist group Femen.The protestors shouted slogans and carried placards that read “Down with Femen,” “None of that here,” “No to attacks on sacred Moroccan values” and “Freedom equals respect of the other.”They were protesting against two French activists from feminist movement Femen who kissed topless in front of the Tour Hassan religious landmark in the Moroccan capital on Tuesday. The women were later expelled from the country and banned from returning.This also comes amid reports that two Moroccan men had been arrested for publicly kissing on the esplanade of Mosque Hassan in Rabat, the same place where the two bare-chested Femen activists appeared kissing each other earlier this week. A Spanish feminist was also deported after a pro-gay protest.The Interior Ministry denounced “a series of provocations and harassment carried out by foreign organizations who deliberately violate Moroccan laws… to undermine morality.”Last week three men from Taourirt, eastern Morocco, were sentenced to three years imprisonment after being accused of homosexuality.Homosexuality is not tolerated in Morocco and is considered a crime. “Anyone found guilty of carrying out “a deviant act with a person of the same sex can be jailed for up to three years,” according to article 489 of the Moroccan penal code.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Brussels – Vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), in charge of EIB activities in the Maghreb, Román Escolano, will visit Morocco on September 7-9 to participate in the EIB-MED International Conference: Climate Action in the Mediterranean.Organized by the EIB in cooperation with the Union for the Mediterranean, this Conference will bring together key national and international actors involved in climate-change issues, said a statement by the EIB.On the sidelines of the Conference, Escolano will hold talks with several Moroccan officials. “A few weeks prior to the COP 22 Conference in Marrakech, this official visit to Morocco is important and highly symbolic,” said EIB Vice-President, quoted by the statement, noting that his institution is the first international funder of climate action with over 90 billion Euros, invested since 2011 in this priority area.Morocco’s key partner for over 35 years, “the EIB will mobilize resources, expertise and competence to support the country’s ambitious program to fight climate change,” Escolano said.The EIB has spent more than 6.8 billion Euros to support projects in key sectors of the Moroccan economy such as energy, transport, water and sanitation, education, health, social housing, industry, SMEs, and innovation.Organized under the theme “The action of the EIB in favour of climate in the Mediterranean,” the MED-EIB International Conference will focus on climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate finance.
Rabat – Three young men from the northern city of Asilah turned over an abandoned bag containing a sum of money to the police after they found it on their way back from school.Upon their arrival at Mohammed V Square, located in the center of the city, the three pupils found a lost bag containing a sum of money estimated at MAD 25,000, in addition to Euro banknotes and passports, which turned to belong to a Moroccan citizen resident in the Netherlands.Although some homeless people tried to steal the handbag from the young men, they managed to escape and went directly to the nearest police station to hand it over to the security agents. The police then informed the owner of the bag, who rushed immediately to the police station to claim it, which made the Moroccan immigrant cry tears of joy and thank the 15-year-old men for their ethical behavior.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Molega Road, Molega Molega Road, Molega, from Route 208 southerly for about three kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Elm Road, New Elm New Elm Road, New Elm, from Route 210 northerly for five kilometres, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 31, Pubnico and Exit 30, Barrington, will have alternating lane closures for asphalt improvement work from Monday, Aug. 12 to Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personnel and signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Deep Hollow Overpass, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Deep Hollow Overpass and the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, between Exits 10 and 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Thursday, Oct. 10. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls, on Lake Vaughan Road is closed until the bridge is replaced later this year. Detour is in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, Maders Cove, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes near Salt Springs, Exit 19, for about six kilometres is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove, Route 329, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, New Harbour, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, has a one lane closure for roadwork until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closures for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, Pleasantfield, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road, Pleasantfield, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: ROUTE 325 Route 325, Auburndale, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes near Westville, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, are reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, Brass Corner, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Shore Road to East Berlin Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid Pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Station Road, Lower Northfield Station Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Halls Road, Aylesford Halls Road, Aylesford, from Route 201 to Victoria Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave, from Leary Fraser Road to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30-
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Sept. 17. Documentary, Trajectoires VI, produced by 3291627 Nova Scotia Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $267,356 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $972,204. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues an incentive agreement which can be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Additional Resources: For more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to http://www.nsbi.ca . Quick facts: -30-
Los Angeles: Lady Gaga marked the first anniversary of the release of the movie album of “A Star Is Born”. According to Interscope, the 33-year-old singer-actor was presented with a plaque honouring the album’s sales milestones. The soundtrack of the film, which was Gaga’s full-fledged feature film debut, has hit double-platinum status in the US and over 6 million copies have been sold globally. “A year ago, A Star was Born, and here we are 6 times pink platinum,” the singer shared the news on Twitter on Sunday, as she showed off her bubblegum pink hair. The soundtrack also features, “Shallow,” the award-winning duet between Gaga and film’s director and her co-star Bradley Cooper. “Shallow” won two Grammys, including one for best pop duo/duo performance, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe during last awards season.
New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday is set to leave New Delhi for a two-day visit to France where he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and receive the first Rafale aircraft, among other things. A press release by the Government of India’s Ministry of Defence, dated Monday, October 7th, confirmed the news. The Defence Minister will also be performing ‘Shastra Puja’ on October 8 for the occasion of Dussehra and fly a sortie in the Rafale aircraft. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh will leave New Delhi on Monday, October 7th to France on a two-day visit,” the Press Information Bureau (PIB) release stated, “On October 8th morning, Shri Rajnath Singh will meet Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.” It added, “Later, Raksha Mantri will participate in the Rafale fighter aircraft handing over ceremony at Merignac along with French Minister of Armed Forces Ms Florence Parly. He will also perform the Shastra Puja on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami and fly a sortie in the Rafale fighter aircraft.” Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports According to the release, the Union Defence Minister will also hold the Annual Defence dialogue with French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly. Finally, on October 9, Rajnath Singh will address the CEOs of the French Defence industry during which he is likely to urge them to participate in the indigenous “Make in India” campaign and the defence expo ‘DefExpo’ to be held in Lucknow from February 5-8 in 2020. Earlier, a news agency quoted the IAF sources and said that a French pilot will fly in the front cockpit, while Rajnath Singh will sit in the rear cockpit. The first Indian Rafale aircraft with tail no RB-01 will be used for the sortie. Shastra Puja is an old Hindu tradition where warriors perform puja of their arms and weapons. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his days as chief minister also used to perform Shastra Puja on every Dussehra of both ancient and modern arms. Earlier on October 4, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria stated that acquisition of Rafale fighters from France and S-400 Triumf anti-air missile systems from Russia will further enhance the IAF’s capability. “Air Force has achieved many important milestones in the last one year including the one on 26th February when we successfully targeted terror camps in Balakot (inside Pakistan),” stated ACM Bhadauria who took over as the Chief of Air Staff from Air Chief Marshal (retired) Birender Singh Dhanoa on September 30, 2019. He responded that any terror strike launched from Pakistan will be responded according to the decision taken by the government while hinting that Balakot-type strikes may take place in future too.(With inputs from DNA)
New Delhi: Former India great VVS Laxman feels Mayank Agarwal’s “fearless” approach in batting resembles a lot with the maverick Virender Sehwag, who has been the Karnataka opener’s idol. Agarwal had come into the limelight with twin half-centuries in his maiden Test tour of Australia but maiden double hundred (215) against South Africa has consolidated his position in the national team, feels former India spinner Harbhajan Singh. “He is a solid batsman and has approached this game like a domestic cricket match. Players usually change the way they play in domestic and international cricket, but he managed to maintain his style in both forms of cricket. Mental toughness and stability are his strengths and he plays fearlessly just like his favourite, Virender Sehwag,” Star Sports expert Laxman commented on Agarwal’s performance on ‘Cricket Live’. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Harbhajan on his part felt that years of grind in domestic circuit has paid dividends as Mayank is aware of what is expected of him. “Mayank uses his feet well when he comes forward and hits and also executes the reverse sweep shots. He has a lot in store and plays them when and where needed. He is a hardworking player; the players who come from domestic cricket background have learned a lot,” opined Harbhajan. “They come in late but have so much knowledge and experience of the game that they value and understand every opportunity that the game brings to them,” said Harbhajan. Harbhajan also feels that Mayank did well because he was sure about his role in the team. “Once a player is confident about his role and place in the game, he only needs to focus on his performance. Rohit was trying (to play) a different game but Mayank Agarwal stuck to his game.”
Keith Urban will be coming to Calgary to perform at the Halftime Show at the 107th Grey Cup. (Supplied) Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “The first time I think I performed a sold-out stadium [in Canada] actually would have been the Saddledome in Calgary,” Urban told CTV’s ETALK in an exclusive interview. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY – The Canadian Football League has announced the Grey Cup Halftime Show performer at the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary will be country music star Keith Urban.The halftime show typically attracts one of the highest viewing audiences of any live musical performance on Canadian television.This is not the first time the Grammy Award winning artist has performed in Calgary. Facebook Login/Register With:
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Advertisement Twitter Advertisement A spokesperson for CPBC, the provincial agency responsible for film classification, told BC Today the agency does not yet “know what a potential agreement with the Government of Ontario would look like” and declined to provide further details about a timeline for reaching such an agreement.Under existing agreements with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, CPBC allows distributors that apply to have their films rated for viewing in B.C. to have them rated for those provinces as well. CPBC charges $440 per classification for Saskatchewan and $2 per minute (with a minimum charge of $220) for Manitoba. The Ontario Film Authority charged distributors $4.20 per minute.“Ontario is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and is working very closely with Consumer Protection B.C. to finalize an agreement,” a spokesperson for Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services Lisa Thompson told BC Today in an email Wednesday. Ontario quietly announced the regulatory change last week, just two business days before shutting down the office.In a letter to stakeholders, Thompson’s ministry said, “Ontario’s regulation will be amended to enable the ministry to accept classifications from British Columbia under the Motion Picture Act for the purposes of complying with Ontario law.”The letter does not direct film production companies to CPBC nor explain its copyright policy, but it does say the change will save film distributors between $1.5 and $2 million in annual classification and licensing costs.There are still unanswered questions about how classification will operate until a formal deal is inked.CPBC rated 2,170 general audience films in 2018, meaning hundreds of films will require classification before next spring — when Ontario says it will issue a long-term proposal for how it plans to modernize its rating system.“Ontario will not impose its own fee on film distributors for classifications or approvals conducted by those other jurisdictions,” according to its consumer services ministry, but under their agreements with CPBC, neither do Saskatchewan or Manitoba.Instead, distributors pay their fees directly to CPBC, which sends any resulting revenue to the province for which the film has been classified, minus B.C.’s classification costs.Ontario said a rating system update is needed because of “significant changes in digital technologies.”Film industry stakeholders told the provincial government, “It is unfair to require brick and mortar film industry businesses that provide jobs for the local economy to be subject to regulatory requirements when online content providers can self-classify,” according to a consultation document.Shuttering the office will also save Ontario $2 million per year.Last year, CPBC raised $5,978,823 from film distributors for classification costs, licensing and other fees. The agency also reviews pornographic films, but has not received any new submissions since at least 2016.By Shannon WatersWith files from Sabrina Nanji Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: On Tuesday, the Ontario government officially wound down the Ontario Film Authority, the agency responsible for classifying mainstream and adult films distributed in the province.Instead, Ontario said it plans to rely on B.C.’s classification system, but BC Today has learned the province has not yet come to an agreement with Consumer Protection B.C. (CPBC) to allow it to use B.C.’s ratings.While CPBC posts all of its film ratings publicly, they are protected by copyright.
The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated their 13th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl’s Little Orchard Garden on Coopers Neck Lane in Southampton, NY last weekend.Beth Ostrosky Stern at 13th Annual GET WILD! Summer GalaCredit/Copyright: Rob Rich SocietyAllure.comThe event honored Scarlett Magda, DVM and Carl Safina, PHD, and welcomed distinguished guests to celebrate the united efforts to rehabilitate animals and successfully release them back into the wild across Long Island.Guests enjoyed live music along with cocktails and light fare, and a silent auction. The cocktail party featured appearances from some of the hawks and owls the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center has rehabilitated that are non-releasable and now reside at the Center.Notable attendees included: Ginnie Frati, Shelley Berkoski, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Ramona Singer, Ellen & Chuck Scarborough, Linda Lambert, Jonathan McCann, Joan and Bernard Carl, Alexandra Campbell, Jill Rappaport, Robert Zimmerman, Jordan & Brianna Schultz, Leslie Alexander, Howard Lorber, Susan Bourdeau, Missy Hargraves, Debbie Bancroft, Carl Safina, Scarlett Magda, Andy Sabin, Maryann Marston, Ingrid Edelman, Renee Schlather, Brigid Fitzgerald, Michael Katz, Nancy Regula, Curtis Silwa, Mary and Michael Warren, Hillary Ross, Patricia Watt, Claudia and Bill Walters, Amy Molnar and Justin Molnar.This year’s GET WILD Summer Benefit sponsors included: Greater Houston Foundation, Linda & Ben Lambert , Jonathan McCann, Douglas Elliman of Long Island, Leslie Alexander, D. Porthault, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Susan Dusenberry, Rosalie Brinton, Howard Marton, Ellen & Chuck Scarborough, Ingrid & Thomas Edelman, Maryann & Bob Marston, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Winfield Foundation, Fiduciary Trust Co. International, Allison Maher Stern, Bill Schlegel, The Corcoran Group, World Wide Group, BNB, Town & Village Realty Services, Amy Molnar, Tundra Wolf, Audrey Gruss, Patricia Preu, Dr. Roberta J.M. Olson and Alexander B.V. Johnson, W. Dean Gomolka Landscape Design Corp., Hutchison Landscape Services Inc., Perry Gershon, Sony Schotland and Hamptons Employment Agency.
To coincide with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September), the Ad Council’s Seize the Awkward campaign is launching a new video series starring musicians Aminé, Hayley Kiyoko, Christina Perri and Lindsey Stirling to empower teens and young adults to talk about mental health with their friends.Through an anthem spot and four personal story videos, the artists share their own personal experiences of how starting a conversation about mental health with friends has impacted their lives. Throughout September, the national public service campaign in partnership with, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and The Jed Foundation (JED) will activate on digital, social and media platforms popular among teens and young adults to encourage them to reach out to a friend who might be struggling.Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults and for every youth suicide it is estimated that 100-200 others attempt suicide. Young adulthood is a critical time when many people experience mental health issues as well as significant stress from life transitions such as gaining more independence and responsibility when moving from home and beginning college or a career. Many young adults will be returning to school or departing for college for the first time this September, making the Seize the Awkward message of checking in with a friend especially timely and relevant.“This extraordinary group of musicians and major digital platforms gives us the opportunity to authentically reach and engage teens and young adults throughout the country,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Each of these musicians has an impactful, relatable story that will hopefully encourage young adults to start important and potentially life-saving conversations.”The digital-first creative content, including social videos produced with award-winning digital studio Portal A and radio spots, features four popular musicians with a total social audience of nearly 20 million people. In addition to starring in the videos, Aminé, Hayley Kiyoko, Christina Perri and Lindsey Stirling will also be amplifying their own personal stories across their platforms. By demonstrating true vulnerability in their respective personal story videos, the artists are encouraging teens and young adults to create a safe space for their friends to open up about mental health challenges.“We commend each of these musicians and Portal A for supporting the campaign and bringing greater awareness by sharing their personal stories of taking care of our mental health in the same way we would our physical health,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of AFSP. “Together, we can support each other in having conversations about struggles in our lives, and promoting help seeking and treatment when needed.”The four musicians join a group of more than 20 digital talent and traditional celebrities including Liza Koshy, Markiplier, Hannah Hart and Tyler Posey, among others who have created content on behalf of Seize the Awkward. As trusted voices to young adults, particularly 16-to-24-year-olds, talent play a critical role in reaching the campaign target audience. Talent have amplified the Seize the Awkward message beyond their total audience of more than 50 million by creating over 30 pieces of content which have garnered more than 16.5 million views. Most recently, the campaign launched a personal video story with Billie Eilish in a month which has received more than 4 million views.“We all have the opportunity and ability to reach out and support the mental health of others and these small actions can make a real difference,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director/CEO, JED. “We are grateful to these artists for sharing their stories with teens and young adults and encouraging us all to start a conversation about mental health with our friends who might be struggling.” Additionally, throughout the month of September, the following digital, social and media partners will provide significant exposure and customized content for Seize the Awkward on their platforms:Billboard: Billboard, the global destination for the latest music news, issues and trends, will donate and run a comprehensive, supporting media campaign across its extensive ecosystem including social media promotion of the musician video series.Café Grumpy: Café Grumpy, in partnership with Facebook, will offer Instagram users 2-for-1 coffee coupons to encourage them to visit a Café Grumpy with a friend to have a conversation about mental health over a cup of coffee.Facebook: Facebook’s Creative Shop contributed creative services and donated media for a series of unique illustrations and animated videos on Instagram demonstrating the signs of emerging mental health problems and ways to help a friend by starting a conversation.Goodtype: On September 17th, the Instagram art community Goodtype will promote a challenge to its more than 1 million followers. Followers will be encouraged to create an original work of art dedicated to Seize the Awkward and share why it’s important to talk about mental health with a friend.Initiative: Global media company, Initiative, is providing their expertise to support the campaign through pro bono development and execution of a custom media strategy to secure additional high-profile targeted media.Reddit: Reddit is supporting the campaign by promoting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with a mental health expert during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Participants will be able to ask questions related to mental health and how to support a friend who may be in need during the school year.Snap: During Suicide Prevention Week (September 8th to 14th) and World Mental Health Day (October 10th), Snap will promote a custom Snapchat filter nationwide to support the campaign.UPROXX: UPROXX, one of the largest millennial focused news and entertainment sites on the web, will be sharing the musician video series across its social platforms.Since its launch in January 2018, Seize the Awkward has garnered 21.5 million video views and over 377,000 sessions on SeizeTheAwkward.org, where visitors can explore resources and tools to help them start a conversation with a peer around mental health. To learn more about the campaign, visit SeizeTheAwkward.org and @SeizeTheAwkward on Instagram. To get immediate, free support 24/7, call 1-800-273-8254 or text “SEIZE” to 741741.