Film Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres to Host Cape Breton Screening

first_img Afghan, directed and produced by Pardis Parker Discrimination of the Dead, directed and produced by Angus Swantee Like Father, directed by Jesse Harley and produced by Chris Turner Pawnshop, directed by Andrew Bush and produced by Angus Swantee Rhonda’s Party, directed by Ashley McKenzie and produced by Nelson MacDonald Super Science, directed by Joel MacKenzie and produced by Mark Purdy The Wake of Calum MacLeod, directed by Marc Almon and produced by Nona MacDermid The screening will be held at Empire Theatres, 325 Prince St., at 7 p.m. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada. Film Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres are expanding their screening night program, featuring local productions, to Cape Breton. The organizations will host a free Short Film Spotlight on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Sydney. The screening nights, held throughout the year, allow local audiences to see homegrown productions and help local filmmakers promote their work. This is the first time this program has been expanded outside of Halifax. “We are excited that Empire Theatres has provided us with the opportunity to expand our program into Sydney,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Expanding this program throughout the province allows us to showcase local productions in Nova Scotia communities to highlight the great talent in our industry.” The following seven short films from Nova Scotia will be screened at the event:last_img read more

Remember Fire Safety During the Holidays

first_imgNova Scotians are reminded to keep fire safety a priority during the holidays. “Holiday lights and Christmas trees are just some of the ways Nova Scotians celebrate the season,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “During this time of joy, following a few simple steps can help keep you, and your family, safe from the risk of fire.” “We do see an increase in certain types of fires when the weather gets colder and people decorate their homes,” said acting Fire Marshal Harold Pothier. “Lights, candles and trees can create fire hazards if they are not cared for and installed properly.” Over the holidays and winter months, always remember to: In addition, Nova Scotians should take care when installing their Christmas lights. Lights should be checked over carefully for wear, installed following the manufacturers instructions and should not be installed with staples. Also, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors must be regularly maintained. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, supplied with fresh batteries and replaced every 10 years. For more information on fire safety, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 1-800-559-3473. take care when cooking or smoking never discard fireplace or wood stove ashes in your green bin. Instead, place them outdoors in a metal container and away from your house. Let the ashes sit for at least 72 hours before disposing them never leave candles unattended. Keep out of the reach of children and pets,and place in a sturdy holder. Battery-operated candles and lights are safe and convenient alternatives water your natural tree, turn out the lights when not in use, and keep it away from heaters or any flammable objects.last_img read more

Province Collaborates on Civic Engagement Webinar for Persons with Disabilities

first_imgThe province is partnering to deliver a webinar to help make municipal elections more accessible for persons with disabilities and encourage more people to take part in the democratic process. “The webinar addresses concerns about accessibility, allowing individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, have vision impairments or experience transportation barriers to participate in municipal elections,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Our goal is to encourage more Nova Scotians, and in this case those with disabilities, to run for local office and increase municipal and school board election voter turnout.” The live webcast, which will be close captioned, will be Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. To register, go to www.ns-municipal-elections.ca/ and follow the Civic Engagement Webinar link up to an hour before the webcast. After entering a name, participants will be logged in. People who have trouble logging in can call 902-494-3456 or 1-800-263-6232. A recording will be available at the website after the event. The Nova League for Equal Opportunities, the Disabled Persons Commission and Dalhousie University’s College of Continuing Education are partnering with the province to deliver the webinar. “Getting involved in community and government is the single most important action a disabled person can take to bring about awareness of their issues,” said former MLA Jerry Pye. “I look forward to sharing my own experience as an elected official and an individual with a disability.” Gail Bruhm, provincial co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities, said the goal is to ensure that all who are eligible to vote, have a chance to cast a ballot. “We are actively working to raise awareness of barriers persons with disabilities face and increase accessibility during the election process in the province,” said Ms. Bruhm. “I have been delivering workshops throughout the province to help increase knowledge of municipal government as well as encourage participation on behalf of Nova Scotians,” said Jack Novack, professor, College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University. “This session differs from our earlier workshops and provides a unique learning experience for the disabled community.” For more information, visit www.ns-municipal-elections.ca/ .last_img read more

New Plan to Improve Fishing Safety

first_imgFishermen, industry and government released a plan today, June 4, in Eastern Passage, aimed at making Nova Scotia’s commercial fishing industry safer. Fishing Safety Now is a plan by and for Nova Scotia’s fishing industry. Developed by the Safe at Sea Alliance – a group of fishermen, family members, industry, safety organizations, community leaders, and government – the plan includes several recommendations to help improve safety. Recommendations include the development of a safety toolkit, more education and awareness of safety requirements, and more training and safety drills. “We need to do something to make the industry safer,” said Dale Richardson, a swordfish and lobster fisherman from Sable River, Shelburne Co., and a Safe at Sea Alliance industry representative. “We won’t fix everything overnight, but by having everyone in the same room – industry, Workers’ Compensation Board, government, Nova Scotia Community College and the Transportation Safety Board, we’re making giant leaps forward.” The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council will take the lead on carrying out the 33 recommendations. “Fishing Safety Now will help grow and expand the work we started in 2012 with the Workers’ Compensation Board and government,” said Lisa Fitzgerald, executive director, Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council. “It provides a clear path forward to improve safety in an industry that means so much to so many.” “True culture change takes time,” said Noël Després, chair of the Fisheries Safety Association. “While we know that some things will be easy to implement fairly quickly, there are some that are complex and will take more time. The good news is that progress has already begun, so we’re off to a strong start.” Highlights from the plan are better awareness of practices and regulations, more safety training and education and reviews of policies and processes for such things as weather forecasting and fisheries management. “Fishermen have led the charge to improve safety across the industry. I commend them for their ongoing commitment,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Their leadership on this plan speaks to their continued efforts to make our fishing industry the safest it can be.” “I think we should all feel proud of this plan and what it means for the future of fishing in Nova Scotia,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “We’re all committed to this work. We’ve built a solid foundation that will ensure these recommendations are carried out. The plan is only the beginning.” Fishing safety is a key part of the province’s Workplace Safety Strategy and the Commercial Fishing Strategy. Since 2007, 35 people have died working in Nova Scotia’s commercial fisheries. In 2013 alone, there were eight deaths; three more fishermen died at work in 2014. So far in 2015, two people have died in fishing related incidents. For a copy of Fishing Safety Now, visit http://www.safeatseans.ca .last_img read more

Province Introduces Legislative Framework for Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

first_img prohibiting driving while impaired by cannabis establishing administrative sanctions for those who drive impaired, including licence suspensions and reinstatement conditions aligning alcohol and drug-related penalties, where applicable, such as longer revocation periods where a child is present or the driver has previous revocations providing law enforcement with the authority to get drivers they suspect of being impaired off the road immediately prohibiting cannabis use of any kind in vehicles, including motorized boats restricting how cannabis can be transported and stored in vehicles establishing zero tolerance for new drivers establishing the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) to be the sole authorized seller of cannabis requiring the NSLC to comply with all federal requirements promoting social objectives for responsible consumption Consumption: restricting public consumption of cannabis, in line with tobacco, through a strengthened Smoke-free Places Act confirming municipalities have the authority to set stricter rules through bylaw providing authority for landlords to amend leases to put reasonable rules in place about recreational cannabis smoking and cultivation with notice; tenants are then able to provide notice of termination Road safety and impaired driving: setting a legal age of 19 for use, purchase, cultivation and possession of cannabis establishing penalties for youth who possess cannabis or adults who provide cannabis or cannabis accessories to young people maintaining federal rules on personal possession in public and home cultivation harmonizing similar fines for alcohol with proposed fines for cannabis Nova Scotia’s new Cannabis Control Act establishes the province’s legislative framework for recreational cannabis legalization. The act was introduced today, April 3, by Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. The Cannabis Control Act establishes rules around the sale, distribution, purchase, possession, cultivation, propagation and harvesting of cannabis. “The legalization of cannabis in Canada is a significant and complex shift for our country. Our number one priority in creating this framework has been the health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially children and youth,” said Mr. Furey. “We consulted widely to collect the thoughts of Nova Scotians, including experts. And we believe our act provides access to recreational cannabis in a responsible and reasonable manner.” The Cannabis Control Act enacts new legislation and amends seven other pieces of legislation, including the Liquor Control Act, Smoke-free Places Act and Motor Vehicle Act. Highlights of the cannabis legislative framework include: Retail and distribution: “MADD Canada is very pleased with the Nova Scotia government’s legislative initiatives to combat drugged driving. Nova Scotia has extended its zero tolerance program for young and new drivers to include drugs which will protect young and new drivers,” said Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada. “These legislative changes will go a long way in reducing drugged driving crashes as Nova Scotia prepares for legalization of cannabis.” Taxation of cannabis will be included in the Financial Measures Act. “Cannabis will be legal but we have to remember that consumption can have serious health implications. We encourage Nova Scotians to make responsible choices when cannabis is legalized,” said Mr. Furey. “In the coming months, government will work with our partners to help educate the public about these new rules and responsible use.” The proposed framework is subject to approval by the House of Assembly. Many provincial laws will not come into effect until federal legislation is proclaimed. For more information on cannabis legalization, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/cannabis . Legal age, possession and cultivation:last_img read more

New Inclusive Education Supports for Students

first_img “I am pleased that more funds will be allocated to increase resources and hoping the changes will happen quickly for the fall,” said Colleen Murphy, parent of a student requiring additional classroom supports. “My son needs a person in the classroom to explain the work, guide them through it one-on-one or within a small group. More support and training for teachers means my son and others like him can receive the support they need to thrive.” Two thirds of teachers surveyed by the commission said they felt insufficiently equipped to deal with increasingly complex classrooms. To help address those learning needs, teachers will receive specialized training, and teacher’s professional learning and development opportunities will be refocused to better support students’ diverse learning needs. Teacher and education assistants will also receive training in autism support and, for the first time, parent navigators will be introduced to help connect parents to services and programs. “Student success cannot be defined only as academic achievement,” said Natalie Hagarty, principal, St. Joseph A. McKay Elementary School. “We need to consider our students’ development and well-being. We are excited to hear of this needs-based approach to funding which will support an equitable and inclusive school experience for our diverse learners.”For more details, ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation . The Commission for Inclusive Education’s full report can be found at, https://inclusiveedns.ca/ . EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT-New Inclusive Education Supports for Students 100 student and classroom supports that include 40 child youth care practitioners and 60 education assistants. 70 specialist teachers with expertise in supporting children with behavioural challenges and complex needs. They include behaviour support teachers, learning and resource teachers and autism supports 11 parent navigators who will help families access available programs and services eight alternative education programs throughout the province six school psychologists and speech language pathologists four student health partnership nurses who will help ensure care plans for students are appropriately implemented two achieve programs that will help students with complex needs better prepare for life after high schoolcenter_img This September, Nova Scotia students will benefit from the hiring of more than 190 people, including child and youth care practitioners, parent navigators, education assistants, psychologists and speech language pathologists, to address student and complex classroom needs, starting with a focus on behaviour and autism supports. “We are 100 per cent committed to taking the steps and making the investments needed to improve inclusive education for students and their families,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Our students need more support to be successful and teachers can’t do it alone.” Government provided an update today, May 8, on the Commission for Inclusive Education’s report, Students First. “I am pleased by the prompt response to the commission’s report and by the infusion of significant additional supports for inclusive education,” said Dr. Sarah Shea, chair of the commission. “It will take time and further resources to fully realize all the goals laid out in the commission report’s blueprint for change, but this is an excellent start. “The planned steps align well with the areas that were identified as priorities and provide more support for students, parents, and educators.” The province is spending $15 million, including $5 million for complex classroom needs, to enable changes to take place for the upcoming school year. By September, the province will have in place the following new resources and training supports:last_img read more

Ecofriendly period options

first_imgUse menstrual cups, biodegradable sanitary napkins or organic tampons to ensure you are environment-friendly during menstruation, suggest experts. Experts have shared some tips that can help you remain hygienic during periods. Biodegradable sanitary napkins: Use biodegradable or cotton sanitary napkins or tampons during menstruation. They are good for your skin and lessen the itchy feeling and rashes. Switch to a sustainable eco-friendly menstrual hygiene products like a menstrual cup or organic tampons. If not comfortable with inserting the product up your vagina, try reusable panties/cloth pads. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveDon’t dispose your sanitary waste in plastic bags. Instead, wrap it in bio-degradable paper or use Oxo-degradable sanitary disposal bags. For your own hygiene: Switch to cotton underwear: Cotton is a breathable material and absorbs moisture. Try to restrict the number of hours spent in a lacey or satin underwear. Get out of sweaty clothes: Wet or damp clothes multiply the risk of bacterial infection in the intimate area. Take a shower and change into fresh and dry clothing post gym/working out or post any form of physical activity. If you can’t shower after swimming or working out, at least change out of your bathing suit or sweaty clothes. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painDon’t forget to change your pad and tampon: With the invention of high-absorbency pads and tampons, it’s easy to forget how important it is to change them regularly. But it’s important to change pad or tampons every three-four hours. No scented products: Douching is a practice of cleaning the vagina from inside which is unnecessary. You don’t need to spray water or any chemicals inside to clean it. However, the external genital area/vulva requires gentle care. Use natural, scent free products, and stay away from anything which promises to make your vagina smell like a bed of roses. Never use two pads simultaneously: Some women who experience heavy flow, tend to use two sanitary pads at one go to control the flow and prevent staining of clothes. This, however, is a bad idea as it can cause infections in the vaginal region. Stick to one and keep changing it often if the flow is more.last_img read more

France launches trial of Macrons new national service for teens

first_imgParis: Nearly two decades after France phased out conscription for men, some 2,000 teenagers Sunday began trialling a new national service, a pet project of French President Emmanuel Macron. For a fortnight, the 15- and 16-year-olds will leave home for training in first aid and other basic skills, followed later by another two weeks of volunteering. Macron caused surprise on the campaign trail in 2017 by promising to introduce a month-long compulsory national service, saying he wanted to give girls and boys “a direct experience of military life”. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe proposal got a cool response from the army, which baulked at the prospect of having to put millions of teens through their paces, prompting the government to come back with proposals for a compulsory civic service instead. Some 2,000 youngsters were chosen out of 4,000 volunteers for the first part of the trial, which started Sunday at boarding schools, holiday villages and university campuses around the country. Each volunteer will leave home for another region for the two weeks, during which time they will be required to wear navy uniforms and sing the “Marseillaise”, France’s national anthem, every morning. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorDescribed as an “integration phase”, the teens will be taught first aid, map reading, and other skills. A second two-week phase, later this summer or during the coming school year, involves work on a “collective project”, such as volunteering with a charity or local government. Macron has billed the service as a way to develop patriotism and social cohesion in a country battling deep divisions between left and right, rich and poor, and religious and non-religious. The programme, which will be written into the constitution, will be rolled out over the next seven years, targeting about 800,000 youngsters per year, eventually becoming compulsory. France requires all citizens to participate in a one-day “Defence and Citizenship” course when they turn 18, which includes a presentation of the country’s military forces and a French language test. Macron is the first French president not to have been called up to serve, having come of age after the compulsory 10 months of military service for school-leaving men was abolished by ex-president Jacques Chirac in 1997, with the last conscripts discharged in 2001. Macron has said his aim is to give young people “causes to defend and battles to fight in the social, environmental and cultural domains.”last_img read more

Safety of Delhiites especially women most important for AAP govt Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the installation of CCTV cameras has started across the city and asserted that safety and security of Delhiites, especially women are “most important” for his government. As per the government’s plan, around three lakh CCTV cameras will be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security in the city. The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has already begun work on the installation of 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Safety and security of our citizen’s esp women is most imp for us. I am glad that CCTV cameras are finally being installed all across the city in such a big way. Cooperation, support and participation of citizens has made it happen,” CM Kejriwal tweeted. In every assembly constituency, 2,000 CCTV cameras are being installed. People who want to get a CCTV camera installed on their house’s outside wall under a Delhi government project will have to give an “undertaking” to provide electricity for the functioning of the device. The government will give subsidy to such people on the power consumed by the CCTV camera, according to legislators of the ruling AAP in the national capital. As per the government’s decision, 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the city under the project, which aims to ensure women safety in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, in their respective constituencies, are distributing a form titled “undertaking” to people who want to install a CCTV camera on the outside wall of their house. The government will give the subsidy to such residents for the consumption of electricity in the functioning of the CCTV camera, AAP MLA Surinder Singh said. “There will be no burden on residents who want to get a CCTV camera installed on the wall of their house as the government will give subsidy for it. In the form, residents will have to mention their CA number or electricity meter number apart from their mobile number to avail the subsidy from the government,” Singh, the MLA from Delhi Cantt, said. Two thousand cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies here. Last month, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Labour Minister Gopal Rai and Urban Development Minster Satyendar Jain had launched CCTV camera project in their respective constituencies. Sisodia had said about three lakh CCTV cameras would be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security.last_img read more

Ship with 54 rescued migrants barred from docking in Italy

first_imgMilan: An Italian humanitarian group barred from docking in Lampedusa said Friday that it is refusing to bring 54 migrants rescued at sea to Malta because of the distance and psychological conditions of those on board one of its ships. Mediterranea Saving Humans tweeted that its ship was off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. The migrants were rescued from a rubber dinghy Thursday off Libya. The NGO said the decree is illegitimate because it can’t be applied to a ship carrying people rescued at sea, and because Italy can’t ban an Italian-flagged ship from entering its waters. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Malta says it will take the migrants in a deal with Italy to take an equal number already in Malta. The deal, announced by Malta late Thursday, appears aimed at avoiding what would be the 21st stand-off since Italy’s populist government has begun refusing any port access to humanitarian groups rescuing migrants at sea. Italy has insisted that the Libyan coast guard intervene and the migrants be brought back to Libya, which NGOs say is against maritime law since Libya is not a safe harbor, as emphasized by the bombing of a migrant center this week that killed dozens. Italy argues that the presence of the ships encourages smugglers and that Italy has been unfairly stuck with the burden of managing arrivals from northern Africa for the rest of Europe.last_img read more

Union Budget completely visionless says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the Union Budget 2019 as ‘completely visionless’ and criticised the hike in the price of petrol and diesel that will hit the transport sector, in turn affecting the market and kitchens, leading to hardship of common men.Reacting sharply to the same, Banerjee tweeted on Friday: “Budget 2019 is completely visionless. In fact the total vision is derailed. On top of it, not only have they imposed cess but also special additional excise duty on petrol and diesel leading to price increase by Rs 2.50/litre for petrol and Rs 2.30/litre for diesel. As a result price hike will hit from transport to market to kitchens. Commoners are suffering and suffering. This is Election prize.”last_img

Will give free safety kits to sanitation workers CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his government will give free safety kits to sanitation workers in the national capital. Speaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers.”We are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that no mishaps happen,” Kejriwal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAround 4,000 workers joined the workshop. “When any of our worker dies during the cleaning of Sewers we get so upset and sad. We have to end this at any cost; we have to do this together. This can’t be achieved by Delhi Government or Delhi Jal Board alone, this can be done only when we all work towards it,” said the Chief Minister. “It is not only the government’s job, but you also have to make sure that you don’t get down in the sewer without the safety gear. Don’t think that it’s a two-minute job and take the risk; please be safe and wear the safety gear before you enter any sewer,” he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Each and every life is important. Your lie is very important for you and your family. It is very important for us. I have seen the families of the deceased cry for them. My heart cries when I see them. Please don’t be careless. You all are being given safety gears for free. Please get down in the sewer only after wearing the safety gear. I hope and trust that we don’t hear any sewer deaths at-least in Delhi in future”, Said Kejriwal. “People from all over the country come to Delhi in search of work and settle down here. The population of Delhi is growing at a fast pace with each passing day. We are working on providing electricity, water, roads and sewer at the same pace as the population is growing,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.last_img read more

ED nets Satish Sana Babu the man behind CBI vs CBI battle

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED on Friday night arrested Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Sana Babu, based on whose complaint, the CBI had registered a corruption case against its own former Special Director Rakesh Asthana. The ED arrested Sana from Delhi in connection with a PMLA case it is probing against controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi and others, including former CBI director AP Singh.Sana was produced in Special court here, which granted ED five days custodial remand, remarking that “It is an investigation that is going on for a long time… certain contradictions have appeared… that is why he has been arrested. ED has made the arrest on its own risk.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe ED had registered a money laundering case in the matter in 2017 based on a CBI FIR that accused Qureshi of acting as a middleman to pull favours with several senior public office holders, including Singh. Sana is also part of this probe. In fact, Sana had made a complaint to the CBI last year that threw the agency into an internal war. Former Director Alok Verma got ready to probe Asthana based on Sana’s statement and Asthana subsequently made serious allegations of corruption against Verma. The CBI infighting continued with several officers being transferred; Verma resigned from service and Asthana was moved to the Civil Aviation Bureau and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval somehow came into the mix as it came to light that his phone was allegedly being tapped. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe reason Sana’s complaint rocked the probe agency last October was the seriousness of his allegations. According the subsequent FIR that the CBI registered, there seemed to be a connection between summons being issued to Sana, illegal gratification received by Asthana, Devinder Kumar, and Samanth Goel (public officials) and the relief provided to Sana subsequently. Sana was summoned by the CBI four times between October and December and it was allegedly agreed upon that Rs 5 crore needed to be paid to stop further harassment. Rs 3 crore was allegedly paid on December 10 and 13, 2017, after which the summons to Sana stopped. The businessman, however, was being pressurised to pay the rest of the amount, Rs 2 crore. Interestingly, Asthana had claimed that it was former director Alok Verma who had taken the Rs 2 crore to provide relief to Sana. The Central Bureau of Investigation is still probing the case against Rakesh Asthana.last_img read more

Intl Tiger Day Measures in place to augment tiger population says CM

first_imgKolkata: The tiger population in the Sunderbans have gone up to 88 from 76 in 2014. The tiger census for the entire country that was released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday to mark the occasion of International Tiger Day has pointed out this rise in tiger count much to the delight of the state Forest department. The count in the year 2010 was 70. The data has been compiled by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Today is #InternationalTigerDay. The tiger is an endangered species. We must save our tigers. In #Bangla, augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated. In Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, radio collaring and monitoring of tiger is continuing,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted. State Forest minister Bratya Basu said: “The growth of tigers in the Sunderbans is encouraging. We are constantly striving towards creating an ecosystem which is friendly for both man and animal in the forests.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA senior official of the state Forest department credited the rise in the count to public cooperation. “The incidence of tiger straying in human territory and vice versa has also been kept in check by putting up of nylon nets at different strategic locations,” the official added. There are also certain restrictions imposed on trawlers and mechanized boats used by fishermen for venturing into the core forest areas for catching fishes. “Fishing is one of the prime activities of the villagers inhabiting the islands of the Sunderbans and we have to maintain a balance between allowing them to catch fish and at the same time prevent man-animal conflict in the process,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the tiger census in the Sunderbans was undertaken in October-November 2018. The camera traps at the Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar have captured the presence of tiger on more than one occasions in 2018-19 but during the counting exercise that lasted for eight days, the presence of the animal was not found. Photographs of the big cat have also been captured from Neora Valley, the only virgin forest in the state situated at Kalimpong district. Three photographs of the animal have been found since January 2017. “Neora Valley could not be brought under the census exercise as there was some disturbance in the Hills when the count was held on March 2018,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the 2018 census has been the most technologically intensive wildlife enumeration exercise ever undertaken in the country. Android phone applications of M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status) — a software introduced in 2010 by the NTCA was used extensively. The software enables both data collection and analysis. The application logs earlier findings in an area, authenticate the findings through geo-tagging of photos, and this results in more accurate assessment of tiger numbers.last_img read more

Court seeks status report on security of Unnao rape victim

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing with the Unnao trial on a day-to-day basis as per the directives of the Supreme Court, a Delhi court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to submit a status report on the security arrangements being provided to the Unnao rape victim, her family, and other witnesses in the case.Principal sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma, in whose court the cases are being tried, also asked the central probe agency for a report on the boarding and lodging arrangements in place for the family members of the rape victim, who was just last night airlifted to AIIMS here from Lucknow. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Tis Hazari court here had on Monday started hearing the Unnao cases and ordered that the main accused in the rape case – expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associate Shashi Singh – be shifted to Tihar jail in the Capital. The cases were shifted to the Delhi court after the Apex court had taken suo moto cognizance of the 19-year-old rape victim’s accident, that landed her and her lawyer in critical condition, killing two of her aunts. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe rape victim’s car was hit by a truck in a head-on collision on a highway in Raebareily district. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had last week ordered the CBI to complete its probe in the accident case and file a chargehseet by August 14 and asked that the four other cases be tried in a Delhi court. The CBI has already filed a chargesheet against Sengar and Singh for the rape of the teenager and another chargehseet against the expelled BJP leader’s brother, Atul Sengar for the murder of the Unnao rape victim’s father, who was killed in custody of UP Police. Out of the total five cases related to the Unnao rape, four have been shifted to the Capital, to be tried in the court of the principal sessions judge.last_img read more

No proposal for use of demolished Ravidas temple land pending before govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot on Friday said that no proposal for use of the land upon which the Sant Ravidas temple in the Tughlaqabad area once stood, is pending before Arvind Kejriwal-led government.Shifting the responsibility on the Centre, Delhi environment minister Gahlot explained that if the government receives any proposal for any non-forest use then after consideration it forwards the matter to the central government for acceptance. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Any proposal for diversion for non-forest purpose use coming to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will be forwarded to the Center for final acceptance after consideration by the state government. Currently, there is no such proposal pending before the state government,” the statement issued by Gahlot reads. Gahlot clarified that the Delhi government has no intention of leasing out the land to any private party for the planting of commercial crops or for any purpose other than replanting of the forest area. The minister cited that the 800 acres of land is a protected forest under the Forest Protection Act, 1980 and hence will not be used for any other purpose unless directed by the Center. “Under Forest Conservation Act, 1980, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force in a state, no state Government or other authority shall make, except with the prior approval of the Central Government, any order directing that any forest land or any portion thereof may be used for any non-forest purpose,” it added. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) razed the temple in Tughlaqabad village, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order, on August 10. Following the demolition, various political outfits and devotees took to the streets to register their protest. The protests also led to the arrest of Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 96 others. On Monday, the Supreme Court warned against politicising the demolition of the temple.last_img read more

Varsity to act over incorrect info on JU VC in Google search

first_imgKolkata: The authorities of Jadavpur University has stumbled upon a peculiar problem as the Wikipedia option in google search engine designates varsity vice chancellor with a different name and a Hindi film dialogue beside his name.The Information Technology cell of the university has been asked to enquire into the matter. A senior official of the university said that there is nothing wrong with VC Suranjan Das’s name in the original website of JU or in the independent Wikipedia but when someone goes in the google search bar and types “Jadavpur University Wikipedia” the search leads to a different name of Das and a Hindi film dialogue in bracket written beside that name. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “It is very strange. But, as soon as the matter came to my notice on Friday I immediately asked our IT cell to look into the matter. They have been asked to probe the matter and submit a report which they will be doing soon. After examining the report we will take the decision about complaining to the Cyber Cell of Kolkata Police,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, Pro vice-chancellor of adavpur University . It is learnt that Bhattacharjee has already spoken with Das and the latter has urged him to do the needful. The university has tried to rectify the blooper but had failed to do so. There has been more than one occasion when in December 2014 and April 2015, the website of JU was hacked. Things were sorted out in consultation with the IT cell of the varsity.last_img read more

Long successful sewage plant battle leaves Mr Floatie pooped ready to retire

first_imgVICTORIA – A mascot that helped raise a stink about the dumping of raw sewage into the waters off Victoria is about to be retired.Mr. Floatie was created by elementary school teacher James Skwarok on April Fool’s Day in 2004 as part of the spoof organization People Opposed to Outfall Pollution, or POOP.Brown and more than six-feet-tall, the Mr. Floatie costume resembled his organization’s acronym and came to represent the lack of progress on the development of a secondary-sewage treatment plant for Greater Victoria.Skwarok and his Mr. Floatie character decided to voluntarily step down after the region adopted a plan last September to build a treatment facility by 2020, ending the flow of unfiltered waste directly into the Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca.Mr. Floatie is slated to make one of his last public appearances Friday at a ceremony in Seattle to mark his retirement, hosted by the Canadian consul general and attended by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and area tourism representatives.The lack of sewage treatment has angered U.S. officials who recently called for a tourism boycott if the region did not stop dumping an estimated 130-million litres of effluent a day into waters between B.C. and Washington state. (CFAX)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled the last name of James Skwarok.last_img read more

Backcountry closures due to wildfires put further economic damper on BC region

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Businesses in British Columbia’s wildfire-ravaged Cariboo region are bracing for more economic hardship after the closure of much of the backcountry during peak tourism season.Executive director Claudia Blair of the Williams Lake Visitor Centre says trails are closed and travellers are limited in what they can do in the popular summer destination.Blair says businesses have already lost thousands of dollars since the city and surrounding area was evacuated last month due to wildfires and about 40 per cent of residents have not yet returned home.She says she’s never seen such an economic downturn in 31 years in the area where mills and stores have been forced to close temporarily and the livestock industry has been decimated.Restrictions to access in the Cariboo fire centre that cover 103,000 square kilometres of Crown lands went into effect last Friday as the province continues to battle the worst fire season since the 1950s.The ban is intended to maintain safety and prevent any human-caused fires and is expected to remain in place until Sept. 5 but could be lifted earlier if conditions improve.last_img read more