Panaji: More than 245 benami transactions have been identified since the amended Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, came into effect, Union Minister of State Santosh Kumar Gangwar told the Congress’s Shantaram Naik in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.The Minister said that though the Act has been on the statute book since more than 28 years, it could not be made operational because of certain inherent defects. He said there is no provision of filing of charge-sheets under the Act.He also said that with a view to provide an effective regime for prohibition of benami transactions, the Act was amended through the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016.The amended law, which came into effect on November 1 last year, empowers authorities to provisionally attach benami properties that can eventually be confiscated. Show cause notices for provisional attachment of benami properties have been issued in 140 cases, involving properties worth nearly ₹200 crore. Out of these, provisional attachment has already been effected in 124 cases. The properties attached include deposits in bank accounts and immovable properties, Mr. Gangwar said in his written reply to Mr. Naik.“If a person is found guilty of benami transaction by the competent court, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than one year, which may extend to 7 years, and shall also be liable to a fine, which may extend to 25% of the fair market value of the property. There is also provision for rigorous imprisonment for a term, which shall not be less than six months and may extend to five years, and a fine for giving false information under the amended Act,” the Minister said.
MOST READ Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal Bridges 16 for Phoenix, which has dropped eight straight for its second-longest losing streak of the season. The Suns dropped 10 in a row from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11.Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, the first pick in the NBA draft, missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Rookie guard De’Anthony Melton missed his second game because of a sprained right ankle. While coach Igor Kokoskov is hopeful of having Ayton back this week, he said Melton will miss a significant amount of time.Richaun Holmes returned after missing the past four games with a sprained right foot and scored 12 points with 10 rebounds.“They were attacking our bodies, they were attacking the paint and the rim. We were passive. We were just defending ourselves,” Kokoskov said. “We have to guard the yard. There was no secret.”The Lakers jumped out to a 12-2 lead less than five minutes into the game as the Suns missed eight of their first nine shots from the field. Phoenix found its shooting stroke, though, and went on a 14-4 run, which included three straight 3-pointers, to tie it at 16. It would be tied three more times in the first quarter before the Lakers went on a 6-2 run the final 1:06 to lead 31-27 at the end of the first.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Los Angeles began to steadily pull away in the second quarter and saw its lead grow to 63-46 with 1:15 remaining on Rajon Rondo’s driving layup. The Lakers were 16 of 26 from the field in the quarter as they led 65-53 at halftime.Phoenix slowly cut into the Lakers’ lead in the second half and got within six at 90-84 with 11:25 remaining on a three-point play by Holmes. But the Lakers put it out of reach again with a 14-4 run, which included 11 points by Lance Stephenson.TIP-INSSuns: Emanuel Terry, who was signed to a 10-day contract Sunday, made his NBA debut during the second quarter and finished with five points. … Jamal Crawford appeared in his 1,304th game and moved past Elvin Hayes for 20th in NBA history in games played.Lakers: Los Angeles is 6-10 since James was injured in a Dec. 25 game at Golden State. … Stephenson finished with 17 points and is averaging 11.5 points in the past four games. … Rajon Rondo had 11 assists and has 24 in the two games since he returned from a finger injury.UP NEXTSuns: Travel to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.Lakers: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. 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Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gave his short-handed team one important key going into Sunday’s game against Phoenix: Attack the paint.The Lakers were able to do that, and in the process snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-102 victory over the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 22 as Los Angeles won for the first time with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball both out of the lineup. Walton was also missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest). Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint.“I was boxing out my guy and my teammates were also boxing out their guys. Their guards weren’t able to fly in and get the boards,” said Zubac, who also had a career-high 16 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lakers’ domination in the paint also opened up the perimeter. They were 10 of 23 on 3-pointers, including an 8-of-15 clip in the second half.“When you’re getting downhill and putting pressure on the rim like that, when you do get 3s, they have a tendency to go in more often,” Walton said. “We needed a win and we got a real nice game.” View comments
The second World Twenty20 semi-final is likely to hinge on who emerges on top in the battle between the big-hitting West Indian batsmen and India’s wily spinners when the former champions clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.India, the world’s top-ranked side in the shortest format, arrived at the sixth edition of the tournament with 10 wins from 11 matches in 2016 and were considered overwhelming favourites by fans, opposing captains and bookmakers alike.But while an opening Super 10 stage defeat to New Zealand, who reached the semi-finals unbeaten, was a wake-up call, the home side’s credentials came into question in a one-run win over Bangladesh, who lost three wickets in the last three balls. (Also Read: West Indies will be destructive, warns Sammy)Virat Kohli’s wide blade was then called on to see off a stiff challenge from 50-over world champions Australia in a winner-takes-all contest to reach the last four, his masterclass glossing over some major batting flaws for the 2007 champions.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have failed to build a solid foundation for the hosts and their opening stands of five, 14, 42 and 23 have put pressure on the middle and lower order to provide a bulk of the scoring.Left-hander Suresh Raina’s scores of one, zero, 30 and 10 have not been overly helpful either, and calls for the number four batsman’s omission from the team have only gained momentum.Yuvraj Singh’s ankle injury in the win over Australia could open the door for Ajinkya Rahane to play at his home ground in Mumbai but the right-hander may be a little rusty, having not been involved in an international match for more than a month.advertisement”You can’t rely on one batsman, yes the others have contributed, but still at the same time, if we can do a bit more with the bat at the top of the order and the middle overs, I think we will feel the pressure slightly less,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said after the Australia triumph.”Also, it will be good, because still we feel we are batting at 65 per cent, barring Virat (Kohli).”CAPTAIN COOLDhoni faces the prospect of lifting a third World Cup for India after leading them in 2007 and again for the 50-overs title in 2011, the wicketkeeper lauded for his exceptional calmness and savvy against Bangladesh as India stole victory.A win on Thursday will take India to a third final in the World Twenty20 under Dhoni after they went down to South Asian rivals Sri Lanka in the last edition in Bangladesh.The strong form of his spinners and accuracy of pacemen Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs will give Dhoni hope of taming the West Indies batsmen on a surface that has done little to help the bowlers in three matches.South Africa saw a 230-run target chased down by England, who were on the receiving end of Chris Gayle’s assault when they failed to defend a score of 182.At the same ground, Afghanistan gave South Africa a scare while chasing 209 until they lost too many wickets in the second half of the innings on a surface offering little respite for the bowlers at a ground with relatively short boundaries.Afghanistan also inflicted the only Super 10 defeat on West Indies with their spinners finding a way to restrict their powerful batsmen in Nagpur.The 2012 champions rested Gayle for that game and a hamstring injury to Andre Fletcher, who has since been ruled out of the tournament and replaced by Lendl Simmons, hampered their chase further.But the inability to chase down a modest 124 would have not gone unnoticed and skipper Darren Sammy is hoping it was just a one-off and not a sign of inconsistency.”We have to leave this game in Nagpur,” Sammy said. “We’ll leave this game here and see it as the blip in the tournament.”Now we have two knockouts to play. Two more steps.”
Bangladesh celebrated the third edition of the International Yoga Day with huge enthusiasm. The lead event was held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, organised by the Indian High Commission.Scores of people along with many celebrities attended the event which began at 5.30 AM and continued till 8.30 AM. Many organizations in the country organized the yoga eve in Dhaka as well as Chittagong.Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, State Minister of Sports Dr. Biren Sikder, Director General of Bangladesh Television M Hamid were among those who attended the event. The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, also attend the programme which is being held for the third time in Bangladesh.Shringla welcomed the guests and then launched the Yoga App and special edition of ‘Bharat Vichitra’.By 7.30 am, advanced yoga asanas were demonstrated by Indian gurus Sumit Kumar and Aditi Guin, followed by similar demonstrations by Yoga gurus from Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Yoga Association and Indira Gandhi Cultural Center, supervised the event .’YOGA is not a religious issue’Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament, was the chief guest of the event. Chaudhary told that, in addition to the physical and emotional bonding, yoga is recognized as an ancient heritage. There is no relation of religion with Yoga.She also stated, “Yoga is considered to be very effective form of exercise. Therefore, on June 21, 2014, it was recognized as International Yoga Day. I’m glad that this event received a positive response in Bangladesh.”advertisementSports Minister Biren Sikder, who actively participated in the previous sessions said, “To reduce mental stress yoga is very efficient.”Harsh Vardhana Shringla said, yoga is not just physical practice, it is the perfect method of good health. Yoga has spread the charm among man and nature, he added.Massive TurnoutAccording to the High Commission, over 3500 people attended the yoga session. Students from various schools in Dhaka also took part in the event. After the event, Bangladeshi pop singer Mehreen Mahmud told that, yoga is very important for the body. To protect health and to reduce mental stress, yoga helps anyone very effectively.Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia told that, it helps prevent lifestyle diseases and reduce the risk of depression. Yoga can be practised at all ages.After the declaration of International Yoga Day, in 2014, Bangladesh observed the first event in National Museum, organized by Bangladesh Yoga Association. Last year, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka organized a yoga session at the Mirpur indoor stadium in Dhaka.Also Read:International Yoga Day: Yoga is about an inexpensive health assurance, says PM ModiInternational Yoga Day: Tight security at Delhi’s Connaught Place Beijing celebrates International Yoga Day at Great Wall of ChinaRamdev dedicates International Yoga Day to farmersALSO WATCH | International Yoga Day: PM Modi performs asana in Lucknow, says Yoga’s standardisation is taking place
Madrid, Dec 9 (AFP) The violence-hit Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will finally conclude in Madrid on Sunday, thousands of miles away from Argentina and 15 days later than planned.After postponements, bitter rows and court action that have tarnished the reputation of South American football, Argentina’s two greatest football rivals will kick off the second leg in Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 2045 GMT.The teams’ good-natured training sessions in Madrid this week have been a world away from the rocking Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires that was packed for an open training session before the original fixture was due to be played last month.That game had to be postponed twice after River fans attacked the Boca team bus. CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, chose to relocate to Spain.- ‘Weird’ -===========A final for the most prestigious prize in South American club football should have been something to savour, but players have made clear their sense of regret that events have forced them far from home and their supporters.”It is a weird final,” said Boca striker Carlos Tevez, once of Manchester United and Manchester City.”To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird.” River goalkeeper Franco Armani said: “We would have liked to play the game at home, on our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is made. We have to make the best of it.” CONMEBOL chose Madrid as a “neutral” host city, pointing to the largest Argentinian community outside Argentina. The city’s other major stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, will host the Champions League final in June.advertisementFor many, however, the decision to displace the most important club match in Argentina’s history is a national embarrassment — after all, the Copa Libertadores was named after those that secured independence from countries like Spain in the early 19th century.”Unfortunately for me, this match has lost importance in my heart,” Real Madrid’s Argentinian coach Santiago Solari said on Wednesday.Boca and River had initially refused to come. Boca believe River should have forfeited the trophy and took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but their appeal was rejected on Saturday.River, meanwhile, have lost the home advantage enjoyed by Boca in the first leg, which finished 2-2, not to mention economic benefits, despite CONMEBOL pledging to compensate them for any lost revenue.River continue to blame the security arrangements for failing to stop their fans from attacking the Boca bus as it travelled to the Bombonera. Several Boca players needed hospital treatment for eye injuries caused by glass shards and others said they suffered from smoke inhalation.”It was the security system that failed, absolutely and totally,” River’s club president Rodolfo D’Onofrio told El Pais on Friday. “River are the victims.” The real losers, however, are probably the thousands of fans let down and now left at home in Argentina.Some have travelled, including Agustin Giacone, a Boca supporter who arrived in Madrid on Wednesday.”It’s going to be a great party,” he said. “Argentinians don’t want to spoil the name of Argentina anymore.” – ‘Violence the winner’ -=========================Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto fears it will take longer to restore Argentina’s reputation.”We need time,” he said. “We need matches of this quality played in Argentina or South America to show that we have matured.”Today we should be talking about how River and Boca made Argentina proud,” Schelotto said. “Again, we have lost to violence.” For each club, the 20,000 tickets allocated to fans in Spain and elsewhere sold out within hours but some of the 5,000 for residents in Argentina remain available. The cost, and short notice, is likely to have put them off.Inside the Bernabeu, a vacant block of seats will act as a buffer between the two sets of supporters. Outside, the road that runs from the city centre to the stadium will be closed from 9am local time, as police seek to keep them separate. Around 2,500 police officers will be on duty.If the match goes off peacefully, CONMEBOL will claim success in at least ensuring it has been played.For Spain, there would be a boost to their 2030 World Cup bid, at the direct expense of the Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay ticket, another lead contender.For River and Boca, the winner will join their hosts, Real Madrid, at the World Club Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this month. River would also qualify for next year’s Copa Libertadores. (AFP) APAAPAadvertisement
Young West Indies bowler Oshane Thomas sent shivers down the Pakistan batting line-up’s spine with his pace to bundle them out for a paltry 105. His fiery bowling helped West Indies trounce Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first World Cup 2019 match Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Oshane Thomas picked 4 for 27 off 5.4 overs as Pakistan produced their shortest innings World Cup since 1992, and all he credited for his fiery bowling was a ‘good sleep’ a night before the match.”I had a good sleep last night,” Oshane Thomas, who was named man-of-the-match said in a post match interview.”We executed our plans well. Anywhere I get to bowl I’m happy to run in and bowl… want to keep winning games for West Indies. I just want to keep working hard and do my things”Oshane Thomas started his show with the ball by sending back in-form Babar Azam (22). He then picked Mohammad Hafeez (16), Shadab Khan (1), and Wahab Riaz (18) to finish with figures of 4 for 27.After winning the toss, West Indies put Pakistan to bat in first. The Pakistan batsman immensly struggles against West Indies pace as they failed to kep their wickets together and surrendered in mere 21.4 overs.While Oshane Thomas was the star with the ball, Jason Holder scalped 3 wickets before Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball 50 to send West Indies over the line in just 13.4 overs.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed unfazed after Pakistan crash to humiliating defeatAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso See https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/video/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-how-well-do-you-know-cricketers-1539519-2019-05-31advertisement
Story Highlights Renovation of the health facility, located in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is one of two national projects for Labour Day under the theme ‘Ramp it Up, Fix it Up’. The other is the installation of wheelchair ramps at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann. The National Health Fund (NHF) has provided $2.5 million for repair works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23.Renovation of the health facility, located in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is one of two national projects for Labour Day under the theme ‘Ramp it Up, Fix it Up’. The other is the installation of wheelchair ramps at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann.The work to be undertaken at Cumberland Road Health Centre will include roof repairs, installation of partitions, bathroom fixtures and kitchen cupboards, painting, and general cleaning and beautification. Additional funds for the project will come from the Ministry of Health.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that the entity is pleased to support the national Labour Day project.“Public-sector patients should feel comfortable visiting public-sector healthcare facilities, and this project to refurbish the Cumberland Road Health Centre will be used as one of the activities to celebrate the NHF’s 15th anniversary, highlighting our commitment to improving the delivery of healthcare to all Jamaicans,” he said.The work to be carried out forms part of a more extensive project by the NHF to undertake repairs to a number of health facilities on scheduled community workdays to provide a more comfortable and safe environment for users.A total of thirteen (13) community workdays have so far been undertaken across four Regions under endorsement from the Regional Health Authorities. The work to be undertaken at Cumberland Road Health Centre will include roof repairs, installation of partitions, bathroom fixtures and kitchen cupboards, painting, and general cleaning and beautification. Additional funds for the project will come from the Ministry of Health. The National Health Fund (NHF) has provided $2.5 million for repair works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23.
zoom Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) has signed four contracts for construction of Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) with Fujian Mawei Shipyard, SE China, valued at $125m.This will bring the current MAC order book to 25 vessels, due for delivery between May 2014 and June 2016, ranging in size and specification from 60m PSVs up to 500-man Flotels.The recent signing relates to 2 additional 60m PSVs, to follow on from the successful launch of the current two, slated for delivery in July 2014 and two newly designed 89m MAC MOTELs which will feature 240 beds, a crane and walk to work gangways.The motels will be the first OSVs to be delivered with the revolutionary OMPECO Garbage Convertor, which reduces garbage in volume by 70% and converts to inert sterile dust.Also to be installed is the EPIC POB Monitoring system, which will electronically track POB, both on the vessel, and across the gangway, so enabling the Master to know the exact whereabouts of ship based personal at any given time, an invaluable solution during an emergency muster.MAC, April 30, 2014
Business operators and residents in the Port Hawkesbury area will be getting a timely economic boost through a road-paving tender announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works today, July 13, advertised a tender for repaving on the Industrial Park Road in Point Tupper from the Nova Scotia Power Corporation building for four kilometres to the Anadarko liquified natural gas facility, which is currently in the preliminary stages of construction. Good roads play a vital role in the economic life of Nova Scotia by allowing for the smooth flow of products and services. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The National Restaurant Association of India’s Kolkata Chapter along with NRAI India Food Services Report 2019 (NRAI IFSR 2019) was launched by the Addl Chief Secretary, Home Industry, Commerce and Enterprises, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textile, Alapan Bandopadhyay on July 2.NRAI IFSR 2019, released once every 3 years, is the 4th edition of National Restaurant Association of India’s study to map trends, opportunities, and challenges of India’s food service sector. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTalking about the contribution of the restaurant industry in the economy, as well as the formation and launch of NRAI, Dr Amit Mitra, Finance Minister of State, said, “Restaurant industry is the third largest after retail and insurance in the service segment. It has been a significant contributor to the country’s overall economy in many ways. The industry engages millions of people, both directly and indirectly. The employment covers a full range of unskilled, semi-skilled and fully skilled people.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMitra also mentioned the industry figures for the Kolkata market. “There are a total of 38,838 restaurants, in Kolkata, 7994 of which are in the organised segment. There is a huge scope in Kolkata for the growth of non-home cooked food and foodservice market, compared to cities like Delhi and Mumbai. It is towards this purpose that NRAI has launched its Kolkata Chapter,” he added. It is to note that market size of Kolkata’s organised food service sector is estimated at INR 5,049 Crore for 2018-19. The industry in Kolkata currently generates direct employment for 66,234 people and stands fourth in comparison to Mumbai (4,28,358), Delhi (3,01,715) and Bengaluru (1,17,660). Sagar Daryani, Chapter Head of NRAI Kolkata and CEO, Wow! Momo speaking on the occasion said, “NRAI Kolkata Chapter has put forth Restaurant Industry’s concerns with respective Government departments and it is very encouraging to receive a positive response from the State Government and a warm welcome from the fraternity members.” Mentioning that this is the only industry that offers multiple opportunities for various job roles/levels with varying education and skill levels, he said, “We will assist in conducting soft skill and food safety training of youth in rural areas and later provide them with employment opportunities in the sector. We also plan to provide training infrastructure for hands-on-training on food safety, hygiene, and soft skills for existing and to become a platform for training and creation of new workforce ready to operate resources in the food service sector”. The mega launch was attended by the who’s who of the F&B fraternity. NRAI IFSR 2019 is a comprehensive compilation of data gathered from in-depth interactions with over 130 restaurant CEOs and 3500 consumers across 24 cities in India. Kolkata specific pull-out provides extensive data on a variety of parameters like average monthly spend per person, popular hangouts, employment and consumer’s eating out behaviour and trends.
The Museum we will be hosting a special grand opening of the Doc Kearney Solar Prints exhibit at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. This event is open to all members of the public. Donations in lieu of admission are welcome. Rodgers will share a brief presentation about Dr. Kearney’s and about her solar printing process.Doc Kearney Solar Prints by Margaret Rodgers will be on display at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum until August 24th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a grand opening event this Saturday for an exhibit in honour of Fort St. John’s second doctor.The Museum has partnered with Margaret Rodgers, the niece of Dr. Garnet Kearney, to produce an exhibit depicting Dr. Kearney’s life through a series of solar prints. Dr. Kearney moved from Ontario to Fort St. John, where his adventures became part of local legend. The photographs he took and sent home to his relatives provided a unique window into his frontier life. The Museum’s curator Heather Sjoblom said that Rodgers developed the series of solar prints to tell the good doctor’s story. Rodgers is a visual artist, curator, educator and writer, founder of IRIS, and former Director/Curator at VAC Clarington. She is a member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is planning a number of power outages in the Peace Region today to fix equipment that was damaged during a massive power outage on Wednesday evening.Over 30,000 customers in nearly all of Northeast B.C. lost power at around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. BC Hydro said that the outage occurred when lightning hit equipment that connected the B.C. Peace with the rest of the provincial electrical grid.Crews took around 15 minutes to bring both the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams back online. Once that was complete, power was then able to be restored to residential customers, the last of which saw the power come back on at around 9:15 p.m. Other industrial customers then saw their power restored. Hydro says that eight separate outages are planned in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson today to repair equipment that was damaged by last night’s unplanned outage.The list of planned power outages can be found here: https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html#planned-1602964060.
Actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie is visiting Iraq and Syria to raise awareness of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families who have fled the violence in their home country. According to UNHCR estimates, over 4.2 million Iraqis have been displaced, with 2.2 million within the war-torn nation and two million in neighbouring countries.“I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to this humanitarian crisis and to urge Governments to increase their support for UNHCR and its partners,” Ms. Jolie said. “My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the humanitarian plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”Today, the Academy Award-winning actress crossed into Iraq from Damascus, the Syrian capital, arriving at the makeshift Al Waleed border camp housing 1,200 stranded Iraqi refugees who are unable to flee their country. She also observed dozens of Iraqis making their way into Syria at a border checkpoint.“It is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate about Iraq’s future include plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face,” she said, adding that in her role as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, she will concentrate on humanitarian issues and leave politics to others.In Iraq, she also paid a private visit to United States troops and other multinational forces based in the area.Yesterday, Ms. Jolie arrived in Syria, and visited a UNHCR centre in Damascus where she met some of the thousands of Iraqi refugees – almost one-quarter of them being victims of violence and torture – registering with the UN agency. Spending hours talking to Iraqi refugees in their homes, she recognized Syria for opening its borders and for its generosity to Iraqis.Tens of thousands of the refugees are unemployed, and many young people are missing out on an education and their futures.Late last month, UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF) jointly launched a $129 million education appeal to send 155,000 Iraqi refugee children to school throughout the Middle East. Today, the United States announced it will contribute $30 million to the fund. 28 August 2007Actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie is visiting Iraq and Syria to raise awareness of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families who have fled the violence in their home country.
MONTREAL — The new Parti Quebecois government is earning some unflattering reviews from one of its former leaders even before completing its first half-week in office.Lucien Bouchard issued a statement Friday condemning comments about shale gas made by the new PQ minister in charge of the industry.While an environmental review process is only barely underway, Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet has already said the resource can never be developed safely. Before entering politics, Ouellet was an environmental activist, mechanical engineer, and official at Hydro-Quebec.She can now add another line to her CV: Bouchard foe. A popular former leader of the PQ and premier from 1996 to 2001, Bouchard is now the president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association.“Confusion reigns,” Bouchard said.He listed six questions raised by Ouellet’s comments: Is the ongoing environmental review cancelled? Should that review be allowed to complete its work? What did Ouellet mean by the “complete moratorium” she appeared to be announcing this week? Has the government already written off the industry?Bouchard also asked why Quebec would have such an attitude when, in the U.S., the Obama administration is eager to exploit the resource in order to reduce fossil fuel emissions and achieve energy independence. Finally, he asked, why not consider studies that suggest shale gas can be exploited safely while creating jobs?“In any case a government decision to formally impose a moratorium would be a little bit like kicking in an open door,” Bouchard added.“Because for the last two years, and certainly for the next two or three, there has not been and there won’t be any exploration — let alone production — of shale gas on Quebec’s territory.”Ouellet was not available Friday to comment on Bouchard’s remarks, according to a staffer who answered the phone at her riding office.In interviews Bouchard gave after the Sept. 4 provincial election, he criticized some of his old party’s campaign promises and he suggested it was time to focus on priorities other than achieving independence. The PQ took office Wednesday.The remarks about shale gas also drew criticism from another ex-leader of the PQ, Andre Boisclair, who also works for the industry. Premier Pauline Marois has since tried to downplay the remarks, saying the government is keeping an open mind.The reaction of Marois’ predecessors echoes a frequent complaint from the PQ’s opponents since the cabinet was sworn in.Much of the opposition attacks since Wednesday, and media punditry, has focused on the notion that the composition of the PQ cabinet tilts heavily toward environmental activism but isn’t quite so business-friendly. Bouchard has in the past lamented that his old party has shifted too far to the left.But environmentalists have celebrated the PQ’s shale comments.Exploitation of the resource has been linked to water, soil and air pollution, along with an increase in earthquakes.When it comes to PQ feelings toward Bouchard, there has been no love lost for him from some members of Marois’ brand-new cabinet.A video posted on YouTube in October 2011 shows Daniel Breton, who was named environment minister this week, tearing into Bouchard for comments the former PQ premier made about the shale-gas industry.Breton, an environmentalist who spearheaded the provincial Green Party and ran for the federal NDP in 2008, was not an elected politician at the time.In the footage, he calls Bouchard’s support of shale gas “truly ridiculous.”“It really takes dinosaurs to push the same old solutions of lazy intellectuals who say, ’Rather than digging up new ideas, let’s dig holes in the ground like our ancestors,’ ” Breton says.
Once the suspects were taken away the crowd dispersed. The monks were identified as Pitigala Jinarathana thero (80) and Borelesgamuwa Gunarathana thero (60). A leading Buddhist priest of the Kotte Rajamahavihara Temple and another monk were murdered a short while ago, the police said.According to initial reports the assailants had arrived in a car and stabbed the two monks before making their escape. (www.colombogazette.com) The police said that eyewitnesses had identified the number plate of a vehicle believed to have been used to commit the crime.A tense situation prevailed in the area as a result of the double murder. Police investigators, with the assistance of a sniffer dog, later arrested four people on suspicion from a house adjoining the Temple.A large crowd gathered around the area although it was past midnight and demanded that the police show the identity of the suspects arested.The police however refused to do so insisting that the four people are only to be questioned as suspects. One monk died at the location while the other died on admission to the Kalubowila hospital. [slideshow]Pics by Easwaran Rutnam
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Cuba’s energy minister says breakdowns in the country’s power plants have caused a string of blackouts across the country this week, and he promises the problem will be solved by Saturday.Minster of Energy and Mining Raúl García Barreiro told state media Tuesday night that a series of blackouts in cities and towns throughout Cuba was due to mechanical problems in three power plants as two others were down for maintenance.The statement came after days of official silence in response to reports on Twitter from Cubans experiencing power cuts. Dozens of users reported the times, duration and locations of blackouts, in a dramatic example of the government’s broken monopoly on information in the face of increased access to mobile internet, which came into wide use this year.The Associated Press
Police across Saskatchewan reported 9,684 driving offences throughout the province in August.During the August Traffic Safety Spotlight, police reported 7,762 aggressive driving or speeding offences, 949 distracted driving offences (including 880 for cellphones), 632 inappropriate or no seatbelt/child restraint offences and 341 impaired driving offences.After a record number of distracted and aggressive driving offences were logged in May, the minister responsible for SGI said the province is considering increasing penalties regarding distracted driving.Related Mom of Sask. teen killed in distracted driving crash becomes new Operation Lifesavers Stop Track Tragedies spokesperson Police charged 295 drivers with impaired driving under the Criminal Code, plus 46 other drivers were issued roadside administrative suspensions.In 2018, the presence of drugs or alcohol was a factor in 36 per cent of all fatal crashes in the Saskatchewan RCMP’s jurisdiction. Police in the province catch between 200-400 impaired drivers every month.What to do if you see a suspected impaired driverAnyone who sees a driver they suspect is impaired is encouraged to call 9-1-1. Callers are asked to provide as many of the following details as possible:The location and the direction the vehicle is travelling The make, model and colour of the vehicle Licence plate number A description of the driver and the suspicious driving behaviour 10 signs a driver may be impairedDrifting in and out of lanes Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed Tailgating and changing lanes frequently Making exceptionally wide turns Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights. Disregarding signals and lights Approaching or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on Saskatchewan’s impaired driving laws have zero tolerance for impairment by alcohol or drugs. Penalties start at .04 blood alcohol content (BAC) for experienced drivers. Penalties can include vehicle seizures and licence suspensions for at least three days.If a driver exceeds .08 BAC, they could face criminal code charges. This involves a minimum 30-day vehicle seizure, and an indefinite licence suspension until the charges are dealt with. Upon conviction, drivers can face potential fines, jail time, ignition interlock requirements and driving prohibitions.
The new edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Agency’s (FAO) Crop Prospects and Food Situation report revealed that some 37 countries – 29 of which are in Africa – require external food assistance. “Ongoing conflicts continue to be a key driver of severe food insecurity, having triggered near-famine conditions in northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as widespread hunger in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and Syria,” FAO stated. The report also said that conflict impedes productive activities, hinders access to food and significantly intensifies the numbers of internally displaced people. In Africa, the report details that urgently in need food of assistance are about 1.1 million people in the Central Africa Republic; some 7.7 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which hosts more than 200,000 refugees and four million internally displaced persons; over three million in northern Nigeria; some 4.8 million in South Sudan; and 3.1 million in Somalia – a number that has tripled over the past year. Elsewhere, it points out that chronic hunger or food insecurity is confronted by 7.6 million in Afghanistan; 3.2 million in Iraq; and 6.5 million in Syria. Moreover, in Yemen 17 million, or 60 per cent of the population, are believed to require urgent humanitarian assistance. The report notes that should November’s maritime port closures be repeated the country would risk famine. Learn more about FAO’s work in these countries hereIn some regions, adverse weather conditions are taking their toll on farm food outputs – notably due to drought in East Africa and floods in parts of Asia. Some 8.5 million people are estimated to be food insecure in Ethiopia, especially in the Somali region. Consecutive unfavourable rainy seasons have curtailed crop and livestock production in Kenya, leaving about 2.6 million people severely food insecure. The report also flags concerns in Bangladesh, where three episodes of flash floods this year caused substantial damage to the rice crop. A severe summer drought has also cut Mongolia’s wheat harvest by almost half. Despite local negative trends, the report points out that, overall, global food production is booming. In addition, production gains are being recorded in many low-income food-deficit countries, where the aggregate cereal output is forecast to grow by two per cent this year.
GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after two viable homemade explosive devices were found in Limerick this afternoon.The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were found on a green field site beside a river in Annacotty shortly before 1pm.An Army explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the scene and confirmed that the devices were viable.The explosives were taken to a safe military location for technical examination.The Defence Forces said that the devices will be handed over to Gardaí to help with the investigation into the incident.
A MAN HAS died after becoming trapped in the back of a waste disposal truck in Dublin late last night.It is understood that the man was working in the Grand Canal Street area of Dublin when he got into difficulty.According to the Irish Times, a passerby who had been attending a nearby theatre, heard shouting coming from the back of the truck and hit the emergency stop button at around 11.15pm.Fire crews were then dispatched and used emergency equipment to release the man from the vehicle. He was brought to St James’s Hospital but later died.The victim, who was aged in his lates 30s or early 40s, was an employee of a private waste disposal company, RTÉ News reports.It is understood that the driver of the truck has received treatment for shock.Investigations by both the gardaí and Health and Safety Authority will now take place.