East of exit five, there will be patching and repaving from east of the provincial park in Whycocomagh for about five kilometres. The winning contractor was Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $940,130. West of exit four, patching and repaving will be done for about 8.2 kilometres to the Skye River. The winning contractor was Cumberland Paving and Contracting Ltd. with a bid of $1,194,300. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Three Road Improvement ContractsAwarded in Inverness County Three separate contracts for road improvements worth a total of$2.3 million will help make for smoother travels for motorists inInverness County. The work, which is scheduled to be finished by the end of theyear, involves three separate contracts, announced today, April14, two for repaving different sections of Highway 105 and athird for improvements to the Highway 19 culvert across MalcolmBrook. Two projects are on Highway 105, on either side of Whycocomagh: The work at Malcolm Brook on Trunk Highway 19 consists ofupgrading of the culvert at this location near southwest Mabou.The winning contractor was J and T Van Zutphen Construction Inc.with a bid of $136,000. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. “Good roads are the lifeline that keep products and peopleflowing through Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “These projects will benefit notonly local residents but also the thousands of visitors whotravel these roads every year.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
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. COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-577-2237 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Ben Eoin, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Sunday, Nov. 22. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of Highway 104, east of Port Hawkesbury between Exits 45 and 46, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Work is taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from Creighton Road east to Veterans Memorial Drive, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewarts Bridge Stewarts Bridge, between Route 311 and West North River Road, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 Trunk 30, from the national park entrance at Pleasant Bay to the national park entrance at MacKenzie Mountain, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and repaving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347, Sherbrooke Road Route 347, from Falls Brook south to Meiklefield Road for 4.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Glace Bay Lake Bridge Glace Bay Lake Bridge, Route 255, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour is available via Tower, Marconi Tower and Sand Lake roads. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 -30- RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Lakeshore Drive east for almost five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, about 500 metres west of William Conley Road, east for about 12.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Nov. 16. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. 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. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 301 Route 301 will be restricted to local traffic between Mount Pleasant Road and Dickson Road to install culverts at Fitzsimmons Brook until Monday, Nov. 30. Alternate routes and signs will be in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Lynches River Connector east to Chapel Island, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. 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 further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY, Highway 104, Exit 24 closed Exit 24 is closed because of a sinkhole on North Foord Street, Stellarton. Drivers travelling to New Glasgow and Stellarton should use Exit 23 or Exit 25. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 RICHMOND COUNTY: D’Escousse Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse, from the intersection of Route 320 and Poirierville west for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Rough Brook Bridge east for almost 10 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7061 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 VICTORIA COUNTY: Wreck Cove Bridge Wreck Cove Bridge on Trunk 30 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of bridge until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 17 west to Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Monday, Nov. 16. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, for about five kilometres from Highway 104 east to Smith Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Dec. 5. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road, from the junction of Trunk 30 for almost 10 kilometres to the end, including Pleasant Bay Harbour Road, Pleasant Bay United Church Road, Hinkley Glen Road and Angus More Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Tracadie Harbour Bridge, east for about 18 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, asphalt-concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 18. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from the Colchester county line east for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Traffic on sections of the Cabot Trail in the Margaree Harbour-Margaree Forks area will be reduced to one lane for road-shoulder repairs until Saturday, Nov. 21. Signs and traffic control people are on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Moose River Road-Reid’s Bridge Reid’s Bridge on Moose River Road will be closed for replacement until Thursday, Dec. 31. Detour signs will direct motorists. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-577-0956 Fax: 902-674-2146 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Traffic on sections of Route 252, east of the intersection of East Skye Glen Cross Road for about 5.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946
Premier Darrell Dexter today, Sept. 7, welcomed news that Porter Airlines will open a new crew base at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. “I’m so pleased Porter has recognized Halifax as an important market, and Nova Scotia as a great place to do business,” said Premier Dexter. “On behalf of the province, I’d like to welcome Porter Airlines to Nova Scotia and congratulate staff and crew on this milestone.” The crew base for pilots and flight attendants will create 40 local jobs, doubling its number of employees in Halifax.
The province is making immediate improvements in the Signature Resorts by investing a total of $3.1 million in the three properties. An open request for proposals for the resorts will be issued by April 1 to ensure their long-term success. “The Signature Resorts are important to our communities, our tourism industry, and our provincial economy,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This investment will enhance visitor experiences for the 2012 season and make the resorts more attractive to potential buyers.” The investment will help fund upgrades such as new beds, televisions, fridges and carpets. “We will issue a request for proposals for the resorts to seek a broad array of business arrangements for their successful future operation,” said Mr. Paris. “We want to ensure they remain significant economic and employment generators in their rural communities.” The New Castle Hotels and Resorts management contract will be extended for another year to secure jobs in their regions and ensure the resorts operate through the 2012 tourism season. “We are pleased the province is making this investment,” Gerry Chase, president and chief operating officer New Castle Hotels and Resorts. “We look forward to operating the resorts through the 2012 season, and are confident that these enhancements will have a significant positive impact on visitor experiences at the properties.” The province owns the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa and Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre. Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa sits on federal land in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is operated and maintained by the province under a long-term agreement with the government of Canada. Discussions have begun with Parks Canada about the future of the resort. Information about Nova Scotia’s Signature Resorts can be found at www.signatureresorts.com .
Two male offenders were involved in an altercation at about 11:50 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth. Onsite health-care professionals responded. One offender was transported and admitted to hospital with facial injuries. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the incident. This information is being released under the Justice Department’s policy to inform the public of major incidents involving people in custody. The policy can be found at http://gov.ns.ca/just/updates.asp . -30-
Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill showed off two new fire trucks, today, April 17, as Global Wildfire Awareness Week approaches. “We are ensuring that our capacity to fight wildfires is continuously upgraded,” said Mr. Churchill. The two trucks will replace older vehicles in Cape Breton and Shelburne counties, as part of a fleet of 35 fire-fighting vehicles in 29 Department of Natural Resources depots across the province. Each truck can carry up to 2,200 litres of water and has hundreds of metres of hose. They can draw water from a brook or lake and be refilled onsite by municipal or volunteer fire department pumper trucks. Nova Scotia has hundreds of wildfires each year. They put lives at risk, destroy wildlife habitat, and can cause millions of dollars of damage to forests and property. Mr. Churchill said Wildfire Awareness Week, May 1-7, is a time for families to think about reducing risks and being prepared. “Nova Scotians can develop emergency fire plans to follow in the event of wildfire affecting their neighbourhoods,” he said. Most wildfires, or forest fires, are caused by people setting grassfires or being careless with campfires or smoking materials. The belief that grassfires can improve the health or growth of grass or fields has been scientifically proven to be false. Tips on preparing homes to reduce wildfire risks are available at www.novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/fire-smart.asp . To know when and where it is safe and legal to burn brush in Nova Scotia, visit the province’s burnsafe map at www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe . Wildfire risk season runs to Oct. 15. Brush burning restrictions are in effect during this time.
Applications are now open for Nova Scotia’s 2016 Energy Training Program. Through this program small and medium-sized companies in the energy sector can apply for a wage subsidy to hire post-secondary students and recent graduates. The program provides eligible employers with 50 per cent of a salary, up to $7.50 per hour, during a student’s employment with the company. Work terms run from 12 to 17 weeks between May and August. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 26. Since 2002, the Energy Training Program has funded about 400 student placements at approximately 100 companies. “The Energy Training Program can support the momentum we’re seeing today in Nova Scotia’s energy sector,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Nova Scotia universities and community colleges are full of smart, talented students, and this program helps connect them with their first job in the energy sector.” This program is part of government’s Make it Here initiative to connect Nova Scotians with government programs for education and training, and entering the workforce. Make it Here also connects employers with programs to support hiring or training new grads and young Nova Scotians. The Make It Here website is at http://makeithere.novascotia.ca/ . The most recent national labour statistics indicate that Nova Scotia made more progress on reducing youth unemployment than any other province in Canada in 2015. For more information on the program visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .
The province is helping to renovate the Bar Harbor ferry terminal to accommodate the Nova Scotia-Maine ferry service. The expected cost is $8.5 million. “The Nova Scotia-Maine ferry is a vital part of our transportation system and important to our tourism industry, particularly in southwest Nova Scotia,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “We are confident the relocation to Bar Harbor will provide greater stability for the service and provide cost savings that will reduce the subsidy in the long term.” Work on the ferry terminal includes a fixed span and pier, deck and pile repairs, as well as moving the transfer bridge from the Portland terminal and reassembling it in Bar Harbor. It also includes the demolition of some outer buildings, construction of customs plaza facilities and reinstallation of security equipment moved from Portland. Renovations to the existing terminal provide retail space for Bay Ferries, public space for customers and update customs facilities. The renovation costs will be included in the province’s 2018-19 spending. The work is currently underway with an anticipated launch of the new Bar Harbor-Yarmouth route at the end of June. The province is budgeting $13.8 million to operate the Nova Scotia-Maine service in 2019-20. For more information on the ferry service, visit https://www.ferries.ca/
London: The race to become Britain’s next premier opened Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU. But European leaders insisted they had made their final offer during months or acrimonious negotiations that resulted in an unpopular compromise for which May ended up paying with her job. The British prime minister’s voice broke on the steps of her Downing Street office when she told Britons on Friday that she was quitting on June 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’May is bowing out with her legacy in tatters and the country in agony over what to do about voters’ decision in 2016 to abandon the European integration project after nearly 50 years. The markets view the risk of Britain crashing out of the bloc when the twice-delayed departure date arrives on October 31 as uncomfortably high. The pound has been steadily losing value since May 6 and British business lobbies are raising the alarm. Their main concern is that current frontrunners to head May’s Conservative Party say they will get Brexit done at any cost. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal,” said former foreign minister Boris Johnson in a speech delivered Friday in Switzerland. “The way to get a good deal is to prepare for no deal. To get things done you need to be prepared to walk away.” Johnson’s main challenges will come from former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab — viewed as an even more committed eurosceptic — and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Britain’s top diplomat had bitterly opposed Brexit in 2016 but has since reversed himself and made headlines in September by comparing the European Union to the evils of the former Soviet Union. The contest is being held against the backdrop of European Parliament elections that the new Brexit Party of the anti-EU populist Nigel Farage is expected to win with about a third of the vote. Polls show the Conservatives getting punished for their bickering over Brexit and finishing as low as fifth — their worst result in a national election. The contenders are also mindful of a party revolt over May’s fateful decision to court the pro-EU opposition with the promise of a second Brexit referendum. The concession was designed to help ram her withdrawal agreement through parliament on the fourth attempt.
Moscow: A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said. Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia’s remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer. It features a well-preserved brain, soft tissue and a set of powerful teeth and measures 41.5 centimetres (16 inches) in length. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’By comparison, the torso of a modern-day wolf is between 66 and 86 centimetres long. The head was handed to local palaeontologists who teamed up with scientists from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo to study it. “It is the first ever such find,” Albert Protopopov, head of mammoth fauna studies at the Yakutia Academy of Sciences, told AFP on Friday. “Only cubs have been discovered before.” Research shows the animal died about 32,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch, when the most recent Ice Age occurred. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe wolf is believed to have been between two and four years old when it died. The Pleistocene epoch was the time when megafauna such as woolly mammoths roamed the Earth. Protopopov said the scientists from Russia, Japan and Sweden would continue to study the head. “We are hoping to understand whether this was a separate subspecies,” he added. Several species of ancient wolf lived during the Ice Age including now-extinct dire wolf that featured in the popular TV series Game of Thrones.
San Francisco: Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions. The final version of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems is scheduled to release later this year, most likely by September, TechCruch reported on Monday. However, because of bug-risks and chances of patchy experience, users are advised to proceed with caution and not install the beta versions on their primary iPhones and iPads. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to the report, while some apps and features would not work at all as part of the beta tests, but in some rare cases, beta softwares could also brick devices and make them unusable. Last week, the iPhone-maker announced the availability of the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Apple unveiled iOS 13 with features like the Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a 30 per cent snappier Face ID. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like the Indian-English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak in a more natural and expressive way – in both male and female voices. The users would be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style. According to the iPhone-maker, iOS 13 would reduce app download sizes by up to 50 per cent and make app updates over 60 per cent smaller, resulting in apps launching up to twice as fast. With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil. On the other hand, just like iOS 13, iPadOS with Dark Mode feature would be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4.
New Delhi: The Congress Wednesday accused the BJP government of “betraying” the armed forces by taxing the disability pension of soldiers and alleged that the ruling party’s “pseudo-nationalism” stands exposed.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Finance Ministry in a circular on June 24 said it has decided to tax Armed forces personnel who get ‘disability pension’ on ‘account of injuries suffered in the course of service’ at the time of their superannuation or premature retirement. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaDuring the course of arduous service to the nation, Armed forces personnel receive injuries resulting into disability, he said, adding taxing them is another “betrayal” by the BJP towards welfare of the Armed forces. “The simple question is if the Armed Forces are recognizing an injury suffered while serving the Nation, as fit for payment for disability pension out of Government’s treasury, why should the same be taxed? More so, when a provision of exemption of tax has existed under the Income Tax Act, 1922 which was reiterated by Govt of India on January 14, 1970,” he said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Another betrayal towards welfare of the Armed Forces by BJP in taxing disability pension. BJP’s Pseudo-Nationalism is out in the open as its Govt shall now tax the disability pension to Armed Forces personnel,” he alleged in a statement. Surjewala said as soldiers become unfit to be promoted to higher operational ranks and duties, majority seek premature retirement with disability pensions and many other superannuate with disability pension under the law and rules applicable to the Armed Forces. “This Tughlaqi Farman of Modi Government 2 seeks to rub salt on the wounds of our brave soldiers. The BJP Government is a habitual offender in insulting the Armed Forces by ‘back door’ cuts in spending,” the Congress leader alleged.
Bhopal: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, was on Saturday granted bail by a special court here in two cases related to assaulting a municipal official in Indore with a cricket bat.Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Singh — special judge for cases against MPs and MLAs — granted bail to Akash, who was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault and leading a protest without permission. District prosecution officer Rajendra Upadhaya said that the court asked the MLA to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the case of assault and Rs 20,000 in the other case. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyOn Wednesday, Akash was arrested after he attacked an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation with a cricket bat in full public view when a team of the corporation reached to demolish a dilapidated house. Akash’s lawyers contended that he had been falsely implicated with an aim to sully his image. In another case for which he was arrested while in judicial custody on Thursday, Akash has been charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. He had led a protest on June 4 against power cuts without taking the permission from the authorities. On Thursday, the Indore sessions court refused to hear his bail plea, saying it had no jurisdiction and he should approach the special court set up in Bhopal to hear cases against MPs and MLAs.
Acting upon the advice given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi – during his visit to the Special Protection Group (SPG) headquarters at Dwarka in New Delhi – the elite force had installed Bee-Boxes with live Bee-Colonies – provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in its lush green premises on July 14, for not only honey production, but also for growth of the flora and fauna in and around its campus through cross-pollination. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe SPG officials recently contacted the KVIC officials for guidance and training to set up an apiary in its campus. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena informed that as soon as the KVIC received the request from the SPG, a team of experts was deputed there to survey the area and to identify the staff for imparting training on Bee-Keeping to them. “Our apiculture experts first provided practical training of examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons to three SPG gardeners in KVIC’s training centre and then installed the bee-boxes there in presence of the SPG officials on July 7,” he said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSaxena, further said that installing Bee-Boxes at such prominent places would create public awareness to adapt bee-keeping as a proper vocation. “So far, we have distributed over 1.10 lakh Bee-Boxes across India in last one and half years, which has not only created over 11,000 new jobs for the farmers, unemployed youths and adivasis; but so far 430 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these Bee-Boxes only, valuing over Rs 4 crore. Besides, if the farmers are to be believed their crops yield has increased up to 30 percent after the implementation of ‘Honey Mission’,” he said, adding, “Enthused with our performance, the MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has given us the target to distribute other 2 lakh bee-boxes in this financial year, which will be proved as a boon to the farmers.”
Las Vegas: Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015’s money-spinning “Fight of the Century”. Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut the eight-division world champion is facing an altogether higher-calibre opponent in the shape of Thurman, renowned as one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division with 22 knockouts in 30 fights. Thurman, who at 30 years old is a full decade younger than Pacquiao, sees Saturday as an attempt to build his legacy, and has bluntly vowed to send the Filipino into retirement. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend,” Thurman declared, placing Pacquiao in the boxing pantheon alongside some of the sport’s greatest practitioners. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”It’s as if I’m fighting Sugar Ray Robinson or Roberto Duran,” Thurman said. “This is Manny Pacquiao. It’s a tremendous feeling, and it’s going to feel even greater when my hand is raised at the end of the night.” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 knockouts) has shrugged off Thurman’s blood-curdling pledges of destruction, insisting he harbours no animosity towards the brash American. “For me nothing is personal,” Pacquiao said. “Our job is to fight. He has to prove something, and I have to prove something. It’s easy to say things. But it’s not so easy to do it in the ring.” Pacquiao’s preparations for the fight have followed a familiar routine. After spending the first part of his training camp in the Philippines, he relocated to Los Angeles to work under the guidance of long-time trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card gym in Hollywood. Roach maintains that Pacquiao has shown no sign of decline during gruelling sparring, and is confident that his speed and mobility will cause problems for the naturally bigger Thurman.
Des Moines (United States): Allyson Felix’s bid to qualify for the World Championships fell just short while 400m runner Fred Kerley and pole vaulter Sam Kendricks lit up the US Athletics Championships on Saturday. Felix, 33, racing in her first meeting for more than a year after taking time off to give birth to her daughter, finished sixth in the 400m final at Drake Stadium. Although Felix could still travel to Doha as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay squad, it will be the first time she has not entered an individual event at a major championships, ending a sequence of appearances that stretches all the way back to 2003. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I just didn’t feel great,” Felix said afterwards. “I knew that it was a less than ideal situation for me.” Felix, however, said she was encouraged by her performances in Iowa as she looks towards the 2020 Olympics. “I am grateful more than anything,” she said. “It would be crazy for me to say that I was disappointed. I have my health, I have my family and I couldn’t ask for anymore than that.” Asked if she would take a place on the US relay squad for Doha if it was available, Felix said form and fitness would influence her decision. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”If I feel like I’m in good form to be able to help the team, then yes,” she said. “If not I’ll be a cheerleader.” upset of the day came in the 400m, where rising star Michael Norman was beaten for gold by the powerful Kerley. Norman has lit up athletics in his first professional season this year with a world leading 43.45sec. But he was unable to overhaul Kerley down the stretch as the 24-year-old Texan muscled his way to the line in a personal best of 43.64sec, making him the seventh fastest 400m runner of all time. In the women’s 100m hurdles, world record holder Keni Harrison produced a flawless display to take gold in 12.44 sec, with Nia Ali second in 12.55sec and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal third in 12.61 sec. There was another dominant victory in the men’s 400m hurdles where the 22-year-old Rai Benjamin registered an emphatic win, surging clear of the field to win by around 10 meters. Benjamin’s time of 47.21sec was the third fastest time of 2019. He already owned the second-quickest of the year of 47.16 and only Norway’s Karsten Warholm has run quicker, with a 47.12. The outstanding field event performance of the day came in the men’s pole vault, where world champion Sam Kendricks soared to a world leading jump of 6.06m, a new American record. Only two men, Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka and France’s Renaud Lavillenie, have ever jumped higher.The popular Kendricks was buried under a pile of his fellow competitors after clearing the height, which was also a new personal best.
TORONTO – Playing notoriously hot-headed tennis legend John McEnroe on the big screen was “quite cathartic” for Shia LaBeouf.“To watch it now is something I’m very proud of,” LaBeouf said at a press conference Thursday before the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.“I’m very proud of the movie and I think it expresses something I feel deeply.”LaBeouf stars opposite Sverrir Gudnason in “Borg/McEnroe,” a film that recreates the match between McEnroe of the U.S. and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.As the film shows, McEnroe was known for his expletive-laden outbursts that got him into trouble on the court, while Borg was portrayed in the media as a more calm player.In one scene, McEnroe remarks on how people talk more about his behaviour than his tennis.LaBeouf, whose personal life and public antics have also made headlines over the years, said he identifies with that aspect of McEnroe’s life.“This is another parallel that I feel with him, for sure. It’s part of the cathartic feeling of the film for me.”McEnroe is misunderstood, said LaBeouf.“I think he’s a tactician. He really added something different to the game,” he said.“When he entered the game, it was baseliners, it was a power sport and Borg was the king of that. (McEnroe) brought touch and feel and a sensitivity to the game that wasn’t there before.“It’s not just screaming rage. He used rage as a tactic to throw people off and he manufactured his intensity to hype himself up. In that way, he’s an artist.”This film marked the second time LaBeouf had been asked to play McEnroe. He said the first script was a satire and “wasn’t treating McEnroe’s story with a whole lot of respect or any empathy at all, he was just sort of a clown, screaming shrew.”He was attracted to this particular project because he was a fan of director Janus Metz’s work and was moved by Ronnie Sandahl’s script.Gudnason said they started training six months before shooting. He trained two hours a day and “had to live that life as an athlete to understand” his character.LaBeouf said the action scenes were carefully scripted and choreographed to resemble the famous match.“It’s a bit like watching ‘Amadeus.’ He’s like the Mozart character,” LaBeouf said of McEnroe. “So I watched ‘Amadeus’ a lot.”Although he spent countless hours learning about the sport, LaBeouf felt he never truly learned how to play.“We rehearsed things like a ballet, including (McEnroe’s) outbursts. I would literally play them on a screen right before we would film and look at where everything was, and it was very paint-by-the-numbers in a way,” LaBeouf said.“You could’ve given me 20 years and I would’ve never played like McEnroe…. I started learning it like a dance, I never actually played tennis, it was something different.”Metz said some moviemaking “magic tricks” were used to “sell” the actors’ performances, given they had never played tennis prior to the film shoot.Ultimately the story is “about how two people individually were able to drive themselves to the edge and beyond in order to achieve something extraordinary,” said Metz.LaBeouf said he hasn’t met McEnroe but would like to. Gudnason recently met Borg, whose son has a part in the film.Though they were depicted as rivals, the two had a mutual understanding, said the stars.“In some ways you could say this is a portrait of two drug addicts,” said Gudnason. “Their drug is tennis, their drug is intensity.”“Borg/McEnroe” officially kicked off TIFF on Thursday, which runs through Sept. 17. Canadian tennis phenom Denis Shapovalov was set to walk the red carpet along with the film’s stars for the gala screening.About 340 films will screen at this year’s fest, which is a smaller number than in recent years — a result of a TIFF mandate to trim the overall number of titles by 20 per cent. Organizers said they made the changes in response to feedback from audiences, the industry and the media.Among the first celebrities to arrive in Toronto for the fest were Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” fame, who stars in “Papillon” with Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot,” Armie Hammer of “Call Me By Your Name,” and supermodel and musician Grace Jones, who is promoting a documentary about her life.Other films in the lineup include “Suburbicon,” directed by George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”About a third of the films in the lineup are directed by women, including Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father.”Other stars expected to attend the festival include Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba (both of “Molly’s Game”) and Steve Carell and Emma Stone (co-stars of another tennis movie, “Battle Of The Sexes”).
CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made the Calgary Stampede rounds, with his first stop MP Kent Hehr’s pancake breakfast.Hehr lost his cabinet post earlier this year after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women.Trudeau has been dogged by negative headlines of his own centred on an 18-year-old allegation he groped a reporter at a British Columbia festival.Hehr says his boss has addressed the matter in an appropriate fashion and he’s proud to continue to serve in the Liberal government.He says he agrees with Trudeau 100 per cent that misconduct cases should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.Hehr’s event drew a big crowd of Calgarians keen to have their photo snapped and shake hands with the prime minister.Trudeau had warm words for the MP.“We’re so lucky to have him and his voice here in Calgary Centre. He’s a strong member of the team,” Trudeau said Saturday.Hehr said he’s optimistic heading into next year’s federal election.“In politics sometimes things happen that make it a little bit stressed… but there is no doubt I am committed to the Liberal government, to the Liberal team, to running in the next election and to sharing the good work that our government has done for not only the people in this country but the people of the city of Calgary,” he told reporters.Trudeau drew cheers when touched on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would enable Canadian oil shipments to Asia. Ottawa agreed to buy the project from Kinder Morgan earlier this year for $4.5 billion after the U.S. company said it would walk away due to the B.C. government’s efforts to block it.“I don’t know many people who, particularly given the trade context with the United States right now, would continue to argue that it’s a good thing that we only have one market, the United States, for our oil resources,” Trudeau said at the pancake breakfast.“That simply doesn’t make sense and getting our resources to new markets across the Pacific through the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is just in the Canadian interest, in Alberta’s interest and in all of our best interests.”Trudeau also visited the Stampede grounds and addressed supporters at a Liberal fundraising event.
TORONTO — A strike has been averted at the Globe and Mail just hours before the deadline.Unifor, which represents 320 reporters, editors and other staff at the national newspaper, says the two sides have reached a tentative agreement.The union says details of the deal won’t be released until the agreement is presented to members for ratification.Unifor had said it was seeking pension protection and an end to what it says is a pay gap between the Globe’s male and female employees.The two sides had been negotiating for six months, but Unifor said talks had not moved forward for the past two months.Members had given their bargaining committee a 94 per cent strike mandate two weeks ago.———A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada is reconsidering its diplomatic presence in Cuba following another confirmed illness among embassy staff.A senior government official says today it is too early to say what steps might be taken as a result of the review, but all options are on the table.Officials briefed the media on condition that they not be identified.A total of 13 diplomats posted to the Canadian Embassy in Havana, as well as some dependants, have come down with a mysterious illness that causes dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.Global Affairs says the government continues to investigate the cause, adding that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families is a top priority.The department says the person who fell ill most recently is getting the necessary medical attention.The Canadian Press