first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He’s the kind of boxer who never backs down. He will just go after me and pressure me and I like that. I get more excited in fighting,” said Gaballo, who, along with lightweight prospect Romero Duno headline ESPN5’s fight card at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.The 28-year-old Nakamura (9-2-1, 7 KOs) is coming off a majority decision against Yougu Yu of China last December in China.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “He’s also a good boxer because he’s already a champion in Asia,” Gaballo told in Filipino Wednesday.“I really think our fight will go 10 rounds because he’s a fighter that can really take a punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDespite Gaballo’s forecast, he is still heavily tipped to extend his undefeated streak which stands at 20-0, with 17 knockouts.The 22-year-old Gaballo, who made mincemeat out of Tanzania’s Julias Kisarawe five months ago in Manila, reads Nakamura as a come forward boxer which has the Polomolok, South Cotabato native licking his chops. LATEST STORIES View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PBA: San Miguel ends slide, clobbers Blackwater SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ WBA interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThe last time WBA interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo the fought, he demolished his opponent in just one round.Gaballo returns to the ring on Saturday against Yuya Nakamura of Japan and this time, the power-punching Filipino is sure his latest bout would last much longer than the previous one.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round PLAY LIST 02:26Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round01:58Pacquiao prepares for bout with ‘arrogant’ Keith Thurman02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

first_imgNeyveli, Apr 20 (PTI) L Jyothsana, who won a silver medal in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent recently, was felicitated by the NLC India Limited management, her sponsor. The expenses of Jyothsana, a seventh standard student of St. Joseph of Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School here, to participate in the tournament were borne by NLC. NLC India Chairman and Managing Director Dr Sarat Kumar Acharya, Director-HR R Vikraman and Chief General Manager – Sports & CSR R Mohan praised Jyothsana for her performance at a function yesterday, said a NLC press release. The players father L K Lakshminarayanan, who is executive engineer – electrical, Mine-I, thanked the NLC India management for the support. Jyothsana had won a silver medal in the under-14 section of the championship. She also won a bronze medal in the Blitz event and was placed 5th in the Rapid category in the same meet. She is being trained by A Pavanasam, deputy chief manager – Sports Development Centre, NLC India Ltd. PTI SS VS SSlast_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Before heading to a shootout, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer took some advice from veteran forward Patrik Elias and inserted little used reserve Jacob Josefson into the lineup.It paid off and ended a whole lot of frustration.Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout and Cory Schneider made it stand up as the Devils earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 30.The Devils had dropped an NHL-record 18 straight shootouts, including all 13 last season and one more this season.“He’s been really good in the shootout in practice,” DeBoer said of Josefson. “Patrik keeps bringing up his name and said that he has a knack of scoring in practice. He threw Jo’s name up there, saying Jo’s been good.”So DeBoer went with it and was rewarded.Michael Ryder forced overtime for New Jersey, scoring the tying goal with 3:27 left in regulation.The Devils hadn’t won in a shootout since March 2013, also against Winnipeg.“It was our first shootout win in what seems like 10 years,” DeBoer said. “It was big for us. To say that it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders would be an understatement.“We felt that if we could tie it, we had a chance. I’m always confident in our players. I knew we were going to win shootouts this year. I’m always trying to instill confidence in this group.”Josefson, the Devils’ second shootout shooter, lifted a shot over sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec.“He was under a lot of pressure, and he made a great shot,” DeBoer said of Josefson.New Jersey earned its first home victory in four games this season and snapped the Jets’ two-game winning streak.Blake Wheeler, who led the Jets with 28 goals last season, netted his fourth of the season in the first period. Wheeler took a great pass from Toby Enstrom as Pavelec headed to the bench during a delayed penalty.“We honestly deserved better,” Wheeler said. “We couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities and let them hang around. They found a way to tie it up and then won. It’s too bad.”The Devils tied it when Ryder stole the puck and fired a shot past Pavelec during another delayed penalty. It was Ryder’s second goal of the season.“I managed to get the turnover there, and got it to my stick,” Ryder said. “I was going to try to go around him (Pavelec), but I was able to get it up high.”That set up the shootout dramatics. “It was a big play,” DeBoer said. “We really needed that. It was a big play at the right time. We need our forwards to step up and finish some chances.”Pavelec was outstanding in making 27 saves. “We should have been able to close this out,” Pavelec said. “We should find a way to win this.”Jets coach Paul Maurice wasn’t too upset with the result.“It was a pretty good, grind it out type game,” Maurice said. “It was a pretty solid road game. We didn’t give up much. Mistakes happen, and we have to learn from them.”Schneider stopped 24 shots through overtime and then three more in the shootout.“He was outstanding,” DeBoer said. “If he doesn’t play as well as he did, we wouldn’t have anything. After they got the first goal, he was the difference. He gave us a chance to come back and turn it around.”In the third period, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele had a breakaway that was stopped by Schneider. Soon after, Wheeler skated in on Schneider and had him beat, but his backhand attempt went wide.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe India Today Group has once again set the hallmark for investigative journalism. The group, which staunchly believes in upholding the gold standard journalism, was felicitated for its efforts at the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.The Ramnath Goenka awards are the most reputed awards for media persons in India. The awards felicitate 29 winners in 18 categories across print, broadcast and purely-digital for outstanding work in the field. Like every year, India Today journalists featured prominently among the award winners.The guest of honour for the event, held in New Delhi, was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.This year, two India Today journalists – Moumita Sen and Anand Patel – were awarded by Singh for exceptional journalism.India Today bags 2 awardsMaintaining its legacy of trust, integrity and excellence in journalism across platforms, the India Today Group bagged two Ramnath Goenka Awards.The first recipient was Moumita Sen, who received the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Sports (Broadcast). She has emerged as a pioneer in the field, winning the award for the second year in a row. Sen was awarded the honour for her extensive coverage of sports.Sen is an Associate Executive Producer with India Today TV. She won the Reporting from J&K category award in 2017 for Test Kashmir – a travelogue which explored the connection between Kashmir’s volatile political history and the role of education in the valley’s chant for freedom.Also bringing laurels to the group was Associate Editor Anand Patel who won the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Investigative Reporting (Broadcast). Patel was awarded for exposing a stunning mismatch between retail and wholesale prices of cancer and heart medicines. Patel found how pharma firms are hand-in-glove with hospitals to fleece cancer patients. While hospitals receive a particular life-saving drug from pharma firms for a nominal cost, the former charge the patients many times that cost for the same.advertisementPatel’s expose led to the government ordering a widespread investigation into suspected overpricing of life-saving drugs.Last year, India Today received three awards – Bipasha Mukherjea’s reportage Goal Mizoram won the award in the sports category, Manogya Loiwal’s Young Minds Old Body won the top award in the Uncovering Invisible India category, and Moumita Sen’s Test Kashmir bagged the honour for Reporting from J&K category.Rajnath Singh warns against sensationalismDelivering his keynote address after presenting the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Rajnath Singh said sensationalism in journalism should be avoided as it is an insult to the profession and asked journalists not to mix ideology with the news.’Dosti na ho par bair bhee na ho’ (It is okay if there is no friendship between media and government. But there should be no enmity between the two), he said.The home minister said honest journalism gives strength to the country and strengthens democracy.”If any news is made sensational, then it is an insult to journalism. If we are in the race for sensationalism there will be no objectivity. It should be avoided,” he said.Singh said the media’s role is to act as a guardian of democracy and impartial journalism brings shine to the profession.”Media should show a mirror to power but it should have no colours…don’t mix news with ideology. It can pose a question mark on its credibility.(with inputs from PTI)READ | 3 India Today TV journalists get Ramnath Goenka awards for exceptional journalismWATCH | Long Story: India Today TV’s 3 best stories that won the Ramnath Goenka Awardslast_img read more

first_imgIn the past, data from Echo smart speaker and Apple smart watch has been used for solving murder cases. And now, a Garmin smartwatch has helped to nab a man who has been accused of killing two men in the United Kingdom. The man was apparently nabbed after cops collected the GPS data from a smartwatch that suspect was wearing. The watch showed that the murder suspect had apparently gone to the victim’s house hours before he reportedly killed the person.According to a report by the Liverpool Echo, data from a Garmin Forerunner watch was recently used as a critical piece of evidence against underworld hitman and runner Mark “Iceman” Fellows who has been accused of killing an organised crime leader Paul Massey and his associate John Kinsella in 2015.Manchester police, while investigating the twin murder case, noticed Fellows sporting a GPS smartwatch while running the Great Manchester run 2014 following which they decided to search his home to find the watch.The data from the Garmin smartwatch showed that Fellows had been conducting reconnaissance runs or survey runs near Massey’s house less than two months before killing him. The activity track from the Garmin smartwatch showed a 35-minute activity that began near Fellows’ own home and ended near a field right outside Massey’s home.Upon examining the data from Garmin smartwatch further, the police discovered that on the day of Massey’s murder, Fellows initially travelled at a speed of about 12mph, suggesting that he had a bike, following which his speed dropped to 3mph, which indicates that he could be walking at the time. The hitman then stopped for about eight minutes.advertisementThe Manchester police used this data as an evidence to show the escape route Fellows had taken after gunning down Massey in his own driveway.Fellows has been sentenced to serve life in prison.As mentioned before this is not the first incident wherein a smart home device have been used for nabbing criminals. Last year in November, recordings from an Amazon Echo smart speaker were used for solving a twin-murder case dating back to January 2017 wherein two women– Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini- had been found dead in a home in Farmington, United States.In yet another case, data from Apple Watch helped in solving the murder mystery in Adelaide, Australia back in September 2016. The data from heart rate moniter helped the police determine that the victim Myrna Nilsson had died following an ambush attack and not a home invasion as suggested by her daughter-in-law Caroline Nilsson, which in turn helped them nab the convict.ALSO READ: | Amazon ordered to hand over Alexa’s recordings in double murder caseALSO READ: | All I see is people dying, says creepy Alexa forcing Echo speaker owner to disconnect herALSO READ: | Apple Watch Series 4 is crashing and rebooting due to a bug: Reportlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Transfer window January 2018 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Pinterest A sizeable transfer fee plus the lucrative salary has deterred several clubs, however, including Real Betis, although Inter are exploring the possibility of signing the 28‑year‑old on loan. Sevilla are also understood to have had a loan request turned down. They would still have to pay a significant loan fee and Sturridge’s salary to sign him until the end of the season, providing Liverpool allow a temporary departure. A deal is currently a long way from being agreed.Sturridge has scored 63 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool since arriving for £12m from Chelsea five years agoWhile he was an integral part of the team that almost won the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, his Anfield career has been beset by injuries. He last appeared for Jürgen Klopp’s team in the 7-0 Champions League rout of Spartak Moscow on 6 December.Liverpool have allowed Marko Grujic to join Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season. The Serbian midfielder has made only six appearances for the first team this season and, despite interest from Premier League clubs including Huddersfield Town, Klopp wanted the 21-year-old to drop into the Championship in search of a regular starting role. Topics Transfer window Internazionale are the latest club to register interest in Daniel Sturridge but may need Liverpool to accept a loan deal to secure the striker this month.Sturridge has found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield this season, making only nine league appearances this season, and Liverpool would prefer permanent offers for a player who can earn up to £150,000 a week on a heavily incentivised contract. newscenter_img Daniel Sturridge Internazionale Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Liverpoollast_img read more

first_imgManchester United Injured Lukaku still a doubt for FA Cup final Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 20:57 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Romelu Lukaku Anthony Martial Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho will make a last-minute decison on the Belgium international’s fitness as they prepare to face Chelsea at Wembley Romelu Lukaku is still a doubt to face Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.The striker suffered an ankle injury in the 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal on April 29 and missed his side’s final three league matches of the season.Mourinho will wait until the “last moment” to decide whether the Belgium international is fit enough to face his former club, but he says Anthony Martial has recovered from the knock that kept him out of last week’s 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Martial is fit and Lukaku we have to wait until the last moment,” he told a news conference on Friday. “I don’t want to lie to you and say he doesn’t play and then plays, so Lukaku, we have to wait.”Mourinho also confirmed Michael Carrick will not be in the squad for what would have been his final match as a United player before becoming a full-time coach.The United boss has been happy with his team’s preparation this week, though, with United having used Watford’s training base in the build-up to the showdown in London.”After the game it’s goodbye, holiday for some and the dream and the motivation of the World Cup for others,” he said. “So, to be here for three days is good.”The weather is nice, the place is nice, thank you so much to Watford for letting us use their facilities for two training sessions.”Everything is relaxed and calm and we enjoy to be together and, as I was saying, tomorrow, after the match, it’s goodbye.”last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane: Strong Courtois aware of the situationby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was withdrawn at half-time with Real trailing 2-0 against Club Bruges in midweek, and the club later said the Belgian had been suffering from gastroenteritis – rather than an anxiety attack as claimed in the Spanish media.Courtois was jeered by members of the home support during the 2-2 Champions League draw.On Courtois, Zidane said: “Regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it is what it is. He’s strong and is aware of the situation. The first-half performance the other day was down to everyone.”The important thing is how he’s feeling. He’s not the only one who was responsible for that first half against Bruges. At Real Madrid you’re not allowed to make any mistakes, we can never concede and always have to score. Whenever that doesn’t happen, bad things are always going to be said about Real Madrid. We always have to give our all.”Nobody is a guaranteed starter, not Courtois or anybody else. I never said that. I’m going to use all of them.” last_img read more

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy We still have some cold weather ahead of us, so don’t you dare forget about the dry skin and acne that comes along with the upcoming transition to spring.Winning the battle against skin irritation and dryness is a constant endeavor, but it can be effectively championed by washing your face thoroughly and moisturizing frequently. The key is preparation and Shodai has got just what you need.Shodai is a new men’s grooming brand out of Japan that features natural, locally-sourced ingredients that keep your skin fresh and healthy. Founder Justin Brown, along with a community of scientists and manufacturers, developed the face wash and moisturizer by combining century-old remedies with modern skincare technology.“All four ingredients have been used historically in Japanese skin care,” Brown tells the Los Angeles Times. “But hiba oil and sake are expensive and a lot of manufacturers have moved away from them to find cheaper alternatives. They’re harder to find now–even in Japan–despite their effectiveness and how good they feel.”Whether you’re searching for an all natural, simple cleanser, or a one-way ticket on the premium men’s grooming train, Shodai’s products are superb cleansers that enhance hydration and promote healthy skin for everyone clean shaven, stubbling it out, or going the beardlicious route. As an added kicker, you don’t have to pay a premium price for the high-quality:Face Wash ($20)Shodai’s face wash does exactly what you wish for in a face wash: cleanly removes oil and dirt, but doesn’t over-exfoliate. The wash forms a cream-like base that gives off a (and please, joke at my fruitlessness) clean scent. It features Hiba (Japanese Cypress tree) oil, which is known for its calming, antimicrobial properties that aid in the prevention and medication of irritated skin, along with green tea, Onsen (a Japanese hot spring) water, and sake.Face Moisturizer ($24)This cream formula has one goal: rehydrate your skin. It too features the Hiba oil, and yes, the storied rice alcohol, sake. Sake actually boasts tremendous properties which reduce skin spots and helps reduce wrinkles. Green Tea acts as an antioxidant and anti-aging component, while onsen water takes care of the dry skin.With the unique mix of Japanese ingredients, Shodai’s products are created in small batches–mostly due to the scarcity of the natural materials. Yet, they still manage to refuse the addition of artificial perfumes or scents, while also being Paraben-, cruelty-, and gluten-free.Because of the rarity of the product (in part because of its small batch model), Shodai’s products are exclusive to their website.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at a Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30), Dr. Clarke noted that there has been an “increasing trend” in this regard, based on the gross domestic product (GDP) out-turns in the last four fiscal/calendar year quarters. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says he is optimistic that Jamaica could be on the way to attaining higher levels of sustainable economic growth. The Minister said official figures from STATIN show that GDP moved from 0.9 per cent to 1.4 per cent over the initial three quarters, between July 2017 and March 2018. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says he is optimistic that Jamaica could be on the way to attaining higher levels of sustainable economic growth.Speaking at a Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30), Dr. Clarke noted that there has been an “increasing trend” in this regard, based on the gross domestic product (GDP) out-turns in the last four fiscal/calendar year quarters.The Minister said official figures from STATIN show that GDP moved from 0.9 per cent to 1.4 per cent over the initial three quarters, between July 2017 and March 2018.He added that if the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) 1.8 per cent estimate for the June 2018 quarter is taken into consideration, subject to STATIN’s confirmation, “we have seen an increasing trend… so that’s [encouraging]”.Dr. Clarke emphasised, however, that this development does not necessarily guarantee a transition into higher levels of growth, as “we have had increasing trends before that have not continued”.He said that based on factors and indicators, such as the growth in loans and credit extended to the private sector by financial institutions and the absence, to date, of severe weather, which had adversely impacted sectors, such as agriculture, “there is reason to be optimistic”.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke contended that there is a strong correlation between the performances of agriculture and the economy, “in that when it [agriculture] does well, the economy tends to do well”, as evidenced in the June 2018 quarter.“The strongest growth in two years, as predicted by the PIOJ, was the last quarter of 1.8 per cent… [and this] happened in a quarter where agriculture grew by 10 per cent,” he noted.The Minister said weather is also an influencing factor in that context, noting that growth contractions in recent years have been linked to the effects of extreme weather conditions, whether drought or flooding, on the sector.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.Thursday’s forum focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index.last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriSeabourn Ovation, the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet, has completed its final round of sea trials in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.The ship departed the Fincantieri shipyard on March 14 for four days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems. Now that the vessel has completed the trials, it will undergo final touches at the yard before being delivered on April 27, 2018.“We’re now weeks away from delivery, and I’m very pleased with the progress and preparedness of the ship now that sea trials are complete,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.                                                                     Image Courtesy: SeabournSeabourn Ovation will begin her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain. The ship’s naming ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11, in Valletta, Malta.It will spend the majority of its maiden season cruising the waters of Northern Europe, offering a series of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavian sailings between Copenhagen and Stockholm.Seabourn Ovation builds on the line’s Odyssey-class ships and is a sister ship to Seabourn Encore, delivered by Fincantieri at the end of 2016.The ship features 40,350 gross tons, a length of 210 metres and a width of 28 metres. It has the capacity to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots and carry up to just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.last_img read more

first_imgThe province has started a review of Nova Scotia’s minimum wagerate. The annual review, announced today, Jan. 7, by the Department ofEnvironment and Labour, is being led this year by a new advisorycommittee. The Minimum Wage Review Committee was established lastfall to provide advice to the minister on proposed changes to theprovince’s minimum wage rate. The committee is expected toprovide a recommendation to the minister some time in February. Adecision on the rate is expected by April. Nova Scotians can provide comments on the minimum wage rate byvisiting the What’s New section of the Department of Environmentand Labour website at . Written submissions on the wage rate must be received by Tuesday,Feb. 8. The province’s Labour Standards Code requires a review of theminimum wage rate be done each year. Nova Scotia’s minimum wagewas raised in October 2004 to $6.50 an hour, bringing it in linewith the rate in the other three Atlantic provinces, but slightlybelow the Canadian average of $7.05. Of the province’s 450,000 person workforce, about 22,000currently earn minimum wage.last_img read more

first_imgWomen working in science, trades and technology will be the focus of two celebrations for International Women’s Day in Halifax Regional Municipality and in Bridgewater. On March 8, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Nova Scotia Community College celebrations will highlight Techsploration and Women Unlimited, programs that encourage women to enter trades and technology. “Women make an important contribution to our province’s prosperity, whether they work at paid or unpaid jobs,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “And today, we’re focusing on women in trades and technology, who are paving exciting career paths for women in Nova Scotia.” Women make up nearly half of the workforce in the province. However, less than five per cent of women work in trades and about 16 per cent in technology occupations in Nova Scotia, despite good job security and pay. Terri Govang is one woman getting ready to start her career as a skilled tradesperson. This spring, she will graduate from the Electrical-Construction and Industrial Program at NSCC’s Shelburne campus. “I hope to get a job at the Halifax dockyard as a marine electrical technician,” said Ms. Govang. “I can’t wait to begin my on-the-job work experience and complete my apprenticeship.” Renee Gaudet is a second-year student in the Computer Service Technician program at NSCC’s Burridge Campus in Yarmouth. “I’ve always considered a career in information technology more interesting than any other field,” said Ms. Gaudet. “Whenever I can, I encourage other young women to try IT; there are some amazing jobs out there with high-paying salaries.” Industries that rely on tradespeople and technological workers are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers that will worsen over the next decade. The aging of the trades and technology workforces will have a significant impact; for example 35 per cent of construction workers are older than 45. Several solutions may be needed. Women in all their diversity are a source of talent for employers. Women’s employment in trades and technology is growing as they begin to receive the kinds of encouragement men receive. Techsploration and Women Unlimited both work to improve the numbers of women in these fields. Techsploration, a partnership of the Department of Education, NSCC and Women in Trades and Technology Nova Scotia (WITTNS), is designed to attract students to these fields. It has expanded across the province, with other provinces and countries looking to replicate its success. Women Unlimited is a fairly new concept in Nova Scotia that supports women and helps address the barriers they face trying to enter the trades and technology fields. The WEE Society (Women’s Economic Equality) and the Hypatia Association developed the three-year program with support from Nova Scotia Community College and the federal and provincial governments, including the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Hypatia Association works with employers to ensure that workplaces are welcoming to women. Women Unlimited is being tested at the Lunenburg and Institute of Technology campuses of Nova Scotia Community College.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH SAANICH , B.C. — Police and firefighters north of Victoria had to work hard not to ruffle any feathers during an unusual roundup involving dozens of chickens.Personnel were called to five different locations on the Saanich peninsula Thursday to catch 91 hens.Officials quickly hatched a plan to herd the birds into an available tennis court while waiting for animal control crews to arrive.Central Saanich Const. Ann Piper says civilians helped with efforts to capture the mislaid egg layers that were wandering in the mostly rural area.She says farmers told officers the hens looked old and past their prime, and one had to be euthanized.Piper says everyone is still brooding over the question of where the chickens came from, trying to determine if they escaped or were dumped.“We had the help of a local farmer in our area. Ryan Vantreight came up and helped, he owns a lot of the land around there. And he called all the local farmers and no one had any missing chickens,” said Piper.Large companies that handle chickens were also contacted and Piper said none were missing any birds, either.Officials are hoping the owner comes forward, but the chickens could be adopted if that doesn’t happen. (CFAX)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgB.C. had asked the Alberta court to both declare the law unconstitutional and grant an injunction preventing its implementation.(The Canadian Press) Conclusion (p. 10) CALGARY — A Calgary judge is denying British Columbia’s attempt to block Alberta’s so-called “Turn Off the Taps” bill.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall says that B.C. doesn’t have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.In a decision released Friday, Hall says the dispute between the two provinces should be resolved in Federal Court. View the entire document with DocumentCloud Legal challenge (p. 2) View note The legal battle is part of the fallout over the TransMountain pipeline expansion.In response to B.C.’s legal measures against the pipeline, Alberta passed legislation that would allow it to shut off oil shipments to the coast. View note View the entire document with DocumentCloudlast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Four oil and gas companies are expected to answer questions today about how they use the Trans Mountain pipeline, how refinery closures affect their prices and other factors that could contribute to British Columbia’s volatile prices at the pump.A three-member panel, chaired by B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton, will listen to up to four days of oral hearings in Vancouver as part of a public inquiry into the high price of gasoline and diesel in the province.Parkland Fuels, Shell, Imperial Oil and Suncor are scheduled to give opening remarks and answer questions from the panel this afternoon. In the morning, those firms and other interveners will have an opportunity to question Deetken Group, a consulting firm that prepared a report for the inquiry identifying possible reasons for the fuel price spikes.Deetken found land values and credit card fees have likely contributed to higher retail margins, while transportation and regulatory costs could be part of the reason wholesale gasoline margins are higher in British Columbia but they don’t tell the whole story.Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May as gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.At the time, the B.C. Liberals and Alberta government bought advertising blaming Horgan and linking his government’s resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for the surging costs.The National Energy Board will also appear before the panel.The inquiry will conclude with a final report by the panel due Aug. 30.last_img read more

22 July 2009United Nations peacekeepers are no strangers to working in some of the world’s most hazardous regions, and they are now helping out on a new battlefront: combating climate change. “The care and protection of our environment is everybody’s concern,” said Lieutenant Colonel Um Bello, who serves with the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL). He is leading his troops in a new exercise: planting 1,000 trees in the country’s west this year, as part of the tree-planting campaign of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which seeks to plant 7 billion trees – or one for every person in the world – by the end of 2009.“As a contingent, we have resolved to join efforts with the international community” and others to ensure that the war against climate change “is fought, won and our planet Earth is saved,” he said.With the destruction of natural forests emitting more greenhouse gases every year than the transport sector, planting trees – which absorb carbon dioxide and store nearly 300 gigatonnes of carbon in their biomass – is a crucial defence in the fight against global warming.Blue helmets have already planted nearly 30,000 saplings in 11 peacekeeping missions worldwide, in countries including Timor-Leste, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Georgia and Lebanon.To date, more than 4 billion trees have been planted, with 169 countries having taken part in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign. Ethiopia alone has planted 1.4 billion trees, while Turkey has planted 707 million and Mexico has planted 537 million.For its part, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has embarked on a scheme to plant 1,000 seedlings at all of its compounds in the war-ravaged Sudanese region by December.UNEP, which hopes its tree-planting initiative will pressure nations to “seal the deal” on an ambitious new climate change pact this December in Copenhagen, Denmark, planted a tree for each of the more than 10,000 people who signed up for the ‘Twitter for Trees’ initiative on the Internet-based social networking site Twitter by World Environment Day on 5 June.Groups such as the World Organization of the Scouts Movement, with 28 million members in 160 countries, committed to plant 65,000 trees as well. read more

first_imgThe A76 was closed near Kirkconnel due to a landslide, while train services were disrupted due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Linlithgow and Haymarket in Edinburgh. Here’s the latest gusts showing it’s still very #windy out there, especially in the northwest, but also as the cold front passes #StormGeorgina— Met Office (@metoffice) January 24, 2018 On Monday, a team went into Observatory Gully to assess conditions but the avalanche risk was too high to deploy rescuers to search the area. Nice weather for ducks: Flooding at Tewkesbury Cricket Club in GloucestershireCredit:Ben Birchall /PA Met Office spokesman Alex Burkill said: “Storm Georgina has arrived meaning it’s very windy across much of the UK especially in Scotland.”We could see gusts of 60, 70mph and up to 80mph and could even get up to around 90mph around the western isles.”Severe weather hampers Ben Nevis hillwalker searchRescuers looking for a hillwalker missing since Sunday on the UK’s highest mountain have described how severe weather has been hampering search efforts.Two men were found by Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team close to the summit of Ben Nevis at about 6pm on Sunday, however another man who was with them is still missing.Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said conditions have made it difficult to look for him but they plan to resume the search as soon as there is a window in the weather. High wind warnings have been extended as Storm Georgina batters the UK with gusts of up to 90mph possible.Many ferry services have been cancelled while flooding has disrupted road and rail travel.Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings for high winds across northern Scotland have been extended to 5pm.A gust of 85mph was recorded on South Uist on Wednesday morning, while there were 75mph gusts at The Needles on the Isle of Wight and Anglesey off Wales.Forecasters said gusts of 70 to 80mph are likely in northern and western parts of the Highlands and could even reach 90mph around the Western Isles. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 32 flood warnings, the majority of them in the Borders and Tayside.Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf urged people to check with transport providers before travelling: A tree blown over by high winds blocks a lane of the M27 near Fareham, HampshireCredit:Hampshire Police/Solent News  A tree blown over by high winds blocks the inside lane of the M27 motorway just after junction nine near Fareham, Hantscenter_img With high winds and persistent rain fall it has been a difficult morning in some parts of the country.Winds expected to continue throughout day so follow@CalMacFerries@ScotRail@NetworkRailSCOT@TravelineScot@trafficscotland For regular updates and plan journey ahead— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) January 24, 2018 Northern Ireland has been removed from the warning area as the strongest winds have now cleared, while yellow warnings of heavy rain which were issued for northern England, Yorkshire and the Humber expired at 11am.Flooding has also caused problems, particularly in southern Scotland with the Whitesands in Dumfries closed to vehicles due to the River Nith flooding. Ducks weather Some Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services have been cancelled due to the weather while Argyll Ferries said that due to high winds, sailings on the Gourock to Dunoon route may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice. Instead they searched the area using a drone which was lost as conditions proved to be “well outside its operational capability”.On Tuesday, a search and rescue helicopter tried to reach Observatory Gully, but had to turn back due to the difficult weather conditions. In a post on their Facebook page on Wednesday Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team wrote: “Today the forecast of 90 mph winds at sea level and storm force winds on the mountain with continued high avalanche risk mean that the team have reluctantly decided to delay restarting the search.”As soon as we get a window in the weather then we will resume.”Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing person and we are sorry we cannot do any more than we have already done.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more