Environmental Childrens Book Launch

first_imgSchool children across the province will get the chance to read a children’s book written by their peers about protecting Nova Scotia’s environment. From Campfire to Forest Fire will be launched at Bras d’Or Elementary School in Cape Breton on Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. as part of Environment Week celebrations. The book is the follow-up to the successful 2001-02 release Little Smelt, Little Smelt, Why are you sick? The book teaches children what can be done to help a forest regenerate after an accidental fire. Its authors are former Grade 5 students at George’s River Elementary and Bras d’Or Elementary. It was edited by Department of Environment and Labour employee, Barb Bryden. Three thousand books were published with funding from the Department of Environment and Labour and income raised from the sales of the first book. “By helping to make this series of books, students in Nova Scotia are learning the importance of environmental protection,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “In addition, they get to participate in a fun, interesting and unique educational opportunity.” The book’s illustrations are based on drawings by the young students. The colourful storybook will be used in classrooms throughout Nova Scotia. Proceeds from From Campfire to Forest Fire will help to fund various school programs and activities. Environment Week is celebrated from June 4 to 10 with events happening around the province.last_img read more

Flood Precautions Advised

first_img For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off the electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been declared safe to use. Contact local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about safe drinking water. The Emergency Management Office is reminding Nova Scotians that flooding can occur at any time after heavy rain and melting snow. With significant rainfall expected overnight, on top of recent rains and melted snow, EMO is advising Nova Scotians living in flood prone areas to take appropriate precautions. Homeowners should move furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, secure property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood, and pile sandbags along shorelines bordering property. Residents should also ensure they have access to drinking water in case their regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In the event of a flood:last_img read more

H1N1 Vaccine to be Limited to Risk Groups Next Week

first_img Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative. Cough and sneeze into elbow or sleeve. If using tissues, dispose of them appropriately and wash hands. Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles, mouth guards, cosmetics or eating utensils. Those with flu-like symptoms who are younger than five, pregnant, or younger than 65 with a chronic medical condition for which they receive regular medical care, should go to a family physician’s office, walk-in clinic or flu assessment centre. People with severe flu-like symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, severe vomiting, high fever for more than three days, and confusion, should call 911 or go immediately to the local emergency room. People with flu-like symptoms who are otherwise healthy should stay home until they are feeling well. If their condition worsens, they should seek medical care. Because of national vaccine supply issues, Nova Scotia is changing its immunization strategy. Starting Monday, Nov. 2, H1N1 vaccine will be limited to those most at risk from the virus. These are: Pregnant women Children younger than five (from six months to 59 months) People living in First Nations communities Health-care workers in district health authorities, long-term care facilities and home-care agencies who provide direct care to patients. This includes family physicians, family practice nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.center_img People who do not belong to one of these groups will not receive vaccine at this time. The province will re-assess its vaccine supply on an ongoing basis, and will offer immunization later to other groups, based on risk, as vaccine supply allows. “Today, because of the changing supply of vaccine, we’re adjusting our strategy to protect the most vulnerable Nova Scotians first,” said Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief public health officer. “I know people are concerned and have questions. I ask for Nova Scotians’ patience, calm and understanding as we work through these challenges.” Physicians’ offices will not receive H1N1 vaccine until further notice. Physicians who have received vaccine will be asked to only immunize people in the groups listed. Workplace immunization clinics for H1N1 will be postponed until further notice. Nova Scotians should watch for advertisements in their community, or visit www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1, for the most up-to-date information on community immunization clinics. As of today, Oct. 30, Nova Scotia has received 160,000 doses of adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine. The province expects to receive 12,500 doses of adjuvanted vaccine and 5,400 of unadjuvanted next week, significantly less than expected. Vaccine is being delivered to the provinces and territories weekly by the Public Health Agency of Canada, after each batch is quality tested. The supply each province receives is based on population. Dr. Strang said those not immunized right away should still take precautions to avoid illness:last_img read more

Cap on Pain and Suffering Awards for Minor Injuries to be Reviewed

first_imgThe province is reviewing the cap on pain and suffering awards for minor injuries resulting from automobile accidents in response to concerns about fairness. To help develop and analyze alternatives, a discussion paper was released today, Jan. 15, to provide background information about the cap, the types of awards it limits, those it does not, and to summarize known issues with the cap. “The review will assess the need to provide fair compensation while ensuring premiums are affordable,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance will conduct the review over the next few months. Any legislative or regulatory changes will be introduced in the spring session of the legislature. The public is invited to read the discussion paper and provide a submission to the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance by Feb. 15. To view the discussion paper, visit www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/insurance/ .last_img read more

Le vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière sera offert gratuitement à tous les

first_imgLe vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière pour la saison grippale 2010-2011 sera maintenant offert gratuitement à tous les Néo-Écossais. « Puisqu’il est possible que la grippe H1N1 soit l’une des principales souches de la grippe l’hiver prochain, je suis d’avis qu’il est important pour les Néo-Écossais d’avoir facilement accès au vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. Nous améliorons la vie des Néo-Écossais dans toutes les régions en faisant un investissement qui assurera la bonne santé des familles pendant la prochaine saison grippale. » Au cours des années précédentes, le programme provincial de vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière était financé pour certains groupes à risque, y compris les personnes de 65 ans et plus, les enfants de six à 23 mois, les femmes enceintes, les travailleurs de la santé et les premiers intervenants. Cette année, le programme offre gratuitement le vaccin à toute personne qui souhaite être immunisée. « Le vaccin anti-grippal est une façon simple, sécuritaire et efficace de vous protéger et de protéger votre famille contre le virus de la grippe, a dit le Dr Robert Strang, administrateur en chef de la santé publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. J’encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à se faire vacciner lorsque le vaccin sera offert à l’automne. » Des renseignements supplémentaires sur la saison grippale et sur le vaccin seront publiés dès que possible. Le programme de vaccination de la Nouvelle-Écosse débute habituellement en octobre. La saison grippale en Nouvelle-Écosse s’étend généralement de novembre à avril.last_img read more

Province Begins Heritage Property Act Review

first_imgThe province is seeking public advice and opinions during a review of the Heritage Property Act. The review is one of the recommendations in government’s heritage strategy — A Treasured Past, A Precious Future. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has hired Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited of Toronto to conduct public meetings and focus groups. A final report will be submitted to government later this fall. “We want to make the review process as inclusive and balanced as possible so that our decision-making benefits from the advice and experience of heritage property owners, developers, heritage-related organizations, and the public,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotia’s heritage properties are a valuable resource that can help make life better for families in every part of the province. By preserving heritage they support lief-long learning and contribute to vibrant communities.” The public meetings will take place: Wednesday, Sept. 29, Sydney, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte St., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, Dartmouth, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Alderney and Sullivan Ballrooms, 101 Wyse Rd., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Yarmouth, Marion Hall (next to St. Ambrose Cathedral), 65 Green St., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. French-language services will be available. Discussion topics at the public meetings will include the role of government in protecting heritage resources and areas of the act that may require updating. In addition, nine focus groups will be held with heritage property groups. People can also participate by completing an online survey, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, at http://gov.ns.ca/tch/ and clicking the link under What’s New. Copies of the document and survey can also be obtained at municipal offices across the province. More information is also available by calling 1-877-267-7794 ext. 225 or e-mailing NSHPAR@hardystevenson.com. A summary report of comments from stakeholders and the public will be made available after the consultation process.last_img read more

La température estivale peut entraîner une prolifération dalgues

first_imgOn demande aux Néo-Écossais d’être attentifs à la prolifération d’algues bleues qui peut se produire dans les rivières et les lacs de la province pendant l’été. Également appelée « écume d’étang », l’algue bleue se reconnaît par sa couleur bleu-vert. Elle donne à la surface de l’eau un aspect marécageux et herbeux, et elle peut aussi libérer une odeur distincte. Bien que de nombreuses formes d’algues bleues soient inoffensives, certaines produisent des toxines qui peuvent présenter un risque pour la santé des humains et des animaux. Il faut éviter de nager dans l’eau, de boire l’eau ou de manger des poissons provenant de l’eau où l’algue bleue est présente. L’eau contaminée par les algues bleues ne doit pas non plus être utilisée pour la cuisson. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. « Il est important de se rappeler que la prolifération d’algues bleues peut se produire naturellement dans les conditions idéales, et ce, dans tout lac ou toute rivière à l’échelle de la province, a dit le Dr Richard Gould, médecin-hygiéniste. Le risque pour la santé est plutôt faible, mais si vous présentez des symptômes qui durent pendant quelques jours, consultez un médecin. » Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleues incluent des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, les vomissements et la nausée. Le contact direct avec l’eau contaminée peut causer une irritation de la peau, du nez, de la gorge ou des yeux. Les Néo-Écossais qui constatent une prolifération d’algues peuvent le signaler au bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de leur région. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement et le site Web du ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être aux adresses suivantes : www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/environmental (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_imgYARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101, from Exit 33 at Richmond Road to the Yarmouth/Digby County line, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Oct. 31. Motorists should be prepared to stop. Cyclists use caution because of a low shoulder. -30-last_img

Yarmouth Access Nova Scotia Office Closed

first_imgThe Access Nova Scotia office in Yarmouth will not open at 8:30 a.m. today, March 27, because of weather conditions. The situation will be reassessed and public will be notified when it’s re-opened For information, call toll free 1-800-670-4357. Online services are available at www.novascotia.ca/snsmr . -30-last_img

New MRI Unit to Support Health Care in Cape Breton

first_imgA new MRI unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital will mean faster and better quality scans for about 5,600 patients every year. “The MRI unit is a key diagnostic piece of equipment that gives our doctors critical information to help identify a course of treatment for our patients,” said Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Municipal Affairs, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “I am pleased government has approved the purchase of a new unit, ensuring Nova Scotians are able to receive care in a timely manner.” This will replace the existing MRI unit, which is the only one on Cape Breton Island. A second unit in Nova Scotia Health Authority’s eastern zone is used by patients at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. An MRI is a medical imaging process that is widely used for medical diagnosis and determining the progress of disease, including cancers. “This is welcome news for our diagnostic imaging team and for our patients,” said Dr. Syed Zafar Ali, chief radiologist and medical department head for diagnostic imaging in Nova Scotia Health Authority’s eastern zone. “A new machine means newer technology that will help give us even better image quality and faster, more efficient scanning. It supports the work we do in diagnosing patients and helps to make sure our patients continue to get the appropriate follow up care or treatment.” A request for proposals will be issued in the next few weeks. The MRI unit will cost about $2.2 million.last_img read more

BJP ahead in Balurghat glare on VVPAT tally

first_imgBALURGHAT: BJP candidate from Balurghat LS seat Dr Sukanta Majumdar is ahead of Trinamool Congress candidate Arpita Ghosh by about 30,000 votes, an official source of district administration said. According to the source, the final result will only be declared after tallying of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips as per guideline of Election Commission of India. “Probably we will be able to declare the result late on Thursday night,” said an official. The poll was conducted for the Balurghat seat on April 23. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn the last 2014 LS poll, Ghosh had won the Balurghat seat with a huge margin of 1,06,964 votes by defeating Left nominated RSP candidate Bimalendu Sarkar. BJP’s Biswapriya Roy Choudhury had secured third position. It is clear from the counting trend that the BJP captured the vote banks of Left Front. In 2009, RSP’s vote share was 44.38 percent and the Trinamool’s vote share was 43.79 percent. In 2014, Ghosh’s vote share was 38.53 percent, a decline of 5.26 percent was witnessed if compared to the 2009 vote share. RSP’s vote share reduced drastically by 15.91 percent from 44.38 percent in 2014. The BJP’s vote share increased from 6.82 percent in 2009 to 20.98 percent in 2014. In 2019, the increasing trend of BJP’s vote share with the declining vote share of RSP continued.last_img read more

7 coaching centres sealed for violating fire norms

first_imgGhaziabad: The Ghaziabad district administration on Tuesday sealed seven coaching institutes in the city for not having fire fighting equipment. The coaching centres will remain shut till their owners do not acquire ‘no objection certificates’ from the Fire Department, said District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari. “They have been ordered to install fire fighting systems and to recruit trained manpower to operate them. Stringent action will be initiated against those flouting these instructions, she said. The sealed institutes are identified as Friends Coaching Centre, Aryabhatt Coaching Centre, Ameesh Academy, KD Campus, Shreshtha IAS, Balaji IAS and Mannat Academy.last_img

CM calls for collegium to select EC officials

first_imgKolkata: Calling the 2019 Lok Sabha poll a “scandalous election”, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday demanded that electoral reforms should be carried out immediately and there should be a collegium to select the members of the Election Commission of India.Banerjee said the general election was “the most scandalous election in view of the muscle and money power that had been used. To stop this, electoral reforms should be made.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt may be mentioned that Banerjee had been demanding electoral reforms for over a decade. She reiterated that a thorough search should be conducted into the allegations of EVM tampering. Banerjee said a fact-finding committee should be set up immediately to find out how much money BJP had spent during the elections. “Sometime I hear that BJP had spent Rs 27,000 crore during the elections. Electoral bonds worth Rs 370 crore had been sold from the main branch of the State bank of India between May 6 and May 24. We do not know who the buyers are. I had told repeatedly during my election speeches that huge amounts of money were being smuggled to the districts by BJP leaders. What I had said then is now coming true,” she said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee said a nationwide campaign should be carried out by all the political parties, raising the demand of setting up a fact-finding committee. She said the committee should probe into the allegation that many Electronic Voting Machines had gone missing. She added that a collegium should be set up to select the Election Commission members. “Three members had been nominated and they conducted the election. All the Opposition parties had made several complaints but they had refused to listen,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Geena Davis to join GLOW season 3

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Geena Davis will be guest starring in the third season of Netflix’s comedy series ‘GLOW’. The Academy Award winning actor will portray Sandy Devereaux St Clair, a former showgirl turned entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. “Viva Las Vegas! Season 3 glows up with newest cast member, Geena Davis.” a tweet on the show’s official twitter handle read. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 63-year-old actor will guest star in five of the 10 episodes of the season three of Netflix’s female wrestling comedy, premiering on August 9. The series, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch features Alison Brie as Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder and Betty Gilpin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan. ‘GLOW’ which stands for ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’ is inspired by the syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit of the same name, founded by David McLane in 1986. The third season will open in Vegas.last_img read more

Killer Expressway Only 007 speeding vehicles challaned

first_imgNew Delhi: After another horrific accident on the Yamuna Expressway that killed 29 people, a report has revealed that while more than 2.30 crore vehicles have violated the speed limit on the 165.5 km-long carriageway between 2012 and 2017, only 17,883 of them have been challaned. This means that in five years, only 0.07 per cent of overspeeding vehicles on the “killer expressway” have been challaned.Till March 2018, there have been around 4,956 accidents on the expressway, leading to 718 fatalities and 7,671 serious injuries. Data accessed by the Millennium Post has now revealed that of those, 23.42 per cent or 1,161 mishaps were caused due to overspeeding. Moreover, 595 or 12 per cent of these accidents were a result of burst tyres on the carriageway. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOfficial figures show that more than 7.65 crore vehicles used the Yamuna Expressway till 2017 since it’s inception. Given the fact that more than 2.30 crore of these vehicles were going beyond the speed limit, it shows that 30.11 per cent or nearly one-third of all the vehicles travelling on the high-speed carriageway do not stick to the prescribed speed limit. In fact, calculation based on this data shows that more than 10,000 vehicles violated speed limits on the high-speed stretch every day. Added to that is the fact, that the “killer expressway” saw more than 2 accidents per day on an average in these five years. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA road safety activist has claimed that inaction by concerned authorities in the form of low prosecutions for overspeeding not only resulted in the deaths of so many but also cost the government exchequer around Rs 700 crore. While this data pertains to just overspeeding vehicles, the number of challans issued for rash driving are much lower. In fact, official data shows that in five years, only 164 vehicles have been challaned for rash driving, whereas more than 7.65 crore vehicles have used the expressway during the same period. Speaking to the Millennium Post, commuters who use the high-speed carriageway on a regular basis have said that overspeeding vehicles are the most common sight. One biker said that there are hardly any vehicles that do not go beyond the speed limit. “However, given the technology that the expressway has, it is impossible to miss it if a vehicle breaks the speed limit,” he said. In fact, in a counter-affidavit, the UP government had said that there are systems in place by which, a speeding vehicle is detected and its violation is displayed on the next toll plaza automatically. Despite this, the number of challans issued for overspeeding is staggeringly disproportionate to the number of vehicles actually breaking the rule. In a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, KC Jain, a lawyer and road safety activist has said that lacklustre enforcement of traffic laws on the stretch connecting Greater Noida to Agra should be held responsible for the large number of fatal accidents it sees. In fact, Jain has also asked that concerned authorities take decisive measures to make data on accidents and their causes available in the public domain in the general interest of travellers. While the UP government has time and again referred to a data analysis system known as the Road Accident Data Analysis Management System (RADAMS), it has not yet been put in place. According to the Road Safety Fund Rules of 2014, there are provisions for the RADAMS, but the state government insists that it is still under process.last_img read more

Woman in car shot at by bikeborne assailants in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: In another case of street crime in Delhi a woman in late 30s was shot at by two unidentified bike-borne assailants near a five star hotel in Dwarka’s Sector 12 on Thursday morning.The incident took place around 8 am when she was coming back dropping her child to school in her car. An auto driver who witnessed the incident called the police and helped the victim. The victim has been identified as Kiren Bala (30), a resident of same locality, sustained a bullet wound in her neck. She immdiately lost control of the car as the bullet hit her, the car rammed into the footpath. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe assailants fled the spot soon after shooting her brandishing guns. It is believed that the bike borne men were chasing her vehicle as she moved out and waiting for a right time to strike. “Kiren is a housewife and a part-time property dealer,” a senior police officer said. According to a senior police officer the incident took place at around 8 am at a roundabout near Radisson Blu hotel. “Kiren was alone in the car when the incident took place. She sustained a bullet injury in her neck and was rushed to a nearby Veneketeswara Hospital with the help of an auto driver and passerby and said to be in critical condition,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was involved in a family dispute. She is resident of Dwarka Sector 12, and behind the incident it seems she was been targeted and intension was not to rob her as her all the valuables were intact in the car. After the incident the bike assailants fled away from the spot,” he added. Police are scanning the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. A few suspects have been detained in the case.last_img read more

An unpromising union

first_imgThe Nationalist Congress Party is going through a difficult time ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections going by the erosion taking place in the party in the past few days. The Assembly polls are due in October. The NCP chief Sharad Pawar has alleged that the defection from his party to the BJP/ Shiv Sena was because of BJP’s manipulations. Added to that, while Pawar is trying to do some damage control, the Election Commission recently sent a notice to the NCP removing it from the list of national parties. Also Read – A special kind of bondPawar is a big and a formidable leader in Maharashtra politics but with decimated strength today. Only last week, the senior NCP leader Sachin Ahir joined Shiv Sena with much fanfare. Following that, the NCP women’s wing chief Chitra Wagh quit the party. Soon after, the NCP MLA from Akola Vaibhav Pichad left the party to join BJP. Narayan Rane is another who is likely to jump ship and BJP might not be averse to his joining the party. There are rumours that Chagan Bhujwal is likely to defect to BJP. Pawar attributes the erosion to the fact that some like to be part of government all their life and those are ones that are leaving the party. He has also accused BJP of misusing the probe agencies to coerce the NCP leaders to join the party. “I haven’t seen such blatant use of state machinery by any government. The misuse is of extreme level,” he said. Also Read – Insider threat managementThough Pawar claims that these defections do not worry him but with Assembly elections just a few weeks away, it does not auger well for a political party to face such erosion. Drawing comparison with the situation in 1989, Pawar claims: “I am not worried about any of the defections as I experienced a similar situation back in 1980 as CM. Of our total strength of 60 MLAs, only six remained (in Congress) while I was on an official foreign tour. In the subsequent election, all those who defected from the party got defeated and I got back all my 60 seats.” Pawar, being a shrewd politician, must have seen the decline coming for quite some time. It is the NCP, more than Congress, which has been hit by these defections. In fact, even before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, signals were visible. There was discontent in the party when he projected Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar as the chief ministerial candidate, and to his dismay, with all the halo of the Pawar family, Parth could not even win the seat. Even Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, did not have an easy time in the family pocket borough Baramati. Though Congress and NCP have agreed to fight in a coalition in the coming Assembly polls, things are not looking good for Congress too. Both parties are facing dilemma and problems. There is confusion at the top level in Congress after the resignation of party chief Rahul Gandhi two months ago. The party is yet to find a replacement. Things are drifting in Congress both at the state level and national level. There is erosion in Congress too. Those who are not sure of getting elected with the ticket of NCP or Congress are leaving and there are quite a few looking for greener pastures. The local party is facing a factional fight and indiscipline. There is no single command at the state level. Demoralisation has set in after the humiliating defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. After losing Karnataka last week, Congress is ruling only in Punjab, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There was the talk of NCP merging with Congress soon after the recent Lok Sabha polls. But this died down though the subject was discussed between Pawar and Rahul Gandhi after the poll debacle to enable Congress to get the post of Leader of the Opposition if NCP were to merge with Congress. There is no doubt that NCP is politically shrinking. Though NCP got five seats in the recent polls, it was much below its expectations. While the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Pawar tried to project the latter as opposition face as he was acceptable to smaller opposition parties before the 2019 polls, this did not succeed. Both BJP and its coalition partner Shiv Sena are making solid preparations for the Assembly polls and together they stand to gain in comparison to the dwindling fortunes of NCP and Congress. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena leader Aditya Thackeray are undertaking padayatras for mass contact programmes. The coming two months are crucial for the Congress-NCP combine to set right their houses and stakes are very high. If this coalition loses, it will remain out of power for two consecutive terms. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Angela Bassett hasnt seen Avengers Endgame

first_imgLos Angeles: Angela Bassett says she has not managed to watch Avengers: Endgame as the Marvel blockbuster is three hours long. The actor reprised her role as Dowager Queen Ramonda from Black Panther in the MCU tent pole, which has the longest runtime at three hours, two minutes. “It’s three hours long, right? I haven’t seen it. Wait a minute, it is going to be on the plane. Oh my god, carve out three hours?” Bassett told EW Live. Asked whether she knew what happened in the movie, she said: “I kind of do, I was there, I know where it is up in there and how it plays out.” However, the 60-year-old actor said her teenager twin sons Slater and Bronwyn have watched the film twice. “They tell me, ‘You always fall asleep in the movies, ma’, then I wake up and I got, like, the general gist of what happened. And the bad guys went down and the good guys solved it and it’s all good, right? Ok!” she said.last_img read more

James Wan to produce horror film The Troop

first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker James Wan is set to serve as a producer on camping horror movie “The Troop”. The director-producer, who is known for his expertise in the genre, will back the project through his Atomic Monster banner. The film is based on the book of the same name by Nick Cutter, reported Variety. The story revolves around a group of teens on a remote camping trip who “must fend for themselves when their adult chaperone falls prey to an aggressive otherworldly infection”. EL Katz will direct the movie with Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald attached to adapt the screenplay. Other production companies on board are JS Entertainment and Starlight Media.last_img

BJP AAP spar over Kejriwal govts water bill waiver scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP and the AAP sparred over the Kejriwal government’s water bill waiver scheme at a public meeting in Mukherjee Nagar here on Friday, with both sides accusing the other of resorting to “bullying”. Former Union minister Vijay Goel alleged that Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey, accompanied by “goons” of his party, “attacked and disrupted” the meeting organised by a local resident welfare association where people were demanding refund of the amount paid by them towards water bills. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Pandey, however, said he went to the meeting to have a dialogue over the issue with Goel but was “pushed away” by BJP workers and police. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on last Tuesday announced graded waiver of water bill arrears with full exemption in case of colonies dominated by lower middle class people. The BJP and AAP workers raised slogans and indulged in heated arguments as Goel addressed the meeting. The water bill waiver sop, announced just a few months before the Assembly polls in Delhi, has led the BJP to term it as a “freebie” handed out by the AAP government for electoral gains. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “In the public meeting organised by the resident welfare association, people said was it their fault that they honestly paid their water bills. Dilip Pandey and the goons of Kejriwal attacked and disrupted it,” Goel alleged. He said that a complaint has been lodged at the Mukherjee Nagar police station. Goel has been demanding that water bills paid by people before the announcement of the waiver scheme by the Kejriwal government should also be refunded. Pandey asked the BJP leader if his party could promise in its manifesto to refund the water bills paid by the people and whether BJP-ruled states could take such a step.last_img read more