Report Shows Court Security EffectiveReport Shows Court Security Effective

first_imgPeople using courts feel safe and disturbances are rare, a review of provincial court security released today, Nov. 21, shows. The review was overseen by an advisory committee that included a former director of security operations for Alberta, a staff sergeant with the RCMP security section and staff from the departments of Justice and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Our court facilities see a tremendous amount of traffic every year, often in emotionally charged situations,” said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “This review has shown us that our courts are safe places for Nova Scotians, and will help us focus on areas to strengthen.” The goals of the review were to develop a baseline study of security, seek public input, determine if current measures are meeting security needs and identify areas to strengthen. Sheriffs do a daily risk assessment to determine that day’s security needs in each court setting and, if required, will add measures, such as metal detectors or additional sheriffs. Earlier this year, the province invested $70,000 to purchase 14 portable walk-through metal detectors that can be set up in courts, when required. Assessments at all 34 court facilities examined facility layout, signs and security procedures. Metal-detection equipment was also set up at each full-service justice centre. More than 13,000 people were screened entering court buildings and no objects were found in 98 per cent of screenings. In the two per cent of screenings where objects were found, they were everyday items, such as nail clippers, scissors, multi-tools or pocket knives. Court users, including members of the public, judges, police, court staff and lawyers, were surveyed, with 99 per cent of respondents saying they felt safe in court facilities and 100 per cent saying they saw at least one sheriff officer in the court facility. The report also identified areas to strengthen, including developing an on-going security assessment program, improving communication among sheriffs and court users, and safety and security awareness training for staff and justice professionals who use court facilities on a regular basis. The Department of Justice will also review the layout and structure of each court site for possible improvements. The full report can be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Financial Review Interim Report ReleasedFinancial Review Interim Report Released

first_imgThe findings of Phase 1 of the Province’s Independent Financial Review by Deloitte were released today, Aug. 17, showing the financial situation is worse than was presented by the previous government. The report focuses on the province’s current and future financial position with emphasis on the economic assumptions underlying the May 2009 budget, the impact of the former government’s Building for Growth infrastructure plan, and an analysis of revenue and expenditure forecasts. “The previous government was on an unsustainable path. That is going to change,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “If the province continues down this path, Nova Scotia’s deficit will soar to over $1.3 billion within three years, and the debt will climb to over $16 billion. “That is mainly because of flat or declining revenue, matched against a pattern of spending that has been rising faster than either inflation or revenue.” Mr. Steele said government’s operating principle is that it will balance the budget next fiscal year. The independent review highlights several areas of concern for the province: Nova Scotia is facing many of the same challenges as other governments in Canada, but also has the additional challenge of expiring short-term revenue sources upon which the province has become dependent. This, combined with sharp declines in offshore revenues and equalization payments, will make the next several years extremely difficult from a financial management perspective. “The report tells Nova Scotians where the province stands today,” said Mr. Steele. “This government will have a considered response to the challenges. Tomorrow, we are going to take the first of many steps down a new path.” Copies of the report are available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/final_report.pdf . Nova Scotia was facing a projected annual deficit of $1.3 billion by 2012-13 If the deficit continued, provincial debt would reach $16.7 billion by 2012-13 Nova Scotia’s revenue growth is expected to remain flat as a result of external factors, including the economic recession, offshore petroleum royalties and the reduction in equalization payments Growth in expenses is expected to outpace revenue growth in the coming fiscal yearslast_img read more

Interim Report ReleasedInterim Report Released

first_img While the commission was not bound by county or municipal boundaries, it has used them where feasible. It has worked with, and accommodated, existing polling districts as well as geographical features such as highways and bodies of water that provide natural separation of population areas. With the help of Elections Nova Scotia, commissioners examined boundary adjustments to ensure the 48 non-protected constituencies would be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. Despite the challenges the proposed changes would have, all of province’s six geographic regions fall within 10 per cent of the average. Elector populations in 37 constituencies would be within 15 per cent of the average and 29 would fall within 10 per cent. The commission thanked Nova Scotians for their interest shown in the first phase and looks forward to more engagement in the next round of public consultations, which begin June 6 in Antigonish. The interim report can be found online at http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/. The independent Electoral Boundaries Commission is submitting and releasing its interim report, today, June 1, as mandated by the House Select Committee. Commission members were appointed at the end of December to establish not more than 52 seats and maximize parity of voting power. The commission was asked that all constituencies be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. It was asked to provide advice on how legislators can address concerns about the size of geographic areas, community history and interests, and linguistic and cultural diversity, noting the Acadian and African-Nova Scotian populations. A wide range of views and interests were presented during the public consultations in March and April. “The key issues confronting the commission today are essentially those that challenged the two previous commissions,” said commission chair Teresa MacNeil. “They are the status of ‘protected constituencies’, achieving relative voter parity to the extent possible, and population shifts requiring adjustment.” The majority of commissioners determined that: there should continue to be 52 members in the House of Assembly the four “protected constituencies” should be retained one constituency should be removed from urban Cape Breton and another from mainland Nova Scotia two new constituencies should be added to the Halifax area to accommodate population growth on the western side of the harbor boundary adjustments in the remaining constituencies be guided by the goal of relative voter parity, to the extent possiblelast_img read more

Reducing Red Tape Helps Business and Nova Scotia Succeed OpedReducing Red Tape Helps Business and Nova Scotia Succeed Oped

first_imgNova Scotia needs and values the significant contribution businesses of all sizes make to our communities and our economy. Their success is our success. They employ people, build skills through training, innovate, invest, provide Nova Scotians with the goods and services they need, and export those goods and services abroad. They also volunteer their time and expertise in countless areas. For these reasons, we’re always looking at ways to help businesses succeed. Jan. 23 to 27 is Red Tape Awareness Week, drawing attention to ways governments can reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and free up needed time to grow their business – and the economy. Across government, we’ve made reducing red tape a priority. Just 18 months ago, we created the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness to help with this work. The office, together with many departments, has made progress I’m proud of. We’ve removed unnecessary or redundant requirements such as eliminating the video retailer licence and the requirement for alcohol manufacturers, like our local wineries, to maintain a separate retail space. We’ve made changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to make compliance easier for landlords and tenants. We’re moving services online, like new vehicle registrations for car dealerships, to make things simpler and faster for business. We’re piloting a new service, the first of its kind in Canada, to help businesses navigate what can be a complex regulatory environment. We have people dedicated to answering questions and providing advice to help businesses. We’re also working with our regional neighbours to eliminate unnecessary differences to make it easier for businesses to succeed across the region. For example, there’s now one date for changes to the minimum wage and one standard for record-keeping requirements across the Maritimes. There’s a shared look and feel for some procurement documents to make bidding for government work across the Maritimes easier. Soon, businesses across the region will be able to register for all four Atlantic workers’ compensation systems through Canada Revenue Agency’s One Business Number, saving time and money. And we’re harmonizing trucking standards from Ontario to Nova Scotia for long-combination vehicles, lowering costs for trucking companies and their customers. A handful of these initiatives will save Nova Scotia businesses $2.2 million every year and that’s only a fraction of what’s been saved overall. This is the work we’ve been doing over the past year. There’s much more to do – but we’re on it. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic AdvisoriesWeekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Bayard Bridge, WilmotBayard Bridge on Bayard Road, Wilmot, will be closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 30, until Friday, June 2. Drivers can detour on Route 201, Trunk 10 and Trunk 1.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound near Exit 4, is down to one lane until Friday, June 9 to replace a damaged girder on the overpass. MacDonald Road, which runs over the highway, will be closed 24 hours per day until Friday, June 9. Traffic will be detoured between Trunk 2 and Route 204 onto Robert Angus Drive. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

Neymars 3match ban upheldNeymars 3match ban upheld

first_imgMadrid: UEFA’s appeal committee on Wednesday turned down an appeal filed by Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Neymar against a three-match ban imposed on him over insulting a referee during a Champions League match against Manchester United. “The appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of April 25 is confirmed,” the European football governing body said on its website. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body opened an inquiry into the Brazilian on March 22 over remarks he made on social media following PSG’s 3-1 home defeat to United in the second leg of a round-of-16 tie, which eliminated the French club from the competition. United’s victory at Parc des Princes was the result of a controversial penalty call. Going into stoppage time, United led 2-1 on the night, but PSG were still up 3-2 overall. As the match entered the 95th minute, a shot by United’s Diego Dalot bounced off the arm of defender Presnel Kimpembe out of play for a corner. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsAfter reviewing the play with the Video Assistant Referee, the official cited Kimpembe for hand ball and awarded a penalty. Marcus Rashford stepped to the spot and converted to level the aggregate score at 3-3 and give United the edge on away goals. UEFA penalized Neymar for a social media post following the contest. “That is a disgrace! And UEFA still pick four guys who know nothing about football to review the VAR decision in slow motion… that handball simply doesn’t exist!” Neymar wrote.last_img read more

Dhumal Anurag also oppose Army move to shift ARTRACDhumal Anurag also oppose Army move to shift ARTRAC

first_imgShimla: Two senior BJP leaders from Himachal Pradesh, including MoS (Finance) Anurag Thakur and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, have also conveyed their opposition to defence minister Rajnath Singh over Indian Army move to shift Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut.The central minister Anurag Thakur and Prem Kumar Dhumal have written separate letters to Rajnath Singh asking him to drop the proposal as Shimla offers a conducive environment for the functioning of the ARTRAC, which faces no operational or administrative problems in its functioning from the state’s capital. “I would humbly urge you to kindly consider the request, and not shift the ARTRAC in view of the historic importance of Shimla — which had also remained the headquarters of the Army, during the British Era, also later had also headquarters of the Western command,” Dhumal reminded to Defence minister. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIn his two-page letter, Dhumal informed the Defence Minister that Shimla, before Independence, had remained headquarters of the Army from 1864 to 1939. “Needless to mention that Shimla has been a strategic location of the Indian army from about 150 years. It remained the headquarters of the Indian army during the British period. During this period two wars were brought,” he wrote. He again said that after Independence, Shimla also remained headquarters of the Western Command, during which three wars with Pakistan and one with China were also fought. Later on, this command was also shifted from Shimla to Chandi Mandir in 1983. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahAfter a few years, the ARTRAC was raised in 1991 in Mahow, a decision was taken to located ARTRAC at Shimla keeping in view the conducive environment and available infrastructure vacated by the western command. Such an organisation which is considered to be a Think Tank of the Indian Army is ideally located in Shimla, said former CM. Meanwhile, Anurag in his letter also reiterated the same demand, saying, “The Army Training Command Headquarters has been in Shimla since 1993 and sudden shift will significantly affect the officers of all ranks, large number of serving personnel, a majority of whom are locals along with an impact on the local business as well as local employment.”last_img read more

Mental Hai Kya becomes Judgementall Hai Kya after uproarMental Hai Kya becomes Judgementall Hai Kya after uproar

first_imgMumbai: Balaji Telefilms on Saturday said that it has decided to change the title of its upcoming feature “Mental Hai Kya” after the censor board reportedly raised objections. The Prakash Kovelamudi-directed thriller, starring Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut, has been at the receiving end for quite some time with many people calling the title derogatory and insensitive to mentally-challenged persons. In a statement, a spokesperson for the banner said the film’s title has been changed to “Judgementall Hai Kya”. “Given the sensitivity attached to the issue of mental health and our intention of not offending or hurting anyone’s sentiments, the makers have decided to change the title of the film ‘Mental Hai Kya’ to ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’. “Both Kangana and Rajkummar have outdone themselves in this thriller and we can’t wait for audiences to witness it on the big screen,” the spokesperson said. The representative added that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had raised minor objections to the film while giving it a U/A certificate and the producers have complied with them. “With the CBFC clearance, the film is all set to release on July 26,” the spokesperson said. On Thursday, Kangana had confirmed that the film’s title will be changed. “There will be a mild, small change in the title of the film. Because they find it a bit too harsh. And we are more than happy to do that. Other than that there are absolutely no cuts. They were rather thrilled to see the film,” Kangana had told reporters. Earlier, Members of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) had written a letter to the CBFC seeking a change in the title, stating that they find it derogatory and demeaning to the mentally ill people. The makers had denied that the film discriminates against people battling mental health issues and in fact, encourages the audience to embrace their individuality. Producer Ekta Kapoor had recently defended the film’s title, saying it doesn’t intend to offend or disregard anyone’s sentiments.last_img read more

JNU administration suspends JNUSU president othersJNU administration suspends JNUSU president others

first_imgNew Delhi: Student activist associated with the student political wings from Jawaharlal Nehru University have claimed that they have been academically suspended for this semester, including the JNUSU President N Sai Balaji, and former president JNUSU Geeta Kumari.According to a student, Balaji and the rest of the JNUSU have been the target of the JNU administration for a while now since they have been attacking many of the management’s policies. The student also said that the suspension is a result of the fact that they stood up against the unfair policies of the administration. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe further said that the students were not allowed to register for the semester and the reason given was that they had been academically suspended by the Chief Proctor Office. “After blocking my MPhil Degree JNU VC has now academically suspended me along with other student activists. What is my crime? Fighting against online entrance exam scam, raising RSS-ABVP Murdabad slogans, marching with contract workers demanding Equal Pay for Same Work, fighting against 80 percent library budget cut and many more anti Student policies. 20 students along with many office bearers were also suspended” said NS Balaji, who is the research scholar with the Centre of International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament in the School of International Studies. Geeta Kumari also update the status at the Facebook while saying that just like any other semester, this year too, the VC had found a way to stall their education. “This semester it is not a fine but a suspension. The VC has never made it easy for us to be students,” she said.last_img read more

Political motive behind denial of states name change MamataPolitical motive behind denial of states name change Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that there is a political motive for not allowing change of the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ and accused the Centre of ‘depriving’ the state.”We have been trying since 2003. So many years have gone by but till date it (name change) has not happened. I am amazed that in spite of giving all clarifications, Bengal is being deprived,” Banerjee said at the floor of the state Assembly. She maintained that she had already written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and with the permission of Speaker Biman Banerjee, laid down her letter before the House. “I have urged the Prime Minister to take necessary action including a constitutional amendment in the ongoing Parliament session,” Banerjee added. She further said that ‘Bengali’ is the fifth largest spoken language in the world. “Bengali language is our pride and all languages should be respected,” Banerjee reiterated. “I would request you to kindly accept the wishes of the people of West Bengal, as enshrined in the Resolution of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and in the proposal of the West Bengal Cabinet, to rename our state as ‘Bangla’ in English, Hindi and Bengali. This re-christening will be in consonance with the history, culture and identity of our state and will reflect on the aspirations of our people,” the letter by Banerjee stated. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt was July 2018 when the state Assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and sent the proposal to the Union Home Ministry. It may be mentioned that Union minister of state for Home Nityanand Rai, in a written response to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday, had said that the Centre has not cleared the name ‘Bangla’ for West Bengal.last_img read more

Latest Obamacare court battle plays out in New OrleansLatest Obamacare court battle plays out in New Orleans

first_imgNew Orleans: The fate of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, is again being argued before a panel of judges this time a federal appeals court in New Orleans. At issue in a hearing scheduled Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals is whether Congress effectively rendered it unconstitutional in 2017 when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance. Texas-based US District Judge Reed O’Connor declared in December that it did. The law’s supporters appealed. It’s unclear when the panel will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has reviewed the law before. The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions; Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people; and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance. Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. It was filed after Congress which didn’t repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance. In challenging the law anew, “Obamacare” opponents noted the 2012 ruling of a divided Supreme Court that upheld the law. Conservative justices had rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But Chief Justice John Roberts, joining four liberal justices, said Congress did have the power to impose a tax on those without insurance. With no tax penalty now in effect, the Texas lawsuit argues, the individual mandate is unconstitutional and the entire law must fall without it. O’Connor, the federal judge in Texas, agreed in a December ruling. In addition to the 18 states, two individual taxpayers are part of the lawsuit. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favour of O’Connor’s ruling. California’s attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O’Connor’s ruling and uphold the law. The House of Representatives has joined them. Among the arguments by the law’s supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren’t harmed by a penalty that doesn’t exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax’s legal structure still exists; and that, even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act. When the law was proposed, friends and foes of “Obamacare” agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. But this year the first time no fines will be collected the number of people signing up for subsidised private insurance through the Affordable Care Act slipped only slightly. The government said in March that a total of 11.4 million people signed up during open enrollment season, a dip of about 300,000 from last year. Scheduled to hear Tuesday’s arguments were 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt. King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Elrod was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Engelhardt was nominated by President Donald Trump last year. Democrats in the Senate said Monday that Republicans will pay a political price if the case results in the loss of popular “Obamacare.” “If they are successful in striking down the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will own all of the consequences,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said on a call Monday with reporters.last_img read more

Lionel Scaloni to remain Argentina coach until 2022 WC OfficialLionel Scaloni to remain Argentina coach until 2022 WC Official

first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni will keep his job until at least the 2022 World Cup, national team director Cesar Menotti has said. Lionel Scaloni said last week that he had been guaranteed the role only until December after guiding the Albiceleste to third place at the Copa America in Brazil. “It (the extended contract) is what he deserved and there was an agreement,” Menotti said in comments that were widely published by local press on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency. The Argentine Football Association will reportedly make the announcement official next week. Lionel Scaloni, 41, replaced Jorge Scaloni after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Albiceleste were eliminated in the last 16 by eventual champions France. The South American zone qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin next March.last_img read more

No fresh rainfall in north Bengal people return to homesNo fresh rainfall in north Bengal people return to homes

first_imgJalpaiguri: The flood-like situation improved in north Bengal districts on Monday with no fresh rainfall reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. People who had sought shelter in higher grounds in the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts are returning to their residences, they said. Water levels receded in most rivers that were flowing above the danger mark on Sunday, including Teesta, Torsa, Kaljani, Sankosh, Raidak, Korola, Shil and Ghish, the officials said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The Met department has forecast isolated heavy rain in Alipurduar and Coochbehar districts till Wednesday and light to moderate rainfall in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda districts till July 20. All the districts of north Bengal have been receiving heavy downpour over the past few days. One person had died on Sunday after slipping into an overflowing drain in Shanupara area of Jalpaiguri district. Meanwhile, workers of the closed Madhu tea estate in Alipurduar district staged a protest, demanding a check dam on Kalijhora river to prevent repeated inundation of the tea garden.last_img read more

Mamata set to address states biggest ever peoples rallyMamata set to address states biggest ever peoples rally

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will reiterate her demand for the reintroduction of ballot papers replacing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) from the stage of the Martyrs’ Day rally on Sunday. The police had gunned down 13 Youth Congress supporters who took part in the march to the Writers’ Buildings demanding “no ID card no vote” on July 21, 1993 under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee who was the then Youth Congress president. The day is observed as the Martyrs’ Day by the Trinamool since the inception of the party on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWhile on her visit to the venue on Saturday evening, she said she has been rooting for the electoral reforms since 1995 and added: “For preventing black money (in polls), restoring democracy, ensuring transparency on the part of political parties, the reforms are must. It should include state funding. Why should a party collect funds? Why should black money be there?”. Maintaining that the EVMs have been discarded by many countries, including England, France and Germany, the Chief Minister said: “Those who introduced EVMs are not using it. When there are so many complaints, ballot papers should be revived. We are saying no to EVM, and asking for the return of ballot papers.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee visited the venue in front of the CESC House on Chittaranjan Avenue to see the last-minute arrangements on Saturday afternoon. She was accompanied by Mayor Firhad Hakim and Trinamool state president Subrata Bakshi. She inspected the main podium and the arenas where the party leaders and functionaries will sit on Sunday. It may be recalled that during her election speeches, Banerjee had spoken over and again about the manipulation of the EVMs. After the result of the general elections was declared, all the Opposition parties had echoed her thoughts. But till date, none has launched any concrete movement on the issue. Banerjee proposes to launch an all-India movement on the issue and is expected to highlight the same during the mega rally. Large sections of Trinamool supporters are suffering from fear psychosis because of the BJP’s unprecedented result in the Lok Sabha elections. From two Lok Sabha seats in 2014, the party has bagged 18 seats in 2019. Ironically, Jangalmahal and North Bengal are two areas where the TMC failed to get a single seat despite massive development taking place in the region in the past eight years. In the meetings with the presidents and other functionaries of the districts, the party supremo has told them not to get worried as the party’s vote percentage has gone up by 4 percent. She has also assured them that TMC will be back to power in 2021. Meanwhile, many Trinamool leaders who had joined the saffron party have come back to the party fold. It is to be seen how Banerjee can cheer up the party’s rank and file and inspire them to carry out the party’s ongoing programmes successfully.last_img read more

Brilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crownBrilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

first_imgLas Vegas: Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to leave the sell-out crowd of 14,356 roaring its approval.Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAlthough the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao’s lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino’s favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.A jubilant Pacquiao punched the air as the arena erupted after the victory was confirmed.”It was fun,” Pacquiao said afterwards. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong.” Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to “crucify” his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryPacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.”I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight,” he said.”He’s a good boxer and he’s strong. I was just blessed tonight.” Pacquiao, who earned an estimated 20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring. “I think I will fight next year,” he said. “I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision.” – No complaints – ================= Thurman meanwhile had few complaints in defeat, embracing Pacquiao after the final bell in recognition of an epic contest.”I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.”This was a beautiful night of boxing. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring.I would love the rematch.” Earlier, a pumped-up Pacquiao had danced into the ring to the strains of Rocky movie anthem “Eye of the Tiger” to bring the crowd to its feet.Deafening chants of “Manny, Manny” rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.Towards the end of the round, the crowd erupted as Pacquiao sent Thurman crashing to the canvas, uncorking a left to the ribs before detonating a right hand on the American’s jaw.That set the tone for the early rounds, with Pacquiao urging Thurman on before using his superior handspeed and footwork to bamboozle his rival.A dazzling combination wobbled Thurman again at the end of the second, and Pacquiao delighted the crowd with an Ali shuffle as the round closed.Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his mouth.Thurman though was in no mood to surrender and he came back into the fight, snapping Pacquiao’s head back with a right cross left jab combination in the seventh round.The younger Thurman appeared to be gaining momentum as the fight drew on, backing up Pacquiao with a clean combination in the eighth.But again, Pacquiao responded strongly, swarming forward in the ninth round to have Thurman rattled again.With Pacquiao leading after the 10th and 11th rounds, Thurman came out for the final round knowing he probably needed a knockout to win.But Pacquiao drew on all of his experience, skipping out of range cleverly to keep Thurman at bay and score a famous win.last_img read more

Singaporean Chinese man gets four weeks in jail for racist remarks onSingaporean Chinese man gets four weeks in jail for racist remarks on

first_imgSingapore: A Singaporean man of Chinese origin was sentenced to four weeks in jail and fined 1,000 Singapore dollars for racist remarks insulting an Indian national working at the Changi airport. William Aw Chin Chai (47) had also stepped on and hurt a foot of a woman, who had held a lift door open for him, and had splashed noodles on two men at the Singtel Shop Comcentre in separate incidents, reported Channel News Asia. He pleaded guilty to the charges of wounding racial feelings, using criminal force and voluntarily causing hurt on Friday. A fourth charge for stealing four mineral water bottles from a food court was taken into consideration. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe court heard that Aw was jobless when he committed those offences on three different occasions last year. On August 3, he was in a lift at Changi Airport Terminal 2 when the victim, 33-year-old Indian national Ramachandiran Umapathy, entered the lift. The construction worker was at the airport to perform installation works for the MRT (metro) tunnel. When he entered the lift, Aw began uttering: “You f****** dirty people, go out”, “F*** off” and “I don’t like to take (lift) with Indians, you smelly”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRamachandiran told Aw off for making such racist remarks, Assistant Public Prosecutor Lydia Goh told the court. The Indian had also filmed the exchange and posted it on the Facebook page of the Singapore Police Force. The video was later picked up by other pages and went viral. Ramachandiran had also lodged a police report. More than a month since the incident, Aw was eating at the Singtel Comcentre along Exeter Road when he picked up a plastic bowl of noodle soup, walked over to two unidentified men and splashed it at them. The incident was captured on closed-circuit television. In January last year, Aw injured a woman who had held a lift door open for him as he was rushing in. The court heard that after Aw entered the lift at the National University Hospital’s Medical Centre, he stood near the woman, 49-year-old Wahida Abdullah, and stepped on her left foot. Wahida sought medical treatment for the mild injury on her foot, before calling the police. The prosecution said the woman was an “innocent victim who was so nice so as to press the lift button for the accused to enter”. “In return for her kindness, he stepped on her foot,” said the prosecutor.last_img read more

Senco rolls out a new brand campaignSenco rolls out a new brand campaign

first_imgSenco Gold and Diamonds, the fastest growing jewellery retail chain in India recently rolled out a new brand campaign ‘Shine On’ featuring former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, who is also the brand ambassador of the jewellery brand since 2015. In a new TVC for ‘Aham’, a new range of men’s jewellery from Senco, Sourav will be playing a role of his own life – how he outplays the rivals and silences the critics.In a glittering event in Kolkata, Prince of Calcutta Sourav Ganguly and Suvankar Sen, Executive Director –Senco Gold & Diamonds unveiled the new range of ‘Aham’ collection. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe new men’s collection from the house of Senco Gold & Diamonds offers a signature collection of rings, bracelets, cufflinks, ear-studs, chains and pendants in Diamond, Gold & Silver. The collection has been designed especially for the cosmopolitan man; urbane, dignified and grounded. This Signature range can be used as part of daily wear as well as in social occasions or for sheer power dressing by the men of honour. The price of the collection starts from Rs 30,000 for the Gold, Rs 2000 for Silver, and Rs 40,000 for Diamond. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAham, which means ‘ego’ – Ego for being a self-made gentleman, having self-respect and being respected, adored and looked upon in the society for his achievements. It even means ‘ego’, for earning well with respect to become financially stable, for having a sense of style and elegance for being very confident at every steps of life, for living successfully and becoming heart of every party and for being modern in every way but still connected to his traditional roots and values. The brand embodies the spirit of self-confidence along with the desire to succeed. Who embodies other than Sourav Gaungly? In this category, a self-made ace cricketer, an astute captain and one of the best thinking minds in India. Today’s youngsters, who are hungry to succeed can easily relate to him and draw inspiration. Aham’ is just not a style statement, a vision to move in Gaungly’s path and become successful in life. The idea of the campaign is based on the persona and the charisma of such a gentleman who is always shining brightly. The tagline ‘SHINE ON’ signifies the inherent encouragement to become successful. Speaking on the occasion of launching the new marketing campaign – ‘Shine On’, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said, “Sourav Ganguly is our brand ambassador since 2015. He embodies the spirit of Aham, which celebrates the man who has that sharp edge over others, who dazzles the world with his success. People may criticise him, but his outstanding performance silences the critics. His brilliance lets him rise above mediocrity. For him, a century is not enough. Even his rivals admire him when he outplays them. He is not afraid of failure because he excels beyond expectations. He is equally versatile, excelling at whatever he does in his own unique style, with impeccable class and elegance. This is the spirit of Aham, which means “self” or “ego” and Sourav Ganguly represents every self-made man who is comfortable being himself and letting his ‘aham’ shine.” Expressing his views Sourav Ganguly said, “I am very much excited with the new range of jewellery collection, AHAM. I am not new with this brand as my association with Senco Gold & Diamonds dates back to 2015. All the collections are uniquely designed by karigars. The new collection embodies the spirit of self-confidence along with the desire to succeed. It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with such an eminent jewellery brand.”last_img read more

Awareness campaign to stop road accidentsAwareness campaign to stop road accidents

first_imgKolkata: Shuttl, a technology-enabled, seat-based, demand-adaptive bus mobility solution on Tuesday announced the implementation ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’, a road safety awareness programme in Hooghly and Kolkata in association with Uttarpara Kotrung Municipal Corporation.’Safe Drive, Save Life’, campaign a brain child of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was started by the state government to reduce the road accidents in the state. Prabir Ghosal, Member Legislative Assembly from Konnagar launched the campaign by flagging off Shuttl’s three new buses at Uttarpara. These buses will ply in the Uttarpara Kotrung Municipality region. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSince its launch in 2015, Shuttl has made people reduce their dependence on cars and use bus-based shared mobility instead. In 2017, it launched the SAFE (Safe Anxiety Free Experience) project which provides multiple safety checks to every commuter through various embedded technology features. The company has seen rapid adoption as 57% of its commuters earlier used car for their daily commute switched over to bus. Shuttl has come up to directly address the dual challenge of congestion and pollution. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe company was founded by two IITians- Amit Singh, Co-founder and CEO and Deepanshu Malviyia, Cofounder. With an aim to spread awareness about the increasing road accidents, Shuttl will extend this campaign to other regions and will organize the event in Hooghly on 26th August 2019 and in Kolkata on 27th August 2019. Shuttl has also tied up with various civic authorities and traffic police in Kolkata for this program to educate citizens and drivers on road safety, traffic rules, and driver-pedestrian best practices over the period. Speaking on the occasion, Dilip Yadav, Chairman, Uttarpara Kotrung Municipal Corporation said: “The rising number of road accidents is an issue which municipal corporation takes very seriously. By raising awareness amongst the users of roads, we aim to ensure that the roads of our city are safe and comfortable for every citizen. We are happy to partner with Shuttl in helping us spread the message of safe driving.”last_img read more