New Lending Tool has Successful Year

first_imgNova Scotia’s newest lending tool for small business gets topmarks according to its first annual evaluation. With about $5million in loans to 66 small businesses, the Credit UnionFinancing/Loan Guarantee Program helped to create more than 280jobs since its inception in June 2003. “Getting a top grade from participants is a real bonus for boththe province and the credit union system,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “The evaluation shows theprogram is doing what was intended and participants are alsoproducing remarkable results.” The three-year pilot program, which is guaranteed by theprovince, is a partnership between Nova Scotia EconomicDevelopment, the Nova Scotia Credit Union system and the NovaScotia Co-operative Council. “The supportive partnership of the credit unions, the provinceand the co-op council makes this program stand out from otheravailable financial lending programs,” said Bernie O’Neil,president and CEO of Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. “Todate there have been no defaults or arrears, and that’s a goodindication that wise decisions are being made by local lendingcommittees across the province.” The province has committed $6 million in loan guarantees overthree years to help meet the financing needs of small business.The credit unions are assuming the risk on the remaining balanceof $2 million in order to make $8 million available for lending.The program is administered by the Nova Scotia Co-operativeCouncil and loans are approved by regional lending committees,ensuring the decision-making stays local. Once approved, thelocal credit union issues the loan and monitors compliance. “The credit unions, which make up Nova Scotia’s largest financialco-operative, reflect the commitment of the co-operative sectoras a whole to Nova Scotia’s small business community,” saidDianne Kelderman, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Co-operatives Council. “By administering this program, the creditunions are also demonstrating commitment to the province’sstrategy to grow the economy through greater access to capital.” The evaluation shows that the program has exceeded expectationsand should be continued. It also shows that the program shouldwork toward increasing the participation of disadvantaged groupsoriginally targeted by the program, including youth andentrepreneurs with disabilities. With the end of its first year,and an official evaluation completed, the program will bedeveloping a more focused approach to these groups. Loans up to $150,000 are available through the program. Theprovince guarantees up to 75 per cent of the loan and creditunions are responsible for the remaining 25 per cent. Theprovince is also providing $50,000 annually to cover theprogram’s operating costs. Small business owners are encouraged to approach their localcredit union to get more information on the program.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Old Guysborough Road

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Old GuysboroughRoadcenter_img HALIFAX COUNTY: Old Guysborough Road The Old Guysborough Road, between Pratt and Whitney Drive andGoff’s Road, will be closed to all traffic until further noticedue to an airplane crash at Halifax International Airport today,Oct. 14. Motorists are being re-routed via Oldham Road in Enfield. last_img

Nova Scotians Driving Too Fast

first_imgPolice across Nova Scotia will set up road checkpoints this weekend to monitor speeds and keep the province’s highways safe. This year, excessive speed has been a factor in more than half of the fatal collisions on the province’s roads. That is higher than the rate of one in every three deaths over the past five years. “There’s never a good reason to put your safety or your passengers’ safety in peril,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Our highways are safe, and drivers can make them even safer by simply slowing down. It’s a basic fact — speed kills.” Police will be out in full-force from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3, to check for excessive speed and to remind drivers of the dangers of driving too fast. The checkpoints are part of a program called Operation Road Safety. “We’re sending a message to motorists this weekend that excessive speed and other dangerous behaviours will not be tolerated,” said Sgt. Michael Spearns of the Halifax Regional Police. “This weekend you’ll see police cruisers from Yarmouth to Halifax to Sydney, enforcing the rules of the road.” “Paramedics want drivers to use every caution on the road this long weekend,” said Michael McKeage, a paramedic, and vice president of operations at Emergency Health Services. “Wear your seatbelt, never drink and drive, and please slow down.” Nova Scotia is working toward benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010, a national plan to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Operation Road Safety helps the province and police work toward reaching those benchmarks. Nova Scotia’s road safety advisory committee helps government develop road safety priorities and programs. The committee includes members of not-for-profit organizations, government, industry, police and others.last_img read more

Changes to Senior Officials Pay Plan

first_imgTo help government retain and attract the best employees for its most senior positions, the province is changing the way it pays deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers. Nova Scotia’s deputy ministers are paid between $103,000 and $134,000 in base salary, with the opportunity for an additional 10 to 15 per cent, based on performance. “The performance component of the salaries has been around since 2003, but we want to be clear and transparent about salaries for our most senior officials,” Treasury and Policy Board Minister Angus MacIsaac said. “This new system is being implemented over two fiscal years. Pay for performance has been eliminated effective April 1, 2006, and we are implementing a salary-based package for senior officials, which will take effect April 1, 2007.” There will be a retroactive payment to April 1, 2006, and new salary levels for deputy ministers effective April 1, 2007 will be $134,000 to a maximum of $184,000. The range for assistant deputy ministers will be $117,000 to $161,000. Officials will be placed within the ranges on an individual basis. Progression through the range will depend on performance, and government meeting its policy and fiscal objectives, including a balanced budget. “Once this policy is applied on April 1, the salary for the majority of deputy ministers and assistant deputies will be in the middle to lower end of their respective ranges,” Mr. MacIsaac said. The new salary levels were determined after a review by consultants Robertson Surrette of executive salaries in comparable positions in other provinces, the federal government and other public-sector positions, such as school boards, universities and health authorities in Atlantic Canada. “The results confirmed what we already suspected — that salaries paid to senior government officials in Nova Scotia are at the low end of the scale compared with senior public sector positions in Atlantic Canada,” Mr. MacIsaac said. “This has a direct impact on government’s ability to keep our senior officials and attract the best candidates to the civil service. “To help ensure the quality of government programs and services, and that excellence in the senior civil service continues, we must offer competitive salaries for these senior positions.” Senior officials include deputy ministers, assistant deputies and selected other Cabinet appointments.last_img read more

Premier Announces New School for Amherst

first_imgStudents and families in Amherst and surrounding communities will have better educational opportunities when the province builds a new school to replace West Highlands Elementary School. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, Nov. 30, with MLA Brian Skabar, on behalf of Education Minister Marilyn More, and Trudy Thompson, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Chair. “Investing in a new school is the right decision for families in the Amherst area because it will provide students with a modern learning centre that they can be proud of,” said Premier Dexter. “A new school is also the best value for taxpayers and will serve the community for generations to come.” The current West Highlands Elementary School in Amherst was built in 1912, and is not appropriate for long-term use. Funding for the construction of the new school was announced in the provincial budget this past spring. “Our board is delighted that a new school will be built to replace the aging facilities here at West Highlands,” said Ms. Thompson. “The students and staff of West Highlands are beginning a journey toward a new facility that will provide for increased learning opportunities and greater teaching collaboration in a modern learning environment that reflects the education system of today and tomorrow.” West Highlands Elementary School now has about 200 students in grades Primary to 6. The new school could handle more students depending on a boundary review to be conducted by the school board. “The new school will be a wonderful addition to the already vibrant community of Amherst, and will benefit students and families for years to come,” said Mr. Skabar. “I want to thank the school board, the town, the municipality and everyone who worked hard to make this project a reality.” Planning for the project will begin immediately. The completion date, as well as the cost of the project, will be determined during the early phases of planning. Construction could begin as early as the spring of 2012. “West Highlands Elementary has always had a strong tradition of academic excellence,” said Gary Clarke, superintendent of Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “School leadership and staff have provided students with programs and services that are second to none in this province. A new, state-of-the-art educational facility will only enhance the ability of the principal, staff and community to meet the needs of all West Highlands Elementary students.”last_img read more

Le premier ministre Dexter souhaite de joyeuses fêtes aux NéoÉcossais

first_imgJoyeuses fêtes. Ce temps de l’année est marqué par la joie et les célébrations alors que les gens de toute la province se réunissent pour célébrer la période des fêtes. Les familles se réunissent pour échanger des souvenirs et en créer des nouveaux. Des vieilles amitiés sont renouvelées et de nouvelles sont formées. Les liens solides qui nous unissent deviennent évidents et, malgré le temps et la distance qui nous séparent, ces liens ne sont jamais brisés. Nous profitons de cette période de l’année pour constater et célébrer nos accomplissements, qu’ils soient individuels ou collectifs. Il s’agit également du temps où nous nous tournons vers l’avenir pour voir comment nous pouvons améliorer notre vie et la vie de tous les Néo-Écossais. L’esprit chaleureux et généreux des Néo-Écossais est bien évident pendant la période des fêtes. Au cours de ce mois, bon nombre d’entre nous allons donner généreusement à ceux qui sont moins privilégiés ou prêter main forte aux personnes qui en ont particulièrement besoin pendant les fêtes. Bien que ces gestes soient plus remarqués pendant la saison des fêtes, je sais qu’ils sont présent chaque jour de l’année dans les villes et villages de la province. Je souhaite profiter de cette occasion pour reconnaître et remercier les hommes et les femmes des Forces canadiennes qui ne peuvent pas être avec leurs familles pendant la période des fêtes. Les Néo-Écossais sont fiers de vous, et vos efforts ne passent pas inaperçus. Pendant les fêtes, je passerai du temps avec mon épouse Kelly et notre fils Harris chez nous, à Cole Harbour. Comme de nombreuses familles, je profiterai de ce précieux temps passé avec mes proches. À tous ceux qui ne peuvent pas être avec leurs amis ou leurs familles cette année, sachez qu’ils pensent à vous autant que vous pensez à eux. Mon épouse Kelly et mon fils Harris se joignent à moi pour vous souhaiter une joyeuse période des fêtes et une nouvelle année remplie de paix, d’amour et de joie. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Alfred Teas Bridge Alfred Teas Bridge on the Ridge Road, near the South Branch Road, will be open to local traffic only while repairs to the bridge take place from Monday, Jan. 9 until Friday, January 20. Traffic control consists of signs and barricades. Work take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31 during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-center_img SHELBURNE COUNTY: Clyde River Bridge, Highway 103 Traffic on the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103 near Exit 28 is restricted to one lane for bridge repairs. Traffic is being controlled by traffic signals. Work will be completed in January. Motorists should drive with extra caution in the area. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane to build a bailey bridge. A detour will replace the bridge until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CONTINUING WORK NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388last_img read more

Improvements to Annapolis Interchange Complete

first_imgNew ramps on the Mary Jane Riley Interchange in Annapolis Country are open as government continues to make roads safer throughout the province. The interchange, at Exit 23A, is where Mary Jane Riley Road crosses Highway 101 near Cornwallis. The $3.5-million project, which began in September, added two ramps on the west side of the interchange. Ramps were built on the east side in 1998. The new ramps, part of the province’s 5-year Roads Improvement Program, create a diamond-shape interchange that prevents motorists from making illegal U-turns. “Safety is, and will continue to be, the number one priority of this department,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “The completion of this interchange is yet another example of government’s on-going commitment to improve road safety for motorists in Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

Town of Bridgetown Hires New Chief Administrative Officer

first_imgThe Town of Bridgetown is taking another step to bring stable government to residents with the hiring of a new chief administrative officer. Rachel Turner will start work on Tuesday, Aug. 7. “I am pleased to see the town moving forward with the hiring of Ms. Turner as CAO,” said acting Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Sterling Belliveau. “The province put in place a team that included a mayor, councillors and CAO that worked together to move the community of Bridgetown forward. I want to thank all of them for taking on this role over the past year.” “I want to welcome Ms. Turner as the town’s new CAO and I look forward to working with her as we move toward the municipal election in October, said Mayor Bob Fowler. “Darrell Hiltz will stay on to help make the transition a smooth process. Our priority over the past year has been to provide leadership and stability to get the town back on its feet so people can continue to live, work and raise families in Bridgetown.” Ms. Turner has been employed in municipal government for the past 15 years working for the towns of Berwick and Wolfville in several different positions. She is presently the director of human resources and administration and town clerk with the Town of Wolfville.last_img read more

Team Nova Scotias Success Continues

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia continues to excel during the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke with week two athletes winning 26 medals during their first two days of competition. This brings Team Nova Scotia’s medal count to 39 medals. “I am incredibly proud of Team Nova Scotia. Your dedication to sport has paid off and it is wonderful to see you being rewarded for it,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations on such a great start to week two of the competition.” The province’s paddlers dominated since competition began Monday, Aug. 12, by earning six gold, eight silver and five bronze medals. Team Nova Scotia also reached the top of the podium in athletics, with a gold medal in women’s shot put, para shot put, men’s decathlon and the 3000-metre steeplechase. “I have nothing but pride for the way our athletes have been performing since we arrived in Sherbrooke,” said Team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission, Lynda Shoveller. “In the last two days we’ve seen our medal count grow, personal bests achieved, and records broken. I can’t wait to see what else our athletes have in store for us this week.” The 2013 Canada Summer Games are taking place in Sherbrooke, Que., Aug. 2-17, and feature more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports in 20 venues. Team Nova Scotia has more than 400 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. For more information, visit www.teamnovascotia.ca, @teamnovascotia on Twitter, and www.facebook.com/teamns on Facebook. iPhone users can download the jcg2013 mobile app from iTunes to follow the action in Sherbrooke.last_img read more

Province Increases Crown Land Ownership

first_img The Bella Island purchase was done in conjunction with the Mahone Islands Conservation Association which contributed $250,000 to the initiative, leaving the provincial share at $550,000. “Bella Island is one of the few remaining privately-owned islands in Mahone Bay in its natural state, a gem that must be protected,” said John Meisner, chair of the association. “The association truly appreciates the long-term support the province has shown for this type of project.” In addition, just over 1,100 acres of surplus forest lands were purchased from Looke CanCut Ltd. and D. B. Logging Ltd. in Annapolis County and 300 acres from Donald MacIsaac in Antigonish County. All three parcels totaled $663,400. The land is surplus to the companies and selling it will allow them to reinvest in their businesses. These purchases wrap up the $20-million Forestry Transition Program, which ran between 2008-09 and 2013-14. The province also accepted a donation of 54 acres of land in Askilton, Inverness Co. from Donald and Brenda Theakston, of Valley, Colchester Co. “We hope this gift of land will expand the River Inhabitants Nature Reserve and preserve the bog which has always been important to our family,” said Mr. and Ms. Theakston. The property was appraised at $24,000 and is part of an important habitat for Atlantic salmon, brook trout and the wood turtle, which was declared a threatened species this year. The province is gaining additional Crown land to protect species at risk, support forestry needs and increase a provincial park. “Government has an important role to play in protecting our rich natural resources, and increasing our Crown land base helps us accomplish this,” said acting Natural Resources Minister Andrew Younger. “We are paying a fair price, supported by independent evaluations, and are also fortunate to benefit from a land donation.” The purchases include: Bella Island in Mahone Bay, home to the piping plover and common loon, and a habitat for migratory birds, for $800,000 more land on McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour, bringing provincial ownership up to 94 per cent, for $111,555 well-managed forest land in Guysborough County that is needed for fibre in eastern Nova Scotia, for $559,255.last_img read more

Adani Ports Q4 profit up 41 to Rs 1314 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s largest port developer and logistics arm of Adani Group, APSEZ, Monday reported a 41.45 per cent surge in its consolidated net profit to Rs 1,314.19 crore for the quarter ended on March 31, 2019. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) had clocked a consolidated net profit of Rs 929.06 crore for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, the company said in a regulatory filing. Total income of the company grew marginally to Rs 3,492.72 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 3,487.29 crore a year-ago. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIts consolidated total expenses, however, decreased to Rs 1,840.35 crore in the January-March quarter as against Rs 2,162.10 crore in the year-ago period. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director of APSEZ said, “FY19 had been a landmark year in the history of APSEZ. We have not only exceeded our guidance of handling of 200 MT (million tonne) in FY19 but also demonstrated our capability of being resilient and grow across all segments and ports. Our strategy to tie up cargo for our terminals at major ports ensured optimum utilization of these ports.” Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefHe said APSEZ signed a 50-year BOT (build, opeate and transfer) agreement for operating a container terminal at Yangon. The proposed container terminal at Yangon, Myanmar is part of APSEZ strategy to expand its container terminal network in South-East Asia. The proposed container terminal will be integrated with our Ports/Terminals along the east and south coast of India, unlocking synergies by offering multiple entry/exit points for the shipping lines which wish to call on this region, Adani said in a statement. “We will continue to look at opportunities of inorganic growth in Logistics and ports business in India to increase our hinterland and connectivity. We will gain greater influence, beyond ports and concentrate on supply chain management. Our logistics parks will concentrate on warehousing and improving our capability to handle variety of cargo moving in and out of our logistics parks, on our rakes, to our and other ports in India,” Adani said. Deepak Maheshwari, CFO and Head of Strategy said, …In all the four quarters of FY19 and have achieved PAT of over Rs 4,000 cr. for the first time… We expect this trend to continue in FY20 giving us the ability to make strategic investments in port and logistics business.” The company in the statement said its cargo volume was up 15 per cent in FY2018-19 and 19 per cent in the last quarter of the fiscal. It said the board has approved a policy on Related Party Transactions for Acquiring and Sale of Assets while Nirupama Rao, (IFS) has been appointed as an Independent Director, which has increased gender diversity to 20 per cent of the Board composition.last_img read more

Woman attacked with corrosive liquid by bikeborne assailants

first_imgGhaziabad: A 37-year-old woman suffered severe burn injuries after three unidentified bike-borne assailants hurled a corrosive liquid on her in Sihani gate area of Ghaziabad on Sunday afternoon. Police believe that the liquid is likely to be mild acid.According to police, the incident occurred around 1 pm when the woman was present outside her house. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad said that the woman had not identified the accused persons who were wearing mask at the time of incident. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The woman told police that when she was coming back to home after dumping garbage at a nearby vacant plot, three men came and hurled a liquid on her. The didn’t understand what had happened and started screaming. The assailants fled the spot while initially she took it as a prank but after some time she started feeling itching and her skin color changed due to burning,” said Kumar. The officer further said that a case has been registered into the matter while they are yet to identify the accused. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The woman came to police station couple of hours after the incident and reported the matter. The victim was sent to hospital for medical treatment and based on her complaint, an FIR against three unknown persons under the section of 326A (throwing acid) of IPC was registered at Sihani Gate police station. Meanwhile, we are yet to identify the accused persons but we are trying to get CCTV footage of nearby area to identify them,” added Kumar. Cops said that the woman’s husband runs a shoe shop in nearby market.last_img read more

CPIM leaders son booked in rape case in Mumbai

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the Mumbai police has registered a case of rape and cheating against the son of the party’s state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The case was filed on the basis of a complaint from a 33-year-old woman from Bihar, a former bar dancer, who has alleged that Binoy Vinodini Balakrishnan sexually assaulted her promising marriage and that she has a child from him. Admitting that he knew the woman, Binoy, however, said the allegation was “baseless”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaSix months ago, the woman had sent a letter to him demanding Rs five crore and alleging that he had married her and had a child from her, Binoy told television channels in Thiruvananthapuram. “I got married in 2008. There is no need for me to keep it under the wraps. This is a blackmailing ploy from the complainant,” he said. Binoy said he filed a complaint in May against the woman with the Inspector General of Police, Kannur range. The complaint was forwarded to then Kannur Superintendent of Police (SP) Shiv Vikram for further action. But with the Lok Sabha polls going on and due to jurisdiction issues, no further action could be taken, police sources said. Binoy said the Mumbai police had not got in touch with him so far and that he was prepared to face the case legally.last_img read more

Sarovar Hotels to add 16 properties across India by 2019end

first_imgNew Delhi: Hospitality firm Sarovar Hotels will open 16 properties across India by the end of this year, adding around 970 rooms to its portfolio as part of its expansion plans in the country, a top company official said. The company currently manages 73 hotels in India and three overseas with around 6,000 rooms. “We will be opening 16 hotels across India by end of this year under our various brands,” Sarovar Hotels Managing Director Ajay Bakaya told PTI. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The upcoming hotels will be under the Sarovar Portico, Sarovar Premiere and Hometel Suites brands, he added. “The hotels will be in locations such as Ahmedabad, Goa, Junagadh, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Dindi, Udaipur, Dahisar, Bodh Gaya, Dibrugarh, Morbi and Jammu among others,” Bakaya said. Out of the 16 hotels, while majority will be the Sarovar Portico brand, one at Bodh Gaya will be under the Sarovar Premiere brand and one at Dahisar will be Hometel Suites brand, he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Stating that the hospitality sector has grown at a sturdy pace in the last two years, Bakaya said reaching out to the target audience has become very easy thanks to advanced technology unlike many years ago. On the growth roadmap for the sector going forward, Bakaya said that there are many new opportunities in a developing, aspiring India, especially with huge domestic travel. “India remains severely under supplied in hotel rooms. We will see hospitality grow both by conventional and disrupter means,” he added. When asked about the business model the company follows, Bakaya said: “Sarovar Hotels and Resorts is a hotel management company. We assist in setting up new hotels. We manage all our hotels under long term management contracts”. Sarovar Hotels’ overseas properties are in Africa — Neelkanth Sarovar Premiere in Zambia, and The Heron Portico and The Zehneria Portico in Nairobi, Kenya.last_img read more

Shah Faesal sent back to JK from Delhi detained under PSA

first_imgSrinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Wednesday was sent back to Kashmir from the Delhi airport and detained here under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said.Faesal, who was bound for Istanbul, was detained at the airport during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, they said. His purpose of visiting turkey was not immediacy known, they said. The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated a political outfit after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in Srinagar, the officials said. Post the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, provided under Article 370, Faesal had said Kashmir is experiencing an “unprecedented” lockdown and its eight million population “incarcerated” like never before. He is among the last political leaders who have been placed under house arrest. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained after the Centre revoked the special status and announced that the state be bifurcated into the territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Faesal is the president of the J&K Peoples Movement party. The Jammu and Kashmir authorities last week airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government. PTIlast_img read more

National award huge responsibility wont take it for granted Vicky

first_imgMumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal said winning the National Award is a “beautiful feeling”, one which is both humbling and a reminder for him to keep doing good work. Vicky shared the best actor National Award for his peformance in “Uri- The Surgical Strike” along with Ayushmann Khurrana for “Andhadhun”. When asked about his win, Vicky told reporters, “It’s a beautiful feeling. I would have never thought that in my four years of career, I will be honoured with something like this. But it also brings a huge responsibility. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “That one should keep working like this and keep doing good work and that one shouldn’t be complacent and that don’t take it for granted. But it’s a huge honour, I think the biggest honour in the country and it really means a lot to me.” The actor was speaking at a special event of his latest T-Series single, “Pachatoge”. Vicky said for the longest time he has been wanting to collaborate with Bhushan Kumar. “I told him that I was really hooked to the song and he told me about the team that was supposed to work on the song. I thought it would be a great team to work with. I really follow my heart when it comes to doing something creative. And this just took my heart away in a second. I just jumped into it,” he added.last_img read more

Man shot at for target practice 4 held Police

first_imgNEW DELHI: Four men, who had shot at a person for “target practice” and injured him in Dwarka’s Bindapur area last week, have been arrested by Delhi Police.CCTV footage from over 100 cameras was used to identify the area where the accused were staying, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anto Alphonse said. “The footage from the CCTV cameras along the route used by the accused persons was examined. A search was conducted at the last place where they stopped, Ram Dutt Enclave in Uttam Nagar, and they were arrested,” Mr Alphonse said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused are Pawan, 22, Vishal, 23, Parveen, 22, and Kishan, 23. Three pistols along with 13 cartridges were seized from them, the police said. “The four men used to fire from their vehicle at random things at night for target practice. On August 29, around 3:30 am, they shot at Sunny just for target practice. They first fired in the air and then at Sunny, who suffered a bullet injury in his stomach,” he said. The police had found two empty cartridges at the spot where Sunny was shot at. They had got the weapons from an acquaintance Amir, who is in Tihar Jail, the police said.last_img read more

Blast at president rally in central Afghanistan kills at least 24

first_imgKabul: At least 24 people have been killed and 32 wounded after a suicide blast outside a campaign rally being held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a hospital official said. “The toll includes women and children,” Parwan hospital director Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had been on a motorbike and had detonated at the first checkpoint leading to the rally. Ghani was unhurt. The toll emerged as a second blast rocked central Kabul, the latest to hit the Afghan capital, with an interior ministry official stating he would give more details later.last_img read more

Doorknocking with Naqvi once a safe Liberal seat now rife with uncertainty

first_imgOTTAWA – Yasir Naqvi is running for re-election in what’s widely considered a Liberal safe seat, but he says he’s never seen so much uncertainty among voters at the door who tell him they’re still weighing their options.Ottawa Centre is a prominent riding that encompasses most of the downtown core, with voters who tend to be progressive and politically astute. It’s a mix of high-rises, lower-income neighbourhoods and some tony districts. Over the last 40 years it has flipped between the Liberals and New Democrats.It could be a bellwether and flip again as the campaign for the June 7 provincial election appears more and more to be a duel between the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP after 15 years of Liberal governments.Naqvi, the province’s attorney general, seems well liked and has held the riding since 2007, winning each time with a bigger margin over his NDP opponent. But he sees a lot of hesitation this time.Many residents say they have already made up their minds and will vote NDP because they refuse to support either Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford or Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.Usually in Ottawa Centre when people vote strategically “it tends to be to stop the Conservatives — there’s always a group of people,” said Naqvi during an interview at his campaign office.That may have helped the Liberals in the past. It may hurt them now.With just over a week left until the election, polls suggest the NDP is gaining momentum and could form government. Encouraged by her strong performance in the final televised debate Sunday night, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath started the week Monday morning with a campaign event in Etobicoke North — Ford’s own riding, while Wynne stayed in Toronto — a Liberal support base.Despite the uncertainty, Naqvi is a strong campaigner. On a sunny weekday afternoon, he and his team flew through a large apartment building, mainly filled with seniors, in about an hour. His people speak multiple languages and move fast, with Naqvi running from one door to the next to greet voters who, for the most part, know him.Some said he had their support immediately, others were wary and waffling. One voter told him, “I know you—you’re the minister of justice. Kind of a star.” But he wouldn’t commit to vote Liberal.Naqvi is also getting help from federal Liberal heavyweights. Last week, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the riding federally, and Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the federal justice minister, canvassed with him.Many voters in the riding say they are voting NDP to stop Ford — but there’s also a sentiment against Wynne.“Generally, I have voted Liberal throughout my entire voting,” said Colin Francey, 25, who stopped to offer up his opinion of Ford and Wynne. “I’m a pretty staunch anti-conservative, especially now that Doug Ford’s running. It’s just not my cup of tea.”Francey said he will vote for NDP candidate Joel Harden, primarily to ensure that Ford is not elected; but also because he’s tired of Wynne.Christian Martinez, 33, is voting for Harden for similar reasons.“The core of my reason is to ensure that the Liberal party is not in power anymore and I merely have more trust in—I can’t believe I’m saying this—in the NDP than the Conservatives at this point,” he said.Next to him on the park bench, Martinez’s friend Luke Ciesielski explained that Ford is just not an alternative to Wynne because he’s a demagogue and fear mongers. He said Ford could divide Ontario “even further.” He’s casting about for solutions, looking for something positive on education and health care.Kevin Nierenhausen, 52, will also vote NDP.“It can’t be Wynne, there’s no way,” he said.As for Harden, an academic and social justice advocate, he can feel a profound change coming as Liberal voters move to his party.“We’ve told them we’re really proud to earn their respect in this moment and as much as they don’t think of themselves as NDPers, they certainly don’t want Doug Ford as premier.”“The strategic vote is for us,” he said, saying even Liberal voters have legitimate criticisms of Wynne.Despite his ability to attract Liberal votes, Harden’s political views contrast on many fronts to Naqvi’s. Harden, a self-identified socialist, wrote a book on grassroots movements and recently campaigned against the Energy East pipeline.Harden’s approach to the campaign is also markedly different from Naqvi’s — the signs that plaster his office are hand-drawn and he canvasses at a glacial pace.Both offices had a lot more hustle and bustle than Progressive Conservative candidate Colleen McCleery. The Tories have never won the riding since it was created 50 years ago.The lone volunteer in her office, Marilyn Syversen, said she’s volunteered for several Tory candidates in Ottawa Centre.“I think Yasir has his hands full with both Colleen and the NDP candidate … I feel he’s in trouble, and he should be,” said Syversen.last_img read more