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first_imgThe Governor said the government proposes to bring manyThe Governor said the government proposes to bring many legislations which are both pro-labour and pro-industry and will improve industrial relations.”These include an amendment to the Payment of Wages Act so as to remove the anachronistic condition that wages must be paid in cash to workers drawing salary of up to Rs 18,000 per month,” he said.Solanki also said that for the first time devolution of assured package of funds would be made to all panchayats in the state every year on the basis of population as Swaran Jayanti Vikas Nidhi.Besides, Swaran Jayanti Mahagram Yojana, aimed at planned and regulated development along with provision of urban-like facilities in the villages, having population of more than 10,000 in the first phase, would be launched.He also said the state government stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the farmers and had decided to release Rs 967 crore as compensation to those whose crops had been hit in the pest Whitefly attack last year.The Governor also lauded the state government for effectively harnessing Information Technology as a tool, among other initiatives, to achieve its objective of “zero tolerance towards corruption” and for effective and efficient delivery of services to the people.Committed to fast-tracking all-round development of the state, the Haryana government would ensure that the fruits of growth reached every citizen, the principle of “Sabka Saath?Sabka Vikas” is followed in its true sense, and social cohesion is not allowed to be torn asunder, he said.advertisementSolanki said the state government intends to introduce the Haryana Enterprises Promotion Bill, 2016 in this session to usher in a “revolutionary change for the industrialisation of the state, especially in removing the deplorable regional imbalances that have come up due to unwise and unthoughtful policies of the past.”He said the government will establish Lord Krishna Ayurveda University at Kurukshetra to provide quality education in Indian system of medicine–Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, Yoga, Naturopathy and other such disciplines.During his address, the Governor also touched upon rural development, urban development and housing, urban local bodies, agriculture, education, power, medical education, women and child development and sports. PTI SUN AKA IKA SK IKAlast_img read more

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Porzingis returns as Knicks show signs of chaos he escaped

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ That seemed to add more pressure on second-year coach David Fizdale, whose team is 2-9 after having the NBA’s worst record last season.Porzingis was once viewed as the player who would lead the Knicks through the turbulence. The 7-foot-3 forward was in the midst of his first All-Star season when he tore his left ACL after dunking against Milwaukee. He was rehabilitating the injury last season and the Knicks said he was set for more tests in February, about a year after the injury.He was in Dallas by then.Porzingis was surprisingly traded on Jan. 31 after Knicks management said he told them during a meeting that day that he wanted out. He was sent to the Mavericks in a deal that for now looks worse all the time for New York.“It’s in the past now and I don’t want to bring it back up,” Porzingis said. “It is what it is. It happened and now I’m in a new place and looking forward to what’s ahead of me.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The native of Latvia was booed on draft night in Brooklyn by Knicks fans not interested in an unfamiliar European player, but he quickly became a favorite once they saw him play. He isn’t sure what the reception will be Thursday.“KP’s KP. He was an All-Star when he was here, played his tail off when he was with the Knicks,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who was also part of the trade to Dallas. “They’re fans at the end of the day, so they’re going to give their emotions and express their emotions however they want.”By including Hardaway and Courtney Lee in the deal, the Knicks freed up enough salary cap space to land two superstars last summer. Instead they got none, while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed in Brooklyn along with DeAndre Jordan — who had come to the Knicks in the trade.New York also got Dennis Smith Jr., but his first full season with the Knicks is off to a rough start. He struggled after hurting his back in preseason, then sat out seven games following the death of a family member before returning Tuesday in a loss in Chicago. The Knicks were outscored by 22 points in his 14 minutes and he fell to 1 for 14 for the season, with three points.The Knicks are still owed two first-round picks from the Mavs, players who may come to the same organizational turmoil that Porzingis faced. He had four coaches in less than four full seasons, a far cry from the stability he has now in Dallas, where Rick Carlisle is in his 12th season.“It’s obviously a positive here that there’s a coach that’s been here already for many, many years and won here and is well-respected here,” Porzingis said. “It’s tough as a player, of course, but it’s not something I can affect really. So it happened that way in New York and everything is a learning experience, a learning lesson for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Porzingis returns to the arena on Thursday for a nationally televised game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Knicks, who are already showing signs of the type of chaos that helped sour the star forward on the team in the first place.Though Porzingis enjoyed the city and the fans, the dark cloud under which the Knicks permanently reside was something he’s been glad to escape.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I remember when I was there the expectations were always high for us, and it’s a city hungry for success in basketball,” Porzingis said Wednesday. “And for them, for the fans and for the city to be going through this year after year, it’s got to be tough. And so it’s always a lot of pressure and when things are not going right immediately, there needs to be changes, and this year is no different for them again.”The Knicks are losing big, losing often and it took all of 10 games for speculation about a coaching change to begin. Just two days after beating Porzingis and the Mavericks in Dallas, the Knicks were blown out at home by Cleveland on Sunday. Afterward, Knicks President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a news conference to express their disappointment, unusual for any NBA team after a game in which there was no injury or trade news, but especially for one whose executives so infrequently speak to the media. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Pacquiao to have role in SEA Games opening ceremony, says Cayetanocenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) shakes hands with Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) after NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)NEW YORK — When Kristaps Porzingis crashed to the Madison Square Garden floor in pain on Feb. 6, 2018, it was soon clear that would be his final play of the season.Much harder to imagine was that it would be the final play of his Knicks career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

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Australia expect India to agree to Adelaide day-night Test

first_imgCricket Australia are confident that India will agree to play a day-night Test match in Adelaide next year, chief executive James Sutherland said on Sunday.India have been reluctant to embrace the playing of the longest format of the game under lights and are the only major cricketing nation yet to participate in a pink-ball Test.Virat Kohli’s team are scheduled for a four-Test series against Australia late next year, with Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide expected to be the host venues.Adelaide is this week hosting a day-night Test for the third year in a row with Australia playing England in front of record crowds for cricket at the ground.Sutherland said he was confident India’s governing body, the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI), would agree to make it a fourth straight year for pink-ball cricket at the picturesque venue.”I would anticipate there’s not going to be too much problem there,” Sutherland said in an interview ABC radio.”As we’ve discussed at ICC (International Cricket Council) level, it’s very much in the hands of the home country to make judgments on what they think is best.”Certainly it’s pretty well telegraphed that from our perspective we’d be playing at least one day-night Test match every summer.”As well as four Tests against India, Australia will also host two Tests against Sri Lanka next season.”Certainly India, we would expect to draw a bigger crowd,” Sutherland added.”It’s not all about that, it’s also about how it fits, there’s considerations like weather in different parts of the country at different times of the year.advertisement”They’re all the things we need to balance and make a call on over the course of the next few weeks before announcing that final schedule.”last_img read more

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Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govt

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind has announced the list of ministries on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP president Amit Shah is the new Home Minister replacing Rajnath Singh while Rajnath Singh will be replacing Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister.24 MPs took oath as Cabinet ministers in the new Modi government at a gala swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. In two of the most significant moves, BJP president Amit Shah took oath as a Cabinet minister right after PM Modi and Rajnath Singh and the appointment of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as a Cabinet minister.Here’s the complete list of portfolios:Cabinet MinistersRajnath Singh, who held the Home Minister in the previous Modi government is the new Defence Minister replacing Nirmala Sitharaman.BJP president Amit Shah, who contested his first ever Lok Sabha election, has been appointed the new Minister of Home Affairs in the second edition of the Modi government.Nitin Jairam Gadkari will continue to hold his position as the Minister of Road Transport and Highways. He will also be the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.DV Sadananda Gowda will be the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.Nirmala Sitharaman who was the former Defence Minister in the previous Modi government has replaced her mentor Arun Jaitley as the new Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has been appointed the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.Narendra Singh Tomar is the new Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.Ravi Shankar Prasad will continue as the Minister of Law and Justice and will also be the Minister of Communications and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.Harsimrat Kaur Badal will continue to be the Minister of Food Processing Industries.advertisementThaawar Chand Gehlot is the new Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.Former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been given the prime post of Ministry of External Affairs. He was a key force in India’s relations with the US and China in the past five years of the Modi government. Jaishankar’s appointment as a minister came as a big surprise during the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is the new Minister of Human Resource Development replacing Prakash Javadekar.Arjun Munda is the new Minister of Tribal Affairs.Smriti Zubin Irani, who beat Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf Amethi and turned to be the biggest winner of the Lok Sabha elections, has been handed the Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the Ministry of Textiles. Smriti Irani has replaced Maneka Gandhi.Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the new Minister of Health and Family Welfare, replacing JP Nadda. Vardhan will also be the Minister of Science and Technology andMinister of Earth Sciences.Prakash Javadekar is the new Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.Piyush Goyal continues to hold the Ministry of Railways and will also be the Minister of Commerce and Industry.Dharmendra Pradhan is the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas andMinister of Steel.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will be the Minister of Minority Affairs.Pralhad Joshi will be the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal andMinister of Mines.Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey will be the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy andMinister of State in the Department of Space.Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.MINISTERS OF STATEFaggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.General (Retd.) VK Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.G Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.advertisementSanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.advertisementAlso Read | Complete list of Narendra Modi cabinet with names and detailed portfoliosAlso Read | Amit Shah joins Modi govt: What changes and what may now worry Team Modi-ShahAlso Watch | Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister for second timelast_img read more

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Man Utd’s defensive ‘Hall of Shame’

first_imgManchester United Man Utd’s defensive ‘Hall of Shame’ since Ferdinand & Vidic Goal 20:00 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Phil Jones Chris Smalling Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town FA Cup List Opinion With the Red Devils struggling at the back, Goal looks at those who have tried – and, in most cases, failed – to establish themselves at Old Traffordlast_img read more

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10 months agoArdiles blasts Man Utd legend Neville over Pochettino rumour-mongering

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ardiles blasts Man Utd legend Neville over Pochettino rumour-mongeringby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Spurs star and manager Ossie Ardiles has blasted pundits talking up Mauricio Pochettino’s prospects of a Manchester United move. On Sky Sports, Gary Neville and lead commentator Martin Tyler discussed the speculation surrounding Pochettino and United during Spurs’ win at Everton.And after the match, Ardiles joined several Spurs supporters in criticising Neville’s comments.Ardiles wrote on Twitter: “Very disappointing to see two professionals, Tyler and Neville, not doing what they should: Commentating about the game, and the game only.“NOT about rumours. Very disrespectful to Man Utd, his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and especially to MP and @SpursOfficial players and fans.” last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir asks Army, Defence Ministry to help veteran begging on Delhi streets

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 21:50 IST The Indian Army veteran begging at Connaught Place A-Block, New Delhi. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir on Saturday spotted a man who once served in the Indian Army, begging at Delhi’s Connaught Place.The man, identified as Peethambaran, was seen holding a walking cane in one hand and in the other- a placard saying “I need your help”. It claimed the reason for his begging as he recently met with an accident and has been going through financial difficulties.Gambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army. Gambhir also urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence and Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI) of the Indian Army, to intervene and help the veteran as he is begging on the streets. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Gambhir, whose hometown is New Delhi, said the man he found served in the Army from 1965 to 1971 and can be verified through his ID, which was seen hanging around his neck. The man claimed he participated in the India-Pakistan war and also the India-China conflict in 1967.The Defence spokesperson responded to the ex-cricketer’s tweet within a few hours saying, “We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete.”We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete. @adgpi https://t.co/qA23ZqTHjmDefence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) February 2, 2019Last week, Gautam Gambhir was conferred with the Padma Shri award on Republic Day. He played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup. In December 2018, Gambhir announced his retirement all forms of cricket.advertisementREAD | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsALSO READ | Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadWATCH | Gautam Gambhir slams MS Dhoni’s captaincy decisions during 2012 tri-series in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Gautam Gambhir Gautam Gambhir asks Army, Defence Ministry to help veteran begging on Delhi streetsGambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army.advertisementlast_img read more

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MIND to Award Local and Regional Public Sector Leaders

first_img The event will be held from July 19-20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. A regional leader was first recognised at last year’s leadership conference. Story Highlights The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will recognise an outstanding local and regional civil servant at its annual public sector leadership conference. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will recognise an outstanding local and regional civil servant at its annual public sector leadership conference.The event will be held from July 19-20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Business Development and Communications Director at MIND, Marlene Campbell, told JIS News that the Public Life Award for Leadership Excellence will be presented to public servants, who have demonstrated excellence in achieving results; reflect the priorities of the public service; and promote professionalism and visibility of the service while demonstrating other key competencies.She informed that the MIND Public Life Award for Leadership Excellence was launched in 2013.“MIND decided that in addition to developing leaders, we want to celebrate and recognise excellence as we believe in meritocracy. You work hard, and cause transformation to happen, so we want to identify your good practices, and leadership excellence,” she pointed out.A regional leader was first recognised at last year’s leadership conference.Winners are usually nominated by a committee after thorough research on the achievements of the individuals.Ms. Campbell told JIS News this year’s leadership conference will celebrate public servants, who are considered to be adaptive leaders in keeping with the theme: ‘Adaptive Public Sector Leadership, Changing MINDsets, Challenging Assumptions, Creating Transformation’.last_img read more

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Port of NY NJ Unveils 30Year Plan for Future Growth

first_imgzoomSource: Pxhere under Creative Commons CC0 The Port of New York & New Jersey has revealed a new development framework amid a record growth in cargo volume.The “Port Master Plan 2050” follows an extensive 2½ year review of more than 3,000 acres of port property.The 30-year plan will build on earlier planning work in the 1990s that ultimately led to the deepening of port channels to 50 feet, the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, container terminal expansions, realignment of and capacity enhancements to port roadways and the completion of the port’s USD 600 million ExpressRail network.Release of the master plan comes at a time when the Port of New York and New Jersey is experiencing record cargo growth, which has pushed it into the position of No. 2 in the nation for the first time in two decades, surpassing the Port of Long Beach.During the first five months of 2019, the port set a new all-time record for cargo during that period, handling 3.04 million TEUs.“Our predecessors had the foresight to clearly understand the value of the port to regional jobs and economic activity and made substantial investments that today are paying huge dividends,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.“This plan will continue the momentum we have built and drive this port to new heights that two decades ago would have seemed impossible to achieve.”The primary objectives of the master plan are to provide opportunities for growth through stakeholder engagement; improve the port’s commercial value by investigating opportunities to maximize lease revenue; to continue to serve as an economic engine for the region; and to promote safe, resilient and environmentally sustainable operations in partnership with its tenants.With the completion of the plan, the Port Authority will now begin implementing the key findings and recommendations including a series of further studies, analysis and design work.last_img read more

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Acadia University Gets Innovation Fund Boost

first_imgA Nova Scotia university known for protecting the environment is becoming greener. The province unveiled two projects today, March 28, that will help Acadia University become more energy efficient and reduce costs. One project will bring compressed natural gas, a cleaner energy source than the oil, to the university, and the other project will improve Acadia’s steam distribution system. “Acadia is known across the country for its excellent environmental science and environmental studies programs,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett. “The province is delighted to help Acadia put their beliefs into practice.” Nova Scotia’s 10 universities, like most Canadian schools, face a number of demographic and economic challenges, which means they need to do things differently. Burning cleaner fuel and making the distribution system more efficient makes sense, and it shows students how theory translates into reality. “If our graduates are to help Nova Scotia achieve prosperity that we have not seen for generations, they need to be up to date on the latest developments in their field of study,” said Ms. Jennex. “That’s why the province is investing in universities, in students and in the future.” “We are grateful to the Province for its investment in a project that is a significant component of Acadia’s long-term sustainability plan,” said Ray Ivany, Acadia president and vice-chancellor. “Acadia’s enrolment growth, its expanding list of community partnerships, and the scholarship and research success being achieved by its students and faculty, are all signs of a campus community with significant positive momentum. The compressed natural gas energy conversion project represents an important step towards greater energy efficiency, cost savings and improved environmental performance.” Matthew Rios, president of the Acadia Student Union, agrees. “Acadia students are extremely excited about the announcement today, as it points towards a long-term future at Acadia that is more fiscally and environmentally sustainable,” he said. “The Innovation Fund investment will allow our university to make a significant energy change which reflects our institution’s strong and well-understood environmental values.” The two Acadia University projects have a combined value of about $3.4 million. Earlier this week, the province announced 16 Innovation Fund projects worth $6.1 million. More than $4 million in Innovation Fund projects is also being announced today, for St. Francis Xavier University and Cape Breton University. With these projects, the province will have delivered $15 million from the Innovation Fund to Nova Scotian universities since 2012. Another $10 million will be invested in 2013-14. In addition, the province will deliver $314 million in university operating grants next year. A $25-million Innovation Fund, established in 2011, is helping universities deliver high quality education to their students while exploring ways to permanently reduce their operating costs. Each university is receiving Innovation Fund investments this year to enhance learning opportunities and services for students, to become more energy-efficient, or to make better use of technology.last_img read more

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Rescuers flown to crash site of AN32 aircraft

first_imgNew Delhi: A team of personnel from Indian Air Force, Army and some civil mountaineers were on Wednesday airlifted to a location close to the crash site of an AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal to look for possible survivors, officials said. The wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted on Tuesday in a heavily forested mountainous terrain by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter, eight days after it went missing with 13 people on board. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “A team comprising personnel from IAF, Army and civil mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site,” a spokesperson of the IAF said. Another official said the rescue team will look for possible survivors. The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft was going from Jorhat in Assam to Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with China on June 3 when it lost contact with ground staff at 1 pm, within 33 minutes of taking off. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The IAF launched a massive operation after the aircraft went missing and the wreckage of the plane was spotted on Tuesday at a height of 12,000 feet near north of Lipo locality. The IAF said efforts are on to establish the status of occupants amid fears that chances of any survivor in the one of worst accidents involving a military platform in recent years may be very bleak. The IAF spokesperson said Air marshal RD Mathur, Air officer-commanding-in-chief Eastern Air Command complimented the search team for their relentless effort spanning eight days. Mathur also thanked Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Chief Secretary Satya Gopa for extending unflinching support to the IAF towards locating the missing An-32. “The proud and highly patriotic people of the state have worked tirelessly to help the IAF for a national cause,” said the spokesperson.last_img read more

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TSX rises slightly while US markets fall after interest rate hike

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose slightly while U.S. markets closed down after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates that reinforced the strength of the American economy.Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments about U.S. economic growth is positive for Canada and signals to the Bank of Canada that it too can raise rates without fear of causing the loonie to overheat, says Mike Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions.“A bit more strong economic growth is good for Canada,” he said in an interview.In its commentary, the U.S. central bank removed past references to being “accommodative,” which suggests it will be tempered in rate hikes and may be getting closer to the end of regular increases, said Greenberg.He expects another U.S. increase this year and three in 2019. Further increases will depend on data.“If rates are rising gradually because the economy is doing better, inflation is recovering but not overshooting, that tends to be pretty good for corporates,” he said, adding that the level of rates isn’t restrictive for most companies.“We’re not at that level of interest rates that we would call a choke point for the economy.”Greenberg expects the Bank of Canada to “somewhat follow the path” by increasing its own benchmark rate even though the sensitivity to interest rates is higher in Canada because of elevated consumer debt levels.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 9.78 points to 16,169.28, after hitting a high of 16,241.41 on 232.4 million shares traded.The telecom sector led, followed by consumer discretionary and influential industrials and financials sectors.Gold, healthcare, real estate and materials led on the downside.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed off 106.93 points to 26,385.28. The S&P 500 index was down 9.59 points to 2,905.97, while the Nasdaq composite lost 17.10 points to 7,990.37.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.07 cents US compared with an average of 77.23 cents US on Tuesday.The November crude contract was down 71 cents at US$71.57 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 7.8 cents at US$2.98.The December gold contract was down US$6.00 at US$1,199.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.45 of a cent at US$2.83 a pound.last_img read more

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Lord Tirupati Balaji Brahmotsav Festival Starts in Delhi

first_imgThe Delhi Temple of Shri Venkateswara Swamy Vari, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji will be observing the Annual Brahmotsav Festival from May 15-25, 2019.Spread across 1.2 acres, the Delhi Temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji is located in the heart of New Delhi near Birla Mandir. It is under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and is a replica of the Temple situated at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Brahmotsav, is the most important festival celebrated in Tirumala as it marks Lord Srinivasa’s self-manifestation day by Lord Brahma. The annual Brahmotsav is conducted with the same fervor at the Delhi temple as is done in Tirumala. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDuring the festival, the Utsav-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara (Tirupati Balaji), along with his consorts Padmavati Ammavaru (Mahalakshmi Maa) and Andal Ammavaru (Dharti Maa) is taken out on a procession on different Vahans on the streets around the Temple complex. The major highlights of the festival are Rath Yatra on different Vahans namely Pedda Sesha (seven-headed snake), Chinna Sesha (five-headed snake), Hamsa (swan), Muthya Pupandiri (pearl bower), Simha (lion), Kalpvriksha (wish-fulfing tree), Hanumantha (Hanuman), Sarvabupala (protector of universe), Garuda (eagle), Gaja (elephant), Surya Prabha (sun) and Chandra Prabha (moon). This year 10 vahans have been gifted by ardent devotees to the Delhi Temple of Lord Venkateswara each costing approximately Rs. 2 lacs. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSpecial Pujas such as Abhishek, Kalyan Utasv (Lord Balaji’s marriage), Havan, etc. Mahaprasad will be done daily. The world-famous Tirumala Laddoos will also be available for Rs.100 each. The festival will also feature cultural programmes and special stalls. Praveen Prakash (IAS), Resident Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh and President, LAC, TTD has requested all devotees residing in Delhi and NCR to come forward to join the festivities and support the Delhi Temple Brahmotsav with heart and soul. Devotees may contact the Delhi temple for extending any support and donation.last_img read more

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Annan appalled by murder of 12 Nepalese civilian hostages in Iraq

Mr. Annan was “appalled and dismayed” by the murders of the 12 men and offered his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, according to a statement released by his spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General is particularly disturbed by the cruel nature of these crimes and their use as public spectacle,” the spokesman’s statement read.Saying the taking of hostages or the killing of innocent civilians can never be justified, Mr. Annan called for all hostages in Iraq to be released immediately and appealed to all sides to show respect for human life.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Iraq, Ross Mountain, today discussed developments in Najaf and Sadr City with Minister of State Daoud Kassem.Iraqi authorities invited the United Nations to attend a national conference held today in Baghdad on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Sadr City. The conference was attended by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and members of his cabinet. read more

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Syria talks end with incremental progress but no breakthrough – UN envoy

“We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress,” Staffan de Mistura said at a press conference, following the conclusion of the 10-15 July round of the UN-facilitated talks aimed at ending six years of war in the Middle East country.No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progressReferring to a technical consultative mechanism agreed on in the previous round, he said that “in addition to this technical agreement… there has been a generous effort among them (the opposition) to build something they didn’t have before, trust, mutual trust.”“I would not have imagined two months ago that they would have been sitting in such an intensive and constructive way together in confidence,” the envoy said.He said he intends to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks in early September.“I have asked the parties to be ready to offer clear, substantive positions on issues across all four baskets, and we hope that we will be at least pushing them to sit in the same room.”The “four baskets” are: a credible non-sectarian transitional government; a future constitution; early and free parliamentary elections within 18 months; and a united war against terrorism within Syria. read more

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Major Drilling expands in southern Africa

first_imgMajor Drilling Group International, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, has completed the purchase of the drilling assets of the Longstaff group in southern Africa. These include the operations of Raldril in South Africa, RA Longstaff (Botswana) and R.A. Longstaff Namibia.Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International is one of the world’s largest metals and minerals contract drilling service companies. To support its customers’ mining operations and mineral exploration activities, Major Drilling maintains operations in Canada, the USA, South and Central America, and in Australia, Africa, Indonesia, and Mongolia.last_img read more

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Open thread After last nights win should Giovanni Trapattoni be given more

first_imgGIOVANNI TRAPATTONI IS this morning back in Italy after a long week-and-a-half away from home.The Ireland coach saw his side hammered 6-1 at home to Germany last Friday night in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.And in the days before last night’s win over the Faroe Islands, the manager was forced to defend his position and fight for his reputation.Yesterday speculation mounted that the Italian would be relieved of his duties, whatever the outcome in Toshavn. After the game Liam Brady insisted Trap should be allowed to finish the job he started while the likes of Brian Kerr and Eamon Dunphy insist the Trapattoni era is over for the FAI.So what do you think? Should he stay or should he go?Player ratings: here’s how we rated the Boys in GreenFaroes v Ireland: That one’s for Trap, says James McCarthylast_img read more

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Math geek Detroit Tigers likely to win World Series

first_imgWhen the world of nerds collides with that of athletes, the usual result was once bloodshed (or at least a wedgie or two), but now that nerds are cool and moneyball reigns supreme, things are different. When a math expert runs the numbers for World Series probabilities, people listen.New Jersey Institute of Technology math professor Bruce Bukiet believes that the San Francisco Giants have just a 42% chance of winning the annual baseball championship. In other words, with a 58% chance of winning, the Detroit Tigers are Bukiet’s pick.He believes that the Tigers will clinch victory after five games, meaning the statistical probability says that the Giants should win just one match in the best-of-seven competition.Bukiet is not just some random math geek trying to get his name into the discussion of the World Series. He has been running statistical models for the sport for 12 years. For eight of those years, his predictions have been better than official betting odds.He did correctly predict the Tigers would be the winner in the American League. However, he placed an overwhelming 68% probability for the St. Louis Cardinals to best the Giants. To be fair, though, the Giants overcame tremendous odds that no one expected. The team was down in the championship series by 3-1, so that was a statistical fluke.Of course, statistical flukes are rampant in the world of sports, but now that you know an expert has crunched the numbers and given the edge to the Tigers, you have to admit you’re starting to believe that’s what will happen.NJIT, via Examinerlast_img read more

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Florida bill would make it illegal to remove Confederate statues

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) – A new bill making its way through the Florida Senate would make it illegal to remove confederate statues.House Bill 97, filed by Republican State Rep. Mike Hill for the upcoming 2019 legislative season, has been dubbed the Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act.If passed, it would make it a felony to remove, alter, rename, rededicate or overall disturb a memorial for a veteran, soldier or public servant, save for repairs or for relocation to an equally-prominent location.The bill would also protect Confederate statues, which, according to Fox 35, spurred Hill to file the bill.“Those monuments have been there for decades, some over a hundred years and were not causing a grievance at the time but is all the sudden,” said Hill.However, Hill said the bill is about more than Confederate statues. He also wants to support veterans and those honored through the state’s memorials.“If there is anyone that’s not willing to support that, then I would challenge their patriotism,” Hill told Fox 35. The bill would also protect street signs, schools, parks and other things named as military memorials.To read the full bill, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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