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Adult Learners Graduate at NSCC in Pictou

first_imgThe first thing Myrtle Shaw discovered when she returned to school is that you’re never too old to learn. Ms. Shaw was 61 years of age when she signed up to complete her high school diploma for adults at the Nova Scotia Community College in Pictou. She is heading for university this fall. “I was surprised that my age didn’t matter to other students and teachers,” said Ms. Shaw. “This experience has put me on a journey of learning. It has shown me that we all have the ability to accomplish anything we want in life. It just takes faith, hard work and determination.” More than 30 students will receive their high school graduation diploma for adults from NSCC in Pictou today, June 15, as part of the Adult Learning Program. The Adult Learning Program is sponsored by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, which co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults wanting to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Myrtle, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “By creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment to acquire a high school diploma, adults can access new possibilities and achieve a solid foundation for future success,” said Mike Smith, NSCC’s dean of access. “NSCC is proud to partner with the Department of Education in this progressive initiative that will improve the lives of many Nova Scotians.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic from Monday, July 18 until Wednesday, Aug. 31 for repairs. Detour via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale Caledonia Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway, will occasionally be reduced to one-lane traffic until Tuesday, July 19. Speed will be reduced to 50 kilometres through the detour. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom) for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherland’s River, and French River — a distance of about 6.5 kilometres — until Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherland’s River, the alternate is Trunk 4. The detour for the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27 is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road Interchange via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons.Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 13A and Highway 104, will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes due to cleanup until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax International Airport Underpass Structure The Halifax International Airport underpass structure at Exit 6 on Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, July 22. Traffic control consists of barricades. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads until Wednesday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction is necessary for repaving work. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: TRUNK 28 Trunk 28 at Arnold’s Brook will be closed to all traffic from Monday, July 18 to Sunday, Aug. 28 to reconstruct the Arnold’s Brook Bridge. A posted detour will be available via the Lingan Road. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 in Greenwood will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 8. Work takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until Friday, July 29. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1 while a replacement bridge is constructed. Details on the 6.4-kilometre detour follow:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure, southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of the Exit 9 overpass structure, including ramps at Exit 10. Work will include asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near Exit 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until the end of July. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is in the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two in the northbound lane between exits 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive The Burnside Drive underpass structure on Highway 111 will have periodic lane closures for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and barrels. Speed will be reduced to 60 kilometres on Highway 111. Work takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of the exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. A detour route is available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be intermittent one-lane closures between Guysborough and Halfway Cove for asphalt paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 – Old Sambro Road There will be a one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, July 29. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to one kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road, Morden Road and Victoria Harbour Overpass Marshall Road overpass, Morden Road overpass and Victoria Harbour overpass, all located over Highway 101, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, July 18 until Wednesday, July 27. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 between Springside Cross Road and Route 336 will be open to local traffic only from Monday, July 18 to Monday, Oct. 31 for installation of culverts. Traffic control will consist of barricades and traffic control persons. Detour will be available via the Springside Cross Road and Route 336. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines town line, easterly for 4.1 kilometres, will have a partial lane closure until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on-and-off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047last_img read more

Paving Contract Awarded for Colchester County

first_imgA $1,570,901 road-paving contract for Colchester County has been announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to S. W. Weeks Construction Ltd. and involves repaving on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 from West North River Road east for about 4.6 kilometres to west of Exit 17, and from the Crowes Mills Road overpass east for 2.3 kilometres to west of the Exit 15 off ramp. “Motorists driving on busy Highway 104 will enjoy safer travel as a result of this repaving project,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “These sections of Highway 104, north of Truro, are among the busiest in the province, and keeping them in top shape is a high priority for our department.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

International Emergency Managers Participate in Major Disaster Exercise

first_imgA disaster response exercise today, June 11, in Halifax has senior emergency managers from Eastern Canada and the United States dealing with a hypothetical catastrophe. The Emergency Management Office is hosting the bi-annual conference of the International Emergency Management Group. The conference brings together emergency management officials from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. The task of the emergency managers will be to sort out how to share resources to respond to the disaster. They will be testing the operations manual created using the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum is considered a world-leading agreement in international disaster-relief co-operation. It guides how the member provinces and states will assist one another in disasters. “The goal of an exercise like this is to find any areas of the operations manual that need to be strengthened,” said Craig MacLaughlan, CEO and deputy head of EMO. “These are complex agreements involving border issues and security.” This will be the first comprehensive test of the operations manual, which was completed in 2007. In the exercise, Nova Scotia will seek hypothetical assistance from its partners such as urban search and rescue teams, doctors, nurses, medical staff, paramedics, ambulances, medical examiners, structural engineers, blood products and a range of equipment. Although the exercise is closed to media, interviews can be arranged with Mr. MacLaughlan and Dennis Kelly, EMO’s director of training and strategic services. Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson will speak at the convention banquet, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. The speech is open to media.last_img read more

Province Partners to Discuss Gun Violence in Halifax

first_imgGovernment, community leaders and police are working together to find new and innovative ways to reduce gun violence in Halifax Regional Municipality. CeaseFire Chicago, a group that has drastically decreased gun violence in Chicago and other cities, will present their approach as part of a three-day workshop. The group’s approach is an innovative violence interruption program that uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings. “Government is committed to keeping families and communities safe through a variety of crime prevention efforts,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We need to find new ways of looking at crime and addressing the factors that cause people to get involved in gun violence. One way to do this is by learning from the successes of others.” On May 15, CeaseFire Chicago will lead a two-hour overview workshop for police and justice partners. An in-depth workshop will take place May 16-18. Seventy community leaders, organizations, youth, faith leaders, and justice partners are expected to attend. Participants will have a chance to discuss potential solutions to address the problem during the workshop. “It is our hope that together we can find ways to be proactive in addressing issues of violence to keep communities and families safe. We owe it to our youth,” said Yvonne Atwell, executive director, Community Justice Society. “Gun violence is very real in our community. While the crime rate has been trending downward for eight years, we’re seeing an increase in the level of violence as well as criminals’ propensity to use firearms,” said Deputy Chief Bill Moore, Halifax Regional Police. “We’re encouraged by the number of people taking part in the knowledge exchange and look forward to exploring a community-led response to gun violence, which would complement our multi-faceted approach to preventing and addressing crime in HRM.” The knowledge exchange workshop on gun violence supports government’s crime prevention efforts. The Department of Justice invests more than $20 million annually in initiatives that support crime prevention and community safety, including the Lighthouses Program, Additional Officer Program, mental health and domestic violence courts, internationally recognized Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network. To learn more about CeaseFire Chicago, visit .last_img read more

New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgAnother case is being added to Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program today, May 18. The Department of Justice is offering a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. Ms. Peacock left her residence in Dartmouth at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2011. Police have learned that Ms. Peacock traveled to the Gore area of Hants County that day. Ms. Peacock’s last contact was at about 12:34 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2011. Police believe Ms. Peacock is the victim of foul play. “The RCMP and the Department of Justice urge anyone with any information related to Melissa Dawn Peacock’s disappearance to please come forward,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share a responsibility in terms of building safe communities, and no information about this case is too trivial.” Anyone with information can call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward will be expected to provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program are recorded. More information on this and other cases can be found at . The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are 62 cases in the program.last_img read more

La sécurité alimentaire pendant les fêtes

first_img la préparation et le service d’un buffet; le transport de la nourriture; la préparation et la conservation des aliments pour les fêtes; la commande et le service d’aliments à emporter tels que les plateaux de viandes froides; la conservation et le service des restants; l’achat, la décongélation et la cuisson d’une dinde, et la conservation des restants. Que ce soit de la dinde ou d’autres mets traditionnels qui seront au menu pendant les fêtes, on demande aux Néo-Écossais de ne pas oublier quelques importants conseils pour pouvoir apprécier leur nourriture en toute sécurité. Les principes de base de la manipulation des aliments sont de garder les surfaces de travail et les ustensiles propres, de séparer les aliments pour éviter la contamination croisée, de faire cuire les aliments à une température appropriée et de refroidir les aliments sans délai afin d’éviter la croissance de bactéries. « Pendant la période des fêtes, comme en tout temps, nous encourageons les Néo-Écossais à tenir compte de la sécurité alimentaire en adoptant les pratiques appropriées pour la manipulation des aliments, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de l’Agriculture. Le fait d’être attentifs à la façon dont nous manipulons, cuisons, conservons et transportons les aliments nous aidera à protéger nos proches contre les maladies d’origine alimentaire. » Le ministère de l’Agriculture a publié en ligne plusieurs fiches d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire, notamment aux sujets suivants : Les fiches d’information peuvent être consultées au . Le personnel de la Division de la salubrité des aliments du ministère de l’Agriculture assure l’éducation des consommateurs et l’inspection des établissements pendant toute l’année afin de protéger la santé des Néo-Écossais.last_img read more

Linvestissement du gouvernement dans le service 211 aide les familles à se

first_imgLes familles ont maintenant un point d’accès unique à plus de 3 000 programmes gouvernementaux, communautaires et sociaux offerts dans la province, et ce grâce à l’investissement du gouvernement dans le nouveau service d’information et d’aiguillage 211. Le 211 est entré en service aujourd’hui, 11 février. « Il y a des Néo-Écossais qui cherchent des renseignements sur des ressources pour les aider à s’occuper de leurs enfants, de leurs parents vieillissants et d’eux-mêmes. Le 211 peut les aider à trouver le bon service gouvernemental ou le bon programme communautaire quand ils en ont besoin, souligne le ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités, John MacDonell, au nom du premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Grâce au service 211, le gouvernement respecte son engagement qui est d’améliorer la vie des familles. » Le député de Cape Breton Nova, Gordie Gosse, assistera mardi 12 février à une activité destinée à marquer l’inauguration du service 211 au Cap-Breton. Il parlera des avantages que le service présentera pour les gens qui vivent en milieu rural. En 2011, le gouvernement s’est engagé à verser 585 000 $ en financement de démarrage, et cet investissement ira en augmentant au cours des cinq prochaines années pour totaliser 945 000 $. Le service 211 diffère des autres services à numéros de téléphone semblables, puisqu’il met les Néo-Écossais en contact avec des services et des programmes gouvernementaux, communautaires et sociaux lorsqu’il ne s’agit pas d’une urgence. « Avec le lancement du 211, nous avons atteint un jalon important sur la voie qui relie les Néo-Écossais aux services sociaux et communautaires dont ils ont besoin et dès qu’ils en ont besoin, souligne Chuck Hartlen, président du conseil de 211 Nova Scotia et premier vice-président, Expérience client, chez Bell Aliant. Que ce soit en parlant à l’un de nos spécialistes en information très bien formés ou par le truchement du site Web, le 211 donne accès à la base de données la plus exhaustive de services sociaux et communautaires en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Il s’agit d’un excellent système coordonné qui épargnera du temps précieux aux organismes visés et, ce qui est le plus important dans tout cela, aux Néo-Écossais qui appelleront pour obtenir de l’aide. » Bien que le service 211 soit confidentiel, il sera très utile pour recueillir des données et aider le gouvernement et les planificateurs communautaires à déterminer les lacunes dans les services. « J’attendais ce moment depuis que j’ai commencé à travailler à Centraide, a ajouté Catherine Woodman, présidente et directrice générale de Centraide, Région d’Halifax. Nous avons plaidé en faveur du service 211 depuis 2002. Nous avons réuni des gens et des organismes de partout dans la province pour aider à concrétiser ce service. « À partir de maintenant, dit-elle, les Néo-Écossais n’ont pas à essayer de se démêler dans un réseau complexe de services et de fournisseurs de services pour obtenir l’aide qui est à leur disposition. L’aide est littéralement à portée de main. » Le service 211 est offert en anglais, en français et dans une variété d’autres langues, 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine, tous les jours de l’année. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent joindre le 211 par téléphone, par courriel à l’adresse ou en ligne à l’adresse .last_img read more

Irans president says country could hold vote over nuke deal

first_imgTehran: Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday. According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by the country’s supreme leader, made the suggestion in a meeting with editors of major Iranian news outlets on Saturday evening. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Rouhani said he had previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2004, when he was a senior nuclear negotiator for Iran. At the time, Khamenei approved of the idea and though there was no referendum, such a vote “can be a solution at any time,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. A referendum could provide political cover for the Iranian government if it chooses to increase its enrichment of uranium, prohibited under the 2015 deal with world powers. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLast year, President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal that capped Iran’s uranium enrichment activities in return to lifting sanctions. Trump has argued that the deal failed to sufficiently curb Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons or halt its support for militias throughout the Middle East that the U.S. says destabilize the region, as well as address the issue of Tehran’s missiles, which can reach both U.S. regional bases and Israel. In recent weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran. The U.S. also plans to send 900 additional troops to the 600 already in the Middle East and extending their stay amid the tensions. Rouhani’s remarks could also be seen as a defense of his stance following the rare public chastising by the supreme leader. Khamenei last week named Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif relative moderates within Iran’s Shiite theocracy who had struck the nuclear deal as failing to implement his orders over the accord, saying it had “numerous ambiguities and structural weaknesses” that could damage Iran. Earlier last week, Iran said it quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity though Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67% limit set under the deal, making it usable for a power plant but far below what’s needed for an atomic weapon. Zarif, the foreign minister, was in the Iraq capital on Sunday for talks with officials. On Saturday, Mohamad Halbousi, the parliament speaker in Iraq, a key Iranian ally, said Baghdad is ready to mediate between the United States and Iran if it is asked to do so.last_img read more

Bonhomie between Kejriwal Vijender Gupta at iftar

first_imgNew Delhi: An iftar, hosted by the ruling AAP government, on Monday witnessed a bonhomie between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Vijender Gupta with the latter offering a morsel of food to the former as a friendly gesture.Later talking to the media, Gupta, flanked by Kejriwal, advised the chief minister to avoid the path of confrontation for the welfare of Delhi. Several Delh cabinet ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma and Aam Aadmi Party leaders attended the iftar party. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarNo senior leaders from the Congress attended the iftar. After the call for iftar was given, Kejriwal and others got down from the stage and sat in a table for food. At the table, Gupta, who is critical of Kejrwal and his government, fed a morsel of food to him as a friendly gesture following requests by photo journalists. “Since the beginning, I have been asking Kejrwal ji to avoid the path of confrontation for the welfare of Delhi. If we work together, it will benefit Delhi. But this is their strategy (to have confrontation)…” Gupta told reporters after the event. Chief Minister Kejriwal congratulated people on the occasion and said he prays for their prosperity.last_img read more

Work on Chandrawal water treatment plant to start soon

first_imgNEW DELHI: The work on the Chandrawal Phase-2 water treatment plant (WTP), the first to be set up in the national capital after a gap of 13 years, will begin this month, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).The plant will augment the DJB’s water supply by 106 million gallons per day. Chandrawal Phase-2 will have the advanced technology of ozonisation and activated carbon to ensure un-interrupted working of the plant. “It will be able to treat high ammonia content up to 4 ppm (parts per million) in the raw water. Earlier, the plant had to be shut down due to presence of 1 ppm of ammonia in the raw water and resulted in disruption in water supply in its entire command area,” said Delhi Jal Board Vice -Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”This will resolve issue of frequent stoppage of WTP due to ammonia discharge by Haryana. The capacity will be constructed in addition to the existing 90 MGD plant,” the DJBV C Mohaniya said. “We did not set up the plant earlier because we did not have water for it. It’s pointless to have a plant when you do not have raw water. Now, water is available with us. The work is likely to start on June 24 or 25,” DJB Vice-Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe new WTP will be constructed at a cost of Rs 598 crores in three years. Currently, the utility is supplying 900 MGD of drinking water to the city on an average against the demand for 1,120 MGD. The peak production is around 935 MGD. There are a total of 11 water treatment plants in the national capital, a DJB official said. The deficit of 204 MGD means immense misery for lakh of people. Almost 80.31 per cent of Delhi’s houses today have piped water supply and Delhi Jal Board even takes water 1153 of the 1650 unauthorised colonies. The command areas under this project broadly consists of the Old Delhi areas of Chandani Chowk, Pahari Dhiraj, Idgah, Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Malkganj, Rajinder Nagar, Shadipur, Patel Nagar, Naraina, north and west Delhi including the bulk supply areas of the NDMC and the Cantonment areas. The BJP and the Congress have been trying to corner the AAP government in Delhi over the alleged water shortage. On Tuesday, a Delhi BJP delegation gheraoed the office of DJB CEO Nikhil Kumar protesting over the issue.last_img read more

Kolkata Police looks to tackle bane of drug abuse with innovative contest

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move to spread awareness against drug abuse, the Kolkata Police has decided to felicitate citizens in the city who will capture the best photograph related to the theme ‘Say No to Drugs’. The move on the part of the law enforcers is significant, as June 26 is observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.”June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Kolkata Police is committed to fight against the menace of drug and substance abuse that is destroying our youth,” Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma posted on his Facebook page. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to Sharma’s post, the theme of the Kolkata Police initiative about drug abuse is “#unitedagainstdrugs”. A citizen willing to participate in the competition will have to take a picture of him/her performing any activity like dancing, reading, running, sleeping, singing, playing, studying, writing, laughing etc. Then it should be put up on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook with the caption – “SAY YES TO (the activity that is seen in the picture eg. reading, running etc); SAY NO TO DRUGS”. The picture should then be tagged with #kolkatapolice and #unitedagainstdrugs on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe three most innovative pictures will be felicitated. It may be mentioned that since June 26 last year, the narcotics cell of the detective department of Kolkata Police has seized illegal drugs worth crores of rupees and arrested important peddlers/kingpins from all over India and abroad. Apart from this, under the ‘Shuddhi’ project of Kolkata Police, 133 drug addicts who are into petty crimes due to addiction have been sent for rehabilitation, out of which 21 are leading a drug-free life for more than a year. This also means that they are leading a crime-free life. The project aims to identify people who are in the habit of petty crimes due to their dependence on drugs and follows them till the point of their rehabilitation into the society’s mainstream, where they find acceptance. In a recent study, it has been found that out of the total number of juveniles under-enquiry booked under different crimes in India, over 87 percent had a history of substance use.last_img read more

Weavers protest at Jantar Mantar against Telangana govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Weavers from Telangana Tuesday alleged that the state government had turned a blind eye towards their welfare and claimed that around 350 weavers have committed suicide so far. The weavers under the banner of ‘Weavers United JAC’ held a protest at Jantar Mantar here. “Weavers in the state do not have insurance and health card. If a weaver dies, the entire family will come down to the street and their children will become helpless”, said Dasu Suresh, Chairman of Weavers United JAC. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark He said the government had announced Rs 273 crore budget for two years for the development of Telangana’s weavers but not even a quarter of the amount has been spent by them so far. “Telangana government is not taking care of the weavers. Around 350 weavers suicides have taken place,” he said. The organisation also demanded exemption from GST on yarn, colour dyes and related chemicals. The Weavers United JAC has written petitions to central government where they have put forward their demand which include setting up of an enquiry commission to look into the hunger related deaths and suicides of weavers and provision of Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to the deceased families, a statement by the organisation said. They also demanded issuance of Rs 5 lakh health card to all weaver families and making weavers eligible for treatment in any private hospital, the statement added.last_img read more

FSSAI plans colourcoded label for packed food products with high fat sugar

first_imgNew Delhi: Packaged food companies will be required to label high fat, sugar and salt content levels on the front side of the package with “red-colour-coding” as per the draft regulations proposed by food regulator FSSAI. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that its new ‘Labelling and Display’ regulations is ready for draft notification. These regulations will supersede the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The idea behind the new labelling regulations is to enable citizens to know more about the composition of food products, so that they can make informed choices,” FSSAI said in a statement. According to the proposed draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, the packaged food companies will need to declare nutritional information such as calories (energy), saturated fat, trans-fat, added sugar and sodium per serve on the front of the pack. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe food companies would have to declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the pack. FSSAI said the new regulations also propose to make it “mandatory to display red colour-coding on front-of-the-pack labels on packaged food products that have high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt content levels.” This requirement would be implemented in phased manner for a period of three years. FSSAI has invited suggestions and objections from stakeholders within 30 days from the publication of the draft regulations. Several main issues raised by the industry association particularly with front-of-the-pack labelling would also be considered at the time of finalisation of these regulations.last_img read more

MLAs have to be voters of areas they represent

first_imgKolkata: The MLAs will have to be voters of the areas they represent, announced Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday afternoon.She held a marathon meeting with the party functionaries of West Midnapore, where the party did not do well in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election. Poll strategist Prashant Kishore was also present at the meeting. It may be mentioned that Banerjee is holding meetings with party leaders in all the districts. Earlier, she Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellershad held meetings with the party leaders in Nadia and North 24-Parganas. Banerjee pulled up party leaders in areas where the party could not do well in the general election, despite the fact that tremendous development has taken part in those areas. Jangalmahal falls under West Midnapore, where the party fared badly. Banerjee has a soft corner for Jangalmahal as she had won the confidence of the people of the area by visiting the place several times. The area was under Maoist control and she was able to stop the Maoist activities due to comprehensive development of the area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee appointed Seuli Saha as the chairman of the party’s SC cell and the general secretary of Trinamool Women Congress. She has instructed that 10 party leaders will work together in the booth level. Kausar Ali Khan has been made the chairman of the minority cell. Banerjee held distance between the leaders and people responsible for the poll debacle in the area. “I had asked you to build intense contact with the people who are the real source of strength. But you did not listen to me and now we are paying a price for it,” she said, adding: “Because of this, in many areas where we had taken a lead of 60,000 votes in 2014, our margin has drastically come down to 12,000 votes.” She instructed the leaders to go to the party office at 9 am and stay there till 11 am. They should then visit the office of the Panchayat and talk to the people with grievances. Banerjee has set up a core committee in the district. It will have three members, namely Manas Bhuniya, Amulya Maity and Nirmal Ghosh. “Work together to repair the damages,” she told the leaders. Banerjee also told the leaders that they will have to obey the instructions of the party or they are free to go. “Stand in front of a mirror and look at your face,” she told them. She warned party leaders against taking cut money. “I warn you. If you are caught you will be thrown out of the party,” she maintained.last_img read more

Ayushmann calls Gulabo Sitabo cast a dream team

first_imgLucknow: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is busy shooting for “Gulabo Sitabo” here along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, has called the film’s cast and crew a “dream team”. “Gulabo Sitabo” is directed by Shoojit Sircar and has been written by Juhi Chaturvedi of “Piku” fame. Talking about the film, Ayushmann told IANS: “I can’t really talk much about the film right now, but Amitabh Bachchan, Shoojit Sircar and Juhi — it’s like a dream team. It is a good amalgam of ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Piku’. The storyline is in a lighter space. I am happy.” Gulabo Sitabo — a legendary pair of puppet sisters — have been part of Uttar Pradesh folklore. The film, a comedy, apparently, is a take-off on these two characters and is a comedy.last_img read more

Three killed by neighbour through electrocution

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were electrocuted by their neighbour at Maheshtala in South 24-Parganas on Wednesday night. The accused suspected that his wife had an illicit relationship with one of the family members of his neighbour.The accused, identified as Rabiul Mistry, was beaten up by local residents before he was handed over to police. According to sources, Mistry is a mason by profession and belongs to Murshidabad. He lived in a rented room at Boga Noapara in Maheshtala since the past few years with his wife Farida Bibi. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLocal residents said Mistry and Bibi didn’t share a healthy relationship. Almost every day, they got into altercations over family matters. Mistry believed that Bibi had an illicit affair with one of the family members of his neighbour. A few days ago, Bibi left Mistry’s home. He got furious and suspected that she left home to flee with an illicit lover. On Wednesday night, he placed live electric wires in front of several doors in his neighbour’s house as he suspected that his wife had an affair with one of the family members of his neighbour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAround 3 am, on Thursday, Mistry set some objects on fire in front of his door and started shouting. Hearing him scream, a few members of his neighbour’s family rushed out of their rooms and came in contact with the live electric wires. He fled the spot when he saw that nine people had come in contact with live electric wires. All of them were rushed to a local hospital but three of them were declared dead on arrival by the doctors. After a few hours, some guests at a marriage saw Mistry running barefoot. They questioned him why he was running. In the meantime, some of the residents from Boga Noapara, who were following Mistry, reached the spot and narrated the whole incident to the people who were questioning him. Later, Mistry was beaten up and later handed over to the Mahestala police station. He has been admitted to the Vidyasagar State General Hospital in a critical condition.last_img read more

B C Tripathi denied third term as CMD of GAIL

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has declined Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi, the country’s longest-serving head of a major PSU, a third extension as Chairman and Managing Director of India’s biggest natural gas firm GAIL India Ltd, sources said.Tripathi, 59, who was the youngest person to become a chairman of an oil and gas PSU in August 2009, completes his second five-year term on July 31 and was eligible for an extension till his date of superannuation on January 31 next year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSources said the government has, however, declined an extension. While no official reason has been given for the denial of extension, he was the person who stood between plans of splitting GAIL into two by hiving-off gas pipeline or the marketing business into a separate unit for a possible sale to a strategic investor. Widely rated as one of the finest CEOs in the petroleum sector in the country, Tripathi is credited with steering the GAIL through several challenging times in project management. He was the youngest chairman of a PSU when he in August 2009 took over as the head of GAIL and is the longest-serving one of a major PSU. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring his 10 year tenure, GAIL saw three-fold growth in turnover to over Rs 74,000 crore, doubling of profit to over Rs 9,000 crore, a three-time growth in asset base and about two-and-half times growth in market cap to around Rs 78,000 crore. GAIL is now virtually a debt-free company. From aggressive foray into city gas business and striking Henry Hub linked LNG import deals, he is also credited with leading GAIL’s transformation into the league Global Top 10 gas majors with his aggressive globalisation moves and opening up of GAIL offices in the US, Singapore, and Myanmar. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has communicated to the Petroleum Ministry the decision of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which was seized of the issue after Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had recommended an extension early this year, they said. DoPT, however, did not give any reasons for denying Tripathi an extension, they added. According to sources, the order noted that the senior-most director of GAIL be appointed as interim Chairman and Managing Director till a full-time head is selected. Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak is the senior-most director on GAIL board and is likely to named interim chairman. Some months back, the ACC had approved an extension of Karnatak’s tenure by 16 months till his superannuation age of 60 years to be achieved in June 2020.last_img read more

Extremely heavy rainfall warning for Mumbai holiday for schools colleges

first_imgMumbai/Thane: Incessant rains lashed Mumbai and its surrounding areas on Saturday and the India Meteorological Department said more heavy rainfall is expected in the metropolis during the next 24 hours, prompting authorities to declare a holiday in schools and colleges. The IMD cautioned people, saying heavy rainfall warning on a “very-high-tide day” (Saturday) is “not a good combination”. In neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts, heavy rains disrupted normal life. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One person was electrocuted in Thane city while another suffered serious injuries after the roof of a bakery collapsed in Mumbra in the district, officials said. The unceasing downpour in Palghar district prompted authorities to declare a holiday for educational institutions on Saturday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation issued an advisory asking Mumbai residents to not venture into the sea or in water-logged areas in view of the IMD warning. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The IMD gave a warning of extremely heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours from 1 pm on August 3. Citizens should avoid venturing around sea also at water-logged areas,” the civic body said in a statement. BMC said in a tweet that a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in the city. Deputy Director General of Meteorology (IMD Mumbai) K S Hosalikar tweeted intense rainfall is expected in Mumbai, Thane and Navy Mumbai in 24-36 hours. “The highest high tide of the four monsoon months is also today of 4.90 metres at afternoon, exactly during the period when IMD has forecast intense rains for the city. Heavy rainfall warnings on very high tide day in Mumbai is not a good combination. Please avoid outing, beaches,” he said in another tweet. Overnight rains in Mumbai and its suburbs led to water-logging in several areas. Water-logging on tracks disrupted the suburban train services, as locals of the Central and Harbour routes were running behind schedule by 15 minutes. In the afternoon, the services between Kurla and Sion were suspended due to rise in water level and high tide. However, flight operations at the Mumbai airport were not impacted, an airport official said. “Overnight heavy rains in Mumbai and its adjoining areas has led to water-logging at some paces, which has affected the flow of traffic, especially in parts of Malad, Andheri and Dahisar,” a senior official of the BMC said. Chief spokesperson of the Central Railway, Sunil Udasi, said suburban trains were running with “cautious speed”. “Due to high tide and water level increase, suburban services between Kurla-Sion and between Kurla-Chunabhatti on the Harbour line have been suspended,” he said. Mumbai police advised people to take precautions. “As per the weather forecast, intense spells of rain likely to continue in the next 4 hrs and heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hrs. We request Mumbaikars to take adequate precautions & ensure safety. Dial 100 in case of any emergency. Take care Mumbai,” it tweeted. Due to overnight rainfall in Thane district, roads and nullahs in some area were flooded. The rainwater entered a few housing societies and swept away vehicles, officials said. Low-lying areas in Thane city were affected the most and parking areas were flooded. Schools in Thane declared a holiday due to heavy rains. Buses and autos were not plying due to flooding, the officials said. In Palghar district, several villages were marooned as the roads connecting them were flooded. A video showed some cattle getting swept away in the water. Palghar District Collector Kailas Shinde said the weather department has forecast heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday. He said a holiday was declared for all the educational institutions in the district.last_img read more