I am alive and kicking: Ex-New Zealand cricketer quashes rumours of his death

first_imgNathan McCullum dismissed reports of his own death with a tweet on Saturday. Rumours were doing the rounds on social media suggesting that Nathan McCullum had died due to complications in hospital.”Nathan Leslie McCullum (born September 1, 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented New Zealand in Twenty20 international and One Day internationals,” a statement from the NZ Cricket FanHub wrote.”This evening, his wife Vannessa announced that he had passed away. RIP NATHAN,” the tweet added.Nathan McCullum responded to the false news with a selfie posted from his Twitter account.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before,” he tweeted.”Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all.”I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/WZ1nuX4LUoNathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) December 1, 2018His younger brother, Brendon McCullum, said that his “heart broke” when he heard the news, but corrected that was not the case.”Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow,” Brendon tweeted.Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! Im on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.advertisementBrendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 1, 2018Heath Mills, the New Zealand Players Association chief executive, told media that he had been contacted from cricketers in India who had heard the false reports. He said that he even called Nathan McCullum himself to make sure.”I have to say, my heart was racing before he picked up,” Mills said.He said McCullum had spent the day at a bowls event in Auckland and was “very much alive”.Nathan McCullum has represented New Zealand in 84 ODIs and 63 T20Is, scoring 1070 and 299 runs respectively. He has also picked up 63 and 53 ODI and T20I wickets respectively.Nathan McCullum has played for Pune Warriors India (in 2011, 2 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2016, didn’t play a single match) in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma joins elite league with 9th hundred in 2019

first_imgIndia vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma joins elite league with 9th hundred in 2019An array of records were set and broken during Rohit Sharma’s majestic innings against South Africa in the Ranchi Test. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane’s big partnership dominated the numbers.advertisement Next Saurabh Kumar RanchiOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 17:32 IST Rohit Sharma broke a flurry of records in Ranchi. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma became only the fourth opener to score 9 centuries in a single calendar year in international cricketRohit became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries in a series against South AfricaRohit broke the world record for the most number of sixes hit by a batsman in a Test seriesRohit Sharma continued his phenomenal run as a Test opener with his 3rd hundred of the series, allowing India to get past early jitters and take a commanding position on Day 1 of the third Test against South Africa at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.Rohit Sharma joined an elite company of Sachin Tendulkar, Graeme Smith and David Warner to become only the fourth opener to score 9 centuries in a single calendar year in international cricket.In the company of Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma helped India recover from a top-order collapse as he broke a flurry of records en route his 6th Test hundred. Rohit (117*) and Ajinkya Rahane (83*) shared an unbeaten 185-run stand which is the highest for India for the fourth wicket against South Africa, bettering 178 between Virat Kohli and Rahane in the previous Test in Pune.All 6 centuries of Rohit Sharma have been scored in India which means only Mominul Haque (8) has scored more hundreds at home than India opener, among batsmen who haven’t scored one in away Tests.India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportRohit, who hammered 14 boundaries and four sixes, became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries in a series against South Africa. In the process, his run tally in this 3-match series crossed the 400-run mark and he surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 388 to amass most runs by an Indian player in a series against South Africa.With the majestic six against Dane Piedt, Rohit Sharma also went on to break the world record for the most number of sixes hit by a batsman in a Test series. By the time Stumps were called, Rohit (17) had bettered Shimron Hetmyer’s tally of 15 from West Indies’ series against Bangladesh in 2018-19. Notably, the Indian record was held by Harbhajan Singh (14) before Rohit went past the tally in Ranchi.advertisementIndian openers have scored five centuries in the ongoing series against South Africa- Rohit Sharma (3) and Mayank Agarwal (2) – the most by all other openers from the country in a series. The previous most was four each – against West Indies away in 1970/71, against West Indies at home in 1978/79 and against Sri Lanka at home in 2009/10.Also Read | Rohit Sharma breaks world record after six-hitting spree in Ranchi Test vs South AfricaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s DRS blunders: India captain has not got reviews right as Test batsman in 2 yearsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Ranchi Testlast_img read more

Designing a Bigger IWK Health Centre Emergency Department

A company has been selected to design a major expansion of the emergency department at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax that will see it double in size. William Nycum and Associates was awarded the design tender today, July 30. “It’s great to see the work progress on this important project,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “This expansion will mean a larger, more modern emergency department for our dedicated health professionals to work and continue to provide quality care to children and their families across Atlantic Canada.” The larger emergency department will help address the increase in patients being seen. There were more than 33,000 visits to the emergency department last year. There has been a 14 per cent increase in visits over the last two years. It will also better meet the needs of patients with complex cases and mental health concerns, and encourage more innovation among care providers. Government is investing $1.4 million in the design development phase, which is expected to be completed by next summer, then construction will begin. The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region’s leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. read more

More Clean Electricity for Nova Scotias Grid

The provincial and federal governments are working together to add more clean, renewable electricity in the province to power federal facilities. An agreement signed today, Aug. 1, will help the federal government reach its goal of using 100 per cent clean electricity in all federally owned facilities by 2025. It is estimated that projects will need to generate about 100,000 megawatt hours of new renewable electricity. That is enough energy to power about 10,000 homes a year. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This investment will mean we can add more clean energy to our grid, support jobs, create opportunities for businesses to grow and protect the environment for future generations.” The province will lead an open, transparent and fair process to build new renewable energy projects. The electricity generated will be purchased by the Government of Canada, at a fair price, to meet its energy needs. “This partnership will ensure a fair rate for the long-term supply of clean electricity for federal buildings, set the stage for a sustainable clean energy model for the future and leverage partnerships with Indigenous Peoples on clean electricity solutions,” said MP Sean Fraser, on behalf of Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough. This will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal facilities in Nova Scotia. This includes the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax, which accounts for about 70 per cent of the federal government’s electrical use in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the country of reducing emissions by 45 to 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Also, the amount of renewable electricity on Nova Scotia’s grid has tripled over the past 12 years. read more

Before and After Program Busing Coming for Preprimary

Families will have more opportunities to access pre-primary in September with the expansion of the Nova Scotia Before and After Program and bus service. “Families told us that before and after programming and transportation would make it easier for them to access pre-primary,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Removing these barriers will help make sure families can access this important early learning opportunity.” The province will expand the on-site, Nova Scotia Before and After Program to 40 sites this fall, with continued expansion in 2020, where needed. This physical activity-based program will be delivered by approved regulated child care or recreation providers. It will be aligned with the province’s Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia action plan. “Ensuring all Nova Scotians have opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle is a government priority,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Daily physical activity is proven to help in the classroom. With the expansion, more of our children and families can take advantage of this great program.” The Nova Scotia Before and After Program is open to all children from pre-primary to Grade 6. A list of Nova Scotia Before and After Program locations and more information about the program is available at https://novascotia.ca/BAP. Bus service will also be available for eligible pre-primary children at 56 sites this fall. Sites receiving busing this September are in areas where all eligible pre-primary children in a class could be accommodated on existing buses and in some cases, where participation was low. Karin Rawding’s daughter will attend pre-primary this year. She will be one of the first pre-primaries to be bused to the program. “In a rural community, transportation can make or break your ability to attend the program. I know other families who wouldn’t be able to attend the program without this option,” said Ms. Rawding. “Access to busing means my daughter will get used to being on a bus, it allows for my older children and youngest to all be in the same school and it allows us to balance work and family.” The remaining pre-primary sites will receive busing in 2020 when pre-primary is available to all children across the province. Currently, pre-primary is available in 201 school communities. For more information about busing, pre-primary and a list of locations that will receive busing in September visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary . read more

HurricanePosttropical Storm Dorian

Nova Scotians are asked to call 211 to find the nearest comfort centre Halifax Regional Municipality continues to have three shelters open. Visit https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/hurricanes -30- when the power is out, food in fridges and freezers can become a health risk. Flood water can also impact food safety. To ensure your food and water are safe check out https://novascotia.ca/emergency/ for information Nova Scotians who are getting their drinking water from untreated, non-municipal water sources, such as directly from lakes, rivers and streams, should boil their water for one minute before consumption. Consuming this water is not recommended under normal circumstances well pumps in homes that are flooded can cause electrocution generators, BBQs and charcoal grills should never be used indoors or inside garages, even if the doors or windows are open as they cause carbon monoxide poisoning do not leave candles unattended Nova Scotians are asked to check on their neighbours to ensure they have what they need to remain safe Nova Scotians are asked to stay off roads and stay away from downed power lines so crews can safely remove trees and debris and restore lines approximately 378,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without power. Crews are now working in the southwest area of the province where weather conditions have improved Halifax Harbour bridges are now open all Halifax International Airport flights are cancelled until 9:30 a.m. this morning. For flight information visit https://halifaxstanfield.ca/flight-information/arrivals/ The following is a provincial update for Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

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. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Sonora Road There will be alternating one lane closures to allow ditching, widening, asphalt concrete patching and repaving. The work area runs from five kilometres south of Trunk 7, southerly for about six kilometres to Sonora Road Loop. The work continues until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site with an occasional pilot vehicle in use. LUNENBURG COUNTY: School House Road, LaHave School House Road, LaHave, from Route 331 south to Route 331 north, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Tuesday, Oct. 15. 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. 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. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Tanner Road, Martins Brook Tanner Road, Martins Brook, from Stonehurst Road to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Lantz There will be work on the Lantz Connector between Highway 102 and Trunk 2 (Shaw Drive) and the Nine Mile Bridge on Highway 102 north of Exit 8. The scope of the project includes building a detour bridge for the replacement of the Nine Mile Bridge, building up the highway for an additional exit with four ramps, roundabouts, Highway 102 widening for one kilometre of both north and southbound lanes and the connector road from Highway 102 to Trunk 2. Temporary speed zone changes over the Nine Mile Bridge detour will be 80 kilometres an hour. Speed limit decrease will be in effect 24 hours a day until completion of the project. Hours of operation will be from sunrise to sunset and there will be no overnight work. End date for Nine Mile Bridge northbound work will be Oct.31, End date for Nine Mile Bridge southbound work will be July 31, 2021. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Haines Road Alternative lane closures are planned to allow for resurfacing and upgrading of Haines Road from Route 325 to Upper Branch Road, a distance of about five kilometres. Expect stop and go traffic. The work is expected to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. 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. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 Highway 125 will be down to one lane between Kings Road and Grand Lake Road until Monday, Sept. 30 to allow for asphalt concrete patching and repaving. Related work will include bridge repairs to the Kings Road overpass in Sydney River. Expect some delays. Signage is in place. 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. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be alternating one lane closures along Trunk 16 between the intersection of Queen and Church Streets, in the Village of Guysborough, north to Route 344 to allow for ditching, widening, cold planing and asphalt patching and repaving. The work continues until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people, with the use of an occasional pilot vehicle, will be in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pentz Road, LaHave Pentz Road, LaHave, from Route 331 westerly to Route 331 easterly, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. 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: Stonehurst Road, Stonehurst Stonehurst Road, Stonehurst, from South Side Road to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. 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: 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. 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. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fort Point Road, LaHave Fort Point Road, LaHave, from Route 331 to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvements and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Old Port Mouton Road, Liverpool Old Port Mouton Road, Liverpool, from Liverpool Town Line just past Dr. John C Wickwire School, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: St. Peters Hall Road, West LaHave St. Peters Hall Road, from Route 331 south to Route 331 north, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. 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. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 31, Pubnico and Exit 30, Barrington, has alternating lane closures for asphalt improvement work until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personnel and signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. 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. read more

Reconduction de lordonnance durgence visant le démantèlement de la grue

Ressources supplémentaires (la plupart sont en anglais seulement) Emergency Management Act : https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/emergency%20management.pdf En vertu de la loi sur la gestion des urgences (Emergency Management Act), la Province a reconduit l’état d’urgence localisé pour permettre la poursuite du travail de démantèlement de la grue qui s’est effondrée sur un bâtiment de la rue South Park à Halifax. « L’état d’urgence localisé a été reconduit pour que nous puissions garantir la sécurité des gens dans le secteur pendant que le travail de démantèlement se poursuit, a indiqué Chuck Porter, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nous sommes conscients des inconvénients que cela cause aux personnes qui ont dû quitter leurs domiciles et leurs bureaux. Il s’agit d’une opération complexe et délicate et nous devons nous assurer de pouvoir procéder d’une manière sûre. » Le travail de démantèlement se poursuit. La partie supérieure de la grue a été stabilisée et les équipes s’affairent à stabiliser la partie de la grue qui repose sur le côté du bâtiment. L’état d’urgence localisé s’applique à l’îlot urbain situé entre Cathedral Lane, la rue Brenton, Brenton Place et Spring Garden Road. Les services d’urgence et d’incendie de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax ont remis une ordonnance d’évacuation à certains locataires. L’état d’urgence ainsi reconduit demeure en vigueur pendant 14 jours, à moins que le gouvernement n’y mette fin ou le prolonge. En raison de la complexité du projet, les échéances estimées seront vraisemblablement révisées à mesure que les travaux avanceront. La sécurité du public et des travailleurs continuera d’être la priorité. Le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire poursuit son inspection liée à cet incident. Les services de la firme BMR Structural Engineering ont été retenus pour appuyer le travail d’inspection. Occupational Health and Safety Act : https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/occupational%20health%20and%20safety.pdf Technical Safety Act : https://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/60th_2nd/3rd_read/b167.htm Site Web du Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse : https://novascotia.ca/emergency/fr/ -30- Harbourside Engineering Consultants et R&D Crane Operator Limited sont les deux entreprises chargées du démantèlement de la grue. Le ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire surveillera et inspectera le travail effectué sur place pour qu’il soit conforme aux règlements et aux normes de sécurité en vigueur. Le promoteur immobilier responsable de la grue est WM Fares Group. Le propriétaire et exploitant de la grue est Lead Structural Formworks Ltd. Faits en bref read more

NC delegation meets Farooq Omar

Srinagar: A 15-member National Conference (NC) delegation on Sunday met detained party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah here. It was the first such meeting of the father-son duo with any party delegation ever since they had been put under detention since August 5 when India abrogated Article 370.The permission for this meeting was granted by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, days after it was sought from Governor Satya Pal Malik. Former NC legislators were also part of the delegation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe delegation discussed developments in the state and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders. The delegation led by Jammu’s provincial chief of the party Davinder Singh Rana met former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas for a little over 30 minutes. The delegation then drove to Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Emerging after the meeting, Rana told reporters that for any political process to begin, the leaders of the party need to be released. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsThere is “anguish about developments particularly about lockdown of the people and we, as a party, appeal that the political process to start and democracy to revive in Jammu and Kashmir political detainees anywhere and everywhere, whether from mainstream political parties or otherwise who have no criminal record, may be released to initiate the process and the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir are won,” he said. On a question about the party’s participation in block development committee elections, he said, “See there is a complete lockdown. If the political process has to start then these members have to be released.” We are happy they are both well and in high spirits. Of course, they are pained and anguished about developments, particularly lockdown of the people,” Rana further added. The NC leader said the party’s working committee would decide on the future course of action whenever the party leaders including the NC president and vice-president would be released. Meanwhile, a senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that a delegation, led by General Secretary Ved Mahajan, will meet party president Mehbooba Mufti, who is currently under detention in Srinagar, on Monday. (With agency inputs) read more

India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework

New Delhi/Berne: India has received first tranche of details about financial accounts of its residents in Swiss banks under a new automatic exchange of information framework between the two countries, marking a significant milestone in the fight against black money suspected to be stashed abroad. India figures among 75 countries with which Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has exchanged information on financial accounts within the framework of global standards on AEOI, an FTA spokesperson told PTI. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports This is the first time that India has received details from Switzerland under the AEOI framework, which provides for exchange of information on financial accounts that currently active as well as those accounts that were closed during 2018. The next exchange would take place in September 2020, the spokesperson added. However, the exchange is governed by strict confidentiality clauses and the FTA officials refused to disclose specific details on the number of accounts or about the quantum of financial assets associated with the accounts of Indian clients of Swiss banks. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Overall, the FTA has sent information on around 3.1 million financial accounts to the partner states and received information on around 2.4 million from them. The exchanged information include identification, account and financial information. These include name, address, state of residence and tax identification number, as well information concerning the financial institution, account balance and capital income. Separately, the Switzerland government said in a statement the number of countries with which the AEOI (Automatic Exchange of Information) took place has risen to 75 this year, out of which it was reciprocal with 63 countries. In the case of 12 countries, Switzerland received information but did not provide any, either because those countries do not yet meet the international requirements on confidentiality and data security (Belize, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Cura ao, Montserrat, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Cyprus) or because they chose not to receive data (Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands). The data was collected by the FTA from around 7,500 institutions including banks, trusts and insurers. “The largest exchange was with Germany (in both directions), as was the case in the previous year. The FTA cannot provide any information on the amount of financial assets,” the statement added. Asked about specific details relating to India, the FTA spokesperson said, “The communication of statistical data is subject to the confidentiality clauses as well.” To another query on the next exchange of information with India, the spokesperson said, “According to the international agreement in place, the exchanges have to take place within nine months after the end of the respective calendar year. This means the exchange takes place in September, except for corrections.” The Swiss government said Switzerland has committed itself to adopting the global standard for the international automatic exchange of information in tax matters. The legal basis for the implementation of the AEOI in Switzerland first came into force on January 1, 2017. “The exchanged information allows the cantonal tax authorities to verify whether taxpayers have correctly declared their financial accounts abroad in their tax returns,” the FTA said. It said the exchange will take place with around 90 countries next year. The OECD Global Forum reviews the AEOI implementation. According to experts, the data received by India can be quite useful for establishing a strong prosecution case against those who had any unaccounted wealth, as it provides entire details of deposits and transfers as well as of all earnings, including through investments in securities and other assets. On condition of anonymity, several officials said the details relate mostly to businessmen, including non-resident Indians now settled in several South-East Asian countries as well as in the US, the UK and even some African and South American countries. Besides, there are at least 100 cases of older accounts held by Indians, which might have been closed before 2018, for which Switzerland is in the process of sharing details with India under an earlier framework of mutual administrative assistance as Indian authorities had provided prima facie evidence of tax-related wrongdoings by those account holders. These relate to people engaged in businesses like auto components, chemicals, textiles, real estate, diamond and jewellery and steel products. A Swiss delegation was in India in August before the first set of details could get shared under the new automatic information exchange, while the two sides also discussed possible steps to expedite execution of tax information sharing requests made by India in specific cases. It is feared many Indians might have closed their accounts after a global crackdown on black money led to Switzerland buckling under pressure to open its banking sector for scrutiny to clear the long-held perception of Swiss banks being safe haven for undisclosed funds. However, the AEOI only relates to accounts that are officially in the name of Indian residents and they might include those used for business and other genuine purposes. Switzerland agreed to AEOI with India after months-long process, including review of necessary legal framework in India on data protection and confidentiality. read more


A man walks on a red carpet displaying a sign for the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Sept. 3, 2014. (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Login/Register With: “If there’s no one that’s outpacing all the others, that’s probably a good thing, because it shows that the general field has been strong.”Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The final figures are still to come, but Toronto International Film Festival organizers say attendance for this year’s festival appears strong.“We know we were tracking very well in terms of ticket sales and kind of outpacing 2017, which had been the highest year for TIFF,” Joana Vicente, TIFF co-head and executive director, said Thursday in a phone interview.“So we’re optimistic about the final results.” Facebook This, despite some restrictions on the number of theatres the festival was able to use to screen films intended for streaming services this year.Vicente said theatre giant Cineplex, which “has been a great supporter of the festival and partner,” didn’t allow TIFF to screen films that won’t have a traditional cinema release, like the buzzy Netflix title “Marriage Story.”Instead, the festival had to program its streaming-service-bound titles at its TIFF Bell Lightbox.“There were hundreds of fantastic films screening as part of this year’s festival and with all those options we asked that our screens feature titles from studios who understand and appreciate the importance of the theatrical release model,” Cineplex spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange said in a statement.Vicente said it was not an “ideal situation,” but TIFF was able to make it work.“I think we were able to do it in time so that we weren’t having to reschedule screenings. That was also important to us,” added TIFF co-head and artistic director Cameron Bailey.“We expect that exhibitors in North America, probably around the world as well, will come to some kind of agreement with streaming services that aren’t using traditional theatrical windows to release their films.“There will almost certainly be more films that are presented to us and that we might invite into the festival from those new companies. So things are continuing to evolve.”TIFF feels the situation is “really between the platforms and the exhibitors,” Vicente said.“It’s not our issue,” added Bailey. “We’re here to present films, to launch them … and of course we do it in movie theatres on the big screen with big audiences — and we’re committed to that. The films will then go on to play wherever they play, but our concern is presenting them in the best possible situation as a festival.”This is the first year the festival has had a co-head structure of Vicente and Bailey, after last year’s departure of longtime director and CEO Piers Handling.The two said they feel the 44th instalment, which began Sept. 5 and runs through Sunday, has “gone really well,” citing strong reception from audiences, film critics and industry.Monday’s inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala fundraiser and awards ceremony, which honoured top talent including Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix, reached its goal of more than 500 attendees, said Vincente.She said the gala also reached its fundraising goal and raised awareness for TIFF’s year-round activities, while helping to keep major celebrities at the festival for a bit longer than the usual star-stacked first weekend.Bailey and Vicente are also optimistic that TIFF’s push for more diversity behind the scenes and off-screen, as well as its Media Inclusion Initiative to add new faces to its press corps, are having an effect.“It just felt like the change was beginning to really take root,” said Bailey, citing anecdotes from members of the media about seeing a more diverse audience in press and industry screenings.While some film critics are saying there isn’t a clear front-runner emerging from the slate of films, and it’s unclear which title will win the People’s Choice award on Sunday, Bailey notes that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.“There have been many films that played well, many films that have gotten standing ovations,” Bailey said. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter read more


There’s no doubt North America hosts some of the world’s best music festivals.From the legendary Coachella in the heat of the Colorado Desert to the electric EDC in buzzing Las Vegas, the U.S. seems to have it all.But, what’s going on up north in Canada?According to DJ Mag’s annual Best of North America Awards 2019, the best music festival is here in beautiful B.C… Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Shambhala Music Festival – Photo by Bobby Tamez read more


LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Welcome to Basic TV Week, a celebration of all the bad, perfect, and (mostly) network television we can’t get enough of.Keith Morrison’s voice sounds like how it feels to be tucked in under a weighted blanket and dosed with unregulated CBD oil. It’s a warm and rhythmic baritone that produces the same chemical effect in the brain as testing out a mall-stand scalp massager, or watching that moment in a commercial when a candy bar is split in half and the caramel interior pulls apart and suspends in midair. It’s a voice that can say something like “The killer was having a virtual dungeon built in his basement—he burned, we still don’t know exactly what parts of her, in his backyard” while you’re eating lunch at an airy New American restaurant in Manhattan, and you will ingest that information and nod and keep right on chewing your food..When Keith Morrison speaks publicly, it’s usually about murder. He’s been a correspondent on the true-crime docuseries Dateline for 25 years, during which he’s emerged as the show’s biggest name. The mild-mannered Canada native counts pop stars Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift as Dateline fans, has been gushed over by actress Kristen Bell, and was regularly impersonated on Saturday Night Live by comedian Bill Hader. (He thinks the latter is funny but insists, “I can swear to God, I’ve never said that pesky DNA.”) An Instagram account with 19,000 followers called Keith Leans on Things exists solely to document his habit of reclining against stationary objects during broadcasts. Morrison is bemused, if entertained, by his popularity. “If you make it through an airport with fewer than ten selfies with somebody, you’re lucky,” he jokes. “I pinch myself. An old geezer, and I still get the selfies.”. Facebook Advertisement Twitter read more

Amazon Studios To Be Honored With Visionary Award at GLSEN Respect Awards

GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is pleased to announce that it will honor Amazon Studios with the Visionary Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles.Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke will accept the award on behalf of the organization. As previously announced, Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Champion Award.Amazon Studios is humbled and awed by GLSEN honoring us with the Visionary Award. We firmly believe that content should reflect our global society and that representation brings about understanding, acceptance and the valuing of different perspectives,” said Amazon Studios Chief, Jennifer Salke. “Allowing authentic voices the opportunity to reach a broad audience is key to changing the narrative for many underrepresented groups and we feel privileged to work in a place that supports that for storytellers.”“We are deeply honored to present the Visionary Award to Amazon Studios, for their deep commitment to affirming and groundbreaking LGBTQ representation,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “Visibility matters, and LGBTQ students and youth are inspired by stories that affirm and celebrate their right to be exactly who they are.”The entertainment community has always been a powerful voice for social change. Amazon Studios’ commitment to LGBTQ representation is clearly demonstrated in shows like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Danger & Eggs; and through partnerships that enable them to present the best in LGBTQ film on their platform. As a company, Amazon Studios has supported the LGBTQ community around issues like marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws, including making diversity an important factor in the search for their new headquarters.The Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Andrew Graham, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran, and Chip Sullivan. Honorary co-chairs include Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Bruce Bozzi & Bryan Lourd, Jess Cagle & Matt Whitney, Connor Franta, Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Blair & David Kohan, Max Mutchnick & Erik Hyman, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak, Ellen Pompeo, and Julia Roberts & Danny Moder. The event is sponsored by Apple and Wells Fargo. Last year’s ceremony honored actress and activist Yara Shahidi; Will & Grace co-creators and executive producers Max Mutchnick & David Kohan; actress, producer, and activist Ellen Pompeo; Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures, accepting on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film; and Student Advocate of the Year Ruby Noboa.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. Past honorees include Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Brendon Urie, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.
For nearly three decades, GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, educator training, student organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy. With the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and GLSEN national programs like Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, and Ally Week, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work in measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ students in the United States.Tables and sponsorships for the Respect Awards are available now. For additional information, please click here. read more

21st Annual Alive Running 5K for Suicide Prevention Culminates Septembers Suicide Prevention

Culminating September’s Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 21st Annual Alive & Running 5K for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September 29, 2019 beginning at 7:00 a.m. at West 88th Street & La Tijera Boulevard just north of LAX. (Schedule of Events is listed below).Actress Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven) will emcee the event, musical artist Alex Boyé will perform and suicide prevention advocate Talinda Bennington will speak.Alive & Running is a life-affirming event that raises funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center—the first and only one of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1958, the Center recently relocated to Century City to expand its national reach by nearly doubling the counselors answering its 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, and growing services for people affected by suicide. Didi Hirsch now offers teen suicide bereavement support groups as part of the new Everychild Suicide Prevention Project.To help focus attention on suicide prevention Didi Hirsch partnered with Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 campaign, which urges participants to make kindness a habit. Registering or donating to Alive & Running is one act of kindness promoted by Didi Hirsch. Click here to see its full #BeKind21 Calendar.Alive & Running is chaired by Platinum Sponsor Pamela Kluft, Vice Chair of Didi Hirsch’s Board of Directors, who lost her sister, Beth, to suicide in 2012. “Alive & Running provides a sense of connection and community for people who have experienced the trauma and pain of suicide attempts or loss. By sharing our stories, we erase the stigma of mental illness, which encourages people to reach out for help and saves more lives,” said Kluft, a Beverly Hills resident.Melissa Rivers, New York Times best-selling author, entertainment journalist and award-winning producer who joined Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Board of Directors earlier this year, said, “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month asks us to have open conversations about loss from suicide, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts. We can reduce and prevent suicides when we can actually talk about it freely and without fear of being stigmatized.” Rivers was a college student when her father, television producer Edgar Rosenberg died by suicide. In 2016, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services honored her with a Beatrice Stern Media Award at its Erasing the Stigma Awards for her openness about her father’s suicide and her passionate efforts to raise suicide awareness among youth and college students.Alex Boyé, a multicultural musical artist who has shared the stage with the likes of Jay-Z, Tim McGraw and Justin Timberlake, is passionate about spreading messages of hope and light through his music—especially to people struggling with mental illness. He will perform his suicide prevention anthem “Bend Don’t Break.” The video was produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and included hundreds of residents of Herriman, Utah, a community which grieved the loss of several teens to suicide in one year. Boyé performed at Didi Hirsch’s Alive & Running 5K for Suicide Prevention in 2018 and is a recipient of Didi Hirsch’s 2019 Mental Health Ambassador Award.Suicide prevention advocate Talinda Bennington is a guest speaker at Alive & Running. In 2017, Talinda’s husband, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, died by suicide. Determined to prevent the pain her family experienced, Talinda partnered with Give an Hour and The Campaign to Change Direction and Launched 320 Changes Direction – an effort named in honor of Chester Bennington whose birthday was March 20th. The goal of 320 Changes Direction is to ensure that families are equipped to support loved ones dealing with mental health challenges. Talinda has become an advocate for this effort and speaks regularly on panels, media and events about the need to change our culture so that those who are suffering emotionally can get the care they deserve.Fletcher Family Foundation is Alive & Running’s Presenting Sponsor. Power 106 is a media partner for the event. Los Angeles magazine is also a media partner for Alive & Running as well as for Didi Hirsch’s iconic Erasing the Stigma Awards, which take place in April.EVENT SCHEDULE7:00 am Same-Day Registration7:30 am Pre-Race Program7:45 am Warm-up and Stretch8:00 am 5K Walk/Run Begins!9:00 am Entertainment read more

The DAddario Foundation Announces Back 2 School Benefit

The D’Addario Foundation is proud to announce Back 2 School Class of 2019 which will take place at Los Angeles’s historic Palace Theatre on November 2nd.As a 501c3 non-profit, the money raised by The D’Addario Foundation at this benefit will provide kids access to amazing music programs, provide college assistance scholarships, and encourage more females through D’Addario’s Girls In Music Initiative.In partnership with BGS and Kensington Presents, Back 2 School will feature house band The Watkins Family Hour with acclaimed songwriter, producer, and artist Mike Viola. Jim James, Mandy Moore, John C. Reilly, LP, Langhorne Slim, Garfunkel & Oates, Blake Mills, and Inara George will all join Sara and Sean Watkins and their collaborative Family Hour crew on stage to raise money for The D’Addario Foundation. Fans should also keep an eye out for additional artist announcements in the coming weeks. Tickets, priced from $50 to $250, will be available here on Friday, September 20th, with a password-accessible pre-sale on Wednesday, September 18th. VIP ticket options are also available for those who wish to upgrade their Back 2 School experience.As the philanthropic arm of D’Addario, the world’s largest manufacturer of music instrument accessories—The D’Addario Foundation utilizes up to 10% of D’Addario’s net earnings each year to fund over 200 non-profit programs. And D’Addario absorbs all operational costs, ensuring 100% of every dollar goes directly to support music programs globally. “What differentiates us is our efforts to support highly immersive music programs. On average our partners provide over 200 hours of instruction per student a year. Compare that to a student who might receive an hour instrument lesson once a week for the entire year. That is four times the exposure to music instruction and its cognitive and social benefits,” says executive director Suzanne D’Addario Brouder.Back 2 School attendees will be contributing directly to The D’Addario Foundation’s mission to put music education back in the forefront and into the lives of those who otherwise might not have these opportunities. “The bottom line is kids need lots more music as part of their education and your support makes that possible,” adds Brouder to further emphasize their mission statement. read more

LNG firms look years ahead as BC Liberals hope to ride gas

LNG firms look years ahead, as B.C. Liberals hope to ride gas boom to election VICTORIA – Critics of B.C. Premier Christy Clark say her election pitch involving a lucrative liquefied natural gas industry for the province is a “fantasy,” but industry experts are siding with the premier.Several experts within the natural gas industry said Wednesday Clark’s LNG timelines and potential financial windfalls are on target despite projections ranging between seven years and 30 years.The Opposition New Democrats say her trillion-dollar revenue forecasts highlighted in the government’s throne speech appear based on fantasy and myth.NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston said British Columbians should be wary of Clark’s long-range LNG plan, given her government’s poor record of hitting its recent revenue projection targets.“The centre-piece of (Tuesday’s) speech was the empty promise of a fantasy windfall of revenue up to 30 years away,” he said.Clark said in her government’s throne speech the LNG export possibilities represent a possible $1 trillion boost to B.C.’s gross domestic product over the next 30 years.She announced a B.C. Prosperity Fund that will funnel between $130 billion and $260 billion in LNG royalties and taxes to the government. Clark said the fund will be used primarily to pay down the $56 billion debt, but she also mused about eliminating the sales tax.The premier is refusing to elaborate on government plans to impose some form of royalty fee or tax on LNG fill the Prosperity Fund. She said the tax will keep B.C. competitive in the world LNG market, but also represents an opportunity to benefit the province.Whistler-based LNG expert Zoher Meratla said companies like Chevron, Shell and Mitsubishi, who are making plans to develop LNG export terminals in northwest B.C., are making plans that extend beyond 20 years.Meratla, who has worked on LNG plants in Qatar, Algeria and Peru and helped with the original design work on the Kitimat Chevron project, said companies are looking for stability and solid regulatory environments when investing as opposed to considering market fluctuations.“You have to look at least 25 to 30 years ahead for LNG, simply because that’s the nature of the business,” he said. “If somebody is going to spend $5 billion you are going to look at that sort of horizon to get a return on the investment.”Meratla said it will take time, but the LNG returns Clark is touting are available to the B.C..Calgary-based energy consultant Geoff Hill, a partner at Deloitte, said oil and gas companies are making long-term plans when it comes to developing B.C.’s LNG export potential.“There’s always risks in the forecast, but B.C. is far from the only place in the world that has an LNG strategy,” he said. “I think it’s a fairly safe bet.”Hill said B.C.’s LNG export developments are attractive investment opportunities because of the huge available supply in northeast B.C., stable government and solid economy, and the potential to sell the product at much higher prices in Asia.But potential labour shortages concern the industry and could potentially play a role in future investment decisions, he said.Skills training and labour shortages are destined to become major issues in this spring’s election campaign as both the Liberals and NDP have staked claims as the leader in skills training.Recent estimates of the impact of LNG development in B.C.’s north includes the creation of 39,000 jobs over the nine-year construction period and 75,000 new full-time jobs if the five facilities reach full production.Shell Canada spokesman, whose company is also planning an LNG export terminal near Kitimat, said long-range planning is involved in developing the Asian opportunity.“The best opportunity for the abundance of natural gas in B.C. — cost competitive natural gas — is to find its way into Asian markets,” he said.The Liberal government promised in its September 2011 jobs plan the development of three LNG plants in northwest B.C. by 2020. That figure has since been upgraded to five plants, but the completion dates are not as firm, and the companies have yet to make their final investment decisions.Since last year, major gas and oil companies, including Chevron and Shell have invested $6 billion in British Columbia LNG projects, including preparing export sites in the Kitimat area.The LNG projects involve building pipelines from northeast B.C.’s natural gas fields to LNG terminals near Kitimat, where the product would be shipped to Asian markets. LNG is natural gas that is cooled to a liquid form where it can then be loaded onto tankers.Last year, Clark said her government’s plan to export LNG to Asia is B.C.’s economic equivalent to Alberta’s oilsands. by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2013 8:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ghanas President to receive Guyanas highest national award

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGhana’s President due in Guyana today for high-level 2-day visitJune 10, 2019In “latest news”Guyana, Ghana engage in bilateral talks; Ghana’s president expresses support for Guyana in border disputeJune 11, 2019In “latest news”President of Ghana pays tribute to Non-Aligned leadersJune 11, 2019In “latest news” Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Nicolette Henry greets H.E Nana Akufo-Addo. Also, in photo is President David Granger. (DPI photo)President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be conferred with Guyana’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence – which is reserved for the most distinguished of persons who made sterling contributions to the country.The Ghanaian President arrived in Guyana at 23:00h last night for his very first state visit.He was accompanied by a 43-member delegation, who were greeted by Guyana’s President David Granger and most of the members of his Cabinet at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).A 21-gun salute and the unfurling of the vibrant Ghanaian flag marked the arrival of the high-level team who will today be visiting various places and meeting a host of individuals, including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.President Akufo-Addo will first participate in wreath-laying ceremonies at the Company Path Gardens and then at Square of the Revolution. He will then be escorted to State House where he will interact with President Granger in a discussion slated to last an hour.Thereafter, he will be escorted to the Umana Yana for a state luncheon, where the Order of Excellence will be conferred.Afterwards, President Akufo-Addo will meet the Opposition Leader for a scheduled 15 minutes.He will then continue his tour of Guyana, first at the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and then at Banks DIH Limited – the country’s two leading beverage manufacturing companies.Later in the day, the Ghanaian President is slated to interact with the Ghana diaspora in Guyana and representatives from the country’s African Group Organisations. The next day, the President and his delegation will depart Guyana.The state visit was announced by President David Granger two weeks ago when he accredited the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana. The Guyanese Head of State had disclosed that he met President Akufo-Addo twice – first, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, in Cuba, where the African Leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown.The visit is aimed at “deepening and strengthening the cordial relationship” the two countries have built over the past 40 years.President Granger had previously noted that his Ghanaian counterpart’s visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, Private Sector cooperation, tourism and transportation.This state visit comes on the heels of a recent visit by a large Ghanaian delegation two weeks ago to engage local stakeholders on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector, among others.The more than 15-member team, led by Ghana’s Energy Minister and Deputy Minister (Petroleum) Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, had met with a number of Government Ministers and officials including those from the Department of Energy.Ghana investors are also said to be interested in buying Guyana’s Rose Hall Sugar Estate.Additionally, the Governments of Guyana and Ghana have already inked a commitment to work to develop the air bridge between the two countries. This was done last year at a high-level ICAO meeting in Guyana. read more

Higher standards needed for persons seeking to become teachers – BVI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnemployed non-BVI nationals urged to leave hurricane-ravaged countrySeptember 13, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Irma leaves Caribbean “totally devastated” says Govt delegationSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM nationals leaving hurricane battered BVISeptember 15, 2017In “latest news” By: Davina Ramdass As CARICOM embarks on an initiative to review existing teaching standards, a recommendation has been made for there to be a higher threshold set for persons seeking to enter the profession.Minister of Education in the British Virgin Islands, Natalio Wheatley made this suggestion Wednesday morning during the opening of consultation sessions at the Arthur Chung Conference Center in Guyana.“We cannot expect students who are not properly learned to properly teach, so it is imperative to set a high threshold for those seeking to enter the profession as is the case with law and medicine,” the BVI Minister told a gathering of regional education personnel.“If one would not want a C student operating on their body, one should not tolerate a C student operating on the young minds of the nation,” Minister Wheatley said.Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Natalio WheatleyThe BVI Minister emphasised that teachers must also be equipped with special skills, to cater for all types of students.“Teachers must be equipped to teach students who are not only visual learners, but who learn through doing, who are tactile and auditory. Teachers must learn to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Teachers must be trained in identifying students who have learning disabilities and recommend them for support services as necessary.”Representing Guyana on this front was Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, who underscored the importance of setting these higher standards.“Standards for teachers or teacher educators are paramount. Why? Teacher educators are strategically positioned to serve as catalysts for the required change in the education delivery and outcomes,” Hutston stated.Marcel HutsonAs a consequence, the CEO noted that these persons must be able to model teaching that demonstrates content, professional knowledge, skills and the dispositions which reflect research, proficiency with technology and accepted best practices.The consultation event is being undertaken as part of a series of workshops being done in five regions internationally to acquire input from key education stakeholders including teachers, teacher organisations, education planners, teaching regulatory councils, teacher educators, and researchers.Participants will be asked to review and comment on a guidance framework and suggest ways in which it can be refined as well as recommend approaches for local adaptations. read more

Epiroc expands production drilling capabilities with Simba teleremote etramming option

first_imgEpiroc says it is looking to maintain a leading position in the development of innovative equipment for use in mining and production drilling with the release of a new teleremote e-tramming option for its Simba series of rigs.In the Simba Automation package, multiple automation functions are available to optimise the drilling process, according to Epiroc. With the recent addition of the e-tramming function the production drilling process can be handled in an even safer and more continuous way, the company said.This will allow a Simba rig to be operated remotely and work more productively in a continuous “ring-to-ring” fashion, Epiroc said. “After drilling a ring and retrieving the rods, the rig can be tele-remotely trammed to the next ring, saving time and work effort. Not only does the tramming process become faster and simpler, the teleremote e-tramming function also provides a safer work environment since the operator can control the machine out of harm’s way, even between rings.”Guilherme Paiva, Global Product Manager of Automation at Epiroc, said: “Our Simba drill rigs are globally recognised as the best in their class, and we continue to strive towards even smarter and faster solutions. Teleremote e-tramming makes for an easier, safer and more continuous drilling process. Fewer disruptions mean greater productivity.”Simba rigs that feature Epiroc’s Rig Control System can be operated through a control panel from onboard the rig or from a remote location where potentially hazardous work conditions can be avoided. With information provided by laser sensors and cameras mounted on the rig, the operator can navigate, position and stabilise the rig to ensure drilling is executed according to plan, Epiroc said. “Mission accomplished in one ring, the operator can then tram to the next and the next.”Paiva said: “We want to make the world’s best production drill just a bit better to optimise the entire drilling process, from positioning the rig to emptying the stope. Through automation and the ability to process more real-time information, we are taking huge steps towards greater safety and efficiency.”last_img read more