Minister to Press Ottawa for Adequate Funding For Equalization

first_imgFINANCE–Minister to Press Ottawa for Adequate Funding ForEqualization “We have several key issues that we want the federal governmentto address,” said Mr. Christie, “including enhancements to theequalization program, the federal commitment to additional healthcare and census relief. These are all factors that couldseriously impact not just this year’s budget, but future budgetsas well. We need to hear from Ottawa so we can make proper budgetdecisions and to continue providing essential services to NovaScotians.” Mr. Christie said the federal government has reported surplusesin the tens of billions of dollars over the past several years,and therefore has the fiscal capacity to address the provinces’concerns over equalization. “Nova Scotia has worked hard to present balanced budgets whileinvesting in health care, education and maintaining a competitiveeconomy,” said Mr. Christie. “Without some recognition by Ottawaof the potential impact of nationwide pressures, it will bedifficult for us to meet our obligations.” He added thatgovernment is already investigating ways to reduce spending tomeet the province’s financial challenges. The census issue alone could have a significant negative impacton those provinces receiving equalization, including Nova Scotia.Statistics Canada recently released final census figures, thatshowed Nova Scotia’s population is growing at a slower thanexpected pace. A lower population base could mean less equalization money infederal transfers for most provinces. The total negative impacton the provinces could be close to $390 million. The ministersaid the specific dollar impact on Nova Scotia wouldn’t be clearfor months. “Two things all political parties in Nova Scotia say they agreeon is a balanced budget, and making minority government work. Webelieve all parties should pressure Ottawa for an adequatelyfunded equalization program,” said Mr. Christie. Nova Scotia Finance Minister Peter Christie is heading to Ottawathis week to impress on the federal government the need toadequately fund the equalization program, ensuring the samequality of services to all Canadians. Mr. Christie and his provincial and territorial counterparts aremeeting with federal Finance Minister John Manley on Friday, Oct.center_img For several months now, the provinces have been pushing the federal government to make changes to the equalization formula.last_img read more

Motorists Urged to Use Caution on Roads

first_img Motorists across Nova Scotia are urged to use added caution onroads and highways today, Dec. 15. Drivers are urged to stay off roads and highways if conditionswarrant. Many roads and highways across Nova Scotia are covered in snowand slush. Pavement may be frozen, especially in slushyconditions. Drivers should monitor road and weather reports if they need totravel. Up-to-date road conditions are available online atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran and then clicking on Road Conditions andWeather in the top left corner. You can also call 1-800-307-SNOW(7669) or 902-424-3933 in Halifax. 30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Motorists Urged to Use Caution onRoadslast_img

Ron Russell Resumes Duties

first_imgRon Russell announced today, Sept. 19, that he will resume his duties as minister of Transportation and Public Works this week. Mr. Russell underwent surgery for cancer of the bowel in July. Mr. Russell, who also holds the positions of deputy premier and government House leader, will join his cabinet and government caucus colleagues at meetings this week in Antigonish and Guysborough. Cabinet will meet on Thursday morning in Antigonish. “I have received a clean bill of health from my surgeon. I feel terrific and I’m keen to get back to work,” he said. “I was optimistic throughout this whole procedure. My spirits were good and I had a great deal of support from my colleagues, friends and family,” he added. “I will be eternally grateful for all of the expressions of support and encouragement, all the cards and calls and visits, that I received.” “We are all thrilled to have Ron back in action,” said Premier John Hamm. “His wit and wisdom were sorely missed. Everyone is delighted to see him come through this challenge with flying colours.” Michael Baker served as the acting minister of Transportation and Public Works, during Mr. Russell’s absence.last_img read more

Minister Issues Directive

first_imgNova Scotia’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Murray Scott has issued a directive to the Public Prosecution Service to ensure everything possible is done to protect public safety and security. “Nova Scotians, including those who work to enforce the law, are growing increasingly concerned about the level of violent crime in our communities,” said Mr. Scott. “We need to send a strong message to those who ignore the law and inflict harm on the citizens of our province.” Mr. Scott has directed the prosecution service to use every possible measure to deal appropriately with people who commit violent crimes, or continue to commit crimes when they are released into the community and ordered to follow conditions. Specifically, Mr. Scott directs the prosecution service to employ every appropriate means to ensure that individuals who appear before the courts after allegedly committing violent crimes are detained until they are dealt with through the court process, particularly when a weapon has been used. When an offender is released on bail or conditions, Mr. Scott also directs the prosecution service to pursue the most appropriate remedy available if the individual breaches their conditions or other terms of their release. “Whenever possible, violent offenders should be held in custody until trial and if not, they should be dealt with strongly if they continue to break the law while in the community,” said Mr. Scott. “This directive, along with provincial funding for new police officers and other enforcement initiatives, is another step toward doing all we can to help ensure public safety.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, in the community of Pinehurst will be closed until about 1 p.m. because of a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer and car around 10 a.m. A detour route is available: Travelling north on Trunk 10, Cookville traffic will be detoured to the Lower Branch Road. Traveling south on Trunk 10, New Germany traffic will be detoured across the Morgans Fall Bridge to the Lower Branch Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686last_img

Tempête tropicale Kyle

first_imgLa tempête tropicale Kyle n’a causé que des dommages minimes en Nouvelle-Écosse. Kyle a atteint la côte au nord de Yarmouth vers 21 h, le dimanche 28 septembre, comme ouragan de catégorie marginale 1. La tempête a faibli rapidement en tempête tropicale avant d’atteindre la baie de Fundy. Kyle est maintenant une tempête post-tropicale et est située au nord de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Le comté de Shelburne a été le plus durement touché par la tempête, qui a entraîné des pannes de courant et des routes bloquées par les arbres tombés. Les routes devraient être nettoyées d’ici midi. En raison des vents forts, un édifice en construction à Shelburne a été endommagé. On a aussi signalé un bateau qui prenait de l’eau, mais les pompiers ont réussi à pomper l’eau et à empêcher le bateau de couler. « La sécurité des Néo-Écossais est toujours notre priorité. Les gens étaient très bien préparés pour cette tempête, » a dit Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. « Ils ont écouté les avis et pris les précautions nécessaires pour assurer leur sécurité et la sécurité de leurs biens. » Des pannes de courant ont été signalées dans plusieurs régions à l’échelle de la province. Les équipes de Nova Scotia Power travaillent de façon continue pour rétablir le courant dans les régions touchées. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences continuera de surveiller la situation en collaboration avec les coordonnateurs municipaux de la gestion des urgences.last_img read more

Province Seeks Input on Renewable Electricity Regulations

first_imgPeople and organizations with an interest in renewable electricity generation are invited to comment on draft regulations designed to guide the implementation of the province’s new renewable electricity plan. Minister of Energy Bill Estabrooks said today, May 31, the regulations are in draft form so that interested groups can provide input before they are finalized later this summer. “These changes will help create good jobs and grow the economy across every region of the province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Nova Scotians have already played a major role in creating our renewable electricity plan. We look forward to their continued involvement this spring and summer to help ensure the final regulations get us to our targets.” Earlier this spring, government introduced its plan to achieve 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015, and set a goal of 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020. Legislation supporting the plan was passed earlier this month. The regulations establish eligibility for community-based projects and a process for determining how they get paid, along with a special process to support the next stage of tidal development. They also establish a new renewable electricity administrator to manage bids for larger projects from independent power producers. Copies of the Renewable Electricity Plan and the draft regulations are available online on the Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy or by calling 902-424-8802. Submissions can be made by e-mail to renewableregs@gov.ns.ca or in writing to, Department of Energy, Renewable Regulations, 400-5151 George St., P.O. Box 2664, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3P7. The deadline for submissions is July 23. A series of public meetings will be held around the province later this spring to discuss the regulations. Check the department website in the coming weeks for consultation dates and locations.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Road Cambridge Road, from Trunk 1 north to Brooklyn Street, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4166 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 4 The off ramp at Exit 4, westbound on Highway 125, will be closed to complete twinning construction until Wednesday, Oct. 26. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 3. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Upper Leitches Creek Road Traffic on sections of Upper Leitches Creek Road is reduced to one lane to allow for repaving from the intersection of Leitches Creek Road for about five kilometres until Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Tanner Hill Road Tanner Hill Road in the Limerock area will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 4, to allow for repairs to the bridge on the West River East Side Road. The closure is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. A detour route will be marked through Salem Loop, Trunk 4, and West River East Side Road. Tanner Hill Road will be open each evening after 4:30 p.m., but drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-794-5145center_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Smith Road, Amherst Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, a section of Smith Road between Trunk 2 and Southampton Road will be closed because of a culvert replacement. Work will take place until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Drivers should use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-3801 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser River, will be reduced to one lane for drain improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road, for about two kilometres from Kirk Lane east to Reese Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Wednesday, Oct. 5. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnenfant Road: Bonnenfant Road, Church Point, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 7. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of on and off ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Arisaig Point Road, west for about 3.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, culvert work and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area will be reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Monday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31 to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the lower south river bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 6 north to Hants County, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 14. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 902-424-4670last_img read more

Changes Help Art Gallery Plan for Future

first_imgThe Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be able to make more efficient decisions about operations and pursue new fundraising opportunities to strengthen its role as the region’s leading fine art institution. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra introduced changes to legislation today, Nov. 13, to eliminate the need to seek cabinet approval for operational decisions by the gallery’s board and clear the way for an independent foundation to oversee fundraising for gallery special projects. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is crucial to the arts landscape in our region and we want it to continue as a leader in promoting art appreciation and education,” said Mr. Preyra. “A strong gallery promotes opportunities for Nova Scotia’s visual artists and puts arts and culture at the heart of a vibrant community that makes life better for Nova Scotia’s families. “We want to support the gallery’s board as they plan for the future. We’re committed to growth in our creative economy, and the changes introduced today underline that the gallery’s board and the government want the gallery to remain a leader in arts programming.” The gallery will now be able to make decisions in a more business-like way which will allow it to play a stronger role to strengthen the arts in Nova Scotia. “The board of governors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is delighted to see these important changes to the gallery’s governance structure,” said board chair Mark Bursey. “These amendments will aid the gallery in its mission of engaging people with art and permit change that will position us to build on our strong foundation as Nova Scotia’s art museum.” The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia oversees the province’s art collection, advances public access to the collection and provides opportunities for Nova Scotians to increase their knowledge of fine art. FOR BROADCAST: The province is amending the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Act to allow the board of the gallery to make operational decisions without needing cabinet approval. The act is also being changed to allow an independent foundation to be created to raise funds for special projects at the gallery. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra says the gallery is crucial to the province’s arts community and the changes will support the board in planning for a bright future. -30-last_img read more

Public Invited to Celebrate Civic Cultural Excellence at Government House

first_img theatrical performance and public discussion with Sir John Eh? The Roadshow, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. panel discussion with youth community leaders in celebration of African Heritage Month, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. film screening of Pirates and Privateers, with producer Edward Peill from Tell Tale Productions Inc. and writer and director Geoff D’eon, Tuesday Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. musical theatre showcase by Neptune Theatre pre-professional program, Tuesday March 4, 7-8:30 p.m. performance by singer/songwriter Dave Gunning Tuesday, March 18, 7-8:30 p.m. lecture by Jane Austen Society of North America (Nova Scotia), Reliving the Regency Ball-The Enduring Fascination with Jane Austen and her World, Tuesday April 1, 7-8:30 p.m. historical fashion show by Costume Studies, Dalhousie University, Louisbourg – the Early Years, 1713-1745, Tuesday, April 15, 7-8:30 p.m. floral design demonstration by Neville MacKay, Tuesday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Musicians, filmmakers and community leaders are among those featured in new season of public events for the popular Evenings at Government House series. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will host the series from Jan. 21 to April 29. “Nova Scotia is brimming with people who enrich the civic and cultural life of our province in so many ways,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “The Evenings at Government House series is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our citizens and to showcase their exceptional talents.” The public events are free and will be held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. People can register by e-mailing lgoffice@gov.ns.ca or calling 902-424-7001. Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come first-served basis. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca for further details . Scheduled events are:last_img read more

Kyrgios out of Roland Garros tournament that sucks

first_imgParis: Firebrand Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Roland Garros on Friday, just days after saying the French Open “sucks”. Organisers confirmed the Australian’s withdrawal from the second Grand Slam tournament of the season and he will be replaced by a lucky loser from qualifying. The 24-year-old was due to have faced Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round. Last week, Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open in Rome and headed straight to London to practice with Andy Murray at Wimbledon. “I think this is the best tournament in the world, look at this perfect green surface,” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of him sitting on the grass courts. “Get rid of the clay, man. Who likes the clay, it is so bad. “The French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks. Absolute sucks.” Kyrgios also withdrew from the French Open last year and has never reached the second week in Paris.last_img read more

Adani Transmission makes Rs 147 crore quarterly net profit

first_imgNew Delhi: Adani Transmission Tuesday reported 2.37 per cent decline in March quarter consolidated profit at Rs 146.70 crore due to higher borrowing cost and depreciation. The company’s profit in January-March 2017-18 stood at Rs 150.27 crore, as per a BSE filing. Total income rose to Rs 2,569.16 crore in March quarter from Rs 878.04 crore in the year-ago period. The finance cost of the firm rose to Rs 435.51 crore in fourth quarter from Rs 226.27 crore a year ago. Similarly, the depreciation also increased to Rs 276.31 crore from Rs 142.84 crore in the year-ago quarter. The consolidated net profit in 2018-19 was Rs 559.20 crore compared to Rs 1,142.94 crore in the previous fiscal. Total income rose to Rs 7,560.80 crore from Rs 4,055.19 crore in 2017-18.last_img

Someplace Else celebrates its 25 glorious years

first_imgSomeplace Else, one of the iconic pubs in Kolkata by The Park Hotels, celebrates 25 glorious years of its legacy. Since its inception in 1994, Someplace Else has established a benchmark that not only promotes upcoming talent, but also brings in new musical influences. It is the first lounge to introduce the concept of live musical gigs throughout the week in Park Street, the most famous thoroughfare in Kolkata.A mecca for live music with great ambience, Someplace Else breathes the tradition of pure rock, blues and metal. In 2019, it started open mic that weaves a community of musicians, poets and fans, all under one roof. It has also hosted renowned musicians like Ehsaan and Loy, Nikhil D Souza, Anjan Dutt, Parikrama, Nischay Parekh, Ganesh Talkies, Louiz Banks, Jonas Hellborg, Mukul Dore and Ravindra Chari, Mumford and Sons, Pentagram, Zero, Orange street, and Indus Creed among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe silver jubilee celebrations will witness a month-long musical extravaganza with rock bands performing from all over the country. There will be over-the-top performances by Parikrama, Krosswindz, Grooverz, Nucleus, The Fender Benders, and a disco haven night with DJ Austin. Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. said, “A pioneer in delivering experiences that are Anything But Ordinary, Someplace Else truly resonates with our vision. Our 25th milestone with Someplace Else is a testimony of our unparalled success overseeing world’s top talents. Someplace Else will continue to evolve in the years ahead and always provide the best entertainment in the city.” Someplace Else has been a launch pad and magnet for many rock bands and musicians who have gone on to make their name in the national music scenario. With best live music in the city, delicious food and a friendly smile, it has become the most preferred pub amongst Kolkatians.last_img read more

Narada accused former TMC Mayor Sovan Chatterjee joins BJP

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former TMC Mayor (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) and a Narada scam accused, Sovan Chatterjee, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday at the party headquarters here.Senior party leaders of West Bengal like Mukul Roy, Jay Prakash Majumdar and Arvind Menon inducted the former Trinamool-man into the saffron-brigade along with his close friend Baishakhi Banerjee. Addressing reporters, the former KMC Mayor and once close aide of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressed on “internal dispute” in TMC as his prime reason of joining the BJP, adding that he was moved by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. However, he ducked questions on the corruption allegations against him. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe party’s state wing sees his joining as a major shot in the arm for the BJP in the impending Corporation and Assembly elections. “Sovan has been in Bengal politics for nearly 36 years and was the Mayor of KMC. We are sure that BJP is going to win the corporation election for Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Assembly elections as well,” senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said. Recently, Chatterjee was expelled from Trinamool after a marital dispute with his wife and child due to his proximity to Baishakhi. Sources here, however, said that a huge drama played out at the party headquarters in Delhi when Chatterjee’s former friend and another TMC MLA Debasree Roy also wanted to join the party, but the actor-turned-politician was eventually not inducted. Speaking to media persons, Mukul Roy dismissed any alleged communication with her and said that the Trinamool MLA was not going to join the BJP.last_img read more

Onion prices hit Rs 50kg mark in retail market

first_imgNew Delhi: Sattar, a local tea seller in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has four polybags of onions weighing around 2 kg each piled up in his shop. He says that he bought these just before the prices of onions soared.Onions in the retail market in Delhi is being sold at Rs 50 kg. Consumers are left with no choice but to either use fewer onions into day to day food or do away with the essential ingredient straightaway. “It is impractical to do away with onions. Its a must in almost every Indian food. Now with the prices of onions skyrocketing, it becomes hard for us to manage our daily budget. Reasons whatever may, but the prices should be brought down,” said Anees Fatima, a housewife in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOnion prices have scaled up due to a reduction in the arrival of onions in the wholesale mandis , following floods in major onion supplying states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. “I used to buy atleast 5 kg of oinions but this price is almost double of what we paid some days back. It becomes difficult for you to buy it at almost double the price when you know that it was sold at 20 to 25 rs/kg a few days back,” said Kamal, a consumer. It is belived that the arrival of onions from Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka is lower this year due to floods. Also the plantation of some varities of onions was also affected by late arival of monsoon.last_img read more

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

first_imgSeoul: South Korea Sunday began two days of war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an unlikely attack from Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbours. The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the countries at loggerheads over Japan’s use of forced labour during World War II. The two-day exercise will involve warships and aircraft, the South Korean navy said in a text message without providing more detail. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe drill — re-named “East Sea territory defence training” — will solidify the military’s resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and the area surrounding the Sea of Japan, the navy said. While a Japanese attack is deemed highly unlikely, South Korea first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year — usually in June and December. The delayed exercise comes as tensions with neighbouring Japan continue. Seoul has controlled the rocky islets in the Sea of Japan since 1945 when Tokyo’s 35-year colonial rule over the Korean peninsula ended. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTokyo also claims the islands and accuses South Korea of occupying them illegally. The two nations are both market economies, democracies and US allies, and both are threatened by nuclear-armed North Korea. But the two neighbours have been embroiled in intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes in recent weeks, following a run of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II. The series of tit-for-tat measures that began in July after Japan imposed new restrictions on exports crucial to South Korean tech firms has seen Seoul and Tokyo remove each other from their lists of trusted trade partners.last_img read more

Original petitioner unhappy with flawed NRC doubts capability of software used

first_imgGuwahati: The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the updation of the National Register of Citizens six years ago, called the final NRC a “flawed document” as its prayer for re-verification of draft NRC was rejected by the apex court. The NGO also wondered whether the software used in the updation exercise was capable to handle so much data and if it was examined by any third party Information Technology expert, APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Final NRC has made it obvious that the problem of illegal immigration will never be resolved in Assam. Had it been completed flawlessly, it would have been a golden chapter in Assam’s history,” Sharma told reporters after the final NRC was released, excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants. The APW, as the primary petitioner, had submitted five memoranda in the Supreme Court requesting re-verification of the draft NRC but they were rejected, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The 27 per cent re-verification done by him (NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela) is a mystery. No one knows whether or not it was 100 per cent flawless,” Sharma said. He also expressed “strong doubt” on the software used as names of many doubtful voters had entered the draft NRC. “Was it due to the flaws of the software that members of 39 families of ‘D’ (doubtful) voters of Morigaon district are included in the draft NRC as mentioned by the then district dommissioner?” the APW president asked. In 2009, the APW filed a petition in the Supreme Court praying that names of 41 lakh foreigners be deleted from the electoral rolls of Assam and the NRC updated. In response to the petition, the Centre told the apex court that the 1951 NRC was being updated. The Supreme Court in 2013 took up the APW petition and directed both the Central and state governments to begin the process for updating the NRC and the actual work began two years later.last_img read more

SatwikAshwini notch up stunning opening round win

first_imgChangzhou (China): India’s mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round of the China Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday. Rankireddy then paired with Chirag Shetty to beat the Canadian duo of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura 21-7 21-18 in a 30-minute match to enter the men’s doubles second round. The Indian pair now face the fourth seeded Japanese duo of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWorld No 26 Satwik and Ashwini showed their grit as they recovered from a mid-game slump to outwit the sixth seeded Indonesian pair 22-20 17-21 21-17 in a 50-minute match to enter the second round of the USD 1,000,000 World Tour super 1000 tournament. Jordan and Melati have so far reached five finals, including the 2018 India Open, but they wilted under the relentless pressure created by the Indian pair. Ashwini and Satwik will now face the winner of the match between Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo and Ireland’s brother-and-sister combo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe Indian pair had fallen back 4-7 early on but they reeled off five straight points to turn the tables and then held a slender 11-10 advantage at the break. Jordon and Melati, however, build up a huge lead of 18-12 after the interval but the Indian duo slowly erased the deficit and caught up at 20-20 and then sealed the opening game. In the second game, the Indonesian pair moved ahead from 4-4 to enter the breather with a 11-8 cushion. Jordon and Melati continued to march ahead to eventually roar back into the contest. In the decider, Satwik and Ashwin changed their tactics and jumped to a 4-2 lead initially. The Indian duo kept things under control, entering the break with a 11-6 lead. Jordon and Melati tried to make a comeback but the Indian pair kept their nose ahead to shut the doors on their fancied rivals.last_img read more

Damage becoming clear amid historic flood Oh my God your heart is

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – For 48 years, Jerry McFarland’s rustic cottage on New Brunswick’s Grand Lake was a cherished refuge for family and friends, where precious summertime memories were carefully recorded in well-worn journals.Today, McFarland’s cottage is in ruins, shoved off its foundation and torn apart on the weekend by rising floodwaters.“It was a million-dollar property, to me,” the 84-year-old Fredericton resident said Monday. “It’s just a pile of rubbish there now … with the thrashing of the water.”With the flooding in central New Brunswick finally stabilizing after reaching record levels on the weekend, the extent of damage caused in areas cut off by rising water is starting to become clear.McFarland’s cottage was one of many on Grand Lake that were swept away on Saturday as powerful winds pushed the big lake to places it had never reached before.“On Saturday the wind was wild,” he said. “It was really the wind that blew the waves … It was the wind that really knocked down the cottages.”Pictures posted on social media show cottages, trailers and other recreational gear floating away.McFarland, a retired school district supervisor with four grown children, said his cottage had survived previous floods that reached historic levels in 1973 and 2008. And it was in 2008 that he raised the one-storey building by 18 inches, using concrete blocks.“I was sure that I would never get flooded,” said McFarland. “But nothing like this has been recorded before in our history.”Localized flooding is practically an annual event in this part of central New Brunswick. In late April and early May, heavy rains combine with the melting snow pack in northern New Brunswick to engorge the mighty Saint John River and its tributaries, which comprise a vast basin along the west side of the province.Grand Lake, a 45-minute drive east of Fredericton, is the province’s largest lake at 20 kilometres long and five kilometres wide. It drains through the Jemseg River into the Saint John River east of Gagetown.McFarland said he and his family will miss the cottage, but he’s thankful no one was hurt.Rebuilding is not an option, given the expense, he said. However, McFarland has his eye on a used motorhome that he might park on his lakeside property.To be sure, the loss of the cottage journals will be keenly felt by his entire family, he said.“Those are the memories we had from every day, and those are gone,” he said, noting that his late father wrote the first entry in 1970. “It’s an emotional thing as well as a tactile thing … I hope that they might possibly be around, but I doubt it.”McFarland said the cottage was insured, though he’s sure the policy doesn’t offer coverage for flooding.Vanessa and Lonnie Clark, longtime residents of the Grand Lake area, said their home was intact, largely because it was built on a hill in the Sunnyside Beach area.In the flooded fields nearby, the water has been contaminated by gasoline, floating propane tanks and other flotsam, said Vanessa Clark. The deck that was once attached to her mother’s neighbouring home was last spotted floating across the lake.“It’s the waves that have caused so much damage,” she said. “Places are sideways, they’re collapsed. You look inside and the flooring and fridges are floating.”Lonnie, who has lived in the house for 51 years, said nearby beaches have been destroyed and local roads remain washed out.“There’s homes lost, there’s vehicles lost, there’s camper trailers lost — there’s hundreds of years of memories of summers spent at the lake lost,” said Vanessa. “That’s the feeling when you drive around the lake — it’s just literally a hopeless, helpless. Oh my God, your heart is broken.”Meanwhile, provincial officials said floodwaters were expected to peak Monday in the Saint John area of southern New Brunswick. At one point, the river rose to 5.7 metres above sea level at Saint John, where flood stage is 4.2 metres. It was forecast to recede to 4.8 metre above sea level by Friday.Levels in other areas of the province, including Fredericton and Maugerville, were also forecast to recede throughout the week, while remaining above flood levels.In Hampton, about 40 kilometres northeast of Saint John, Blair Hyslop surveyed his flooded greenhouses with weary resignation. He has been manning pumps 24 hours a day since Friday.“We put the word out for volunteers and dozens and dozens of people came,” said Hyslop, who runs Kredl’s Corner Market.“We estimate we used about 4,000 sandbags to build a three foot wall all around this building. And then we pumped thousands of gallons of water over the wall, and we continue to pump continuously.”In Rothesay, where water levels are expected to crest sometime Tuesday, Kevin Beaupre said he won’t feel any relief until the water on the other side of his wall of sandbags starts to recede.“Every time a high tide comes up, I get nervous again,” said Beaupre, who packed thousands of sandbags around his home and is using pumps to drain his basement. “You see it go a little bit higher … so I’m microadjusting it.”Greg MacCallum, director of the province’s Emergency Measures Organization, said residents should remain vigilant.“When we talk about the water going down, that is not a trigger for people to go home necessarily,” MacCallum told a media briefing Monday afternoon.“A very deliberate process has to be followed to make sure it’s safe for them to go home … In some cases, it may be a matter of days after the water levels are below flood stage. In some cases, it will be weeks.”MacCallum said the cleanup will be a “difficult phase.”“This is a period of time when people do need to be patient. They need to understand that it is as deliberate an operation to go back as it is to get out.”More than 1,150 people have registered with the Red Cross to say they have evacuated their homes, while many others have left to stay with family or friends without registering.The Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign to help flood victims.The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton has been closed since last Thursday. And the floodwaters have cut off all roads around the community of Chipman, though Downey said crews are working to upgrade a route so that emergency vehicles have access to the community.— With files from Michael MacDonald, Aly Thomson and Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Canadian rapper B Rich says CocaCola ripped off his Out for a

first_imgTORONTO – Brendan Richmond created a viral sensation with his hoser comedy song “Out For a Rip” in 2013, but he was surprised to recently find his popular catchphrase gracing the side of a Coca-Cola bottle.The Kingston, Ont.-based comedy rapper’s “Out For a Rip” video went on to rack up more than 12 million views on YouTube, convincing him to trademark the saying that made it so popular. That’s why he wasn’t expecting to see it printed on the side of one of the world’s most popular beverages at a Toronto grocery store.“I just pulled it out of the cooler — and it was literally in my hand before I saw what was on it,” said Richmond, whose rapper persona is B. Rich.“I definitely did a double take.”So he’s now released a followup song, titled “Out for a Sip,” on YouTube taking the beverage corporation to task for using “Out For a Rip” without his permission.The new video also features Richmond’s Toronto-based intellectual property lawyer Rob Kittredge — playing the role of lawyer John Buddy — who discusses B. Rich’s legal rights.Kittredge said he’s “old friends” with the performer and they agreed that making a video would be a fun idea.“I don’t have a lot of clients for whom this would be an appropriate response,” Kittredge said.“We had the opportunity to do something totally creative and my job is boring, so this is an unusually fun way to write a demand letter for me.”Near the end of “Out for a Sip,” B. Rich tells the company he’d be happy with a settlement that includes a truckload of Coke dumped on his front lawn, tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays, and a new pair of skates.A representative for Coke said the company has “reached out” to discuss the matter.Richmond said his music career skyrocketed after the original video went viral, but he became more savvy after noticing that people were slapping “Out For a Rip” on bumper stickers and T-shirts without his permission.So he submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and received documents that made the phrase legally his own.“Those words have become such an integral part of my career and livelihood as a musician,” he said.“So to see it on this rather iconic product … was shocking.”The Coke bottle also features a scannable image which encourages customers to download an app to access an “Out for a Rip” Spotify playlist created by the company. It includes bands like Hollerado, Black Keys and Hot Hot Heat, Richmond said.“Aside from not including the (‘Out for a Rip’) song itself, it doesn’t jive with the esthetic of ‘Out For a Rip,’ which is rural Canadian, good ol’ boy fun music,” he added.“In my mind I’d see ‘Life is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane, some (Guns N’ Roses) and Bon Jovi.”The musical threat of litigation had already gathered more than 45,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more