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first_imgGenderList of cautionOn October 24, law student, Raya Sarkar, published a list of alleged sexual predators in Indian varsities on Facebook. Predictably, the conversation veered in every direction, and was only in part supportive of those the list sought to caution-the victims, both past and prospective. There were fits thrown,GenderList of cautionOn October 24, law student, Raya Sarkar, published a list of alleged sexual predators in Indian varsities on Facebook. Predictably, the conversation veered in every direction, and was only in part supportive of those the list sought to caution-the victims, both past and prospective. There were fits thrown as freely as the term “smear campaign” and the feminist movement within the country was fragmented. Centring the voices of women, we ask the affected sex about the importance of this list, “due process” and whether the two can coexist.Priyamvada Gopal, 49, Academic, University of Cambridge, UKSuch lists are indicative of a degree of desperation and a sign of how rife the problem of humiliating and degrading sexual behaviour is in academia. Due process is highly desirable at all times and we must never lose sight of how important it is, but it is also the case that institutions have failed victims of sex pests at many points. It is also helpful to be cognisant of the fact that most harassment usually takes place in private, and is therefore, not always available to documented proof. The lists are a call for cultural change on a scale which is not necessarily reducible to due process. The entitlement that many powerful heterosexual men feel in relation to the bodies of women must be undone.Mihira Sood, 33, Lawyer, DelhiThe Sexual HarassmentAct suffers serious shortcomings. Organisations are keen to havecomplaints dismissed for the sake of their reputation and most of theCommittee comprise the organisation’s employees so they are notindependent. The external member’s finding counts for little if she isin a minority. Moreover, the external member is also paid by theorganisation so her independence is compromised. While I think the lawis flawed, I am uncomfortable with anonymous complaints and vagueallegations. It deprives an accused of a defence, and opens the door for such guerilla tactics that can be used against vulnerable groups. TheAct as it stands is far from ‘due process’, but the idea of due processis one that protects, rather than oppresses the vulnerable, and thatidea should be valued.advertisementNaomi Barton, 25, Digital merchandiser, Penguin India, Delhi The insistence on due process is premised on the idea that due process itself has done enough for oppressed women. As we have seen with our own courts stating that ‘a feeble no is not really a no’, and acquitting the rapist Mahmood Farooqui, the basis of what constitutes harassment does not centre the idea of believing a victim. This list is what it looks like when women decline to engage with the establishment to protect themselves. Due process has had its way so far and failed. Women are taking accountability into their own hands.BooksEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine GailHoneyman  Eleanor works in an office, likes to drink vodka on theweekends and has a conversatiion with her creepy mother every Wednesday. Utterly alone, she is not lonely. Published by Harper Collins 400 pages Rs 399.Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen Anuja Chandramouli &Padmini: The Spirited Queen of Chittor Mridula Behari Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie has sparked an interest in possibly the most mythologised beauty in India, our very own tragic Helen of Troy. Mridula Behari’s Padmini (Published by Penguin Random House India; 248 pages Rs 299) tells the tale from the point of view of the legendary beauty while Anuja Chandramouli goes full metal jacket, retelling the story as a modern love jihad, complete with a war mongering brutal Alaudin Khilji, a virtuous Maharwal Ratan Singh and the brave Padmavati of Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Published by Juggernaut Books 240 pages Rs 299.SportGoing for gold The Indian women hockey team broke into the top 10 in the International Hockey Federation (IHF) world rankings after winning the Asia Cup in Japan after 13 years.CultureThe gap widensThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Gender Gap report has ranked India at 108 out of 144 countries surveyed, showing a fall of 21 places from last year to find itself at 108 on the Global Gender Gap Index, lower than neighbours China (at 100) and Bangladesh (at 47). The main reason behind this abysmal ranking is the lack of engagement and involvement of women in the economy, coupled with low wages. Leading the list is Iceland. However, this year, the findings are bleak in that the overall gap has actually widened for the first time since the WEF began conducting the survey in 2006.SocietyThe robot of Riyadh In October, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a female robot created by Hong Kongbased Hanson Robotics. Sophia was on stage when journalist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, informed her of the government’s decision.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressure

first_imgVirat Kohli had scored 442 runs before India took on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. By his standards, Kohli had had a middling tournament but the captain had done his bit in a solid campaign.While Rohit Sharma went on a record-breaking spree and became the first man to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup, Kohli hit 5 successive half-centuries. He said he was not concerned he could not convert them into hundreds because this World Cup, his role was different.Meanwhile, India’s middle-order woes were mostly papered over by Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and to an extent KL Rahul. However, questions were asked of MS Dhoni whose lack of strike rotation left some of the game’s legends puzzled. In a steep chase against England, MS Dhoni’s go-slow approached baffled Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain while Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with MS Dhoni’s slow-paced knock against Afghanistan.It was accepted. India had relied on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli for the better part of the last 4 years and in the 2019 World Cup, these 3 would have to play starring roles. Dhawan was ruled out when he suffered a fractured thumb during a magical hundred against Australia.Rohit Sharma readily took responsibilty and created history. On Wednesday, he needed 27 to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a World Cup but he was out for 1 in India’s chase of 240.Kohli chokes under pressureShortly after, Virat Kohli was out, also for 1. The captain had failed again in a high-pressure knockout game. India’s superstar had once again choked in an important ICC match. You might think it’s unfair to criticise a man who will soon break all of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record but here’s a fact: in 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli has scored only 11 runs.advertisementIn the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, when he was still a novice, Kohli fell for 9 to left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz. 4 years later, when Virat Kohli had taken his first steps towards super-stardom, he was out for 1, again to another left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson.In 2019, Virat Kohli was a legend. 41 ODI hundreds, the owner of several records etc etc. He should have taken the onus. Virat Kohli is a captain who likes to walk the talk.In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, chasing 339, Virat Kohli flopped. He fell to Mohammad Amir for 5.That’s 4 low scores in 4 high-pressure World Cup matches. He was captain in 2 of those.So does Kohli choke under pressure? And what are his problems against left-arm pacers that teams around the world have been exploiting for years?Dhoni keeps India in the huntMeanwhile, MS Dhoni has been criticised for playing out too many dot balls. He has been slammed over his strike rate and experts have raised questions on his intent.But here are some facts again: In the 2011 World Cup, India were under pressure. They were overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka and the hopes of a nation were on his shoulders. But Dhoni, then captain, walked in at No.5 ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh, and hit an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls to win India their 2nd World Cup.In the 2015 World Cup semi-final, MS Dhoni gave India’s total a semblance of respectability with a run-a-ball 65. In 2019, MS Dhoni made 50 and added 106 with Ravindra Jadeja. Again, had it not been for Dhoni and of course Jadeja, India would have suffered a much bigger defeat in the semi-final against New Zealand.In fact, after Ravindra Jadeja fell for a heroic 77, Dhoni kept India in the hunt. Had Dhoni not been run out in the 49th over, with 26 more needed, who know what could have been?Virat Kohli is a modern-day great. He is a match-winner but India should expect a lot more from him in the games that really matter. This was another lost opportunity and MS Dhoni will not be around for the 2023 World Cup. Virat Kohli will be. Here’s hoping he can make amends then.Also Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

Elevators at Kingston Public, National Chest and Spanish Town Hospitals to be Replaced

first_img Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who signed the contracts at the Spanish Town Hospital on November 1, said the replacement of the elevators will provide critical logistics support to the hospitals. The hospitals are Kingston Public and National Chest in Kingston and Spanish Town in St. Catherine. Story Highlights Within the next six months, three of the island’s hospitals should have new elevators, following the signing of contracts valued at $44.9 million for the replacement of the lifts. Within the next six months, three of the island’s hospitals should have new elevators, following the signing of contracts valued at $44.9 million for the replacement of the lifts.The hospitals are Kingston Public and National Chest in Kingston and Spanish Town in St. Catherine.Malfunctioning of elevators at the facilities has severely hampered surgeries and movement of patients.The scope of works, which includes removing old components from existing elevator shafts and installing new mechanisms, is expected to significantly impact the quality of care the hospitals are able to provide.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who signed the contracts at the Spanish Town Hospital on November 1, said the replacement of the elevators will provide critical logistics support to the hospitals.He noted that the improvements are in keeping with Government’s efforts to upgrade the island’s health sector. “Public health is fundamental to economic growth and development,” he said.Dr. Tufton said that regular maintenance will ensure that the elevators perform efficiently.Meanwhile, Regional Director, South East Regional Health Authority, Maureen Golding, encouraged patients to exercise tolerance during the installation period, while Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals, Errol Greene, expressed thanks for the undertaking. “We are grateful for what is to come,” he added.Senior Medical Officer at the Spanish Town Hospital, Dr. Ediel Brown, said the installation of the new elevators is “absolutely critical and is coming at the most appropriate time”.The elevator replacements are being funded by grants from the National Health Fund (NHF).The works will be undertaken by Jamaica Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Limited.last_img read more

Enforcement Unit Has Early Success Against Impaired Drivers

first_imgA new police unit in Southwest Nova Scotia is proving effective in the fight against impaired driving. The Integrated Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit is a joint effort of the RCMP, local police forces and the provincial government. Since its launch in December, the unit has stopped more than 21,300 vehicles at 114 checkpoints. Officers administered 193 roadside alcohol screening tests, laid 38 impaired driving charges and ordered 45 immediate 24-hour licence suspensions. “With our crime-prevention strategy, we’re working with law enforcement and other partners to help keep Nova Scotians safe on the road and in their communities,” said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “This partnership in Southwest Nova Scotia is an excellent joint use of resources and it’s producing concrete results.” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott said he is encouraged by the statistics. “Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in our province last year,” said Mr. Scott. “By taking impaired and unsafe drivers off our roads, we are preventing injuries and saving lives.” The unit is a one-year pilot project funded by the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Justice, Health Promotion and Protection, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The unit is based at the Chester RCMP detachment. Its officers patrol roads in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings counties. The RCMP is providing vehicles, office facilities and four traffic services officers. Bridgewater and Kentville police officers are also part of the six-member unit. Mark Mander, Kentville Police Service chief, said motorists should be aware that the unit is patrolling day and night to keep roads and communities safe. “We are sending a clear message to motorists that we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to impaired driving,” said Chief Mander. The unit is also effectively enforcing other motor vehicle infractions. Officers have charged 82 motorists for operating a motor vehicle without a licence, 147 for speeding and 66 for failing to wear seatbelts. Tickets for 329 other motor vehicle offences were also issued by the unit since December. Mr. Scott said the province will evaluate the pilot project before the end of the year to determine its impact on incidents of impaired driving and consider expansion throughout Nova Scotia. The project is one of several provincial initiatives to improve road safety, including a ban on hand-held cellphones, doubling fines for speeding in school and construction zones, legislation to combat street racing and new graduated driver-licensing rules. The project also supports government’s priority to keep communities safe.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223, east for 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Detour on Route 223 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road Starting Monday, June 8, sections of Shore Road from the intersection of Parker Mountain Road and the intersection of Hampton Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane to allow for road improvements. The work is scheduled for completion on Saturday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will guide motorists through the construction zone. Please drive with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Shinimicas Road Burns Bridge on Shinimicas Road will be closed for repairs until Tuesday, June 16. Signs are in place. Motorists should find an alternative route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road The Masstown Road, east of Exit 12 for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for replacing asphalt and repairs to the Highway 104 overpass, until Thursday, July 16. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line, about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Detour on Highway 125 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101 at Exit 8 near Hantsport will be reduced to one lane to allow for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, June 30. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road from the Amherst town line west to Route 302 about nine kilometres will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Section 2 of Trunk 19, for about a half a kilometre north of Blackstone Road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization, patching and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 802-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329 from the Lodge Road, south to Boutlier Lane for about 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Friday, June 12. Pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Work completed by 5 p.m. on Fridays. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Hants County line to Princeport Road, about eight kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold milling, asphalt recycling and asphalt paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 west of Exit 22 about 11.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Oak Island Road (Avonport Roundabout) to Hantsport town line for eight kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 31 for paving. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road, about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Highway) south of Hornes Road, for about six kilometers will be reduced to one lane for clearing, gravelling and paving from Sunday, June 7 until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Yarmouth-Digby County line west for about 4.1 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Tuesday, July 7. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Motorist are advised of delays. Use alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure Traffic on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Tuesday, June 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Drivers using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road easterly for 6.4 kilometres until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Point de Harve Road Point de Harve Road north about 8.3 kilometres to Cape Breton Highlands Park will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31 Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, June 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people are on site. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from Route 395 south will be reduced to one lane for cold planning, gravelling, pulverization and asphalt concrete patching and re-paving until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunet. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Lake Brook Bridge The Lake Brook Bridge on Shore Road will be closed for replacement until Monday, June 8. Detour from Trunk 1, to Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road back to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 between Exit 29 at Barney’s River, Pictou County to the Antigonish County Line will be reduced to one lane for road improvements until Tuesday, June 30. Delays are expected. Signs, flashing light units and traffic control people are on site. Work will take place from Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The outside lanes of the Cobequid Pass toll booths on Highway 104 will be closed until Wednesday, June 17, for renovations. Vehicles wider than 2.6 metres should exit Highway 104 at Exit 12 westbound, or Exit 7 eastbound, and travel on Trunk 4. Motorists are asked to follow posted signs. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. INVERNESS COUNTY: Broad Cove Marsh Section 3 of Broad Cove Marsh from Trunk 19 north for about one kilometre will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization, patching and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road The intersection on Grand Lake Road, near Central Supplies, will be reduced to two lanes from four for traffic light installation until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. Detour on Prince Street is optional. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Officer: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound lane, from CNR overpass to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, about 2.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for asphalt cold planing and paving until Monday, June 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 10 and Exit 11 will have one lane closures for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from 318 overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road, between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for re-paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Spanks Bridge Spanks Bridge on the Larry’s River Road at West Cooks Cove will be out of service, local traffic only, from Monday, June 8 until Saturday, Oct. 31 for repairs. Detour via Mountain Road and Trunk 16. Users of the Trans-Canada Trail are advised that the Spanks Bridge is closed and are to use caution when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242 from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan West to Lower Maccan Road, about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1, through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and asphalt paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville is closed for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will be closed from Pine Grove Road to Route 331 at Cooks Bridge, to install a water main and level the road until Wednesday, June 17. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones will be on site. Detour signs will be in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 8 to the Pictou County line, will have a lane closure for cold milling, widening and paving until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 -30-last_img read more

Shooting survivor quits panel over timid Liberal record on assaultstyle guns

first_imgOTTAWA — Mass-shooting survivor Nathalie Provost has quit the federal firearms advisory committee in frustration, saying she is extremely disappointed with the Liberal government’s failure to crack down on assault-style rifles.Provost, who was shot four times during the 1989 attack by a gunman at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, says she feels used by a government unwilling to take the steps needed to make Canadians safer.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of Provost’s resignation letter sent today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ministers Ralph Goodale and Bill Blair, the cabinet members responsible for firearms issues.Provost, who served for more than two years on the committee, says the government systematically ignored her calls for an overhaul of the firearms classification system — a move that could tighten restrictions on some semi-automatic rifles.She claims the committee contributed nothing to the Liberal firearms bill recently passed by Parliament — legislation she considers very timid.Provost says the government could immediately ban a range of assault-style rifles by regulation, but there is no indication it will act before the fall election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RAPTORS STAR KAWHI LEONARD SUING NIKE

first_img Twitter Toronto Raptors star basketball player Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. Kawhi claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and the sportswear company, unbeknownst to him, “falsely” claimed it created the logo in a copyright registration.A Nike spokesman did not immediately return a message.The lawsuit was filed Monday in United States District Court in Southern California. Leonard is from San Diego. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Last week, the New York Times reported that the Los Angeles Clippers “have quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard’s ‘Klaw’ logo that is still owned by Nike.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

UN underlines importance of sustainable use of Iraqi Marshlands as water resource

Since the 1970s, more than 90 per cent of the original Iraqi Marshlands area has been desiccated through the combined actions of upstream damming and systematic draining. As a result, by 2000, the only remaining marsh was a portion of Al-Hawizeh on the southern border with Iran, according to the report, entitled Managing Change in the Marshlands: Iraq’s Critical Challenge.In the 1990s, much of the settlements and livelihoods of the Marsh Arabs were destroyed in organized attacks against the Marsh communities, forcing the majority of people to leave. An estimated more than 75,000 Marsh Arabs fled to Iran, with around 100,000 others settling elsewhere in Iraq, according to the report, which calls for the development of a “national vision” for the management and governance of the Marshlands.The Marshlands area is subject to a range of pressures, including upstream water management, climate change, competition over land and resources, economic development and key demographic trends, according to the report prepared by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq.Water quality in the Marshlands is poor and generally not safe for human consumption in many areas. It is also less suitable for agriculture and other economic uses, the report points out. The loss of permanent natural habitat and the diversity of life has degraded the overall health of the Marshlands ecosystems and diminished their capacity to support Iraqis.“The ability to mobilize governance to manage these pressures will ultimately determine the future development of the Marshlands. Addressing these drivers of change will require devising a policy framework that enables action at different levels and groups of actors,” the report points out.Policy decisions will have to address trade-offs among current uses of the Marshlands and between current and future uses, according to the document.It points out that important trade-offs involve those between agricultural production and water quality, land use and biodiversity, development of oil industry water use and aquatic biodiversity, and current water use for irrigation and future agricultural production.“Sustainable development of the Marshlands requires striking a balance between development at the national and local levels, including a just compromise between competing interests,” the report notes. 25 August 2011Marshlands in Iraq must be managed in a manner that balances the various benefits derived from the ecosystems, including food and clean water for the country’s people, as well as climate control, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

Range of issues of global concern discussed in UN SecretaryGenerals meetings with

The meeting between the Secretary-General and the President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, saw the two men discuss the North African nation’s constitution-making process and women’s empowerment, as well as the President’s efforts to promote economic recovery and regional integration within the Arab Maghreb Union. They also discussed the impact of recent attacks in Tunisia by extremists. Libya’s democratic transformation process, as well as the security situation in the country following the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, was a topic for discussion in the Secretary-General’s meeting with President of the General National Congress of Libya, Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf. They also discussed continued cooperation with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and they agreed on the importance of the Alliance of Civilizations, especially in light of the recent intolerance and violence. Mr. Ban also underlined the need for a comprehensive review of the status of conflict-related detainees, and both men agreed on the need for human rights and due process to be respected. Senegal’s long-running conflict in its southern Casamance region, as well as the latest developments regarding the prosecution of former Chadian Head of State Hissennè Habré, were covered in the Secretary-General’s meeting with the African country’s President Macky Sall. They also exchanged views on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, Mali and the Sahel region, and on ways for the international community to support the region in addressing these crises. In addition, they discussed the importance of international partnerships to try to alleviate the problems resulting from global climate change, as well as drought in the Sahel.The situation in Mali was also discussed in the Secretary-General’s meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Burkina Faso, Djibrill Yipènè Bassolé. In addition, they discussed the upcoming electoral process in Burkina Faso and exchanged views on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. In his meeting with the President of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, the Secretary-General welcomed the African leader’s efforts to engage in national dialogue with opposition parties and encouraged him to work towards the creation of a more conducive environment for the conduct of legislative elections. Mr. Ban and the President also discussed Togo’s efforts towards the achievement of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of education and agriculture. The UN chief underscored the importance of Africa’s constant efforts towards enhanced regional unity, coordination and cooperation for peace and sustainable development – and he urged Togo to continue to play a leading role in this regard. Meeting with the Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the Secretary-General commended the Government, and its President Salva Kiir in particular, for reaching agreements with the Government of Sudan on post-secession issues at a meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa earlier this week. The two men also discussed the current situation in South Sudan, particularly in the state of Jonglei. Meeting with Burundi’s First Vice-President, Therence Sinunguruza, the Secretary-General thanked the African country for its contribution to peace in Somalia and welcomed its readiness to participate in peacekeeping efforts. They also discussed the human rights situation and peace consolidation efforts in Burundi, including the establishment of the truth and reconciliation commission and preparations for the next elections. In their meeting, the Secretary-General and the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Michael Spindelegger, discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including the Western Balkans, the Alliance of Civilizations and its upcoming Annual Forum to be held in Vienna in February 2013, and efforts to reform the UN Secretariat. The two men also agreed that it is essential for the international community to pursue mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation through cross-cultural dialogue. The situations in Syria and Afghanistan were among the topics discussed in the meeting between the Secretary-General and Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Bildt.They agreed on the gravity of the situation in Syria, and the urgent need to find a solution and to address the humanitarian crisis there. Concerning Afghanistan, they discussed the upcoming elections and the importance of ensuring continued and long-term international commitment to support the Afghan people towards national reconciliation and stability. The Secretary-General exchanged views on developments in the Western Balkans in his meeting with Slovenia’s Prime Minister, Janez Janša. They also discussed issues relating to the principle known as the responsibility to protect, and the involvement and participation of civil society in this context, in addition to discussing the situation in Syria.Malta’s role as a strong advocate for tackling climate change, as well as its contributions to international efforts to combat piracy, was discussed in the Secretary-General’s meeting with the Mediterranean nation’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Tonio Borg, They also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa and Malta’s strategic role as “a bridge between North and South,” in addition to discussing the immigration and refugee issue in the Mediterranean region. The Secretary-General commended Malta’s efforts in this regard and recalled the importance of upholding the human rights of those affected.The President of Albania, Bujar Nishani, emphasized his country’s commitment to UN principles and actions – especially regarding human rights, women’s empowerment and peacekeeping – in his meeting with the Secretary-General.They discussed developments in Albania and UN-Albanian cooperation, and Mr. Ban thanked Albania for its support in piloting the UN’s Delivering as One initiative. They also exchanged views on progress in the areas of peace and stability in the region. In the meeting between the Secretary-General and San Marino’s Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs, Antonella Mularoni, the two discussed the political and economic situation in the small landlocked nation and in Europe, with Mr. Ban thanking San Marino for its continuing support to the UN. The Secretary-General discussed regional cooperation – particularly the need to find a mutually acceptable solution to the region’s water and energy challenges – in a meeting with Turkmenistan’s Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rashid Meredov.The two men also recognized the useful role of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and its head. Uruguay’s presidency of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and its participation in UN peacekeeping operations were discussed in the Secretary-General’s meeting with the Latin American country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Luis Almagro. Other topics discussed included the implementation of the Delivering as One programme in Uruguay, the issue of drug control and regional developments.In the meeting between the Secretary-General and the Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam, Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the two men discussed issues related to UN-Brunei cooperation and the UN-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Comprehensive Partnership. Also on Friday, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, met with Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha. They exchanged views on Nepal’s peace and constitution-making process and the economic and social situation in the country, including the MDGs. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the role of the United Nations in Nepal’s peace process, and briefed Mr. Eliasson on current efforts to end the political deadlock and to move forward, including possibly through new elections. The Deputy Secretary-General was encouraged by the new efforts and urged the Nepalese parties to complete the constitution-making process without delay while protecting the gains achieved so far. The pair also exchanged views on the importance of transitional justice and international standards in the context of Nepal’s peace process, and Mr. Eliasson expressed his appreciation for Nepal’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping. read more

Chernobyl with disasters effects still being felt after 30 years UN renews

Gas mask at the Elementary School village of Krasne, Chernobyl. Photo: Exploring the Zone/Philip Grossman Noting that the most visible sign of current international cooperation efforts may be the New Safe Confinement structure – which is now nearing completion and should make the reactor complex stable and environmentally safe for the next 100 years – Mr. Mulet said the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next month will ask leaders to consider multidisciplinary strategies that include prevention, preparedness and response.‘Complacency must be avoided at all costs’Echoing this message in a statement issued from Vienna, Austria, the Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said Chernobyl led to a leap forward in global cooperation on nuclear safety, including the adoption of the Convention on Nuclear Safety.“Countries with nuclear power began sharing information and experience in a way they never had before. The IAEA’s mandate on nuclear safety was enhanced. IAEA Safety Standards were expanded,” stated the IAEA chief. However, despite these improvements, he said the world was confronted with another serious accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011.“In the five years since then, considerable improvements have been made in nuclear safety throughout the world,” he added. “But the key lesson from both Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi for everyone involved in nuclear power – plant operators, governments and regulators – is that safety can never be taken for granted. Complacency must be avoided at all costs.” “Today, we remember the human cost of the disaster. We remember those who sacrificed their own lives to prevent this disaster from becoming even worse,” Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the General Assembly, told delegates attending a commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York. Thirty years ago, the accident – widely considered one of the most severe in the history of the nuclear power industry – caused a huge release of radio-nucleoids over large areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, devastating the region’s mostly rural economy and uprooting more than 300,000 people.“Livelihoods lost almost 30 years ago have yet to recover fully and many affected are still struggling to overcome poverty, exclusion and the stigma of contaminated regions,” Mr. Lykketoft noted. He highlighted that this year, along-side this 30th anniversary, the global community is also marking the end of the Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development for Chernobyl-affected Regions, with a series of activities taking place in the affected countries included a high level conference in Minsk which began yesterday. A photo exhibition entitled ‘Chernobyl, tragedy, lessons, hope’ is also on display at the UN in New York.New awareness of safety issues since ChernobylSpeaking at the event on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Chef de Cabinet Edmond Mulet said the tragedy of Chernobyl will always be linked with nuclear safety.“The accident led to a new awareness of safety issues and to major improvements in the regulation of nuclear plants around the world. The Chernobyl disaster also brought the international community together to support the enormous efforts of local, regional and national authorities,” he said. read more

Logo for Beach Handball IHF World Championship in Kazan 2018 – presented

With the 2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships less than 150 days away preparations are heating up in the Russian host city of Kazan as it prepares to welcome the best 32 men’s and women’s teams from around the world, announced IHF.Helping to raise awareness and support of the event, a stand-out logo and identity are crucial to the success of any tournament and Kazan 2018 have taken the first step by revealing their logo.The colorful and distinct logo features the head of a ‘Zilant’ a legendary creature, which is somewhere between a dragon and a wyvern and which has been the official symbol of Kazan city since 1730.In the logo, which also incorporates the year of the tournament and a beach handball itself, Zilant can be seen breathing fire – representing energy and the power of the game – over a stylised sea and sand.Zilant has become known as the king of snakes, a powerful dragon who has legendary creative power and represents life, immortality, eternal rebirth, cosmic supernatural force, greatness, wisdom, and invincibility. He is kind to people and protects them.The mythical creature is featured in the coat of arms of Kazan and can be seen at various points across the city, including in the metro system and through works of art. Kazan even had a handball teamed named ‘HC KAI Zilant’ who appeared in the EHF Men’s Challenge Cup in 2002/03. Beach handball ← Previous Story HBC Nantes, PSG Handball, Chambery and Montpellier for French Cup 2018 trophy Next Story → BLOG: Huttenberg or Wisla? The time is now… read more

Twitter reaches 200 million users and 110 million tweets per day

first_imgWith Facebook featuring heavily in the spotlight this month (for good and bad reasons) you sometimes forget that there are other social network platforms around.Twitter, with its micro blogging service, has been quietly but steadily gaining registered users in the background. In fact, it appears that Twitter has now reached nearly 200 million registered users (mind you not all of these may be actively posting tweets), and that 110 million tweets per day are being posted as of the January 1.AdChoices广告Whilst it pales in comparison to the number of registered Facebook users it is still an impressive amount, especially as back in September of last year it had 160 million registered users and 95 million tweets per day.Twitter recently launched its service in Korean, which makes this its seventh language. Apparently the Korean people seem to love posting tweets. According to Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, who visited Seoul recently at a press conference, Twitter has seen 3,400% growth of Korean language tweets in 2010 alone, making this one of the fastest growing tweet languages in general.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

Dance speaks Louder Than Words

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sydney theatregoers will be treated to two world premiere performances thanks to a Greek Australian dance collaboration.As part of The Sydney Dance Company’s Louder Than Words season, Australian dancers will bring to life the artistic vision of some of Europe’s most prolific artists.Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela and Andonis Foniadakis, Louder Than Words runs from 8 to 18 October 2014 at The Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay.Dancers express the primal fury of Foniadakis in the world premiere of Parenthesis, which explores the sensuality and disorder of human intimacy. Working to a tight schedule, the dancers had just 30 days to meet, practice and master the piece.“It happened really quickly, within ten days we had our first draft of the show,” said dancer Juliette Barton.Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis is known for conjuring restless energy, at once brash and beautiful.“Each of the dancers were asked to work on building a phrase for themselves, a movement phrase that was a common speech, so something that I would do or say that was representative of me,” she continued.Foniadakis’ choreographic stardom sky-rocketed four years ago on the back of a string of highly praised works for well-respected dance companies worldwide including the darkly aggressive Kosmos for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, the beautiful Echo for the Martha Graham company, the explosive Horizons for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and the elegant Glory for Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. Foniadakis is a choreographer who does everything at full throttle. He runs his own project-based company while juggling international commissions in Europe, the United States and now Australia.“The dancers are great, they are at a very high level. The way they work is very focused, I mean it is amazing … for me it is a great opportunity to work with those dancers,” said assistant choreographer Markella Manoliadi.Parenthesis is performed alongside Bonachela’s new work Scattered Rhymes. The dancers follow a cappella renditions of fourteenth century poems. Bonachela and Foniadakis together present a manifesto for the future of dance – brash and beautiful, unapologetic and impossible to contain. From Bonachela’s measured grace to Foniadakis’ primal fury, this is an explosive choreography unified by a kinetic lexicon. Where words falter, movement speaks to us still.last_img read more

Greek Steps playgroup kinder dance open for enrolments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Now open for enrolments, Greek Steps is offering a program for pre-school children aged one to five years old, with a Greek cultural focus.The program aims to develop children’s Greek language skills and to enhance their cultural knowledge through various activities including story telling, music, singing, games and dance. Keeping in mind the different stages of a child’s development, parents are given the option of two different time slots with activities to suit all levels. At the moment only morning sessions are being offered, with a 10.00 am group for 1 to 3-year-olds and an 11.00 am group for children aged 3 years and above.Greek Steps currently offers its playgroup and kinder dance services in Brighton, Belmore, Bexley, Marrickville and Liverpool, however it is also looking to open playgroups in more locations as the need arises.When: Groups commence in February 2015 Where: Brighton, Belmore, Bexley, Marrickville and Liverpool.If you wish to see Greek Steps in your area phone 0413114930 or inbox the group via their Facebook page www.facebook.com/GreekStepsPlaygroup/timeline. For more information visit www.schoolofgreekdance.com.aulast_img read more

TCEM criticised on Grand Turk dump management residents calls on Government to

first_img Wheeland MP says ‘Enough is enough’; Official statement on Landfill fire Burning rubber at Provo Landfill; fire again blamed on arson… again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: TCEM contract not renewed, Gov’t back in charge of dump sites Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 14, 2017 – Grand Turk – A Grand Turk resident says the company hired to manage the dump is doing a terrible job and he believes it is causing the mosquito problem which led to the recent outbreak of Dengue Fever at HJ Robinson High School.In a photo sent to Magnetic Media, we can see a high mound of tires stacked at the Grand Turk dump, dry dusty grounds and a few stray dogs milling about – none of this should be happening according to the contract arranged between TCIG and Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM.Since 2012, TCEM was given the exclusive waste management contract for the dumps in Provo and Grand Turk; the country pays $1.5 million per year for them to do this and still a recent photo of Grand Turk and a recent visit to the Providenciales site revealed several breaches.There is no tire shredder, no security guard, dry grounds so there is dust flying when TCEM is mandated to keep the area water soaked and no perimeter fencing to keep animals out of the dumps.   Magnetic Media stopped by the Provo office of TCEM to get comment, days later there is still no explanation from the company on why it has faltered on its agreement.   A media report late last year exposed these vexing issues and TCEM had vowed to fix the problems; months later though there is no change.The resident of Grand Turk called upon the new PDM Administration to bring about the ‘change’ it promised and asks Government to force Turks and Caicos Environmental Management to live up to its agreement in full; that agreement is for five years.#MagneticMediaNews #GrandTurkdumpsite #TCEM Related Items:#GrandTurkdumpsite, #magneticmedianews, #TCEMlast_img read more

Hafiz Saeeds arrest was result of great pressure exerted by

first_imgWashington: United States President Donald Trump Wednesday said the arrest of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan as a result of “great pressure” exerted by his administration on Islamabad in the last two years. Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested by the anti-terrorism authorities of the Punjab Province while he was going to Gujranwala from Lahore on Wednesday morning. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us A Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) team intercepted him near Gujranwala city (some 80-km from Lahore) and arrested him on terror financing charges, a CTD said. Saeed’s arrest comes just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US and talks with President Trump who has previously admonished Pakistan for not doing enough to rein in terror groups operating from its soil. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us “After a ten-year search, the so-called ‘mastermind’ of the Mumbai terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!” said Trump who is scheduled to meet Khan at his Oval Office on Monday, 22 July. However, former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani contested Trump’s tweets and said that the official who gave the President such information should be fired. Advertise With Us “Finding him was never an issue. He operated freely and was highly visible. He has been arrested and released many times over,” he said. “The President should “immediately fire whoever gave him the wrong information,” Haqqani said in a tweet with other people also expressing their opinion on the arrest. “Found?? The man had been leading prayers in the largest cricket stadium of the country for years & riding horses to the national monument in Lahore, Pakistan,” tweeted columnist Mohammad Taqi. Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala that sent him on judicial remand for seven days. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail, Pakistani officials said. Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including American nationals. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings the JuD chief to justice. The CTD on July 3 had registered 23 FIRs against 13 top leaders of the JuD including Saeed on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province. Under pressure from the international community, Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the LeT, the JuD and its charity wing the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing. Trump has repeatedly asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds. The Pakistani government had also recently arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence after the Imran Khan government took control of the JuD and the FIF properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following international pressure built up after the Pulwama attack carried out by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.last_img read more

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal 2019 Indian Wells Masters semifinal TV listings

first_imgJulian Finney/Getty ImagesTennis legend Roger Federer will take on former world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi final of the 2019 Indian Wells Masters on Saturday, 16 March [Sunday, 17 March in India].What time is the matchThe tennis match, which is the semi final clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal starts approximately at 12:50am IST [on Sunday]. The match between the two tennis legend is scheduled after the first semi final between Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic. The first semi final starts at 11:30pm IST [Saturday], which is at 11am local time.How to live stream onlineATP’s official website provides live stream of the match. Son Liv will provide users to follow the match using laptop and desktop. Son Liv app will also provide the coverage of the match.TV ListingsIndia – Sony NetworkSri Lanka – Sony NetworkPakistan – Sony NetworkMaldives – Sony NetworkNepal – Sony NetworkBangladesh – Sony NetworkBhutan – Sony NetworkAfghanistan – Sony NetworkSingapore – Star HubHong Kong – PCCWMiddle East – beIN SportsIsrael – Sport1USA – ESPNCanada – TSNBrazil – GlobosatUSA – Tennis ChannelAustralia – ESPN GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesPreviewRoger Federer made it to the last four of the Indian Wells Masters of this year by defeating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland comfortably in the quarter final. The Swiss tennis legend was successful in having a straight set win. The final score line of the match between Roger Federer and Hubert Hurkacz was 6-4, 6-4 in the former world number one’s favour.Roger Federer’s opponent for the next match is Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has defeated Karen Khachanov to make it to the semi final of the 2019 Indian Wells Masters. Rafael Nadal was struggled with knee injury and he had to take time away for medical reasons. Despite the discomfort, Rafael Nadal defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets. Both the sets were won on tie breakers. The final score line was 7-6, 7-6 in Rafael Nadal’s favour.Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer for the first time in two years in the semi final of the 2019 Indian Wells Masters.last_img read more

Baltimore Officials Seek Crackdown on Landlords over Lead Exposure

first_imgToo many Baltimore landlords are renting “under the radar”—that is, failing to register their rental properties with the Maryland Department of the Environment—and lead exposure and poisoning is often the end result, according to City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.In February, the Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution calling for increased cooperation between city, state and federal officials to bring Baltimore’s lead paint poisoning crisis under control.  Lawmakers also want to see additional state-level changes that will better protect Baltimore’s children.  Currently, more than 56,000 Baltimore children under age six are at risk from lead poisoning, according to Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.But communication between City and State lawmakers on lead compliance hasn’t heated up following last month’s City Council resolution, said Clarke.“So many landlords have just stopped registering their units and certifying their units,” she said. “People really don’t have a dependable guideline about where to rent.  First of all the landlords have to register their properties and then from there go through the certification process.”Effective January 2015, landlords owning rental units built prior to 1978 must register with the Maryland Department of the Environment within 30 days of property acquisition.  Lead inspections are required of all registered properties and must be conducted by an MDE accredited lead paint inspector.“We need more oversight from the state” said Pat Clarke. “It is a requirement for landlords to register. If we don’t even know where the units are, the whole process breaks down.”It remains unclear how many properties in Baltimore contain lead paint. Many rental properties are not registered.  The Baltimore City Health Department maintains a list of properties with active lead level violations; more than 400 addresses are currently listed including both occupied and unoccupied dwellings.  There is no proactive city mandate for lead paint certification.The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) acknowledged that gaps exist in the Lead Paint Registry system.“We are working to improve our technology with better computer databases that will allow our program to operate more efficiently and allow renters to more easily get information” said MDE spokesman Jay Apperson.City and state officials also disagree on the number of certified lead testers needed to ensure properties are being inspected.“We need to recruit and train more inspectors and certified lead removal technicians,” said Clarke.Apperson contends that the state has enough inspectors.“The department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has sufficient, dedicated funding and staff whose work is multiplied significantly through work with partners such as Baltimore City and Green and Healthy Homes,” he said. “We are happy to work with any other party that wants to support this important effort.”MDE relies on private lead certification inspectors, but the state recently drew criticism after a private inspector erroneously certified multiple properties “lead-free.”  As a result, nearly 400 families are being urged to submit to lead tests to ensure they have not been exposed.City lawmakers also expressed concern about the disparity between federal and State definitions of lead blood poisoning. In Maryland, the legal level for lead blood poisoning is 10 micrograms per deciliter. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in 2012 that there is no safe level for lead in the human body.“These poisoned children are already below the radar screen,” Clarke and co-sponsors of the City’s lead poisoning resolution stated.Lead can be breathed-in, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. Even microscopic levels of lead dust can cause neurological effects in children, according to the CDC.last_img read more

Steven Universe collabs with reknowned anime studio Trigger

first_imgYou can watch the episode over on Amazon. On Hori’s personal Tumblr, he announced the project with this message:“Boarded by Colin Howard, Jeff Liu and Rebecca Sugar. I participate as an animator. This is the first collaboration of Steven Crewniverse and studio TRIGGER! Rebecca-san, from the bottom of my heart, I’m most grateful to have been given this opportunity. And let me express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff!”Hori has always been a huge fan of Steven Universe. One quick look at his Twitter shows that he has a long history of drawing fan art of the characters in his spare time, and is constantly retweeting other animators on the show. There’s just so much animator-on-animator love here, you guys. Take a peek at some of his amazing Steven Universe fan art here. Steven Universe got a little push from the anime universe in this week’s episode when Takafumi Hori of the Japanese anime studio Trigger lent his talents to the animation.Hori has done key animation and direction for Trigger on Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, but also did stellar work at anime studio Madhouse where he helped create Ninja Scroll, Redline, and Summer Wars.This week’s episode, titled Mindful Education, shows Steven and Connie battling their inner demons over past experiences and learning how to cope with them together. Hori assisted on several sequences for the episode, and it’s obvious that the bulk occurs in the dream-like meditation session between Steven and Connie.Take a peek at some of the lovely scenes from this week’s episode below. Beware! There are spoilers! <> <>last_img read more

Police assaulted by invaders attempting to reclaim Tulum land

first_imgThe land is located between a primary school and Aldea Zama. Several people were arrested in the nighttime assault. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: Policía Municipal The assault happened during the nighttime hours when a group of illegal invaders who were recently evicted from the land, returned. In an attempt to reclaim the property, they began throwing stones at on-site police who were there to guard the land and ensure the invaders did not return. The squatters, who consisted of about 40 families calling themselves Yokolk’lin, were evicted earlier that morning by police armed with a judicial order after they were found illegal, having lived on the land since 2016. center_img Tulum, Q.R. — Squatters who had recently been evicted from land in Tulum, returned to make their claim, assaulting police officers guarding the property. In turn, police fired their guns into the air with reports of several municipal and state officers being physically assaulted with sticks by those trying to take back the land. last_img read more