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Supreme Court asks U.P. govt to reply to plea seeking CBI probe into police encounters

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday asked the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to respond to a petition seeking a CBI probe into the 1,100 police encounters which killed 49 people and injured 370 in the State last year.A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the petitioner People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) to serve a copy of its petition, which terms the police encounters as “massive administrative liquidations” to the Uttar Pradesh Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati.The State has to file its response in two weeks before the apex court. The Bench has posted the case after three weeks.PUCL, represented by advocate Sanjay Parekh, submitted that police encounters were endorsed by the State administration in “open defiance” of human rights and civil liberties. That is, the State machinery chose to end lives instead of bringing people for trial.“State cannot adopt such means which are against the constitutional principles to fight with terrorism or hardened criminals. Such extra-judicial killings in the name of encounters are considered ‘State-sponsored terror,’” the petition said.In this context, the petition refers to the reported statements made by Chief Minister Adityanath like “criminals will be jailed or killed in encounters” and “everyone should be guaranteed security, but those who want to disturb peace of the society and believe in the gun, should be given the answer in the language of the gun.”The petition said the NHRC had written to the State government in response to the Chief Minister’s statements, saying that police personnel were misusing their powers to settle scores. The Commission had said that “creating an atmosphere of fear is not the correct way to deal with crime.”The petition, which refers extensively to The Hindu’s reports on the police encounters, said facts available in the public domain show that over 1,100 encounters have taken place in the past year, wherein 49 people were killed and 370 were injured.“According to the figures given by the State of U.P. to the NHRC, in the encounters, 45 persons have died between 01.01.2017-31.03.2018. Each such encounter is required to be investigated on the basis of FIR, followed by a Magisterial Inquiry and thereafter, a criminal trial in accordance with law,” it said.last_img read more

Fonacier wants no letup from NLEX

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier turned back the clock and looked like the gunslinger of old as he shot NLEX out of danger en route to a 103-100 stunner over San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.With the Road Warriors engaged in a tight battle in the last two minutes, the 35-year-old first struck at the 1:46 mark for the go-ahead triple to push the Road Warriors up, 98-95.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Fonacier said that the big shots he had wouldn’t be possible if not for Guiao, the same coach who bestowed much belief on him back when he was still an upstart in the league coming out of Ateneo.“He started it all. I give credit to him. He helped me to have strong will in this league. He’s trained me to be ready for those moments and I thank him for the tough love while we’re still at Red Bull,” he said. It also helps that he’s playing alongside players who are no stranger to Guiao’s system like Quiñahan and Cyrus Baguio, as they all give NLEX the much-needed veteran presence.Fonacier thinks the Road Warriors’ win over the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen is a sign that they can compete against any team in the league.“It means that we’re on the right track of being able to compete at a high level this conference. We’re almost on our goal of making it to the semis. We’re an inch closer to that and we don’t want to relax. We don’t want any meltdown like in our previous game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT He doubled down a minute after, puncturing the dagger three from the top of the arc off a JR Quiñahan pass with 23.9 seconds left to give his side a comfortable 101-97 edge that took the air out of the Beermen.“Larry was vintage from eight years ago,” said ROS coach Yeng Guiao, who acquired the veteran marksman via trade late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Hope funds for my preparations are released on time: Heena

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Indias top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu is hoping funds sanctioned to her by the government as part of its TOP scheme for her Olympic preparations are released on time. “Going into the Olympics, I hope that the funds meant for my preparation will be released on time so that my training doesnt suffer. There are lot of paperwork, its a long process normally. OGQ has been doing a lot too,” Sidhu said on the sidelines of an event here today. The current world record holder and former world No. 1 secured an Olympic quota for the country in January after she led from start to claim gold medal in womens 10-m air pistol at the last Asia Olympic Qualifiers for Shooting. Asked about her preparation, she said,”I am just following the process. This is not the time to make changes in your game. There will be a test event in Rio in April, and I will get an understanding after that if I need to make any minor adjustments or not. The climate in India and Brazil are similar.” The 26-year-old will be taking part in two of the three World Cups before the quadrennial extravaganza kicks off in the Brazilian city in August. Sidhu said she does not want to take undue pressure going into the Olympics. “Its not about medal, its about performance. My job is to give 100 percent. Its about the process, even if I win a medal nothing will change in my life. I will again prepare for the next Olympics and the one after that. “No athlete can guarantee a medal. Even a decimal point can make a difference. If I am thinking about medal than I am putting pressure on myself. There is no emotional attachment with a medal. What is important is perfect execution on the firing line.” Talking about the struggle most women have to face to make a name in sports in India, she said,”Its very hard for women athletes. As for me, I was very fortunate as my parents always encouraged me to do what I wanted to. There are so many women athletes who had to leave sports after marriage.” But there are few who have etched their names in Indian sporting history. “Mary Kom is one great example, she is a homemaker but once inside the ring, she is a lioness. They deserve to be given a chance to follow their dreams,” Sidhu said. PTI AH KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

About LeEco:

first_imgLeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering Internet and technology company with multiple Internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Ground-breaking Technologies and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to E-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran aaronsamuel@le.com +91-9686100143 Le Ecosystem Technology India Private Limited Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160607/10147846 Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN BMR BMRlast_img read more

ISL invites bid for more franchise teams, Mohun Bagan not interested

first_imgThe organisers of Indian Super League on Thursday invited bids from interested parties to buy a maximum of three franchise teams to be added this season with the possibility of the country’s football hub Kolkata having another club besides Atletico de Kolkata.The ISL said bids would be invited in respect of 10 cities — Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram — and one to three new winning bidders will be awarded the right to participate in the ISL.”Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League — a city-based football league established in India in 2014 under the sanction of the AIFF, plans to invite bids from interested parties to enrol and participate in the Indian Super League from its fourth edition to be staged in year 2017-2018,” the ISL said in a statement.”FSDL will be floating the tender through ‘Invitation To Bid’ (ITB) to be available on working days starting 12th May 2017 to 24th May 2017.”Bids are invited from prospective team owners in respect of 10 cities i.e. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. Under and subject to the ITB, one to three new winning bidders shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the Indian Super League,” the statement added.This comes just a few days after the All Indian Football Federation said, following a meeting with I-League clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, that the ISL could be expanded to a seven-month long league to be played at weekends.advertisementThe two Kolkata giants had met the AIFF top brass in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding the merger plans of the federation which would virtually make I-League the second tier and ISL the top tier leagues of the domestic football structure.There were proposals that the two Kolkata giants and Bengaluru FC could be added in the expanded ISL. That led to newly-crowned I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening to undergo “fast undo death” if they were not included in a merged top tier league.Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had wanted waiver of the huge registration fee to be part of the ISL but after a meeting with the AIFF top brass and ISL organisers, they opted not to be part of the proposed league.Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra said that his club was not interested in owning a franchise team and so not buying the bid documents.”Our president has made it clear that we are not going to be part of the ISL and so there is no question of buying any bid document,” Mitra told PTI.”Our only concern is that I-League should continue to be the official league of the country and its winner should play in the Asian Champions League play-off while the Federation Cup winners should play in the AFC Cup,” he added.Meanwhile, ISL clarified that in case of Kolkata being awarded the winning bidder, the respective team shall hold its home games outside Kolkata for the next two consecutive editions (2017-2018 and 2018-2019).Eight teams — Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC– currently participate in the ISL.last_img read more

Personal security of visiting teams important: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today reacted sharply to the incident of stone- throwing on the Australian cricket teams bus here, saying that security of visiting players is extremely important.”Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host,” Rathore posted on his twitter account.The sports minister said that he has already spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the incident.”Have spoken to @sarbanandsonwal ji about the Guwahati incident. Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us,” he tweeted.A window pane of the Australian team bus was damaged in the attack. The incident took place after the visiting side defeated India by eight wickets in the second T20 to level the three-match series 1-1. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

BRANSTAD SIGNS AUTISM INSURANCE CARE BILL

first_imgSpecialized treatment for Iowa children and teenagers who’ve been diagnosed with autism will be covered under more insurance plans.Governor Branstad has signed a bill into law that requires businesses with more than 50 employees and all local governments in Iowa that provide health care benefits to ensure this coverage is part of those insurance plans.Josh Cobbs of Sioux City says families and lawmakers have been working on the bill for a decade.His son Noah was diagnosed as autistic and Cobbs began lobbying for this law when Noah was five.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/COBBS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….applied behavior analysis.” ;11Cobbs says last year, his family’s insurance plan started covering the treatment.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/COBBS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……proud of them. :14He attended a ceremony in the governor’s office Thursday afternoon and celebrated with other families in the room as Branstad signed the bill into law.Radio Iowalast_img read more

2012/13 TFA AGM Agenda

first_imgPlease find attached the agenda for the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be conducted on Saturday, 23 November 2013.   Please click on the attachment below to view the agenda. Related Filesagm_2013_agenda-pdfRelated LinksAGM Agendalast_img

OnePlus 6T gets extended discount, sells for Rs 27,999 on Amazon India

first_imgOnePlus 6T gets extended discount, sells for Rs 27,999 on Amazon IndiaAmazon India has extended the offer price of the OnePlus 6T for one more day allowing buyers to purchase the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the phone for a price of Rs 27,999.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 10:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSAmazon has extended its Amazon Fab Phone Fest.Amazon is offering OnePlus 6T at the lowest price for one more day.The OnePlus 6T is available for 27,999 on Amazon India.Amazon India, earlier this week, hosted the Amazon Fab Phone Fest on its platform. During the phone fest that went on from June 10 to June 13, the e-retailer offered massive discounts and interesting deals on the purchase of smartphones and smartphone accessories including the OnePlus 6T. And now, Amazon India has extended the offer price of the OnePlus 6T under its Fab Phone Fest for one more day.This means that the interested buyers can purchase the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the OnePlus 6T for a price that is as low as Rs 27,999. To recall, OnePlus 6T was launched at a starting price of Rs 41,999. It’s priced dropped to Rs 29,999 during the Amazon Summer Sale last month.Interestingly, apart from extending the offer price of the OnePlus 6T to Rs 27,999, Amazon is also offering interesting deals on the purchase of the smartphone. For starters, interested buyers can get up to Rs 10,150 off on exchanging their old smartphones with a new OnePlus 6T. Customers can also get a five per cent instant discount on using their Axis Bank credit or debit cards for purchasing the phone via EMI transactions.In addition to this, Amazon India is also offering the users a chance to buy the OnePlus 6T via no-cost EMI via Amazon Pay ICICI credit card. The Indian arm of the Seattle headquartered e-retailer is also offering 10 days replacement guarantee and a 1 year warranty on the purchase of the device.To give you a quick recap of the details of the OnePlus 6T: The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and sports up to 8GB RAM with up to 256GB storage space. The OnePlus 6T runs on OxygenOS which is based on Android 9.0 Pie and it is backed by a 3,700mAh battery.advertisementIn terms of the camera, the OnePlus 6T comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 16MP lens with Sony IMX 519 sensor and a 20MP lens with a Sony IMX 376 sensor. On the front it sports a 16MP selfie camera.ALSO READ: | Amazon Fab Phone Fest starts on June 10; iPhone X and OnePlus 6T to get massive discountsALSO READ: | OnePlus 6T is selling at cheapest price ever of Rs 29,999 and that makes this best and last time to buy itALSO READ: | Amazon is giving OnePlus 7 for free, here’s how you can get oneGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow Amazon IndiaFollow OnePlus 6Tlast_img read more

Rolls-Royce to Design, Kit Out Hurtigruten Cruise Ships

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth about GBP 25 million (USD 33 million) with the ship building company Kleven in Norway for design and ship equipment to two new polar cruise vessels, with an option for two additional vessels. The contract between Kleven and Rolls-Royce follows the conversion of a letter of intent into a firm contract signed between Kleven and Hurtigruten.“The ships soon about to take shape in the docks of Kleven will be striking. They will attract interest to both the Norwegian ship building industry and to Hurtigruten as a leading player within the field of explorer tourism. To me, this contract is proof of the combined innovation powers of Norway’s maritime industry and the country’s growing tourism industry. Together we are providing growth along the long and beautiful Norwegian coastline,” Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten, said.In addition to the ship design with a wave piercing bow, Rolls-Royce will supply an integrated package of technology and equipment, including the Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge.Helge Gjerde, Director of Offshore and Merchant Solutions, Rolls-Royce, said: “Hurtigruten and Kleven have agreed to build state-of the art passenger vessels, and Rolls-Royce will provide some of the most innovate ship technology on the market today. I’m confident that these new polar cruise vessels will bring the proud heritage of the Hurtigruten into a similarly proud future.”last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 6 north to Hants County, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 14. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 902-424-4670 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Upper Leitches Creek Road Traffic on sections of Upper Leitches Creek Road is reduced to one lane to allow for repaving from the intersection of Leitches Creek Road for about five kilometres until Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnenfant Road: Bonnenfant Road, Church Point, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 14. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Smith Road, Amherst Beginning Tuesday Oct. 11, a section of Smith Road between Trunk 2 and Southampton Road will be closed to replace a culvert. Work will take place until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Drivers should use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-3801 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31 to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the lower south river bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Road Cambridge Road, from Trunk 1 north to Brooklyn Street, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4166 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area will be reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Monday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Arisaig Point Road, west for about 3.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, culvert work and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser River, will be reduced to one lane for drain improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of on and off ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Meander Run Bridge on Route 202 will be closed from Tuesday, Oct. 11 until Saturday Oct. 15 for deck replacement. Detour routes: east and westbound traffic on Trunk 1 take Ardoise School Road, and east and westbound traffic on Trunk 14 take Route 202 to Ardoise School Road. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 4 The off ramp at Exit 4, westbound on Highway 125, will be closed to complete twinning construction until Wednesday, Oct. 26. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 3. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surettes Island Bridge, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 19, for repairs on weekdays from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Throughout the repair period a reduced load limit will be required on the bridge. This will affect large trucks but not standard passenger vehicles or school buses. The weight restrictions will be removed once repairs are completed. These restrictions will allow the repair work to be carried out quickly and minimize the inconvenience for bridge users. Local Office – 902-742-2416 -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to 8.4 kilomesters west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Welsford Bridge Welsford Bridge, 100 metres from the West Branch Road on the Old Pictou Road, will have day closures until Friday, May 4, to repair steel through truss. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour structure is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Construction is expected to be finished Thursday, May 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consist of a signs and control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

Weve accepted all demands request junior doctors to rejoin work CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the junior doctors on Saturday to end their strike and resume work at the earliest as hundreds of patients await medical treatment, including children and the elderly.Claiming that the government has taken all measures for their safety and security, she reiterated that no action like promulgation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be taken against the agitating doctors. The reaction of the Chief Minister came after a representation from the junior doctors from NRS Medical College & Hospital did not turn up for talks at Nabanna on Saturday despite the former giving them time for a meeting with her. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”Healthcare is an essential service that cannot be stopped. I will appeal to them on behalf of the government to please join work on humanitarian grounds and restore normalcy by lifting the strike. I will not take any action against them. Let good sense prevail,” Banerjee said. She also reiterated that “one must show respect to the constitutional body”. “I have cancelled all my programmes and waited for them on Friday. I did the same today (Saturday) as the government is keen to resolve the impasse. I think the state Secretariat, Nabanna, is the highest place for holding talks on such matters. We have shown enough patience and have already adhered to all their legitimate demands. We are open to any other additional demands that may be put forth… But we want an amicable solution to this problem. I have spoken to the Governor and he is convinced,” she maintained. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister referred to a number of instances where other governments had taken strong action against the agitating doctors. “The BJP government under Narendra Modi in 2009 had imposed ESMA and arrested 150 doctors while they were on strike. The Tamil Nadu government had increased internship of the doctors from one to two years. However, I believe in democracy and my government is extremely sensitive to their demands. I don’t want to take any stern action against them as it will be a blot on their careers forever. Some junior doctors met me today (Saturday) and have said they want to join work. I am hopeful that soon more and more doctors will resume their duties,” she added. Banerjee mentioned that she had felt humiliated when the agitating doctors refused to speak to her the very next day when they had started their cease-work. Reacting to the Ministry of Home Affair’s advisory and demand of an urgent report on doctor’s strike in Bengal, she challenged the Centre to send an advisory to Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “First ask Modi government to send MHA advisory to Yogi’s government [on] how many people have been killed there in encounters”, she said. Five senior doctors led by Dr Sukumar Mukherjee who had mediated in opening a dialogue between the state government and the junior doctors went to Nabanna on Saturday and met the Chief Minister. “We have submitted a status report to the state Chief Secretary that we have been unable to bring the junior doctors to the discussion table,” Mukherjee said. This team of doctors had met Banerjee on Friday as well in an effort to resolve the impasse and a call was made to four members of the agitating NRS doctors to come for talks. The junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital stuck to their stand that the Chief Minister will have to come down to the hospital and listen to their grievances. Earlier in the day, Indian Medical Association president Santanu Sen held a meeting with the agitating doctors and administrative authorities and urged them to hold talks with Banerjee at Nabanna. Though the Out-Patient Departments remained closed, the Emergency services in all the state-run hospitals, including NRS, were functional on Saturday.last_img read more

RIL shares fall 1 ahead of quarterly results

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) fell by 1 per cent on Friday ahead of its quarterly results to be announced later in the day. The scrip declined 1.01 per cent to close at Rs 1,249 on the BSE. During the day, it fell by 1.48 per cent to Rs 1,243. On the NSE, shares went lower by 0.70 per cent to close at Rs 1,253. In terms of the traded volume, 3.22 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 74 lakh units on the NSE during the day. The company had informed BSE on July 10 that a meeting of the board of directors is scheduled to be held on Friday July 19 inter alia to consider and approve the standalone and consolidated unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30 2019.last_img

Gold rules flat at Rs 39670 silver gains Rs 190

first_imgNew Delhi: After rising for five consecutive days, gold prices on Tuesday held steady at Rs 39,670 per 10 gram in the national capital, according to the All India Sarafa Association. Gold had touched its all-time high mark of Rs 39,670 on Monday. Silver gained Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Globally, gold was trading higher at USD 1,531.40 an ounce in New York, while silver was up at USD 17.78 an ounce. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Globally, gold prices remained firm despite recovery in global equity indices amid easing worries about trade war, HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said. “In a recent development, the US and China have agreed to restart the trade talks,” Patel said, adding that investors are awaiting more clarity on the talks. On the domestic front, “the spot rupee was trading 30 paise stronger against dollar which has limited the gains in gold prices,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity held flat at Rs 39,670 and Rs 39,500 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold held steady at Rs 29,500 per eight gram. Silver ready advanced Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg, while weekly-based delivery declined Rs 164 to Rs 45,127 per kg. Silver coins were in good demand and traded higher by Rs 2,000 at Rs 96,000 for buying and Rs 97,000 for selling of 100 coins.last_img read more

Citing fraud LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy

first_imgFREEPORT, Maine – L.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.The outdoor specialty retailer said returns of items that have been destroyed or rendered useless, including some purchased at thrift stores or retrieved from trash bins, have doubled in the past five years, surpassing the annual revenue from the company’s famous boot.“The numbers are staggering,” CEO Steve Smith told The Associated Press. “It’s not sustainable from a business perspective. It’s not reasonable. And it’s not fair to our customers.”L.L. Bean announced Friday that it will now accept returns for any reason only for one year with proof of purchase. It will continue to replace products for manufacturing defects beyond that.The company is also imposing a $50 minimum for free shipping as part of a belt-tightening that includes a workforce reduction through early retirement incentives and changes in workers’ pension plans.The Freeport-based company joins a list of other retailers that have been tightened return policies. Outdoors retailer REI, which was once jokingly dubbed Rental Equipment Inc. and Return Everything Inc. because its unlimited returns policy, imposed a one-year restriction five years ago. Other retailers have been narrowing the window for returns or imposing new conditions.L.L. Bean’s announcement in a memo to employees and in a letter to customers represents a seismic policy shift for a 106-year-old company that used its satisfaction guarantee as a way to differentiate itself from competitors.Leon Leonwood Bean, the company’s founder, is credited with launching the policy when 90 of his first 100 hunting shoes were returned. He earned goodwill by returning customers’ money, and he came back with a better boot. Thus the satisfaction guarantee was born.But the merchant never intended for his satisfaction guarantee to become a lifetime replacement policy, company executives said. Abuse of the generous return policy with no time limit has accelerated thanks to people sharing their return stories on social media, they said.The family-owned company is prepared for a backlash, but the changes honour the spirit of the founder’s original guarantee, said Shawn Gorman, L.L.’s great-grandson and the company’s chairman. Internal surveys indicate 85 per cent of customers are OK with the new return policy, he said.“There is no one in this family who would’ve allowed this to happen if they thought that L.L. would be upset with us, like, if he would be rolling over in his grave,” Gorman said.The news drew a mixed reaction on social media, with some excoriating the retailer and others saying the change is justified.Maine native Justin Franz recalled that virtually all kids returned to school each fall with a brand-new backpack from L.L. Bean when he was a kid. He said he learned later in life that some of those backpacks were being returned every year for the latest model.“It was bound to happen,” the Montana resident said of the end of unlimited returns. “It doesn’t change my opinion of the company at all. I understand why’re they’re doing it.”Over the past five years, the company has lost $250 million on returned items that are classified by the company as “destroy quality,” said L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem.“Destroy quality” items are destined for the landfill. First-quality products are returned to store shelves and “seconds” are sold at outlets or donated to charity.It’s not uncommon to hear stories of people clearing out basements of used or unwanted L.L. Bean products, sometimes decades after their purchase. Some customers replace the same items year after year to get the latest outdoor gear. Some even head to thrift stores, yard sales or junkyards to retrieve L.L. Bean items that they then return.Gorman knows firsthand: He said a shirt that he had donated to Goodwill, with his name printed in it, was once returned to a store.On a recent day in the returns department, Dawn Segars recounted the story of a family that cleared out their grandfather’s attic and returned a pile of 20- to 30-year-old clothes. They ended up walking away with a $350 gift card.Behind her, in the next room, an unpleasant odour wafted from a bin containing returned items, including well-worn boots, ripped bedding, dog cushions and other items.Unlimited return policies are fraught with peril, said Edgar Dworsky, consumer advocate and founder of ConsumerWorld.org.“I consider a one-year limit to be very pro-consumer. It’s not as good as unlimited, but still good,” he said. “Frankly, unlimited returns open the door to abuse.”___This story has been corrected to show the web address is ConsumerWorld.org, not ConsumerWorld.com.last_img read more

Shares of Dropbox surge in first day of trading

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of the digital file storage company Dropbox soared Friday in their stock market debut.The stock rose $7.48, or 35.6 per cent, to close Friday at $28.48 in its first day of trading on Nasdaq. It had climbed as high as $31.60 during the day.The San Francisco company offered about 26.8 million shares of stock at $21 apiece, while selling shareholders were offering about 9.2 million shares. It had expected to price the shares in a range of $18 to $20.The company, founded 11 years ago, boasts about 500 million users. It provides services for backing up documents, photos and video. It competes with smaller rival Box Inc., which went public two years ago, as well as technology behemoths Google, Microsoft and Amazon.last_img

UN commission seeks to ensure food safety protect consumer health

2 July 2007A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has begun examining new measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production in a bid to improve food quality and safeguard consumer health. A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has begun examining new measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production in a bid to improve food quality and safeguard consumer health. Representatives from more than 100 countries and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are meeting in Geneva this week for the annual session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint venture of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission, which runs until 7 July, will be examining the 1981 standard on infant formula, which was based on scientific knowledge from the 1970s. The revised standard is based on the latest scientific understanding of the composition of breast milk. “It is important to support breastfeeding and promote its benefits to infants and young children,” said Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, Director of the WHO department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Food-Borne Diseases, adding that in cases when breastfeeding is “either not possible or not appropriate,” powdered formula is a dietary option. But he warned that powdered infant formula is not a sterile product and can be contaminated with life threatening bacteria. “It is extremely important that these formulae are safe and properly labelled,” he stressed. “The proposed standard will help save many infant lives in countries around the world.” The Commission will also be looking at a revised code of hygienic practice for eggs and egg products. While a major source of food in all countries, eggs and egg products are a significant contributor to salmonellosis, a major food borne disease. Adoption of the revised code will improve safety, FAO said. Among other items on the agenda of the meeting is a draft code to prevent or reduce Ochratoxin, a contaminant in wine that is known to be toxic to the kidneys, as well as new quality standards for three food products from the Middle East – canned tehina, a sesame seed paste; hummus with tehina, a sesame seed and chickpea mixture; and canned ful medammes, a popular bean dish. read more

SC determines 20A inconsistent with the Constitution

The Supreme Court (SC) has determined the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is inconsistent with the Constitution.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament today that the Supreme Court had determined that some clauses of the 20th Amendment require a 2/3rd majority in Parliament and a referendum.

New car registration growth sustained in solid June

‘At the half point of the year, June is traditionally the time to take stock of one’s performance – and so far in 2007, things look encouraging,’ says Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT. ‘However, while total new car registrations for the first six months are up on the previous year, they are still below the average since we moved to the twice-yearly plate change. Cost-conscious motorists will surely have one eye on the showroom and the other on the Bank of England’s rate announcement due later today.’ For more, please see the attached documents. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New car registration growth sustained in solid June §         Total year-to-date registrations up two per cent to 1,267,299 units§         Year-to-date diesel registrations rise by 5.9 per cent to 490,283 units§         June total new car market was 222,863 units, up 1.5 per cent on previous year read more