Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging participants in this year’s National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment Programme to make the best of the opportunity, which they have been afforded.She noted that it is those, who acquit themselves well at the organisations in which they are placed, will be considered for fulltime placement.“Do not waste this opportunity… I am begging you. Use your initiative on the job, go the extra mile, stay extra hours, get in early, because at the end of the day, it is not only working Monday to Friday and waiting to get your pay cheque that is important. You must see yourselves as a critical resource to that organisation,” she said.Ms. Hanna was addressing participants in the programme during an orientation session on Tuesday, July 2, at the VH Percy Centre, Osbourne Road in Kingston.In his remarks, Executive Director, NYS, Melvin Smith, informed that 4,000 students will be facilitated at organisations across the island.“When we advertised, we got applications from 7,000 persons and we had capacity for only 4,000, so each of you represents part of a privileged group to be a part of the programme,” he said.The Government has allocated $57 million to the programme this year, which targets secondary and tertiary level students, age 17 to 24 years.Participants will be placed in public and private sector organisations for three-week internships during the months of July and August. They will be paid a stipend of $12,000 for the period to assist with expenses for travelling and meals.During the internships, the participants will be exposed to proper work etiquette, the importance of meeting deadlines, and the general operation of the organisations in which they will be placed.The orientation sessions, which will be held across the island, are intended to reinforce the importance of strong work ethics and prepare participants to function effectively in a work environment.During placement, it is expected that participants will practise the values taught during the orientation process and gain meaningful experience, while appreciating the concept of voluntarism.Contact: Chris Patterson
Nova Scotians are taking the future into their own hands. Whether converting a military base that has outlived its role, breathing new life into seasonal industry, or attracting and keeping new immigrants, Nova Scotia communities are taking innovative approaches to their development. Provincial and federal governments recognize the importance of fostering and supporting such innovative best practices — and learning from others. The Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency are co-sponsoring a conference, Celebrating Innovative Communities and Awards, to showcase successful communities. The conference takes place Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville. “The event will serve two primary purposes,” said Ernest Fage, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Economic Development. “The first is sharing knowledge, with people coming together to learn from one another. The second is to honour Nova Scotia’s community leaders and to celebrate their achievements.” One highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the 2005 Celebrating Innovative Communities Awards in six categories: excellence in youth leadership, innovation in community development, excellence in collaboration, excellence in client service, outstanding achievement, and excellence in community development. “Atlantic Canadians have learned creative thinking through necessity,” said Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of Joseph McGuire, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Communities here have been developing innovative strategies for sustainable growth for decades now — approaches that can serve as models for communities around the globe.” The conference will attract representatives from social, cultural, heritage and environmental groups, and from all levels of government. It will bring together about 250 community leaders for workshops and panel discussions. “Innovation is the key to their success because it increases productivity, secures markets, and expands economies,” said Mr. Brison. In presentations such as Innovation in Action: Community Success Stories and Beyond Our Borders: Community, Culture and Innovation, participants will learn how communities have turned innovative ideas into sustainable growth using novel solutions, pioneering approaches and inventive partnerships. Presenters from across the province will be joined by speakers from England and Northern Ireland. Jim Carroll, one of North America’s leading trend and innovation experts, will give the keynote speech at the gala dinner and awards ceremony. The conference represents progressive current thinking with a mix of global and local perspectives. “Even in a global era,” said Mr. Fage, “all sustainable development is local at its core.” For more information on the conference, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/celebratingcommunity .
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Appeal Court has overturned a decision by Metro Vancouver’s transit authority that refused advertising space to an anti-abortion education group on its buses.The court says TransLink didn’t provide any meaningful reasons for its decision to reject the ads from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.A lower court judge agreed with TransLink over its use of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards in “filtering” out the advertisement.The proposed ad contained images of a growing fetus at seven weeks and at 16 weeks, and then a red circle on a white background containing the word “gone” along with text that read: “Abortion Kills Children.”The judgment released Tuesday says the decision by TransLink couldn’t stand, but the three-judge panel didn’t say that TransLink must accept the advertisement on its buses.Instead, the court ordered TransLink to reconsider the request by the centre to purchase advertising space.
QUEBEC – A Quebec City father who sexually assaulted his young daughter will be serving a sentence in a women’s jail after undergoing a sex change between the time of the crime and the conviction.The transgender woman, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was sentenced to 18 months Monday for sexual assaults carried out when she was still a man.The 33-year-old — the victim’s biological father — had pleaded guilty to crimes that took place in 2013 when the girl was just three.The accused was separated from the girl’s mother at the time, and in the months following the assaults, he underwent a sex change.The crimes came to light three years later, when the girl’s mother was reading a sexual education book with her and the girl said she enjoyed oral sex.The accused quickly admitted the crimes to police.The Crown was seeking between 18 months and two years behind bars, while the defence had recommended 60 days to be served on weekends and community service for the woman, who had no previous criminal record.In addition to the jail sentence and a probation period with mandatory therapy, Quebec court Judge Rene de la Sablonniere ordered that the accused be registered as a sex offender for 20 years.Prosecutor Sonia Lapointe said she is satisfied as the sentence falls within the range she had sought in the case.
Enbridge reported moving a record volume of 2.785 million bpd from Canada to U.S. in November and said it remains focused on finding incremental ways to increase capacity.Its Line 3 expansion project is expected to add 370,000 bpd to take the Mainline system to 3.225 million bpd capacity when it starts up in late 2019.The company estimates that oilsands production is about 450,000 bpd above local refining and pipeline capacity and forecasts that as much as 600,000 bpd in new output could be added by 2025.Enbridge announced $1.8 billion in new investments on Tuesday, including the $265-million purchase of pipeline and terminal assets in northern Alberta from oilsands producer Athabasca Oil Corp. The Calgary-based pipeline, utility and power company said it will also spend US$600 million to buy a 22.75 percent interest in the Gray Oak Liquids Pipeline, which is under construction and expected to deliver light crude oil to Corpus Christi, Texas, starting in late 2019.That project is expected to help supply an offshore shipping port in the Gulf of Mexico proposed by Enbridge with partners Kinder Morgan Inc. and Germany-based Oiltanking GmbH, the company revealed.Enbridge also committed about $800 million in spending on four natural gas transmission expansion projects in the United States that are to come into service in the 2020-23 time frame.The company said it will raise its dividend by 10 percent for next year and anticipates another 10 percent increase in its dividend for 2020.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has charged the system is a leading cause of the current “dysfunctional” oil market in Western Canada, where a lack of pipeline export space as production rises is blamed for recent steep discounts in oil prices.“We’re seeing pretty good interest in this concept around priority access,” said Enbridge CEO Al Monaco on a webcast from the company’s investor day in New York on Tuesday, adding negotiations with shippers have started in advance of a July 2021 expiry of the current agreement.He said shippers and Enbridge will both get toll and volume certainty if the new system is adopted.“And that’s part of this discussion. That the shippers will have an interest, we will have some interest, and it’s up to us to line those up,” he said.Enbridge plans to hold an open season to gauge shipper interest early next year and file an application with the National Energy Board to make the change, Guy Jarvis, president of liquids pipelines, said.He added he doesn’t think the regulator will deny permission because it allowed the Trans Mountain system, now owned by the federal government, to make the same switch from common carriage to a hybrid contract-spot shipper system. CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. is proposing a fundamental change in how it assigns space on its Mainline pipeline system that will allow up to 90 percent of its capacity to be reserved for priority customers.The 2.85-million-barrel-per-day network of pipelines, the largest export option for Western Canadian producers, operates as a common carrier, where customers nominate the volume of crude they would like to ship each month.Those nominations have exceeded the volume available for much of 2018, leading to “apportioning” or cutbacks in all shipments, which have angered many producers.
Casablanca- Rape, in its most inhuman forms, still prevails in Morocco despite all efforts to combat it. A waitress was recently gang-raped in Meknes.According to daily Assabah, a 19-year-old waitress was kidnapped then gang-raped by four people in Meknes. The three suspects were presented to the Prosecutor on charges of kidnapping, violence and rape. The young waitress was kidnapped at 4:00 a.m. at the café where she works, before the eyes of the café owner and his customers. According to local police, the café clients could not intervene to save the girl as the three suspects were drunk and armed with swords they used to kidnap her. The waitress told the police that she had already been the victim of rape when she was 17, but never dared to report that to the police because of her fear of the consequences. The abolition of Article 475 of the criminal code, which allowed rapists to flee justice by marrying their victims, does not seem to change the bitter truth about rape in Morocco. The rate of violence and child rape are still high in the kingdom, and the reasons for that mainly are attributed on the lack of stricter laws to punish the perpetrators. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel and strongly condemns these actions. However he also believes strongly that punitive measures taken by Israel which harm the well-being of the entire population of the Gaza Strip are unacceptable,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said in a statement. “The limitation of fuel and electricity supplies deepens the humanitarian distress of the 1.4 million residents of Gaza, as does the reduction of the supply of essential commodities and the tightening of restrictions on movement and access,” the spokesperson said, calling on Israel to reconsider its actions. All concerned must “protect civilians and to meet their obligations under international law,” the statement noted. Last week, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes also condemned ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel while voicing concern that Israel was threatening to cut off electricity and fuel supplies if they continued. “It did not appear to be an appropriate response to those rocket attacks to punish the population of Gaza,” he said. He called on Israel to lift its economic blockade on Gaza and relax its restrictions on humanitarian aid, in part to improve the chances of progress at Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled to take place in the United States next month. Given the conditions inside both Gaza and the West Bank, the population increasingly depends on outside aid to survive, he said. “That is not a good situation for their livelihoods, their dignity and the possibility of their participating in any kind of peace process.” Also last week, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council about the humanitarian situation that Palestinians face and the potential impact of further Israeli restrictions. 29 October 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for an end to rocket attacks against Israel while urging the country to reconsider the limitation of fuel and electricity supplies to residents of Gaza, pointing out that this is worsening the already serious humanitarian situation there.
“Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world,” said Heraldo Muñoz, Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which produced the report. “The policies recommended in our report have the potential to transform traditional models of development – raising the quality of life of millions by preserving and restoring our biodiversity and eco-system services,” he added.The report – entitled “Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower” – is the culmination of two years of research and was launched on Thursday during the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Governments, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina. According to UNDP, the region is home to six of the world’s most biodiverse countries – Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela – as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest. South America alone has more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests.The report urges policymakers to assess the economic contribution of the biodiversity and ecosystems services to areas such as food production, disease control, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and tourism, among others, also making the case for sustainable business investments and contributions.It recommends that governments provide incentives, such as tax breaks, to direct public and private investments while stepping up efforts to conserve ecosystems. In addition, it recommends raising awareness among policymakers, consumers and the rural poor, and investing to be at the forefront of biodiversity and ecosystems services-based technologies, products and markets.The report adds that biodiversity-related products and services are of crucial importance to the region and their sustainable and strategic use can help boost the region’s long-term growth. 3 December 2010Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean must act to protect the extraordinary wealth of plant and wildlife in the region and harness their potential as “biodiversity superpowers,” according to a new United Nations report.
Calgary businessman gets five years for defrauding oil and gas company CALGARY – The co-founder of an Alberta oil and gas company has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding Arcan Resources Ltd., which he established with his brother and another man.Ian Wilson Fisher, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud over $5,000, after being charged in August 2015.According to an agreed statement of facts, Fisher was operations manager at the time and created shell companies in 2008 and then made dozens of false invoices billing close to $5 million.Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said his client never denied the allegations, but “it was just about determining what an appropriate sentence would be” and reaching a joint plea deal.Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston said he hopes the penalty sends a message “if you commit fraud and steal from your employer, you’re going to the penitentiary.”Court was told Fisher splurged on himself, buying a house in the resort community of Peachland, B.C., and blowing money on drugs.Doug Penner, former CFO of Arcan Resources, said there were a number of victims and the impact on the company was immeasurable.“I lost almost all of my savings. I lost my job, the company, my career,” he said. “There’s a lot of victims besides myself personally, all the staff were painted with that brush.”Aspenleaf Energy Ltd. has since purchased the assets of Arcan.(CTV Calgary) by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 9:27 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tom Karalis will take on 953km, riding between Melbourne and Sydney to raise money and awareness for blood cancers. It is the fifth most common cancer for Australian men and women, 31 people are diagnosed every day with the disease. Starting tomorrow on the seven day gruelling journey, Mr Karalis is hoping his ride will inspire people to donate and learn more about the deadly disease “Hopefully we can inspire the wider community to contribute and together make a real difference to sufferers’ lives,” he says. “Research into blood cancers has quite a way to go as it’s still at the starting point compared to the other established cancers in terms of funding. This is only the beginning of what should become a national conversation.” Riding along with his colleagues from the biotechnology company Celgene, the team banded together to support the charity ‘Helping Patients Fight Blood Cancer’. Already keen riders, the team will be tackling 10 hour riding marathons to get to Sydney in seven days, hoping to raise the $5,000 target. Blood cancer is second only to lung cancer in the number of Australian lives it claims each year. Around 11,500 Australians are expected to develop leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year. About 40,000 people live with one of these forms of blood cancer today. Little more than half are expected to survive. Leukaemia Foundation general manager, Stephanie Hechenberger says greater funding for research is needed. “Around 4000 people are expected to lose their life to blood cancer this year – so clearly, the ongoing need for research is great.” People can donate to the ride by visiting http://www.everydayhero.com.au/thomas_karalis.
The Canadian government has introduced a new parental sharing benefit this month (March 2019), to enable birth, adoptive and same-sex parents to share childcare responsibilities more equally.The Employment Insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit, which was initially announced during Canada’s 2018 Budget, became effective from 17 March 2019. This increases the standard duration of parental benefits from 35 weeks to 40 weeks, and lengthens the extended duration of parental benefits from 61 weeks to 69 weeks.Previously, neither parent could access more than 35 weeks in total for the standard duration of parental benefits, or more than 61 weeks in total for the extended duration; this required both parents to take time off in order to access some or all of the additional weeks.The EI parental sharing benefit is available for parents making a claim for children born or placed for adoption on or after 17 March 2019; both parents must choose the same option, either standard or extended, and the benefits can be accessed at the same time or separately.The government will also amend the Canada Labour Code, to ensure employees working in the federally regulated private sector will have job protection while receiving the parental sharing benefit. The changes will increase the maximum aggregate amount of parental leave that may be taken by more than one employee for the same birth or adoption from 63 weeks to 71 weeks; the maximum amount of leave for one employee will remain at 63 weeks.The amendments will further improve the maximum aggregate amount of maternity and parental benefits taken by more than one employee from 78 weeks to 86 weeks; however, this will remain at 78 weeks for one employee taking maternity or parental leave.The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, said: “As we’ve seen in Québec and in other jurisdictions that have implemented similar policies, this type of benefit has been proven to encourage a more balanced sharing of childcare responsibilities.“This new measure will help us break down barriers to gender equality by making it easier for mothers to return to work sooner if they wish, reducing the wage gap between women and men and helping Canadians spend more time with their families.”EI parental benefits, which were originally introduced in December 2017, allow either parent to take time off work to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. The government in Canada found this was primarily being taken by female employees; between 2016 and 2017, for example, 85% of all parental benefits claims were made by women. The changes to parental benefits, therefore, have been introduced to provide employees with greater flexibility to meet individual family and work situations.The government expects 97,000 Canadian parents a year to utilise the new benefits.The Honourable Mary Ng, minister of small business and export promotion and member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill, added: “Modernising parental leave will help more women participate in the economy, while encouraging two-parent families to share in the responsibilities and joys of raising children.“The families of Markham-Thornhill will benefit from more time spent with their children and all Canadians will benefit from yet another progressive policy that is making life easier.”
Tags Enlarge ImageThe Stratolaunch finally got some air under it. Stratolaunch Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen didn’t live long enough to see the Stratolaunch, an absolute hulk of an aircraft, go on its maiden flight. He died in late 2018, and Stratolaunch took wing on Saturday. Post a comment Share your voice In a release, Stratolaunch announced the historic milestone, which started off at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The massive plane cruised for 2.5 hours over the desert, reaching altitudes up to 17,000 feet (5,200 meters) with a max speed of 189 mph (304 km/h).A short video shows the takeoff and a snippet of the flight. Today the #Stratolaunch aircraft flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert, reaching a top speed of 189 mph. Check out the historic flight here: #StratoFirstFlight pic.twitter.com/x29KifphNz— Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) April 13, 2019 1:49 Stratolaunch’s supersized aircraft could someday launch a space plane to orbit Get a closer look at Paul Allen’s crazy Stratolaunch plane Space Sci-Tech Stratolaunch calls the plane “the world’s largest all-composite aircraft.” It isn’t just big to be big. It’s designed to use its belly to cradle other vehicles, which can then be launched to space.If you were to set Stratolaunch on an American football field, its wings would reach across each end zone. So go ahead an imagine this behemoth taking off and then releasing a rocket from underneath it to ferry a satellite into orbit. The reinforced center wing, which spans 385 feet (117 meters) can hold multiple launch vehicles weighing 500,000 pounds (226,796 kilograms). Now playing: Watch this: 36 Photos Meet the Stratolaunch, the world’s largest airplane Watch the Stratolaunch take its first flight! The pilots checked off an extensive to-do list that included performing flight-control maneuvers and simulated landing approach exercises. The airplane returned safely to the ground after the journey.Allen founded Stratolaunch in 2011 with a vision for “airline-style access to space” as an alternative to ground-based space launch systems. “We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement,” said Jody Allen, chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. Stratolaunch readies for takeoff 0
.Reformists for quota system in government service have faced obstructions by police in celebrating their reunion programme at Segunbagicha in the capital.The organisers of quota reform movement from across the country gathered in front of Kochi Kachar Mela to attend their programme on Friday afternoon.While visiting Kochi Kachar Mela in the capital’s Segunbagicha, this correspondent found the organisers of the quota movement were demonstrating and police members were guarding at the gate.Police, however, at one stage allowed them to celebrate their reunion.Police officers said none would be allowed to hold programmes without the written permission of the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).”Let’s allow to hold the programme. The movement cannot be stopped by police,” the demonstrators chanted slogans.Quota reformist leader Nurul Haque said, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there will be no bar to hold meetings and rallies anywhere in the country. Why are we being obstructed? We won’t leave the place until we’re not informed about it officially.”Ramna zone police deputy commissioner Maruf Sardar said the reformist leaders required permission from police two days ahead of the programme in the capital.”Did they take the permission? Ask the authorities of Kochi Kachar Mela why they did not open the gate. Did they pay fare for the auditorium?” he asked.Convener of the platform Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council Hasan Al Mamun said, “Police verbally gave us permission. But we are informed by police that we will not be allowed to hold our programme today, Friday. But why not, it is not clarified.”About payment, he said the fare is paid earlier.The platform launched a movement across the country demanding reform of quota system in government service.In the face of strong agitation, the government accepted the demand and abolished quota system in public service.
By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical WriterU.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45.The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45.This undated image provided by Merck on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 shows a vial and packaging for the Gardasil 9 vaccine. On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of the company’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. (Merck via AP)The vaccine protects against the human papilloma virus — or HPV — which can cause cervical cancer, certain other cancers and genital warts. The virus is very common and is spread through sex. In most cases, HPV doesn’t cause any problems, but some infections persist and eventually lead to cancer.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 14 million people become newly infected with HPV each year, mostly teens and young adults.Gardasil was originally approved for girls in 2006 and later for boys — partly to reduce the spread of HPV to girls. While Gardasil was approved for ages 9 through 26, the shots are especially recommended for boys and girls at 11 or 12, before they first have sex and could get infected. About half of U.S. teens now have had two or three doses.Company testing done in older adults showed the vaccine also worked for them, too. In women 24 through 45, the original Gardasil was about 90 percent effective three years after the women received a third dose.The latest version of Gardasil protects against nine strains of HPV, four more than the original.According to the CDC, each year about 33,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an HPV infection, including 12,000 women with cervical cancer, which kills about 4,000 annually.Merck said the list price for Gardasil 9 is $205 per dose. Two doses are needed for those vaccinated before 15, while three are recommended for older people.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at https://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
Kolkata: As many as 10 persons including four children were killed as thundershowers lashed various South Bengal districts and parts of North Bengal too on Sunday afternoon. All those who died were stuck by lightning. Two people died at Nadia, one at Jalangi in Murshidabad, two at Ghatal, West Midnapore while four children died at Uluberia, Howrah, while another child died while playing football at Park Circus.”The four children who died at Uluberia had ventured out of their houses for collecting mangoes during the thundershowers when they were struck by lightning,” a senior police officer in the district said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsChief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief over the deaths in the incidents and assured all help and support to the families where there has been loss of life and property due to the inclement weather. “We are doing a survey on the extent of damage. The Chief Secretary has sought reports from all the District Magistrates. We have a disaster management fund and the government will extend all sort of assistance to the families that have suffered loss in terms of life and property,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs many as 14 flights in Kolkata airport were affected due to bad weather conditions. “Five flights scheduled to land at the airport were diverted to Bhubaneswar. A Delhi-bound flight was even cancelled and there was delay in landing and departure of eight flights,” a spokesperson of the airport mentioned. The city and other districts in South Bengal may witness heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, predicted the weather office on Sunday. Many of the districts which are going to the Panchayat polls on Monday may also receive moderate to heavy rainfall. Moderate to heavy rainfall occurred in various South Bengal districts on Sunday afternoon. There is also an alert of heavy rain in some districts including Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata. It may be mentioned here that heavy rain accompanied with strong winds lashed some parts of North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Hooghly and Kolkata on Sunday afternoon.The city sky remained overcast from Sunday morning. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that it may rain in the city and adjoining areas accompanied with storm in the next 24 hours. According to a weather expert, a strong moisture-laden wind which is blowing from the sea, turned the conditions favourable for a storm. A cyclonic circulation has also contributed to the condition. According to the weather office, various North Bengal districts may also receive rainfall. The prediction also says that a wind of around 40-60 km per hour will sweep through North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and Kolkata. Various district administrations have already issued alerts asking people to stay indoors during thunderstorm and lightning. In a few recent incidents, many people have died due to lightning in the districts. According to a senior official of the weather office, conditions are favourable for a thunderstorm and heavy rain in some of the South Bengal districts. There is enough moisture flowing in from the sea as well. Two other factors could raise the chances of a storm. One is the rising heat and the second a cyclonic circulation. A thundershower on Monday is expected as well. The city recorded 23.8 mm of rainfall while North 24 Parganas district’s Barrackpore recorded 68 mm rain, the highest in the state on Sunday, a MeT official said. Meanwhile, one tree was uprooted at 116, Santoshpur Avenue under Survey Park Police Station. DMG and KP have swung into action immediately. A tram wire also snapped near Shiraz hotel on Park Street at Mallick Bazar. Lightning struck a three-storeyed house on D Gupta Lane under Sinthee PS leading to damage of electricity connection. No injuries were reported. Police and CESC officials have rushed to the spot. Incessant rain led to water-logging in various parts of the city including Kankurgachi underpass, Abdul Rasul Avenue, in front of Thanthania Kali Mandir and Ultadanga underpass as well.
“He wants to make sure that things stay calm; apparently he has concerns about Saakashvili still wielding broad powers,” Tsintsadze said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? Ivanishvili also voiced hope for a quick restoration of Georgian exports to Russia. Georgian producers of wine, mineral water, vegetables and fruits had strongly depended on the Russian market and have suffered badly since their exports were cut amid a buildup of tensions in the run-up to the war.Moving further to corner the president, Ivanishvili said Thursday that his Georgian Dream coalition controlling Parliament would move to speed up a constitutional reform.The reform, due to take effect after Saakashvili steps down in October 2013, when his second term ends will transfer most of the presidential powers to the prime minister. But Ivanishvili has moved quickly to establish full control without waiting for the formal transfer of authority.Soon after the election, his Cabinet sharply cut funds earmarked for maintaining presidential residences. Saakashvili’s office said it would have to switch off most of the lights at the brightly lit presidential palace, one of the capital’s most visible landmarks.In other humiliating moves, the Cabinet voted not to provide the equivalent of $55 million required for maintaining presidential aircraft next year and sharply cut funding for a presidential fund that Saakashvili had used for some public projects. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Associated PressTBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Georgia’s new prime minister said Thursday he would move quickly to expand the Cabinet’s powers, a change that would take away even more influence from the ex-Soviet nation’s beleaguered pro-Western president.Bidzina Ivanishvili, an eccentric billionaire philanthropist who has promised to repair broken ties with Russia, also slapped his bitter rival for living in the lavish presidential palace rather than a more modest residence. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center “The buildings that the Georgian president had had built for himself are more appropriate for a feudal lord than a democracy,” Ivanishvili said at a news conference.Ivanishvili’s coalition unseated Mikhail Saakashvili’s party in an embarrassing defeat in last month’s parliamentary election. New constitutional reforms pushed by Saakashvili before his party lost the election will reduce the presidency to a largely symbolic role, but Ivanishvili has been relentless in his efforts to keep the embattled president sidelined even before the reform takes effect next October.Georgia, which sits on pipelines carrying Caspian crude to Western markets, has been the subject of tense rivalry between its former imperial master, Russia, and the West.Ivanishvili has pledged to improve relations with Moscow, which were ruptured in a 2008 Russian-Georgian war, but he has rejected Saakashvili’s claims that he would bring the country back into the Russian fold.Ivanishvili reaffirmed Thursday that Georgia must regain sovereignty over the rebel provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia has recognized as independent after the war. He said he wouldn’t visit Russia, but added that he could meet Russian leaders in a third country. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The authorities also arrested several former officials in what Saakashvili denounced as political purges.Ivanishvili, who promised to investigate official abuses during his campaign, dismissed the accusations, saying Thursday that “people are queuing up to the prosecutor’s office to report crimes by former officials.”“I have promised to ensure justice, and this is what is going on now,” Ivanishvili said.Some analysts speculated that the arrests could be a prelude for a probe against Saakashvili himself. Ivanishvili said his allies don’t have a plan to impeach the president, but added that prosecutors will continue their work.“I personally don’t want Saakashvili’s arrest, and I think that society doesn’t want it either,” he said. “But if the prosecutors launch a case against top leaders of the country, I will not meddle in that or try to have it closed.”Soso Tsintsadze, a Tbilisi-based independent political analyst, said Ivanishvili made the promise not to impeach the president under pressure from the European Union. At the same time, the prime minister would likely be able to muster a two thirds majority to speed up the constitutional reform, Tsintsadze added.
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