Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures onHighway 104 until Wednesday, June 30. The closure will begin nearExit 31A at Antigonish and extend 4.2 kilometres west. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically. This is toallow road crews to carry out guardrail installation and asphaltrepaving. The closure will be in effect from Monday to Friday, between 7a.m. and 7 p.m Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle and motorists areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Barra Strait Bridge Clearance for marine traffic will be restricted under the BarraStrait bridge at Grand Narrows until Wednesday, June 30. Apainting project is being carried out and the lift span will notbe in operation. Larger marine vessels will not be able to passunderneath the bridge during this period. The work will take place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m There will be minimal delays for vehicles for short periods oftime. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-756-2518 Fax: 902-756-3458 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Trenton Connector There will be a full closure on the Trenton Connector on Tuesday,May 11 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. while road crews carry outrepairs. A detour will be in place and motorists are asked to take alternative routes for the duration of the work. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures on theCabot Trail (Trunk 30) until Wednesday, June 30, while repavingwork is being carried out. The closures will begin at Point deHavre Road in Cheticamp and extend north to Cape Breton HighlandsNational Park. The closures will be in effect weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.Both directions of traffic will be affected periodically. Traffic control will be in place and motorists are asked to useextra caution while driving in this area. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. Detour signage is available. Local Area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188last_img read more

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Funding for 2011 Canada Winter Games

first_imgNova Scotians can look forward to a well-supported 2011 Canada Winter Games, thanks to funding announced today, March 28, by the province of Nova Scotia, the federal government and Halifax Regional Municipality. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced a provincial investment of $11.12 million in support of the 2011 games in Halifax. Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said the federal contribution to the Games will be up to $11.12 million. Halifax Regional Municipality will also contribute up to $8.85 million, said Mayor Peter Kelly. “Today is yet another example of what great things can be accomplished when all three levels of government work together,” said Mr. Barnet. “Never before in our province’s history has so much focus and funding been given to the support and development of sport.” The government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia are supporting the 2011 Canada Games using a financial cost-sharing arrangement in accordance with Sport Canada’s Hosting Program. It is the third time Nova Scotia has hosted the Canada Games. Previous games were held in Halifax-Dartmouth in the summer of 1969 and in Sydney in the winter of 1987.last_img read more

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Province Teaches Parents Career Coaching Skills

first_imgParents are the single greatest influence on their children’s education and career decisions. This is the message Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent will deliver to up to 70 parents during a Parents as Career Coaches workshop at Citadel High School, in Halifax, today, Nov. 13. During the free, three-session workshop, parents will learn about information and tools to effectively guide their children as they move from high school to post-secondary education or training. Parents will also learn about things like changing trends in today’s labour market, how to identify their children’s interests and skills, and how to connect them to potential career options. “Nova Scotia’s labour market has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, when many parents of young people were making their career plans,” said Mr. Parent. “The steps we took to obtain and maintain employment were quite different from the steps our children will have to take.” Parents as Career Coaches workshops teach those steps, and to view career development as a lifelong process, which involves taking the time to understand what today’s young people need to find their place in a world that is constantly changing. Susan Williams, a mother of three and a Parents as Career Coaches participant, believes that parents should be as involved as possible in their children’s career planning process. “When I was helping my eldest son make his career decisions, I had to really educate myself about the opportunities that exist in today’s labour market,” said Ms. Williams. “I enrolled in these workshops because I want to be able to look at the whole picture with my other two children when they make their plans for the future. “I recognize my children have many talents and gifts, and I think these workshops will teach me how to help my children apply these skills to a variety of education pathways and possible careers.” This is the second year Parents as Career Coaches is being offered in high schools across the province. In the 2007-08 academic year, over 500 parents participated in 33 programs across the province. This year, the department plans to deliver programs in even more schools and is working with partners in the African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities in an effort to improve program uptake and effectiveness among key target groups. To enrol in a Parents as Career Coaches workshop or for more information please visit www.parentsascareercoaches.ca .last_img read more

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Fire Update Tuesday Aug 16 4 pm

first_img there have been no significant changes to the fires and all four remain 100 per cent contained crews continue to dig out hot spots and extinguish flare ups at the fires at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co. and Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. the fires at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. and Perch Lake, Pictou Co. are still being patrolled, but there is no fire activity for the next few days, the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that has been closed since last week will open at 8 p.m. and close again at 8 a.m. travel restrictions remain in effect across mainland Nova Scotia and people are asked to continue to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more fires. As announced yesterday, Aug. 15, travel restrictions have been lifted for Cape Breton the latest information on burning restrictions can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfire -30- Following is a provincial fire update for Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. last_img read more

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Film Production Announced

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 28. Documentary, History’s Horrible Humans, produced by Underfoot Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $272,935 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $941,155. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues an incentive agreement which can be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Quick facts:center_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30-last_img read more

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ED moves HC seeking to cancel Robert Vadras bail

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Delhi High Court seeking to cancel the bail plea of Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a money laundering case. Vadra was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on April 1 on the condition that he must not leave the country without permission and join the investigation whenever needed. The ED, in its plea, has challenged the trial court order and said that protection would be detrimental for the purpose of carrying out the investigation in the case with a free hand by the investigating officer in the crucial aspects of the case. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds of assets overseas by Vadra. It pertains to undisclosed foreign assets and entities meant to evade tax. “Because it is trite to say that the anticipatory bail, to some extent, intrudes in the sphere of investigation of crime and that the courts must be cautious and circumspect in exercising such powers of discriminatory nature,” the ED said in its plea. “It is for the same reason that the relevant factors for grant of anticipatory bail are materially different from the grant of regular bail. … special judge has passed the impugned order by ignoring the material on record.” Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The ED told the High Court that Vadra’s questioning is required to unearth the entire source of credit used for the purchase of properties, ascertaining transactions and money laundering. The ED also said that Vadra’s questioning would help the agency to ascertain the role of other key accused persons involved in the commission of offence and the modus operandi. “Ascertaining the exact source of the tainted money and the end use of such funds involved in the case,” the plea read, adding “Confronting him (Vadra) with the voluminous incriminating material for bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion.” The ED also said that there are chances that Vadra may tamper with evidence and influence witnesses in the case, as he is a highly influential person. “If he is granted blanket protection of bail, there is likelihood that Vadra shall tamper with evidence and would influence witnesses,” it said. The ED said that in spite of being given several opportunities to come out clean about his alleged role in the case, Vadra has remained evasive and maliciously claimed himself to be a victim of political vendetta and that he had made all possible attempts to sensationalise the case.last_img read more

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Serena Williams faces more major doubts after French Open shocker

first_imgParis: Serena Williams’ bid to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was thwarted again when she suffered her earliest exit at the majors in almost five years, prompting more questions over her long-term future at the highest level. Her 6-2 7-5 French Open third round defeat by US compatriot Sofia Kenin on Saturday meant that she failed again to move level with Margaret Court’s majors record set between 1960 and 1973. She will be 38 in September and her 23rd and most recent Slam triumph was at the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunAfter giving birth to daughter Olympia Alexis in September 2017, she returned to Grand Slam tennis at Roland Garros in 2018, making the last 16 where she had been set to resume her bitter rivalry with Maria Sharapova. An arm injury torpedoed that meeting and stalled her assault on a fourth title in Paris after 2002, 2013 and 2015. Defeat in the 2018 Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, and at the US Open championship match, where her now-infamous meltdown overshadowed Naomi Osaka’s title triumph, followed. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upHer Australian Open campaign in January ended in a quarter-final loss to Karolina Pliskova despite having led 5-1 in the final set and holding four match points. Since Melbourne, Williams had been unable to finish the three tournaments she entered — she retired to Garbine Muguruza in the third round of Indian Wells, withdrew after winning a round in Miami, and pulled out after winning a round on the clay in Rome due to a right knee injury. But the American remains defiant over her longevity. “If I was told I would only make the third round here, I would have thought they were lying, because I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” said Williams after her loss on Saturday. Williams said she will try again to equal Court’s record at Wimbledon in July where she will be chasing an eighth title at the All England Club. “I’m just pretty far away, but the optimistic part is I haven’t been able to be on the court as much as I would have,” she said, adding that she may even take a wildcard into a pre-Wimbledon event grass court event. “At least I can start trying to put the time in now. “It’s just been a really gruelling season.” Saturday’s loss was Williams’ earliest exit at the Slams since a third round loss to France’s Alize Cornet at Wimbledon in 2014. This year’s Wimbledon gets underway on July 1, so she at least has four weeks to line up her next assault on the Court landmark. “I’m still working on it and working on getting there. So I think it will be enough time. We’ll see, but I definitely hope so,” she explained. “I feel like I have had some great runs last year, and I’m hoping to still build on that this year and keep it going. “I’m definitely feeling short on matches, and just getting in the swing of things “So I have some time on my hands, so maybe I’ll jump in and get a wildcard on one of these grass court events and see what happens.” However, in a further reality check and possible sign of things to come for the American star, there are three teenagers in the last 16 at Roland Garros this year. Amanda Anisimova, at just 17, is the youngest woman to make the fourth round since Martina Hingis in 1998. Kenin, the 20-year-old world number 35, wasn’t even born when Williams made her Paris debut in 1998. However, she was not overawed by the occasion on Saturday having already appeared on tennis’s biggest stage — the Arthur Ashe Court at the US Open in 2017 when she lost to Sharapova.last_img read more

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BJP protests against water power shortage in Janakpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday gathered several party workers in Janakpuri assembly constituency to take out a protest against the state government, for lack of water and electricity supply in the Capital city. Speaking at the protest, former SDMC mayor Narendra Chawla held Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for problems faced by residents due to the serious lack of water supply. Chawla said that the water-tanker mafia was taking advantage of people’s troubles and extorting exuberant amounts of money from them in exchange for providing water.In a statement, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation claimed that residents of Sitapuri and Milap Nagar wards are not getting nearly enough water supply and that this was due to the incompetence of the local MLA in the region and the Delhi government at large. The statement went on to say that whatever drinking water is made available for residents, ends up being laced with sewer water, causing serious health problems for whoever consumes it. As a mark of protest, women from the BJP’s women’s wing broke empty water-pots and also burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister. SDMC councilors for Sitapuri and Milap Nagar were also present at the protest.last_img read more

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Ambris Pooran depart Windies four down in chase

first_imgManchester: After the fall of two early wickets, Nicholas Pooran and Sunil Ambris have put together 34 runs and taken Windies score past the 50-run mark. Earlier,India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat first in their ICC World Cup 2019 match against West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester. India decided to go in with the same side, allowing Bhuvneshwar Kumar more time to recover from his injury. West Indies have made two changes. Chris Gayle will has a new opening partner in Sunil Ambris. Fabian Allen too has been brought into side to strengthen the spin department. They replaced Evin Lewis and Ashley Nurse. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France Teams: India: Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhon, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah. West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

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Never looked at Drax as comedic character

first_imgLondon: Dave Bautista says his Drax, the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy maybe a funny character but he never viewed the role as one for comic relief. The professional wrestler-turned-actor praised the writers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the development of the part. “I know Drax is a funny character, but I never looked at him as a comedic character at all. I play him very straightforward.” “I think it’s all in the writing. So I never play him broad. He’s very much a straight man, but at the same time, he’s very much a comedic role. He’s just incredibly salty and a little sarcastic, but in a funny way, I think,” Bautista told DigitalSpy. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe actor, who will next be seen in action-comedy Stuber, said he wanted to go for a more layered role post Avengers: Endgame. “I guess I was after a comedic role, because I wanted my career to be well-rounded. So actually, after seeing what we’ve done, I’m confident I made (the right) decision. I’m very proud of this one,” he said. Talking about Endgame, Bautista said he was happy that Drax came back to life in the Marvel tent-pole. “I wasn’t sure what my fate was going to be, and so I was happy to see myself come back from the dust.”last_img read more

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Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe Director’s office is the last of the iconic buildings at LBSNAA (fondly called the Academy) by its Alumni: the wooden panels and the collection of books, souvenirs and memorabilia gifted by institutions, batches, and individuals make it one of the best-appointed office spaces. The set of rooms right below the director’s office is also packed with books received by me in my capacity as the honorary curator of the Valley of Words–these range from translations from regional languages to Hindi and English, besides of course the best of recently published fiction and non-fiction. These dispatches are likely to be typed out from one of these two rooms–hence the title of the column–which over the next few weeks will capture the flavour of discussions, conversations, book reviews, cultural programs and development interventions that the Academy and its alumni are engaged with. Incidentally, the Charleville campus was purchased for the Academy in 1959 at a princely sum of Rs 4 lakhs! Also Read – A special kind of bondAt present, we are running two programmes–an Induction training programme for officers promoted from the state services to IAS, and a mid-career training programme for officers with seven to ten years of service in IAS. Together, we have 170 officers, and the campus is again abuzz with activity–for the life on campus is not just about the classroom but the library, auditorium, discussions in the plaza over coffee, interactions over meals and conversations before and after the morning regimen of PT/Yoga. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Induction programme was inaugurated by PK Basu, formerly a Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, and later a member of CAT. The theme of his inaugural address was the management of change, and how we in IAS should be adept at it–for the only constant in life is change. Individuals, institutions, departments, organisations and nations which are willing to, and capable of change not only survive and do well, they also become more powerful and relevant in the process. Those who are reluctant to change, or are lackadaisical in their approach fall by the wayside. IAS as a service has been quick to adapt to changes–we have made a very effective transition from being a service focused primarily on law and order to one in which development administration became the predominant focus. In fact, IAS has been quick to respond to the political executive’s changing priorities at all levels. We delivered employment guarantee programmes at the district and sub-district levels, formulated schemes at the level of states and directorates, and while in the government of India, took the lead in almost every sector–from disinvestment in non-core/non-strategic PSUs to restructuring of power utilities and bringing in a regulatory regime in almost all the sectors–from telecom to real estate. Basu pointed out that when we started doing this, the onus of doing this naturally fell to the shoulders of IAS–and we acquitted ourselves well for two clear reasons: the training opportunities provided by the government to address these issues and of course the hard work and commitment of the officers entrusted with this task. The inaugural address for the Phase III officers who had completed one decade in the service was delivered by Pawan Agarwal, CEO of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. He mentioned five clear changes in the eco-system of governance over the last few years. The first of these was the clear message that corruption is absolutely unacceptable and that the days of ‘fixers and wheeler-dealers’ were over. Governance systems are more robust than before. The second was the move towards cleanliness and Swachh Bharat–all government offices and facilities looked much better than before. The third was the breakdown of silos: departments and agencies were finally talking to each other–and whether it was the overarching goal of making India a five trillion-dollar economy or Financial Inclusion, there was a broad consensus that this is not the job of any single department. The fourth was related to the transfer of resources and responsibilities to state governments and the need to work on co-operative federalism in letter and spirit. Last but not least, there was the realisation that the government was not the sole repository of wisdom, and knowledge inputs could be sourced from everywhere. This meant that specialists indeed had a role but there was nothing to prevent members of the service from acquiring the specific skill sets that are required to make intelligent interventions in the required sectors. As a matter of fact, the Department of personnel and training and LBSNAA are keen that officers pick up a thematic area say agriculture, food and rural development, or infrastructure and municipal administration, or social sector–health, education, nutrition or the security sector–home, defence, national security, enforcement–and do online courses from the best universities, think tanks and academic institutions. This could be followed up by a Masters/M Phil and a serious engagement with academics and practice specialists in these sectors. Thus, officers wanting to specialise in agriculture could engage with IFPRI and CGIAR and follow this with degrees at Cornell or Sussex. Towards the end of last week, officers of the 1979 Foundation batch from all the Services came to the Academy to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. It was a pleasure and honour to meet several senior colleagues and get introduced to several officers from other services. This was coordinated by my former boss and mentor Anup Thakur, and he was so gracious in his appreciation of the efforts of the Academy. The bonhomie was just too great! While the Academy takes the direct responsibility of organising the retreat for officers in their Golden Jubilee years–batches often come together to mark their 20th, 25th and 40th anniversaries. Earlier this year, the ’99 batch came together, and next month 1994 will celebrate their silver jubilee. We at the Academy feel that these ‘homecomings’ are the best way to foster the esprit de corps–not just for the duration of the Service, but even beyond! (The author is Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Iran says sanctions show US afraid of its top envoy

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday mocked a US decision to impose sanctions on his top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying it showed Washington was “afraid” of him as tensions again flare between the arch-enemies. The US Treasury said the sanctions would freeze any of Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by US entities, as well as squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat. “They are afraid of our foreign minister’s interviews,” Rouhani said in a televised speech, referring to a recent round of interviews Zarif gave to foreign media in New York. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It is completely clear that the foundations of the White House have been shaken by the words and logic of an informed, devoted and diplomatic individual. “They are doing childish things now,” Rouhani said on a visit to the northwestern city of Tabriz. “Our enemies are so helpless that they have lost the ability to act and think wisely.” Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards called the designation “absurd” and thanked Zarif for his service. “Americans have once again shown their anger at the Islamic Revolution’s inspiring… discourse and made evident their enmity towards Iran’s system and proud nation,” said a statement on the Guards’ official website.last_img read more

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Chhattisgarh 6 Naxals arrested in Dantewada

first_imgDantewada: Six Naxals were arrested during a search operation by the CRPF and local police in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, an official said on Tuesday. The arrests were made on Monday evening from the forests near Marjoom village under Katekalyan police station limits, he said. He identified the arrested ultras as Pide Veko (25), Piso Kawasi (22), Payko Veko (26), Fagnu Madkami (30), Sanna Kudami (25) and Pojja Kudami (24), all jan militia members on the lower rung of the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist). “A tiffin bomb, electric wire, Maoist bags and commodities of daily use were recovered from them. They were involved in an encounter with security forces near Chikpal village on July 28 this year,” the official said. There were no casualties on either side in that encounter, he added.last_img read more

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Priyanka to visit Rae Bareli rail coach factory

first_imgLucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Rae Bareli on Tuesday to express solidarity with the workers of a rail coach factory who are agitating against corporatisation of the unit.In the one-day visit to her mother and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, Priyanka Gandhi will visit the Modern Coach Factory in Aihar area of Lalganj, where the workers are agitating against the “privatisation” of the unit, party sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Ministry of Railways has envisaged corporatisation of its seven production units and associated workshops under one entity called the Indian Railway Rolling Stock Company. On July 1 in the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said raised the issue of corporatisation and accused the government of selling the country’s assets to private players at a throwaway price. Priyanka Gandhi, who will arrive in Rae Bareli on Tuesday morning, will first visit Congress MLA Aditi Singh’s residence at Lalupur Chauhan village to condole the death of her father and former legislator Akhilesh Singh, the sources said. Akhilesh Singh, a five-time MLA from Rae Bareli Sadar constituency, had died last week following prolonged illness. Singh, had won consecutively as a Congress candidate three times, but was expelled in 2003. He won the seat as an Independent in 2007 and as a Peace Party candidate in 2016.last_img read more

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Man 24 pleads guilty to terrorismrelated charge in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism-related charge in a Toronto court.The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says Kevin Omar Mohamed pleaded guilty Friday to one count of participating in or contributing to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.The prosecution service did not provide details of the case but said the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.Mohamed has been in custody since he was charged in March 2016 and officials say he’ll be sentenced at a later date.Mohamed was originally charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.His lawyer, Anser Farooq, said at the time that the weapon was a knife that police alleged was illegal.last_img read more

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Use your head but follow your heart ill MP delivers plea to

first_imgOTTAWA – MPs in the Commons paused Monday to listen to an emotional speech by Ontario MP Arnold Chan, who spoke of his struggle with cancer while he appealed to his fellow parliamentarians for more civility.As his parents, brother and wife looked down from the gallery, the Liberal from the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough-Agincourt delivered his moving remarks during what was supposed to be a debate on the economy.Later, outside the House of Commons, Chan said he simply took the opportunity to say a few things he had to say.“I got it out,” he said. “There’s no announcement, I’m not taking a leave. I’m not resigning my seat … I’m carrying on my duties.”Chan, 50, did say he is not sure how long he will have the strength to stand and deliver a 20-minute speech.“Use your head, but follow your heart,” he told MPs during his remarks. “It is as simple as that.”Chan also urged them to ditch canned talking points, adding that people lose confidence in democracy when parliamentarians recite scripted lines.“We can disagree strongly — in fact we should,” he said.“That is what democracy is about … When we listen, we listen to one another despite our strong differences, that’s when democracy really happens. That’s the challenge that’s going on around the world right now. No one is listening.”Several MPs later paid tribute to Chan in the House of Commons, including Green party Leader Elizabeth May.May thanked Chan for a personal message he sent to her when she was considering whether to remain the leader of her party.She was mulling the decision last August after the Greens passed a controversial resolution supporting the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, something Parliament voted to reject in February 2016.“His message meant the world to me and is one of the reasons I stand here, not just as the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands but as leader of the Green party of Canada,” May said. “From the depth of my soul, I thank him.”Speaking outside the Commons, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called Chan’s speech “truly extraordinary.”“That exemplifies Arnold,” he said. “His career in Parliament has been … one of great distinction and that’s built on not only his hard work and his fine intellect and the way he articulates the positions that he takes … he’s a role model.”After a 2014 byelection win, Chan was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer, but after taking time off, ran for re-election in 2015.“Every day is different,” he said. “Those of us who live with cancer, you have to take it day by day. That’s what I do.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Trial date set in farm shooting that ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A trial date has been set for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an Indigenous man.Gerald Stanley’s second-degree murder trial in the death of Colten Boushie will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 15 in Battleford, Sask.Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.Details from a preliminary hearing in April are under a publication ban, however it is known that Boushie was shot and killed last August while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask.Boushie’s family has launched a petition calling for a new Crown prosecutor and an out-of-province lead investigator for the case, saying they believe people from outside the province would be less biased.Boushie’s killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.last_img read more

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Hells Angels member arrested in New Brunswick on drug and weapon charges

first_imgWOODSTOCK, N.B. – A member of an outlaw motorcycle gang in New Brunswick is facing drug and weapon charges following a police investigation.RCMP say Robin Moulton, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels MC Nomads New Brunswick chapter, was arrested this week while driving on Highway 2 near Woodstock, N.B.Mounties say the Fredericton man has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a restricted firearm.He has been remanded in custody pending a court hearing on the allegations in Woodstock Friday morning.Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says outlaw motorcycle gangs are a national priority for the RCMP.She says the investigation is a joint-effort between the Mounties, the Canadian Border Services Agency and police forces in Saint John, Fredericton, Edmundston and the Kennebecasis region.last_img read more

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Feds get ready for winter by looking into heated trailers for asylum

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is thinking about buying trailers to keep asylum seekers currently living in tents at the U.S. border safe from the cold winter.“These tents do have heaters, but we also have a very, very cold winter in this country and so we are, as a precautionary measure, looking at the possibility of trailers,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Friday after meeting the federal-provincial task force charged with managing an unprecedented flow of asylum seekers.“We’re just doing our homework so that we are, if necessary, prepared for things that could develop over the coming months.”More than 6,000 people have crossed illegally into Quebec from New York since July, the vast majority of them Haitians.Many are staying in tents at the border in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., as they await processing, but the federal government has issued a tender notice seeking suppliers who would be able to provide winterized trailers — on six weeks’ notice — to accommodate 200 people.Garneau, who is chair of the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on irregular migration, said the federal government is also increasing resources aimed at speeding up the processing, including opening an additional facility in Montreal and looking into ways to help claimants get temporary work permits faster“We know, from our experience, people want to work, are able to work,” said Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil.Many of the asylum seekers are believed to be coming to Canada because the U.S. government announced it is thinking about lifting the temporary protected status given to Haitian nationals after the deadly 2010 earthquake, meaning thousands of people could be deported.The Haitians are not the only group dealing with that change in policy, as there is no guarantee the U.S. will renew temporary protected status for citizens from nine other countries that is also set to expire in the coming months.So, the Liberal government is also expanding its outreach efforts in the U.S. beyond the Haitian community to drive home the message that asylum in Canada is not a sure bet.“You have to be able to demonstrate that you are in fear of returning to your country of origin, that you are fleeing persecution, war or terror,” said Garneau.Liberal MP Emmanuel Dubourg recently went to Miami to spread this message through the Haitian diaspora there and Garneau said that will be extended into other communities in the U.S.A senior government source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said details of that expanded effort are in the works, but people originally from El Salvador and Honduras are expected to be among those targeted.Many of the Haitians who decided to cross the border were also motivated by false information circulating on social media and elsewhere since the spring, which claimed that Canada would give them special status because of their temporary protected position in the U.S.Dubourg said he worked to counter those false claims during his trip to Miami.“(I) told people not to sell their assets, not to leave their jobs and try to cross the border in an irregular manner,” Dubourg said Friday.“I told them it’s not the right thing to do, because Canada has an immigration system, a robust system, and there are consequences for those people. They can be deported or sent back to their country of origin.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Anonymous tip led RCMP to doorstep of Montreal couple on trial on

first_imgMONTREAL – An anonymous tip led the RCMP national security team to the doorstep of a young Montreal couple now on trial on terrorism-related charges, a jury heard Wednesday.The investigator who led the case was the first witness to take the stand at the trial of El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane.They each face four charges: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization.Jamali, 20, and Djermane, 21, pleaded not guilty in front of the 12 jurors who will hear their estimated 10-week trial.Federal prosecutor Lyne Decarie summed up the Crown’s case in her opening statement.“The Islamic State, a young adult couple who want to leave Canada to join this terrorist group and the discovery of a recipe to make a bomb with some of the necessary ingredients,” Decarie said. “In one sentence, that is what our case is about.”Decarie has previously named 31 police, expert and civilian witnesses her team intends to call.Investigator Kevin Rouleau was the first, testifying that on April 10, 2015, his office received an anonymous tip about someone worried about Djermane and Jamali, who’d reportedly posted a Daesh flag on his Facebook page.Rouleau testified he had separate meetings that evening with the complainant and with Djermane.He told Djermane that authorities were investigating students from a Montreal junior college she and Jamali attended and which several students had left to fight in Syria.Rouleau said he and a partner asked her about marriage and religion and found Djermane hospitable and at ease with their presence.In her opening remarks, Decarie called that day a key date that would culminate with their arrests four days later. There were several searches and seizures conducted at the condo they shared as well as at the home of Jamali’s parents.Decarie said police will testify about what they found: a receipt for passports, a new suitcase with new, still tagged clothes, a plane ticket with a planned May departure date, and various other documents.“In a binder found on the nightstand in the bedroom of the condo, (an officer) found, on two pages, a recipe about how to make a bomb, written by hand by Mr. Jamali,” Decarie said.“This recipe, the evidence will show, was word for word a recipe published by al-Qaida (in one of their magazines).”RCMP agents also found a bag with some of the items necessary to make a bomb, allegedly purchased from a dollar store. Officers returned a few days later with an explosives expert and found other ingredients — Christmas lights and sandpaper — as well as a list allegedly written by Djermane.The pair’s cellphones as well as three computers and a tablet were seized and analyzed.Experts dug through the couple’s Facebook pages, flagging pertinent chats, messages and posted links.Decarie said the last witness will be an expert on Syria, Islamic State and its ideology.That expert will also discuss a propaganda video starring a Canadian named John Maguire, who urged Muslims to launch attacks against Canadians.The prosecutor told jurors that in the video, Maguire urges Muslims to make choices: pack a bag, buy a plane ticket and join Islamic State abroad or prepare explosives, sharpen knives and perpetrate a local attack.“The Crown intends to demonstrate that El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane responded to this call,” Decarie said.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

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