Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to visit the north-east

first_imgAmid a raging controversy in the north-eastern States over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be visiting Assam in the next 10 days.While Mr. Modi will be in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh between February 10 and 12, Mr. Shah will be in Assam on February 12, to address public meetings and more significantly hold cluster meetings with different interest groups in the State.Senior BJP sources told The Hindu that Mr. Shah’s visit was planned as part of his travel programmes related to preparations for the upcoming General Elections later this year, but the timing was of course significant. “The visit was planned as per the country-wide travel plan for Mr. Shah, but yes, this issue is significant in Assam and we hope that the cluster meetings will be helpful in explaining the Bill and the party’s position on it, and defuse some of the alarmism over the issue,” said the source.The Modi government is determined to push the Bill in the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament, after the Lok Sabha cleared it in the last session. The government has also been moving fast on issues of granting autonomy to tribal bodies and recognition of tribal groups and rights. On January 8, the Union Cabinet approved Scheduled Tribe status to six Assam communities: Tai Ahom, Rajbongsi, Kich, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran and Matak.“We are trying to assure indigenous communities that fear demographic shifts if the Citizenship Amendment Bill is cleared that the government will protect their rights,” said the source.Religious persecutionThe Bill envisages citizenship rights to Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians fleeing religious persecution from neighbouring countries and reinforces an idea of India as an Indic, of not a Hindu homeland. This has also raised concerns in north-eastern States that Bengali Hindus fleeing neighbouring Bangladesh and making it to these States (as has happened in the past) will be accorded citizenship rights and turn the demographics against indigenous populations.last_img read more

Snow brings life to a standstill in Kashmir

first_imgLife in Kashmir was brought to a standstill by a fresh spell of heavy snowfall on Thursday, forcing closure of both air and surface traffic. Traffic in capital Srinagar was also hit.Kashmir witnessed a night-long snowfall that continued all day on Thursday. According to officials, 5 to 31 cm of snowfall was recorded in various areas. South Kashmir’s Banihal recorded 23 cm, while Kokernag witnessed 31 cm of snow. An official said a rescue operation was on to reach around 15 families hit by avalanche in Baramulla’s Rafiabad area. An avalanche also blocked one of the two tubes of the strategic Jawahar Tunnel, connecting the Valley with the country, closing traffic. Air traffic was also suspended “due to poor visibility”.Ambulances stuckLocals posted videos of people carrying pregnant women on cots due to blockades on the inter-district roads. Many ambulances were also caught in the snow. “A pregnant woman stuck in snowbound Arizal village in Budgam was rescued. Villagers trapped in an avalanche at Kokerbagh were shifted to safer locations in central Kashmir,” said the police.last_img read more

Go Figure August 2012

first_imgAre you ready to start cracking the next Go Figure mystery?Deadline September 15, 2012  Enter Go Figure ContestThe winner of the last mystery contest, correctly identifying the image as that of betel leaf, is Sarita Shetty from Cary, North Carolina.  Related Itemslast_img

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time

first_imgHead coach: Babes CastilloLast season: 7-7Key holdovers: Jaja Santiago, Jasmine Nabor, Risa SatoADVERTISEMENT “We can’t just target the Final Four and we’re still in the first round. We have to finish strong in the first round and continue that momentum in the second. If we can perform well in the first round, we have to do better in the second round.”As unfortunate as it may seem, the Lady Bulldogs had the reputation of bottoming out in the latter half of the season after having a stellar start.The Lady Bulldogs started Season 78 on a 3-1 start but would end up winning just two in their next seven games and ending the tournament with a mediocre 7-7 card at the fifth spot.NU then ended Season 79 on the same 7-7 record and this time the Lady Bulldogs went off 3-0 before losing three straight and eventually ending the tournament on a three-game skid.Jasmine Nabor, a two-time Finals MVP and one-time Best Setter in the Premier Volleyball League, said they first have to make it into the Final Four before dreaming of reaching the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT For all the talent that’s within National University, it’s quite surprising that the girls in navy-and-gold have just featured in the Final Four just twice in the last four years.The team’s two leaders, though,  are determined to get the Lady Bulldogs past the semifinals, especially with Jaja Santiago bidding the school goodbye at the end of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to take it step-by-step, first round then the second round,” said Santiago, who has won several MVP plums in the club level, in Filipino.READ: Championship or bust for Jaja Santiago in her final year  Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Of course the goal is to reach the Final Four before playing in the Finals,” said Nabor in Filipino. “I want each and every one of us to improve as the season goes on and my goal is to become the best leader I can be on the court.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UPlast_img read more

Pakistan’s army chief fighting to keep his job following US raid: US media

first_imgPakistan’s army chief is fighting to save his position in the face of “seething anger” in the army establishment over the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, The New York Times has said.General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who has led the army since 2007, faces such intense discontent over what is seen as his cosy relationship with the US that a colonels’ coup, while unlikely, was not out of the question, the Times said, quoting a well-informed Pakistani, who has seen the army chief in recent weeks, as well as an American military official involved with Pakistan for many years.But a senior Pakistani military analyst, who has served a long stint in the army, ruled out such an eventuality. Accepting that there is a lot of anguish and soul searching among the top military leadership as well as middle- ranking officers after ” May’s embarrassing developments”, he said the top commanders had ” already initiated a process of internal dialogue and the June 9 meeting of the corps commanders in Rawalpindi was a manifestation of that”.He was referring to the May 2 raid against bin Laden, the May 22 attack on a naval base in Karachi and a string of other terrorist attacks on the security forces.The Washington Post quoted unnamed US officials as saying Kayani is fighting to survive. His corps commanders are very strongly anti- US right now, so he has to appease them.The Times , quoting unidentified Pakistanis who follow the army closely, said the Pakistani army is essentially run by consensus among 11 top commanders, known as the Corps Commanders, and almost all of them, if not all, were demanding that Kayani get much tougher with the US, even edging towards a break.advertisementNo civilian and military spokesperson in Pakistan was willing to comment on the reports, but senior government sources confirmed that there was intense internal dialogue and debate going on in the military.” It is in the fitness of things that the military critiques its performance and re- evaluates its policies and strategic objectives in the wake of some recent events that have generated a lot of media criticism of the military’s working and leadership,” a senior member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples’ Party said.To repair the reputation of the army, and to ensure his own survival, Kayani made an extraordinary tour of more than a dozen garrisons, mess halls and other institutions in the six weeks since the raid that killed bin Laden.His goal was to rally support among his rank- andfile troops, who are almost uniformly anti- US, according to participants and people briefed on the sessions, the Times reported.During a session in late May at the premier National Defence University in Islamabad, one officer got up after Kayani’s address and challenged his policy of cooperation with the US. The officer asked: ” If they don’t trust us, how can we trust them?” according to Shaukaut Qadri, a retired army brigadier who was briefed on the session. Kayani essentially responded: ” We cant,” Qadri said.The daily said discipline has become a worry, as has an open rebellion in the middle ranks, particularly as rumours circulate that some enlisted men have questioned whether Kayani and ISI chief Lt- General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, should remain in their jobs.The military analyst said ” there have always been discussions and even dissent within the military over policy issues,” and in its internal meetings ” middleranking officers frankly share their views and reservations with their seniors.” Interpreting such internal questioning as discontent or revolt is far- fetched, he said.In response to pressure from his troops, Pakistani and US officials said Kayani had already become a more obstinate partner.Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, a Lahorebased political scientist, said a revolt in the military was out of the question, not the least because the military leadership was already addressing the concerns of its officers.” This toughening of the stance towards the US is an unmistakable attempt to calm the frayed nerves among the military’s rank and file,” he said.-With agency inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Boxing: Top Five Hardest Hitting Boxers you haven’t heard of (VIDEO)

first_imgAdvertisementIt is no secret that people watch boxing is because they are anticipating a knockout and want to see some real violence inside the ring. Everyone is familiar with the likes of Deontay Wilder, Gennady Golovkin, Anthony Joshua etc, but here I am going to compile a list of most devastating active knockout punchers you haven’t heard of and should definitely start following them.5) Jaime MunguiaJaime Munguia was relatively unknown to the Boxing fans until two months ago when he made his HBO debut against Sadam Ali. Munguia who is only 21 years old has a professional record of 29-0 with 25 of his victories coming by the way of Knockout. This Violent Mexican Power puncher got the opportunity to showcase his skills and power punching capabilities on May 12 when he brutalized WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Sadam Ali by dropping him twice in the first round, once in the second, and then once more in the fourth before the referee was forced to step in and wave off the fight.Ali showed some real heart but he was simply outgunned in this fight and was taking serious damage.4) David BenavidezVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Another young Violent Mexican origin world champion has made it to this list of hardest punchers. Benavidez is only 21 years old and is the current WBC world super middleweight champion and has a professional record of 20-0 with 17 of them wins coming by the way of knockouts.Benavidez has quickly climbed to the top of the ladder by his flashy style, vicious power, terrific speed and heart of a champion. Benavidez’s breakthrough fight came last year against Rogelio Medina where he was offered the main event slot on Showtime and he brutally punished him on live television. Porky Medina is not your usual journeyman, even Olympic gold medalist and former IBF world champion James Degale went life and death with Medina for a 12-rounds hard fought victory.3) Naoya InoueVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Nicknamed as ‘MONSTER’ and rightly so, Naoya Inoue is one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet. Inoue, who boxes out of Yokohama, Japan is 24 years old and has a professional record of 16-0 with 14 of them coming by the way of knockout. to just give the readers an idea of how good Inoue is, one simply has to look at this professional record, he is the second fastest boxer in the history of the sport to become a three-division world champion. Inoue started his career as a light flyweight in 2012 and recently won his world title by beating World champion from Britain named Jamie Mcdonnell who had five-inch height and reach advantage over him, but it still didn’t matter as it only took Inoue less than 2 minutes to demolish the Brit.2) Daniel DuboisVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The youngest boxer on this list and the only heavyweight I have included is 20-year-old prospect from Greenwich, United Kingdom named Daniel ‘DYNAMITE’ Dubois.Although still a prospect, he is the most violent puncher in boxing having knocked out everyone he has faced till now in his professional career, his professional record is 8-0 with 8 knockouts, He is rumored to have dropped current unified world champion Anthony Joshua in a sparring session. He is dubbed by British boxing pundits as the next future British heavyweight star. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches tall, he is still growing and has yet to gain his men strength. He is still very young and only sky is the limit for this young man.1) Murat GassievVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Murat Gassiev is probably the most violent cruiserweight in the history of Boxing. This 24-year old Russian currently is trained by Abel Sanchez who also trains one of the hardest hitters in boxing Gennady Golovkin. Murat holds a professional record of 26-0 with 19 of them coming by the way of knockout.The most special thing about Murat is that he has had a very short amateur career and has only had 24 amateur fights in Russia before he decided to turn pro. Even with limited amateur career, Gassiev has had a phenomenal success inside the ring and tonight he will be fighting for the biggest fight of his career against Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed Cruiserweight title. Only two Boxer before have had the glory of being crowned as the undisputed Champion and they were Evander Holyfield and David Haye. Advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus to compensate Nike with $2.2 million

first_imgJuventus will have to pay two million euros ($2.2 million) to compensate their former kit provider Nike for including a third star on the club’s jersey during the 2012-13 season in reference to wining the Serie A 30 times, although the Italian football federation only recognises 28 of them following the 2006 Italian football scandal.It seems that Juventus have contracted another sponsor to provide unofficial kits including the three stars, which led Nike to file a complaint against Italy’s football giant, reports Efe.After the 2006 scandal, better known as the Calciopoli, Juventus were stripped off the 2004-05 and 2005-06 league titles following match fixing investigations.The arbitration court in Geneva received a complaint from Nike to impose a fine of 80 million euros ($88 million) against Juventus, which was later mitigated to $2.2 million.Now, it is up to Juventus’ management, whether to accept the punishment or appeal against it.last_img read more

FIFA to look into changing nationality rules

first_imgFIFA is considering an overhaul of the rules which govern players’ eligibility for national teams, including a proposal which would allow them to switch allegiance in certain circumstances.Victor Montagliani, head of FIFA’s stakeholders’ committee, said there were issues regarding the rules, which are aimed at preventing players from switching between national teams or representing countries they have no connection with.”There are so many issues that have popped up over the years because the world is changing, immigration is changing,” said the Canadian, who is president of the North, Central America and Caribbean federation (CONCACAF).”There are nationality issues that pop up all over the world, in Africa, there are issues in Asia and CONCACAF, so its a good time to have a look at this and see if there are solutions, without hurting the integrity of the game.”At present, players who have played a competitive international for one team cannot switch to another national side even when they hold dual nationality.The Cape Verde football federation has proposed this rule be relaxed in cases where the player has played only one or two games for his original national side but has no realistic chance of a recall.Players are only allowed to represent a country with which they have no blood connection if they have lived and played there for five years, but Montagliani said his committee would look into changing that period and possibly increasing it.World soccer’s ruling body could also look into a compensation scheme in cases where a player goes through the training system of one country and represents it a youth level before switching to another.advertisementlast_img read more

Danny Kanell Isn’t Thrilled With SI’s “Top 10 College Football Programs Of All-Time” List

first_img Tennessee and Penn State are in Top 10. Florida Stare is not.All of which makes this list really:A. DumbB. Inaccurate C. All of the above.So which is it #FSUtwitterCollege Football: Ranking the best programs in history |— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 12, 2019Florida State has been a dominant program in college football for some time now, but the reality is that the program didn’t really exist until 1947. It’s unclear whether SI factored statistics like winning percentage into its decision.Florida State claims three national titles – 1993, 1999 and 2013. The Seminoles were arguably the most dominant program in college football in the 1990s.College football fans – should Florida State have been on the list? Danny Kanell, a consistent troll of Miami football, speaks on FS1.FS1Monday, Sports Illustrated released a list of what it considers to be the top 10 college football programs of all-time. While nobody seemed to disagree with the No. 1 overall program on the list (Alabama), there was plenty of debate regarding some others listed.The biggest issues with the list seem to be Tennessee’s inclusion at No. 9, Penn State’s inclusion at No. 8 and the fact that Oklahoma is ranked No. 10. Many believe the Sooners should be in the top five.Danny Kanell, who played at Florida State and loves to troll the SEC, got a hold of the list. He took to Twitter to express his displeasure that his Seminoles didn’t make the cut.He essentially called it “dumb” and “inaccurate” – asking #FSUTwitter what it thinks about the list.last_img read more

Win the Best Mancation Ever from Airbnb & Knob Creek

first_img The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make When camping, there is almost nothing better than a good bottle of bourbon to warm you up as the sun drops below the horizon and the temperature begins to dip. Okay, it doesn’t need to be cold to enjoy bourbon when camping. That’s the joy of bourbon, it’s great anytime.This is where the good people at Airbnb and Knob Creek come in. For the second year in a row, you can participate in a silent auction to participate in the Knob Creek Campout, which is exactly as good as it sounds.Related: Feel Good Friday: Kentucky for KentuckyFrom September 25-27, you can win the chance to camp out at the beautiful Knob Creek distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.I repeat: camping, Knob Creek, you.You can go here from now until August 25 to bid on this silent auction. The winner will stay in a one-of-a-kind tent sponsored by Airbnb on the hallowed ground of one of the most famous distilleries in the country.The winner of this auction will not only receive transportation to the Campout, but also a wide variety of other benefits, including:Tasting Knob Creek at the source.Learning for to make an Old Fashioned.Throwing a line into Booker Noe’s favorite fishing hole.Taking a VIP tour of the rack house.Carving into a meal cooked by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon.Listening to campfire stories told by 7th generation master distiller Fred Noe.And perhaps best yet, 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, which works to abolish hunger through a variety of initiatives across the country.Get in on the chance to not only go to bed with Knob Creek, but to get up with them too.Click here to bid. Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Feds announce funding for Churchill Man as rail dispute continues

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – The federal government has announced millions of dollars in economic diversification and research money for a northern Manitoba town that lost its rail service this year.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the money will be used to help create jobs in Churchill, which is dealing with higher shipping costs and a drop in the vital tourism industry.The town of 900 people on Hudson Bay lost its only land connection to the south last spring, when railway owner Omnitrax announced it would not repair severe flood damage to the region’s rail line.Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in at much higher cost.The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Omnitrax and is trying to help transfer ownership of the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities.Carr says progress on that front is being made, and everyone is anxious to see the rail line under new ownership and fixed.“Certainly we’re very hopeful that this will be completed in time for the transportation season,” Carr said in an interview Friday.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said he was glad to hear about the federal funding, which will be used for projects ranging from fresh-food gardens to new research jobs at the Churchill Marine Observatory.“It’s additional funding so that we can go through a very challenging and difficult time that we have here.”Spence said the main focus is on restoring rail service and he hopes a deal will be reached, although he would not go into detail.“We have a target that we need to meet and we’re moving along,” he said.“There’s certain things that need to be done. You know, we’re hoping to sit across the table — so to speak — shortly after the new year sometime.”— by Steve Lambert in Winnipeglast_img read more

Premonsoon rainfall deficit drops to 22 Met data shows

first_imgNew Delhi: Pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country, has recorded a deficiency of 22 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.The IMD recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 as against the normal rainfall of 96.8 millimetres, which comes to around minus 22 per cent. From March 1 to April 24, the IMD recorded a deficiency of 27 per cent. The deficiency this week seems to have fallen over the last fortnight due to rains over east and northeast India. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon has advanced into South Andaman Sea and conditions are favourable for it to reach the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next 2-3 days, the IMD said. Of the four meteorological divisions of the IMD, the south peninsula, which comprises all the southern states, has recorded pre-monsoon deficiency of 46 per cent the highest in the country. This was followed by 36 per cent in the northwest subdivision that covers all the north Indian states it was 38 per cent from March 1 to April 24, but has dropped by 2 per cent due to rainfall across several parts. The deficiency in the east and northeast region that covers eastern states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states was seven per cent. There was no deficiency in the central region which comprises states of Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However, from March 1 to April 24 the pre-monsoon rainfall recorded in the central division was five per cent than normal. The region has also been witnessing intense heat waves and several dams in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra have reached zero storage level. Pre-monsoon rainfall is important for horticulture crops in some parts of the country. In states like Odisha, ploughing is done in the pre-monsoon season, while in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats it is critical for plantation of crops. Laxman Singh Rathore, former director general of the IMD, said in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats, pre-monsoon rainfall is critical for plantation crops. There will be “moisture stress” incase of a deficit, he said. Crops like sugarcane and cotton, planted in central India, survive on irrigation and also require supplement of pre-monsoon rains, Rathore added. “In the forested regions of Himalayas, pre-monsoon rainfall is necessary for plantations like apple. Due to moisture, pre-monsoon rainfall also helps in minimising the occurrence of forest fires,” he said.last_img read more

New Family Medicine Residents Begin Training

Nova Scotians will have access to more family doctors as new residents begin their training this month. The new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site in Truro is welcoming six residents. Two will work in Truro, two in New Glasgow and two in Amherst. “These new residency spaces are an important part of our plan to increase Nova Scotians’ access to family doctors,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Residency spaces are among our best recruiting tools – many residents who train here stay in Nova Scotia long term.” The existing Cape Breton site will also welcome two additional residents. Two more family medicine residents will gain more clinical experience in areas that will improve services in the community – women’s health and community hospitalist medicine. Residents will spend two years in a family practice where they will follow a group of patients, gaining skills and experience in areas like maternal care, mental health and senior care. “I’m thrilled to be completing my family medicine residency through Dalhousie at the new North Nova site,” said Dr. Jamie Grandy, one of the six incoming residents. “This type of program will provide an excellent learning experience, and my plan for the future is to be a family physician in the Truro area.” “Working in a rural setting, our residents will have the opportunity to learn a number of skills,” said Dr. Deanna Field, North Nova site director. “From minor procedures to home visits to covering emergency rooms, our learners will be given a wide range of clinical opportunities.” The new additional spaces were announced last July and are part of Dalhousie University’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. “This is a significant accomplishment for Dalhousie Medical School and the province,” said medical school dean Dr. David Anderson. “Welcoming these six medical school graduates to North Nova is proof of our commitment to work closely with community partners, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and provincial government in a collaborative effort to address current and future challenges.” Residency training is a joint effort of the Department of Health and Wellness, Dalhousie Medical School and Nova Scotia Health Authority. “Physicians are more likely to practise where they train – that’s why expanding these rural programs has been a priority,” said Dr. Nicole Boutilier, incoming vice president of medicine, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We appreciate the collaboration with our partners to make this a reality for northern communities. Our physicians and leaders are excited to welcome the residents, and provide education and experiences that will give them a solid foundation.” The new site and additional spaces brings the total number of Dalhousie Family Medicine teaching sites to five, training about 80 family medicine residents throughout the year. Government will invest $3.3 million annually in the new spaces. read more

New School Health Centre and LongTerm Care Home for New Waterford

New Waterford will soon be home to an innovative community hub that includes a new school, community health centre and long-term care home. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Aug. 2, that Breton Education Centre will be replaced and will share a site with new, modern health-care facilities. “A community hub model is an exciting and innovative opportunity for New Waterford because it brings community resources together in one place,” said Premier McNeil. “It will also provide more exposure to health-care career options for students and create better connections between seniors in long-term care and their community.” These facilities will be built on the current Breton Education Centre site and share facilities and maintenance services. The soccer field and tennis courts next to the school will be moved to where MacKinnon Field is now and MacKinnon Field will be moved to Colliery Lands Park. Breton Education Centre is a grades 6-12 school and is 48 years old. A consultation determined that replacement was the best option. The new school will have a theatre and gyms to provide a future home for the Coal Bowl. “As a school community, we are very excited about this announcement. This is not merely a new school building for Breton Education Centre, but it represents so much more for our students and the community of New Waterford,” said Danielle Aucoin, principal. “This new educational complex will offer individualized and innovative learning, new technology and the benefits that come with it, support community engagement and the availability of outside resources that will help support and engage students in lifelong learning.” The new community health centre will offer many of the same health services now provided at the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital. These include: expanding the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with a new emergency department, critical care department and cancer centre renovating and revitalizing the Glace Bay Hospital emergency department building a new, modern community health centre, long-term care home and laundry centre in North Sydney a new community-based paramedic program in CBRM where paramedics and telecare nurses provide care after a patient is released from hospital X-rays and ultrasounds blood collection cardiac services counselling, community support teams and wellness clinics space for after hours clinics, all existing family doctors to work as part of a collaborative team, continuing care staff to work on the same site and for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition to work in one location “It’s an opportunity to have multiple sectors work together collaboratively, share resources and improve health outcomes for people in New Waterford and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Kevin Orrell, senior medical director with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project. “We can be an example for the rest of the province and country. This will take us in a direction for the future and guarantee that Cape Breton will continue to provide innovative, world-class health care into the future.” Also included in the project are 12 new short stay-beds for patients who need observation but not in an acute care setting. This could include patients with exacerbated COPD, post-surgery wound care requiring intravenous antibiotics, or those requiring blood transfusions. The new 60-bed long-term care home adds 36 new beds to the community. The community hub model will allow quicker access to health-care services for seniors in long-term care and gives residents the ability to participate in events at the school. Construction will begin in fall 2020. The new community health centre and long-term care home are part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project, which also includes: For more information about the project, visit read more

Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities targets 100 more this year

New Delhi: From Gujarat’s Himmatnagar to Assam’s Jorhat, food delivery platform Swiggy has expanded its services to 500 cities in India, matching rival Zomato’s reach in the country. Unveiling its plan on Monday, Swiggy, which has added 60,000 new restaurants in the past six months, said it would expand to 600 cities by December 2019. “With presence in 500 cities and 75 universities, Swiggy already has the widest reach in the country. We will further expand this to 600 cities and 200 universities by December 2019,” Swiggy’s Chief Operating Officer Vivek Sunder said in a statement. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Swiggy’s vision is to elevate the quality of life of consumers by offering unparalleled convenience. As we work towards enabling this for a billion Indians, expanding to tier-3 and tier-4 cities is a critical step,” Sunder said. Swiggy has progressed from launching in one city every two months in early 2018 to launching in four cities a day in the month of September. With this expansion, over 350 million or one in four Indians can now access the food delivery platform in the country, Swiggy said. Also Read – Canadian pricing for Google Pixel 4, 4XL leaks Since April 2019, Swiggy has increased the number of restaurant partners by almost 1.8 times to 1.4 lakh restaurants currently. In tier-3 and tier-4 cities specifically, Swiggy has onboarded over 15,000 restaurants in the last six months. “Our growing fleet of over 2.1 lakh active delivery partners have more income opportunities due to the scale and offerings of Swiggy,” Sunder said. In addition to expanding to smaller towns, Swiggy also announced that it has expanded its service to over 75 universities including IIT Roorkee, NIT Kurukshetra, IIT Kharagpur, NIT Calicut, BITS Pilani and Lovely Professional University among others. read more

More good air days in Delhi due to Centres steps Javadekar

New Delhi: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday listed several steps taken by the Centre which he said has substantially increased the number of ‘good air’ days in the Delhi-NCR region. The minister’s assertion comes at a time when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken out huge advertisements to take credit for improvement in Delhi’s air quality. He said he would not like to comment on Delhi government taking credit. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaUpto September 30 this year, out of 273 days, as many as 165 have been good, satisfactory and moderate days against 104 in 2016 and number of poor, very poor and severe days was 108 against 159 in 2018. On the Aarey judgement, the minister said the Supreme Court has given its judgement on Monday and he will not discuss it. Javadekar said the policy on afforestation is to plant five trees for every tree cut. He said the policy has yielded results as India’s green cover has increased by 15,000 sq kms. Also Read – Delhi man killed in UP for resiting wife’s paramour Listing a number of steps taken by the Centre since 2015 to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR, Javadekar said there has been 80 per cent reduction in particulate matter emissions and 30 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions in BS-IV heavy duty diesel vehicles compared with BS-III norms. Leapfrogging to BS-VI norms is likely to reduce 50 per cent particulate matter emissions and 88.5 per cent nitrogen oxide emissions as compared to BS-IV norms. Nearly Rs 60,000 crore was spent on switching over to BS-VI fuels. In addition, the completion of the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore has led to 30,000-40,000 goods vehicles being diverted away from Delhi. The recent amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act and increase in fines from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 for not having PUC certificates, Javadekar said has increased compliance. Due to this, average number of daily PUC certificates issued has increased from 10,000-12,000 to 40,000-50,000. Installation of vapour recovery systems in petrol pumps in NCR is also under implementation. The minister added that the environmentally-friendly Metro at a cost of more than Rs 70,000 crore is used by over 30 lakh people every day and because of this 4 lakh vehicles are avoided on the roads, thereby reducing pollution. On actions to control construction and demolition dust, the minister said that 5.94 lakh tons of waste is being processed as recycled aggregate and brick base and 5,477 tons of waste is processed into recycled concrete. For stubble burning, the Centre has provided Rs 1,151 crore to state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi for providing subsidy on machinery required for management of crop residue. So far, 8,000 implements in Punjab and 9,087 in Haryana have been distributed. The Agriculture Ministry has computed that paddy residue burning events have reduced by 15 per cent and 41 per cent compared to 2017 and 2016, as per satellite data. For air quality management, 46 Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) teams are being deployed for field feedback from Monday. Around 145 directions have been issued to implementing agencies for strict enforcement against air polluting activities, he said. read more

Pak rejects Rajnath Singhs remarks over its FATF listing

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday objected to the recent remarks by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that the FATF can any time blacklist the neighbouring country, describing it as India’s attempts to “politicise” the international money laundering watchdog’s proceedings. Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019, or face the risk of being placed on the black list with Iran and North Korea. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Singh during the Defence Accounts Department Day event last week said that the FATF can anytime blacklist Pakistan for terror financing. The Foreign Office (FO) in a statement said Singh’s remarks “reinforces Pakistan’s concerns, repeatedly highlighted to the FATF membership, about India’s attempts to politicise the FATF proceedings to further its narrow, partisan objectives,” It said India’s “incessant smear” against Pakistan and blatant partisanship also call into question its credentials to be co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group that reviews Pakistan’s progress to implement the FATF Action Plan. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “Our concerns in this regard have been previously brought to the attention of FATF members,” said the FO. Pakistan also asked the FATF to take note of India’s campaign to tarnish the country’s image. “We hope that the broader FATF membership would take cognizance of India’s continuing malicious campaign against Pakistan and reject any attempt aimed at politicising the FATF proceedings. It is important for the FATF to ensure that the process remains fair and unbiased,” according to the FO. According to a media report on Monday, Pakistan faces high risks of money laundering and terror financing and has complied with just one the 40 recommendations set by the Financial Action Task Force at the time of the country’s inclusion in its grey list. read more


Willem Dafoe, co-star of the critically lauded and Nova Scotia-shot movie The Lighthouse, and Halifax native Ellen Page are set to attend the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.The Lighthouse director and writer Robert Eggers is also to attend the film’s Closing Night Gala Presentation on Sept. 19 at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane. Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Willem Dafoe, left, and director Robert Eggers arrive for the North American premiere of the thriller The Lighthouse at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. – Chris Helgren / Reuters Advertisement Login/Register With: Shot in the spring of 2018 on sets and locations around Yarmouth, including scenic Cape Forchu, Eggers’s psychological thriller about a pair of Maine lighthouse keepers reduced to savagery by their isolation screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. It was warmly received at TIFF with positive reviews like Exclaim!’s description of “a gripping, smartly stylized descent into madness.”Accompanied at the TIFF premiere by both Dafoe and his co-star Robert Pattinson, Eggers spoke fondly of their experience of filming in Yarmouth, and said, “Our thoughts are with Nova Scotia right now,” while post-tropical storm Dorian left much of the province in darkness. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more


Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Two years after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex quit legal drama “Suits” for life as a British royal, fans have been given an intimate glimpse of her relationships with her former co-stars.On Monday, Patrick J. Adams — who played the 38-year-old royal’s love interest, Mike Ross, from season 1 to season 7 — shared a series of unseen pictures of her on his Instagram account, ahead of the show’s finale.Kicking off his social media spree, Adams said it felt right to commemorate the end of an era. Login/Register With: “This week the last episode of Suits will air and the nearly 10-year journey we’ve all been on together will finally be over,” he captioned a snap of himself wearing a suit.“So, it seems right to post some photos the next couple of days from the early days. This photo was from the first fitting I ever had for Mike Ross.”One of the posts that followed showed the Duchess wearing her character’s signature office attire — high-waisted skirt and crisp shirt. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more

Japanese Rock Star YOSHIKI Donates To Earth Alliance Amazon Forest Fund

Yoshiki — internationally renowned, composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer and leader of the rock group X JAPAN—has announced his support for Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund.YOSHIKI has donated $100,000.00 to Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund in support of local efforts on the ground that are working to support the indigenous and local communities that are protecting the land and biodiversity. After hearing about the increasing fires throughout the Amazon region, YOSHIKI discovered the newly launched Earth Alliance and reached out to make the donation through his 501c3 nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.YOSHIKI chose to donate to the Amazon Forest Fund and Earth Alliance, which is hosted by Global Wildlife Conservation, a U.S. 501c3 nonprofit organization. Earth Alliance is a new organization co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio in order to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems.YOSHIKI’s donation to aid in the Amazon rainforest crisis continues the acclaimed musician’s international humanitarian work, which includes disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and a 10 million-yen donation earlier this month in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation Fire.All funds donated to the Amazon Forest Fund and Earth Alliance are distributed directly to local partners and the indigenous communities that are protecting the Amazon, the incredible diversity of wildlife that lives there, and the health of the planet overall. The following local organizations are protecting indigenous lands, providing relief to the communities impacted and will benefit from the Amazon Forest Fund:Instituto Associação Floresta Protegida (Kayapo)
Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
Instituto Kabu (Kayapo)
Instituto Raoni (Kayapo)
Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)For more information and to donate to the Amazon Forest Fund directly, click here.“The Amazon fires deserve the world’s attention,” said YOSHIKI. “I want to encourage people in every nation, including Japan, to take action.” read more