BJP-Sena seat-sharing deal may derail over Aarey

first_imgSeat-sharing talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena were threatening to go off track after Uddhav Thackeray on Monday declared that the Metro 3 car shed project at Aarey colony will meet the same fate as the Nanar oil refinery project, which the Maharashtra government scrapped a few months ago.The statement came on a day the BJP’s national joint secretary V. Satish attended the final leg of the party’s seat-sharing talks with the Shiv Sena in the city, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed talks were in the last stages already. “We are in continuous talks; we will soon take a decision on our seat-sharing arrangement,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The wedge between Mr. Thackeray and Mr Fadnavis over the proposed refinery at Nanar in Sindhudurg at one point got so deep that the Sena chief had publicly announced that the notification to acquire 16,000 hectares for the project stood cancelled. The CM later announced that Sena minister Subhash Desai, who heads the Industries Department, had no power to withdraw the notification for land acquisition. On Monday, a BJP leader said, “We are disappointed with the statement, since so far, the Sena has been playing a balancing role while opposing the (Aarey) project. But with this statement (Mr. Thackeray’s), they have made their position clear.” Mr. Thackeray’s statement comes in the wake of continuous pressure from activists and political opponents who have alleged doublespeak in the senior and junior (Aaditya) Thackerays’ stand on the project. Mr. Fadnavis, on the other hand, has claimed that Aarey is not a forest and his government will ensure the Metro Bhavan is constructed at the proposed site. BJP leaders said that as per the final round of talks, the BJP will likely propose 155-157 seats as its share, while asking Sena to take 115-117 seats and leaving around 18 seats for splinter groups who are part of the alliance. The new formula is not different from the promised 50:50 seat-sharing agreement arrived at by both parties before the Lok Sabha polls and it leaves room for negotiating over 20 to 25 seats on either side, leaders said. “From our side, this is the final number, considering many factors such as the wave in favour of the party post abrogation of Article 370,” a senior BJP leader said.last_img read more

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Order to nine policemen to shave beards withdrawn

first_imgFacing flak over their edict to nine Muslim members of the force to shave their beards, the police in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday withdrew the order after getting representation from the aggrieved policemen. Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh had on Thursday cancelled the permission granted earlier to the policemen to sport beards.Mr. Deshmukh told reporters that the policemen had been asked to cut their beards to ensure that they looked “unbiased”.“Policemen should not only work in an impartial manner, but they should also look like that,” the SP said.Thursday’s order was issued by the district police chief to Assistant Sub-Inspector Israel Ahmed, head constable Chhotey Khan and seven constables. The order mentioned various dates when they were given permission to grow a beard and stated that it had been cancelled “with immediate effect”. ‘Administrative order’Mr. Deshmukh said it was an administrative order which had been withdrawn after getting representation from the policemen concerned. “The permission to sport a beard has been given,” he said. The decision of the police drew angry reactions on social media.last_img read more

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DENGUE-DELHI 2

first_imgDengue is caused by the bite of aedes agypti mosquito and Dengue is caused by the bite of aedes agypti mosquito and breeds in clear water, like puddles and stagnated water in streets and inside water coolers. Fumigation or spraying of chemicals inhibits the breeding of mosquitoes, and is the primary job of the municipal bodies. Besides, south Delhi, residents in northern and eastern parts of the city have also complained that not enough fumigation is being done by the civic bodies. “This dengue outbreak and its magnitude was expected, after the 2010 mayhem, during which over 6,000 cases were reported. Despite that, you see the MCD is still ill-prepared. And, this years outbreak has exposed its failures,” Ray said. In 2010, the city saw a massive outbreak of the vector-borne disease, and eight official deaths and at least 6,259 cases were recorded. The year saw huge spurt in the cases due to construction activities happening as the Commonwealth Games were being hosted in the city. While till September 12 this year, 1,872 cases were recorded, during the same period in 2010, 1933 cases were registered. All three municipal corporations also have hospitals under their jurisdiction, and are also groaning for more space, as dengue patients have crowded the wards, prompting civic authorities to increase the number of beds. Being, the worst outbreak of dengue in last five years, several people are living under stress, as news of death are hitting headlines on a daily-basis. Under fire from people in the wake of the menace, the civic bodies are now claiming to “intensify” their prevention drives, including carrying out of fumigation, dengue breeding checking and issuing of challans to household and institutions, if mosquito-breeding is found in their premises. “We have stepped up fumigation in many parts of the city, increased the number of dengue breeding checkers and field workers. We are trying to check any further spread of the disease,” South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya said. A senior official of SDMC said, “A 24X7 dengue helpline has been launched and additional manpower has also been employed to fight the disease.” An NDMC official also claimed that “fumigation” is being done in its areas, and challans are being issued if mosquito- breeding is found in premises of households or institutions. PTI KND DVadvertisementlast_img read more

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From ‘Ketli Pehalwan’ to World Championships Silver Medallist: Deepak Punia Makes it Big

first_img Deepak PuniaIndian WrestlingWorld Wrestling Championships First Published: September 22, 2019, 4:40 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Wrestling was just a route which Deepak Punia hoped would find him a good job to help sustain his family.He wanted a job and was even offered the post of a sepoy in the Indian Army back in 2016. But he was told to dream big and not settle for little things in life by none other than Sushil Kumar.”Keep wrestling as your priority, jobs will chase you later,” Sushil, India’s most successful wrestler with two Olympic medals and a world title, had told him, besides arranging for a sponsorship.Deepak listened to the advice of his senior wrestler at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi and within three years bagged the big titles on offer in age groups.He became a World Cadet champion in 2016 and only last month won the junior World title, only the fourth Indian ever to do so and first in 18 years.Within one month of that feat in Estonia, he found himself face-to-face with his idol and Iranian great Hasan Yazdani for a clash, the winner of which would be crowned the senior world champion.It is a pity that the bout did not happen because of the ankle injury he sustained during the semifinal against Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth and he settled for a silver.He missed out on a great opportunity to wrestle with one of the best the sport has seen in its history.But the last three years in Deepak Punia’s life still sounds like a dream.So, what is it that makes Deepak India’s best in heavyweight category in recent times. The results have come thick and fast.”It’s a combination of a lot of things. Everything has to come together,” said India’s former foreign coach Vladimir Mestvirishvili, who has played a key role in Deepak’s progress as a world-class grappler.”You need four things — brain, power, luck and flexibility on the mat. Deepak has all. He is a disciplined wrestler and that he gets from his father.”Boys usually get bored with the repetition process when they are told to learn a new technique but Deepak would do it for two, three, four days unless he gets it. It comes from family.”It’s true.His father Subash has been coming to his training centre every morning to deliver milk and fruits to him since 2015 despite the fact their Chhara village in Jhajjar district in Haryana is at a distance of 60km.That Deepak has immense appetite for milk was known from his childhood when he was a four-year-old kid and even it has a role in him getting the moniker ‘Ketli pehalwan’.The Sarpanch of his village once offered him milk which was kept in a ‘ketli’ (kettle). He drank that in one gulp. He was offered a second, a third and a fourth and he finished all.From then onwards, people started calling him ‘ketli pehalwan’.Deepak said staying disciplined has been a big reason for his success.”I like hanging out with friends, going to malls and doing some shopping. But we are not allowed to go out of the training centre. I like buying shoes, shirts and jeans, though I don’t get to wear them because I am always in a tracksuit,” he said.”Whenever I get a chance, like after the tournaments, I go out and eat even junk food. But once the break is over, I don’t think about anything else. Wrestling and training is life then.”The sponsorship he got from OGQ took away a bit of worry and he began to concentrate on honing his skills.”I was not winning even at the district level in 2015,” said the 20-year-old.”I was desperate to get good results so that I can get a job somewhere to help my parents. My father used to sell milk. He worked really hard. I wanted to contribute in some way.”Success on the mat resulted in bettering his family’s financial conditions.He got a job as Naik Subedar in 2018 in the Indian Army and by that time he had learnt how to make money out of wrestling.Deepak would go to competitions dubbed as ‘mat dangals’ and earned some handsome money. He competed in several of them and forced his father to stop selling milk. He even bought an SUV last year.”I don’t know how much money I have earned. I never made an account of that. But it was decent money. It’s been sometime now that I have competed in ‘mat dangals’ but I did I earn some money and spent all,” he laughed. last_img read more

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India vs England: India take on England with a chance to clinch the series

first_imgAdvertisement Manchester : India’s Kuldeep Yadav, centre, celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root during the Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. AP/ PTI(AP7_3_2018_000263B)Advertisement(Image courtesy: Indian Express)Following their emphatic win vs the hosts on Tuesday in Manchester, India take on England in the 2nd T20 today at Cardiff.A win for India today will see them take the T20 series. England on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from defeat and post a win in order to keep the final match interesting.India will come into the match in high confidence after beating the hosts comprehensively with Kuldeep picking 5 wickets and KL Rahul scoring a century.They are likely to go unchanged into the match keeping their winning formula intact.England on the other hand will once again be highly rely on their openers to give a flying start. They are expected to make changes to their bowling attack that got exposed in Manchester.Here are the probable lineups for the match:India:  Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (w), Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.England: Jos Buttler (w), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett/Jake Ball, David Willey, Chris Jordan.The match is set to start at 10pm IST with telecast on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.Also Read:Cricket: Anderson to rehabilitate his injured shoulder ahead of India test serieslast_img read more

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Brazil Volleyballers Sweep US

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Top-ranked Brazil swept the U.S. men’s national team in the second match of the USA Volleyball Cup on Tuesday night with both teams playing their reserves.The 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 victory comes two days after Brazil defeated the fifth-ranked United States 3-2 in Long Beach to open the four-match exhibition series between the two teams. It resumes Aug. 26 at USC’s Galen center.The United States is tuning up for the FIVB World Cup next month in Japan. The event is held every four years in advance of the Olympics, and the top two teams qualify for a spot in 2016 Rio Games.Brazil, which won the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Games, automatically qualifies for Rio as hosts. Russia is the defending Olympic champion.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Odom and Brothel Workers Had Pact?

first_imgLAS VEGAS  — The owner of the Love Ranch brothel where Lamar Odom was found unconscious a week ago says the former NBA star had asked all the workers to sign confidentiality agreements during his visit.Dennis Hof said Odom arrived to the Crystal, Nevada brothel on Oct. 10. He paid two women to accompany him in a VIP suite.The next day, he asked about a dozen women working there to sign confidentiality agreements barring them from speaking about him.Hof said no one has ever asked for such an agreement and that no confidentiality policy exists for the customers. However, the women who work there do sign an agreement prohibiting them from speaking out about clients.Odom was found in critical condition on Oct. 13. He remains hospitalized in Las Vegas.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Zidane has faith in Madrid style

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane has faith in Real Madrid style despite underwhelming La Liga opening Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 01:41 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) zinedine zidane - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Zinédine Zidane The Merengue are seven points behind Barcelona after just six games, but their coach believes they are on the right track Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says his confidence in the players and the team’s style has not waned despite their difficult start to the season.A return of just three wins from their first six La Liga games has seen the champions fall seven points behind Barcelona in the table, while their opening Champions League win against APOEL came despite a somewhat unconvincing display.Madrid 5/4 to beat Dortmund Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday at Signal Iduna Park, where they have never managed to win in European competition, and the form of Peter Bosz’s side has left many predicting a victory for the Bundesliga leaders.Zidane, however, insists he believes in what Madrid are doing and says their domestic struggles are largely because La Liga is the most difficult league in the world.”We’re okay. We got a victory last time out and we’re happy to play on a beautiful pitch, where they breathe Champions League football,” he told a news conference.”It’s true we’ve never won here and it’s a challenge for us. We want to play a good game of football. #RMUCLWe’ve arrived in Dortmund!¡Hemos llegado a Dortmund! pic.twitter.com/OVEFW8XQR3— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 25, 2017″I’m not worried about conceding chances against the opposition. What worries us is playing good football, but the opponents are there to put you in difficulty.”I believe in what we’re doing and the players we have. If we score goals tomorrow, great, but we have to keep doing the same at the weekend.”LaLiga is the most complicated, the most difficult. For us, the difficulty is maintaining a high level.”It can happen that we’re not brilliant, but I am not worried about how we will play this year.”Toni Kroos is back in the squad after recovering from injury and Zidane says the Germany star looks to be in good condition ahead of the game.”Kroos looks good and we know his importance to the team,” he said.last_img read more

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Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised Manchester United’s attack

first_img Reuters ManchesterJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 14:03 IST Paul Pogba has been granted greater attacking freedom under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOle Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s caretaker manager in DecemberSolskjaer has made the most successful start by any manager in the club’s history”The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball,” Pogba saidManchester United have rediscovered their attacking verve under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, midfielder Paul Pogba has said.Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and has made the most successful start by any manager in the club’s history, winning his first six games in all competitions.The 45-year-old has abandoned the stifling defensive approach favoured by Mourinho and tried to reinstate the free-flowing football that was the hallmark of United’s most successful sides under Alex Ferguson.”The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go,” Pogba told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game against Brighton and Hove Albion.”We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure. That makes it easier for everyone.”Pogba, who was often asked to fill an unfamiliar defensive midfield role under Mourinho, has been granted greater attacking freedom by the Portuguese’s successor and has responded with four goals and four assists in his last five matches.Pogba also credited the form of goalkeeper David de Gea for their recent run.”He’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world and when we need him he is there,” Pogba said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Paul PogbaFollow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised Manchester United’s attackOle Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and has made the most successful start by any manager in the club’s history, winning his first six games in all competitions.advertisementlast_img read more

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Meet Up Mondays: Ernest Alexander

first_imgNamed GQ Magazine’s 2013 Best New Menswear Designer in America, Ernest Alexander has been steadily evolving its accessories and tailored business since 2009 into the definitive American menswear brand for the next generation: born out of necessity and cut from tradition with the entrepreneurial spirit, sheer perseverance and contemporary eye of one Ernest Sabine, who grew up just outside of Boston summering in Cape Cod, attended an all-boys school and picked up a few tricks of the trade from his seamstress grandmother and great-grandmother. The brand didn’t come immediately, however. After Boston Sabine pursued a BA in Art History and a MBA from Columbia, then landed in the creative department at Laird + Partners. A quest for the perfect men’s bag then led to the idea for his own men’s accessories label. Shifting gears from corporate branding to product design, Sabine launched Ernest Alexander in 2009 beginning with his now ubiquitous signature messenger bag. Since then, the label has grown into a complete lifestyle brand comprising clothing, shirting, denim and tailored suiting, conceived in the vein of “new American luxury” with all of his products manufactured in the USA. Here, our recent conversation with the rising star of American designer menswear.M: Ernest, you’ve come a long way from your bags. What’s it like to be growing into a full lifestyle brand?ES: It’s been a bit surreal to see how the brand has grown so rapidly over the last couple years. In 2009 I was just a guy with an idea to create a bag because I couldn’t find anything in the market I liked for myself. Now, we are a multi-category brand with several employees, showing during New York Fashion Week and have a store in SoHo. Our Spring 2014 collection was a real statement for us, I think. It was the first time we put out a complete ready-to-wear collection. It’s the first step in creating this sort of lifestyle brand we’re talking about.M: The word craftsmanship is thrown around a lot today. To you, what’s the definition of fine craftsmanship and where do you look for inspiration?ES: We’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great manufacturers in and around New York City as we continue to try to produce domestically. All the men and women we work with are true masters of their craft. They are emotionally invested in the product they are making and want to help us develop a superior product that is done with the best practices possible. To me, craftsmanship is about having the knowledge and skill in a specific field, but, more importantly, I think it’s about having a desire to create a quality product that one can be proud of. Again, I think we’ve been lucky this far to work with people who are proud of their work.M: Manufacturing is slowly but surely returning stateside. What else can we or the country do to change things?ES: The biggest thing would just be to do your best to be aware of where products are made. There are definitely some good products coming from overseas, but there is similar quality that can be found right here in NYC and in other parts of the country.  There is something genuinely gratifying about working with people in the garment district and knowing them by name. It makes us all proud that we’re trying to bring business back here.M: Whenever I buy a bag, I always wonder how it’s going to wear. How do Ernest Alexander bags wear over time?ES: When designing we try to choose materials that will develop overtime. I like the idea of something aging with the user and developing specific characteristics according to how it’s been used by each individual. I think our bags, made mainly of wax cotton and supple leathers, develop a super rich texture and soft feel with every wear. There is a very unique patina that is developed on our wax bags specifically that creates an antique and marked effect that is really interesting and appealing to men and women. They are designed to be used and should hold up to your toughest daily activities. Whether that’s somewhere in the office or on a long cross country trip, each bag is meant to last.M: I think designing is a tough job—tough because it’s all about convincing people to fall in love with your product. Just how do you do that?ES: It’s about consistency and making something with a specific image in mind. I think customers come back to us because we’re making quality product over and over again that has a certain lifestyle associated with it.M: So ultimately what makes a brand successful in this day and age?ES: Staying true to vision and standing behind what you are creating.M: And how has success changed you? Where does celebrity sit with you? ES: It’s definitely nice to be recognized for all your hard work, but at the end of the day it’s about making cool accessories and apparel pieces that I hope appeal to a wide customer base. I don’t think I’ve changed with this welcomed recognition, at least I hope I haven’t.M: Any plans to go beyond fashion and go into more lifestyle products, say grooming for example?ES: My dream has always been to create a full lifestyle brand.  I admire people like Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren for their genius in creating brands that are respected across many product categories. Down the road I’d love to have something similar, of course, but for now, we’re taking things one step at a time. Our biggest thing(s) next will be to expand our ready-to-wear collection and offerings as well as expand our small goods and accessories categories.M: What are three accessories every man should own?ES: A wallet (a man needs to keep himself organized), a watch (a Swatch, a Rolex, whatever. At some point in life you’ll need to know what time it is), a bag—of course.M: And what are three things Ernest the designer can’t live without?ES: My iPhone, coffee (regular with a little milk or cream), my family.M: Your favorite drink and hangout in the city?ES: I really just prefer a beer or a glass of whiskey or bourbon, or something straight up. I’ve been into rye lately. The Breslin on 29th street is a good place to hangout, especially because it’s right around the corner from our office.M: Finally, your most prized possession?ES: I have an antique bag that was my grandfather’s when he was in the war. It’s nearly beat to shreds and it’s incredibly delicate, but it’s this family heirloom that I’ve had in my possession since I started my brand. I actually just recently went through it for the first time and found all these old documents and maps that told a small part of the story of his life when he owned it. It has some history to it that’s irreplaceable. 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Panama Canal Breaks Monthly Tonnage Record

first_imgzoom In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced.The previous record was set in December 2016, when 1,166 ships transited the waterway reaching a total of 35.4 million PC/UMS.“This increase reiterates the importance of the Expanded Canal, and it’s further proof of the maritime industry’s continued confidence in the Panama Canal and the impact it will have on the future of global trade,” said the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.Before the inauguration of the expanded canal on June 26, 2016, the monthly tonnage record was 30.4 million PC/UMS, which was set in October 2014.The expansion program included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway.The expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original canal.Seven months after the beginning of operations, the expanded canal has transited more than 750 Neopanamax vessels – more than 50 percent of which were containerships. In addition, the expanded canal has accommodated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels, as well as bulk carriers, tankers and vehicle carriers.What is more, in April 2017, the expanded canal is scheduled to welcome the passage of the first Neopanamax cruise ship. Neopanamax passenger vessels are capable of transporting up to 4,000 passengers, nearly twice as much as the Panamax vessels that are able to transit the original locks.The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in August started accepting booking requests from Neopanamax cruise ships for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Museum Sites Make March Break Memorable

first_imgNova Scotia Museum sites will offer fun activities, unique events and engaging experiences that will make the March break memorable for the whole family. The break runs from March 12-20. “Museums foster all kinds of life-long learning experiences,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “With so many activities to choose from, I encourage families across the province to set aside a bit of time during the March break to explore our rich heritage.” At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, visitors can push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as they learn how technology — and people — worked throughout the province’s history. Visit the museum’s new website at http://industry.museum.gov.ns.ca for a schedule of daily activities, such as theatre and music workshops. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, visitors can walk along wharves, breathe in the salt air and experience one of Nova Scotia’s most celebrated fishing communities. Between March 14-18, daily activities at the museum will include art classes with marine artist Buz Baker, and sea shanty workshops with Stephen Ernst. At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, visitors get a unique glimpse of the 19th century as they explore the authentic, living heritage site. Throughout the break, outdoor activities and hands-on fun is available, including hikes on the scenic nature trail, farm chores in the museum workshop and horse-drawn wagon rides, weather permitting. At the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, geology fans can enjoy half-a-billion years of rocks, minerals and dinosaurs in the recently renovated gallery. In addition to the interactive displays, the museum has daily crafts, games and programs, including a LEGO day on Saturday, March 19. At the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, visitors can continue to experience A T. rex Named Sue. Since opening Jan. 15, the exhibit featuring the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton yet discovered has wowed more than 50,000 people. Also in Halifax, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts Passport to Adventure, a family program that teaches visitors about seafaring skills and traditions. Featuring fun sailor games, nautical crafts and storytelling circles, the Maritime Museum provides the perfect way to experience life at sea with no fog and dry decks. Established in 1868, the Nova Scotia Museum is one of the oldest provincial museums in Canada. Its 27 museum sites include more than 200 historic buildings, living history sites, vessels and close to a million artifacts and specimens. For information on the museums, activities, locations, admission rates and hours of operation, visit http://museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Natural Resources committee meeting today to talk about pipeline decision

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal MPs on the natural resources committee will meet this afternoon for an emergency session to discuss last week’s game-changing court decision to tear up federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The meeting comes at the request of the three Conservatives and one New Democrat MP who sit on the committee.A federal court last week ruled consultation with Indigenous communities was not robust enough for the approval to be valid.The court also said the National Energy Board hadn’t properly considered the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia that will result from an expanded pipeline.The same day, Kinder Morgan shareholders voted to approve the sale of the existing pipeline and other assets to the federal government for $4.5 billion.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs says the government needs to explain whether it took into account the risk this court decision would come down as it did when deciding the only way to get the pipeline built in the presence of investor jitters was to nationalize it.last_img read more

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Minister Valcourt to meet with AFN National Chief Bellegarde

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has agreed to meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in the wake of the deadly fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation that left two children dead.Valcourt’s office said Tuesday the minister would meet with Bellegarde who requested the encounter in a letter sent Friday.The time and location for the meeting is still being worked out with AFN officials, said Valcourt’s spokesperson Emily Hillstrom in an email.The AFN issued a statement from Bellegarde saying an immediate meeting was necessary.“Our letter to the minister calling for an immediate meeting is because of the urgent need to protect First Nations families and children,” said Bellegarde’s statement. “That’s our focus going into the meeting and we’re seeking a shared commitment for action and change.”Bellegarde sent the letter requesting the meeting to Valcourt via fax on Friday. Bellegarde said in the letter he wanted to discuss lifting the two per cent cap placed on yearly funding for First Nations.Bellegarde said the cap has left many First Nation communities struggling with limited resources which creates situations like the tragic one last Tuesday on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.“The situation is at a crisis level and the reasons all point to the fact the government of Canada provides insufficient funds to First Nations to adequately provide their members a safe and healthy environment,” said Bellegarde, in the letter. “The time is now to work together to address the challenges facing First Nations in terms of fire prevention and protection. Directly related to this is an open and honest discussion on lifting the 2 per cent cap on First Nations funding.”Valcourt has blamed Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation for not having the ability to fight the fire last Tuesday that killed the two children. Facing questions from the NDP during question period Thursday, Valcourt said his department was giving First Nations adequate resources to deal with things like fire prevention and firefighting.“This particular band has received consistent funding for fire protection services,” said Valcourt. “And the fact of the matter is that each band council is responsible for fire protection on the reserve…That First Nation, like others, received sufficient funds to deal with fire safety.”Bellegarde said in his letter there was no point in blaming First Nations.“It is not the time to play politics or blame First Nations that are trying to do what they can with inadequate resources,” said Bellegarde. “That will not change the outcome of these tragic events.”The Chretien Liberals imposed the two per cent cap in the mid-1990s. Under the cap, overall funding for First Nations can’t grow more than two per cent a yearThe Loon Lake volunteer fire department did not respond to the fire in Makwa Sahgaiehcan because the band was three months behind on its fire bill.Local RCMP officers were the first responders on the scene and they saw the biological father bring his two-year-old boy and 18-month-old daughter out of the burning home.Valcourt’s office says the department gave Makwa Sahgaiehcan $34,000 for fire prevention and services in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Ottawa police seek information on events leading to death of Inuit artist

first_imgAPTN National NewsInuit artist Annie Pootoogook was identified as the woman found dead in Ottawa’s Rideau River earlier this month, said Ottawa police.Police issued a statement asking the public for information on the last movements of Pootoogook.Pootoogook was 46.Her body was found on Sept. 19 at about 8:50 a.m. near Bordeleau Park in an area of Ottawa known as Lowertown, police said.–more to comelast_img

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UN calls for global sixweek truce during next summers Olympic Games

In a resolution co-sponsored by all 193 Member States, the General Assembly exhorted all nations to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively for six weeks, starting with the opening of the XXX Olympiad on 27 July and ending with the closing of the XIV Paralympic Games for disabled athletes on 9 September.It called on Member States “to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games period.”The resolution has itself become a tradition at the UN, being passed every two years preceding the holding of the Summer and Winter Games respectively.“The fact that the resolution was co-sponsored by all 193 UN Member States shows how much they support the idea of mobilizing the unique potential of sport to advance development and peace objectives, thus providing all actors – including the UN, governments, NGOs (non-government organizations), sports federations – with an ever stronger basis for continuing to leverage that power and to strengthen their collaboration.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development Wilfried Lemke said.Lord Sebastian Coe, double Olympic gold medallist and chair of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, introduced the resolution on behalf of the United Kingdom. “It would be folly to suggest that sport provides a complete answer, a panacea for all our social ills,” he said. “But it can and does help to mend broken communities, rebuild trust, rediscover self-respect, and foster the values at the core of our common humanity.”In conjunction with the resolution’s adoption, Mr. Ban met today in Geneva with Lord Michael Bates of Langbaurgh, a UK parliamentarian who has walked over 3,000 miles through 17 countries from Mount Olympus in Greece to London to raise awareness of the truce and advocate for serious and meaningful consideration of its core concept. Mr. Ban praised Lord Bates’ initiative, calling it a valuable contribution to implementing the truce concept and values, and to leading by example in showing that passionate and committed individuals can make a valuable contribution to world peace. 17 October 2011The United Nations today called for the traditional age-old truce to be observed during next summer’s Olympics in London, urging warring parties around the world to lay down their arms as the Games’ ancient Greek founders did some 2,700 years ago. read more

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Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday.The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially melted in 1979, an event that changed the way Americans view nuclear technology.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined there would be no significant impact from extending the license to store the core at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometre) site that includes Idaho National Laboratory.“No significant radiological or non-radiological impacts are expected from continued normal operations,” the commission said about its finding.The agency would also have to complete a safety evaluation report before renewing the license. Commission spokesman David McIntyre said that will likely happen in the next several days.Holly Harris, executive director of the Idaho-based nuclear watchdog group Snake River Alliance, wasn’t immediately available to comment.The Energy Department site sits atop the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, a Lake Erie-size underground body of water that supplies cities and farms in the region with water.The new license would be good through 2039, four years past a deadline the Energy Department initially set with Idaho to remove the radioactive waste.State and federal officials say the waste could still be shipped out of Idaho ahead of the 2035 deadline and would not affect the 1995 agreement that contains penalties for missed deadlines.Idaho is already fining the Energy Department for missing a deadline involving radioactive liquid waste stored at the site.It’s not clear where the Three Mile Island waste could be moved, as the U.S. doesn’t have a designated repository.The U.S. Energy Information Administration says there’s some 77,000 tons (70,000 metric tons) of spent nuclear fuel stored at commercial nuclear sites around the country because there’s no place else to put it.The Department of Energy said no additional material would be added to the waste storage site in Idaho.The previous license expired in March. It said the maximum amount of Three Mile Island debris that could be stored at the Idaho site was 183,000 pounds (83,000 kilograms) of damaged nuclear fuel assemblies and 308,000 pounds (140,000 kilograms) of material removed from the reactor vessel.Court battles between Idaho and the federal government culminated with the 1995 agreement requiring the Energy Department to clean up the Idaho site as well as prevent the area from becoming the nation’s nuclear waste dump.Exelon Generation, the company that owns the remaining nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island, has said it will shut down the facility by the end of this month.The company blamed economic challenges and what it said are market flaws that fail to recognize the value of nuclear plants.Keith Ridler, The Associated Press read more

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UN offices in Pakistan attacked following air strikes against Afghanistan

When the UN learned of the military action unfolding in Afghanistan, it instructed all staff in Pakistan to remain at home, “therefore, none of our personnel in Quetta were present when an agitated crowd forcibly entered UNICEF [UN Children’s Fund] offices there and set it on fire,” said Eric Falt, the Director of the UN Information Centre in Islamabad. He told the press that the building was “substantially damaged” and five UNICEF vehicles were extensively burned. Today, groups also demonstrated in front of the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Special Mission for Afghanistan (UNSMA) in Quetta, smashing windows. Mr. Falt said the UN had requested extra security in Quetta, as well as in Peshawar.”Despite all these constraints of various kinds that we are encountering, we have to remain operational as much as possible, and focus on the task and the mandate that we have,” he said. “This means trying to continue humanitarian assistance to the people inside Afghanistan and preparing for a possible outflow of refugees into neighbouring countries, starting with Pakistan.” UNHCR spokesman Yusuf Hassan said the agency was “racing against time to get essential supplies in place and sites developed for an initial influx of Afghans into the neighbouring countries.” He added that UNHCR was prepared to provide shelter in tents and blankets for up to 1 million new arrivals. A spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), Khaled Mansour, said the agency was curtailing its food deliveries into Afghanistan “for the time being, but movement of food inside the country still continues and stocks exist.” A convoy of 14 trucks carrying 525 tonnes is scheduled to arrive in Herat before the end of the week. read more

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Meyer other Big Ten coaches welcoming challenge of nine conference games

OSU Coach Urban Meyer sounds his whistle before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIn 2013, the Big Ten Conference released the 2016-17 schedules for football, along with plans for a nine-game conference schedule for each of its 14 teams. The adoption of the schedule brought the Big Ten in line with the Pacific-12 Conference and the Big 12 Conference, and brought about discussion of the rest of the Power 5 conferences adopting a similar conference.Nebraska coach Mike Riley praised the approaching nine-game conference schedule at Nebraska’s Monday press conference according to Brian Rosenthal of Huskers.com. Riley is familiar with the format, after spending time with the Pac-12 as the head coach of Oregon State.“I like it this way,” Riley said. “I know you have to play everybody in your division, and since our conference is so big, I think having those other league games that aren’t in your division are good games for everybody to play in and to watch.”With the addition of an extra in-conference matchup, the resume for a team vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff can be bolstered by a win against a team within its league. The spot taken by the extra Big Ten game will replace one out-of-conference opponent.The three previous opponents of the fourth nonconference game for OSU have been Florida A&M, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. All games resulted in wins for the Buckeyes.When asked about his viewpoints on the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coastal Conference adding an extra intraleague game, OSU coach Urban Meyer felt Riley had a point. However, he also said he doesn’t worry much about anyone other than the Buckeyes.“I’ve given it zero thought. I think coach (Mike) Riley’s got a good point there,” Meyer said. “But I couldn’t tell you what conferences do and what conferences do not.”Unlike recent years, including this season, the change in the number of conference games has also changed the format of the schedule. Most Buckeye fans are used to having all out-of-conference games to start the season before opening Big Ten play, but this isn’t the case anymore.For instance, OSU will open against Indiana in Bloomington before returning to Ohio Stadium for a matchup against Oklahoma. In 2018, OSU begins the year against Oregon State before facing Rutgers in the second game of the year.With the new format and longer Big Ten schedule looming, Meyer knows how important the next nine games will be. With five teams currently ranked within the top 20, the difficulty level is high for the Buckeyes.“I think our conference is very strong right now,” Meyer said. “Our division is, has to be one of the strongest if not the strongest in college football.”OSU opens Big Ten play after a bye week. The first in-conference foe for the Buckeyes is Rutgers at home next Saturday at noon. read more

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Rapper MGK thrown out of Microsoft Store for damaging laptops during performance

first_imgMicrosoft doesn’t mind holding the odd corporate event in its official Microsoft Stores, but last week it went a bit wrong and apparently saw several laptops damaged.The event was being held in Microsoft’s Atlanta store and was hosted by rap magazine The Source. They (not Microsoft) hired hip-hop rapper Machine Gun Kelly a.k.a. MGK to perform in the store. He obliged, but what Microsoft Store staff and security didn’t appreciate was when he started jumping up on the tables in the store during his performance.Those tables all has expensive Windows laptops on them, and MGK apparently stepped on at least 5 of them. Attempts by Microsoft employees to get him down off the tables were met with profanity from the wrapper, with the key sentence being, “F*ck these computers.”That led to MGK’s microphone being cut off, him refusing to get down, followed by him being begrudgingly escorted out of the store while those watching him looked on a bit bemused.I’m sure MGK will be buying Apple in the future, The Source won’t get another corporate event happening in a Microsoft Store again, and Microsoft management will want to forget the whole incident and get some money back for the damage caused. In the end, this didn’t look good for anyone involved.It’s difficult to see exactly what damage was caused due to the people standing around the tables. But with him being a grown adult, and the speed at which he was moving around, his body weight on a laptop would surely crack the screen or at least bend the casing.More at AllHipHop.com, via Business Insiderlast_img read more

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