first_imgOvernight closures on the Seal Island Bridge on Highway 105 willcontinue next week. If weather permits crews to work, the bridge will be closedfrom 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day from Monday, Sept. 15to Friday, Sept. 19. For all other times, including this weekend, traffic will bereduced to one lane. Traffic control will consist of trafficlights and, at times, traffic control personnel. Motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. They shouldexpect slightly longer delays when the Newfoundland Ferry trafficarrives. Motorists can obtain up-to-date information on the Seal IslandBridge reconstruction project by calling 1-866-720-2800. The Department of Transportation and Public Works regrets anyinconvenience this work may cause. -30-last_img

first_imgNew legislation will prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet introduced point-of-sale legislation, today, Oct. 31, which will discourage Nova Scotians, particularly children and youth, from tobacco use. In addition, exterior signage will also be eliminated. Only government authorized signage will be permitted at the point-of-sale. “A true tobacco free culture is more than just a reduction of use,” said Mr. Barnet. “It is the absence of enticements to start. A normal visit to a convenience store should not provide tobacco companies with free access to our children and youth. The power walls that exist behind most store counters represent the last venue for tobacco advertisers. Effective March 2007, we will pull the plug on these power walls.” Power walls, or point-of-sale advertising, are large, visually appealing displays, located in most gas stations and local stores. Research has indicated these displays are particularly appealing to children and young adults. The legislation will force store owners to conceal cigarettes, and any other tobacco product. The removal of power walls will further restrict the advertising reach of tobacco companies. “Once again Nova Scotia is leading the way in the areas of health promotion and protection,” continued Mr. Barnet. “This legislation is both aggressive and progressive. I believe we will continue to see sharp declines in our smoking rates as a result.” The legislation will take effect March 2007 and will expand the list of establishments that are prohibited from selling tobacco to include recreational facilities where the primary activity is physical recreation. Facilities such as bowling alleys, fitness centres, gymnasiums, pools and rinks, libraries, community colleges and universities, community centres and halls, among others, will be prohibited from selling tobacco products. The only exception to the point-of-sale legislation will be for a tobacconist shop where one hundred per cent of their revenue is generated through tobacco products and accessories. These shops will be permitted to advertise provided that no customers are under the age of 19 and the advertising is not visible from the outside of the store. The province’s tobacco control strategy was introduced in 2001. Since then tobacco use and smoking rates in Nova Scotia have steadily declined. The success of the strategy is due, in large part, to the support and commitment of stakeholders, health professionals and community groups across the province. Point-of-sale legislation is an important addition to the province’s existing tobacco legislation which also includes the Smoke Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.last_img read more

first_imgChanges to solvency requirements under the Pension Benefits Act will help municipalities and their employees control growth of contribution requirements. “In some cases, municipalities and employees were facing significant contribution increases,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “I believe these changes will maintain a high level of protection of pension plan benefits while enhancing affordability.” Previously, solvency deficiencies in these plans had to be fully funded within five years. Under the rule change, the plans will have five years to achieve 85 per cent solvency. Solvency is a measure of a plan’s abilities to meet its financial obligations to its members. The rule change will be in effect for 10 years, beginning Aug. 30, 2006. During this time, municipalities would be fully responsible for any funding shortfalls should a pension plan be totally, or partially, wound up. “This will protect the interest of plan members, which is paramount,” Mr. Parent said.last_img read more

first_imgMayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will be the special guest speaker at an event this weekend that will celebrate an international symbol of pride and freedom. Marcus Garvey Days will be held at the historic U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association) Cultural Museum, 35 Jessome St., Glace Bay, Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19. Daily events will begin at 8 a.m. Lt.-Gov. Francis will speak Friday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. “Marcus Garvey promoted the ideals of pride, freedom, self-reliance and education, ideals all Nova Scotians can aspire to,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “These are certainly principles that have been the foundation on which success and growth in the African Nova Scotian community have been built upon.” Jamaican born Marcus Moziah Garvey founded what is commonly known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1917. Mr. Garvey thought people of African descent would be respected only when they were economically strong and that obtaining a broad education was a good start to realizing this goal. In an effort to unify the people he established more than 1,100 branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in more than 40 countries, including halls in Glace Bay, Sydney, and New Waterford. “The Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum was founded in 1918 and is the only U.N.I.A. left in Canada,” said Theresa Brewster, executive director, Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum. “It is a centre for community activities and celebrations and also honours Cape Breton County’s African Nova Scotians.” Mr. Garvey visited the hall in 1928. For a list of events see the website at .last_img read more

first_imgImpath Networks Canada Corporation is the latest company to join Nova Scotia’s growing high-tech sector. The Ottawa-based developer of video surveillance solutions is expanding its headquarters to Halifax. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), worked to secure Impath Network’s head office relocation and is investing $2 million as the company expands in Nova Scotia. “Impath Networks recognizes the value of doing business in Nova Scotia,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “The company’s move and expansion in Halifax demonstrates that our innovative province is the ideal location for world-class research and development.” The company is a provider of video surveillance solutions for markets including transportation systems, bridges and tunnels, government and military facilities, airports and seaports, city centres, border crossings, and correctional facilities. “Our move to Halifax will enable Impath Networks to build and promote research and development in Nova Scotia,” said Carlo Shimoon, CEO of Impath. “Nova Scotia’s thriving high-tech sector offers more opportunities to grow our business.” NSBI Venture Capital, a division of NSBI, works closely with companies, providing capital, strategic direction, and advice to support growth in the province. “NSBI Venture Capital is all about helping businesses in Nova Scotia reach their next level of growth, and we help leverage additional investment,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “With GrowthWorks also at the table, our co-investment in Impath is a great example of just the kind of partnership NSBI is proud to help grow.” GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund is also investing $1 million to support Impath Networks. “One of the key focuses for us when choosing to make an investment in a company is the management team,” says Tom Hayes, president and CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund. “Along with great technology, Impath brings a solid management team which we believe can really drive the growth of this company.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services. NSBI Venture Capital is a mid to late-stage investor focusing on Nova Scotia businesses in five key sectors: information and communications technology, defence and aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences. More information on NSBI Venture Capital is available on the website at .last_img read more

first_img introducing BizPaL, a free online service with one-stop shopping for permits and licences for all three levels of government changing the Companies Act to make it quicker and easier for businesses to incorporate, amalgamate or convert to an unlimited company 10-day service standards for government to issue business permits and licences. The province has met its goal of cutting red tape to business by 20 per cent, making it quicker and easier for Nova Scotia business owners to deal with the government. By offering more services online, making it easier to incorporate or renew a business, and offering businesses information from all three levels of government in one spot, the province has achieved goals set five years ago in its Better Regulation Initiative. “Business owners don’t want to spend their time filling out forms or standing in line to submit them,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “They want to focus on building new markets, improving service and employing more Nova Scotians, which is what we want too. The more successful the province’s businesses are, the more successful the province is overall.” The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has designated today, Jan. 10, to Friday, Jan. 14, as Red Tape Awareness Week. The premier spoke to members of the federation at a meeting in Halifax today. He said Nova Scotia businesses spend an estimated 615,000 hours completing paperwork for provincial departments. A 20 per cent cut means businesses are now spending 123,000 fewer hours per year filling out government forms. “We’re always looking for ways to make it easier, and more convenient, for businesses to interact with government,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Business and government have worked together on this important issue, and I am very pleased with the results.” Some examples of ways the province has streamlined operations to make things easier for business are: “We’re so pleased that government did what it said it would do: measure, reduce and publicly report its progress on tackling red tape,” said Leanne Hachey, CFIB’s vice-president, Atlantic. “Nova Scotia is now viewed as one of a few go-to provinces for other jurisdictions looking for ways to reduce red tape. This work has laid the foundation for ongoing progress — all of which makes it easier to do business in Nova Scotia.” A CFIB survey found that business owners across the country wanted to see government administrative burdens reduced by 10 to 25 per cent.last_img read more

first_imgFifty-seven per cent of graduates who completed their first degree in 2007 were satisfied with the quality of teaching, and another 38 per cent were very satisfied, according to a report released today, Jan. 18, by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. The report, Two Years On: A Survey of Class of 2007 Maritime University Graduates, report today, examines graduate satisfaction with education, further education trends, employment, and financial status, with a focus on those who completed their first degree in 2007. The survey also found that 34 per cent of graduates thought their program developed their skills of independent and critical thinking to some extent, while a 62 per cent thought these skills were developed to a great extent. “We asked our graduates about the extent to which their university program developed a number of core skills, and also their level of satisfaction with a number of aspects of their program,” said Mireille Duguay, chief executive officer of the commission. “The findings are telling us our graduates are transformed by their education, and that they are satisfied with the experience.” The class of 2003 graduates were equally satisfied. Six-in-10 Maritime university graduates who earned their first degree in 2007 opted to enrol in a second educational program within two years, a slight increase compared with class of 2003 graduates. However, the reasons remained the same, increasing employability or, to a lesser extent, self-improvement. Graduates of liberal arts and sciences programs were much more likely to go on for further study. By 2009, 73 per cent of first degree holders borrowed money to finance their education, including the 2007 degree or any further education. Graduates who borrowed relied on government, banks, family members and other sources, and borrowed an average of $37,013 by 2009, with one-third borrowing $45,000 or more. Compared with graduates of the class of 2003, Maritimers relied to the same extent on government student loans, but increased their reliance on other sources such as banks and borrowing from family members. By 2009, 20 per cent of those who borrowed to finance their first degree or further education still owed at least $45,000, while 21 per cent had repaid the whole amount. Compared with the class of 2003, the proportion owing at least $45,000 increased eight percentage points. The employment rate of class of 2007 first degree holders is down nine percentage points, compared with the Class of 2003 two years after graduation. “The class of 2007 was surveyed in the midst of an economic recession, which probably accounts for the decreased employment rate,” said Ms. Duguay. “However, it seems to be the only employment measure affected. The number employed full-time and in highly skilled jobs was about the same compared to four years earlier.” In 2009, first degree holders employed full-time earned over $43,000, which is above the earnings of the general population in the Maritimes. Maritime provinces are retaining about the same proportion of graduates compared with the class of 2003. Prince Edward Island retained 63 per cent of its residents, Nova Scotia 74 per cent and New Brunswick 71 per cent. Twenty-nine per cent of graduates who had originally come to study in the Maritimes from elsewhere in Canada or abroad, were still living in the Maritimes two years after graduating. The vast majority of graduates said the investment in their education was worthwhile. “Two years after graduation, 83 per cent of first degree holders said their university education was worth the time invested, and seven-in-10 said it was worth the financial investment,” said Ms. Duguay. Between Oct. 18, 2009 and Jan. 8, 2010, Ipsos Reid completed telephone interviews with 3,380 graduates from 16 universities in the Maritime region. The report analysis focuses on 1,702 first degree holders. The margin of error for findings from the weighted sample of 3,380 graduates is plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20; for the sample of 1,702 first degree holders, the margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974 to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. The commission’s 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public.last_img read more

first_img Coastal development Working waterfronts Public coastal access Sea level rise and storm events Coastal ecosystems and habitats Coastal water quality Governance For each of these issues, the strategy establishes goals, objectives and actions. “We know Nova Scotians value their coast line and want to ensure it is there for their children and grandchildren to enjoy in the future,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This is an opportunity for those people to share their thoughts on the draft strategy and we welcome their feedback.” “We are pleased to see this provincial coastal management initiative moving forward, and appreciate having the opportunity to provide our input on the draft coastal strategy,” said Port Hawkesbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. The draft coastal strategy and feedback form are available at or by calling 902-424-5830. The feedback form will be available until Nov. 30. The draft strategy is only available in English but the final strategy will be bilingual. Nova Scotia is another step closer to having a new strategy that will protect the coastline, while supporting sustainable coastal development. The draft of the province’s first coastal strategy was released for public review and feedback today, Oct. 13. “The coast is where Nova Scotians live, work and play, and it is one of our greatest natural assets,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Taking care of our coastal areas and resources is critical to the long-term sustainability of our province and will contribute to the creation of meaningful and durable jobs in our rural communities.” The draft strategy focuses on seven issues that are crucial to effective coastal management:last_img read more

first_imgMore than 35 small businesses in Nova Scotia are more competitive with help from the Nova Scotia Business Development Program. The program encourages small business start-ups and helps existing businesses expand. A total of $250,000 was contributed to businesses in every region of the province this year. “Helping businesses become more globally competitive, more innovative and to provide workers with the right skills for good jobs, will help grow the Nova Scotia economy,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Business Development Program, through jobsHere, is helping us achieve that goal.” Rebates for approved services are 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $10,000. Pro Poly Cushioning Products started out as a single-product seat-cushion comfort line. It quickly diversified to meet a wider range of clients and markets and now produces everything from insoles to motorcycle seats to horse blankets. “With the help of the business development program, we are able to greatly expand the market for our Yarmouth-based business,” said Patrick Surette, owner, Pro Poly Cushioning. “The program allowed us to hire a consultant to help us develop and implement a comprehensive regional and national marketing plan.” The funds help businesses with things such as: “With rapid industrial growth there is increasing reliance on safety training protocols,” said Brian MacArthur, principal, Cape Breton Business College. “We saw an opportunity to develop a new program targeted at ensuring Nova Scotia workers are ready for major projects like the recently announced shipbuilding initiative in Halifax and the Lower Churchill energy project.” “The business development program funding is extremely helpful in enabling us to capitalize on this growth opportunity.” For more information on the Nova Scotia Business Development Program visit . improving operational efficiencies identifying new markets and commerce opportunities helping export internationally developing online marketing strategies business succession planning market research and business plan development advertising and promotional plans fiscal management toolslast_img read more

first_img “We asked cancer health professionals and patients to list the books about cancer they considered must-reads,” said Meg McCallum, provincial manager, Education and Patient Navigation at Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Members of Nova Scotia Cancer Patient Education Committee reviewed the books health professionals and patients suggested and quickly agreed on six titles.” Patients and families often have questions and information needs beyond their disease and treatment details. Having books available in libraries throughout the province gives people another option for information. “I’ve been diagnosed with three different cancers and I know how important it is to have good information,” said George Beck, patient advisor, Nova Scotia Cancer Patient Education Committee. “Some patients and families will turn to the Internet for information. Some will reach out to other patients or family and friends, and others may not feel comfortable reaching out to anyone.” The provincial library works with Nova Scotia’s 79 public libraries, providing leadership and support to ensure libraries continue to offer services that enrich lives and communities. “Public libraries have long been navigators of information that helps people get on with their lives, whether through fiction or non-fiction,” said Jennifer Evans, provincial librarian. “This collection well serves people with cancer and their families through a variety of topics that are vital to their well-being.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. After you Ring the Bell… Ten Key Challenges for the Cancer Survivor Man Cancer Sex The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook The Healing Journey – Overcoming the Crisis of Cancer When a Parent is Sick – Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children Woman Cancer Sex Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library have partnered to make six new books about cancer available at all 79 provincial libraries. The book titles include:last_img read more

first_imgProvincial government offices in Annapolis, Digby, Kings, Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Hants and Halifax counties, including Metro Halifax, and some of Cape Breton, will open at noon today, Jan. 13. Offices in Inverness and Victoria counties will remain closed for the day due to weather. Provincial government offices in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne and Yarmouth counties are open. -30-last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas investment arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Friday reported a 71 per cent jump in its 2018-19 fiscal year net profit on the back of a spike in crude oil production. Consolidated net profit in April 2018 to March 2019 period at Rs 1,682 crore was 71.4 per cent higher than Rs 981 crore net profit in the previous financial year, the company said in a statement here. OVL is the unlisted overseas arm of ONGC and is not obligated to report quarterly earning numbers. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Turnover rose 40.5 per cent to Rs 14,632 crore. This came on back of an 8 per cent surge in crude oil production from assets the company has in foreign countries. Oil production rose to 10.1 million tonnes in 2018-19 from 9.35 million tonnes in the previous year. Natural gas output, however, fell 1.6 per cent to 4.73 billion cubic meters. OVL holds a stake in 41 oil and gas asset in 20 countries spanning from Brazil to New Zealand. The company said production from South Sudan’s Greater Pioneer Operating Company (GPOC) has resumed during the year after prolonged shutdown since December 2013. Presently, the block is flowing crude oil at about 35,000 barrels per day. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The firm also struck oil for the second time in a Colombian block, CPO-5. “The well flowed at a self-flow rate of about 4,000 barrels per day,” the statement said adding oil was first discovered on the block in 2017. “With the two wells, current production from CPO-5 is more than 8,000 barrels per day,” it said. During the year, the company and its partner in Mozambique’s giant Rovuma Offshore Area 1 gas field have sold around 11 million tonnes per annum of the LNG that will be produced from the project to several global consumers and traders. Also, the company shipped the first equity oil cargo from Lower Zakum Concession in UAE to group refinery at Mangalore. OVL’s assets abroad hold in-place reserves of about 676 million tonnes of oil and oil equivalent gas.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s coal import increased by 13.4 per cent to 20.72 million tonnes in April compared to 18.27 million tonnes (MT) in the same last year, according to a report. Of the total imports during April 2019, non-coking coal or thermal coal shipments were at 15.08 MT, according to provisional data by mjunction services. Imports of coking coal, used in iron and steel making, were 3.52 MT in April while metallurgical coke imports during the month were at 0.22 MT. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsMjunction, a joint venture between Tata Steel and SAIL, is a B2B e-commerce company that also publishes research reports on coal and steel verticals. Coal and coke imports during 2018-19 increased by 9.66 per cent to 235.35 MT as compared to 214.61 MT imported in FY2017-18, latest mjunction data showed. Commenting on the import trend, mjunction MD and CEO Vinaya Varma said, “The flat trend in non-coking coal import in April was in line with expectations, as the power plants continued to have sufficient stock of coal.” “This scenario may continue in the current month,” he added. The Centre had earlier urged state-run Coal India to pledge self-sufficiency in production to eliminate import of thermal coal. The government has set a target of 1 billion tonne of coal production by 2019-20 for the mining major, but is considering relaxing the timeline.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a tragic incident, a woman and her two children suffocated to death after a fire broke out in a three-storeyed building of a playschool and a cloth shop in Faridabad, Haryana on Saturday.Police said the fire had broken out in the cloth shop being run from the ground floor of the building at Dabua Colony, resulting in a thick smoke engulfing the upper floors, where the family lived and ran a playschool. The woman’s husband ran the cloth shop which caught fire. The playschool was closed due to summer vacations, said area SHO Sandeep Kumar. The husband had gone to fetch milk from the market when the incident took place, resulting in the death of the woman (28), her daughter (8) and son (5), he said. “Though the fire did not spread to the upper floors, a thick smoke engulfed the building, choking them to death,” he said. He said the victims were rushed to hospital but they succumbd to injuries.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the state government is committed to framing good laws in order to ensure justice for all, on the occasion of International Justice Day.She highlighted that 19 human rights courts have been set up in the state during the last eight years, since the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011. “#InternationalJusticeDay #Bangla Govt is committed to framing good laws for people and ensuring good justice for all. 19 human rights courts have been set up in #Bangla in the last 8 years,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersInternational Justice Day, also known as World Day for International Justice or Day of International Criminal Justice, is celebrated across the globe as an effort to recognise the strengthening system of international justice. It may be mentioned that Bengal is the first state to set up such courts. These are located in the district headquarters and special public prosecutors have been appointed for filing the cases. The district and sessions judges hear the cases in the human rights courts, which are aimed at fast disposal of rights violation cases.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: National Informatics Centre (NIC), which is a key organisation under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology paid tribute to NIC’s founder director general to N Seshagiri on Monday. Present on the occasion, MoS for HRD, Communications& Electronics & IT Sanjay Dhotre praised Seshagiri for guiding NIC in becoming the IT arm of the government and providing global solutions for Digital India. Dhotre also lauded the role of NIC for transforming the government services through the use of its physical and the human network. Paying her tribute to Seshagiri, NIC’s DG Neeta Verma said e-governance is the outcome of his vision and its translation through the decades of the 80s and the 90s.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of women pickpocketers who targeted metro. The investigating agency recovered two lakh rupees from the accused persons. Police identified the accused as Vinita (19), Naina (22), Gayatri (23), Anita (35) and Sunita (35). All lives in Anand Parbat area. They were nabbed near Shadipur Metro station. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Vikram K Porwal said that the gang first identifies the victim with bulging pockets or carrying bags standing on the Metro Stations or any other crowded places from where one can board a transport. “Thereafter, the gang surrounds the victim and picks the pocket or commits theft of the articles from the bag. They generally pickpocket for cash and steal the gold ornaments from bags of victims,” said DCP Porwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Adding further, he said that in a recent case one Anil Kumar Aggarwal was carrying total cash of Rs 9,82,500. During the journey, he kept total cash inside the bag, however, while he checked the bag at DC building Barakhamba in his office, the bag was found intact and Rs 4, 32,500, were found missing out of the total amount. In this connection, an online E-FIR was registered on August 21. The accused were found involved in the crime.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Twitter have reacted to calls for more to be done in preventing racist abuse of footballers on social media platforms by agreeing to meet with representatives of Manchester United they announced on Wednesday. United executives were keen for a meeting with Twitter after their French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba was the victim of abuse following his penalty miss in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. His team-mate Harry Maguire demanded that Twitter and Instagram be more proactive in stopping “pathetic trolls”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEngland women’s football manager Phil Neville said football players should boycott social media. Pogba was the third footballer to suffer racial abuse in a week for missing a penalty — the others being Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and second tier side Reading’s Yakou Meite. “Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out (anti-discrimination organisation within football) and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK,” Twitter said in a statement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it. “To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our Rules.” Twitter rules prohibit users from promoting violence against, threatening or harassing people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other protected groups. Since 2018, it has increased the number of accounts suspended for evading a previous ban on the service by 45% and tripled the number of accounts suspended within 24 hours after receiving a report.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid clamour from the auto industry for a GST rate cut, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur on Friday asked players in the sector to also take up the matter with state finance ministers who are part of the GST Council, and assured all support from the Centre. Automobile and component manufacturers have been seeking GST cut on automobiles to 18 per cent from 28 per cent to help the sector come out of a prolonged slump that has resulted in job losses. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”You are aware that any rate cut on GST needs to be approved first by the fitment committee then by the GST Council. I request all of you to also reach out to the state finance ministers who are part of the GST Council,” Thakur said while speaking here at the annual convention of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association. He said the finance ministry has received multiple representations from car manufacturers, dealers and many of the stakeholders regarding the GST rate cut. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Various OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are based out of various parts of the country. The issue is whether they (the manufacturers) taking these issues with their finance ministers or not,” Thakur later said while speaking to reporters on the sidelines. He said state finance ministers should be equally aware of the challenges faced by the OEMs or the automobile manufacturers. “Our humble request is to apprise them also so that whenever this issue is discussed in the GST Council meeting, everyone should have their view point,” he added. Thakur had reminded the gathering that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already suggested in the last meeting that the Centre was open to take it to the GST Council for deliberation, and most of the decisions were unanimous in the previous GST Council meeting. The next GST Council meeting will be held on September 20 in Goa. Thakur said the government has already come out with slew of measures to address challenges faced by the auto industry. “So, that is the priority our government is giving to this industry,” he said. “Let me assure you we stand by you at this juncture and we will be there to listen to your challenges as we know you are going to play the most important role in making India a $5-trillion economy by 2024-25,” he said. The government will consider various measures including the scrappage policy and we are working closely on that as per demand of the industry, he said. “This industry is going to do well…. (instead of) looking at this as a challenge, we will take it as an opportunity and be among the top-three countries in automobiles in the world,” he said adding that the companies “can do it… whatever decisions we have to take, we will take.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing her concern over the “grim” economic situation in the country, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing its mandate in the “most dangerous” fashion.While chairing a meeting of senior party leaders, Gandhi said that it’s not enough to be aggressive on social media as “democracy was at peril, and the mandate was being misused.” “We need to confront and combat the forces that appropriate Gandhiji, Sardar Patel, BR Ambedkar and misrepresent their true message for their nefarious ends. We must stand up fearlessly to fight on the streets, fight in villages, towns and cities. The Congress party must have an agitational agenda, and merely being active on social media is not enough,” Gandhi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsExpressing her concern over the economic slowdown, Gandhi said, “The economic situation is very grim. Losses are mounting. General confidence has been shaken, and all that the government doing is indulging in unprecedented vendetta politics to divert attention from mounting losses.” With mega event for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and ‘RSS-like Preraks’ on the agenda, Gandhi chaired the meeting of senior party leaders, the ‘first big meeting’ by the Congress interim president after taking charge. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretaries and in-charges of various states, state government chiefs and CLP leaders, among others. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was not present in the meeting. While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy were present at the meeting, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel did not attend. However, senior MP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was present in the meeting. At the meeting, the party decided to appoint ‘preraks’ or ‘motivators’ at the district level across the country to scale-up its mass contact programme. These preraks will work on the party agenda and look after party work much like the pracharaks in the RSS. This is a first of its kind of appointment within the Congress cadre.last_img read more