Helping Families on Assistance With Cost of School Supplies

first_img The Nova Scotia government is once again helping families onincome assistance buy school supplies. Families will receive $50 for each child aged five to 12 and $100for each child 13 years and over who is registered for andattending a public school. The money will be added to incomeassistance cheques that are sent out during the last week ofAugust. Families are not required to apply for this funding. “This is the fourth year in a row that government has providedfunding to support the learning needs of children in families whoreceive assistance,” said David Morse, Minister of CommunityServices. “Providing this extra help will relieve some of theadded financial pressure each new school year brings.” Students can use the funding to buy school supplies and payvarious school fees, such as locker charges. About 9,000 students ages five to 12 will receive the funding,along with about 5,700 students over the age of 13. This year theDepartment of Community Services will provide one million dollarsin assistance for school supplies for families on assistance. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Helping Families on Assistance With Cost ofSchool Supplieslast_img read more

Energy Minister Says Predictability Key to Energy Costs

first_imgEnergy Minister Cecil Clarke says predictability is key to energycosts for consumers. He is responding to Nova Scotia Power’ssuggestion that consumer electricity bills be tied to changingfuel costs through a “fuel adjustment mechanism.” “Nova Scotians want predictability and they want protection whenit comes to the amount they are paying for electricity,” said Mr.Clarke. “The current regulatory process for setting electricityrates for this province is fair and we will be putting that caseforward as part of our presentation in hearings this fall.” The province will intervene in Nova Scotia Power’s applicationfor a rate increase during public hearings before the Nova ScotiaUtility and Review Board (UARB) beginning on Nov. 15. Electricity rates fall under the authority of the UARB, anindependent quasi-judicial body that has both regulatory andadjudicative jurisdiction. The province will make its case on the proposed fuel surchargealong with other key issues contained in the rate applicationsuch as taxation, rate of return and fuel costs. “My priority is to ensure that the ratepayers of the province arefully informed about all of the elements that contribute to theirelectricity bill,” said Mr. Clarke.last_img read more

Halifax Waterfront Project Generates Jobs

first_imgAn important visitor attraction will generate additional economic activity as a repair and maintenance project worth more than $1 million begins at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Waterworks Construction Limited has started work on the wharf and boardwalk behind the museum on a project that will take about five months to complete. “The provincial government has committed to stimulating job growth and economic investment in its Building for Growth plan,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This project builds on that commitment by generating immediate employment and economic activity in Halifax’s downtown core.” The repair and maintenance work will include: During this project the boardwalk and the wharves will be closed, excluding the dates of June 30 to August 16, when work will cease and the boardwalk will reopen to accommodate the 2009 Tall Ships Festival and the 2009 Buskers Festival. Access to the boardwalk behind the museum will be closed from the waterfront visitor information centre to the end of the museum’s north side. Pedestrians will be re-routed around the building, via Lower Water Street. The museum’s boardwalk gift shop will be closed, and wharf bookings will be suspended throughout the project’s duration. For more information, visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic website at maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca . removal and reconstruction of the museum’s south boat shed (currently used in the summer months as a secondary gift shop) replacement of the wharves’ structural supports complete re-decking of both the wharves and the boardwalk directly behind the museumlast_img read more

Une entreprise dici prend de lexpansion

first_imgUn fournisseur de services bien de chez nous prévoit prendre de l’expansion à Halifax et ses projets créeront jusqu’à 350 nouveaux emplois. Blue Ocean Contact Centers est membre du Groupe CCL, une entreprise de communications et de marketing stratégiques établie à Halifax. La province, par le truchement de Nova Scotia Business Inc., a annoncé aujourd’hui 7 décembre qu’elle appuiera la croissance de la compagnie en lui accordant, sur une période de cinq ans, une remise sur les salaires d’un montant maximum de 1 950 000 $. « Blue Ocean est un excellent cas de réussite en Nouvelle-Écosse, de dire Graham Steele, ministre des Finances, au nom de Percy Paris, ministre du Développement économique et rural. « L’annonce d’aujourd’hui est un bel exemple de la manière dont les entreprises locales connaissent du succès malgré le dur climat économique. » Blue Ocean offre un service et un soutien multilingues pour des entreprises de partout en Amérique du Nord. C’est à partir de ses bureaux à Halifax et à Saint John qu’elle assure des services d’assistance et de soutien à la clientèle pour des clients, entre autres, dans les industries des télécommunications, du tourisme et de l’hospitalité. « Notre croissance est directement liée à la qualité de nos employés ici à Halifax, de souligner Elizabeth Currie, directrice de l’exploitation de Blue Ocean. Les entreprises mettent l’accent sur la gestion des rapports avec leurs clients et notre compagnie, qui se spécialise dans le service à la clientèle, prend de l’expansion pour répondre à la demande. » Blue Ocean embauche à l’heure actuelle et elle recherche des gens qui ont des compétences en service à la clientèle et qui veulent apprendre. Le bilinguisme est un atout. « Blue Ocean est une entreprise qui a ses racines ici, en Nouvelle-Écosse, de dire Stephen Lund, président et directeur général de Nova Scotia Business Inc. Cette expansion montre encore davantage qu’à mesure que l’économie se remet de la récession, Halifax est une des villes les mieux positionnées au Canada. » Blue Ocean Contact Centers, membre primé du Groupe CCL, est un fournisseur spécialisé de soutien et de services à la clientèle. Blue Ocean assure, depuis sa fondation en 1994, des services de centre d’appels parmi les meilleurs dans son secteur d’activités. Ces services aident certaines des plus importantes entreprises en Amérique du Nord à créer une expérience unique avec leur clientèle. Nova Scotia Business Inc. est l’organisme de développement des entreprises dirigé par le secteur privé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. NSBI est la branche de la Province qui attire les investissements et qui aide les entreprises néo-écossaises à atteindre leur potentiel de croissance grâce aux services qu’elle offre en consultation, en développement de marché, en financement et en capital de risque. Allez au www.novascotiabusiness.com pour plus d’information.last_img read more

The Navy A Century in Art Exhibition at Maritime Museum

first_imgA travelling exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy will be on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax from Friday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 24. The Navy: A Century in Art was produced by the Canadian War Museum. The exhibit shares the legacy of the navy experience as it moves into a new century. From dramatic depictions of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate portraits of life at sea and ashore, the works in the display vividly reveal this rich heritage. The Navy: A Century in Art features a selection of paintings from many of Canada’s leading war artists, including Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Anthony Law, and demonstrates how geography, history and war have shaped the Canadian navy. The exhibition represents four themes: the Canadian Navy, the navy at sea, the navy’s wars, and its legacy. “This exhibition is a testament to the important and diverse roles fulfilled by the Canadian navy over the past century,” said Mark O’Neill, director general of the Canadian War Museum. “It is a privilege for us to be able to share treasures from our collections with Canadians across the country.” “It’s an honour to have our museum host this exclusive travelling exhibition from the Canadian War Museum’s Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. Having this collection of works by prominent Canadian artists makes this showing even more special to share with our visitors,” said Kim Reinhardt, general manager, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. “Over the next few months, museum patrons will see works by Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Anthony Law, Harold Beament, Donald C. Mackay, Ted Zuber and many other official and unofficial war artists.” The exhibition had its national premiere early this year in Calgary at the Military Museums. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is at 1675 Lower Water St.last_img read more

Minister Appoints Provincial Fire Marshal

first_imgThe Minister of Labour and Advanced Education appointed Harold Pothier as Provincial Fire Marshal effective today, Sept. 10. “I am very pleased to officially welcome Mr. Pothier to the important role as our province’s fire marshal,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “Public safety is a priority, and I am are sure Mr. Pothier and his team will continue to show great leadership and dedication to reduce and eliminate the suffering and tragic loss caused by fire by facilitating fire and building safety systems. “I look forward to his continued work to improve fire protection in Nova Scotia.” Mr. Pothier and his staff advise various levels of government, including municipalities, on matters such as fire-protection systems, and provide fire-prevention education. He will also work toward meeting recommendations made by the province’s auditor general to improve fire prevention and investigation. “We all have a role to play when it comes to preventing fires, and I look forward to continuing my work to provide leadership and direction by supporting fire-prevention strategies, fire-safety education, and the enforcement of fire safety codes and standards,” said Mr. Pothier. “Working together, we can achieve fire safety.” Mr. Pothier has more than 35 years of fire services experience and won a competition for the position.last_img read more

Honneur aux bénévoles de toute la province

first_imgDes bénévoles de toute la province qui offrent généreusement leur temps et leurs talents sont à l’honneur dans le cadre de la 41e cérémonie annuelle de remise des Prix provinciaux du bénévolat, aujourd’hui 7 avril. Le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant, le premier ministre Stephen McNeil, et la ministre des Services communautaires Joanne Bernard, ont assisté à la cérémonie, organisée dans le cadre de la Semaine nationale de l’action bénévole. Simonne Savoury, une élève de 12e année de l’École Beau-Port d’Arichat, reçoit le prix Jeune bénévole de l’année 2015. Elle dit être inspirée par ses grands-parents, qui ont été au service de leur communauté pendant toute leur vie. « En offrant ces services, nous créons un sentiment d’appartenance à la communauté, a dit Mme Savoury. Les mesures de soutien ne sont pas nécessairement de grande envergure, mais ce sont souvent les petits gestes qui ont le plus grand impact. » Mme Savoury est présidente du conseil étudiant et elle a travaillé avec d’autres élèves pour ramasser les déchets sur les plages et les routes. Elle a été tuteur pour des élèves ayant des difficultés d’apprentissage et elle a recueilli des dons pour permettre aux patients atteints de cancer de se déplacer pour recevoir des traitements. Lors de la cérémonie, environ 70 bénévoles ont été reconnus par leurs municipalités, qui organisent également des activités de reconnaissance des bénévoles au niveau local. « Le travail pratique des bénévoles dévoués renforce et améliore nos communautés, a dit Mme Bernard. Je suis reconnaissante que la moitié de notre population fait activement du bénévolat. Ceci représente un nombre impressionnant de 74 millions d’heures par année. » En plus du prix Jeune bénévole, le prix Famille bénévole par excellence est également remis. La famille Jones, qui est reconnue comme étant un pilier dans la communauté d’Upper Hammonds Plains, reçoit le prix Famille bénévole par excellence 2015. Shirley et ses filles Gina, Melvina et Sherlene poursuivent une tradition familiale remarquable de bénévolat qui dure depuis 175 ans. Elles participent activement à l’église baptiste Emmanuel, à l’Association de développement communautaire d’Upper Hammonds Plains et à la société Melvin Land Tract Protection Society. Gina est la première femme afro-néo-écossaise à devenir pompière bénévole. La famille a contribué à la création de camps de jour et d’ateliers sur la santé et le mieux-être, à l’expansion des installations de loisirs ainsi qu’à l’établissement de bourses pour les jeunes, de programmes de mentorat et de possibilités d’emploi. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les lauréats des prix à l’échelle de la province, consultez le www.recreationns.ns.ca/provincial-volunteer-awards (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Community Event To Celebrate Bluenose II

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are invited to join the captain and crew of the Bluenose II on Saturday, July 11, to celebrate the schooner in her home port of Lunenburg. “Having Bluenose II sailing again is what we’ve all been waiting for. We are ready to celebrate and we invite everyone to celebrate with us,” said Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg. The public will be invited to tour the ship after the ship sails into Lunenburg Harbour around 11:15 a.m. and lowers its sails before moving into place dockside. There will be a community-based event starting at 11:30 a.m. and will include games and activities for kids, along with local food and musicians. The event will coincide with the Lunenburg street festival and craft festival, meaning there will be many ways to experience the best that Lunenburg has to offer. “The Bluenose means so many things to so many people. I know there will be a lot of full hearts on Saturday as the vessel cruises into Lunenburg Harbour under full sail,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The town of Lunenburg is leading a community celebration to which everyone across the province is invited.” The Bluenose II begins its public harbour tours on Sunday, July 19. The full tour schedule is now posted and reservations can be made online, at bluenose.novascotia.ca/schedule .last_img read more

Windies legend Brian Lara hospitalised in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai: West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara was Tuesday admitted to a hospital here after complaining of discomfort. The 50-year-old from Trinidad, considered one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game, was admitted to the Global Hospital in Parel after complaining of discomfort during an event here, a source close to the player told PTI. The hospital authorities, so far tight-lipped about why the former player has been admitted, are expected to issue a statement on his condition in some time. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The former batsman is in the country as an analyst for the official broadcasters of the ongoing Word Cup. The legendary left-hander played 131 Tests for the West Indies and averaged 52.89 for his 11,953 runs, while his 299 ODI appearances yielded 10,405 runs at 40.17. He is the first and only player to have registered 400 runs in a Test innings. Lara is considered one among the most awe-inspiring batters of an era in which the iconic Sachin Tendulkar was his contemporary.last_img read more

Modi breaks silence says pained by Jkhand lynching

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday broke his silence on lynching of a Muslim youth in Jharkhand, saying it has pained him and the guilty must be severely punished, but stressed that all incidents of violence in the country, whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated the same and law should take its course.Addressing Rajya Sabha, he also spoke on the death of over 130 children this month from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) or ‘brain fever’ in Bihar saying it was a matter of “shame” and the “biggest failure” of seven decades that outbreak of such disease continues to kill even after so many years of independence. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceIn his over an hour long reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President, Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress saying it was sheer arrogance of the grand old party which is unable to accept its defeat and continues to question the mandate of the people through attacks on EVMs. Countering the opposition charge of media bias during elections, he said, “Is media on sale. Was it on sale in Tamil Nadu and Kerala (where Congress and its allies won).” Taking a jibe at Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, he said during the debate some people demanded a return to ‘Old India’ instead of the ‘New India’ where technology is being used to ease lives and end corruption. The Motion of Thanks to President was passed by Parliament following the Prime Minister’s reply. The Motion was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday. See P5last_img read more

Younis questions Indian teams sportsmanship after England loss

first_imgLondon: Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis questioned the Indian cricket team’s “sportsmanship” after the two-time champions’ first defeat of the ongoing World Cup to England left Pakistan’s chances of making the semifinals hanging in balance. Pakistan were banking on neighbours and arch-rivals India, who have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the tournament, to get the better of England. The favourable result would have increased the chances of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to make the semifinals. However, chasing 338 on Sunday, India could manage 306/5 in their full quota of 50 overs for their maiden defeat of the tournament to England. Taking to Twitter, the commentator and former coach of Pakistan cricket team said: “It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are.. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly.” Earlier, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali and Sikander Bakht had alleged that India might lose to England on purpose to oust Pakistan from the tournament. England have 10 points, one more than Pakistan, and are back in the top four. They next play New Zealand in their last group game on Wednesday while the 1992 winners take on Bangladesh in their final group stage match.last_img read more

Rlys announces new TAG from July 1 271 trains speeded up 49

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Railways has announced its new timetable on Monday with the immediate effect from the same day that includes an increase in the frequency of trains, cancellation of some trains, acceleration of some trains, the introduction of new trains as well as an extension of trains, among others. The changes were announced on its website, and on Twitter.”The Ministry of Railways has released its new All India Railway Time Table is known as ‘TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)’ effective from today i.e. 1st July 2019. In addition to that, all the 17 Zonal Railways also released their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables (5 Zonal time tables in all, each Zonal Time Table comprising 3-4 Zonal Railways) which comes into effect from today i.e. 1st July 2019,” a ministry official release mentioned. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The new timetable is available on Indian Railways’ official website www.indianrailways.gov.in. Besides, as part of ‘Mission Raftaar’, the railways speeded up 261 trains by up to 110 minutes over different zones, providing a faster transit to passengers. ‘Mission Raftaar’ was announced in the Railway Budget 2016-17- envisages a target of doubling the average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in the next five years. Forty-nine new trains, which have already been introduced, have been added in the new time table. Vande Bharat Express train, 34 Humsafar Express trains, 11 Antyodaya Express trains, two Tejas Express trains and one Uday Express train are these trains. “In addition, more than 34200 Special train trips were run during 2018-19 to clear extra rush and meet passenger demand. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAbout 500 coaches were permanently augmented in about 300 trains to increase the carrying capacity,” the ministry release mentioned. Even, after a series of review meetings the necessary changes have been incorporated on the time table to improve punctuality, the ministry informed. “About 1000 rakes out of 2700 have been standardized/integrated,” it further added. The railways also said that it has replaced 141 short distance passenger trains, especially having reversal en route, by Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) and Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) in 2018-2019, thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system. The movement of 27 pairs of trains has been rationalized through adjacent/satellite terminals to obviate the need for the reversal of locomotives. To improve the travel experience, a total of 411 pairs of important long-distance trains are now running with LHB coaches, thus improving the passenger experience.last_img read more

Bengal running crop insurance scheme without Centres help CM

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has been running crop insurance scheme for the farmers on its own, after the Centre refused to provide funds under its share of 20 percent, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.While addressing the Assembly, the Chief Minister said that her government has spent Rs 800 crore on crop insurance for the farmers. “No funds have been given by the Centre,” Banerjee alleged. “The Bengal government used to spend 80 percent of the total cost of the project, while the Centre used to bear 20 percent. Before the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Centre was sending letters to the people with a photograph of the Prime Minister. They also claimed credit for the scheme. Hence, we decided not to take funds from the Centre. Now, we are running the scheme without help from the Modi government,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister also reminded that due to prolonged election schedule and the Model Code of Conduct, the registration process of farmers was put on hold. She also stressed on the necessity of the scheme, as the farmers benefit from it immensely. She also talked about the ‘Krishak Banbhu’ scheme of the government, which ensures a compensation of Rs 2 lakh in case of death of a farmer between the age group of 18-60 and a yearly cash assistance of Rs 5,000 per acre. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMore than 72 lakh farmers in the state are benefitted through the scheme. The financial assistance is paid in case of both natural and unnatural deaths. The state government incurs expenses to the tune of hundreds of crores for the same and the move guarantees that the families are not completely at a loss, in case of the death of a farmer. The scheme, which is a brainchild of the Chief Minister, is being implemented by the state Agriculture department.last_img read more

RBIs unconventional 35 BPS rate cut to boost growth Experts

first_imgNew Delhi: Terming the RBI’s decision to reduce repo rate by 35 basis points unconventional, banking and financial experts on Wednesday said the intent is to support growth while keeping inflation at sub-4 per cent level. They also pointed out that further initiatives are needed to boost consumption and investment to stimulate economic growth.SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said the RBI’s decision to cut repo rate by an unconventional 35 basis points is perhaps a recognition that the monetary policy works best with unanticipated surprises to the market. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The RBI has unveiled a host of bazooka measures to arrest the recent growth pangs even as it has marginally lowered its growth forecast for FY20. On the development and regulatory front, the decision to make available the NEFT platform on 24/7 basis, coupled with on-tap authorisation will add depth to retail payments (currently around 85 lakh transactions on a daily basis),” Kumar said. Yes Bank Chief Economist Shubhada Rao said that growth concerns “beget unconventional monetary easing”. “In a departure from usual convention of changing benchmark rates by 25 bps (or multiples thereof), the repo rate was reduced by 35 bps to 5.40 per cent (the lowest since Jul-10).” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile the RBI expects risk on inflation forecasts to be evenly balanced, it anticipates some downside risks to its FY20 growth estimate, she said. “The departure from taking conventional steps towards changes in the benchmark policy rate potentially opens the door for a future encore,” Rao said further. Kotak Mahindra Bank, President – Consumer Banking, Shanti Ekambaram said the monetary policy committee has ensured an all-round accommodative framework to support growth. “This is against the backdrop of global interest rates easing, slowing global growth amidst rising trade wars, benign domestic inflation, a fall in imports and exports, and slowing urban and rural consumption demand in India … the central bank has provided adequate measures through the monetary policy,” Ekambaram said. What is required now are further initiatives to boost consumption and investment to stimulate economic growth, she added. ICRA said the unconventional 35 bps rate cut is a clear signal that the increasing evidence of a pervasive slowdown in economic growth has emerged as the MPC’s chief concern, given that it expects inflation to remain under its medium-term target. “The focus will now shift to improving transmission to bank lending rates, with the systemic liquidity surplus in excess of 1 per cent of net demand and time liabilities (NDTL),” said Aditi Nayar, Principal economist, ICRA. George Alexander Muthoot, MD – Muthoot Finance said RBI’s mandate to open up lending to NBFC sector will boost the consumer spending like auto sales, real estate and others. “We expect the rate cuts to encourage the banks for a faster transmission thereby providing much needed relief to the cost of funds. The policy clearly focuses on managing inflation and reviving the economy. The overall investment demand and the credit environment of the economy will pick up,” Muthoot said. Reliance Home Finance ED & CEO Ravindra Sudhalkar said RBI’s decision to cut rates by 35 basis point is a positive decision. The move to allow banks to lend to priority sectors, including to housing sector of up to Rs 20 lakh loans, through NBFC arms will kickstart credit flow especially to affordable housing sector, he said. Measures to improve credit flow to NBFCs, unsecured borrowers and priority sectors with lowering of risk weight will complement the overall stance of adequate liquidity and lower rates, said R K Gurumurthy, Head – Treasury, Lakshmi Vilas Bank. Rate transmission is expected to improve significantly in the coming days. Deposit rates should continue to drift lower, he said. Kotak Institutional Equities said the RBI continued with the rate cut cycle but in a surprise change to the quantum,however, transmission to lending rates will likely remain weak unless there is a clear visibility of adequate liquidity sustaining over the medium term. “The MPC remains sanguine on inflation with projections up to Q1 FY2021 remaining well under 4 per cent….Steps to enhance the credit flows to NBFCs and classification of certain sectors to the priority sector lending through NBFC on-lending are also welcome,” said B Prasanna, Head Global Markets group, ICICI Bank. Reduction in risk weightage for consumer credit will free up capital from the banking sector for productive use. Similarly, permitting Banks to on-lend through NBFCs will facilitate credit flow to priority sectors, the SBI chairman noted. None of the macro-indicators have been promising since the past many months-plunging auto sales which hit a 20-year low in July, plummeting IIP growth which hit a 57-month low in June, falling exports and the continuing bloodbath in the markets, coupled with trade wars and increasing challenges to global economy all point to the gathering clouds. Speaking to reporters here last week, L&T chairman Naik had said we should consider ourselves “lucky” if growth touches 6.5 percent in FY20. It can be noted that the March quarter GDP printed at a five-year low of 5.8 per cent.last_img read more

Kohli not willing to show restraint just because he is captain

first_imgPort of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli has been making headlines ever since his debut in international cricket. Counted among the modern-day greats, Kohli has broken almost every possible record which is there is the game of cricket and has been setting new benchmarks with each passing day. On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd ODI hundred and in the process went past former skipper Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. Speaking to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on ‘Chahal TV’ for BCCI.TV, Kohli revealed that at the moment, he is enjoying his life to the fullest and is in a very happy space. In the ongoing West Indies tour, Kohli has been grooving to the Caribbean tunes on a number of occasions. When asked about the same, the Indian skipper said: “I am enjoying myself on the cricket field. I don’t let myself get into a typical mould where I have to restrain myself as I am the captain of the team. We have been blessed to represent India and thus it’s important to enjoy the life. We should dance whenever there is music played and enjoy with the opposition players as well. Right now, I am in a very happy space in my life and that’s why I start dancing whenever I get the opportunity.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Kohli also revealed how he was tired when he had reached 65 during his 120-run knock against the West Indies in second ODI which India won by 59 runs (DLS method) at the Queen’s Park Oval. “It is always our target that one of our top three gets a big score. Rohit has been doing that consistently for us. I have also chipped in whenever I have got an opportunity,” said Kohli. “Unfortunately, both Rohit and Shikhar failed today. So, it was important for me to stay at the wicket for a long time and take the score somewhere near 270-280. “Honestly, I was too tired by the time I reached 60-65. But then the situation was such that I had to play without taking too much of a risk and build a partnership. As a cricketer, we always learn that whenever we are thinking about the team, we get the enthusiasm and the energy to play long.” “The conditions were quite challenging because it rained in the middle and then it got more humid,” he added. When asked about his motivation to play consistently for the team, whether while batting or fielding, the Indian skipper said, “My mindset is quite simple. I want to contribute to the team in whichever way possible. Whether it’s a catch or a run-out, I want to give my 100 per cent. “I think every player should have a disciplined lifestyle so that he can give his 100 per cent on the field. If you are not giving your 100 per cent, I don’t think you are doing justice to the team,” he added.last_img read more

Court sentences man to life imprisonment for raping minor girl

first_imgAizawl: A special court in Mizoram’s Champhai district has sentenced a 51-year-old man to rigorous life imprisonment for raping a minor girl. The Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act special judge R Vanlalena on Friday sentenced Vanlalvena to life imprisonment for raping a four-and-half- year old girl in 2017. According to prosecution, Vanlalvena was arrested in February 2017 for attempting to molest a six-year-old girl in Champhai town and was released on bail on health ground. He raped the four-and-half-year-old girl while on bail and was arrested.last_img read more

Carnatic Music Festival

first_imgIndia International Centre is organising Carnatic Music Festival, which is worth witnessing. Kalailamani Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar’s (from Chennai) flute recital will be accompanied by G Raghavendra Prasath (violin); Kumbakonam N Padmanaban (mridangam); and P Adhitya Narayan (kanjira). When: September 14 Where: C D Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre Timings: 6:15 pm onwardlast_img

Calgary ranked 6th best place to live for young people

first_imgA new reports slots Calgary in the middle of the pack as far as being a great place for young people to live in Canada. An organization called YouthfulCities ranked Cowtown sixth out of 13 large cities across the country, pulling its data from Statistics Canada. It ranked each city on areas of live, work, play. Calgary scored well in affordability, diversity, and having a strong film industry. It didn’t do so well in education, public spaces, and financial services. Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal led the pack in overall scores.last_img read more

Not maneating beasts Study suggests attacking polar bears young hungry

first_imgJim Wilder was a young researcher on the frozen Beaufort Sea when he had his first polar bear encounter.“We were camped out on the sea ice in front of a maternal den waiting for (mama bear) to come out with her cubs,” he recalls. “A polar bear came up and sniffed the tent, right where my head was, when I was sleeping in the middle of the night and went on its merry way.”Wilder, now a scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, is a co-author of a study analyzing all recorded cases of polar bear attacks on humans in the five countries where the animals live. He said his story shows why the popular idea of the great Arctic hunters as enthusiastic predators of humans is a myth.“They’re portrayed as these extremely dangerous man-eating beasts that are looking to attack people, which I think is fairly inaccurate.”Attacks aren’t that common, he said. Although he acknowledges his list is incomplete and doesn’t include data from Arctic aboriginals, Wilder’s team found only 73 recorded predatory attacks in the 144 years between 1870 and 2014, 20 of them fatal.The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, also suggests fat ‘n’ happy polar bears don’t hunt humans.Nearly two-thirds of the attacks were by young adult bears who were starting to starve.Almost all the attacks were by males, usually young. Of the 11 that weren’t, most were females defending cubs.Polar bears, said Wilder, avoid risk. Unlike black or grizzly bears, which can eat plants if necessary, polar bears must hunt.“If they get injured, that impairs their ability to hunt,” he said. “There isn’t a lot of incentive for them to be aggressive — unless times are bad.“That seems to flip a switch. They seem to turn into a different beast.”Even yearling polar bears will hunt people if they’re desperate, Wilder said. And more than one-quarter of the attacks in the study occurred in towns.Both circumstances are almost unheard of in grizzlies or black bears, he said.The findings suggest that human-bear conflicts are going to get worse as climate change whittles away at the sea ice the bears use as their main hunting platform for the fat-rich seals that form the biggest part of their diet. The report found that nearly nine in 10 attacks occurred between July and December, when the sea ice was at its lowest.“If I lived in a coastal community, the things I would be worried about are loss of sea ice — more bears on shore, in poorer condition.”Geoff York, another co-author, said some Canadian Arctic communities have already noticed changes.“We had stories from northern residents where they said, ‘Growing up as kids, we used to go camping on the land in our wall tents. We don’t do that any more. We have a fixed cabin with hard walls.’”Many community residents — especially those along the shores of Hudson Bay, where sea ice retreat is extensive and bear health is declining — are asking to be trained as qualified bear spotters to help protect industrial or scientific camps.People need tools to live with hungrier bears that are going to be on shore longer, York said.Nunavut is issuing kits containing flares, bear bangers and bear spray to help keep hunters safe on the land. But those materials are considered hazardous goods and difficult to ship.“A lot of the northern communities just don’t have access to the less lethal deterrents,” York said.In the future, not all bear encounters will be as benign as the one Wilder recalls from that long-ago den stakeout.“I look back on that with a little nervousness,” he said. “I just thank my lucky stars that bear was probably in good or average body condition.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Hit the road Alberta landlord wins battle to boot squatter from property

first_imgCARDSTON, Alta. – A southern Alberta landlord has won his battle to remove a squatter living in a small shack sitting on a trailer on the man’s rental property.“I’m absolutely relieved,” Ivan Negrych said of his success in getting Bob Cox off his driveway in the town of Cardston, about 235 kilometres southeast of Calgary.A judge in Lethbridge, Alta., ruled Tuesday that Cox, 54, was not to return to the property.The judge also terminated Cox’s tenancy rights as of Monday, and ruled that any property left behind would be considered abandoned.Negrych said the judge also gave him and his wife 60 days to file a civil lawsuit to recover about $3,000 in unpaid rent and damages.He said Cox, who had removed his trailer-shack on Monday, showed up to the hearing late and wasn’t allowed to argue his case.The landlord said he isn’t angry about what happened, but was frustrated with the circumstances.“Nobody in authority wanted to deal with this, which forced us to have to take the matter to court.”Negrych had asked the RCMP to help, but was told it was an issue between landlord and tenant.He had been renting a five-bedroom home to Cox’s former common-law wife. The woman and two daughters allowed him to move in after he was injured in a car accident about 18 months ago.She moved out Sept. 30 and Negrych rented out the property to another person within days, but Cox wouldn’t budge from the driveway.— By Bill Graveland in Calgarylast_img read more