Nagaland CM seeks disqualification of 10 NPF MLAs

first_imgNagaland’s political turmoil explained  Zeliang was sworn in as the chief minister of the state on July 19 after 47 MLAs, including 36 NPF legislators, rebelled against incumbent Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Zeliang won the trust vote on July 21.The ten NPF legislators are Kiyanilie Peseyie, Y Vikheho Swu, Chotisuh Sazo, Kuzholuzo Nienu, Yitachu, C L John, Thonwang Konyak, P Longon, R Tohanba and Torechu. PTI NBS PR AAR 08051200 Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has filed a composite disqualification petition to the state Assembly speaker against ten Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators.In the petition filed on Friday, Zeliang pleaded that 10 NPF MLAs be declared as disqualified under paragraph 2(1)(b) of the tenth schedule as they absented themselves from the July 19 emergency session of the Assembly, violating the whip of the party.Zeliang stated that the ten NPF legislators were fully aware of the sitting of the House as proper communication were made to them.last_img read more

Water flow into Hirakud reservoir down 34%, says Odisha

first_imgWater flow into the Hirakud reservoir on the Mahanadi river decreased by 34% in 2017-18 compared with the average water inflow recorded over a 10-year period between 2005-06 and 2015-16 during the non-monsoon season, the Odisha Assembly was informed on Tuesday.Furnishing a written reply to a query, State Water Resources Minister Niranjan Pujari said the water flow into the reservoir had gone down by 45% in 2016-17 compared with the average flow between 2005-06 and 2015-16. The reduced flow of water into the reservoir has adversely affected hydropower generation in 2016-17 and 2017-18, resulting in a drop in electricity production by 20% and 13% respectively, compared with the average annual power production between 1990-91 and 2015-16.The Odisha government had drawn the attention of the Central Water Commission about the reduced water flow into the reservoir in 2016. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the construction of six industrial-based barrages upstream for which no permission was sought from the CWC. Subsequently, the Odisha government had moved the Supreme Court seeking immediate halt to the construction of barrages.As per another reply by the Minister, the annual water usage from the Mahanadi river by Chhattisgarh is assessed to be 10,245 million cubic metre compared with 22,792 million cubic metre water being used by Odisha. On the other hand, 25,940 million cubic metre water flows into the Bay of Bengal annually.The State Water Resource Minister admitted that in order to harness water, Rs.331.04 crore was allotted for construction of 166 small dams and canals. All these projects were to be completed in three years. But due to delay in land acquisition, there has been an inordinate delay in implementation of these projects that has caused cost escalation. Not a single project has been completed in the State.last_img read more

Last-ditch stand by PBA underdogs

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Despite the loss, Magnolia remained in the running for a top two finish after the eliminations that will enjoy a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals. But the Hotshots have to win their last two games against GlobalPort (Feb. 16) and Meralco (Feb. 24).The SMB-Alaska duel on Feb. 17 in Dumaguete City will likely decide the elimination topnotcher. Alaska, scheduled against NLEX also at press time yesterday, winds up its campaign against Rain or Shine on Feb. 23. SMB, on the other hand, meets Kia also on Feb. 23 before ending its schedule against Rain or Shine on Feb. 28.Except for Kia, GlobalPort (3-4), Blackwater and Meralco (2-6) are still in contention to make it to the quarterfinals although the last two qualifiers will be facing the tough job of needing to win twice over the two top elimination teams to reach the semifinals. The other four quarterfinalists will collide in a best-of-three series to advance with No. 3 taking on No. 6 and No. 4 facing No. 5.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Castro says TNT in ‘make or break’ situation after loss to Ginebra PBA IMAGESBlackwater highlighted a sudden show of power by underdogs going into the homestretch of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations with its 106-96 conquest of San Miguel Beer last week.But the defending champion Beermen managed to cling to the lead at 6-2 with the resurgent Alaska Aces, who remained unbeaten in six games in 2018 after dropping their first two games of the season to Magnolia and TNT Katropa.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises With Mike DiGregorio firing 26 points and center Poy Erram outscoring tower of power June Mar Fajardo, 24-12, the Elite easily surpassed the 100-96 decision Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled off last Jan. 28 over the defending champion Beermen, who are seeking an unprecedented fourth straight all-Filipino crown.The win boosted Blackwater’s record to 3-5 and revived its hopes of joining the top eight teams that will advance to the quarterfinals because of a relatively light schedule in its last three games. The Elite face tailender Kia on Feb. 16, NLEX on Feb. 18 and Phoenix on Feb. 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNLEX and Phoenix also toppled favored rivals last week and improved to 4-4 like Ginebra and TNT, which are playing each other at press time last night. The Road Warriors, with rookie Kiefer Ravena capping a team-high 21 points with two clutch baskets in the dying seconds, downed the injury-riddled Meralco Bolts, 87-85, while the Fuel Masters nipped the Katropa, 74-72, behind Matthew Wright, who fired a triple before issuing the game-winning basket to Doug Kramer.Rain or Shine was another revelation in its 101-95 demolition of Magnolia that lifted the Elasto Painters to solo fourth at 5-3 behind the now third-running 6-3 slate of the Hotshots. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Rithvik Dhanjani to Sunil Grover: TV stars at their candid best

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French Open could be ‘tense’ after UK bombing: Lucas Pouille

first_imgSecurity worries could create a tense atmosphere at the French Open this year after a bomb attack on a British concert hall killed 22 people, French tennis player Lucas Pouille said on Tuesday.Monday’s attack in Manchester, claimed by Islamic State, raised concerns about safety at big events worldwide.Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said French authorities were looking at security at cultural and sports events, including the French Open which starts next week at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.Pouille, voicing outrage at the Manchester attack, said he believed security would be stepped up at Roland Garros this year.He said he didn’t usually think about whether he felt safe on court. “But when something like that happens, you think about it, you think Roland will be a bit tense, that the atmosphere will … not be like usual,” he said in an interview with Reuters Television.”Security will have to do its job and be well organised so that people are safe,” he said.Pouille, 23, was speaking at the launch of a marketing campaign for evian mineral water. Pouille, American player Madison Keys and former world number one Maria Sharapova attended the event as “ambassadors” for the brand.While Pouille, ranked 17th in the world, and Keys spoke of their hopes for the Paris Open, Sharapova was refused a wild card for the tournament.Sharapova posed for photos at the evian launch on the rooftop of a Paris department store, but organisers declined Reuters’ request to interview her.The 30-year-old, who won the French Open in 2012 and 2014 but was hit with a 15-month doping ban last year, had been widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament.advertisementAfter only returning to the circuit last month, Sharapova’s ranking was not high enough to warrant an automatic place in the Roland Garros main draw or in the qualifying event.Asked if she felt there needed to be tighter security at Roland Garros in the wake of the Manchester attack, Keys said: “I am sure that the organisation and everyone in charge is going to do everything they can and I trust that they know what they are doing.”She said she “definitely” felt safe when taking part in major tournaments. “I go through security just as everyone else so I know they are doing what they can,” she said.Keys, who missed the Australian open in January after wrist surgery, said her wrist was feeling much better.The 22-year-old, who is ranked 13th in the world, said her goal for Roland Garros this year was “to feel good on the court and feel confident in matchplay again.” Her long-term goals were to be “in the top five and win a grand slam.”last_img read more

Venus draws on spirit of Serena in Wimbledon quest

first_imgFive-times champion Venus Williams is drawing on the emotional support of her absent sister Serena at Wimbledon as the 37-year-old American remains on course to seize one of her sibling’s records should she go on to claim an eighth grand slam title.Williams won a cross-generation battle when she beat 20-year-old French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 on Tuesday to reach her 10th semi-final in 20 attempts at the All England Club and next faces home favourite Johanna Konta.The American stands two victories away a remarkable triumph and a win in Saturday’s final would allow her to replace Serena, who is taking a break from tennis to give birth to her first child, as the oldest women’s grand slam winner.”They’re definitely here with me, for sure,” Williams told reporters on Tuesday. “Even if it’s not physically. That is one thing I do know. They’re fighting right alongside me.”In a professional career lasting more than two decades, Williams is closing in on a 50th WTA title and credits her longevity to a love of the game and a desire to constantly improve.”I love it,” Williams said. “I try really hard. There’s no other explanation. You do your best while you can. That’s what I’m doing.”I love the challenge. I love pressure. It’s not always easy dealing with the pressure. There’s constant pressure. It’s only yourself who can have the answer for that.”I love the last day you play, you’re still improving. It’s not something that is stagnant. The competition keeps you growing. You have to get better if you want to stay relevant.”advertisementThe veteran last triumphed at Wimbledon in 2008, which remains her seventh and final grand slam singles title.last_img read more

Regional SAI centre to come up at Zirakpur: Sports Minister

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 15 (PTI) A regional centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will come up at Zirakpur to cater to northern states including Punjab, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today. “We will set up a regional SAI centre at Zirakpur, which will cater to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh and Punjab,” said Goel while addressing the media today.”There will be an athletic track and administrative block in the centre. It will promote football and indoor games as well. The centre will come up at 15 acres of land and a sum of Rs 13 crore has already been released,” said Goel. Asserting that his ministry was taking several steps to promote sports in the country, Goel said the Sports Ministry has already started its preparations for the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympic games. The government will introduce 1,000 scholarships worth Rs 5 lakh each in 10 disciplines to prepare potential sportspersons for future Olympic Games. “These scholarships will be given to potential children for eight years. We will add 1,000 such scholarships every year,” he said.He said a sports talent search portal has been set up by his Ministry to identify talent at early age and provide training for sports tournaments. “Children starting from eight years of age can upload their videos or biodata on the talent portal and the Ministry will pick up while keeping in mind their capabilities for providing them further training,” he said. Noting that the coaching was utmost important for improving standards of sports, Goel said now the medical and sports fitness of coaches would also be checked through an outside agency.advertisementThe national school games will be held in Delhi next year wherein 10,000 children are expected to participate in 23 different sports disciplines, he said. Goel said he would like the school children should to see FIFA games for free. “Through FIFA fest, we plan to reach 15,000 schools,” he said. PTI CHS CMlast_img read more

Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch on Nov 22, but at what price? Chances are it will sell for Rs 15,999

first_imgXiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India on November 22 and the phone will go on sale for the first time on November 23, exclusively on Flipkart and This will be a flash sale, so expect the stocks to be limited. So far we know almost everything about this Redmi Note 5 Pro successor. We know that the Note 6 Pro will come with four cameras, run on MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo, sport a bigger display than the one in the Note 5 Pro. Other Note 6 Pro specs too are known. The only major mystery, for now, is the price of the Note 6 Pro in India.So how much the Note 6 Pro will cost in India? Officially Xiaomi is yet to announce it, but don’t be surprised if the price of the new Redmi Note in India is Rs 15,999. This will be Rs 1,000 higher than the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which has been selling for Rs 14,999 until Xiaomi recently dropped the price by Rs 1,000. The slightly higher price is expected for the Note 6 Pro given how weak rupee has become in the last few months against dollar.In fact, due to stronger dollar Xiaomi recently hiked the prices of Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TVs in India. Realme also increased the price of some of its phones in the country for the same very reason. Commenting on the price hike of phones in India, Navkendar Singh, who’s an associate research director at IDC India recently said, “With the duty hikes in place and the dollar fluctuation, smartphone vendors are expected to raise prices of devices in the coming months rather than absorbing the cost or clocking it under cash backs and financing schemes etc.”advertisementIn other words, there is a very real chance that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is going to cost more. But why Rs 15,999 and why not some more, say Rs 17,999 or something?Well, the Redmi Note 6 Pro may come with a price tag of Rs 17,999. We are not ruling that out. But there is a very strong chance it won’t. The Redmi Note 6 Pro needs to fit into the current product line-up that Xiaomi has. This means it needs to slot between the Mi A2, which is now selling for Rs 15,999 and Poco F1, which sells for Rs 20,999, but is often available for less due to some offer or other.There is no way the Redmi Note 6 Pro can be priced closer to the Poco F1, because that phone comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor. It can be said that the Poco is in different league altogether and if Xiaomi prices the Note 6 Pro close to it, that will make it dead on arrival. And if the Note 6 Pro comes in at Rs 16,999, that will likely hurt Mi A2.Both the Mi A2 and the Poco F1 are among the best selling phones, and Xiaomi will not want to throw in the Redmi Note 6 Pro in the mix in a way that affects them. I will surely like to see the Note 6 Pro but without affecting the market that the Mi A2 or the Poco F1 hold.Another reason why Xiaomi is likely to price the Redmi Note 6 Pro at Rs 15,999 is because in other markets too including Thailand and Indonesia the phone has been priced moderately and when you convert the local price into rupees it ends up under Rs 16,000.ALSO READ: Redmi Note 6 Pro: 5 reasons why you should wait for this Xiaomi phoneFinally, there is the fact that the Note 6 Pro seems like an improved Note 5 Pro, particularly in camera performance, instead of being a phone that is something entirely different. It will make sense to increase its price marginally. Hence the increase of Rs 1,000 — Rs 2,000, if you consider that the current Note 5 Pro price is Rs 13,999 — in the price of the Note 6 Pro.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Liverpool Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:05 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Manchester City v Liverpool Liverpool Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany when they host Liverpool on Saturday.Kompany picked up a calf problem while on international duty with Belgium last week.Both sides will also have to check on the fitness of their returning internationals, and indeed the two clubs shared the cost of a private plane to fly back their Brazilian players in time for the lunchtime showdown. 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 MAN CITY INJURIES Kompany picked up a knock while with Belgium, and though Guardiola says it is not a long-term injury, the captain will not be able to face Liverpool. Guardiola would most likely have to pair up John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in a four-man defence, something which has not always worked out well.Fernandinho, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus flew back from Brazil following Tuesday night’s draw in Colombia, while Sergio Aguero and Otamendi left Argentina after a draw with Venezuela.Ilkay Gundogan has stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury and could feature in the squad. Guardiola plans to use the German at the base of midfield this season, though a start against a high-pressing Liverpool side would be a tricky reintroduction.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Raheem Sterling will serve a one-match ban following his controversial red card at Bournemouth, though City will welcome back Kyle Walker from his ban.Man City v Liverpool bettingMAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Guardiola switched from a 3-4-3 to a 4-3-3 at Bournemouth before the international break, and he could stick with the same shape for the Liverpool game.Although the 3-4-3 (if used well) would give City more control over the game, it has meant centre-backs Otamendi and Kompany have seen a lot of the ball this season. They have not looked particularly sure-footed in possession, and they could both be pressed into errors by Liverpool’s attack. That said, Guardiola may have no choice but to stick with a four-man defence now that Kompany is ruled out, unless Eliaquim Mangala or Tosin Adarabioyo are selected as part of a back three.Stones missed out at Bournemouth and should now come back into the team.Fernandinho has often been the out ball for City’s defenders, but the Brazilian can also be forced into trouble. Gundogan, when fit, will be given the role, but it seems he will not be thrown in at the deep end this weekend.Raheem Sterling is banned for the game, meaning it should be between Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane for the spare forward role.Sane 9/5 to score anytimeWhether in the 4-3-3 or 3-4-3, Gabriel Jesus and one of Aguero or Sterling are slated to play close to one another up front, with one of the attacking midfielders taking up the other role. At Bournemouth, Sterling and Bernardo Silva played off Jesus, and their runs inside allowed the full-backs attacking down the flanks. That suggests Bernardo Silva, who tends to come inside more than Sane, could continue in the team.Man City XILIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Philippe Coutinho could be back in the squad for Saturday’s game, though it remains to be seen exactly how he will react to having a move to Barcelona blocked.The Brazilian has not featured at all so far this season, with injury and illness cited as the reasons.Nataniel Clyne will miss this game and indeed several more months of the season with a back injury, and Adam Lallana is another long-term absentee.Klopp will have to check on the fitness of his internationals, including Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his debut following his move from Arsenal.Loris Karius was named in goal for the Reds’ final game before the international fixtures, with Simon Mignolet left out of the squad. Though Arsenal rarely threatened Karius’ goal, he did twice lose possession in his own area, which could offer City some encouragement.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City have lost only one of their last eight home Premier League meetings against Liverpool (W4 D3), a 1-4 defeat in November 2015 which remains the last time City lost by three goals in a home Premier League game. Liverpool have won three of their four Premier League games against Man City since Jurgen Klopp took charge, drawing the other in March last season. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have lost just one of their 22 Premier League matches against a team that finished in the top seven of the competition last season (W12 D9 L1). In this period, Liverpool are unbeaten away from home against last season’s top seven sides in the Premier League (P9 W5 D4 L0). Sadio Mané has scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League games, including a goal in each of his last four appearances in the competition.   Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 12 goals in his 11 Premier League starts for Man City (eight goals, four assists).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 12:30 BST with the game to be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, as well as for subscribers on the Sky Sports app. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Explore Ireland, Italy, Spain and more on an Insight Vacations

first_imgExperience Unforgettable Trips in Style with Insight Vacations Premium and Special Air Offers New York, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2019 – When you travel with Insight Vacations every moment is magical. You won’t just see a destination, you will meet it, feel it and taste it by staying in premium hotels, dining on authentic foods and meeting important locals who immerse you into their culture. From now until April 4, take advantage of our incredible air offer of $250 off per person on Economy, $300 off per person on Premium Economy or $350 off per person on Business Class. This exclusive offer is valid for travels from April 1 to Dec. 31 and can save you up to $700 per couple. Live your stylish life and join us in 2019 on an escorted journey as we venture to some of the most iconic and remarkable destinations in Europe and beyond. Best of Ireland and Scotland: Trace back to Gaelic roots, gaze at marvelous landscapes and cherish warm-hearted communities on this 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, enjoy VIP priority entrance to the legendary Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the wonderous and exciting history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show you his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and also venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the magical Ring of Kerry.Italian Escapade: Revel in city riches and observe the beauty of Italian landscapes on this 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the mighty Colosseum and stunning architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the charming hill town of Assisi, marvel at beautiful stone-built structures that overlook the grand Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that’s filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take time to relax on a cruise through the famous sun-kissed Isle of Capri, surrounded by beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. In the glistening city of Florence, enjoy a mouth-watering, traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on decadent wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo.Amazing Spain and Portugal: Delve into the heart and soul of each destination on this 9-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the celebrated Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the grand 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a master craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste the famous jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production. For more information, contact your District Sales Manager or call Insight Vacations at 1-800-582-8380Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #INSIGHTVACATIONS  and #INSIGHTMOMENTS  About Insight VacationsAs a global leader in premium escorted travel, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys for almost 40 years that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcases the most outstanding destinations in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit insightvacations.comlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for highway sign replacement until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Detour route on Trunk 3 from Hubbards to Blockhouse. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CONTINUING WORK 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. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 8 Hantsport and Exit 9 Avonport will be down to one lane in each direction, with anticipated traffic delays, for work on the Ben Jackson Road underpass from Monday, Feb. 12, until Friday, Feb. 16. Traffic control will consist of a traffic control person. Detour on Trunk 1 at Exit 9 Avonport for eastbound traffic and Trunk 1 at Exit 8 Hantsport for westbound traffic. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Lane Closure and Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 -30-last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Air Canada earningsAir Canada discusses first-quarter results on Monday. The Montreal-based carrier recently took advantage of labour uncertainty at rival WestJet with a suggestion that it is ready to pick up the slack in the event that WestJet’s pilots walk off the job.Economic snapshotStatistics Canada releases the latest gross domestic product report from February on Tuesday. The previous report for January showed that the Canadian economy contracted 0.1 per cent, hurt by unscheduled maintenance shutdowns in the oilpatch and weakness in the real estate sector following mortgage rule changes.BCE updateTelecom and media giant BCE Inc. discusses first-quarter results on Thursday. Both BCE and rival Rogers Communications recently increased their monthly internet prices, a move they say is justified by the investments they’re making in their networks.Canada’s Toys “R” Us saviourInsurance and investment company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. releases first-quarter results on Thursday. President Paul Rivett said last week that its plans for Toys “R” Us are not limited to Canada, as it is exploring options to keep a foothold in the U.S. and elsewhere.Canada’s other energy exportWood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. discusses first-quarter results on Thursday. The company is one of Canada’s biggest players in an industry that is projected to see massive growth due to global demand for a carbon-neutral energy source to replace coal.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX slightly lower amid Greek political turmoil worries of economic

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Wednesday with buying sentiment held well in check by political turmoil in Greece and worries about slowing economic conditions.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11675.01 -0.25% -29.73S&P 500 — 1354.58 -0.67% -9.14Dow — 12835.06 -0.75% -97.03Nasdaq — 2934.71 -0.39% -11.56The resource-intensive S&P/TSX composite index, closed off the lowest levels of the day, shaking off early triple-digit losses to close down 29.73 points at 11,675.01. The showing extended losses to six straight days, which left the TSX more than two% below where it started 2012. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 7.32 points to 1,345.69.The Canadian dollar closed below parity with the U.S. currency for the first time since Mar. 6 as traders continued to avoid riskier assets such as oil and metals and resource-based currencies like the loonie. But the currency closed above the worst levels of the session, down 0.26 of a cent to 99.91 US cents.New York’s Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.03 points to 12,835.06.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 11.56 points to 2,934.71 and the S&P 500 index lost 9.14 points to 1,354.58.Greece has weighed on markets since inconclusive elections Sunday failed to produce a party that could form a government.After the conservative New Democracy failed to muster enough support to form a government, the mandate has passed onto Syriza, a left-wing party that came a surprise second in the election.Its leader, Alexis Tsipras, said Tuesday that Greece was no longer bound by its promises to cut spending sharply. But failure to keep those promises could see international lenders cut off rescue funding, which would likely lead Greece to default and exit the euro common currency. It would also send shock waves through the eurozone banking system.“And the reality is the whole European banking system has all this Greek debt on their books. It’s unbelievable the amount of debt that is out there,” said Jim Muir, director at Fraser Mackenzie.Tsipras is not expected to be able to form a government and most observers think a second election will be called for June. But analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its bailout.Signs of a slowing global economy have also weighed on markets in the wake of weak manufacturing data from Europe and China and a much weaker than expected U.S. employment report last Friday.The financials sector was the biggest drag, down 0.83% as Royal Bank lost 72 cents to $53.37 and TD Bank gave back 81 cents to $79.61.Railway stocks also lost more ground, with Canadian National Railways down $1.38 to $80.82.Canadian Pacific Railway was off 44 cents at $73.25 as an attempt by New York investment firm Pershing Square Capital Management to have its nominees join CP’s board of directors and replace chief executive Fred Green gained more momentum. Pershing Square said proxy advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co. and credit rating agency Egan-Jones Ratings Co. are now backing its plan to revamp CP’s board.The base metals component lost 0.48% as metal prices also fell, with the July copper contract in New York down two cents at US$3.66 a pound. Copper, viewed as an economic bellwether because it is used in so many industries, has fallen more than 5% this month. First Quantum Minerals gained 20 cents to $18.19 while HudBay Minerals fell 47 cents to $9.27.The energy sector was off 0.22% as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 20 cents to US$96.81. Suncor Energy fell 70 cents to $29.07 while Cenovus Energy moved up 39 cents to $32.55.The gold sector was the major advancer, up about 1.75% despite a retreat in bullion prices with the June contract down $10.30 to a 2012 low of US$1,594.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. gained 94 cents to $37.65 while Goldcorp Inc. climbed $1.20 to $35.60.Kinross Gold Corp. dipped eight cents to $7.67 even as it reported a first-quarter profit of US$105.7-million, down from US$250.1-million a year ago, as production slipped. Sales totalled US$1.04-billion, up from US$937-million.On the earnings front, Tim Hortons Inc. said quarterly net income was up 10% from a year ago to $88.8-million or 56 cents a share. Total revenues were up by 12.1% to $721.3-million, but its shares shed $1.25 to $55.83.In the media sector, Quebecor Inc. said its first-quarter net income rose to $72.9-million, or $1.15 per share, from $34.3-million, or 53 cents per share, a year ago. Its stock was unchanged at $37.And Torstar Corp. shares were off 15 cents at $9.95 as it reported net income of $29.3-million, or 37 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2012. That is up from $15.5-million, or 20 cents, in the first quarter of 2011.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RBC chief Nixon weighs in on housing bubble furorWhy Germany has zero desire to fix anything in EuropeTelus ditches share conversion plan after concerns over empty votingSpain to partly nationalize Bankia, tighten provisions on real estate loansTim Hortons shares drop as earnings short of forecastsON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance (March): Economists expect $500-million, up from last month New housing price index (March): Economists expect o.2% gain on month, 2.4% year over year UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 367,000 claims, up from last week Goods & Services trade balance (March): Economists expect a deficit of $50-billion Trade price indices: Economists expect a 0.2% decline from the month before and 0.8% gain year over year 2 p.m.Treasury budget (April) CORPORATE NEWSCANADABombardier Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 10¢ a share Canadian Tire Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ Magna International Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.24 Sun Life Financial Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ Yellow Media Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 14¢ Brookfield Asset Management Q1 earnings Crescent Point Energy Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 18¢ Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ Stantec Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ UNITED STATESCA Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ Kohl’s Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ Express Scripts Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ read more

Canadian retail sales rose for third straight month in September StatsCan

Canadian retail sales rose for third straight month in September: StatsCan by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 3:31 pm MDT OTTAWA – Statistics Canada reported retail sales edged up in September, helped by improved sales of new cars, but fell short of expectations amid increasing signs of economic uncertainty.Sales were up 0.1 per cent to $39.1 billion in September, the third straight monthly increase, but well short of the 0.5 per cent consensus expectations of economists.“Indeed, sales growth has now cooled to a humble 1.8 per cent year-over-year as Canadian retailers face some stiff challenges,” BMO Capital Markets economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a note to clients.“In addition to cooling domestic consumer credit growth, this weekend’s likely stampede of shoppers south of the border will highlight the other challenges — a loonie near parity, more generous duty-free limits and more aggressive U.S. sale prices.”The weaker than expected retail sales results came as Statistics Canada also reported the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in September was down by 5,700 at 525,900.However economist Erin Weir of the Progressive Economics Forum noted that the decrease wasn’t good news.“Unfortunately, the Labour Force Survey indicates that the number of unemployed workers is growing. The drop in EI recipients means that more jobless workers are falling through the cracks,” Weir said.Earlier this week, Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales fell 1.4 per cent to $48.8 billion in September, the third decline in four months.Retail sales were boosted by new car sales as Canadians continued what has been a strong year for car sales. Industry estimates put the automakers on pace for what could be a record year for sales.A report Thursday by the Conference Board of Canada, suggested the country’s auto industry is expected to post its third consecutive annual year of profitability this year and its best result since 2002.The board said in the first eight months of 2012, auto production rose almost 20 per cent compared to the same period last year, while sales during the same period were up 7.1 per cent and on track to reach 1.72 million vehicles — the highest levels since 2002.In September, the motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector was up 0.6 per cent as new car sales gained 0.9 per cent.Sales rose also 2.5 per cent at miscellaneous retailers, a category that includes used merchandise stores, office supply and stationery stores, and pet supply stores.However general merchandise store sales decreased 0.7 per cent, with department store sales off 0.9 per cent.Food and beverage store sales were up 0.1 per cent, as sales at supermarkets and grocery stores were up 0.2 per cent and specialty food stores gained 1.4 per cent. Beer, wine and liquor store sales fell one per cent.Sales at electronics and appliance stores rose 0.8 per cent, while gasoline stations saw sales drop 0.6 per cent after two consecutive monthly increases.CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor said the September retail sales will provide no life to the third-quarter gross domestic product.“September GDP growth could track no better than flat,” Enenajor wrote in a report.“Third-quarter growth now looks likely to track around 0.5 per cent annualized due to a dented trade sector, and the fourth-quarter now looks likely to come in around two per cent rather than the 2.5 per cent the Bank of Canada was looking for, owing to a weak handoff from September.”Sales rose in five provinces in September led by Alberta. Quebec’s sales were off 0.7 per cent in Quebec and Ontario’s were flat. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban urges financial support for InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights

In a statement from his spokesperson , the Secretary-General urged all member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) “to reaffirm their commitment to human rights by strengthening the Commission and ensuring its long-term financial sustainability.”The Commission has become a key actor in the protection and promotion of human rights in the Americas and worldwide, often representing “the last resort of justice for victims of human rights violations in the region,” according to the statement.Without additional resources, the Commission will lay off essential personnel and significantly reduce its operational capacity. The Commission is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. Created in 1959, it has headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is composed of seven independent members who serve in a personal capacity. read more

SMMT Update – 7 December 2012

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from our Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: Read Update 246 onlineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Romanian princess is back Neagu We will give 100 against 10000 fans

← Previous Story ZRK Buducnost at the final after Balkan war! Next Story → Copa del Rey: Catalonian derby in the final! She is back! Cristina Neagu was a match winner of the semi-final at MMV FInal 4 in Budapest, with three goals at extra-time helped her team ZRK Buducnost to found a place at the final:– We believed until the end, had a lot of energy in extra-time. I am very happy after all. I missed a lot of shots, but we had strong faith until the end. We were united and won the ticket for the final.“Romanian princess” had already played one final with Oltchim against Viborg…– That was four years ago in different system of the final. Now, we will have 10.000 fans against us, but we will give 100% to win the title…

Murphs Sideline Cut AllIrelands arent just handed out to those who think

first_img2012 semi: James Horan shakes hands with Dublin’s Paul Flynn as Aidan O’Shea celebrates (INPHO/Cathal Noonan)In light of Dublin’s achievements, It might be easy to pour scorn on managers who are happy to revel in safety first management, but in truth, if you don’t have players of the quality of Dublin, it makes sense to try and build your success from the back. Gavin has the players, but he also has the courage of his convictions, and I don’t think we’ll see a massive deviation from that on Sunday.Despite that, they have only met teams so far this year that have been happy to trade punches with them – Kildare, Cork and Kerry all went man for man. They have averaged a barely believable 2-18, but Mayo, it can be safely assumed, will pose a more intriguing test.Much of the pre-match discussion has centred on Ger Brennan, and where he will line out. I actually played club football with Ger Brennan for a year, with St Vincent’s, and there is absolutely no doubt that he is a very talented footballer. He uses the ball well, his kick-passing is assured, and he is a natural leader.Having the luxury of a ball-playing centre-back is huge for a team, but will Mayo allow Brennan a roaming brief in front of the Dublin full-back line, without pressing him into rather more pressing work man-to-man on his opponent?It would be rough justice on him to lose out, but Cian O’Sullivan’s performance when he went back into defence against Kerry in the semi-final may have swung Jim Gavin. Pragmatism, not idealism.For Mayo, the pressure is intense. Since that crushing win against Donegal in the quarter-final, they have had the air of champions-in-waiting, which I think is unbelievably dangerous talk. I’ve said this a number of places but in what year since 1951 could you say that Mayo have been definitively the best team in the country? And could you say that of them this year, ahead of next Sunday? EOIN MCDEVITT PAINTED an intriguing picture for Dublin on our online radio show with the Irish Times yesterday – what if they are four points up with 10 minutes to go, and Jack McCaffrey gets the ball with 40 yards of open country in front of him? What does Jim Gavin recommend he do then?To think that Dublin have reached an All-Ireland final playing the way they have, two years after Donegal tried to smother them in an All-Ireland semi-final, and six months after Congress sat down to debate what to do with the walking disaster of a game that was Gaelic football, is quite extraordinary.The prevailing notion in GAA management is to slavishly mimic whatever worked the year before. If last year’s winners were training at 6am, it was a pretty safe bet that 31 other counties would be up with the lark this year.For Gavin to step away and decide that playing open, expansive football was not just ‘the right thing to do’ for the game, but also the style of play which most suited the players he had at his disposal, is commendable. It is pragmatism, not idealism, to steal a Radiohead line, but it still takes guts to go against the grain. I’m far from sure that you can – Dublin won the league, Dublin have probably met a better caliber of team (Donegal aside, and maybe the events up north this week has cast a different light on that game) on the way to the final, and Dublin are the team with recent All-Ireland success under their belt.If Mayo were to lose on Sunday, and taking into account the factors I’ve outlined above, they could hardly make a case for them leaving this All-Ireland behind them. It dawned on James Horan a number of years ago, and it is dawning slowly maybe on Mayo people too, that these things aren’t just handed out to those who think they deserve it.Songs and books have been written, and curses invented, to try and explain why Mayo haven’t won an All-Ireland in 62 years. When the story of the team that broke the hoodoo is written, will the simple explanation be that they were the best team out of the 32 that entered the All-Ireland that year? We might just find out on Sunday.This Week Murph Was – dressing like an 18 year old Chris O’Dowd live on national television. Thanks to everyone for their kind words regarding the show – we’ll be back on RTE 2 next Wednesday evening at 11pm for Second Captains Live.16 of our favourite ‘Mayo for Sam’ tributes2012 Flashback: Lightning Mayo start leaves Dubs’ two-in-a-row dream in cinderslast_img read more

MR ROBOT unveils secrets and a new book at NYCC

first_img Hello friends, are you really reading this?If you are, chances are you know about my friend Elliot Alderson too. And maybe you also happen to know about that shady Mr. Robot and the group he hangs with, fsociety. But I digress. Remember how we were all worried about him a few months ago? How he just…stopped talking to us?About that. Well, I got the answer sitting in my lap.Okay, okay. I’m just gonna trust you’re actually reading this and that we’re all on the same page. Yeah? Cool. Today, me and 349 of Elliot’s other ‘closest friends’ piled into BookCon at New York Comic Con to hear Mr. Robot creator and executive producer Sam Esmail and show writer Courtney Looney talk about the series’ first official tie-in book, MR. ROBOT: Red Wheelbarrow. (Also titled eps1.91_redwheelbarr0w.txt—a nod to the oh-so-l337 episode titles of the show).Elliot started out season 2 of Mr. Robot writing in a ratty old composition journal at his “mother’s house.” And now Esmail and Looney have decided to release Elliot’s journal to the public, and with it, the story of what he really got up to in the two months between season 1 and 2. You might think of it as a nifty promotional cash grab, but Esmail and Looney insisted that it’s a genuine part of the overarching Mr. Robot story and the key to decoding Elliot’s mental source code in Season 2.This isn’t Esmail’s first foray into creating standalone stories that expand the Mr. Robot universe. There’s also a 13-minute virtual reality experience and a mobile phone game, but this is a distinctly analog medium for a show so steeped in technology. The book itself looks like your typical composition journal—albeit one that’s been through a bit of wear and tear. Think of it as getting your hands on a prop from the show: The cover looks like it’s been burnt a bit, there are mysterious inserts like blank envelopes, as well as a card from Darlene, and a few NSFW pictures doodled in the margins of quite a few pages. The bulk of the book is filled with Elliot’s scribblings—in Rami Malek and Christian Slater’s actual handwriting!—as he vomits his thoughts onto the page, literally and figuratively.Not to spoil anything, but if you’re one of those diehard fans who spend hours analyzing each episode for clues, this book should tide you over until next year as Esmail and Looney have peppered hints about Season 3 onto its pages. The most obvious one is in the title ‘Red Wheelbarrow.’ And if that sounds familiar to you, it should. It’s the William Carlos Williams poem that Tyrell and Elliot bond over that Esmail says acts like a ‘codeword’ for Elliot and may play an important role next season. There’s also some new backstory as the book fleshes out Hot Carla, a pyromaniac inmate we got a glimpse at in Season 2, and her mysterious relationship with Elliot.But will reading this book change the way you view season 2 as a whole? Esmail definitely thinks so. “The way we construct the story or storytelling pattern, [it’s like] you’re standing this close to a painting, and you’re taking steps back,” says Esmail. “More things are filled in, and more things you thought you knew are recontextualized.”You can currently preorder the book, which will be available November 1 for $29.95. But if you find yourself wishing that you could hear Rami Malek’s dulcet tones read Elliot’s turbulent thoughts—you’re in luck. Esmail mentioned that an audiobook, also featuring Hot Carla, is in the works.Until then, I’m gonna suggest that we all close our eyes. Mind awake, body asleep. Best Shows to Stream on Amazon Prime7 Things We Learned From the Mr. Robot Cast Stay on targetlast_img read more

Woodland asks residents to limit water use

first_imgWoodland – Woodland is experiencing a “low flow” situation at the Ranney pump house, and is asking residential water customers to limit water use to just inside household use only, the city announced shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.The notice from the city also asks construction crews to limit water use on “any nonessential use for construction.”Mike Peterson with the city’s water plant said the pump had a mechanical issue, which was fixed before end of the day Thursday. Still, the city is asking residents to be cautious with water usage at the moment.“We’ll still be on shortage for a couple of days,” he said. “It takes a while for the reservoir to fill after it’s been down like that.”Peterson said he wasn’t sure what the issue was just yet. It could have been that Lewis River was too low.“We never quit pumping water,” he said. “We were just backpedaling. We didn’t want to get the reservoir too low. We wanted to stay ahead of the game and keep people informed.”Residents with questions can contact Woodland Public Works at 360-225-7999.last_img read more