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first_imgRoad Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday ordered an internal inquiry into the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent investigation which found that U.S.-based construction firm CDM Smith paid bribes worth around $1.18 million to the National Highways Authority of India during 2011-15 to bag contracts.The U.S. Justice Department’s investigations found that CDM Smith, through its employees and agents, and those of its wholly owned subsidiary in India (CDM India) paid approximately $1.18 million in bribes to government officials in India.The alleged bribe was paid “in exchange for highway construction supervision and design contracts and a water project contract resulting in approximately $4 million in net profits,” the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice said in a letter to CDM Smith dated June 21. ‘Code of Ethics’“CDM Smith has a clear Code of Ethics and core values that drive our behaviour every day,” CDM Smith CEO Stephen J. Hickox said in a statement. “Any breach of these values or improper business activities is counter to our culture and will not be tolerated,” Mr. Hickox said.The Department of Justice has closed the investigation after CDM Smith agreed to “disgorge” $4 million, which the company earned as profit due to the bribery, to the United States Treasury.The employees of CDM Smith’s division responsible for India and CDM India paid bribes to NHAI officials in order to receive contracts from NHAI, according to the Department of Justice. “The bribes generally were 2-4% of the contract price and paid through fraudulent subcontractors, who provided no actual services and understood that payments were meant to solely benefit the officials,” it said.Additionally, CDM Smith India paid $25,000 to local officials in Goa in relation to a water project contract. “All senior management at CDM India [who also acted as employees and agents of CDM Smith and signed contracts on behalf of CDM Smith, including CDM India’s country manager] were aware of the bribes for CDM Smith and CDM India contracts, and approved or participated in the misconduct,” it added.Mr. Gadkari has taken a serious note of the allegations and asked the NHAI Chairman to hold an inquiry into the matter, a senior Ministry official said.The NHAI said in a statement on Tuesday that CDM Smith was debarred for a period of three months from participating in future bidding of projects “because of deficiency in services in one of the projects.” It added that the U.S.-based firm has no ongoing assignment with the NHAI.(With inputs from Press Trust of India)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Broad Institute, a collaborative biomedical research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has received a $650 million donation from philanthropist and businessman Ted Stanley to study the biological basis of diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.The largest donation ever made to psychiatric research, the gift totals nearly six times the current $110 million annual budget for President Barack Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Stanley has already given Broad $175 million, and the $650 million will be provided as an annual cash flow on the order of tens of millions each year, with the remainder to be given after Stanley’s death. (See other coverage here and here.)The gift accompanies a paper published online today in Nature from researchers at Broad and worldwide, which identifies more than 100 areas of the human genome associated with schizophrenia, based on samples from almost 37,000 people with schizophrenia and about 113,000 without the disease. Researchers are likely to find hundreds of additional genetic variations associated with the disease as the number of patients sampled grows, says psychiatrist Kenneth Kendler of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics in Richmond, a co-author on the study.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Identifying the variants themselves is unlikely to lead directly to new drug targets, Kendler says. Instead, the hope is that researchers at Broad and elsewhere will be able to use those data to reveal clusters of genetic variation, like placing pins on a map, he says. Patterns are already beginning to emerge, showing abnormalities in common biochemical pathways that regulate functions such as synaptic plasticity and immune function, said Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute, in a press conference this morning. “For the first time, we can start to see the underlying biological basis of the disease.”Many pharmaceutical companies largely abandoned drug development for psychiatric diseases decades ago because the conditions are considered too difficult to treat, said Steven Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. Gifts such as Stanley’s are an important signal to drug companies, young researchers, and federal funders that it is time to reinvest in psychiatric research, he said.Although effective new drugs based on such research may be decades away, near-term payoffs could include ways of identifying teens at risk of developing schizophrenia early on, or tools that help physicians better manage their patients’ medications, added Steve McCarroll, director of genetics research at Broad.Genetic research is just one small step toward truly helping people with schizophrenia and other disorders, however, Kendler says. Only half of identical twins whose siblings have schizophrenia develop the disease, making it critical to better understand how known risk factors such as urban environments and complications at birth contribute, he says. Rehabilitation and therapy are also key, he notes. “Medication is not the only thing that is going to work.”last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s Kidambi Srikanth reached the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open as Chen Long of China retired after the first game during their men’s singles match quarter-finals at the Hong Kong Open.Srikanth won the first game 21-13 in 15 minutes as his Chinese opponent had to retire. It was Srikanth’s second career win over the Chinese shuttler. The Indian still trails Long 2-6 in the head-to-head win-loss record. The only time the two shuttlers met this year was in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open in April where Long brushed aside Srikanth’s challenge in straight games.Srikanth’s lone victory over Long came in 2017 when he defeated the Chinese 22-20 21-16 to win the Australian Open.Srikanth, the lone Indian in contention in the tournament, will next meet the winner of the other quarterfinal match against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu, who downed seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14 21-19.Kidambi Srikanth through to the semifinals as Chen Long unfortunately withdraws from the YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2019 🏸#HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCRaceToGuangzhou pic.twitter.com/63PDJQYQsK— BWF (@bwfmedia) November 15, 2019Srikanth in the previous round had registered a win over compatriot Sourabh Verma, 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in the contest which lasted for 59 minutes.Srikanth had avoided a first-round exit as he got a bye against World No.1 Kento Momota as the Japanese shuttler withdrew from the tournament.PV Sindhu had crashed out on Thursday in the second round after going down to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungpha. The Olympic silver medallist Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-11, 16-21In another men’s singles contest, H.S. Prannoy crashed out as he went down to World No. 6 Jonatan Christie in straight games. Prannoy suffered a 12-21, 19-21 defeat in the 38-minute contest.On the first day of the tournament, Saina Nehwal had been knocked out in the first round, as did in-form men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.(With inputs from Agencies) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chen Longhong konghong kong openkidambi srikanth First Published: November 15, 2019, 1:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisementSilje Norendal (born 1 September 1993) is a Norwegian snowboarder.She competes in halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross. Her local club is Kongsberg IF.She won gold in women’s slopestyle in Winter X Games Europe in Tignes in 2013.In January 2014, she won women’s slopestyle in Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Norendal finished in fourth place in the Slopestyle Semifinals with a score of 78.75.In the Ladies Slopestyle Finals she scored 49.50 ending in the eleventh position.In January 2015 she won women’s slopestyle for the second time in Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.On July 27, 2018, Norendal got engaged to hockey player Alexander Bonsaksen.Pictures Courtesy – Silje Norendal ( Instagram )Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Another FIFA veteran, Marios Lefkaritis of Cyprus, is to exit international soccer politics.UEFA says the 70-year-old Lefkaritis has withdrawn as a candidate in an April 5 election to retain his seat on the European body’s executive committee. UEFA gave no reason.Lefkaritis informed UEFA members on the day his long-time FIFA colleague Issa Hayatou lost the presidency of African soccer.Lefkaritis previously had not entered a separate April 5 election to remain as a UEFA delegate on FIFA’s ruling committee.The Cypriot official joined FIFA’s top table in 2007, and was a finance committee member for much of that decade. He currently chairs UEFA’s finance panel.Without Lefkaritis, there are 12 candidates for eight seats on UEFA’s executive committee at the election meeting in Helsinki.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Red Star Belgrade fans have welcomed another wartime symbol to their stadium: a real battle tank used during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990s.The decommissioned Soviet-made T-55 Yugoslav army tank was parked in front of the Red Star stadium ahead of a Champions League qualifying match against Swiss champion Young Boys on Tuesday.The Red Star fan club website says the tank symbolizes their slogan “Machine Has Started.” The northern stand at the stadium near which the tank was parked is reserved for the club’s most ardent supporters, known as Delije, or roughly translated the tough boys.The stunt has triggered a strong reaction from neighboring Croatia, which fought a war for independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia.Croatian media said the tank is “a clear provocation” and “a scandal,” suggesting that European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, must react.Liberal Belgrade groups called on authorities to remove the army vehicle and denounced its display as “glorification of war symbols.”After public criticism, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said “the tank replica” was inspected and that no explosive ordinance that would represent danger to the public was found. Army officials said it was stripped of all its major equipment and is a “museum piece.”Military analyst Aleksandar Radic said that the tank should not have been placed near a sports venue because of what it symbolizes.“Those who decided to park it at the stadium primarily had a political provocation on their minds,” he said.The armored vehicle was painted overnight in the red and white Red Star colors. Club officials said it was purchased from a military waste site, adding that the “stupid discussion” over why it was parked at the stadium could lead to UEFA sanctions for the club.The tank display comes a week after masked assailants attacked two bars in Croatia as ethnic Serbs watched Red Star’s first leg-match against Young Boys on television, injuring at least five people and smashing furniture. The incident triggered heated exchanges between Croatian and Serbian politicians.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgSurviving the wiles of Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah is Australia’s “number one plan” in the upcoming test series in the United Arab Emirates, fast bowler Peter Siddle has said.Yasir played a key role in Australia’s unravelling during the last UAE tour in 2014, when the legspinner took 12 wickets at an average of 17.25 to drive the hosts to a thumping 2-0 win in the two-test series.Four years later, a raw Australia squad has returned to the Gulf state without two of their best batsmen in the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, and would appear vulnerable to another spin bowling assault from Sarfraz Ahmed’s team.Cricket Australia closes probe, takes no action in Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ allegationsLooking to counter Yasir and 19-year-old prodigy Shadab Khan, Australia have re-hired spin bowling consultant Sridharan Sriram and flown in two Indian wristspinners, including Pardeep Sahu, who has played for Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab.Siddle said the tourists had spent plenty of time in the Dubai heat working out ways to deal with legspin and Yasir, specifically.”He’s (Yasir) going to play a big part,” said the veteran paceman.”Spin bowling in this series is going to play a massive part.”I think it’s going to be a tough contest. He bowled well against us last series over here. He took a lot of wickets, so I think it’s going to be number one plan to keep him out.”But he’s not the only one we’ve got to focus on as we get closer.”advertisementRecalled to the test squad for the first time in two years, 33-year-old Siddle expects to play a support role behind Australia’s own spinners but believes the Dubai wicket could be more lively than usual after hosting the recent Asia Cup.”I think the last series we came here, the wicket was a bit more flat,” he said.”It sort of took a few days to actually break up but this series it looks like it’s going to break up a lot earlier so spin is going to play a part.”The test series is Australia’s first since the scandal-plagued South Africa tour, which led to long suspensions for former captain Smith, Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft for ball-tampering.Under new captain Tim Paine and recently appointed coach Justin Langer, Australia will hope to build cohesion on the tour ahead of their home series against India later in the year.With regular pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins ruled out of the tour by injury, Siddle said he felt his experience was an important factor in his recall as the team strive to forge a new identity.”From an outside point of view, the side probably in the last little bit maybe lacked a little bit of leadership,” he said.”I think without having the captaincy or vice-captaincy or any of those terms, it’s just about being a leader in my own right, doing what I do, lead by example and just help out the young guys.”(With Reuters Photo)last_img read more

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first_imgBarring a surprise 3-2 loss to Australia in March, the Indian team has been a dominant force in ODI cricket over the past couple of seasons. A defining factor in this run has been the rise of the spin-bowling duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Since their debut, the pair have picked up a combined 159 wickets and have played significant roles in India’s series wins in South Africa and Australia.Chahal is of the opinion that the trust that the pair share has played a big role in their success. “We both know each other for a long time now,” said Chahal at the launch of his website yuzvendrachahal.club.”We bowl in partnership. If he is going first then he tells me which areas I should be looking to hit and I do the same. Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) also keeps giving his opinion. We never thought about things that we may not be able to do and just took the chance when we got it,” he said.Chahal also said that the experience of other players in the team has been helpful for the pair. This included Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, whose appearances in the Indian limited overs setup have reduced with the rise of the wrist spin duo. “It is unfair to compare us with them. I have not played with Ashwin too many times, but Jaddu pa has never shied from helping me out whenever I have asked him for tips,” said Chahal.”Mahi bhai helps us in figuring out how the wicket is going to play. Along with him there is Virat bhai and Rohit bhai (Rohit Sharma). In our team we have a number of captains and they all respect each other and that has played a big role in the success that Kuldeep and I have enjoyed,” he said.advertisementChahal, like many of his teammates in the Indian team, ended up playing all group matches for his Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore. This has led to worries about the fatigue that comes from the hectic schedule of the cash-rich T20 tournament. But Chahal was of the opinion that getting match practice of any form is good for a player going into an event like the World Cup.”You learn more during a match than you ever will in a net session. The players we face in the IPL are not too different from the ones we will face in the World Cup. So if we perform well here then the confidence we gain is always good for us,” he said.Also Read | Perfect Endgame: How MI served revenge cold in IPL 2019 final to CSKAlso Read | Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 winlast_img read more

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first_imgVancouver Whitecaps 0 Seattle Sounders 0: Dour stalemate in first leg Dejan Kalinic 10:39 10/30/17 CarlRobinson-cropped Getty Images Defending champions Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps drew 0-0 in the MLS play-offs. Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Western Conference semi-final in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.Reigning MLS Cup champions the Sounders went closest to finding a winner at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, with Kendall Waston almost scoring a first-half own goal.But Seattle, who finished second during the regular season and were without the suspended Clint Dempsey, will instead head home for the second leg on Thursday in a good position. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brek Shea had an effort cleared off the line on the half-hour mark for Carl Robinson’s Whitecaps, who then almost fell behind.A Joevin Jones cross from the left was turned onto his own crossbar by Waston as the teams remained level.Inches away from a @SoundersFC opener! #VANvSEA // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/N7YfD59rnr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017Neither team was able to find a winner in the second half, leaving the tie up for grabs. read morelast_img read more

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first_img In an interview with JIS News on Tuesday (September 4), SSP Allen informed that more than 200 police officers were deployed on Monday (September 3) to key traffic lights and intersections to help with the control of traffic and ensure that motorists adhere to the rules of the road. Commanding Officer for the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, says the police will be maintaining a presence at traffic lights in the Corporate Area during peak hours in order to maintain law and order. Story Highlightscenter_img Commanding Officer for the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, says the police will be maintaining a presence at traffic lights in the Corporate Area during peak hours in order to maintain law and order.In an interview with JIS News on Tuesday (September 4), SSP Allen informed that more than 200 police officers were deployed on Monday (September 3) to key traffic lights and intersections to help with the control of traffic and ensure that motorists adhere to the rules of the road.“That is intertwined with members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) giving crucial support along certain corridors. Our police officers, during peak hours, will continue to be at these crucial intersections for a long while to come. We want to ensure that our presence is there to keep order and to, as best as possible, reduce or eliminate indiscipline that exists by some motorists,” SSP Allen told JIS News.“What we will do is continue to assess [and] reassess our deployment strategies and to treat with whatever comes as time goes by. The focus is to ensure that order is maintained and that the travelling public can commute with a level of ease,” he added.SSP Allen told JIS News that members of the public have been giving positive feedback with regards to the presence of the security personnel.“The presence of our police officers along the various corridors and intersections has made a tremendous difference in terms of how traffic flows. We have gotten [positive] feedback from the public as to their travel time,” he said.SSP Allen is urging motorists to be patient as the road improvement works continue.“The corridors under construction are going to take a while… . There will be challenges, especially with the major road constructions taking place and the fact that certain corridors do not have the lanes that they used to have. Nevertheless, we are ensuring that our presence along these corridors and intersections is there, as best as possible, to get people to work in reasonable time and getting our children to school,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img The province will continue the search for a qualified company to run a new ferry service in Yarmouth, and appoint a team of tourism, community and business leaders to help make southwestern Nova Scotia even more attractive to tourists. This spring, the province will launch a modified procurement process to find a ferry operator. After a thorough evaluation of the two proposals received the evaluation committee found neither met the minimum criteria. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris says he knows this is disappointing news and he shares the disappointment. He says the province is not giving up on a new ferry in Yarmouth, and Nova Scotians in this region deserve the right service, one they can count on for the long term. The province will also appoint a team to implement the expert panel’s tourism recommendation. -30- provides a high-quality on-board experience is supported with a sophisticated marketing strategy leverages a strong tourist experience in southwest Nova Scotia The province will continue its efforts to find a qualified company to run a new ferry service in Yarmouth, and will appoint a team of tourism, community and business leaders to help make southwestern Nova Scotia even more attractive to tourists. The province is launching a modified procurement process to find a ferry operator this spring. After a thorough evaluation of the two proposals submitted to the province’s request for proposals, the evaluation committee found neither met the minimum criteria. “We know this is disappointing news and I share in this disappointment, however, we are not giving up on a new ferry in Yarmouth.” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “People in southwestern Nova Scotia want to see a viable ferry service in Yarmouth. So does this government. Nova Scotians living in this region deserve the right service, one they can count on being there for the long-term.” The province’s new procurement process will focus on a 2014 start date, as recommended by the expert panel the province asked to advise on the conditions needed for a viable ferry service. Companies will also have more time to respond. “This process will provide more time, and more opportunity to work directly with interested parties during the process,” said Mr. Paris. The province will work closely with the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership to promote the opportunity to ferry companies. “We are pleased that the search to find the right operator for the Yarmouth-to-Maine ferry service will continue. We have heard from ferry companies that may be interested in this opportunity, but said timing was an issue for a variety of reasons,” said Keith Condon, chair, Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership. “We recognize the urgency of getting an operator in place, but we especially recognize the importance of getting the right operator. We look forward to supporting the province’s efforts.”The province is prepared to commit as much as $21 million to support setting up a new cruise ferry in Yarmouth as long as certain conditions are met. The conditions include a sound business plan from a qualified operator showing a viable, profitable service within seven years, as well as timely support from the federal government. “I appreciate the province’s efforts thus far to find a ferry operator and am pleased that the commitment to the search will continue,” said Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood. “The urgency of the issue remains, and it’s important we stay positive and focused on the next steps. I look forward to a continued working relationship with the province in this regard.” The province will appoint a team to implement the expert panel’s tourism recommendations, and focus on making southwestern Nova Scotia even more attractive to tourists. In its report, the panel said enhancing the tourism experience in southwest Nova Scotia is key to creating the conditions needed for a viable service. This will help attract a qualified operator for a cruise ferry in Yarmouth. The team will have representatives from the tourism industry and community and business leaders. More details, including team members, will be available in the coming weeks. An expert panel reviewed studies and met with people and groups to identify the conditions needed for a viable ferry service. In its report, Re-Establishing a Yarmouth Ferry? An Analysis of the Issues, released Sept. 7, the panel said a cruise service could be viable in the long term if it: center_img The expert panel’s report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/yarmouth-ferry-study.asp .last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians have the opportunity to further their learning of Gaelic language and culture through study in Scotland with help from a bursary. The bursary program is funded by the Scottish government and administered by the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs. Now in its sixth year, the program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland, with travel, meal and accommodations, or through distance learning. Five bursaries of up to $2,700 will be awarded. To date, 30 Nova Scotians have participated in the program. “Government recognizes the importance of acknowledging Gaelic language, culture and identity, and providing Nova Scotians with the opportunity to learn about it,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to check out this program.” Bursary recipients will enrol in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye, and attend formal classes. They may also enroll in a distance learning course. “This bursary allowed me to study abroad for Gaelic language and culture, make connections with other Gaelic speakers, and learn more about our connections with Scotland,” said Hannah Krebs, 2017 bursary recipient. “Through shared Gaelic language and common cultural origins this initiative reinforces the strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia and provides a vehicle through which these can be further built upon,” said John Swinney, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education. “I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening the Gaelic language and the cultural and heritage links between both our communities.” Applicants must be at least 18 years-old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 23. For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Kelly Schlay at 902-424-4442 or Kelly.schlay@novascotia.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgPatna: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nearly half a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said here on Wednesday. Deaths were reported from Kaimur, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Gaya, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur, a Bihar State Disaster Department official said. According to officials, five deaths were reported from Kaimur, three from East Champaran and one each in the remaining districts. “The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives,” an official of the Disaster Management Department said. According to the weather office, lightning strikes are usually reported during the June-September monsoon season.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Toronto Monday morning to stand in solidarity with victims of the weekend violence in Virginia that killed one woman and injured 19 people.Many of them held signs decrying racism as they stood opposite the American consulate to express their opposition to white supremacists.“White supremacy is terrorism,” one sign said. “Hate free zone. No child is born hating,” read another placard, attached to a stroller.Together, the demonstrators chanted: “No hate, no fear. Fascists aren’t welcomed here.”The gathering came two days after a car plowed through a group of people in Charlottesville, Va., as they were protesting a white supremacist rally. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested shortly after and charged with second-degree murder and other counts.Donna Gabaccia, an American professor at the University of Toronto who helped organize Monday’s event, said she was “appalled” by the weekend gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville.“I was not surprised that violence and death was the outcome,” she said. “I felt that as a U.S. citizen and white person, I need to speak out against racism (and) bigotry, and I’m here in Toronto. The consulate is the most public face of the U.S.”Jesse-Blue Forrest, a Toronto resident who is from a community near Charlottesville, said he came out to let people know that violence is not the norm in the American city. At the same time, this past weekend’s events didn’t just happen spontaneously, he said.“It’s been brewing for a long time,” Forrest said. “I really do not want to see that cancer in the United States spreading here in Canada.”Molly Ladd-Taylor said she was “disheartened” by what’s happening in the United States, especially what she called U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to immediately stand up against white supremacy.“The president of the United States can’t condemn white supremacy when somebody has been murdered,” said Ladd-Taylor, a dual citizen. “It’s shocking.”In the hours after the incident on Saturday, Trump offered a vague statement that referred to the race-fuelled violence in Charlottesville as an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” It drew criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for failing to call out and criticize white supremacists.By Monday, after relentless pressure, Trump declared that “racism is evil” and explicitly condemned members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “criminals and thugs.”Vanessa Campbell, a Toronto resident who attended Monday’s rally, said she believed the election of Trump has made white supremacists feel that they can be “loud and proud” again.“We need to challenge that,” she said. “It’s time for everyday average Canadians to stand up and fight back.”Toronto demonstrator Lindy Chan echoed her sentiment.She said the recent violence in Virginia made her realize that people like herself, who generally hold moderate opinions, need to get involved in efforts to combat extreme views.“It’s just really saddening — and maddening — that there are people in the world (who) feel that they can have a voice against people of colour (and) people who are different from them,” Chan said. “I just can’t live in a world like that.”A vigil was held in Toronto Sunday night to remember the victims of Saturday’s violence. A rally was also held in Montreal, according to social media and local media reports.last_img read more

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first_imgAugust 14thAugust 15thAugust 16thAugust 17thAugust 20thAugust 21stAugust 22ndAugust 28thAugust 29thAugust 30thThe school will also begin accepting student registration at that time. Parents looking to register their children at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray must bring their birth certificate and proof of residence when signing up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School will begin giving tours of the facility starting August 14th.All school tours will run between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. beginning at the school’s main office.Tour dates are shown below :last_img read more

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In the middle of the night last week, over 130 families were forced to leave their homes without prior notice in the capital, Phnom Penh, so that a private company could redevelop the site. The shelters in the poor community were destroyed, and there have been reports that before the eviction, the community suffered intimidation and that the area’s representatives were subject to criminal charges.“It is regrettable that the ongoing negotiations with residents were abandoned, casting aside a valuable opportunity to reach a just and lawful solution to this longstanding dispute,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, in a statement. “It is now of utmost importance that the rights of the residents to fair compensation for their lost homes and property and the provision of adequate alternative housing are fully respected.”She noted that last week’s evictions in Phnom Penh are not isolated, but are “[alarmingly]” on the rise, with tens of thousands of people losing their homes and becoming even more destitute.In the South-East Asian nation, the expert said, there has been a “consistent pattern” of rights violations tied to forced evictions, including the systematic lack of due process, inadequate compensation, and the excessive use of force.“Given the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by the victims of forced evictions, I urge Cambodian authorities to establish a national moratorium on evictions until their policies and actions in this regard have been brought into full conformity with international human rights obligations.”Ms. Rolnik, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, took up her post last May and serves in an independent and unpaid capacity, as do all Special Rapporteurs. 30 January 2009The forced evictions of tens of thousands of Cambodia’s poor constitute a “grave breach” of human rights, a United Nations independent expert said today, calling for damages to be paid for lost homes and the provision of alternative housing. read more

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The case of a woman who says she developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a juror during the trial of Michael Rafferty has been resolved.According to the Canadian Press, the woman’s lawyer said Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has agreed to provide the juror with “some financial assistance” towards expenses she incurred in receiving treatment after Rafferty’s trial.Rafferty was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering 8-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford in Woodstock, Ont.The 57-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, argued she should be recognized and compensated as a victim of crime. The woman’s lawyers said she was forced to go on long-term disability and was previously diagnosed with PTSD and an anxiety disorder.On Monday, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that by January 2017, anyone serving on a jury who required counselling will be able to receive it for free. The province will have a designated phone number available for those who need support. read more

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Social Panorama of Latin America 2000-2001, prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), reveals that the wealthiest 10 per cent of the region’s households captures a share of total income that averages 19 times higher than the amount received by the poorest 40 per cent of all households. Analyzing trends in income distribution, ECLAC concludes that “in most countries, this situation did not improve significantly and in some cases it even worsened during the 1990s, despite the relative recovery of economic growth and higher social spending.” Income distribution in Latin America stands out in the international context because of the large amount of total earnings received by the wealthiest 10 per cent of the population, according to ECLAC. Except for Costa Rica and Uruguay, statistics from countries of the region indicate that the richest tenth of all households appropriates over 30 per cent of income, with this figure running as high as 45 per cent in Brazil. The report does point to some positive developments, saying ECLAC has found it “encouraging” that some Central American countries have progressed – to different degrees – in terms of income distribution in urban areas. The report attributes this trend to the region’s greater economic stability, reduced demographic pressures and an increase in remittances from nationals living abroad. read more

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In a statement today, Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, stressed that he is doing his utmost to help address the situation. He said the challenges can be overcome if all the parties “maintain a spirit of national partnership” and make their efforts to advance the political transition in the country through constructive cooperation.After the extensive consultations with different political leaders in Yemen, Mr. Benomar reiterated his call on the parties “to exercise wisdom” in order to reach consensus on a peaceful solution to the crisis. He also noted the importance to abide by the Transition Agreement, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and relevant Security Council resolutions.According to the statement, in the past few hours, the Special Adviser met with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and other political leaders, including representatives of the Houthis, and the Islah, Nasserite and the Socialist parties.Mr. Benomar also confirmed that the country will continue receiving all the necessary support from the UN and the international community to maintain lasting peace and stability.Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but recent months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country. In mid-July, amid what it characterized as a “serious deterioration in the security situation” due to ongoing violence in the north-west, the UN Security Council demanded that Al Houthi militants, all armed groups and parties involved in the violence disarm, withdraw and relinquish control of [the city of] Amran. read more