PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 -30-
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation today, June 7, announced the winners of the third annual Safe graduation Radio Contest. Contest winners receive a monetary donation to help their graduating class fund a safe graduation program. The recipients are as follows: –- First prize of $1,500 was awarded to Sir John A. MacDonald High School –- Second prize of $1,000 was awarded to Central Kings Rural High School –- Third prize of $500 was awarded to Millwood High School A detailed news release on the awards is available by following the news-release link on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-
Twenty-one projects that will reduce harmful air emissions received $2.6 million in funding from EcoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change, Environment Minister Mark Parent announced today, Oct. 20. Mr. Parent, opening the Power of Green conference on behalf of Premier Rodney MacDonald, announced the funding for the latest round of successful applicants whose projects will receive grants to help create a cleaner, greener Nova Scotia. “These grants are a smart investment in the future of our province and help to move us closer to meeting our environmental targets,” said Mr. Parent. “These projects have the potential to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in Nova Scotia by 55,623 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 10,113 cars off the road. They also involve major cuts to key air pollutants.” One of the winning applicants, Carbon Sense Solutions in partnership with Shaw Brick and Concrete in Lantz, is developing a carbon-capture process. Carbon emissions will be captured in pre-formed concrete products. The company will commercialize and distribute the technology across Nova Scotia. It could lead to greenhouse-gas emission reductions of more than 20 kilotonnes per year. “Our company is pleased to support the government of Nova Scotia in achieving its targets by applying new climate-change technologies and services which will undoubtedly reduce the effects on the environment and contribute to the local green economy and knowledge base,” said Robert Niven, president of Carbon Sense Solutions. The Town of Berwick will receive funds to help install energy monitors at 200 homes, which is expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2,100 tonnes each year. “This funding will help many Berwick residents better understand their energy consumption by seeing it in real time, which will lead to cuts in energy use and costs,” said Bob Ashley, chief administrative officer of the Town of Berwick. The Power of Green Conference helps to further the province’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and its companion strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. The act and strategy are part of the sustainable business case for Nova Scotia. Together, they have the ambitious goal to make Nova Scotia one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by the year 2020, while ensuring greater economic performance. Hosted by the Department of Economic Development, the second annual conference is sponsored by government and private-sector partners, including Nova Scotia Power Inc., and the departments of Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and Natural Resources. Among the top-notch speakers at the conference was Lester Brown, dubbed “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” Barbara Stymiest, chief operating officer for RBC, Cape Breton’s Annette Verschuren, president, Home Depot Canada and Asia, as well as Laury Hammel, president of the Longfellow Clubs of Boston. For more information, visit www.thepowerofgreen.ca and EcoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change at www.gov.ns.ca/econovascotia .
The town of Yarmouth will host members of the arts and culture community at the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference on Saturday, Oct. 24. The selection of the location was announced today, April 9, by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, host of the annual event. “This is one of the most important events of the year for Nova Scotia’s arts and culture sector, and Yarmouth is a good choice with its strong and vibrant arts community,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The location of the event alternates between Halifax and the other four regions of the province. This year, a call for proposals was issued to the western region and Yarmouth was one of six communities that expressed interest in hosting the event. The review and selection of the host community was made by a committee of representatives from the province’s culture sector. “We are delighted that Yarmouth will be the backdrop for this year’s conference,” said council chairperson, Paul Gallant. “Arts and culture play a vital role in communities throughout Nova Scotia and we are pleased to promote dialogue on ways to strengthen the sector through this event.” The conference provides an excellent learning and networking opportunity for members of the arts and culture sector, and celebrates the pursuit of excellence by Nova Scotian artists with several prestigious awards. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, in consultation with the arts and culture sector, provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. FOR BROADCAST: Yarmouth has been chosen as the location for the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala set for October 24th. The annual conference, hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, provides a learning and networking opportunity for members of the arts and culture sector. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Bill Dooks says the conference is one of the most important events for the arts and culture community every year and Yarmouth is a good choice with its strong and vibrant arts community. -30-
An established, wild blueberry producer that employs about 85 Nova Scotians will receive a provincial loan guarantee to continue to grow its business during tough economic times. Blueberries cultivated and processed by Rainbow Farms Limited in Hants County are sold around the world, with demand increasing in the United Kingdom and Japan, in particular. The province’s Industrial Expansion Fund will provide $1.5 million for the company to grow and maintain its full-time positions and $1-million payroll. “We are pleased to support this successful company that makes a significant contribution to the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “The company is not only an important employer for Hants County, but its business creates significant spinoffs for the local community and for producers across the province.” The investment complements Select Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia by supporting the variety and quality of food that the province has to offer to domestic and international markets. “Supporting this homegrown, family-owned business, which has 3,000-plus acres of natural blueberry land for development and future production, is vital,” said Agriculture Minister Mark Parent. “The wild blueberry industry is experiencing dramatic growth and Rainbow Farms is actively seeking new markets for its products.” As a result of the world-wide economic and credit crisis, successful companies operating in Nova Scotia are experiencing challenges accessing capital from banks. With the Industrial Expansion Fund, the government of Nova Scotia is able to provide access to capital and help protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable.
SANTÉ–Nomination des membres du Comité consultatif sur la stratégie de santé mentale Frank Beazley, Halifax, chef de police, Police régionale d’Halifax Simon Brooks, Ph.D., Bridgewater, chef du service de psychiatrie, Régie régionale de la santé South Shore Andy Cox, Halifax, porte-parole en santé mentale, IWK Health Centre Paul d’Entremont, Pubnico-Ouest, comté de Yarmouth, membre fondateur et directeur général de Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, Eskasoni, Cap-Breton, directrice des services de santé mentale d’Eskasoni Jessica Inkpen, une jeune femme d’Halifax qui a lutté contre l’anorexie pendant bien des années Lana MacLean, Halifax, une clinicienne en service social qui travaille beaucoup avec la communauté afro-néo-écossaise Cecilia McRae, Merigomish, comté de Pictou, présidente de la Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Patti Melanson, Halifax, coordonnatrice du North End Clinic’s Mobile Outreach Street Health Program Paige Moorhouse, Ph.D., Halifax, chercheuse principale pour plusieurs subventions provinciales et nationales sur la santé mentale des personnes âgées Kathleen Thompson, Halifax, mère d’une jeune femme qui lutte contre un trouble de l’alimentation Catherine Thurston, Tidnish Bridge, comté de Cumberland, ancienne directrice des services de santé mentale de la Régie régionale de la santé Cumberland D’autres renseignements biographiques sur les membres du comité sont disponibles à l’adresse gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-strategy.asp. Les gens qui éprouvent des difficultés liées à la santé mentale et aux dépendances franchiront un pas de plus dans l’obtention des soins dont ils ont besoin, et ce partout dans la province. Des experts en santé, des chercheurs, des cliniciens en santé mentale et des gens qui vivent avec la maladie mentale ou en subissent les effets figurent parmi les 12 membres nommés aujourd’hui, 29 septembre, pour siéger au Comité consultatif sur la stratégie de santé mentale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils se joindront aux coprésidents Michael Ungar et Joyce McDonald dont la nomination a été annoncée en juin. « Ce groupe de gens d’horizons variés apporte une mine d’expérience professionnelle, clinique et personnelle qui permettra de créer une stratégie de santé mentale pour la Nouvelle-Écosse, précise la ministre de la Santé, Maureen MacDonald. Son travail nous aidera à vous assurer de meilleurs soins de santé, à vous et à votre famille. » La stratégie de santé mentale a été annoncée en mars lors du discours du Trône et elle aidera le gouvernement à remplir son engagement qui consiste à réorganiser les services de santé mentale et ceux de prévention et de traitement des dépendances à l’échelle de la province. Le comité consultatif élaborera une processus de consultation et formulera des recommandations en vue de la préparation de la stratégie de santé mentale. Mme MacDonald a aussi annoncé que la Fondation pour la recherche en santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaillera de près avec le comité consultatif à l’élaboration de la stratégie. Elle réunira de la documentation pertinente et appuiera une consultation approfondie pour garantir l’élaboration informée de la stratégie. « Étant donné son expérience et sa méthodologie dans le domaine scientifique, la fondation est en bonne position pour aider le comité consultatif à faire en sorte que la stratégie repose sur les meilleures connaissances à l’heure actuelle », de dire Mme MacDonald. « Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir contribuer à l’élaboration de la stratégie au moyen de nos connaissances et de notre expérience, a indiqué Krista Connell, présidente-directrice générale de la Fondation pour la recherche en santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Réunir notre approche en consultation et notre expérience dans la collecte des meilleures connaissances dans le domaine aidera le comité consultatif à préparer une stratégie qui répond aux besoins des Néo-Écossais. » La fondation fournira également un soutien administratif et technique, elle offrira des services de gestion de projet et elle aidera à superviser l’élaboration de la stratégie. Le comité consultatif doit rencontrer Mme MacDonald et la fondation en octobre pour examiner le mandat et préparer un calendrier de rencontres. Mme MacDonald prévoit recevoir les recommandations du comité consultatif d’ici à l’été prochain. Les membres du comité consultatif sont :
Un nouveau livre pour les enfants commandé par la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse aidera les élèves à découvrir ce qu’est un gouvernement responsable. Présidé par la lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis, son lancement a eu lieu aujourd’hui, 9 juin, à la résidence vice-royale. Le livre, Angel et la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse, présente aux enfants le rôle et les fonctions officielles d’un lieutenant-gouverneur. « J’espère que le rôle du lieutenant-gouverneur contribuera, grâce au livre, à accroître chez les jeunes le sens de la citoyenneté et de la responsabilité envers la démocratie, de même que l’intérêt dans notre système politique, a déclaré la lieutenante-gouverneure. Je suis ravie que le projet ait été mené à terme et de savoir que le livre sera distribué dans les écoles de la province. » Dans le livre, Angel, la chatte de la lieutenante-gouverneure, offre des conseils et présente des faits intéressants pour encourager les enfants à en apprendre plus sur la démocratie et le fonctionnement du gouvernement. Le livre sera une ressource d’apprentissage pour l’unité sur la citoyenneté du programme d’études sociales pour la 3e année. Il est publié en français, en anglais, en mi’kmaq et en gaélique.
Nova Scotia start-ups have a chance to compete for up to $200,000 in investment through Innovacorp’s provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, launched today, Sept. 13. The I-3 competition finds and supports high-potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurial activity across the province. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to sustaining a thriving economy in Nova Scotia,” said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Innovacorp’s I-3 competition supports the goals of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy.” The competition will take place in five geographic zones across the province. Each zone winner will receive $100,000 in cash and in-kind business building services with the second-place zone winners getting $40,000 in cash and services. An overall provincial winner, selected from the five zone winners, will be awarded an additional $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. Innovacorp ran a pilot I-3 competition in Cape Breton in 2006, and provincial competitions in 2007-08 and 2009-10. Over the years, the competition has received 270 start-up company submissions. “I’m encouraged by the vibrant level of entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia, and we look forward to seeing the new ventures the I-3 competition uncovers,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. Zone 1 includes Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties; Zone 2 includes Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties; Zone 3 includes Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties; Zone 4 includes Halifax Regional Municipality; and Zone 5 includes Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties. A six-person judging committee in each zone will consider the quality of the idea, the strength of the management team and the clarity and persuasiveness of the written and oral presentation. Entrepreneurs have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to submit entries. The five zone winners will be announced Jan. 26, 2012, and the provincial winner will be announced Feb. 8. Submissions can be completed online at www.innovacorp.ca . Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s agency committed to helping high-potential, early stage companies succeed in the global marketplace. The organization is internationally recognized as a leader in technology commercialization, combining venture capital investment with business mentoring and incubation facilities.
The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has concluded that no charges will be laid against a Halifax Regional Police (HRP) booking officer. On June 13, 2012, just before 3 a.m., police responded to a robbery alarm at the Chebucto Road Needs store. One male was arrested, and eventually booked into HRP cells for court later in the day. Seven hours later, he was discovered to be unconscious and was taken to hospital where he remained in coma for five days. The SIRT investigation reviewed the circumstances of his arrest and handling prior to being in his cell and found no evidence of excessive force or injuries caused by police action. SIRT also evaluated the care given to the male after he was placed in his cell. He laid on his back on his cell bench and remained completely motionless for seven hours. His initial unconsciousness was caused by the ingestion of a variety of substances. The lack of movement that followed appears to have contributed to his medical condition. SIRT made a formal referral to HRP’s discipline process under provisions of the Police Act for consideration whether the booking officer breached HRP policy regarding when and how he conducted cell checks. However, any inaction was not sufficient to constitute grounds to justify a criminal charge. The full report can be viewed at sirt.novascotia.ca.
More Nova Scotians are getting good jobs, and more young people are planning careers in the province’s thriving ocean technology sector. Innovative businesses from across the province showcased products and the wide range of career opportunities available to Nova Scotians, today, June 6, at the Oceans Career Fair and Industry Showcase. “Nova Scotia’s ocean technology sector has doubled its revenues from $500 million to over $1 billion in just a few years. This growth creates good jobs and exciting career opportunities for our young people,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Today’s event gives students an opportunity to meet employers, and celebrates talented Nova Scotians who are inventing, developing and producing sophisticated, innovative products made here for the world.” Ocean Sonics, in Great Village, Colchester Co., specializes in instruments to record and process ocean sound. The company’s Smart Hydrophones are used around the world to provide precise measurements of ocean sound. “Nova Scotia is home to world-class knowledge and innovation in ocean technology. All of the research and development happening here is helping small businesses like ours to compete and succeed globally,” said Desiree Stockermans, operations director, Ocean Sonics. “We’re looking for smart students who want a career in ocean technology, and to stay and build their lives here in Nova Scotia.” More than 80 Nova Scotian students enrolled in ocean technology, engineering and science programs at universities and colleges, along with close to 30 ocean technology companies, are participating in the event. “As a student soon to be entering the workforce, I am optimistic about Nova Scotia’s growth in the marine and ocean technology industries,” said Leah McConney, Master of Marine Management Candidate in Dalhousie University’s Marine Affairs Program. “The interdisciplinary education I received has prepared me well for the future and given me a competitive advantage in my career search.” With more than 200 companies, including 60 businesses that make their own high-tech products and deliver innovative services, and hundreds of marine researchers, Nova Scotia is quickly becoming an international leader in this sector. Ocean technology companies account for 20 per cent of all research and development by Nova Scotia businesses. The province is also home to globally recognized, ground-breaking oceans research at places such as the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the National Research Council Marine Biosciences Facility. The province released an update today to its 2011 sector profile, Defined by the Sea: Nova Scotia’s Oceans Technology Sector Present and Future. It outlines Nova Scotia’s progress and the potential the sector continues to hold. It is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/docs/ocean-technology-update-June-6-2013.pdf . The Defined by the Sea report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/sectors/oceans/ . The career fair and showcase, the province’s first ever for this sector, is organized by the Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia. It is one of many events being held across the province to mark Oceans Week, June 3 to 8.
The Department of Environment has issued a directive to Northern Pulp to complete an independent engineering review and evaluation for the entire power boiler system by Nov. 30. The evaluation must include recommendations for any necessary operational modifications, and capital upgrades intended to bring power boiler emissions to within the company’s approval limit. According to stack test results conducted at the mill in September by Stantec, the power boiler emissions are above the acceptable limit. The results also show that the new precipitator installed earlier in the year continues to operate well below the mill’s approval limit. The emissions limit in the 2015 industrial approval is almost 80 per cent lower than the mill’s previous approval. Testing was done Sept. 15-18 by Stantec Consulting Ltd. The stack test results can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp.asp .
Government is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the St. Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake and Hubbards areas of Halifax Regional Municipality that help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. Timberlea and Prospect MLA Iain Rankin, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 29, that local sustainable transportation projects will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “Our multi-use trails provide so much enjoyment for individuals and families and it’s great to see work happening to maintain and improve them,” said Mr. Rankin. “Active transportation options are an essential part of connectivity for these communities and for everyone who use the Rails to Trails system and beyond.” With a $50,000 grant from Connect2 and $50,000 from the Off Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust, with the help of the Safety-minded ATV Association, will continue infrastructure work in the Five Bridges Lake Area and towards Goodwood. “Five Bridges is excited to be able to continue working with our partners to make improvements to our local trail systems,” said Harry Ward, chair, Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust. “This will support community members’ ability to enjoy larger areas of our wilderness, now and into the future.” St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association will receive $35,000 through Connect2 and additional funding of $25,000 from Halifax Regional Municipality, $9,699.89 from Mountain Equipment Co-op, and $40,000 from Off Highway Vehicles Infrastructure Fund. The association also received a $40,000 Recreation Facility Development Grant earlier this year from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to resurface and regrade about six kilometres of trail and to make upgrades to Round Lake Bridge, Pipeline Bridge and Indian River Bridge. The grants help build sport and recreation facilities such as trails, parks and arenas, swimming pools, ball fields and skateboard parks to help Nova Scotians make physical and community activities part of their daily lives. “The St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association is delighted to have Nova Scotia Department of Energy Connect2 Program as a funding partner for the improvements to our 32 kilometre trail,” said Anne Patrick, chair of St. Margarets Bay Area Rails to Trails Association. “This will provide the only active transportation connection between eight communities from Lewis Lake to Hubbards.” Aspotogan Heritage Trust Society will receive $4,663 through Connect2 and $2,482 and an $870 in-kind contribution from Municipality of the District of Chester to create a new pathway from the corner of Highways 3 and 329 to the trailhead of the Aspotogan Trail. “We recognize that sidewalks can be a significant capital investment,” said Kathryn Gamache, executive director Aspotogan Heritage Trust Society. “That is why we are pleased to have been able to propose a less costly, yet equally safe and functional connection solution for moving people thorough this hub location in Hubbards.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
Four heroes were honoured with a Medal of Bravery at a ceremony held today, Dec. 4, at Province House in Halifax. The Medal of Bravery is awarded each year to people who have risked their life protecting the life or property of others. “These acts of bravery reflect what we stand for as a province – a place where people look out for one another,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Those being honoured today chose courage over fear, ignoring the danger to themselves to help fellow citizens. Their bravery is an inspiration and this recognition is well-deserved.” This year’s recipients are Jules Dufour, Halifax, Kevin Tough, West Pennant, Halifax Regional Municipality, Bruce Knocton, Milford, Hants Co. and Paul Rowe, Chester Basin. Mr. Dufour and Mr. Tough, unknown to each other, broke down the door of a burning home on Nightingale Drive in Halifax, where they found and rescued a young man who had been asleep downstairs, along with two family pets. Mr. Knocton, a deputy with Sheriff Services, came upon a head on collision while travelling on highway 102 near exit 13 in Colchester Co, where one vehicle was on fire. He climbed into the burning car and helped the driver, an unconscious woman and remained with her until emergency responders arrived. Mr. Rowe came to the rescue of a driver whose vehicle had plummeted into the ocean on highway 3 near Gold River, Lunenburg Co. Without hesitation, he entered the water and helped the driver escape from the vehicle. In his efforts to help the driver, Mr. Rowe noticed a car seat in the back. While first responders attended to the driver, Mr. Rowe returned to search the now submerged vehicle and confirmed there were no other occupants. For more information on medal recipients, or to find out how to nominate a hero, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/bravery .
Rampur: Within days of being elected to the Lok Sabha, Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, has now said that he is thinking of quitting his seat and contesting the next Assembly elections. “There are no doctors or health facilities in my constituency. We are running a hospital but there can be attempts to dismantle it. Barrage should be constructed, its construction is pending. I am thinking of quitting from Parliament and contesting the state Assembly elections. It is possible that I will contest in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections,” Azam Khan told reporters in here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC He said that the welfares of the people in his constituency was of prime importance and he was willing to let go of any position for this. Azam Khan had defeated BJP’s Jaya Prada from the Rampur parliamentary constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking at a press conference in his constituency after a complaint was reportedly filed against him for obstructing government work and occupying public property without permission for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Denying all the charges, Khan said, “Whatever has happened is not hidden from everyone. To remove me from the state, all types of efforts have been made– there was also an attempt to kill me. My license was cancelled. “Also, there was a conspiracy to kill me in an encounter by putting serious allegations on me. Newspapers have written that among all the winning MPs, I am number one and the biggest criminal MP because there are maximum cases against me.” Replying to a question, he said that he had bought the property from the previous government and had the papers to prove it.
Manchester: India suffered yet another injury scare after senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered a hamstring niggle while bowling against Pakistan in their World Cup game here Sunday. According to BCCI media team, Bhuvneshwar suffered “tightness in his left hamstring” which forced him to leave the field after bowling 2.4 overs. He will take no further part in the game. His figures were 2.4-0-8-0. The team’s designated 12th man Ravindra Jadeja took the field for the remainder of the Pakistan run chase. It is yet to be ascertained how serious Bhuvneshwar’s injury is. If it turns out to be a tear, it will be another big jolt for India and he will be the second player after Shikhar Dhawan to sustain an injury during the tournament. Dhawan has suffered a hairline fracture and is out for a minimum period of two weeks. If Bhuvneshwar does not get fit in time for the Afghanistan game in Southampton on June 22, then Mohammed Shami will come in his place. In the worst case scenario, if Bhuvneshwar is ruled out of the tournament, India’s back-up pacer Khaleel Ahmed is travelling with the team.
Kolkata: The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 29, 2020. The venue for next year’s book fair will be Salt Lake Central Park, with Russia being the theme country.”In 2020, the IKBF will start two days earlier than 2019. The Chief Minister has assured us that she will formally inaugurate the fair on January 29,” said Sudhansu Dey, director of Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, which hosts the IKBF every year. Dey met Banerjee at her chamber in the state legislative Assembly on Tuesday and finalised the inauguration date. The fair will be held for 12 days. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that the IKBF 2019 that started from January 31, witnessed a record sale of books worth Rs 21 crore and witnessed a turnout of 23 lakh visitors. Guatemala was the theme country for this year’s book fair. Several countries from across the world attended this year’s edition of IKBF, which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala. It may be mentioned that the IKBF had shifted to the Salt Lake venue in 2017, with the state government taking up a total renovation of the Milan Mela ground opposite Science City, which used to be the venue earlier.
New Delhi: The tax department has extended by three months till July 31 the deadline for service providers with turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh to opt for the composition scheme and pay six per cent goods and services tax (GST). The GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister and comprising state counterparts, has permitted such service providers to opt for composition scheme and pay taxes at reduced rate of six per cent beginning April 1, 2019. This is against the higher rates of 12 and 18 per cent levied for most services under GST. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn a circular, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said suppliers who want to opt for composition scheme would have to file Form GST CMP-02 by selecting ‘any other supplier eligible for composition levy’ latest by July 31, 2019. The CBIC had earlier marked April 30, 2019, as the deadline for service providers to opt for the scheme. The GST composition scheme was so far available to traders and manufacturers of goods with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1 crore. This threshold too has been increased to Rs 1.5 crore from April 1. Under the scheme, traders and manufacturers are required to pay only one per cent GST on goods which otherwise attract a higher levy of either 5, 12 or 18 per cent. Such dealers are also not permitted to charge GST from the customers. Of the 1.22 crore businesses registered under GST, about 17.5 lakh have so far opted for the composition scheme.
New Delhi: Railways received a budgetary allocation of Rs 65,837 crore and highest ever outlay for capital expenditure amounting to Rs 1.60 lakh crore in the Budget for the year 2019-20 presented on Friday, which includes a whopping 200 per cent increase in funds for passenger amenities. Last year, the outlay for the railways was Rs 1.48 lakh crore while the Budget allocation was Rs 55,088 crore. In the interim Budget, the allocation was Rs 1.58 lakh crore. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu In the 2019-20 Budget, funds of Rs 7,255 crore have been allocated for construction of new lines, Rs 2,200 crore for gauge conversion, Rs 700 crore for doubling, Rs 6,114.82 crore for rolling stock and Rs 1,750 crore for signalling and telecom. The allocations have remained the same as in the interim budget presented in February. “This is a budget for 130 crore Indians, rich or poor, for entrepreneurs, for the industry, promoting new work and opportunities,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC The allocation for rail passenger comfort this fiscal has gone up to Rs 3,422.57 crore from Rs 1,657 crore in the Budget presented last year by then finance minister Arun Jaitley. In the 2017-2018 financial year, the budgetary allocation for railway passenger amenities was Rs 1,100.90 crore. Indication of the sharp rise was given in the interim Budget in which the allocation for passenger amenities jumped by 50 per cent from the amount allocated in 2018-2019. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Budget, said the railway infrastructure would need an investment of Rs 50 lakh crores between 2018 and 2030 and proposed that a public private partnership (PPP) be used to unleash faster development and delivery of passenger freight services for railway projects to boost connectivity. “Railways will be encouraged to invest in suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and enhance metro rail network through PPPs,” she said. Government envisions using rivers for cargo transportation, which will also decongest roads and railways, Sitharaman said. Goyal said the Rs 50 lakh crore investment in railways that the Finance Minister talked about was needed to modernise stations and build passenger amenities like toilets, waiting rooms and better stations. “We have drawn up an whole programme. Some of the old projects like 100 per cent electrification, advanced signalling, station development was already there. Now, we have to worked out how to create additional capacities, so that our modal share of freight can go up, the cost of logistics start coming down and our passengers along with good amenities get more and more avenues to travel by trains to reach their preferred destination. “All this will entail more doubling, tripling, new dedicated freight corridors, some semi high speed freight corridors, very large gamut of investments in different sectors, regional connectivity, connectivity to aspirational districts. We have worked this out both through government expenditure and through public-private partnership,” he said. Sitharaman in her speech said that given the capital expenditure outlays of the railways are around Rs 1.5 to Rs 1.6 lakh crores per annum, completing even all sanctioned projects would take decades. She proposed the use of PPP model to unleash faster development and completion of tracks, rolling stock manufacturing and delivery of passenger freight services. “Wherever there are opportunities and viability of attracting more investments and better services for the passengers, we will keep an open mind. The passengers have a right to better services. We are open to it. “If there are economically viable projects and people are willing to invest in them, then, why not. For example, if Coal India opened a new mine and they need a railway line and a siding. Why should railways invest in it? Coal India need it to move their coal, so they can invest in it. We can co-invest in them. Whenever there are opportunities which are viable we should have an open mind,” Goyal said. The Finance Minister said railway stations modernisation will also be launched this year. However, what will remain the Railways’ major headache would be its revenue expenditure which includes an estimated salary payout of Rs 86,554.31 crore, about Rs 14,000 crore more than last year. The Budget estimates also allocated Rs 267.64 crore for Nirbhaya Fund, including provision of Rs 250 crore for Integrated Emergency Response Management System (IERM) (Video Surveillance System), and Rs 17.64 crore for Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. Estimates under Gross Traffic Receipts for the year 2019-20 have been placed at Rs 2,16,675 crore, an increase of Rs 19,961 crore over the revised estimates 2018-19. The railway minister also said that the national transporter will invest in creating metro coaches and stock, showing confidence in its manufacturing units, which have produced state of the art coaches like in Train18 and is in the process of manufacturing Train20. “We are not selling off government assets. Everybody’s jobs will be protected. Like we have IRCON, RITES, they are all corporatised government companies,” he said, amidst disquiet in its production units about the railways’ proposal to hive them off as one corporate entity. In fact the Budget allocation for rolling stock has increased from Rs 3,724.93 crore in 2018-2019 to Rs 6,114.82 in 2019-2020 – which was announced in the interim Budget.
Jerusalem: Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz has spoken of his belief in therapy to convert gays to heterosexuality and claimed he has engaged in the practice, leading to calls for him to be sacked. The comments late Saturday in a television interview were only the latest controversial views voiced by the recently installed minister who heads a far-right party popular with Israeli settlers. Asked by Israel’s Channel 12 whether he was in favour of so-called conversion therapy and if he believed he could change a gay person, Peretz, who is also a rabbi, said “I think you can, I think you can.” “I can tell you that I have a deep knowledge of education, and I have done it too,” he said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping He then talked about a student who approached him and told him he was gay. Peretz said he hugged him, was kind to him and sought to help him “understand himself well and then decide on his own.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought Peretz’s Union of Right Wing Parties into his government after April 9 elections, firmly condemned the remarks. But Netanyahu, who heads what is seen as the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, signalled no intention of firing Peretz as members of Israel’s opposition demanded. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “The education minister’s remarks about the gay community are not acceptable and do not reflect the stance of the government I head,” he said in a statement. He said he spoke with Peretz “who clarified his remarks and stressed the Israeli education system will continue to accept all of Israel’s children as they are, without any regard to their sexual orientation.” Gay conversion therapy has been widely found, including by Israel’s health ministry, to be unscientific and potentially damaging to young people. In the same interview, Peretz also appeared undeterred by the suggestion Israel would be engaged in “apartheid” if it annexed the occupied West Bank without giving Palestinians the right to vote in national elections. “We’re in a very complicated reality in Israeli society and Israel, and we will have to find the solutions — where sovereignty will be, what will it be applied over, will it apply to people, to territory,” he said. “They certainly won’t be able to vote,” he said of Palestinians in the West Bank. Peretz also caused outrage earlier this month over reported comments to a cabinet meeting. Israel’s Channel 13 reported that he told ministers that Jewish inter-marriage and assimilation, particularly in North America, were like a “second Holocaust”.
New Delhi: Mike Hesson on Thursday announced he has parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, lending credence to the speculation that the New Zealander is also in contention to be India’s next chief coach. The local media in New Zealand reported that Hesson has applied for the top job in both India and Pakistan. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody is one of the big international names in a long list of applications the BCCI has received for the chief coach’s job in the Indian cricket team. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” Hesson said in a message which he also posted on Twitter. Hesson, who was at the helm of Kings XI Punjab for only a season, though remained tight-lipped on the reasons for his departure from Kings XI Punjab and future job prospects. Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India and a home Test series win over England in April 2018 which lifted them to third on the world rankings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia’s coach will be chosen by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee headed by the legendary Kapil Dev, ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy. The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the Windies tour from August 3 to September 3.