Centre’s special representative on Kashmir ‘open to hold talks with all stakeholders’

first_imgThe Centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma will begin his five-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from Monday to carry forward the dialogue process. The former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director will spend the first three days in Srinagar and the rest in Jammu. Mr. Sharma is expected to hold talks with various delegations, and invites have already been sent to several political parties. The Hurriyat Conference has not showed much interest in holding a dialogue with him. Mr. Sharma said he was open to hold talks with all the stakeholders. Meets MehboobaMr. Sharma met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi on Saturday. The Chief Minister is learnt to have apprised him of the expectations of the people. In Srinagar, he is expected to meet various political leaders, student groups and youth.The Joint Resistance Forum, a conglomerate of three separatist organisations — the hardline and moderate factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF — had announced earlier this week that they would not meet Mr. Sharma and dubbed his appointment a “time-buying tactic” of the Centre. JKLF chief Yasin Malik accused the Centre of “holding talks at gunpoint”.last_img read more

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World Cup 2011 final: President, Rahul and stars at Wankhede

first_imgThe high-voltage India-Lanka encounter in Mumbai on Saturday witnessed dignitaries and celebrities descending on the Wankhede Stadium in hordes.Among the dignitaries present were President Pratibha Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapakse, who reached Mumbai a little while earlier.Politicians including senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Chavan and Shiv Sena’s Udhav Thakre also reached the stadium to cheer for Team India.The Bollywood too turned up in force to witness history in the making. Stars at the World Cup final included Rajinikanth, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Shetty, while other celebrities include Mukesh and Nita Ambani.last_img read more

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Ronaldinho paid hefty amount for friendly matches in Pakistan

first_imgKarachi, Jul 8 (PTI) A deluge of former international football stars including Brazilians Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos along with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs are being paid hefty amounts between USD 300,000 to USD 600,000 to play a couple of exhibition matches in Pakistan. Along with them, some of the other big stars, who will be joining are Nicolas Anelka, Robert Pires, David James, George Boateng and Luis Boa Morte. The players arrived in Karachi early Saturday morning on a private jet manned by the Pakistan military. The two exhibition matches will be held in Karachi and Lahore under the auspices of the Leisure Leagues and World Group who claim they want to promote the sport in Pakistan. According to a report in the “News International”, the leisure league is paying Ronaldinho around USD 600,000 for the short visit while the other players are getting paid between USD 300,000 and USD 400,000. Interestingly, the Pakistani players who will play alongside the international stars of the exhibition games, have complained that they have not been promised any payments from the organizers for the matches. The organizers are selling tickets for the exhibition matches priced between 2000 and 30,000 Pakistani rupees. Due to the devastating effects of terrorist attacks in Pakistan for the last one-decade, international teams and players have refrained from coming to Pakistan due to security concerns. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Rathore wants to hold next National Youth Festival in Jaipur

first_img(Eds: Correction in para 2)Jaipur, Oct 13 (PTI) Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said he wants to hold the next National Youth Festival in here, if the state government accepts the proposal.The Union Youth Affairs and Sports minister also said he has proposed to convert the shooting range for sportspersons in Jaipur to a centre of excellence.”We have sent a proposal to the state government nearly a fortnight ago to provide 50 per cent fund for organising the National Youth Festival,” Rathore told reporters here.He said more than 5,000 youths from different parts of the country will take part in the festival.”We are waiting for the Rajasthan governments response. The 10-day festival will be organised in January next year,” Rathore said.About setting up the shooting range, he said a proposal in this regard has been sent to the Rajasthan Sports Council. PTI AG NSD NSDlast_img read more

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Shooting legend vows to keep fighting gun control laws in USA

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) Accused, in some circles, of ignoring mass shootings in the USA, three-time Olympic champion Kimberly Rhodes has vowed to continue her crusade against gun control laws in America, saying the sport makes one disciplined, responsible and focused.The fight against tighter gun control laws has become an inseparable part of her life and she is not hesitant to talk about it after winning yet another gold medal in a top international tournament, miles away from her country.”I am very active (politically), I sit on the board at the NRA (National Rifle Association) in the United States as well as the California Rifle and Pistol Association. So I am very active for the second amendment, and I am fighting against some of the propositions that have been passed in the state of California,” said one of the most decorated shooters of all time.Rhodes won the womens skeet gold medal in the ISSF World Cup final with a world record score of 56 here and after prevailing over another champion shooter, Diana Bacosi of Italy, in a marathon shootoff, she again attacked the gun control supporters at home.”So I am very active politically in that. End of the day its something I am able to pass onto my son, make sure that he can shoot and shooting really teaches you a lot about responsibility, discipline, focus, make one a respectful and responsible individual. Hopefully, it will be there for many, many generations,” she said with the kind of conviction she displays at the shotgun ranges.advertisementRhodes has won six medals at the Olympic Games, including three gold, starting with her maiden yellow metal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.But she desires to continue at top level for many more years.”I think priorities change in life but I definitely have that drive. I love the competition, I definitely love that moment when it comes down to one bird, either make or break. I think thats what has me coming back again and again.”That and my team mates and the places I get to travel and speaking to all of you guys and I am just really enjoying the competition and the places. I really have no intention of stopping.”The oldest shooter to compete in the history of Olympics was Oscar Swahn ? he was 72 ? so I am 38, so if you do the math I have quite a few Olympics left.”Asked how she manages to prepare herself for such intense competitions day in and out, Rhodes said, “I dont think you are ever really prepared for something that long; Bacosi is a phenomenal shooter, we have met many times in the finals at various competitions.”At the end of the day, you just take one target at a time, one final and one competition, I am just happy with the outcome.” PTI AH ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Greek-American Mike Moustakas Homers As Brewers Beat Cardinals 5-2 (Video)

first_imgST. LOUIS — Yasmani Grandal is making the most out of his consistent playing time.Mike Moustakas and Grandal homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Saturday night.Milwaukee moved four games behind St. Louis for the National League Central lead. The Brewers remained one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot. The Cubs, who beat Pittsburgh, cut the Cardinals’ division lead to three games.“It’s two weeks left of intense baseball,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Wins are really valuable.”Only one of the two runs Brewers starter Jordan Lyles allowed was earned. He gave up six hits and struck out four over six innings.“The curveball wasn’t doing anything special today,” Lyles said. “We had to use all four pitches and (Grandal) did a nice job of noticing that and he kept putting down the right numbers.”The Brewers won their eighth game out of their last nine and improved to 8-1 when Lyles (11-8) starts this season.“He’s executing pitches,” Counsell said. “There might be one mistake it doesn’t detract him ever, a ball in the middle, he keeps making pitches and the stuff works.”Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Moustakas hops on to home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Jay Jackson, Drew Pomeranz, Junior Guerra combined for a scoreless seventh and eighth inning. Josh Hader earned his 32nd save in 38 opportunities.Grandal walked and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Eric Thames to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead in the sixth.Grandal drove a Tyler Webb changeup 424 feet into the left-centerfield seats in the eighth to make it 5-2. Grandal’s 27th home run of the year tied his career high and his 73 RBIs is a career high for a season.“Knowing I’d be in the lineup whether it’s a lefty or a righty is huge,” Grandal said. “Being able to game-plan for those days, whether it’s a righty or a lefty and just being able to make adjustments throughout the year. Seeing what’s working, seeing what’s not working, how my swing is working, how they are pitching to me. In the past I just couldn’t quite do that.”Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal pumps his fist as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Grandal’s 10 homers from the right-side of the plate have helped fuel his surge. He had just 16 career home runs from the right side before this season.“He’s carried us offensively in a lot of way in a good part of this stretch,” Counsell said.Moustakas’ two-run home run in the fourth inning tied the game 2-2, snapping a 22-inning scoreless streak by Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty. It also broke a 32-inning scoreless streak for Cardinals starters at home spanning six games.“He’s just been big in the middle of the lineup,” Counsell said of Moustakas. “He’s had some huge games, some huge home runs, lots of big hits.”Hitting in the 3 spot, Moose launches a homer at 22 degrees to tie the game at 2-2. Probably just a coincidence. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/qkVusQUiod— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 15, 2019Flaherty (10-8) needed 102 pitches to get through six innings. He gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks as St. Louis had its two-game winning streak snapped.Flaherty matched a season-high 10 strikeouts and became the first Cardinals pitcher with more than 200 strikeouts in a season since Carlos Martínez (217 in 2017). Flaherty is the 19th different pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts this season which is the most in the Modern Era.“I’d rather win,” Flaherty said when asked about the strikeout total.Tommy Edman’s solo homer started a two-run Cardinals rally in the second. Harrison Bader followed with a single, moved to second on a Flaherty sacrifice and scored on a Yasmani Grandal throwing error while he was stealing third.“He just did a good job of kind of changing his approach throughout the game,” Edman said of Lyles. “He was going with more of the fastballs earlier and really went to that off speed stuff the second time through the lineup and kept us off balance.”WELCOME BACKBrewers second baseman Keston Hiura made his first appearance since Aug. 30, when he left in the fifth inning with a strained left hamstring. Hiura struck out in a pinch hitting appearance in the ninth.TRAINING ROOMBrewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (left oblique strain) threw a 25-pitch bullpen in what the team hopes is a final tune-up before being activated from the Injured List. C Manny Piña (concussion) is almost ready to resume catching activities soon.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.57 ERA) gets the start in the finale of the three-game series against St. Louis on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA in six career starts at Busch Stadium.Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (6-7, 4.97 ERA) will seek to pick up his first win since July 19. He was held Milwaukee to two or less runs in each of his last five starts against them.By: Joe Harris, Associated PressTweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more

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Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New Zealand

first_imgShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have been named replacements for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for the remainder of the ODI series in Australia and the limited-over series in New Zealand. Pandya and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home after their controversial comments on TV show Koffee with Karan.Vijay Shankar, who made his T20I debut in March 2018, will join the India squad ahead of the second ODI against Australia, starting January 15 in Adelaide. Meanwhile, Gill, who has earned a senior national team call-up for the first time, will join the team only during the New Zealand tour, consisting of five ODIs and three T20Is from January 23.Gill was a key member of India’s Under-19 World Cup-winning team last year. He has had a good initiation in domestic cricket. The Punjab batsman had an outstanding Ranji Trophy season as he amassed 790 runs, including two hundreds, in 10 innings at 98.75. He was also part of India A squad that toured New Zealand last year.Vijay Shankar has already played international cricket five T20Is and is considered a handy all-rounder, much like Pandya. He proved his prowess with the bat, finishing on top of the batting charts during the one-day series with India A in New Zealand.Hardik and Rahul were slammed for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan and will head home. The Indian team management wanted the players to stay back in Australia to avoid any backlash at home but the BCCI insured the players return to India.advertisementOn Saturday, India lost the first ODI to Australia by 34 runs despite a heroic hundred by Rohit Sharma. MS Dhoni made 51 but the other batsmen failed to contribute as India fell short of their 289-run target.This defeat comes in the backdrop of Pandya’s startling statements on the TV show. Harbhajan Singh lashed out at Pandya for his comments and said he would not want to travel on the same team his with Pandya and KL Rahul.On Saturday, Sunil Gavaskar said he supported the Indian cricket board’s decision to recall the players home.Meanwhile, there was more trouble for Pandya who has lost an endorsement deal with Gillette after his Koffee with Karan row.Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s father defends under-fire cricketer: Comments were made in light-hearted mannerAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: Gavaskarlast_img read more

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Environmental Assessment Board Holds Highway 104 Hearings

first_imgThe Environmental Assessment Board will hold public hearings on the proposed new section of Highway 104 at Antigonish on Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24. The hearings will take place at the Claymore Inn, Antigonish. Afternoon sessions will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and evening sessions will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hearings concern the environmental assessment of the proposed route, which was selected in May 2000. The tentative agenda is available on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/whatsnew.htmlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late August, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road – Londonderry Station Road, Londonderry, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Section 2: Highway 105 from about three kilometres west of Exit 11 for about six kilometres will be reduced one lane for paving. Section 3: Highway 105 from Exit 11 to Exit 12 for about four kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work is expected to end on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street Work on a section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will take place until Sunday, Aug. 7. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays caused by trucks leaving and entering traffic stream. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Portland Street Portland Street, from the second entrance to Penhorn Mall to Woodlawn Road, will have lane closures for a repair project from Tuesday, Aug. 2, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. The work will be done at night from sunset to sunrise. Some work will be completed in the day during off peak hours. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: William Porter Connector The William Port Connector will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Sept. 1, for road widening to install a turning lane into a new school. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Donaldson Bridge Donaldson Bridge, from 2.4 kilometres southwest of Trunk 6 on the Lake Road, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 12. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for about 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 12 Traffic on Highway 101, is reduced to one lane at Exit 12 (New Minas) for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 15. Drivers should expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about one kilometre west of French River Bridge east six kilometres to Broadway Bridge will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Lane Closure Traffic on the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane at Exit 5 (Tantallon) to allow for resurfacing. Some work will begin at 7 a.m. daily and the full lane closure will begin after 9 a.m. Delays are possible. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Aug. 15. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 Traffic signals at the end of the westbound off ramp of Exit 5 on Highway 103 are flashing red. The intersection should be treated as a four-way stop. Delays are possible. Please travel with extra caution in the area. The signals were damaged by lightning and are being repaired. Local Area Office: 902-424-4164 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 (Grand Lake Road) A section of Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4) will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Aug. 31, for repaving near the eastern entrance to Mayflower Mall. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and re-paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Parrasboro Blue Sac Road in Parrsboro will be reduced to one lane for culvert installation from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: Rear Forks Baddeck Cross Road The Rear Forks Baddeck Cross Road, from Big Baddeck Road to West Side Baddeck Road will be closed for bridge repairs from Tuesday, Aug. 1, until Tuesday, Aug. 16. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 295-2700 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80 km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for crack filing and surfacing from Exit 6 east for about seven kilometres until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser Rive,r will be reduced to one lane for drainage improvement and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, eastbound lanes from Meadow Brook Road to Exit 4 for about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 22 west to Exit 20, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 – Springside Route 289 from Junction 336 (Springside) east for six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085last_img read more

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No love triangle in Dabangg 3 says Sonakshi

first_imgMumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is reprising her role as Rajjo in “Dabangg 3”, says there will be no love triangle in the upcoming instalment of the movie. Sonakshi spoke about it at the launch of salon brand Streax Professional’s retro remix collection here on Monday. There has been buzz that “Dabangg 3”, directed by Prabhudheva, will see a love triangle with the introduction of another actress besides Sonakshi. Dismissing it, Sonakshi said: “No… speculations will be there, but of course, there will be a different story and this film will have new characters as we don’t want to offer same stuff to our audience. I feel it is going to be an amazing film.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography In first instalment of the “Dabangg” series, Malaika Arora and Kareena Kapoor Khan appeared in special songs which became chartbusters ahead of the movie’s release. Asked what the audience can expect from “Dabangg 3”, Sonakshi said: “I think it will be very fun because there is an element in ‘Dabangg’ series where artistes come and they do a song for the film. This time there will not be Munni in the song and there will be Munna in the song, so it will be a lot more fun.” “Dabangg 3” is produced by Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan.last_img read more

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AARP Mourns Aretha Franklins Passing

first_imgAARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released a statement in reaction to the news of music legend Aretha Franklin’s passing.“Aretha Franklin was not only the Queen of Soul, but also a civil rights icon and a champion for all Americans’ access to health care,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “In 2007, AARP worked with Ms. Franklin on an original song, ‘Stand Up For Yourself,’ which was the anthem for what, years later, became the Affordable Care Act. Aretha Franklin urged us to ’Let’s make the choice we stand as one because divided we fail.’ Her plea is as timeless today as it was more than a decade ago. She will be missed.”AARP also shared an original song the R&B singer recorded for the organization in 2007. “Stand Up For Yourself” served as the campaign theme song for the Divided We Fail Coalition, the effort to advance the health and financial security of all Americans.Franklin performed the song in a video.last_img read more

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Foes of Obama oilgas rule ask court to reconsider ruling

first_imgDENVER – Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them.Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe filed documents Friday and Monday asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision it issued in September.That decision said it would be a waste of time to rule on whether the regulations are legal because the new administration has already begun to overturn them. But the decision cast doubt on whether the regulations are in force in the meantime.Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming asked the court reconsider. Two industry groups — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance — filed another request, as did the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.The industry groups said that unless the September decision is changed, the federal government could be forced to enact the rules until they are formally revoked. Energy companies would have to spend time and money complying or risk getting sued, the groups said.The Ute tribe said it would suffer economic losses if the rules take effect because energy companies might hold off drilling on tribal land until the Trump administration revokes them. The states said they too would be harmed.The appeals court did not immediately say whether it would reconsider. It told six environmental groups that are parties to the case to respond to the requests by Nov. 20.The 2015 rules require drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they used in hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal land. Hydraulic fracturing boosts oil and gas production by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open rock formations.A federal judge in Wyoming overturned the regulations last year, saying the government had no authority to impose them. The Obama administration — which was still in office — and environmentalists appealed.Before the appeals court could rule, the Trump administration took office and announced it would revoke the regulations. That process is underway but not yet complete.The 10th Circuit, citing the uncertain future of the regulations, dismissed the appeals in its September decision but also reversed the Wyoming judge’s decision that overturned the regulations in the first place. That left confusion about whether the regulations are in force.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP. His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott.last_img read more

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Bank of England chief hints he will stay to help with Brexit

first_imgLONDON – Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all but confirmed Tuesday that he is to stay at the helm of the central bank for longer than planned to help ensure Britain leaves the European Union as smoothly as possible.Following days of speculation about an extension beyond his planned June 2019 departure, Carney told a committee of lawmakers that during “this critical period” everyone should do what they can to help the Brexit process.Carney, a Canadian, took the top job at the Bank of England in July 2013 on a five-year basis. He extended it by a further year in the aftermath of Britain’s vote in June 2016 to leave the EU.“Even though I have already agreed to extend my time to support a smooth Brexit, I am willing to do whatever else I can in order to promote both a smooth Brexit and an effective transition at the Bank of England,” he said Tuesday.With Brexit due March 29, 2019, Carney confirmed he has been in talks with Britain’s Treasury chief, Philip Hammond, about extending his tenure again.Carney, who is reportedly also interested in returning to Canadian politics, has said the government will announce details “in due course.” Media reports have suggested his tenure may be extended by about a year.Many backers of Brexit have accused Carney of taking sides during the Brexit referendum campaign, of being a leading proponent of so-called “Project Fear” when warning of the economic consequences of a vote to leave the EU. But many in the financial markets have been calling on Carney to stay longer to help reduce uncertainty.The British government’s discussions with the EU have struggled to make progress over the past few months, and Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a series of resignations from her cabinet, including those of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and David Davis as Brexit secretary.Her latest proposals for Brexit involve Britain maintaining many EU rules so British firms can keep trading easily in the European single market. Her plan has run into resistance from both the EU and within May’s Conservative Party.With the opposition Labour Party also seemingly split over how to approach Brexit, concerns have risen that Britain will end up crashing out of the EU with no deal and no transition period after Brexit day to help smooth the process.Though Carney said last month that the risks of a no-deal Brexit were “uncomfortably high,” he said Tuesday that some sort of agreement is still more likely.“The negotiations are getting to a critical stage and there’s still a wide range of views of potential outcomes and sometimes things don’t evolve as expected, so there is a chance for downside risks,” he said.He added, however, that the economy “by and large is operating as if there will be some form of agreement and some form of transition.” Only 20 per cent of firms have contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, he said.Last month, the Bank of England raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 0.75 per cent even though the economy has slowed. Its main reason for doing so was to contain inflation, which has risen above the 2 per cent target, largely as a result of a 15-per cent fall in the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.Following Carney’s comments, the pound was little changed, down 0.2 per cent at $1.2941. Before the referendum, the pound was trading around $1.50.Carney said there could be “more positive momentum” behind the pound in the event of a Brexit agreement, but that it could fall again if there isn’t one.last_img read more

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Delhi govt orders private school to reimburse Rs 209 crore to students

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Saturday ordered a private school in the city to reimburse the Rs 2.09 crore it collected from the students as extra fees within30 days. Addressing a press conference here, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai was sent the notice following complaints by the parents. “Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai had increased different charges, such as annual fee and development fee, by 10-25 per cent without informing the government. After auditing the school’s accounts for the last seven years, we passed an order on Friday,” Sisodia said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe further said that despite the school having a surplus of Rs 30.85 crore, the teachers were not paid as per the Seventh Pay Commission and that fees were increased every year. “In the 2018-19 session, the school had collected Rs 2.09 crore more than the actual fees. We have ordered the school to return the extra fees within 30 days or face action. Else it has to tell the parents that it’ll adjust the extra fees in the coming months,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The school spent Rs 4.5 crore collected from fees on a new building. According to the law, the school should have done this with its own money, not from the fees collected from the students. “In this building, it opened a new school called International School. But many of the teachers of the International School were paid from the other school’s account while the fees taken by it were going into another account,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

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Swiss charge woman who sweettalked her way to 2M bank scam

GENEVA — Swiss authorities say they have indicted a woman who convinced dozens of people to hand over their online banking details over the phone from the Netherlands.Federal prosecutors say the woman managed to use the banking details to steal more than 2 million Swiss francs ($1.98 million) between March 2016 and July 2018.Prosecutors said Thursday that about 50 people fell victim to the scam, known as “voice phishing.” They provided no further details on how she managed to sweet-talk her victims into divulging their details.They said the woman, who was not identified, had been working with an “internationally active group” that also used spam emails in the scam.She was among two people arrested in the Rotterdam area in June. Dutch authorities extradited the woman to Switzerland.The Associated Press read more

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UN relief chief warns on deteriorating conditions facing Palestinians

John Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told journalists in Geneva that restrictions in Gaza and the West Bank were making it harder and harder for normal economic activity to be maintained, especially in Gaza.“The squeeze was tightening all the time,” he said, noting that while the UN had been able to get more than 3,000 truckloads of humanitarian aid into Gaza in July, only 1,508 truckloads made it through last month.The main crossing point into Gaza for goods, Karni, has been closed since June, he said, with only one conveyor belt available twice a week. One of the two smaller crossing points for goods, Sufa, is also expected to be closed by the end of this month. The major crossing point for people, Rafah, has also been closed since June.Mr. Holmes also said the number of Palestinian patients allowed to cross into Israel for health care had fallen from 40 a day in July to less than five a day in September.“Denial of freedom of movement for medical reasons would appear to be a breach of international humanitarian law,” he said.The Under-Secretary-General said that while the UN condemned ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, he was concerned that Israel was threatening to cut off electricity and fuel supplies if they continued.“It did not appear to be an appropriate response to those rocket attacks to punish the population of Gaza.”He called on Israel to lift its economic blockade on Gaza and relax its restrictions on humanitarian aid, in part to improve the chances of progress at Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled to take place in the United States next month.Given the conditions inside both Gaza and the West Bank, the population increasingly depends on outside aid to survive, he said.“That is not a good situation for their livelihoods, their dignity and the possibility of their participating in any kind of peace process.”Mr. Holmes’ warning comes a day after the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council about the humanitarian situation that Palestinians face and the potential impact of further Israeli restrictions. 25 October 2007The humanitarian situation inside the occupied Palestinian territory is deteriorating every day, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today, warning that Israel’s threat to cut electricity and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip if rocket attacks continue will only worsen the situation. read more

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Revised UN estimates show over 33 million people worldwide living with HIV

20 November 2007A new report released today by two United Nations agencies puts the number of people living with HIV at about 33.2 million, down from last year’s estimate of 39.5 million, attributing the decrease to more accurate data collection and analysis. The new data show global HIV prevalence, or the percentage of people living with HIV, has levelled off and that the number of new infections has also fallen, thanks in part to global HIV programmes. In addition to the 33.2 million people estimated to be living with HIV in 2007, 2.5 million people have become newly infected and 2.1 million people have died of AIDS.The findings were presented by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in their report, 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update.“These improved data present us with a clearer picture of the AIDS epidemic, one that reveals both challenges and opportunities,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “Unquestionably, we are beginning to see a return on investment – new HIV infections and mortality are declining and the prevalence of HIV levelling. But with more than 6,800 new infections and over 5,700 deaths each day due to AIDS we must expand our efforts in order to significantly reduce the impact of AIDS worldwide.”The findings also show that AIDS is among the leading causes of death globally and remains the primary cause of death in Africa. According to the data, there were an estimated 1.7 million new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007. While that represents a significant decrease from 2001, the region remains the most severely affected. The report shows that an estimated 22.5 million people living with HIV – or 68 per cent of the global total – are in sub-Saharan Africa. Eight countries in this region now account for almost one-third of all new HIV infections and AIDS deaths globally.The two agencies cite an “intensive reassessment” of the epidemic in India as the primary reason for the reduction in global HIV prevalence figures in the past year. The revised estimates for India, combined with important revisions of estimates in five sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe) account for 70 per cent of the reduction in HIV prevalence as compared to last year. Paul De Lay, Director of Evidence Monitoring and Policy at UNAIDS, told reporters that the report shows that overall global declines are partly attributed to strong treatment and prevention programmes. “Data from countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand are showing that there are behavioural data that supports this epidemiologic data,” he told a press briefing in New York via video-link from Geneva. “It is encouraging that we’re seeing returns on the investments made in many parts of the world.”The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) agreed, stating in a press release that the new numbers show that investments in prevention programmes are clearly working. “This new report of UNAIDS communicates what we have know for many years – namely, prevention works,” said Steve Kraus, Chief UNFPA’s HIV/AIDS Branch. “Young people, when provided with accurate and comprehensive information, education and services postpone sexual debut, reduce the number of sex partners, and ensure the use of condoms.” The Fund adds that so far, the new data also suggests that HIV transmission among young people is declining in nine countries – Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These trends, combined with evidence of significant declines in HIV prevalence among young pregnant women in urban and or rural areas from five countries (Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe) indicate that HIV prevention efforts are having a significant impact in some of the worst affected countries. “We are seeing a return on investments made in the past several years,” stated Mr. Kraus. “We need to continue these investments, knowing that universal access to sexual and reproductive health allows countries and communities to scale up HIV prevention services and help make the money work.” read more

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Facing Health Concerns Venus Williams Wins At French Open

Venus Williams faces challenges off the court.Venus Williams, in her first Grand Slam match since revealing in August she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, overcame a slow start Sunday to beat 19-year-old Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.The seven-time major champion did not look excited to be on the court, hardly smiling after many of her 41 winners. But Williams, 31, laughed a lot during her news conference, especially when she discussed her health as ”definitely an adventure and journey; it’s life happening.”An autoimmune disease is a case of mistaken identity, when the body begins attacking its own healthy tissue. Autoimmune conditions include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.”A lot of it, I have to figure it out. It’s physical and emotional and all kinds of different things. Mental,” Williams said of her medical condition. ”It’s a big accomplishment for me to be here right now.” read more

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Safer 20mph zones led to rise in number of road deaths but

first_imgReducing the speed limit to 20mph has caused a rise in death and serious injuries, a council has admitted, but is refusing to reverse the scheme because it will cost too much. Bath and North East Somerset Council spent £871,000 bringing in the 13 new speed zones just 12 months ago.But one year on, a report has found that the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 new 20mph zones.The review of the traffic control measures warns that this is a problem nationally, adding: “There is no simple explanation for this adverse trend but it could be that local people perceive the area to be safer due to the presence of the 20mph restrictions and thus are less diligent when walking and crossing roads, cycling or otherwise travelling.”Despite the council’s own report concluding that there is “little in the way of persuasive argument for continuing the programme in the future”, deputy leader Patrick Anketell-Jones has admitted there simply isn’t the money available to reverse the 20mph zones. The Conservative councillor said: “It has cost over £800,000 to roll out the 20mph zone and it would probably cost the same to reverse them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said: “The facts are that the numbers of people being killed and injured are going up since the zones were introduced. “More people are being hurt because less people are taking care, and the council are saying that they can’t afford it.”To my mind that’s saying that people are being seriously hurt but we are not prepared to stump up the cash to stop that happening.”The Government’s current guidance remains that more traffic authorities should consider introducing the lower limits. A nationwide review of 20mph limits published by the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) last month concluded: “A large number of evaluation studies have demonstrated a link between the introduction of 20mph zones and a subsequent reduction in casualties. The size of the reductions and the consistency of results over a wide number of areas are further evidence for this link.”However, their review pointed out that 20mph zones in which other traffic calming measures were introduced alongside the reduction in limit were much more effective. In Bath and North East Somerset they brought in the changes with a speed reduction and signs to indicate it only. The RoSPA report noted: “20mph limits without traffic calming also reduces traffic speed, although this effect is smaller than when they are introduced with traffic calming or other measures. Their lower cost means that wider areas can be covered.”center_img “We just haven’t got the money. I’m pretty sure the 20mph zones will stay in place for the foreseeable future.” It adds that the rise in casualty numbers and severity would “suggest against further expansion of area based schemes.”In the 12 months since each 20mph zone was installed the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 areas.The reductions had been seen in central Bath whilst the worsening was largely in outlying rural areas.   The report added: “Casualty severity has worsened marginally in Bath and more so in outlying towns. Again, this is reflective of the national situation.” This is not the first warning that 20mph areas are more dangerous. In 2010 the Department for Transport reviewed the scheme in Portsmouth, one of the first areas to adopt it, and found that number of people killed or seriously injured on affected roads actually went up, not down, after the limit was lowered.Retired civil servant Simon Marshall, 58, from Lower Weston, called on Bath council to review the 20mph speed limits, calling them “unduly restrictive”. And he said he was astonished to see the report and learn that the council couldn’t afford to reverse the zones, despite rising numbers of deaths and serious injuries. last_img read more

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