Province House is all set for the Christmas season. The tree istrimmed, the lights are lit and the official Province HouseChristmas card has been sent out. Murray Scott, Speaker of the House of Assembly, invites all NovaScotians and visitors to come to the historic building to enjoythe decorations. This year’s card features the official Christmas tree on displayin the Red Chamber. The tree, a balsam fir was hand-picked anddonated by the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree ProducersAssociation. Province House will participate in the National CapitalCommission’s annual Christmas Lights Across Canada program. Theprogram co-ordinates the display of lights on Parliament Hill andat provincial and territorial legislatures throughout Canada as anational symbol of unity and goodwill. Province House is open to the public from Monday to Friday,between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is located at 1726 Hollis St.,Halifax. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Celebrating the Christmas Season at ProvinceHouse
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC)will hold Nova Scotia’sfirst annual NSLC’s Beer Gala, featuring the finest specialtybeers in the world. The NSLC’s Beer Gala — Taste the Finest Specialty Beers in theWorld takes place Thursday, Aug. 19 at Casino Nova Scotia, inHalifax. The walkabout-style tasting will spotlight more than 80 varietiesof beers from 16 countries from around the world. More than 40breweries will be represented at the gala. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres, designed to maximize the trueflavour of the products, will be offered. All products featuredat the gala are available at NSLC stores in the Beers of theWorld section. There will be an on-site NSLC store at the galawhich will give guests the opportunity to place purchase ordersfor beers featured at the event. “The NSLC will be launching a new product line of beers to NovaScotia at the Beer Gala — trappist and abbey beers fromBelgium,” said John Strickey, vice president, merchandise andmarketing for the NSLC. “This is another example of the NSLC’scommitment to bring a wide selection of quality products to theconsumers of Nova Scotia.” Trappist beers are brewed in monasteries under the supervision ofthe Cistercian monastic community. There are only six trappistbreweries in the world and they are renowned for the uniqueproducts they have brewed over the years. Abbey beers are brewedby independent businesses under license of the monks. Consumers who attend the gala will have an opportunity to meetBill White, resident brewmaster for Oland Specialty Beer Company.In his quest to educate beer lovers about the history, traditionand quality of specialty beers, Bill has participated in beerfestivals around the world. Tickets are on sale now for $54.99, including tax, and areavailable through select NSLC stores or by calling the NSLCticket line 1-866-605-8269. In 2003, Nova Scotians purchased $206,291,000 of beer,representing 49.9 per cent of total gross sales revenue for theNSLC. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation provides world class selectionand service of beverage alcohol through the operation of 101retail and eight agency stores throughout the province. Byproviding superior customer convenience and service, the NSLCreturns substantial revenue to the provincial government, whileensuring the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol in NovaScotia.
GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway, will have a one-lane closure from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Speed will be reduced to 60 km/h through the detour area. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 902-863-7482 -30-
HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 101 at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 12, between Exit 4 and Exit 5 near St. Croix to allow for blasting needed for road construction. Please obey traffic control people in the area. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-6747 -30-
The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will once again be the place to learn about natural heritage when it reopens to the public Friday, June 4 after renovating its public spaces. “I am excited that the museum is reopening for our visitors and residents,” said Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Percy Paris. “The museum plays an important role by encouraging lifelong learning for Nova Scotians of all ages, helping government make life better for families in all parts of the province.” Museum visitors will notice improved lighting and a refurbished retail shop and admissions area, with seating and other amenities. Two new summer exhibits and a number of special events this month celebrate the museum’s reopening. Venom, marks the return of live-animal exhibits and includes a tarantula, emperor scorpion and king cobra. Developed by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, this is the exhibition’s national debut and, until Aug. 8, will feature daily live shows that offer an up-close look at these often misunderstood animals. The exhibit is included with regular admission. Riding with Meteorites, offers interactive games for explorers of all ages. Téo the astronaut and his dog, Laïka, guide “space travelers” as they explore fragments of meteorites that fell in Canada in 1960, 1963 and 1994. There is a three-metre reconstruction of the biggest meteorite to hit Earth — the Hoba meteorite from Namibia. Riding with Meteorites is a co-production of the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, the Musée de la nature et des sciences, and the Musée du Fjord. Special events this month include free admission Friday, June 4 and family activities throughout the opening weekend. The Concerts for Conservation series premieres Saturday with popular nature-song duo The Wilderbeats and world music performers Mas Cencerro. One dollar from admission will benefit the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. For information on other reopening activities, including events for seniors and social media promotions, visit the museum’s website at museum.gov.ns.ca/mnhnew/ .
Un système météorologique complexe entraînera une combinaison de conditions de tempête d’hiver, de pluie verglaçante et d’ondes de tempête possibles dans certaines parties de la Nouvelle-Écosse ce soir, 26 janvier, et demain, 27 janvier. La tempête continue de se développer et est encore difficile à prévoir, mais on recommande aux Néo-Écossais de prendre les précautions nécessaires et de se préparer en vue de l’interruption possible de services, de conditions routières difficiles et d’inondations possibles dans les régions côtières. « Ces tempêtes peuvent entraîner des conditions violentes et imprévisibles, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Soyez prêts pour rester en toute sécurité pendant une période de 72 heures. » Environnement Canada prévoit de la neige abondante dans les régions côtières de l’ouest et du nord de la Nouvelle-Écosse, incluant le passage de Cobequid. On recommande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence. Les résidents des régions de l’ouest, où de la pluie verglaçante est prévue, devraient avoir d’autres sources de chaleur et de lumière. Des ondes de tempête pourraient se produire pendant les marées hautes le long du détroit de Northumberland. On demande aux résidents de surveiller les conditions météorologiques locales et d’écouter les avertissements d’Environnement Canada ou les conseils des responsables de la gestion des urgences. Pour obtenir des conseils sur la préparation en cas de tempête violente, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo (en anglais seulement). Les conditions routières peuvent être vérifiées sur le site www.gov.ns.ca/tran et les avertissements météorologiques sont publiés sur le site www.meteo.gc.ca/warnings/ns_f.html.
The province is introducing new rules to provide a clearer, faster and easier process for cleaning up contaminated sites. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau released the regulations today, March 12, which were developed after extensive consultation. “We’re proud to bring forward the province’s first contaminated site regulations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “These new rules will encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites to better protect our environment.” The regulations address recommendations made by the auditor general in 2010 and meet another target in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. “Nova Scotia’s new contaminated site regulations were developed in a transparent manner, considering the input of many stakeholders,” said George Vincent, senior regulatory affairs advisor for Imperial Oil. “The regulations reflect current best practices, are based on sound science and will be a strong enabler to ensuring health and environment goals are achieved while encouraging contaminated site redevelopment.” The regulations ensure that site professionals are qualified to do the work, allow property owners to get a release from further enforcement by the department once a site is cleaned to provincial standards, and support creating an online registry of contaminated properties. The new rules will come into effect in July 2013. For more information on the regulations, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/contaminatedsites/ .
The Atlantic ministers of education and training today, Sept. 21, discussed improving outcomes in education and skills training, and facilitating a successful transition of high school graduates to post-secondary studies. These were the major themes emerging from the meeting of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), held in Charlottetown. To find out more about the meeting, go to www.camet-camef.ca. -30-
Two new appointments to the Human Rights Commission were announced today, July 3, by Ross Landry, the Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. The new commissioners are Darren Desmond of Sydney and Andrea Paul of Pictou. “Mr. Desmond and Ms. Paul are leaders in their communities and bring a wide variety of experience,” said Mr. Landry. “Their experience will strengthen the Human Rights Commission and allow them to make a positive contribution in their new roles.” Commissioners play a strategic role at the commission and make decisions on human rights issues. The commission looks for members with diverse backgrounds who represent all areas of the province. Mr. Desmond is a lifelong volunteer and sports coach in the African Canadian and First Nations communities. He is employed as co-ordinator of African Canadian Student Affairs for the Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Mr. Desmond also has a graduate degree in education with a concentration in Africentric leadership. Ms. Paul is chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation. She acts as the band’s spokesperson, chairs the council meetings and oversees the band’s finances. She also teaches Mi’kmaq in the local community school. Prior to teaching, Ms. Paul was a student councillor and worked with both youth and adults in her community. The two newest appointments will bring the commission to its full complement of 12. For more information on the Human Rights Commission, go to humanrights.gov.ns.ca .
The province will ban whole-tree and full-tree harvesting to ensure that the forestry sector remains sustainable for the future. Whole-tree harvesting removes the entire tree, including stem, branches, stump and roots, out of a forest site to a landing or roadside. In full-tree harvesting, the stump and roots remain at the forest site, but the stem and branches are removed. “Nova Scotians clearly told us they were opposed to both of these practices and we are honouring our commitment to ban them,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “These practices were allowed to go on for too long, and we are making the right decision for the health of the forests and the sustainability of the forest industry.” In December 2010, the province said it would stop the removal of whole trees from the forests so that woody debris would remain to nurture new growth. The Path We Share, the province’s natural resources strategy, promised to establish rules for whole-tree harvesting and to incorporate them into the Code of Forest Practice. The Christmas tree industry is exempt from these rules, as are non-forestry operations such as land-clearing, real estate, and agriculture. The province reviewed full tree harvesting practices across Canada and related scientific literature. “Ending whole-tree harvesting is a very positive step forward for the forests of Nova Scotia,” said Tom Miller, owner of Bearwood Farms, woodlot owner of the year in 2005, and a wood harvester for more than 35 years. “This is a good news story for the future sustainability of our woodlands. The province is to be commended for their handling of this issue.” Amendments to the Wildlife Habitat and Watercourses Protection Regulations will be made accordingly. “Our next step is to give the public time to review and comment on these proposed regulations, as required under the Forests Act,” said Mr. Parker. The public may submit comments until Aug. 20 on the Natural Resources website at www.novascotia.ca/natr . Whole-tree operations in Nova Scotia harvest less than 100,000 green metric tonnes. That represents less than four per cent of the total annual provincial tree harvest. The province has worked closely with woodlot owners, harvesters and other forestry stakeholders for the past three years to improve harvesting methods, and invested in the sector by providing funding for training; all while dealing with significant changes in the mills sector.
New data collections on air quality, confirmed flu cases and post-secondary scholarships are among the new data sets being released to Nova Scotians today, Nov. 6, through the government’s open data portal. “We are committed to increasing the number of user-friendly government datasets available through the open data portal,” said Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “The data can be used by Nova Scotians for personal and professional research, as well as to improve business opportunities and innovations.” Among the 27 new data collections are: The Government of Nova Scotia has regularly published non-sensitive data collections for public use since February 2016. Nova Scotians can go to the open data portal to access data in formats that can be analyzed, manipulated and shared. The portal has received more than 490,000 page views and almost 22,000 downloads since it was first launched. There are currently 460 datasets available. The website is data.novascotia.ca. air quality measurements from various provincial locations confirmed flu cases people boarding flights at Halifax Stanfield Airport African-Nova Scotian post-secondary scholarships pre-primary programs across the province various fisheries and aquaculture licences.
Nova Scotians will now get public alerts on their cell phones from the public emergency alerting system. A test alert will take place on May 9 at 1:55 p.m. as part of Emergency Preparedness Week. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. Participants in the national system include private and public broadcasters, cell phone service providers and government organizations. “We know that using multiple communication channels during emergency situations will help reach Nova Scotians more quickly so they can take action if necessary,” said Derek Mombourquette Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “The use of cell phones to communicate an emergency allows officials to reach people wherever they are and target a specific area where there is imminent danger.” The Emergency Management Office sends test alerts several times a year on TV and radio. Cell phones will now be part of the alert. The test begins with a loud alert sound, followed by a spoken message through television and radio and a message on cell phone screens. If a cell phone is switched off or on silent mode, there will be no sound but a message will be displayed and the phone may vibrate if it is in silent mode. In addition to the alert system, the Emergency Management Office uses Twitter, Facebook and emails to contact first responders and emergency management officials throughout the province in times of emergency. The program is led by Pelmorex Weather Networks (Television) Inc. Information about cell phone compatibility is available at http://www.alertready.ca .
Greater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police as they hurled acid on their 22-year-old sister after trying to kill her while travelling to Noida near Kot village in Dadri area of Greater Noida on May 9.Cops said that the accused confessed to have committed the crime under a fit of rage over their sister’s relationship with a man. According to police, those arrested were identified as Irfan (27), Imran(25) and Rizwan(22), all natives of Ramnagar colony in Gulaothi area of Bulandshahr. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice have also declared a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on accused Irfan and Rizwan, in connection with the case. Police officials said that the accused persons worked as labourers at construction sites. Neeraj Malik, Station House Officer of Dadri police station said that the trio of accused were absconding since the incident and were arrested on Sunday night from Dadri railway station. “Victim had identified three of her brothers to have attacked her while they were travelling back to their rented house on a Scooty. The accused were absconding after the incident and on Sunday night, we received a tip-off about their movement and arrested them from Dadri railway crossing” said Malik. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe officer added that the accused persons confessed to have committed the crime as they were annoyed over her for being into a relationship with the son of their house owner. “Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the accused persons committed crime in a fit of rage as their sister was into a relationship with a married man who is the son of their house owner. Victim’s family had gone to Aligarh to meet their relatives while the trio of brothers took her along with them to their house in Bulandshahr but travelled to NH-91 and stopped their Scooty near village Kot in Dadri. They tried to strangle her and when she fell unconscious, Rizwan and Irfan hurled acid on her and fled away from the spot leaving her lying on the road” added Malik. A senior police officer told Millennium Post that the victim is still admitted in Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi. “Victim’s condition is stable as of now but doctors have said that she need to spend some more days in the hospital” the officer said.
Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 26 paise to 69.00 against the US dollar in early trade Tuesday driven by weakening of the greenback in overseas markets and sustained foreign fund inflows. Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters, fresh foreign fund inflows and easing crude oil prices supported the rupee. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened on a weak note at 69.10, but gathered momentum and rose to a high of 69.00 against the US dollar, showing 26 paise gain over its previous closing. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The local unit, however, pared some gains and was quoted at 69.13 against the American currency at 0949 hrs. The rupee had settled at 69.26 against the US dollar on Monday. Forex traders said the rupee strengthened on expectation of a rate cut in key policy rates by the Reserve Bank of India. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in capital markets, putting in Rs 3,068.88 crore Monday, according to provisional exchange data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.31 per cent to trade at USD 61.09 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 58.44 points down at 40,209.18 and Nifty down 19.75 points at 12,068.80.
Ghaziabad: Union Minister of State for Surface Transport Gen (retired) V.K. Singh opened the Vasundhara flyover for public here on Thursday. The flyover will facilitate travel from the Mohan Nagar side to the UP Gate without any stoppage. It will also allow residents of Indirapuram and Vasundhara to travel to the industrial area site 4, Sahibabad Industrial Estate, without facing any traffic jam. The construction of the Rs 49 crore flyover was started in April 2018. The Minister said the project could be completed in record time because of good coordination between different agencies like the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), the Municipal Corporation, the district administration and the state highway authorities.
The young girls enrolled under NTPC’s ‘Super 30 girls’ Program, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative introduced by India’s largest power generating company, have cracked the IIT JEE Mains. Five girls among the group of 18, who had earlier qualified for the IIT JEE mains have successfully come out triumphant in the final qualifying hurdle.The year-long residential program, implemented with an objective to coach students for IIT- JEE, belonging to economically weaker families, brought these young aspirants a step closer to realising their dream of studying in some of India’s premier engineering institutes. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveAs part of this noble initiative, rolled out in association with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), NTPC bears the entire cost of boarding, lodging, and coaching for the girl students belonging to underprivileged families. After the MoU signed between NTPC Northern Region Head Quarter in Lucknow and CSRL, New Delhi, NTPC & CSRL jointly initiated the Rs 77.03 lakh-program for 30 girls selected from families living in the vicinity of NTPC plants in the northern region. During the tenure of the project, the students were provided with free stay and food, and were imparted coaching and training to sit for entrance examinations (IIT/JEE/NIT) that would help them gain admission to eminent institutes in the country. Started on July 1, 2018, the program finally had 25 girls studying at the ‘NTPC Super 30 Girl’ centre in Varanasi.
NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed that land owning agencies to keep strict vigil to stop dumping of waste. The LG reviewed the problem of Faecal material disposal in drains & bad odour near drains and violation of material disposal rules in Delhi. “In Delhi, nearly 50% population is dependent on on-site sanitation systems like septic tanks especially in the periphery of the city. These septic tanks are cleaned using private operators and the faecal sludge is often dumped in the nallahs or drains. It was informed that nearly 4 million liters of septage/faecal sludge are collected per day inDelhi,” noted a statement. It was also informed that waste is not being disposed of properly and can be seen dumped all over the city along the major roads and contributing significantly in the concentration of PM 10.
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s latest diktat, asking all government officers to reach their offices by 9 a.m. is causing considerable resentment in the bureaucracy, particularly among officers posted in the districts. The Chief Minister, in his order, has said that all officers should reach officer by 9 a.m. and all District Magistrates and Police chiefs should meet the public from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The order comes in the wake of complaints that District Magistrates and Police chiefs were not available for the common man. The Chief Minister’s office has made it clear that officers who do not reach office in time would face action. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah However, officers feel that if the Chief Minister has set 9 a.m. as the office time, he should also fix a time for going home. “The Chief Minister’s meetings often extend till late in the night. If we are reaching home at 11 p.m., should we be expected to return to office at 9 a.m. the following morning?” asked a Principal Secretary rank officer. The Police chiefs in the districts are particularly distressed with the order. A Police chief in Western UP said: “As Superintendent of Police, I am expected to be available till the wee hours of the morning. For instance, there was an accident in my district and I was on duty till 4.a.m. How can I be expected to be back in office at 9 a.m. then? In the districts, we are on duty almost 24×7.” Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Most of the officers that this correspondent spoke to said that the Chief Minister’s new order would leave them with almost no family time. An Additional Chief Secretary rank officer said: “More than me, it is my staff that is upset with this order. If I have to reach office by 9 a.m., my driver will have to leave home at 7.30 a.m., so that he can reach my house in time. The similar is the case with the other staff that stays back in the office till I leave. There should be some flexibility.” According to officer: “The Chief Minister should ensure that there are no pending files and work is done on time. What is the use of sitting in office and doing no work?”
Kolkata: A motion was moved in the Assembly on Thursday unanimously by the ruling party and the opposition alike to maintain peace and harmony in the state and the country, in the face ofgrowing levels of intolerance against a particular community and the rising incidents of violence. During the discussion on the motion, several ministers of the state government and leaders of the opposition parties raised their concern in the House regarding the attack on the people belonging to the minority community. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey also protested against the chanting of the slogan of Lord Ram while carrying out violence across the country. The motion will eventually be passed in the Assembly before being sent to the Centre through the state government. The state government will urge the Centre to take decisive steps to check the incidents of communal attack, in which people from a particular community are affected. State Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee criticised the Centre in the Assembly for dividing people along religious lines. “The BJP has been giving tacit support to fan religious fanaticism across the country, only to gain political advantage,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There have been attempts to divide the country along religious lines. A particular community has been incited against another by a political party to receive electoral benefits. Nationalism has taken a backseat due to relentless fanaticism in the country,” Chatterjee added. He also said: “We are not concerned due to the surge of a political party. In a Parliamentary democracy one party will form the government while another will be voted out. But the way the communal tension is going up across the country is a matter of worry for all of us. I may not like a particular person or a party but the battle must be fought politically, not setting aside the spirit of nationalism. After the Lok Sabha elections, around 40 incidents of violence have taken place in the state.” Chatterjee also criticised the Left MLAs in a subtle way, saying: “You are talking about communal harmony now. Before the Lok Sabha elections, you aligned yourselves with the party that spreads communal tension.” He urged all people cutting across their political allegiance to come forward and fight for the cause. While speaking in favour of the motion, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said that Lord Ram is a holy name but lynching people in the name of Lord Ram cannot be acceptable. It may be mentioned here that a Madrasa teacher was allegedly assaulted by a religious organisation, after he refused to chant ‘Jay Shree Ram’.
London: The publicist of Manny Pacquiao has denied the claims of Philippine boxing legend signing a contract to take on British boxer Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year. On Tuesday, Khan claimed that he had agreed to a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on November 8. Following his stoppage win over Australia’s Billy Dib in the Middle East last Friday, Khan told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together However, Pacquiao’s spokesperson Fred Sternberg told BBC Sport that “Manny has not signed any contract. “As far as I know it hasn’t been even discussed. “He’s been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the States, and he hasn’t met with Amir Khan during that time,” he added. Sternberg also said he did not know what prompted the Briton to make the claims. “That’s a question you need to ask Amir Khan,” he said. In 2017, Khan and Pacquiao were slated to have a bout but an agreement could not be reached between the two.