6 of 7 BJP candidates have criminal cases in Bengal

first_imgWhile the Bharatiya Janata Party has the highest number of candidates with criminal cases contesting in phase five, the Trinamool Congress has the richest ones as seven constituencies are set to go to the polls in West Bengal on Monday.The constituencies are Hooghly, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Barrackpore, Bongaon and Howrah.Central paramilitary forces are deployed in all of the polling booths. A total of 11,691,889 voters will elect from 83 candidates in phase five.Six (86%) of BJP’s seven candidates have criminal cases against them, while three each of the TMC and the CPI(M) have similar casesagainst them. Two of Congress candidates also featured in the list. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an organisation for election monitoring and analysis, has come up with the statistics. The ADR data also indicates that TMCs candidates — with an average property of “five crore plus” — are the richest. The BJP is distant second with an average property size of “85 lakh plus.” TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee is the richest among the candidates, with a declared property of more than 17 crore, the ADR report noted.Key candidatesAmong the key candidates are BJPs’ actor turned politician Locket Chatterjee in Hooghly and another actor Joy Banerjee in Uluberia; TMC candidates former national football team captain Prasun Banerjee in Howrah and Sajda Begum in Uluberia and CPI(M)’s Maksuda Khatun. All eyes would be on Barrackpore seat where the BJP’s Arjun Singh, who recently left the TMC, is contesting against the TMC’s incumbent MP Dinesh Trivedi.last_img read more

Xeroxed gene may have paved the way for large human brain

first_imgLast week, researchers expanded the size of the mouse brain by giving rodents a piece of human DNA. Now another team has topped that feat, pinpointing a human gene that not only grows the mouse brain but also gives it the distinctive folds found in primate brains. The work suggests that scientists are finally beginning to unravel some of the evolutionary steps that boosted the cognitive powers of our species. “This study represents a major milestone in our understanding of the developmental emergence of human uniqueness,” says Victor Borrell Franco, a neurobiologist at the Institute of Neurosciences in Alicante, Spain, who was not involved with the work.The new study began when Wieland Huttner, a developmental neurobiologist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, and his colleagues started closely examining aborted human fetal tissue and embryonic mice. “We specifically wanted to figure out which genes are active during the development of the cortex, the part of the brain that is greatly expanded in humans and other primates compared to rodents,” says Marta Florio, the Huttner graduate student who carried out the main part of the work.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That was harder than it sounded. Building a cortex requires several kinds of starting cells, or stem cells. The stem cells divide and sometimes specialize into other types of “intermediate” stem cells that in turn divide and form the neurons that make up brain tissue. To learn what genes are active in the two species, the team first had to develop a way to separate out the various types of cortical stem cells.After months of work, the researchers finally hit upon a solution. They added distinctive fluorescent tags to stem cells so they could isolate each type of cortical cell. Then they surveyed the active genes in each variety of stem cell. The human tissue had 56 genes that their mouse counterparts lacked, the team found. The one that was the most active in dividing human fetal stem cells was ARHGAP11B, a gene already under suspicion for aiding human evolution.Several years ago, another group had discovered that this gene had arisen after an ancestral gene made an incomplete copy of itself. Because humans had the additional version whereas chimps did not, they concluded that the duplication occurred after the human and chimp lineages split off. Neither mice nor chimps have ARHGAP11B, but modern humans and their ancient relatives, the Denisovans and Neandertals, do. “That it was a human-specific gene duplication made it very exciting,” Huttner says.After their genetic comparison of human and mice highlighted the same gene, he and his colleagues decided to put ARHGAP11B into developing mice. The number of cortex stem cells nearly doubled in the animals, and their brains sometimes developed folds, the researchers report online today in Science. The folds are not seen in mice but are found in primates. The researchers further discovered that the inserted gene causes some of the mouse’s early brain stem cells to make more intermediate stem cells than the animals usually have. In addition, those intermediates divided more frequently than normal before beginning to convert into neurons. These various effects ultimately increased the size of the mouse brain.The result “emphasizes the likelihood that this gene was indeed important during mammalian evolution for the design of a new brain, bigger and more complex,” Borrell Franco says. Most likely, he adds there are more genes that are also involved in this design waiting to be discovered.last_img read more

22 years after Uncle John, nephew Doug Bracewell dismisses Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgThe Bracewells of New Zealand can boast of an unique achievement as two cricketers from the family have now dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket over a span of 22 years.On Saturday, New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell bowled Tendulkar through the gate for 17 with India tottering at 80 for four during India’s first innings on the second day of the second Test match being played here.Interestingly, it was Bracewell’s uncle and former off-spinner John, who also had the distinction of dismissing Tendulkar in a Test match almost 22 and half years back.John, who played 41 Tests for New Zealand during the mid 80’s to early 90’s, dismissed Tendulkar for 24, caught by wicketkeeper Ian Smith.The match was played between February 2-5, 1990 at the Lancaster Park in Christchurch, and India lost the Test by 10 wickets.The piece of statistic merely shows the longevity of Tendulkar, who has completed 23 years in international cricket, having made his Test debut in 1989.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women’s players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño High five The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Brisbane in the first week of the season because of a muscle strain in his thigh.“Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Sharapova said she couldn’t afford to feel any empathy for Dart.“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say … when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I think I was just focused on not having a letdown.“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great. I was glad that I did the right things from the beginning till the end.”Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open. (AP Foto/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat.The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match last year.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


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Premier League: Arsenal beat Everton, Chelsea play out goalless draw vs West Ham

first_imgArsenal broke down a determined Everton defence to win 2-0 on Sunday with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring two second-half goals in two minutes to give the Gunners their fourth straight Premier League win.Everton had created most of the early chances as they looked for their first victory at Arsenal since January 1996, but they were unable to find their way past goalkeeper Petr Cech.French striker Lacazette broke the deadlock just short of the hour mark for the Gunners, running in from the left before elegantly curling the ball into the far corner just beyond the reach of outstretched England keeper Jordan Pickford.Gabon international Aubameyang doubled the lead two minutes later from what appeared to be an offside position, sending Pickford the wrong way from close range.The win — and Arsenal’s first clean sheet of the season — pushes the Gunners up to sixth in the table, while the Toffees stay in 12th place.The support today was amazing! Thank you! #ClaretAndBlueArmy pic.twitter.com/tx1mGMH1wfWest Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 23, 2018Chelsea on the other hand, lost their 100 percent Premier League record when London rivals West Ham United held them to a 0-0 draw on Sunday.Needing a two-goal win to depose Liverpool at the top of the table, Chelsea struggled to make clear chances despite having the majority of possession and stayed third behind the Merseysiders and champions Manchester City.The home side could have punished them but Michail Antonio, who was deputising for the injured Marko Arnautovic, missed two first-half chances and Andriy Yarmolenko headed wastefully wide.advertisementWest Ham, with only one win so far from their six matches, remain 17th, one place above the relegation zone.How they stack up after 6 matches…#PL pic.twitter.com/m0u4jozA0SPremier League (@premierleague) September 23, 2018last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS call

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was a bundle of energy on the field in their tense ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 thriller against Afghanistan on Saturday in Southampton.India captain had led the team from the front with the bat, scoring a fluent 63-ball 67 on a sluggish pitch wherein most batsmen struggled. India finished with only 224 but Kohli marshaled his troops wonderfully well to clinch an 11-run win over the spirited Afghanistan team.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsAfghanistan gave India a massive scare on Saturday and they were going steady in their chase, making sure they didn’t lose wickets in clusters.Kohli, in search of early wickets, went for an early DRS call in the third over after an LBW appeal from Mohammed Shami against Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai was turned down.Shami bowled a full-length straight delivery to Zazai and hit him on his pads before going up in appeal. However, umpire Aleem Dar wasn’t interested.However, Kohli opted for the DRS after discussing the call with the bowler and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Nonetheless, replays showed the ball pitched outside the line of the leg-stump, not much by only a whisker. The third umpire ruled the decision as umpire’s call and the on-field decision of not outstayed.Virat Kohli wasn’t quite satisfied with the replays and went straight up to the umpire and pleaded to him with folded hands.Kohli’s animated gesture has sparked a meme fest on social media with cricket fans using the viral photo to depict several real-life relatable moments.advertisementWhen traffic police catches me…#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/xtZ6lkZu3gTweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 2019Students in college for attendance#CWC19 #Kohli #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/KVkgrNIu3MSachin | ???? (@Subtle_Sachin) June 22, 2019Me on the last day or exam vs me on the result day #INDvAFG #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/c7pQxRh8VOsweety (@piggy_chopps) June 22, 2019attitude of a guy whole year vs few days before the exam..#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/8X3vVnWBi7Chirag (@chirag_rachchh) June 22, 20191. Banks when I don’t need loan2. Banks when I really need loan#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/NKn84QYOd8Tweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 20191. Boss, when project deadline is near2. Same boss, when I ask for leave#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/vd5xNDOaOzTweet Potato (@newshungree) June 22, 2019Having clinched an 11-run win, India are sitting pretty at the 3rd spot of the 10-team table with 9 points from 5 matches. Virat Kohli’s men will next face the West Indies on June 27.Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Captain’s trust has given me confidence, says Jasprit Bumrah after India beat AfghanistanAlso Seelast_img read more

Fekir is negotiating a transfer, Lyon boss confirms

first_imgLyon boss Sylvinho confirmed Nabil Fekir is in negotiations for a transfer as rumours of the club captain’s impending move to Real Betis gather momentum.The France international, who turned 26 on Thursday, is expected to be announced as a Betis player soon, although a barrier to a reported €25 million (£22m/$28m) move could be Giovani Lo Celso’s unresolved future.Betis are believed to want Fekir as a direct, ready-made replacement for Tottenham target Lo Celso but the Seville-based outfit are also said to be demanding €75m (£67m/$84m) for the Argentina midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That fee would require the usually frugal Spurs to shatter their club record expenditure for the second time in less than a month, having brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for an initial fee of €60m (£54m/$68m).Ndombele’s former Les Gones team-mate Fekir, at least, appears likely to be playing in Spain next season.”We don’t control the situation,” Sylvinho told a news conference.”He is negotiating his transfer, we don’t know when it will be resolved but, for him and for the club, it would be best that it happens as quickly as possible.”Of course we will miss him if he leaves. Nabil is a wonderful player, his technical level is exemplary, and it’s beautiful to watch him play.”Fekir came close to joining the Liverpool last year after months of being linked with a move to Afield, but the deal fell through, reportedly because of a failed medical, and the France international remained to captain Lyon for another season.Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last term as his side finished third in Ligue 1.As well as seeing Ndombele leave for Spurs, Lyon have already waved goodbye to left-back Ferland Mendy, who joined Real Madrid for €48m (£43m/$54m).And the club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer.”For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”Betis, meanwhile, have signed Spain Under-20 goalkeeper Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon on a five-year deal.last_img read more

South St. Elizabeth Farmers to Benefit from Irrigation System

first_imgHundreds of farmers from Lititz and surrounding communities in South St. Elizabeth are to benefit from a small-scale irrigation system set up by the Government, through the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC), at a cost of  $6.5 million. The system, deemed necessary due to the historical pattern of low rainfall in the area, is supported by rainwater harvesting facilities. There are also drip irrigation systems powered by solar power on four demonstration plots, where the farmers are trained.  Farmers to benefit from the irrigation system are trained by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the NIC. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on November 6, led a team from the Ministry on a tour of the project and also to get a first-hand view of the demonstration to farmers. “The Government, through co-operation from multilaterals, invest in these projects (to assist farmers),” he said, noting that water is quite expensive, because about 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the production of water is foreign exchange. “One of the problems we have is to convince the ordinary Jamaican that water is far from free…because once you start to store it, purify it, distribute it… all those elements involve foreign exchange,” the Minister pointed out. He indicated that the biggest customer of the Jamaica Public Service Company was the National Water Commission (NWC), as some $500 million is paid out each month for water. “As the Minister in charge of water, I want to make that fact known, so a project like this must be handled with  care, because we are in the business now of harvesting water, not only for agricultural purposes, but certainly for domestic purposes,”  the Minister said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “A lot of tanks have been abandoned in terms of the wider society and they have to be rehabilitated, because with climate change, the weather and rainfall cannot be easily predicted,” he added. The Minister congratulated all the persons involved in the project, describing it as  “very essential and worthwhile,”  which should enhance agricultural production and the lives of  the citizens.last_img read more

FMC RoRo Carriers to Jointly Negotiate for Tug Services

first_imgzoom Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels deployed in services covered by a cooperative working agreement between four major car carriers will be allowed to jointly negotiate for the procurement of tug services at all US ports, starting from January 23, 2017.Parties to the agreement include Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) from Norway, Eukor Car Carriers (Eukor) and Hyundai Glovis (Glovis) from South Korea and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) from the USA.On January 19, 2017, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted to allow the amendment to the existing agreement to come into force.“The parties to the WWL/EUKOR/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement sought very limited new authority in terms of joint procurement,” Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, said.“Careful analysis of what was proposed yielded no concerns about potential anticompetitive behavior or adverse consequences to ports, or the American shipper. Ultimately, this amendment should increase efficiencies, benefitting our nation’s port gateways,” Cordero added.last_img read more

New Page Statement by Minister Parker

first_imgPacific West Commercial Corporation and Nova Scotia Power Inc. have been informed by the Canada Revenue Agency that an advanced income tax ruling, which was a condition to the completion of the sale of the former New Page mill, will not be provided. I don’t have to tell the workers, businesses and families in and around the Strait region what a catastrophe the permanent shut down of this mill would be. The truth is, losing that mill and those thousands of jobs would represent a hit to the economy that the entire province would feel. At the same time, it isn’t reasonable to insist that Nova Scotia taxpayers should pay to keep that mill open at any cost. So, as soon as we got word of the federal government’s decision, our government went straight to work to see what could be done within the envelope of support already announced, to have the mill open and operate successfully for the long term. I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that we believe does that. Here’s what we’ve been able to do: The tax ruling from the federal government, while it isn’t what Pacific West was looking for, will actually mean millions of dollars in tax revenue that the Province of Nova Scotia would not have otherwise collected. We are able to use that windfall to create room for Pacific West to earn forgiveness on some of the loan money in the support package already announced. Even with that earned support, the province will still come out a bit further ahead under this deal, with more tax revenue than it would have under the previous deal structure. There are those who would turn their backs on the workers and families in the Strait Region. Who would see small businesses in the region close because their customers are no longer bringing home a paycheque. Who would see programs and services erode because families move away. Nova Scotians do not turn their backs on friends, families and neighbours in an entire region, especially when there is a better choice. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with workers, families and community leaders throughout northeastern Nova Scotia who have been working hard to ensure a good future for this mill. A technical briefing and formal announcement of the details of the revised agreement will be provided early next week. -30-last_img read more

Film Productions Announced

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, April 17. The TV series, Forgive Me, produced by Three Times Penitent Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $107,258 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $369,856. The feature film, Spinster, produced by Sea Green Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $188,381 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $649,590. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at, http://www.nsbi.ca. -30- Quick facts:center_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI last_img read more

Delhi Assembly monsoon session from Aug 22

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Assembly will start its session from August 22 with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) planning to raise the demand for a special discussion on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.The first day of the Delhi Assembly will pay tribute to former Chief Ministers Sheila Dikshit and Sushma Swaraj . AAP legislatures are expected to bring up the Ravidas Temple issue in the Monsoon session of the Delhi Assembly, the party leaders said on Wednesday. The BJP MLAs will raise the demand for a resolution to be adopted in the Delhi Assembly to support the Centre’s decisions related to Jammu and Kashmir, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta told the media here on Wednesday. The session may also see a discussion and financial allocation or a revised budget for the proposed free Metro rides for women and the Delhi government’s announcement about free electricity up to 200 units.last_img read more

In the news today Sept 24

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Sept. 24———CAPITAL RESIDENTS RETURN TO TORNADO RUBBLEOntario Premier Doug Ford has pledged the province’s full support to Ottawa residents recovering from Friday’s tornadoes. He made the promise Sunday after arriving in Dunrobin, the Ottawa neighbourhood hardest hit by a pair of tornadoes that snapped power lines and levelled homes. Accompanied by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ford said it was heartbreaking to see the damage first-hand, and he praised the resilience of local residents, many of whom were seeing their smashed properties for the first time.———N.B. VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAYNew Brunswick voters go to the polls today in a provincial election that appears to be a tight race between the incumbent Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives. Liberal Leader Brian Gallant is looking to become the first New Brunswick premier to win a second term since 2003. Going into the election campaign the Liberals held 24 seats and the Progressive Conservatives 21, while there was one Green, one Independent and two vacancies.———ALLEGED FREDERICTON SHOOTER TO APPEAR IN COURTA Fredericton man, accused of killing four people, including two city police officers, in a shooting spree last month makes his second court appearance today. Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, faces four counts of murder in the deaths of Const. Sara Burns, Const. Robb Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright. Court documents say the incident ended after police shot the alleged gunman in the abdomen.———WETTLAUFER INQUIRY TO HEAR FROM VICTIMS’ FAMILIESFamilies of victims and a woman who was almost killed by an Ontario nurse will speak for the first time today in St. Thomas, Ont., at a public inquiry into the serial-killer case. Elizabeth Wettlaufer is serving a life sentence after confessing to killing eight patients with insulin overdoses and attempting to kill four others at long-term care facilities and private homes in Ontario. The closing submissions are expected to provide insight into the impact her crimes had on the victims’ families.———DECISION EXPECTED IN MILLARD’S 3RD MURDER TRIALA decision is expected today in the case of a man accused of killing his father. Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 71-year-old Wayne Millard, whose death was initially deemed a suicide. The Crown alleges the younger Millard killed his father over his potential inheritance. The defence claims Wayne Millard’s death was a suicide.———CITIES MAKING FISCAL POWER PLAY AHEAD OF 2019 FEDERAL ELECTIONCanada’s cities believe they will finally land easier and direct access to federal dollars in next year’s budget, or at least wrest a platform pledge from parties in the 2019 election. A pre-budget submission from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities asks the Liberals to end the buffet of application-based programs, and instead put the money into predetermined, annual payment programs. And the cities vow to make their financial concerns an election issue if they don’t get their way.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Halifax trial of Darren Smalley and Simon Radford, accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base.— Statistics Canada releases wholesale trade data for July.— Rally outside Saudi embassy in Ottawa to call on Saudi officials to release women who advocated the right to drive in the country.— The International Pipeline Conference opens in Calgary.— Johnathan Ryann Gunville to appear in North Battleford, Sask., court on charges stemming from Sept. 16 Amber Alert.———last_img read more

Deb alleges Rainbow Alliance in Siliguri

first_imgDarjeeling: TMC Darjeeling district president Goutam Deb on Friday alleged a tacit political understanding between the BJP, Congress and CPI(M) in Siliguri. “There exists a Rainbow Alliance in Siliguri, comprising CPI(M), BJP and Congress. The Siliguri leader of the CPI(M) calls it the Siliguri Model. They have a tacit understanding. It is TMC on one side and the trio on the other,” alleged Deb. He stated that according to the understanding, for the Parliamentary election it will be BJP, for the Assembly it will be CPI(M) in the urban area and the Congress in the rural areas, with CPI(M) for the Pourasabha and Panchayat. “At the micro level we have seen that they are giving space to BJP. Where has the ideology gone?” he questioned.last_img

Philippine agents arrest journalist critical of president

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities have arrested the head of an online news site that has criticized the president’s policies.Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine last year as one of its Persons of the Year, was arrested over a libel complaint which Amnesty International has condemned as “brazenly politically motivated.” President Rodrigo Duterte’s government says it was a normal step in response to a private complaint.Rappler Inc., the news site which Ressa heads, says National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant Wednesday afternoon and she was escorted to NBI headquarters.Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Ressa was indicted more than a week ago.Rappler is one of several news agencies deemed critical of Duterte’s policies, including his anti-drug campaign that has left thousands of suspects dead.The Associated Press read more

At least 52 dead in latest Gulf of Aden smuggling incident says

At least 52 Somalis died when the boat smuggling them across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen broke down and they were left adrift with no food or water for 18 days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported.According to the agency’s staff in Yemen, 71 people survived the incident after the boat drifted into Yemeni coastal waters on 21 September and was rescued by local coast guards in Shihra.Survivors told UNHCR the boat left Marera on the Somali coast on 3 September with at least 124 passengers onboard. When the engine stopped several hours into the journey, crew members told passengers they would travel to the Somali city of Bossaso in a smaller boat to re-charge a battery and then return as soon as possible. The crew never returned, leaving the passengers adrift for 18 days without food or water. Survivors said the bodies of 48 Somalis – 38 men and 10 women – who died while the boat drifted in the Gulf of Aden – were thrown overboard. UNHCR and its local partners provided food and water to those who were still on the boat when it was towed to shore. Ten of the survivors were hospitalized but four later died.The remaining survivors, who range in age from 2 to 40 years old, were taken to UNHCR’s Mayfa’a Reception Centre. They told the agency they left Somalia because of continuing insecurity in the war-torn nation, drought and unemployment. Each passenger paid the smugglers between $70 and $100 for the voyage.According to UNHCR, at least 31,192 people have arrived in Yemen so far this year after making the perilous voyage aboard smugglers’ boats. More than 228 people have died and at least 262 remain missing. 29 September 2008At least 52 Somalis died when the boat smuggling them across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen broke down and they were left adrift with no food or water for 18 days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported. read more

Three new judges sworn in before UNs Balkans war crimes tribunal

2 September 2009Three new permanent judges were sworn in today before the United Nations war crimes tribunal that was set up to try people accused of committing the worst offences during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Guy Delvoie of Belgium, Howard Morrison of the United Kingdom and Sir Burton Hall of the Bahamas were sworn in at a ceremony in The Hague, where the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is based, after being appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this year.The three judges will serve either until the end of 2010 or sooner if the cases to which they are assigned are completed, according to a press release issued by the ICTY. Under a completion strategy mapped out with the Security Council, the tribunal aims to finish all trials at first instance by the end of this year and then start downsizing next year.The ICTY has 16 permanent judges and 12 “ad litem” judges, who are appointed to sit on specific trials.The new judges, who have all had lengthy legal careers, succeed Christine Van Den Wyngaert, Lord Iain Bonomy and Mohamed Shahabuddeen, who have resigned.Judge Delvoie, 62, served most recently as the President of the Brussels Court of Appeal, and has worked also as a legal professor. A former defence counsel at the ICTY, Judge Morrison, 60, has also worked as a judge or magistrate in several countries. Judge Hall, 61, was elected by the UN General Assembly as an ad litem judge at the ICTY in 2005 and has been Chief Justice of the Bahamas since 2001.The Tribunal has concluded proceedings against 120 accused, out of 161 indicted. Proceedings are ongoing for 41 accused, but two suspects – Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladić and the ethnic Serb politician Goran Hadžić – are still at large. read more

UN peacekeeping chief urges Sudan and South Sudan to cease recriminations

“Only the two parties, working together, can efficiently and effectively manage security at their common border, and… the United Nations stands ready to support them in this respect,” said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, in a briefing to the Security Council.He urged the two countries to establish the joint border monitoring mechanism they had agreed upon in July.Mr. Ladsous said the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had on Sunday sent a verification team to Yida in South Sudan’s Unity state which confirmed that four bombs were dropped there last week.Three bombs exploded, but the fourth, which landed on a school compound, did not. Different eyewitnesses told the team that the bombs were dropped by a white Antonov aircraft from Sudan, an allegation denied by Sudan. He said that members of the ethnic Nuba community who fled Yida refugee camp following the bombing are now going back.Mr. Ladsous also confirmed that a bombing took place in Quffa in Maban county of Sudan’s Upper Nile state on Tuesday last week, with at least four bombs dropped there.He told the Council that the African Union high-level panel chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki has convened a meeting of the joint political and security mechanism between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan on Friday. The mechanism is a Cabinet-level bilateral body agreed to between two countries to resolve disputes and support the consolidation of peaceful relations.Talks mediated by the high-level panel on issues still pending after the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) – which led to South Sudan formally seceding from Sudan in July – will also resume in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next weekend, Mr. Ladsous told the Council.“I would like to urge both governments to demonstrate the necessary flexibility and commitment in the upcoming negotiations in Addis Ababa, and agree swiftly on a package of measures to resolve remaining differences on financial transitional arrangements, Abyei and border demarcation.“Both meetings are critical to reduce tensions but the parties will also need to make sure that any support to each other’s rebel groups ceases immediately,” he said.He said reports had also been received that a new military alliance between rebel movements in Darfur and the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North (SPLA-North) had been formed with the stated aim of toppling the Sudanese Government.“This represents a step further in a pattern of escalation that is counter-productive. The United Nations continues to stress that all parties to the different conflicts between the Government of Sudan and its peripheries need to return to the table of negotiations and resolve their differences through political dialogue.”In her briefing to the Council, Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, said the mission stood ready to support the Government of South Sudan address the challenges of State-building, especially in the areas of human rights and the rule of law.“UNMISS has a key supporting role to play in the protection of civilians, but the Government retains ultimate responsibility,” Ms. Johnson told the Council via video link from Juba, the Capital of South Sudan.“The efforts of UNMISS to strengthen the capacity of national security organs to deliver security and the rule of law will bolster the Government’s ability to protect its citizens,” she said, adding there was a great need to professionalize South Sudan’s institutions to meet the minimum international standards. 15 November 2011The head of United Nations peacekeeping today urged the governments of South Sudan and Sudan to refrain from actions and statements that could lead to a further deterioration in their relations following recent incidents near their common border. read more

Levante routs Athletic Bilbao 30 in Spanish league

MADRID — Levante added to Athletic Bilbao’s struggles with a resounding 3-0 home win in the Spanish league on Monday.The result extended Athletic’s winless streak in the league to 13 matches and kept the Basque Country club in the relegation zone. Athletic hasn’t won since the first round.Chema Rodriguez, Jose Campana and Roger Marti scored for Levante, which moved to sixth place after its first victory in five matches in all competitions.Midfielder Peru Nolaskoain was sent off in the 75th minute after the referee resorted to video review to check on a hard foul committed by the Athletic player. Levante was already up 3-0 when the red card was shown.Barcelona leads the league by a point from Sevilla.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more