Nova Scotia is on the right path to becoming a stronger province as its finances continue to improve year after year. The province released its public accounts for 2011-12 today, Aug. 2, ending the year with a deficit of $248.5 million. This is an improvement of $141.1 million from the budget estimate. “Nova Scotia families and businesses will reap the benefits as the province’s finances become increasingly more stable and sustainable,” said Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Our four-year plan is on track and it’s working. This government is helping to build a strong economy through careful management of the province’s finances and sound investments. “Credit-rating agencies are recognizing our progress and national and international companies are bringing good jobs by expanding their operations here.” Total revenues in 2011-12 were $9.7 billion, an increase of $137.8 million over estimate. Revenues were $245.8 million lower than the previous year, primarily because of lower corporate income tax revenues, petroleum royalties and recoveries, and decreases in other federal sources. Total expenses in 2011-12 were $9.9 billion, a decrease of $3.2 million from estimate. Expenses were $588.1 million more than the previous year, because $293.7 million in assistance to universities was reinstated and funding to Health and Wellness, Education, and Community Services increased. 2011-12 marked the third year in a row that departmental spending came in under budget. “All Nova Scotians have shared in the challenge of getting the province back to balance, and that discipline is paying off,” added Ms. MacDonald. “This government crafted a plan to fix the financial situation it inherited, and we are sticking to that plan.” Additional appropriations, approval to cover unbudgeted expenses, continue to trend lower than past years. In 2011-12, they were $49.6 million, $13.9 million lower than last year, and significantly less than the annual average of $276.9 million between 1999 and 2009. In April 2011, it was estimated that the province’s net debt at the end of 2011-12 would be $13.7 billion. Nova Scotia’s net debt was $13.2 billion at March 31, 2012, an improvement of $500 million from the April 2011 estimate and an increase of $485.2 million over the previous year. This year-over-year increase is due to the $248.5 million deficit and $245.3 million net investment in tangible capital assets, offset by a net decrease of $8.6 million in other non-financial assets. The province’s net debt to gross domestic product ratio, a key indicator of economic health, decreased 0.1 per cent from 35.1 per cent in 2011 to 35 per cent in 2012. The consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector. Nova Scotia’s auditor general has provided an unqualified auditor’s report, included in Public Accounts Volume 1. The other documents released today include Volume 2 – Agencies and Funds, and Volume 3 – Supplementary Information. The public accounts documents are available online at www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/publications/publicaccounts. Several large entities have fulfilled their 2011-12 requirements under the Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act today. The province introduced the act in 2010, requiring public sector organizations to disclose individual compensation of more than $100,000 in an audited statement posted to a publicly accessible website. “This is about transparency in how tax dollars are spent across the public sector,” said Ms. MacDonald. “I’m proud that we are one of the few provinces where citizens readily have access to this information.” A list of the organizations that fall under this legislation can be found at www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/publications/pscd/organizations .
Los Angeles: Actor Chris Pratt and author Katherine Schwarzenegger are a married couple. The duo exchanged vows on Saturday during an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California, sources told People magazine. “You can tell today is the happiest day for Katherine. She hasn’t stopped smiling. And Chris seems giddy with excitement. The venue is beautiful. Lots of flowers and greenery everywhere. It’s a very romantic setting for a wedding,” the insider said. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ The whole family took wedding photos, including Schwarzenegger’s parents Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Everyone just looked so happy,” the source added. The guest list included Pratt’s six-year-old son Jack, Schwarzenegger’s siblings – Patrick, Christopher and Christina, and close friend Rob Lowe and his sons Johnny and Matthew. Pratt, 39, and Schwarzenegger, 29, announced their engagement on social media this January after seven months of dating. It marks her first marriage and his second. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star was previously married to actor Anna Faris, with whom he shares Jack. They split after nine years of marriage in 2017.
Noida: The Noida Authority, on Friday, inaugurated city’s first containerised biomethanisation plant to convert wet waste to cooking gas and compost in sector 30 of Noida. Officials said that 95 per cent funding of the biogas plant has been provided by the authority.As per a senior Noida authority officer, the plant has been placed under a joint effort from Noida authority and Sector 30 RWA. The total capacity of the plant is to convert 500 kg wet waste daily to cooking and compost. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The total cost of the plant is approximately Rs 20 lakh from which the Noida authority has funded 19 lakh while rest 1 lakh has been funded by RWA. The company which will be assigned for the operations of the plant will also manage door to door collection of waste from houses. By far this is the first plant in Noida city using such technique,” said Rajesh Singh, Officer on Special Duty, Noida Authority. The inauguration was done by Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO urged that every RWA and high-rise residential society must place a decentralised solid waste disposal system at their Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsend. “We insist more RWAs and other high-rise residential societies to come forward and install compost machine within their compound to ensure segregated waste disposal at their source. This will prevent wet garbage to get dumped at authority’s dumping site and together we can overcome the problem of solid waste management and it’s disposal in the city,” said Maheshwari. The CEO also appealed to the people to manage segregation of waste at their homes. She said that the residents must ensure to separately dump dry and wet garbage in different bins and dump only segregated garbage at the time of door to door collection. Meanwhile, the CEO also held a meeting with Noida authority officials and tried to act tough on the issue of door-to-door collection of garbage in Noida. The CEO directed officials to issue notice to the contractor hired for door-to-door collection of garbage in Noida regarding delay in work. She also said that if the work of contractor is not found satisfactory, the company will be blacklisted.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday directed government school principals to sensitise students and staff members about accidents caused by metal-coated strings used for flying kites.The Directorate of Education circular asked the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools to educate students about it under its anti-kite flying campaign. The circular said that flying kites is a common practice in Delhi and it sometimes leads to accidents causing harm and injury to humans, animals and birds. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe circular came days after a 28-year-old engineer died on August 15 at Paschim Vihar in outer Delhi after his throat was slit by string of a flying kite. “Kite flying becomes lethal and hazardous because of the metal-coated string used in flying kites. Often accidents involving kite flying have been reported causing fatal injuries especially during festivals,” the circular said. “It is a matter of grave concern and therefore, the passion for it among the students should be discouraged by creating awareness about the danger which kite flying can pose to people, animals and birds around,” the Directorate of Education circular added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt can also interrupt electricity supply if it touches high tension lines and overhead metro electric lines, which can be fatal also to the person flying kites, the Directorate of Education circular said. “Therefore, all the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise students and staff members during the school assembly about the menace of flying of kites,” the circular said. Many incidents of injuries and loss of life have been reported in the past few years due to strings of flying kites.
BURNABY, B.C. – Police say they are investigating a possible murder after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in a wooded area of a popular suburban Vancouver park.Cpl. Meghan Foster with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Marissa Shen’s family contacted RCMP late Tuesday night, reporting the girl missing.Shen’s body was found early Wednesday morning in some brush on the southeast side of Central Park in Burnaby.The scene suggested the teen may have been the victim of a homicide, Foster told a news conference Wednesday afternoon.“It’s still early in the investigation. Right now, this death is a suspicious death,” she said.An autopsy is being conducted to determine what caused Shen’s death.The girl was last seen at her family’s home near the crime scene around 1 p.m., and Shen wasn’t in distress when she was last contacted by phone at 5 p.m., Foster said. The officer would not reveal any specifics about the phone conversation or who the teenager spoke with Tuesday afternoon.Police wouldn’t say what Shen was believed to be out doing but Foster added the girl was on summer break, waiting to start high school in the fall.Police are asking anyone who saw Shen between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m., or anyone who witnessed suspicious circumstances in the park to call investigators.“We understand there will be many questions, but until we know more and can provide more updates, we ask that the public remain vigilant,” Foster said.“This is an opportunity to remind your kids, and all members of your family, in fact, about the importance of personal safety and to not take it for granted.”Police released a photo of the young Asian girl wearing a black sailor-style top and red tie. Her long, dark hair was parted in the middle and reached past her shoulders.Officers had cordoned off the south perimeter of the park Wednesday, but the remainder of the park remained opened to the public.A trail north of a Pitch and Putt in the park was closed off and police could be seen patrolling, but golfers were still allowed to play on the green.Area resident Jazmin Aure, 20, said she was surprised to learn of the death, adding that type of violence “doesn’t happen here.”“We go on walks here, we bike around here. My family, they love it here,” she said.Aure said the park isn’t lit at night and she wouldn’t attempt walking through the tree-lined trails even as a shortcut.But she called the area safe and in the five years she’s lived down the street from the park, Aure said there hadn’t been a similar incident she could recall.RCMP said the current risk to the public is unknown because details in the case are minimal.
Rabat – The public prosecutor at the Rabat Court of Appeals has opened an investigation into Friday’s attack on the imam of the Hassan mosque by the allegedly mentally ill suspect.Police will transfer the 29-year old suspect to a hospital for examination to verify his state of mental health.The man accessed the mosque during Friday prayers, broadcasted on both state-owned TV channels, Al Oula and 2M. Carrying two knives, the suspect moved to the preacher’s minbar, or pulpit, to attack the Imam. However, a group of people intervened and stopped the suspect before calling the authorities.After further investigation at the police headquarters, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) confirmed on Friday that the Hassan Mosque attacker displays signs of a mental disorder.
3 November 2009Celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono recording the anti-war anthem Give Peace a Chance with the Plastic Ono Band, the United Nations announced today that the proceeds from the release of a commemorative single will garner funds for its peacebuilding efforts in countries emerging from conflict. Yoko Ono – the former Beatle’s wife and artistic collaborator – along with his sons, Sean and Julian Lennon have partnered with music industry giants, EMI and Sony, to give the net profits from the sale of the song to the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).The special anniversary edition digital single will be available to download from iTunes through the end of the year.“I am delighted to see that a song so closely identified with the pursuit of peace, will shine a light on the United Nations’ peacebuilding efforts and financially support PBF projects,” said UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Chairperson Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile.The song was written in 1969 during the late Mr. Lennon’s and Ms. Ono’s famous week-long “bed-in” protest against the Viet Nam War, in which they lay on their honeymoon bed and courted the world’s media at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.Profits from the song – sung by over 500,000 people at the anti-Viet Nam War demonstration later that year in Washington, DC – will benefit the PBC, which was established in 2005 to bolster countries in their bid to rebuild after conflict, reconcile divisions and prevent them from relapsing into bloodshed.Mr. Muñoz told reporters in New York that the Peacebuilding Fund paid for projects in countries emerging from conflict, so as to show people a quick peace dividend, as opposed to larger, development-oriented projects. He thanked Member States, including middle-income countries, which had contributed well over $300 million to the Fund, but stressed that, for the mechanism to be truly effective, other sources of money were needed. “We want private individuals, philanthropists to assist in this effort that belongs to all of us,” said Mr. Muñoz. “Yoko Ono has been a fundamental moving force in allowing this gift to the United Nations peacebuilding effort, and I thank her personally for what she has done.” So far, the Fund has provided financial help for the countries on the Commission’s agenda – Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR) and Guinea-Bissau – as well as some 14 other countries that were emerging from conflict.
NHLGretzkyPoints2151.41.441.4 NFLManningTD passes5510.010.012.2 NHLGretzkyGoals922.214.171.124 SPORTPLAYERCATEGORYCURRENT RECORDPREVIOUS RECORDPREVIOUS 5 YEARSPREVIOUS 10 YEARS NFLDickersonRush yards2,1055.15.15.1 A rough projection, based on how many 3-pointers he’s made through Golden State’s first 58 games, would have Curry finishing this season with about 400 3-pointers — or about a 40 percent increase over his record-setting performance from last season.Records eventually fall, even those sacred ones that seem untouchable. But rarely, if ever, do they fall by such an enormous margin as the one Curry is building this year. Take, for example, baseball’s single-season home run record. When Roger Maris bested Babe Ruth’s record in 1961, he did so by a single home run — increasing the record by about 1.7 percent. In the summer of 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa raced each other to a new historic high, the mark finally settled at 70 — increasing the record by about 14.8 percent. In 2001, Barry Bonds drove the record up to 73 — an increase of about 4.3 percent.Scan through cumulative single-season records for other sports and athletic feats, and it is tough to find any current record that was set by such a wide margin as Curry’s new 3-point record projects to be. NHLPoints215301 NFLReceptions143200 NFLRushing yards2,1052,947 SPORTFEATCURRENT RECORDNEW RECORD WITH 40% INCREASE MLBBondsHome runs734.319.719.7 These are imperfect analogues. Someone hitting 102 home runs or rushing for more than 2,900 yards in a season is an absurd proposition. There is an entirely different set of variables that determines the feasibility of scoring 129 goals or throwing for 77 touchdowns than there is for hitting 400 3-pointers. One of those variables is how much competitors value the stat in question. No one questions whether a marathon runner is trying to run the fastest marathon possible, just as no one who ever watched Adam Dunn swing a bat would tell you there aren’t players who want nothing more than to hit as many dingers as they can in their time on this earth. But if some intrepid dingus decided he was going to set the NFL record for attempted laterals, there wouldn’t be much to stop him.In Curry’s case, his record-setting pace is both a reflection of his own individual brilliance and the changing climate of the NBA. Three-point attempts have been surging across the entire league for years and Curry has been out in front, pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable offensive strategy. Larry Bird is widely regarded as one of the best 3-point shooters in history, but he also played in an era where the shot was used more sparingly. If Curry does finish the season around 400 3-pointers made, that would be more than Bird’s four most-prolific 3-point shooting seasons combined.Evaluating the nature of Curry’s record-setting performance this season is therefore a little different than some of those other records. While he’s shooting a career-high 46.8 percent on 3-pointers, he’s also on pace to attempt nearly 200 more 3-pointers than anyone in league history. Where Bonds broke records by becoming even more efficient with a comparable number of opportunities, Curry’s feat is maintaining and even increasing efficiency with an enormous surge in opportunities. Those things are not separate — the more threes Curry attempts, the more defenses are devoting effort and attention to stopping him. But, as Oklahoma City discovered this weekend, sometimes all the effort, attention and pressure in the world just doesn’t matter very much. Wayne Gretzky’s dominant offensive production is the closest thing to what Curry is doing this season, but even that will fall short if Curry maintains his current pace. Venturing outside the four major team sports offers just as dramatic a set of comparisons. In the entire 106-year progression of the men’s marathon world record, from Johnny Hayes’s 2:55:18 on July 24, 1908, to Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 on September 28, 2014, the world has collectively shaved just 30 percent off the record.Emphasizing Curry’s pace another way, if you take the 40 percent increase he is chasing this year and apply it to those records from other team sports, these are the numbers you end up with. NBACurry3-Pointers400*39.9%48.7%48.7% NFLHarrisonReceptions14316.316.327.7 MLBHome runs73102 MLBHits262367 In an instant classic over the weekend, Stephen Curry hit a dozen 3-pointers, including the game-winner from 32 feet, while helping lead his Golden State Warriors to a 121-118 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Those 12 3-pointers gave him 288 for the season, breaking his own record of 286 set last season. Oh, and the Warriors still have 24 games left on their schedule, plenty of time for him to build on what is already one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history. MLBWalks232325 NHLGoals92129 NFLTD passes5577 MLBBondsWalks23217.236.536.5 MLBSuzukiHits26126.96.36.199 INCREASE OVER
The twins had been expected any day now, with Clooney declining an invitation to accept a humanitarian award overseas a week ago. “I really would have been [in Armenia] but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home,” Clooney said in an acceptance video.Once Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, he has previously spoken about his delight in becoming a father saying: “I didn’t know that we’d have kids. I was very happy that we were going to get married and then [children] seemed like the next step.”The couple’s Grade II-listed home in Sonning, Berkshire, has recently undergone drastic renovations, including the construction of a 12-seater cinema and an astroturf tennis court. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. People, the US magazine, claimed the couple were visited by friend Barack Obama, the former President, at the end of May, while he was in England. George and Amal Clooney “I’m like, ‘Are you out of your mind? Don’t tell anybody else, don’t tell anybody else, I mean, don’t you know the 12-week rule?’ Of course he doesn’t,” Damon said, laughing.Damon praised Mrs Clooney, an international human rights lawyer, calling her “a remarkable woman” and saying George Clooney had “hit the jackpot.”He added the couple were “going to be awesome parents, those kids are lucky.”It is understood the new Clooney family of four will be based in the UK, where Mrs Clooney works. The news that Clooney was to become a father was finally confirmed after much speculation earlier this year by his friend Matt Damon, who told a talk show he was so thrilled for the high-profile couple that he “almost started crying” when he found out.Damon disclosed that Clooney told him the news while they were filming, and that his wife Amal, 39, was about eight weeks pregnant at the time. The Clooneys in Venice, the day after their wedding Mr and Mrs Clooney George Clooney has become a first-time father at the age of 56, as his wife Amal gives birth to twins.A spokesman for the couple confirmed that the Clooneys have welcomed their newborns into the world, naming them Ella and Alexander.In a statement, a representative said: “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. “Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine.”He joked: “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”
ppd zagrebZlatko Horvat PPD Zagreb captain Zlatko Horvat won’t be able to help his team-mates in “Balkan Clasico” on Saturday in Celje, where Slovenian and Croatian champions will meet at the VELUX EHF Champions League match – Round 2.The player was directly disqualified at the 57”46 minute of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase 2015/16 game: HC Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo Zagreb (CRO) vs THW Kiel (GER that took place on 17 September 2015 after clinch with Kiel’s line-player TofTT.The EHF Court of Handball finds in substance that the behaviour deserves further sanction since the behaviour of the player constitutes an act of revenge, i.e. push with both arms, intentionally committed against an opponent and directed at the body of the latter. In addition, the gesture was not related to the normal course of the match.Horvat is suspended for the next match. ← Previous Story LNH: PSG and Montpellier win by 7 goals Next Story → Renewed Baltic Handball League ready to kick off
SIX PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in Cork following allegations of fraudulent mortgage loans secured on a number of properties in the Munster area.Detectives from the fraud investigation unit based in Anglesea St. Garda Station assisted by local gardaí across Co. Cork carried out the searches and arrests this morning.Four men and two women – ranging in ages from their twenties to their forties – were arrested. They are currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at a number of Garda Stations in Co. Cork.A large amount of documentation along with computers, storage devices and phones were seized during the operation.Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €5,000 were also recovered at one of the locations.Enquiries are ongoing.
Ensemble‘s Halo Wars RTS has never been the most popular entry in Bungie‘s popular Halo franchise, sad to say: the relative lack of popularity of their new take on the Covenant Wars ended up killing Ensemble off, despite the fact that they are the world-class visionaries behind Microsoft’s popular Age of Empires series of RTS games. Things are now about to get worse for Halo Wars players, too: Microsoft has decided to shut down a lot of the multiplayer services that Halo Wars players have counted on.AdChoices广告It’s not cataclysmic news. Halo Wars will still be playable online, and Microsoft will still provide matchmaking services, but they will no longer track multiplayer statistics and they’ll be folding the Halo Wars forums into the rest of the Halo community.The latter’s not really a big deal, but unfortunately, the former’s going to leave a lot of people in the lurch: stat tracking is a hugely important element to a multiplayer RTS community, especially competitively.It’s not the end of the world, no, and given Halo Wars lack of popularity, it could be a lot worse… but if you’re one of the faithful who has played Halo Wars extensively over the last year, the online experience is about to get just a little bit darker.Read more at Halo Wars forums
Google’s Nexus 7 marked one of the first marginally successful Android tablets in a sea of devices that were either overly expensive or poorly marketed. Despite attempts from nearly all of Google’s manufacturing partners, there’s been very little to compete with the iPad. As Apple prepares to compete with the Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon by launching an iPad Mini, Google has partnered with Samsung to release a 10-inch Nexus-branded tablet with a resolution that is much higher than the Retina iPad.At this time next week, it’s reported that Google will unveil the next in their line of Nexus devices. Included in the announcement, alongside the 32GB Nexus 7 and the unveiling of the LG Nexus 4, will be a 10-inch Nexus-branded tablet. Manufactured by Samsung, the new tablet will pack a 10.1-inch 2560×1600 resolution display and an Exynos 5 processor.The display is expected to have a density of around 300ppi, making it pretty clear that the target is to use a screen that is superior to the iPad 3’s Retina display. Because Samsung is the manufacturer, the rich colors and deep blacks commonly found on their displays will no doubt be among the key features.This new Nexus tablet are said to run Android 4.2 with a UI that has been modified from the original 10-inch tablet found in Android 3.0. One of the key features to the tablet will be the multiple sign in feature, allowing for multiple users to have accounts on the device. A guest mode will also be available, which will allow someone who is not signed in to use the tablet without access to any of the personal apps and private settings. Guest users will have the ability to download apps, but their data and settings are removed as soon as the guest account is logged out.The big missing detail for this tablet is price, which has historically been an issue for 10.1-inch Android devices. If this new Nexus tablet isn’t able to compete with Apple in pricing, the tablet will more than likely join the ranks of the Android devices no one remembers.via TheNextWeb
One morning in late February, Eric Temple decided he’d had enough. Temple is the president of Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad, the company that holds the lease with Clark County to operate the rail line that runs through Chelatchie Prairie. For the last several months, Temple has been arguing with Clark County staff over how to implement a change to state law that would allow industrial development on farmland along 33 miles of the underutilized line. On that morning, he sent out an email addressed to state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, and Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas (who worked on the change to state law). He copied the entire county council and several members of county staff.“As you both might know, I’ve been very frustrated with the staff and how they’ve been presenting this law, and now believe I understand the root of the problem,” reads the email. In the email, Temple wrote that the problem is Christine Cook, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney who handles land-use issues and offered a cautious reading of the new law. Cook referred questions to Emily Sheldrick, the county’s top civil lawyer, who said she has found no conflict of interest in the case. Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt also said he doesn’t see Cook as conflicted. The exchange is the latest in the behind-the-scenes drama as the county has sought to avoid litigation while implementing a new state law that’s expected to bring high-paying jobs to Clark County.
ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 – Minister with responsibility for Tourism Honorable Ralph Higgs recently attended the CTO’s Council of Ministers and Commissioners meeting in Nassau, Bahamas during the period January 30-February 1st. The meeting welcomed a number of regional tourism leaders, who collectively engaged in discussions on private/public partnership for marketing the Caribbean in 2017, culture and the development of the Caribbean’s Human Capital and the Caribbean Leaders’ Summit. Minister Higgs commented, “Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased and honored to be a part of the CTO membership, as it is the premier organization representing the Caribbean as a whole. These meetings provides an ideal forum to discuss the issues and challenges affecting Caribbean Tourism and to discuss the solutions and to adapt best practices employed by other members of the organization. As the new Minister for Tourism, I am looking forward to making Turks and Caicos contribution to the industry”Whilst in the Bahamas, the Minister also attended the Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), the largest tourism marketing event in the Caribbean. The event showcased thousands of hotels, tourist boards, tour operators and airlines amongst other agencies in the travel industry. Turks and Caicos was well represented with a large contingent of tourism professionals including the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Hotel and Tourism Association and representatives from the various hotels.During his travel, the Honorable Minister also commenced initial discussions with reputable airline company IBC, regarding the prospect of airlift to the island of Grand Turk. The meeting served as an exploratory one, with future discussions and engagements to continue with relevant stakeholders. Further details will be forthcoming as this initiative progresses. Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Tirupati: The delay in issuing government order for recruitment of additional staff including doctors and paramedical staff coming in the way of thousands of beneficiary employees working in various establishments in Tirupati area realising the fruits of the upgradation of the ESI (Employees State Insurance) Regional Hospital here. The ESI Hospital moved into a state of the art building constructed at a cost of Rs 125 crore last year to scale up its medical and health services to more than one lakh employees working in various private establishments including industries, factories, service organisations etc in Tirupati area, who are insured with the ESI Corporation (ESIC). Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Daily more than 3,00 outpatients and 70-80 inpatients are availing the medical services of the hospital here in the city. It is needless to say that the recruitment of required additional staff will help the hospital double the present patients’ strength. Ironically, though there is not much financial burden to the State exchequer, the issuing of the GO is delayed indicating the State government apathy in reaping the benefits of ESIC to improve health for the considerable number of private and unorganised sector employees. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Sources said that, the GO is required for appointment of about 150 staff in the ESI Hospital including 25 specialist doctors, 20 staff nurses, 30 paramedical staff, 10 office personnel and 63 sub-staff proposed under the upgradation of the hospital which wasdone long back in 2011 itself. The ESIC taken up the construction of the new building in 2009 itself but was delayed for various reasons and was ready only in 2018 paving the way for its upgradation. But even after one year, the required staff was not appointed for want of the GO, a senior official of the ESI Hospital said on condition of anonymity. Advertise With Us ESIC Regional Advisory Board member N Mohan said that the board members and the hospital authorities trying their best for issuing of the GO for appointment of staff to end the inconvenience the patients facing due to severe staff crunch but in vain. More importantly, the GO not only help for enhancing staff strength improving facilities in the hospital but also lead to further upgradation, Mohan said informing that ESIC is keen on increasing the bed strength further in view of steady increase of insured persons under the ESI scheme. He and many trade union leaders including CITU general secretary K Murali appealed the State government to issue GO immediately for solving the long pending issue for the sake of thousands of employees availing ESIC medical and health facilities.
Map of DhakaA woman died as she reportedly fell from the 4th floor of a drug rehabilitation centre at Uttara Sector-12 in the capital early Monday.The deceased is Parvin Runa, 50, daughter of late Abdul Jabbar of Barchar village in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district.Sub-inspector of Uttara west police station Aminul Kabir said Runa fell off the building while trying to escape from ‘Nabajagoron Drug Rehabilitation Centre’ around 1:15am climbing down it using a piece of cloth.Police recovered the body around 2:30am and sent it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for an autopsy, he said.According to family sources, Runa, who was a drug addict, had been undergoing treatment at the rehab centre since 10 February last.
Map of BagerhatTwo construction workers were killed and two others were injured after being electrocuted while they were wiring an under-construction building at Bilkul Village in Kachua, Bagerhat on Wednesday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased are Harez Sheikh, 32, son of Joynal Sheikh of the village and Tanjil Molla, 35, son of Sumiz Uddin Molla hailing from Kakarbil village in the same upazila.Officer-in-charge of Kachua model police station Robiul Kabir said the electrocution occurred from an electric short-circuit while they were giving electricity connections in the building, leaving the duo dead on the spot and two others injured.The injured were taken to Kachua Upazila Health Complex.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloA case has been filed against a truck driver and his helper in connection with the death of 13 brick kiln workers who were killed when a coal-laden truck flipped on them in Chouddagram upazila in Cumilla on Friday, reports UNB.Sanjib Roy, brother of victim Ranjit Chandra Roy, filed the case with Chouddagram police station on Friday night, said Abdullah Al Mahfuz, officer-in-charge of the police station.The OC said that they are trying to arrest the driver and the helper.Thirteen brick kiln workers were killed and four others injured when the coal-laden truck overturned on a labour shed at a brick field in Chouddagram Upazila’s Narayanpur early Friday.The driver and the helper went into hiding after the incident.