Les élèves de la NouvelleÉcosse célèbrent le Mois des jeunes scientifiques

first_imgLa récolte de tomates de l’espace et l’étude de l’énergie éolienne sont deux exemples de projets entrepris par les élèves néo-écossais dans le cadre du Mois des jeunes scientifiques. « La science aide à former l’esprit des futurs inventeurs et chercheurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Lorsque des possibilités d’apprentissage sont présentées d’une façon amusante et intéressante, il n’y a aucune limite aux découvertes passionnantes que peuvent faire les élèves. » Le Mois des jeunes scientifiques a été créé par Sciences jeunesse Canada en reconnaissance des découvertes intéressantes et novatrices effectuées par les jeunes dans le domaine des sciences. En Nouvelle-Écosse, le programme de sciences fait la promotion du côté pratique et intellectuel de l’apprentissage. Par l’entremise de la résolution de problèmes, de la recherche et de la prise de décisions, la science fait la promotion de la découverte et du plaisir. « Les élèves sont naturellement curieux, et la science leur donne l’occasion d’explorer leurs intérêts et de prendre des décisions sur des choses vraiment intéressantes et complexes, a dit Joyce Morrison, directrice de l’école élémentaire Greenfield à New Waterford. Si vous donnez aux élèves les bons outils et l’environnement d’apprentissage approprié, ils exploreront. » Des projets tels que Tomatosphère font la promotion de l’exploration et de l’apprentissage amusant. Tomatosphère est un projet de sensibilisation pédagogique qui fait découvrir l’espace et la nutrition à des milliers d’élèves du pays. À l’aide de semences de tomates qui ont voyagé de la Terre à la Station spatiale internationale pour ensuite revenir sur Terre, les élèves doivent découvrir des façons de fournir des aliments nutritifs aux équipes qui séjournent dans l’espace pendant de longues périodes. Des centaines d’élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont participé avec grand succès au projet Tomatosphère. « La science n’est plus seulement la lecture et la recherche, mais inclut aussi les expériences et la pensée, a dit Marilyn Webster, consultante en sciences pour le ministère de l’Éducation. L’exploration et la recherche critique assurent la participation active des élèves à leur apprentissage, ce qui permet de produire des penseurs et des questionneurs. » Le programme « The Energy Around Us » enseigne la découverte par l’expérimentation. Cette initiative conjointe des ministères de l’Éducation et de l’Énergie incite les élèves de la 9e année à étudier d’autres sources d’énergie et à les comparer à l’énergie éolienne. Une série de ressources sera offerte à certaines classes de la province pour aider les élèves à mieux comprendre les enjeux liés au développement durable, y compris le lien entre l’énergie et le changement climatique. Les élèves devront également suggérer des solutions qui peuvent faire une différence dans leurs communautés en ce qui a trait à l’énergie renouvelable. Les élèves présenteront leurs conclusions lors d’une célébration en juin. En mars et en avril, les élèves pourront également mettre à profit leurs talents, leurs capacités et leur créativité lors d’une série d’expo-sciences régionales. Les expo-sciences inspirent les entrepreneurs et les scientifiques de demain en encourageant les programmes de sciences et l’apprentissage novateur. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les expo-sciences régionales (en anglais seulement), consultez le site www.sciencefairinfo.ns.ca.last_img read more

Heritage Projects Receive Funding

first_img encourage the sale of arts and crafts made in Nova Scotia develop financial support within the community improve leadership and program skills of heritage board members, employees, and volunteers develop strategies to communicate with new audiences increase community co-operation around heritage resources “Important support from this program assists the Association of Nova Scotia Museums with the capacity to provide real tools to engage, educate and help sustain community museums,” said Anita Price, managing director of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. Applications are reviewed annually by a peer adjudication panel that makes its recommendation to the Heritage Division of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The panel includes representatives from Nova Scotia’s four heritage regions: Cape Breton, northeast, southwest, and central; the Association of Nova Scotian Museums; and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The Strategic Development Initiative can provide a maximum financial contribution of 75 per cent toward a project. A list of 2010-11 recipients is posted online at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/heritage_sdi.asp. The Strategic Development Initiative has supported 140 heritage projects since 2000. The government is enhancing and developing heritage projects for the enjoyment of Nova Scotians across the province. Twelve applicants for heritage projects will share $200,000 as part of the Strategic Development Initiative. The Strategic Development Initiative encourages archives, community museums, municipal governments, regional development authorities, and non-profit groups to co-operate on projects that build on their community’s heritage assets. “Our partners have excellent ideas for sustainable made-in-Nova-Scotia heritage projects,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re pleased to help strengthen their ideas and the heritage sector through funding support.” Applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:last_img read more

Premier Welcomes Federal Commitment to Clean Energy in Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotia businesses and families would pay less to enjoy the benefits of clean, renewable electricity from the Lower Churchill hydro project because of support promised today, March 31, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Harper announced a commitment to provide support for the project through a loan guarantee, or equivalent financial support, while speaking in St. John’s. “This is wonderful news,” said Premier Dexter. “I spoke to Mr. Harper this evening, and affirmed that this project is a win-win for all of us, that will change the economic landscape of this province and the region for generations to come. “The Lower Churchill project is a game changer for Atlantic Canada, and a major environmental and energy win for all of Canada.” Premier Dexter noted that all national party leaders have committed their support to the project. The deal to build the $6.2 billion Muskrat Falls portion of the Lower Churchill hydro-electricity project was announced Nov. 18 by Premier Dexter and then Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Danny Williams, in conjunction with project partners Emera and Nalcor Energy. In exchange for a 20 per cent investment in the construction of the project, Nova Scotia will receive 20 per cent of the electricity generated over the next 35 years, accounting for 8-10 per cent of the province’s electricity needs once it starts flowing in 2017. “Building this project is building our nation,” said Premier Dexter. “No longer will Nova Scotia be at the end of the line as far as power is concerned. Rather we will be at the centre of an efficient loop connecting Newfoundland and Labrador to the Maritimes, New England and Quebec.” The electricity will travel to Nova Scotia by way of the Maritime Link, a $1.2 billion sub-sea cable between Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton. In addition to transmission infrastructure upgrades within and between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the project will provide the opportunity for further energy integration and cooperation across the region. “We always said that this project was a go whether we got federal support or not, but this commitment means real dollars saved for the ratepayers that are going to be receiving the benefits of federal support, and a new source of clean, renewable energy,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

Governor General Visits Membertou

first_img “I am honoured to represent the province of Nova Scotia at this significant event,” said Mr. Corbett. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share with Their Excellencies the proud history and rich culture of this successful and innovative Mi’kmaq community.” Their Excellencies visited Membertou following a tour of Cape Breton University. Their three-day visit to Nova Scotia took place May 31-June 2. One of five Mi’kmaq communities in Cape Breton, Membertou is an urban First Nation with a population of 1,260 people and employs over 540 people. Membertou Corporate Division successfully manages 11 diverse and financially successful companies including Anaia Global Renewable Energies, First Fishermen Seafoods and Membertou Geomatics. For more information on the Governor General’s visit to Nova Scotia, please visit www.gg.ca. For further information on Membertou please visit www.membertou.com. A drumming performance by The Sons of Membertou, Mi’kmaq dancing, and a performance of O Canada in Mi’kmaq by Membertou Elementary School students are some of the highlights of the official visit by Gov. Gen. David Johnston to the community of Membertou, today, June 2. He was accompanied by his wife Her Excellency Sharon Johnston. Membertou Chief Terrance Paul also hosted a luncheon in honour of Their Excellencies’ visit which was attended by Deputy Premier Frank Corbett, Mi’kmaq chiefs from throughout Cape Breton and Membertou community leaders. “We are delighted to welcome Their Excellencies to our community,” said Chief Paul. “We are proud of our accomplishments in preserving the past while embracing the future. Their visit with us today is yet another affirmation of the progress of our people towards a more certain future.” The luncheon was followed by a tour of the community including: a viewing of Membertou’s dreamcatcher exhibit which demonstrates Membertou’s focus on engaging the community’s young people in order to shape a successful future an overview of the planned Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre scheduled to open in 2012 a viewing of sculptures featuring past Mi’kmaq leaders including Grand Chief Henri Membertou, Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. and Donald Marshall Jr. – all of whom played a role in improving the lives of Mi’kmaq people a discussion with Membertou senior executives and Cape Breton University graduates on how their academic achievements have been applied to their leadership roles in Membertou.last_img read more

Well Users Urged to Exercise Caution

first_imgNova Scotians affected by flooding who use wells for drinking water should follow safety steps to protect their health and safety. If a property is flooded, residents should stop using well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the flooding has stopped and the well can be flushed, disinfected and tested. Residents should also stay away from well pumps during flooding to avoid an electric shock, and hire a professional to re-start the pump, if required. For the Department of Environment emergency fact sheet on well safety during, and after, a flood, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf . -30-last_img read more

PCs NDP join Premier in congratulating Sidney Crosby

first_imgNova Scotia’s three main political party leaders are joining together to congratulate Sidney Crosby on his selection as captain of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team. Mr. Crosby, of Cole Harbour, will lead Team Canada at next month’s Sochi Olympics. The NHL star famously scored the winning goal in overtime four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, beating the United States to earn Canada the gold medal. “This is another remarkable achievement from a remarkable young man,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Sidney Crosby is a great athlete and a born leader and I believe all Nova Scotians will join with me in wishing him and his teammates the best of luck as they carry our country’s hopes at one of the greatest sporting events on Earth.” “I’m both proud and excited to see Sidney Crosby will be leading our national men’s hockey team at the Olympics,” said Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jamie Baillie. “He’s a role model on and off the ice, demonstrating hard work and determination, while constantly taking time to give back to his community and his sport.” Interim Leader Maureen MacDonald offered congratulations on behalf of the Nova Scotia NDP caucus. “We are so proud and thrilled to know Sidney is leading the team that will defend Canada’s title as the best hockey nation in the world,” said Ms. MacDonald. The Winter Olympics take place Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia.last_img read more

Teachers and Province Reach Tentative Agreement

first_imgThe province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), representing public school teachers, announced today, Nov. 12, they have reached a tentative agreement. “We’re pleased a tentative agreement has been reached with the NSTU,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I encourage other bargaining units to come to the table to continue collective bargaining.” “Reaching a tentative agreement with the NSTU is good news for public education,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Regional meetings with teachers around the province are scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18. “We have reached a tentative agreement with the province,” said NSTU president Shelley Morse. “Our provincial executive met today and voted to present the deal to our public school members. Our members will be presented with the details of the tentative agreement during regional meetings next week.” The last agreement with teachers expired on July 31. Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the agreement is ratified by union members. A ratification vote is scheduled for Dec. 1. There are about 9,000 public school teachers in Nova Scotia.The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial propose une nouvelle loi sur la sécurité routière

first_imgLe gouvernement prévoit remplacer la loi sur les véhicules automobiles (Motor Vehicle Act) par une nouvelle loi sur la sécurité routière (Traffic Safety Act). Les Néo-Écossais auront l’occasion de faire entendre leur voix. L’une des premières choses à être mise à jour sera les règles de la route, y compris la distraction au volant, les limites de vitesse et le cyclisme. « Les Néo-Écossais sont sur la route tous les jours, et nous voulons connaître leur opinion en vue de préparer la nouvelle loi et les règlements connexes, souligne Lloyd Hines, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. La loi actuelle a été rédigée au début des années 1900, et il est temps de la moderniser. Nous voulons que la nouvelle loi soit plus flexible et adaptée. » La nouvelle loi, qui sera déposée à l’Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’automne, régit et réglemente l’immatriculation et l’identification des véhicules automobiles, ainsi que l’utilisation des autoroutes et des routes provinciales. Cela inclut les permis de conduire, l’immatriculation et l’inspection des véhicules, le code de la route et les normes relatives à l’équipement. Pour obtenir plus d’information ou pour soumettre vos commentaires, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/trafficsafetyact/fr . La date limite pour soumettre les commentaires est le vendredi 8 juin. Les soumissions écrites peuvent être envoyées à l’adresse suivante :Consultation au sujet de la loi sur la sécurité routière / Politique et planificationMinistère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructureC.P. 186Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2N2last_img read more

Google faces antitrust probe by US Justice Department

first_imgSan Francisco: The US Department of Justice is preparing to open a case against Google for potential anti-trust violations, thus, putting scrutiny on the tech giant amid a growing chorus of criticism about the power of Big Tech, The New York Times has reported. This comes at a time when there’s a debate whether large technology companies should be broken up. “This year, with a new antitrust task force announced in February, the trade commission renewed its interest in Google. In recent weeks, the commission referred complaints about the company to the Justice Department, which also oversees antitrust regulations, according to two people familiar with the actions,” The New York Times report said. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The commission has also told firms with complaints against the tech giant to take them to the Justice Department. This is not new for Google, it has has faced anti-trust tests in the past. In 2013, Google said it would change some practices after it agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission. The FTC had been concerned that some of Google’s business practices could stifle competition. In 2010, the company received an antitrust complaint from the European Commission regarding ranking of shopping search results and ads, which resulted in Google being fined $2.7 billion in 2017, according to Alphabet’s latest annual report, reported CNBC News.last_img read more

United States advance with Sweden win Cameroon snatch dramatic last 16 spot

first_imgParis: The United States made it a perfect three wins out of three at the Women’s World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, while Ajara Nchout fired Cameroon into the last 16 with a last-gasp winner. The Americans will continue their bid to defend their world title against Spain in Reims on Monday after a win that saw them make it 18 goals for the tournament and break the 24-year-old record for the number of goals scored in the group stage held by Norway. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevLindsey Horan opened the scoring when she tapped home Samantha Mewis’ flick with two minutes on the clock, and Tobin Heath helped make sure of the points by firing past Hedvig Lindahl via a big deflection off Jonna Andersson four minutes after the break. Andersson’s own goal somehow survived a VAR check from referee Anastasia Pustovoytova despite substitute Carli Lloyd looking to be offside in the build-up. However afterwards Lloyd claimed she hadn’t seen the incident, with Heath saying that she would “take the goal” all the same. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsLloyd replaced star player Alex Morgan at half-time after the 29-year-old took a knock in the opening 45 minutes, but USA coach Jill Ellis was non-committal on whether she would be fit for Spain. “Alex took a knock in the first half and it was more of let’s be smart about this, in terms of what we did,” she said. “It’s a zero risk game in terms of having players available in the next round.” Sweden started with a team with seven changes from the side that beat Thailand 5-1 last time out and four players making their World Cup debut, and offered very little attacking threat. However their defeat means that they face Canada next in Paris on Monday and are in an easier side of the knockout draw from the States, who have hosts France, England and Norway as potential opponents further down the line. The only truly top draw side lined up for the Swedes is Germany, who they could meet in the quarter-finals if they beat Canada, who lost 2-1 to Group E winners the Netherlands earlier on Thursday.last_img read more

It is a case of sour grapes Yogi tells Priyanka

first_imgSaharanpur: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday took a dig at Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for her criticism of the law and order situation in the state. Gandhi had questioned whether the state government had surrendered before criminals. “It is a case of sour grapes. Her party President lost from UP, so sitting in Delhi, Italy or England, they have to comment on something or the other to remain in headlines,” the Chief Minister told reporters here. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Yogi Adiytanath was in Saharanpur to take a stock of the law and order situation and review developmental works. He was apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi, who lost the Amethi to the BJP’s Smriti Irani. The Congress, which once had a huge presence in the state, has now been practically eradicated. UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, is the sole Congress lawmaker from the state. Despite the defeat, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been active in the state. Last week, after a video of two prisoners flashing a country-made pistol in Unnao jail was widely shared on social media, the government came under sharp attack. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Referring to the incident, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: “In entire Uttar Pradesh, criminals are roaming around freely, doing whatever they wish. Criminal incidents continue to happen but it has fallen on deaf ears of the BJP government. Has the Uttar Pradesh government surrendered before criminals?” The UP Police responded to the tweet with data and claimed that it had recorded unprecedented decline in crimes and improvement in the law and order situation. “UP Police has taken strict action against serious offenders. 9,225 criminals were arrested and 81 were killed in two years. Illegal property worth nearly 200 crore was seized under the National Security Act and there was unprecedented decline in dacoity, murder, loot and kidnappings,” the state police tweeted. “Because of UP Police’s effective working, there has been 20 to 35 per cent decline in crimes. All sensational crimes were solved in 48 hours,” the police added.last_img read more

Afghanistan to play full home series in India against West Indies in

first_imgNew Delhi: Afghanistan will play a full series against the West Indies, including a lone Test match, in their adopted home country India in November, the country’s cricket board said. The “home” series will include three T20Is, three ODIs apart from the only Test, beginning from November 27, against the Caribbeans. The venue of the Test as well as the shorter-format games are yet to be decided. “As per the Future Tours Program (FTP), Afghanistan national team is scheduled to host West Indies for a tour from 5th November till 1st December in India. The series will include three T20Is, three ODIs and a one-off Test match,” the Afghanistan Crickek Board said in a statement. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Ahead of the series against West Indies, the national team is also scheduled to play a one-off test against Bangladesh in September followed by a triangular T20I series that will feature Bangladesh and Zimbabwe,” it added. Afghanistan and the West Indies have played only 10 internationals between them, eight of those held in the Caribbean. The West Indies lead Afghanistan 5-4 in the head-to-head, their most recent victory coming in the ongoing World Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The one-off Test will mark Afghanistan’s third appearance in the longest format. They were beaten on debut by India last year but defeated Ireland by 7 wickets in March at Dehradun. Schedule: Nov 5 – 1st T20I Nov 7 – 2nd T20I Nov 9 – 3rd T20I Nov 13 – 1st ODI Nov 16 – 2nd ODI Nov 18 – 3rd ODI Nov 27-Dec 1 – One-off Test.last_img read more

June spot power price dips 11 to Rs 332unit

first_imgNew Delhi: Average spot power price fell 11 per cent to Rs 3.32 per unit in June compared to the year-ago month, the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) said Monday. With trading of 4,207 million units (MU) of electricity, the volume in the day-ahead-market (DAM) grew 12 per cent month-on-month.As compared to June 2018, the trading volume fell 15 per cent. On daily average basis, around 140 MUs were traded in June 2019, the exchange said. “The average Market Clearing Price (MCP) at Rs 3.32 per unit (in June 2019) declined 11 per cent over Rs 3.73 per unit in June 2018 mainly on account of reduced demand in the short-term market,” the IEX said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepGreater availability of power from hydro, solar, coal- based power generating stations having long-term contracts with discoms along with better availability of domestic and imported coal were the key reasons for decline in traded volume on IEX. The hydro, solar and coal generators saw an increase of 5 per cent, 52 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, IEX said citing National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC) data. According to the NLDC data, the all-India peak demand met reached a new high of 183 GW in June 2019, an increase of 7 per cent over 170 GW peak demand met in the year-ago month. On all-India basis, the energy met was 119 billion units (BU) in June 2019.last_img read more

Cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a cloudy Sunday morning in the national capital, with the minimum temperature settling at 30.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. According to the MeT department, the humidity level in the city recorded at 8.30 am was 54 per cent. The weatherman has predicted cloudy weather throughout the day. But there is no possibility of rain, he added. “The skies will remain cloudy and the maximum temperature is expected to settle at 38 degree Celsius,” the weatherman said. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 30.3 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 39.6 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

Delhi govt releases Rs 500 cr to develop unauthorised colonies

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government has released Rs 500 crore for development works in unauthorised colonies, according to an official statement issued on Friday. The move came a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that residents of unauthorised colonies will soon have ownership rights of their houses and claimed that the Centre has agreed to the AAP government”s proposal in this regard.In a statement, the government said the urban development department has released Rs 500 crore to the irrigation and flood control department following a direction of the chief minister. “The chief minister directed the Urban Development Department to ensure that there is no financial constraint for the development work of unauthorised colonies and funds must be released on time,” it said. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe government said the work of providing basic developmental facilities –sewers, drains, roads and lanes –is being carried out on a “war footing” in unauthorised colonies, adding that water distribution lines are being laid by the Delhi Jal Board. It also alleged that BJP-led Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) still do not allow their councillors to spend funds in unauthorised colonies. Residents of these colonies play a vital role in deciding the electoral fate of any political party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The total budget allocation for the development works in unauthorised colonies in the current financial year is Rs 1,500 crore. Out of the total budget, Rs 700 crore have now been released to Irrigation & Flood Control Department for the development works to be carried out,” the government stated. Before 2015, neither MCD Councillors nor MLALAD funds could be spent on the development works in unauthorised colonies. Kejriwal government amended the MLALAD guidelines to allow the elected representatives to spend their MLALAD for providing basic facilities in these colonies. However, MCDs still do not allow their Councillors to spend funds in unauthorized colonies. The CM announced that the residents of the unauthorised colonies will get the ownership rights of their properties soon. The Delhi cabinet’s proposal to regularize colonies was sent to the Centre in November 2015. The Delhi cabinet had cleared the proposal to regularise 1,797 colonies on November 2, 2015 and sent it to the Centre on November 12. The Centre has now sent a communication to the Delhi government stating its in-principle approval for regularisation of 1,797 unauthorised colonies. The Chief Minister also informed on Thursday that he has directed officers to prepare for large scale registry of homes in the unauthorised colonies. Delhi government has spent/allocated the highest ever amount of money for providing basic amenities in unauthorised colonies.last_img read more

Google Maps helps reunite father with his daughter after four months

first_imgNew Delhi: Google Maps helped police reunite a father with his 12-year-old daughter who had gone missing over four months ago in Delhi, officials said.The girl had taken an e-rickshaw near the Kirti Nagar furniture market in Holi on March 21, according to the police. When the minor did not get down at the metro station, the e-rickshaw driver asked her where she wanted to go, but she did not give any reply. He took her to the Kirti Nagar police station at 8.33 pm, a senior officer said. During an initial inquiry, the girl could not remember her house and just said she was from “Khurja” village and her father’s name was Jeetan, the officer said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice searched Khajuri Khas and Khureji areas of Delhi since their names are similar to the word ‘Khurja’, but could not find any records of missing complaints being filed. They took the girl to the nearby JJ colony, but no one could identify her. The girl, who is mentally-challenged, also said that she had travelled to Delhi by a train a couple of days ago with an uncle named ‘Pintu’. He took off her clothes in the train’s washroom and left her there when she started crying, police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn March 22, her medical examination was conducted and no sign of sexual assault was found. A case was registered under Section 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO acts. She was handed over to an NGO, the police said. The 12-year-old was taken to Khurja village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district by a police team on four different occasions, but they did not get any clue about her family, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bhardwaj said. “We kept trying to trace her family but could not get any lead. She was not being able to say the name of her village properly,” Bhardwaj said. “The police team had gone to Khurja several times, but no one could recognise her there.” When a police team was taking the girl to Khurja again on July 31, a senior officer asked her the names of nearby areas of her village. She said Sonbarsa was her mother’s village and there was a place called Sakapar near her village. Thereafter, with the help of Google Maps, the police got to know that in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district, there are villages with the name of Sakapar, Sonbarsa and “Kurja”. Later, her family was also traced by the police. On August 1, her father Jeetan, a native of Kurja village, came to Delhi from Gorakhpur, the police said. Jeetan said he brought his daughter to the capital for treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS). The girl went missing on Holi from his sister’s house at JJ colony in Kirti Nagar, but he did not file any missing complaint, the police said. Jeetan, who works at a scrap factory in Delhi, said his wife, who lives at her parent’s house in Sonbarsa, was mentally-challenged and she had also gone to some random place around one-and-a-half years ago, according to the police. “Around three-four months later, she was traced in Ludhiana, Punjab. Similarly, he thought that police will find his daughter also.”last_img read more

Industry stalwarts to be felicitated during XIA 2019

first_imgBengaluru will host the XIA 2019 Decennial Celebrations of St Xavier’s College Alumni Association (SXCCAA) – South Chapter, on August 31, 2019, at Hotel Taj West End, 9:30 am onwards.This meet is being organised to provide a platform where senior alumni along with distinguished leaders and thought provocateurs can meet the millennial generation to help, mentor and guide them. Distinguish CXOs’ from various industries and renowned celebrities from the field of music, media and entertainment, film and sports will be sharing their experience during ‘XAV.biz’ and ‘XIA 2019’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe event also aims to unite and support ‘Chapter’s Philanthropic Mission’ and activities related to SXC Raghavpur Philanthropic Campus, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Bangalore – Mid day meal initiative for needy students, Support for the Orphan Education and Street Girl Child Education support and a lot more. The daylong event shall feature various segments as the XAV.biz A Business & Networking forum to interact and exchange ideas which is open to all. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSome of the keynote speakers at the program shall be Sanjeev Sanyal – Principal Economic Adviser MoF India Govt; D Roopa Moudgil, IPS – IGP Karnataka Police; J C Sharma – VC & MD Sobha; Pt Bickram Ghosh – Tabla Maestro and Composer; Biren Ghose – Country Head, Technicolor; and Dr Gopichand Katragadda – Founder and CEO at Myelin Foundry, Past Group CTO, Tata Sons. Highlight of the evening shall be first XIA-2019 Global Excellence Awards to be bestowed on 12 individuals who have excelled in the fields of Economics, Corporate Leadership, Digital Innovation, Global Music, Visionary Education & Hospitality Industry, Next-Gen Entrepreneurship, Excellence in Science & Innovation, Performing Arts & Music, Journalism, Film Making, Outstanding Alumni and Public Relation & Philanthropic Activity, followed by musical odyssey by Pop Band Krosswindz, led by alumni and lead guitarist Vikramjit ‘Tuki’ Banerjee. Chief guest on the occasion shall be Rev Dr Dominic Savio, S.J., SXCCAA President along with Sanjib Koner, Secretary of SXCCAA, Rev Dr Fr Victor Lobo , S.J. Principal St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.The proceedings shall be moderated by Snehasis Sur, President, Calcutta Press Club.last_img read more

China opposes action against Iran after attacks on Saudi oil fields

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday threw its weight behind Iran after the US blamed the country for the weekend drone attacks on major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, saying that it is not fair to blame Tehran for the bombings without any conclusive probe. The attacks on Saturday targeted Abqaiq, the site of the largest oil processing plant run by the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield. Iran has denied involvement in the air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack, without providing any evidence, prompting Tehran to accuse Washington of deceit. The attacks resulted in 10 per cent surge of oil prices on Monday. “In the absence of conclusive investigation and results, we don’t think it is responsible to blame anyone,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.last_img read more

Endangered salamanders put quarry on hold as residents fight against project

first_imgA group of Ontario residents trying to ward off the development of a new quarry in their community say they have found two endangered salamanders that they hope will convince authorities to put an end to the project.The Burlington, Ont., residents say the discovery of the Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders should force the province to reconsider the development by Meridian Brick, which has had two active quarries in the area for decades.“This is a real coup,” said Maria Adcock, who lives nearby and is part of the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition. “This is a beautiful area that shouldn’t be developed and this discovery should help save the forest.”Meridian has had rights to develop a third quarry since 1972, but hadn’t acted on it until two years ago.Dozens of residents who bought homes in the community argue they were never warned about the possibility of a quarry being developed next to their backyards. They first learned about it when the company sent around a newsletter in 2015. That’s when the community got organized, waging an environmental fight to save the trees — and the value of their properties.The city has said it can’t stop the project.“After extensive review by staff in several city and regional departments, we have come to understand that Meridian Brick is within its legal rights and that the Province of Ontario, not the City of Burlington, has jurisdiction over this matter,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.Last year, the residents set their sights on the province, arguing the project would violate Ontario’s rules and regulations surrounding endangered animals and their habitats.But the province needed proof, so the residents went searching the areas just outside the brick company’s property for evidence of Jefferson salamanders.And they found it last year, when they spotted a salamander near the quarry site. They snapped a photograph and sent it to Jim Bogart, a University of Guelph professor emeritus who has studied salamanders since the 1970s.To him, it looked like an Allegheny mountain dusky salamander, which only has two small populations in Ontario, both near the Niagara Gorge, he said, but he needed a tissue sample to confirm its identity.The endangered dusky is so rare that Bogart said he’s never seen one live.“This was very exciting and very important — it could be a new dusky salamander population,” said Bogart, 77. “But all I have is the photograph at this point.”That sighting was important enough for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to put a temporary hold on the company’s plans, which hoped to begin clear cutting trees this year.Meridian has since had environmental consultants examining the land for a wide variety of endangered species, both plants and animals, in order to comply with the Endangered Species Act, according to the ministry.Bogart, who said he is not being paid by either side for his work, has been on the proposed quarry site several times searching for salamanders this spring. He’s found nothing of import on the property so far, but they are hard to spot.If a dusky salamander was found, it’s likely that an entire stream and nearby areas on the company’s property would be protected habitat.Then in mid-April, Bogart received tail clippings of five salamanders that the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition said they found in the area.He performed a genetic analysis and discovered a different endangered salamander species: Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders.“They are fascinating genetically and have been driving me crazy for years!” Bogart said.“These salamanders, all female, cannot reproduce unless they receive sperm from a Jefferson salamander. Did you know they live for about 30 years? So they come back to the pond year after year after year and may not breed unless a male Jefferson shows up.”He said he hasn’t found any egg sacs of the unisexual salamanders, but is continuing to search, adding that the company’s hired consultants have been “marvellous” to work with.A Jefferson salamander or the Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders would have its habitat protected within a 300-metre radius and potentially up to 1,000 metres if another suitable breeding pond is found, Bogart said.A ministry spokeswoman said they are awaiting results of the company’s report to review its plans to deal with endangered and species at risk.Meridian spokesman Patrick Kelly said the company is undergoing new and updated studies as it tries to address the concerns of the community and is “making adjustments” in its plans, although he didn’t provide details. He said Meridian will update the residents on its plans at a meeting on Thursday.Adcock remains hopeful the unisexual salamanders will prove as valuable as the Jefferson salamander, which was the primary reason a nearby quarry application was denied in 2012.last_img read more

Saskatoon pastor offers spiritual advice fruit punch at roadside stand

first_imgSASKATOON – A Saskatoon pastor is taking a page out of Charles Schultz’s classic “Peanuts” comic strip by offering spiritual advice and a glass of fruit punch at a roadside stand in his neighbourhood.Mark Kleiner of Christ Church Anglican church says the stand is part of a parish initiative to participate more in the community.He tells CTV Saskatoon they want a minister “that engages with the people around us.”The stand is strikingly similar to the one where Lucy often counsels Charlie Brown in the “Peanuts” comics.An overhead sign on the booth promises spiritual help for five cents, while another sign on the front of it reads: “The pastor is IN.”Kleiner says the fruit punch is free, and that he’ll take an IOU for those who don’t have a nickel to pay for his spiritual advice.“It’s really not so much a money-making proposition as it is a nod to Charles Schultz and Lucy of ‘Peanuts’ fame,” he says.Kleiner has faced a wide range of questions, from big ones like the meaning of life to smaller ones about the intricacies of individuals’ personal faith.“A really common one is, ‘How do I find time for my own spiritual growth?’” he says.The pastor says he tries not to be a know-it-all with his advice.“Oftentimes it’s just holding that space to listen,” he says.He also acknowledges that other people’s problems can seem easy to solve for an outsider, but it’s not so easy when you live those situations yourself.“I can’t walk that walk for you,” he says.(CTV Saskatoon)last_img read more