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Janakpuri first to achieve 100 waste segregation at source

first_imgNew Delhi: In a first for the Capital, SDMC’s Janakpuri South ward has set an example for the rest of Delhi by achieving 100 per cent solid waste segregation at the household level. All the 29 colonies with nearly 10,000 households in Janakpuri’s ward number 16(S) have found a way to inculcate the habit of segregating waste at the source into their daily lives.According to data put out by the SDMC, almost 10.5-ton waste from the ward was segregated at source between April 23 and May 10, with the community achieving a 100 per cent score finally on May 11. This data clearly points towards the changing attitudes of residents about waste management, cleanliness, and environmental issues arising out of disorganised garbage disposal. Residents have become used to the idea of segregating waste at the source, thus encouraging recycling and reuse of waste to a great extent. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn fact, Resident Welfare Associations in all the 29 colonies have been constantly urging and guiding residents in their areas to properly go through solid waste segregation and how to process wet waste at their households. As a result, wet waste is being converted to manure and reducing the amount that needs to be transported. The municipality said that nearly 3-ton wet waste is being processed in this manner on a daily basis. The SDMC said that it is saving up to Rs 8,000 on a daily basis, with annual savings estimated at Rs 29 lakh, as a consequence of such environment-friendly methods. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAs part of encouraging the work of municipality staff that has led to such results, the SDMC awarded a number of “paryavaran sainiks”, rag pickers, and RWA office bearers with certificates of appreciation. SDMC Additional Commissioner Umesh Tyagi noted the role of municipal-level workers in achieving this feat, while Deputy Commissioner Purva Garg reminded all community stakeholders to continue their efforts for cleanliness as “swachhata needs to be integrated as part of habit”.last_img read more

Chorus grows to change Sidhus portfolio

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Friday joined the chorus blaming Navjot Singh Sidhu for Congress’ poor performance in the state and said his action during the parliamentary elections had not only harmed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh but also party President Rahul Gandhi. He also hit out at the cricketer-turned-politician, asking him to quit if he could not work with the Chief Minister. Dharamsot’s reaction came a day after Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu’s inept handling of the local government for Congress’ debacle in urban areas and said he intended to change his portfolio. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The Chief Minister said the urban vote bank had been the backbone of the Congress in the state but Sidhu’s failure to do any development work had hurt the party, which had performed well in the rural areas in these elections. Asked if the party leadership would agree to a change in Sidhu’s portfolio, Amarinder Singh said he had raised the issue some months ago, but the party decided to take a call on it after the Lok Sabha elections. The Chief Minister said he was confident that both Rahul Gandhi and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would agree to the decision in the interest of the state and the party.last_img read more

LS polls experience will come in handy during Delhi assembly election CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Preparatory work for the Delhi assembly polls will begin soon and experiences from the recently-concluded general elections will come in handy in conducting that exercise, the Delhi CEO said on Monday. Addressing a press conference here, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh also said the entire election machinery worked in tandem to conduct the Lok Sabha polls here in a “well-managed” way.”There was no challenge in conducting the elections here, and no particular biggest challenge as such,” he said in response to a question. Three things are of importance in elections –first is the voters list and and that aspect we managed well. Some issues had come up, but then we engaged all stakeholders and raised awareness in larger public interest,” Singh said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe second thing is to conduct elections as per laws and Election Commission guidelines. Since, it’s is a very technical and rigorous exercise and requires a lot of training and application, this was done with proper care, he said. “The third aspect is cooperation of other support systems to ensure a free and fair, and transparent and ethical election, through model code of conduct (MCC) enforcement, which we did. MCC enforcement was a very important element in conduct of elections,” Singh said. Asked about the preparations for the forthcoming Delhi assembly polls, the CEO said, “Our next challenge or next assignment would be the assembly polls here.”last_img read more

Ker HC quashes rape case after man marries victim

first_imgKochi: The Kerala High Court has allowed a petition seeking to quash a rape case on the ground that the parties have compromised and that the petitioner has married the victim.The man, the petitioner, was the accused in a case filed in the Court of the Judicial First Class Magistrate-1, Pathanamthitta. He was accused of committing an offence punishable under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. Quashing the rape case, Justice R Narayana Pisharadi in his recent judgement observed the circumstances of the case would show that the woman had given consent for intercourse on the promise made by the petitioner that he would marry her. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”In fact, she has given a statement to the police to that effect. The petitioner had no fraudulent intention in making the promise that he would marry the first respondent. The promise made by him to marry the prosecutrix was not a false promise made only with the intention to satisfy his lust. “This is evident from the fact that he married the victim within a short period after the incident. It is a marriage solemnised under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 and not merely a registration of marriage under Section 15 of that Act,” the High Court said in its order. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn such circumstances, it has to be found that what occurred was only acknowledged consensual physical relationship between the parties, the court said. The court further observed that in this factual scenario, prosecution of the petitioner for committing an offence of rape would be an abuse of the process of the court. “Continuation of the prosecution will cause embarrassment to the couple and it would create discord in their happy matrimonial life. Even if the prosecution against the petitioner is continued, prospects of an ultimate conviction is remote and bleak,” the court said while quashing the case, exercising its power under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Quoting various judgements by the Supreme Court in such cases, the verdict said there is a clear distinction between rape and consensual sex. The court, in such cases, must very carefully examine whether the accused had actually wanted to marry the victim or had mala fide motives and had made a false promise of marriage only to satisfy his lust. If the accused has not made the promise with the sole intention to seduce the prosecutrix (victim) to indulge in sexual acts, such an act would not amount to rape, it said. The Court said there may be a case where the prosecutrix agrees to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do.last_img read more

Cabinet approves extension of PMKISAN scheme to all farmers

first_imgNew Delhi: Fulfilling its poll promise, the Modi 2.0 government approved a proposal to extend the benefit of Rs 6,000 per year under the PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers in the country. The decision was taken in the first Cabinet meeting of the new NDA government, which came back to power, winning over 350 seats. In its manifesto for 2019 general elections, the BJP had promised to extend the scheme to all farmers. A highly placed source said, “The Cabinet today approved extension of the PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers”. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Rs 75,000 crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi (PMKSS) was announced in the interim budget, under which the government decided to provide Rs 6,000 per year (in three equal installments) to an estimated 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding land up to 2 hectares. Already, 3.11 crore small farmers have so far received the first tranche of Rs 2,000 each under the PM-Kisan scheme and 2.75 crore peasants have got the second instalment as well, as per the official data.last_img read more

Modi performs yoga with 30000 people in Ranchi

first_imgRanchi: Prime Minister Narendera Modi performed yoga along with around 30,000 people in Ranchi on Friday on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day.The session continued for around 45 minutes at the Prabhat Tara ground here. The Prime Minister first addressed the participants before the session began. “Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. I thank people for adopting Yoga. I urge people to embrace it,” Modi said in his address prior to the session. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceHe also spoke in English for a few minutes to reach out to the global audience.Saying “Yoga is beyond caste, religion, region and any boundaries”, the Prime Minister added “there is a solution to alcoholism and diabetes in Yoga”. “This year, Yoga’s theme is Heart Care. There has been a manifold increase in the heart-related problems in the country, particularly among the young generation. Yoga should be adopted as preventive measure,” the Prime Minister added. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeThe session was conducted by M. Baswa Reddy, director of the New Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute.Different forms of yoga postures, including how to control blood pressure and strike metal peace, were performed. After the session was over, the Prime Minister spent time with the participants, where children and youth even clicked selfies and shook hands with Modi.”IT was a great moment for us to see our prime Minister from nearby,” said a participant. Echoing her view, another woman said: “I could not shake hand with the Prime Minister but his aura was enough.”Modi was accompanied by Jharkhand Governor Draupdi MUrmu, Chief Minister Raghubar das, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik, state Health Minister Ramchandra Kesari, along with other senior government officials.International Yoga Day is celebrated annually since its inception by Modi in 2015.last_img read more

Over 190 lakh perform Amarnath Yatra in 15 days

first_imgJammu: Over 1.90 lakh pilgrims performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in 15 days as another batch of 3,967 yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Tuesday.Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Cave shrine, said since it started on July 1 this year, 1,93,545 pilgrims had darshan inside the Cave shrine over the past 15 days.Police said another batch of 3,967 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu for the Valley in two escorted convoys today morning. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Of these, 1,615 Yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,352 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.Situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas, the Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees. The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.Pilgrims approach the Cave shrine either through the longer 45-kilometre long Pahalgam route or the shorter 14-kilometre long Baltal route. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyThose using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after performing the Yatra.Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps.Local Muslims are lending a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren can perform the Yatra with ease and convenience to uphold the centuries old tradition of Kashmir, abode of saints and Sufis.So far, 16 pilgrims have died during the Yatra due to natural causes, according to the officials of the SASB.This year’s Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.last_img read more

JK special status scrapped in unconstitutional manner Priyanka

first_imgSonbhadra (UP): In her first reaction to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday said it was done in an unconstitutional manner. The manner in which it has been done is totally unconstitutional and against the principles of democracy,” she told reporters Umbha, the village where 10 tribals were killed in July in a land dispute. “There are rules that have to be followed when such things are done, which have not been followed,” she said. The Congress general secretary said her party always stood for safeguarding the Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Unlike the BJP where only one voice is heard, in the Congress every voice is given importance and properly discussed to reach a conclusion,” she said. Last week, Parliament adopted a resolution approving a government move to scrap provisions of Article 370 which gave J&K a special status under the Constitution and also passed a Bill splitting J&K into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Umbha village, nearly a month after the UP administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur.last_img read more

PM Modi visits Jaitleys residence

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the family members of former Union minister Arun Jaitley at his residence here on Tuesday and offered floral tributes to a portrait of the departed leader. Jaitley (66) passed away at the All Institute of medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived at Jaitley’s residence earlier and received the prime minister along with Rohan Jaitley, the former Union finance minister’s son. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Other family members were also present when Modi walked in and spoke to Jaitley’s wife and children. The prime minister spent about 20-25 minutes at Jaitley’s residence. Modi was on a three-nation tour when the senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) passed away. He had spoken with Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta and son Rohan on Saturday. Addressing a gathering in Bahrain, the prime minister had said: “I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain, while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more. Some days ago, we lost our former external affairs minister behen Sushma (Swaraj) Ji. Today, my dear friend Arun went away.” Modi returned to India early Tuesday morning. Rohan immersed his father’s ashes in the Ganga in Haridwar on Monday.last_img read more

India tells Russia to get OPEC to price oil at reasonable rates

first_imgNew Delhi: India has nudged Russia to use its influence on oil suppliers cartel OPEC to balance the global oil market, ensuring adequate supply with responsible and reasonable price. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on a three-day visit to Moscow, met his Russian counterpart Alexander Valentinovich Novak to review “the entire spectrum of oil and gas cooperation,” Pradhan said in a tweet after the meeting. India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, has been pressing the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for responsible pricing of oil and gas, saying the volatility in rates are far detached from market fundamentals and are hurting importing nations. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRussia is collaborating with the OPEC in fixing oil production quota with a view to controlling the prices. “Discussed with Minister Novak about the price volatility in the global oil market that is hurting the interests of both consuming and producing nations,” Pradhan said in another tweet. “Also conveyed our expectation that Russia, as a member of the OPEC Plus, can play an important role in balancing global oil market both in terms of ensuring adequate supply as well as in having a responsible and reasonable price.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia imports over 83 per cent of its crude oil needs. Of the total crude oil imported, about 85 per cent of comes from OPEC nations. Also, 80 per cent of gas imports come from those countries. India believes OPEC has a major role in shaping oil prices and availability, and the current high oil prices dent economic development of many countries as well as threaten already fragile world economic growth. Pradhan also discussed with Novak interest of Indian firms in investing more in Russian oil and gas fields. He also sought Russian investment in Indian oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), oil refining, petrochemicals and LNG import facilities. “Minister Novak and I met with over 20 CEOs and senior representatives of Indian and Russian oil & gas companies both in public and private sector,” he said. “Discussions recognized that there are still enormous opportunities for investments in oil and gas assets in Russia, and Russian investments in new initiatives launched to transform India into a gas-based economy through CGD, LNG terminals and use of natural gas in transportation, and expanding E&P opportunities and also refining capacities.” CGD is city gas distribution network that retail CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is super-cooled natural gas that turns into liquid for ease of transportation in ships. “We agreed to propose concrete recommendations including a roadmap and action plan for cooperation in the oil & gas sector to the Eastern Economic Forum and 20th Annual Bilateral Summit between Hon. Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi and President Putin,” Pradhan said in another tweet. Pradhan had on Thursday met officials of Russian oil firm Rosneft to discuss collaboration between the two nations. A Rosneft-led consortium had in 2017 bought Essar Oil that operates 20 million tonne refinery at Vadinar and over 5,500 petrol pumps in the country, for $12.9 billion. Essar Oil has since been renamed Nayara Energy. Pradhan is in Moscow ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia. Modi will be the chief guest at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok between September 4 and 6. Modi would also meet the Russian President for the annual summit. Energy-hungry India is keen on sourcing one million barrels per day of oil and oil-equivalent gas from Russia and had identified Sakhalin-3 in the Far East, Vankor in East Siberia, and Terbs and Titov oilfields in Timan Pechora region as fields for potential collaboration. But, it has so far been unsuccessful in its attempts. OVL already has 20 per cent stake in Sakhalin-1 oil and gas field in Far East Russia, and in 2009 acquired Imperial Energy, which has fields in Siberia for $2.1 billion. Russia is wooing Indian investments in its Far East region ahead of Modi’s Vladivostok visit to balance China’s expanding presence in the resource-rich region.last_img read more

Woman intervenes in couples fight takes bullet

first_imgNEW DELHI: Intervening into a fight between a couple proved dangerous for a woman who was shot by the man in Delhi’s Narela area on Saturday, leaving her critically injured. The 21-year-old woman sustained a bullet injury and is battling for her life in the hospital.According to the police, the incident took place at around 10.05 pm on Friday night when Rachna (the victim) tried to stop the quarrel between Javed and his wife in Narela’s Sector B2. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”During the initial investigation, it was revealed that the accused Javed left his wife at her parents home but late in the evening he returned to take her back forcibly. But as she refused a fight broke out between the duo,” said a senior police official. The loud noises from the house caught the attention of the neighbours and a woman came to intervene in the fight. “Soon after that, Rachna, a neighbour tried to intervene but the accused shot her and fled from the spot. Rachna is still undergoing treatment and she is out of danger,” said the police official.last_img read more

Def Min condoles death of Armys canine soldier Dutch

first_imgNew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday condoled the death of Army’s “canine soldier” Dutch, credited with successfully sniffing out explosives during several military operations. The Raksha Mantri has expressed his condolences at the death of ‘Dutch’ a ‘Canine Soldier’ who recently died after serving the Army and the nation for years,” tweeted the Office of Defence Minister. “Dutch was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops (sic), it added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Nine-year-old Dutch, a labrador, died due to natural causes on September 11 and the memorial service was held at the Tezpur-based 19 Army Dog Unit in Assam. #ArmyCdrEC condoles the death of ‘Dutch’ a 9 yr old ED dog who died on 11 Sept. He was a decorated dog of #EasternCommand who was instrumental in identifying IEDs in various CI/CT Ops. A real hero in service to nation. #Salute @adgpi @SpokespersonMOD, (sic) the Eastern Command of the Army had tweeted on Saturday.last_img read more

Top Mountie refuses to admit officers werent prepared for Moncton shooting

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – A senior Mountie has refused to admit that front line officers who responded to a shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., didn’t have the proper training or equipment to handle the heavy-armed gunman.“I can’t admit that,” Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau testified Tuesday at the RCMP’s Labour Code trial.The RCMP is accused of failing to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction, equipment and training in an active-shooter event.Carbine rifles were not available to front line officers during Justin Bourque’s shooting rampage on June 4, 2014, and Crown witnesses have testified the high-powered weapons could have made a difference in the tragedy that killed three Mounties and wounded two others.Brosseau said he worked on the carbine program for about a year beginning in January 2011 and that it was his highest concern at the time.He said his team conducted research on which rifle should be chosen, how they would be deployed across the country and how to justify to the public arming front line officers with semi-automatic rifles.Brosseau said he made several presentations about the progress of the carbine project to the RCMP’s senior executive committee that year, and said it was clear to him that acquiring carbines for front line officers was a high priority for the top brass.“It had a very high priority for me and for the rest of the directorate… and needed to move forward with haste,” the defence witness told Judge Leslie Jackson in Moncton provincial court.“Underlying it all, frankly, was the need to ensure and maximize officer and public safety.”Carbines have a greater range and accuracy than the officers’ pistols, the trial has heard.Under cross examination, Crown prosecutor Paul Adams noted the carbine program was about addressing an identified gap in the firearms capabilities of front line Mounties — and Brosseau agreed.He then asked Brosseau: “Would you admit that responding members and supervisors were not appropriately equipped and trained to respond to the active shooter event incident on June 4, 2014?”Brosseau refused to admit that, prompting Adams to grill him on that point.He noted the witness had told the senior executive committee that carbines were needed for front line officers to deal with those types of situations. Adams asked if Brosseau was contradicting his own statements to the committee.“Are you suggesting, nonetheless, they were properly equipped and trained?” said Adams of the Mounties who went up against Bourque’s semi-automatic rifle and shotgun, noting they did not have carbines.Brosseau paused and replied: “I can’t admit that they weren’t. It was a horrible tragedy, no doubt. I don’t know that additional training or having a patrol carbine that day would have made a difference.”Adams then said: “No, you’re not going to admit to anything, because admitting to that would be an admission of guilt.”The C8 carbine was approved in September 2011.Brosseau, who has a master’s degree in law from Harvard University, conceded under cross examination that he has had conversations with the RCMP’s lawyers about the force’s Labour Code trial and was briefed on the evidence presented thus far before taking the stand.Later Tuesday, an expert on the militarization of police — which refers to the use of military equipment, tactics and culture by law enforcement — was called to the stand by the defence.Dr. Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., said the phenomenon can have a number of unintended consequences, calling it “a slippery slope.”“The prevailing logic would be that this would result in increased officer safety and public safety. I’m not saying that isn’t true. I’m just saying that in the U.S. experience, that hasn’t necessarily been the case,” Kraska said.He noted “warrior” and “survival” training has taught officers in his country to shoot earlier, and that some officers are acting in a more aggressive way, which can potentially create volatile situations and erode public trust — the very people they serve.He pointed to the fatal April 29 shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a Texas police officer, who fired his service rifle at a car full of teenagers as they drove past him to leave a party.Police had responded to a call for underage drinking when they heard gunshots outside.Kraska conceded under cross examination that his 30 years of research on the militarization of police examined U.S. police forces and not Canadians ones.But he described the U.S. as a “cautionary tale.”“(U.S.) police departments have moved down the militarization continuum and taken tangible steps that way, which have led to a host of unintended consequences. I’m in no way predicting that will be the case here in Canada,” said Kraska, who said he did not study the incident in Moncton.“I do know that… arming (general duty officers) with carbines and military-grade armour is a significant step down the militarization continuum and my research has shown unequivocally it’s those kinds of changes that led to significant problems.”Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

QuickList July inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.2 per cent in July, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.0 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island: 1.8 (1.2)— Nova Scotia: 0.9 (0.5)— New Brunswick: 1.4 (2.0)— Quebec: 0.9 (0.6)— Ontario: 1.2(1.3)— Manitoba: 0.9 (0.2)— Saskatchewan: 0.8 (0.5)— Alberta: 1.0 (0.4)— British Columbia: 1.9 (1.7)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)last_img read more

Nova Scotia cable station that relayed news of Titanic to be demolished

first_imgHAZEL HILL, N.S. – A Nova Scotia cable station that relayed breaking news about the sinking of the Titanic and the end of the First World War will soon be demolished.The former Commercial Cable building in Hazel Hill — built in 1888 and shuttered in 1962 — carried a daily average of 3,000 messages from all over the world.A local group, the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society, had been working to preserve the brick building that overlooks Hazel Hill Lake, but announced three years ago it had exhausted attempts to find a sustainable use for the structure.Barry Carroll, chief administrative officer of the District of Guysborough, says the society turned the building over to the municipality last month.“That’s officially been done, and as a result the municipality has made the decision for safety reasons, based on engineering recommendations, that we’re going to move ahead with demolition,” said Carroll.“Not something we had budgeted, but something that’s a necessity from a safety perspective.”The two-and-a-half storey brick and granite structure with arched windows is one of the few surviving trans-Atlantic cable stations, according to Canada’s Historic Places website.The building was listed in 2006 on the Historic Places register, where it is described as once being a vital link for North American newspapers and key part of communication between stock exchanges in London and New York.The register’s “statement of significance” says workers and their families were brought from England to operate the station, and a small community built to support it.“Hazel Hill was one of the few planned ‘white collar’ communities in North America. To support its highly educated workforce, the Commercial Cable Company not only built its employees new and stylish homes, but amenities such as a tennis court, cricket field, curling rink, and a manager’s home complete with a ballroom,” it said.Local officials have more recently been focused on plans to become the future home of Canada’s only commercial spaceport.In March, Maritime Launch Services Ltd. announced it has committed to establishing a launch complex in the community of Canso, a five minute drive from Hazel Hill.The Halifax-based company, which is a joint venture of three U.S.-based firms, said it chose the area after an assessment of 14 potential locations across North America.The facility would launch medium-sized rockets on a due south trajectory.The area now has perhaps 500 residents, less than half its 2006 population, according to Statistics Canada.(CJFX, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Calgary MP Darshan Kang resigns from Liberal caucus

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary MP Darshan Kang is resigning from the Liberal caucus amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a young female staffer in his office.He says he wants to focus on clearing his name and doesn’t want to distract from the good work carried out by the governing Liberals.Kang has strenuously denied the allegations and has vowed to defend his reputation at all costs.The woman who has come forward worked in Kang’s Calgary constituency office.The NDP had called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend Kang from caucus, but Trudeau has said the matter is being handled through a recently created independent process for resolving such matters.Under the process adopted by the House of Commons in 2014, when there is no mediated resolution to a harassment complaint, an external investigator is hired to review the facts.Either the complainant or the respondent can appeal if they’re unsatisfied with the investigator’s final report, requiring an appeal panel to be appointed consisting of one member chosen by the complainant, one by the respondent and an external expert.“I appreciate that Parliament has provided for due process, and a fair and objective policy for resolving this matter,” Kang said in a statement Thursday night.“I also very much appreciate that I am being provided an opportunity to provide my perspective to the independent investigator.”last_img read more

Liberals Conservatives statistically tied NDP distant third poll

first_imgOTTAWA – A new poll conducted by Ekos Research and commissioned for The Canadian Press suggests the Liberals find themselves statistically tied with a resurgent Conservative Opposition.The New Democrats —  reeling from a disappointing 2015 campaign and lengthy leadership race —  remain a distant third, driving home the political challenge confronting newly elected NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.Ekos president Frank Graves says the numbers suggest the Liberals have finally come back to earth after enjoying a massive lead in public support after the 2015 election — an advantage they managed to maintain for more than a year.The Ekos-Canadian Press poll, which puts the Liberals at 34 per cent, the Conservatives at 33 per cent and the NDP at 15 per cent, surveyed 4,839 people during the last two weeks of September, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Graves says he believes the Liberals will be watching the Conservative numbers closely, as well as the NDP, which is likely to be targeting many of the progressive voters who supported Justin Trudeau’s party in 2015.He also says the poll suggests that the Liberal government’s controversial tax reforms — criticized by opposition parties as well as many doctors, farmers and small business owners — are not having a significant impact among Liberal or potential Liberal voters.last_img read more

Canadian universities sign off on pledge to greater diversity accessibility

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian universities have done a great job making their campuses more accessible for students with disabilities, but now have to turn more attention to helping those students get jobs, one of Canada’s leading disability advocates told a room full of university presidents Wednesday.Rick Hansen, a former paralympian whose foundation is devoted to making the world a more accessible place, spoke to the presidents in Ottawa on Wednesday, just before they voted to make a public commitment to seven principles of diversity.Presidents of about 60 schools that are members of Universities Canada voted to adopt the principles which include a commitment to identify and remove barriers for women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and people with disabilities when it comes to university hiring practices, leadership roles and the student body.Dawn Russell, president of St. Thomas University in Fredericton and a board member of Universities Canada, said that includes conducting surveys of member schools to collect data on how universities are currently doing on diversity issues and setting benchmarks that will be updated and reported on regularly.Data on diversity on Canadian campuses is limited, with many schools choosing not to collect data at all on the gender or race of their students and employees.Hansen said universities are one of the best places to take the lead on making Canada a country where accommodating disabilities is not just seen as the charitable thing to do but as an initiative with massive economic and social benefits.He said universities have done a lot of work to help admit and ensure students with disabilities graduate, but they can now step that effort up with help to give those students jobs.“One of the great successes of universities is that a lot of young students with disabilities are graduating from universities but these students have a 50 per cent unemployment rate, which is significantly different than their able-bodied counterparts,” Hansen said in an interview.“So universities can turn their attention to the very students that they’re actually educating and see them as potential employees, faculty or staff members. That’s a big opportunity.”Hansen said universities can also ensure barriers are removed for employees as the workforce ages, can include accessibility in the curriculum in programs like architecture and engineering and can prioritize research on social policy and technical innovations “that can change the world for people with disabilities and drive new economies people couldn’t have imagined before.”Russell said one of the ways her university has attempted to break down barriers to employment for people from disadvantaged or under-represented groups is to ensure a member of their equity committee is part of every faculty hiring process. Other schools require hiring committees to show how many candidates from under-represented groups were interviewed and if they weren’t hired, to say why someone not from one of those groups had the better qualifications.Earlier this year Science Minister Kirsty Duncan laid down an edict that universities had two years to show progress at recruiting more researchers from under-represented groups when awarding federally funded research grants, or risk losing their grants.Russell said that edict was one of several “strands” that led to the decision to write and vote on the seven principles.“It’s an important milestone,” Russell said. “It’s recognizing Canada is a country that prides itself on multiculturalism and openness to diversity and equity and we need to operationalize that in our universities to really make sure that Canada is a land of equal opportunity.”— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 50 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – There was no winning ticket for the $50 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also two Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and one of them was claimed by a ticket sold in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 8 will now grow to an estimated $55 million, and there will be four Maxmillions prizes.last_img

The Latest Candidates facing sex assault allegations wont be allowed to run

first_imgTORONTO – The latest on developments related to Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, whose former president faces sex assault allegations (all times local):1 p.m.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says any candidate for his party would not be allowed to run if they were facing allegations of sexual assault.Scheer says he can’t comment on a decision by party officials during the 2015 campaign to allow Ontario MP Rick Dykstra to remain on the ballot despite knowing he had been accused of sexual assault.A report by Maclean’s magazine claims the party was aware of an allegation of sexual assault against Dykstra.Dykstra lost his seat in the election and became president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, a position from which he resigned over the weekend just hours before the Maclean’s story was published.———12:05 p.m.Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford says he’s joining the race to succeed Patrick Brown as the leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.Brown resigned last week, just hours after two women accused him of sexual misconduct — allegations he emphatically called false.Ford is the brother of notorious former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who died in 2016.Doug Ford says he intends on running a positive campaign and will give a voice to hardworking people in the province.____11:30 a.m.Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have appointed a new president after the abrupt resignation of former party chief Rick Dykstra.Jag Badwal, a long time PC party activist, has been named party president after Dykstra resigned Sunday night, hours before Maclean’s magazine reported allegations of sexual assault against him related to a 2014 incident. The allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press.Badwal announced via social media that he had assumed the post.He did not mention the turmoil that brought him to the job, focusing instead on the coming spring election.Before Dykstra’s resignation, Badwal served as the party’s first-vice president, one of the top jobs on the party’s executive.Dykstra has not responded to requests for comment on the allegations reported by Maclean’s. The magazine reported he was accused of sexually assaulting a young Conservative staffer in 2014, when he was an MP.___last_img read more