U.P. to get survey done on welfare schemes

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday decided to get a survey conducted by the Gram Sabhas in the State in the next three months to ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach maximum people. The benefits of different welfare schemes were presently being extended on the basis of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) and the new survey will help extending the benefits to more people, spokesperson of the government and senior Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said. He said those who till now have been deprived of benefits under welfare schemes of the Central and State governments will now be able to avail those after the new survey. Clean drinking water The Cabinet, at the meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its nod to “CM Arogya Peyjal Yojna’ in 14 districts of Basti and Gorakhpur divisions and Bundelkhad region in the State to provide clean drinking water that would prevent Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). During a drive launched recently for prevention of the diseases, it was realised that safe drinking water could go a long way in checking the dreaded disease. For this, clean drinking water will be provided in 28,041 government schools at the cost of ₹71.05 crore, Mr. Singh said. A new power sub-station of 400 MW will be set up in Shamli area at the cost of ₹738.61 crore to meet power shortage, he said.last_img read more

Gujarat court convicts Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai in rape case

first_imgA Gujarat court on Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, in a rape case.The Sessions Court in Surat, which convicted Narayan Sai, will pronounce the sentence on April 30.In 2013, two Surat-based sisters approached police alleging they were raped by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. One of them had accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram.Asaram has been convicted in a rape case in Jodhpur and is serving a life term.last_img read more

Path set for Kings’ reign

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netCoach Tim Cone said Barangay Ginebra isn’t done yet collecting championship trophies. The man on top had something to say about how the pursuit for more glory should be done.“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” said San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang in Filipino during the celebration of the team’s successful defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at the SMC head office in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Ginebra waited for a championship for eight years. [Then] we won last year. And this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we were able to win back-to-back,” he said.In the basketball sense, Cone also has ideas as to how the Kings plan to add to their trophy case.On top of his list: Maximize the strengths of Greg Slaughter and minimize the negative impact brought about by teams running small lineups against the 7-footer.“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone explained.Barangay Ginebra also managed to snare a promising talent in the draft by tabbing former UP gunner Jett Manuel with the 12th pick overall. The Kings hope Manuel can be groomed into a replacement for Jayjay Helterbrand, who announced his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach The Kings captured the season-ending crown in dramatic fashion, holding off a tough-fighting Meralco Bolts in an epic Game 7 at Philippine Arena—a coronation witnessed by a record 54,086-strong audience.Moments after that thrilling 101-96 victory that capped a 4-3 series win, Cone made a promise to the fans of the country’s most popular basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win,” he said.San Miguel’s top honcho reminded the Kings to make sure they pursue their goal the right way. Ang is also thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles against a worthy adversary in Meralco. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

D-League: Marinerong Pilipino averts meltdown, snaps 2-game skid

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino squandered an early 21-point lead but recovered just in time to end its two-game losing slide with a 92-78 win over Batangas-EAC Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.Rian Ayonayon saved the Skippers in the payoff period where he scored eight of his 16 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals to help even his team’s slate at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quarters: 32-13, 48-32, 71-62, 92-78. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “It only shows that anybody can compete this conference,” said Banal. “We have to bring the right kind attitude every game, which is to respect every opponent that we have. Clearly that game shows how competitive the field is and how well prepared they will come in facing us.”Diego ended up with 20 points and four rebounds for the winless Batangas-EAC (0-3), while Earvin Mendoza got 15 markers, seven boards, and five dimes.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 92 — Banal 17, Ayonayon 16, Pasaol 13, Iñigo 10, Paredes 10, Tolentino 8, Subido 7, Babilonia 4, Toth 3, Brill 2, Tratter 2, Lopez 0, Terso 0.BATANGAS-EAC 78 — Diego 20, E. Mendoza 15, Bautista 11, Maguliano 11, De Joya 10, Garcia 6, Dela Peña 3, Altamirano 2, Laude 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Pate 0, Tampoc 0.ADVERTISEMENT Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “After back-to-back losses, that’s what a team would want to happen in our next outing,” said a relieved coach Koy Banal. “Good thing the players listened and followed what we instructed because we’re pressured against a team that will keep on fighting.”Gab Banal just missed out on a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards, while Alvin Pasaol had his best game to date, firing 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarinerong Pilipino had a blistering start where it took a 36-15 lead early in the second quarter and was seemingly on its way to an easy rout.Jeric Diego brought the Generals back to life, leading the 30-point third quarter which got his side within three, 52-49, midway in the frame but the Skippers pushed the gas pedal again and built a 10-point cushion en route to the victory. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Stuart Law says no to Pakistan coaching offer

first_imgFormer Australia batsman Stuart Law has turned down an offer to coach Pakistan, expressing his inability to join the team immediately.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which zeroed in on Law, said it will try to convince the Australian or would pick between Englishman Andy Moles and former Australia batsman Dean Jones. (Shahid Afridi demands overhaul of Pakistan’s domestic circuit)”Yes there are hurdles in the way of signing on Stuart Law as head coach although he is our first choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told PTI.”He had applied for a coaching position with us but he has now conveyed he is more interested in a consultant’s position and that he wouldn’t be able to join the team immediately,” Khan said.Law, a former Australian Test batsman, is already signed up by Cricket Australia as a batting consultant for the tour to Sri Lanka from July to September and apparently he has told the PCB he is also not available when Pakistan tour Australia in November-December this year.Khan admitted that finding the right person for the job had become a tedious task for the board.He also confirmed that the board of governors unanimously picked Law as the first choice and Moles as second choice.”We are now also talking to Moles and Jones although the board of governors had some reservations over some candidates,” the PCB chief said.A reliable source in the board told PTI that the PCB was uncertain about signing Moles, 55, as yet because of his history as coach with teams like Kenya, Scotland, Afghanistan and New Zealand.advertisement”What is of concern to us is that Moles left or had to leave coaching assignments with Kenya, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan due of disagreements or discord with their boards or players,” the source said.The PCB chief said negotiations were going on with prospective candidates and a final decision should be taken in the next two to three days.”We want the new coach to join the team before the tour to England from next month. Once the head coach is appointed we will also finalise the rest of the support staff with him,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

The Gatecrashers

first_imgLiverpool, with its confident dispatch of Villarreal, have crashed the Spanish party.Never before have two European finals in the same season been contested by clubs from only one country. It would have been a feat to underscore Spanish supremacy, the strength in depth that football fans, particularly those in thrall to the percussive English Premier League, don’t typically associate with a league in which the two leading clubs appear to occupy some astral plane. (Though in recent seasons Diego Simeone’s cussed Atletico side has gloried knocking in pulling them into the mud, knocking those haloes askew.)Impressive as Spanish teams are — able, as Atletico showed against Bayern Munich, to defend with resolve and vigour just as they are to attack with the adroit short passing and educated technique for which they are famous — we should be grateful to Liverpool. European competition shouldn’t be reduced to a domestic squabble. Until 2014, no two teams from the same city had reached the final of the European Cup or Champions League. It has now happened twice in three seasons. Milan — a city with two great clubs of its own — will host Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico in the Champions League final on May 28 in a reprise of the final two years ago in Lisbon.To have to watch Sevilla chase their third successive Europa League win against Villarreal on May 18 would have been like watching the undercard to the main event, two lesser-known boxers from the same gym slugging it out before the big boys take to the ring. Instead, we now have two European finals to savour. One featuring two clubs that are anathema to each other: the glistening, preening Real Madrid, flaunting its trophies (this could be their 11th European Cup win, their closest challengers are AC Milan with seven) and establishment bona fides taking on their self-consciously ‘working class’ city rivals. It is a final that promises all the nervous energy, the claustrophobic strife, of a couple who have lived for too long with each other but cannot separate because they know no other way of life. The other final features teams that come from two distinctive, prideful cities; teams that are defined, marked out, like the cities they represent, by their passion.advertisementIndeed, the Europa League final might prove to be the more watchable, the more attractive.More importantly, Liverpool, with an exacting, exciting run to the final, beating Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund (the game at Anfield, a 4-3 win for Liverpool, is a strong contender for game of the season) and Villarreal, has breathed new life into the competition. In England, the Europa League, has been treated with a strange disdain. Or perhaps not so strange, given the insular self-regard of English football and the financial rewards for finishing mid-table in the Premier League. It is difficult to win the Europa League — with its onerous travel, it’s weird Thursday night scheduling, and curious mix of heavyweights in lean times and competent if unheralded teams from European outposts — and most Premier League teams seem to have concluded that affecting indifference is easier than having to face up to not being good enough. The decision to award the winner of the Europa League a place in the Champions League has given the former a fillip. Should Liverpool win it, and qualify for the Champions League despite likely finishing out of the top six in the league, that should give the likes of Manchester United pause.Sevilla, of course, has been treating the Europa with the seriousness of purpose it deserves for a decade now, winning it a record four times. Liverpool have won it thrice, and another win, a ninth major European trophy, would see Liverpool equal Barcelona and Milan’s European hauls. Only Real Madrid has won more. That European record is what has kept Liverpool fans warm at night during two decades that has seen their domestic record eclipsed by Manchester United. Sevilla is probably the better team than Liverpool, but finals are treacherous affairs as Atletico Madrid will attest. Atletico, up to now, has enjoyed a marginally better season than Real. They have, in the last two rounds at least, been better than Real Madrid against significantly better opposition. They have beaten Barcelona and Bayern as opposed to an overmatched Wolfsburg and a becalmed Manchester City. But they’ve also lost their last two Champions League ties to Real, the final in 2014 and last year’s two-legged quarter final. They have had two heartbreaking defeats in European Cup finals. Surely, it will be third time lucky. Surely?advertisementAs for Liverpool, winning against Sevilla would be the culmination of a wonderful campaign. Sevilla is on the verge of winning the Europa League for an unprecedented third time but it’s an opportunity afforded by failure in the Champions League, albeit in a tough group including Juventus and Manchester City. The parachuting of third-placed teams from the Champions League into the Europa knockout rounds contributes to the devaluing of what was once, as the UEFA Cup, a superb competition. It’s probably too late to go back to the old format of three separate European competitions, one for league champions, one for teams that finish high up in their domestic leagues, and one for cup winners. There is too much money and prestige concentrated in the Champions League, too many teams that demand a global audience of armchair supporters. But wouldn’t it be great to have two fine European tournaments? To have the Champions League open to only the top two from all the European leagues, including those of Spain, England, Germany, and Italy? To have better teams in the Europa League and more intense competition?Never before has talent and money coalesced to so few clubs at the very top of the European game. It’s why the Champions League will remain bloated, to give the very richest clubs the best opportunities to get even richer. It is to Atletico’s enormous credit that they have managed to muscle into this cartel. And it is to Liverpool’s credit that they have found the energy and the will to turn another humdrum season into a potentially excellent one and along the way reminded us that there’s romance and glory to be had outside the Champions League.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli sends match tickets to 87-year-old Charulata

first_img87-year-old Charulata Patel, who took the world by a storm as she cheered for India during their last match at Edgbaston on Wednesday, was once again seen in the stands during India’s ongoing match against Sri Lanka in Leeds. The BCCI tweeted a picture of the superfan present at Headingley, along with a letter from the man who made it possible for the veteran to show her presence at every India game from now on.India captain Virat Kohli has in a great gesture arranged the match tickets for Charu Lata and her family for all remaining India games including the semi-final and a possible final at Lord’s if the Men in Blue make it to Lord’s on 14th July. Kohli also sent a letter to the veteran calling her presence ‘inspiring’.”Dear Charulata ji, It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family. Lots of love and regards, Virat,” wrote Kohli.Hello Charulata ji. #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli promised her tickets and our superfan is here with us is in Leeds. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/lKqbVllLjcBCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019Earlier on Wednesday, Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went onto meet 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel after India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli also tweeted an image with Charu Lata Patel, thanking her for the immense support and saluting her passion and dedication as a fan.”Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one,” Virat captioned the image.advertisementAlso would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsAlso Read | Amul celebrates 87-year-old Charulata Patel with adorable doodle. Calls her, Grandmother Indialast_img read more

7 hours agoEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stay

first_imgEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stayby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo former Manchester United players believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should remain in charge at the club.Solskjaer is under increased pressure after United’s poor performances this season.Some fans believe that he should get the boot.But two players who enjoyed success with United, Robin van Persie and Paul Scholes, are behind Solskjaer.”It has been a rough start,” Van Persie said on BT Sport after United’s battling 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night. “What is tough for Solskjaer is it’s not his team. He needs time.”Scholes said: “When you assess the season so far, 14th tells you everything. It has not been good enough.”But we have to trust what Ole is doing. He’s right at the start of his rebuild. His first three signings have done very well. I’ve still got the faith. Let him carry on.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cocu: I’m not going to try to be like Lampard

first_imgPhillip Cocu will not try to fill Frank Lampard’s shoes after taking charge of Derby County.Former PSV boss Cocu was appointed as Lampard’s successor at the Championship club after the ex-England midfielder returned to Chelsea as their new head coach.But the Dutchman says he will be his own man as he attempts to steer the Rams back into the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “First of all, I’m very happy to be here, of course,” Cocu said at his unveiling on Friday. “I think this is the right step in my career – and the right fit.”I can imagine the fans are sad he’s gone, because he did a good job. But it is a great opportunity for him to lead a team like Chelsea.”I’m not going to try to be like him – I’ll be myself – but what I like is the bond between the club and the fans.”“I love it.”  pic.twitter.com/AdNJmFxK95— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 19, 2019Derby lost to Aston Villa in the play-off final last season and Cocu feels, if his squad is strengthened, another top-six finish is a realistic goal for the 2019-20 campaign.”We are still working on strengthening the team,” Cocu added. “It is very important to judge the players we have.”But in certain positions, we need some players with more experience, to guide the rest of the young team. There’s no buying just for buying. There always has to be an idea behind it.”I believe we have the potential to be in the top six again. And reaching the play-off final last season is one more experience for the players. Especially with a younger squad, you need those experiences.”Cocu won three Eredivisie titles in four years between 2014 and 2018 with PSV, while also claiming a KNVB Cup during his time as caretaker in the 2011-12 season.He was also an assistant manager to Bert van Marwijk in the Netherlands’ 2010 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten in extra-time in the final by Spain.last_img read more

Young Professionals Urged to Start Planning Early for Homeownership

first_img The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership.Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner.As such, the entity is encouraging young people to explore financial products that will enable them to invest and save wisely for homeownership.“We often hear young professionals being encouraged to save for their pension, but, to add to that, we are also encouraging young persons to start saving for that house deposit once they start working,” she said.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Richard Jones, for his part, is advising young people who are able to purchase a home to act promptly as real estate appreciates quickly.He said that a single young professional earning between $150,000 and $200,000 per month should be able to afford a $6-million to $7-million home.“Buy now, buy as early as you can to avoid facing inflationary pressures; don’t wait if you can help it. Once you can afford something now, buy it, because a starter house isn’t necessarily the house you will retire in,” he said.He noted that being a young homeowner offers benefits such as lower mortgage rates with longer payment plans and more predictable housing costs.Mr. Jones told JIS News that come 2019, the HAJ will be developing three new housing schemes that will be attractive for young professionals. Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

EU Regulators to Fine Car Carrier Majors for Rigging Bids

first_imgzoom Car carrier majors are reportedly facing a new wave of sanctions from the EU regulators for their involvement in price-fixing schemes, Reuters informed citing undisclosed sources.The companies that are likely to be fined are Japanese shipping majors Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), K Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), along with Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL), among others.A ruling is expected in the following weeks, the report said.The decision is believed to be related to an investigation launched back in September 2012, when EU Commission officials raided the premises of several providers of maritime transport services for cars and construction and agricultural rolling machinery.Inspections took place in several EU member states in coordination with the US and Japanese competition authorities.The commission said at the time that it had reasons to believe that the companies concerned were involved in cartels and restrictive business practices.The Japanese trio confirmed in their respective annual reports for 2017 that they are being investigated in the EU and other overseas jurisdictions on suspicion of violation of antitrust law in relation to transportation of cars and other cargoes.In addition, class action lawsuits have been launched in the U.S. against the three companies and some of their respective overseas subsidiaries.As disclosed, the financial impact of the lawsuits is yet to be determined.Car carrier giants have been involved in several legal proceedings over the past few years. The most recent ones include a class action complaint launched before the United States Federal Maritime Commission by vehicle shippers in May 2016.Companies targeted by the complaint were NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K., K Line, followed by World Logistics Service (U.S.A.), Eukor Car Carriers, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, CSAV, Höegh Autoliners, Autotrans and Nissan Motor Car Carrier Corp.Complainants allege that the companies violated provisions of the Shipping Act of 1984, because they conspired on price-fixing in the U.S. and elsewhere for the import and export of new, assembled vehicles to and from the U.S.The class action followed a similar investigation launched by Brazilian authorities earlier that year under suspicion that nine car shipping companies were involved in “an international cartel”, as they were linked to collusion on customer allocation and price fixing.Companies included in the investigation were K Line, NYK and Chile’s CSAV who agreed to cooperate in the investigation along with Grimaldi Group, Höegh Autoliners and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Nissan Motor Car Carriers and MOL as well as Eukor Car Carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Le programme Hackmatack donne une voix aux élèves

first_imgDes centaines d’élèves de toute la province qui s’intéressent à la lecture aideront à choisir les auteurs canadiens qui seront récipiendaires du Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes. Chaque année, le programme Hackmatack donne aux élèves de la 4e à la 6e année du Canada atlantique l’occasion de lire une série de livres d’auteurs canadiens exceptionnelles et de voter pour leur livre préféré. Aujourd’hui 27 septembre, Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation, a livré deux exemplaires de chaque roman et ouvrage général en anglais mis en candidature aux prix de 2010-2011 à l’école Alderney, où la cinquantaine d’élèves inscrits aux groupes de lecture avaient très hâte de pouvoir commencer la lecture. « Il est incroyable de voir autant de jeunes et leurs familles s’intéresser aux merveilles et aux aventures que la lecture peut apporter, a dit Mme More. En permettant aux élèves de participer à leur apprentissage, nous développons leurs capacités de leadership, de lecture et d’écriture. J’ai vraiment hâte de connaître les choix des élèves. » Chaque année, le comité de sélection du programme Hackmatack prépare une liste des livres canadiens sélectionnés à l’intention des jeunes lecteurs. Les enfants lisent les livres et, le 1er avril, ils votent pour leur livre préféré. Les récipiendaires du prix Hackmatack dans chaque catégorie seront annoncés le 13 mai. Cette année, les livres choisis portent sur des sujets diversifiés tels que des aventures dans l’histoire, Cléopâtre, les masques et les renards. Riley O’Brien, une élève de 6e année de l’école Alderney, fait partie du club Hackmatack de son école depuis deux ans. Elle dit qu’elle s’est jointe au club parce qu’elle aime lire. « J’aime beaucoup presque tous les livres que j’ai lus au cours des deux dernières années, mais j’aime particulièrement les miniromans, a dit Riley. J’aime faire beaucoup de choses comme jouer dehors et aller au chalet, mais j’aime vraiment lire. » Chaque année en septembre, le ministère de l’Éducation envoie aux écoles primaires deux exemplaires de chaque livre en anglais choisi pour le programme du Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes. Les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) et les écoles qui offrent le programme d’immersion française précoce reçoivent également deux exemplaires de chaque livre en français. Plus de 175 groupes d’élèves néo-écossais ont participé au programme l’an dernier. Pour plus d’information sur la façon de participer au programme, visitez le www.hackmatack.ca.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewiacke River Bridge Stewiacke River Bridge, south bound on Highway 102, will have a one lane closure for bridge repairs from Monday, Oct. 28, until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Innovation Drive Bridge Innovation Drive Bridge on Innovation Drive, about 600 metres north of the intersection of Highway 4 (Pictou Road), is closed for repairs until Thursday, Oct, 31. Detour signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 There are two projects on Highway 105: Project one is on the Orangedale Road from Highway 105, south to Orangedale Crossing for about seven kilometres. One lane is closed for clearing, ditching, drainage, paving and shouldering. The second project is on the Northside River Dennys Road from Highway 105, south for about five kilometres. One lane will be closed for clearing, ditching, drainage, paving and shouldering. Work is expected to be completed on Thursday, Oct. 31, and takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people will be on site. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101, from Exit 33 at Richmond Road to the Yarmouth/Digby County line, are reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Oct. 31. Motorists should be prepared to stop. Cyclists should use caution because of a low shoulder. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed to be replaced. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Christie Bridge Fred Christie Bridge on Valleydale Road, about 150 metres south of Old Greenfield Road, is closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 8. A marked detour is in place via Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road to Salmon River Road. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic is two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332 from Highway 3, east of Lunenburg to Blue Rocks Road, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from New Harbour Road east for about eight kilometres, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. There is stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. KINGS COUNTY: Cornwallis River Bridge Cornwallis River Bridge, on Middle Dyke Road near Coldbrook, will have one-lane closures for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day. Public advised of delays, please take alternate route if possible. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Sections of Route 245, for about five kilometres from east of Big Island Road to Lighthouse Lane, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Sections of Route 216, from 15 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. The lane closures are in effect 24 hours a day and are controlled by traffic signals or traffic control people. Delays are expected. Drivers should use extra caution and patience in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, from the intersection of Highway 4 in Aulds Cove to the causeway’s swing bridge, will have one-lane closures during nighttime hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. Use caution in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Sydney Construction has started on the George Street Roundabout in Sydney. Expect turning and slow moving trucks. Lane closures will be needed as the project progresses. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Nov. 30, and takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 216 Route 216, from 14 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 29. A detour is in place. HANTS COUNTY: Falmouth Back Road Traffic on the Falmouth Back Road is reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Highway 1 east for about three kilometres, for repaving until Monday, Oct. 28. Expect delays and use extra caution or alternate routes, such as Town Road, Dyke Road, or Highway 14. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Highway 3, from Hermans Island to Route 332, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Shaw Road Underpass Shaw Road Underpass, near Berwick, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Oct. 28, until Friday, Nov. 25. Detour route is Maple Street to Brooklyn Street. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 28 Trunk 28, from Kilkenny Lake Road to Daley Road for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Night Closures Highway 107, between Exit 18 at Mineville Road and Exit 20 at William Porter Connector, is closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily for repaving and widening. On Sunday, the road will stay closed until 8 a.m. Drivers will be detoured onto Highway 7. The project will be completed in late October. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Seal Island Bridge to the top of Kellys Mountain, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Sections of Route 316, between Coddles Harbour Bridge and New Harbour West Road, is reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 15 for repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Barneys River Road Barneys River Road, from Highway 104 north to Avondale Cross Road, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving. There is one-way traffic through about two kilometres of work zones and delays are expected. Work takes places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31.last_img read more

Noida gets 1st pink toilet

first_imgNoida: The Noida Authority, on Thursday, inaugurated Noida’s first pink toilet in sector 50 market and a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers. Noida authority’s Chairman Alok Tandon and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari inaugurated the new facility.Speaking on the occasion, Maheshwari said that the new facility will help women visiting the area or passing by and has been built keeping in mind their needs. “We have considered the convenience of women and have constructed city’s first pink toilet which will cater their needs. Around nine pink toilets are already under-construction and will be shortly ready,” said Maheshwari. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new facility will have five toilets, a sanitary pad vending machine, a separate room for breastfeeding for lactating mothers and a waiting bench to sit if the toilets are occupied. Officials said that these toilets will operate from 8 am to 8 pm daily. Apart from this, the authority also started a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers across Noida. Initially the new system will be for those sanitation workers who are working in sector 1 to sector 10 and will be implemented in others sectors soon. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, a biometric attendance system is already in place for other employees of the Authority. However, there was no system in place for the sanitation staff, who remain in the field to clean the city, said a senior officer of Noida authority. “The biometric attendance system will increase efficiency in managing the mobile workforce while the contractor will be responsible for ensuring that the sanitation staff record their attendance. In order to boost them, the authority will announce sanitation ambassadors every month to motivate the workers towards better performance. A red jacket and Rs 2100 cash prize will be given to 10 sanitation workers and two supervisors,” added Maheshwari. The authority also organised a gathering of sanitation staff from all over the city at noida stadium in sector 21A of Noida in which the new directions were given to the staff while the Safety gear like gloves and mask were also distributed to them.last_img read more