Nova Scotians are another step closer to more long-term-care beds. On April 5, the province issued part one of a request for proposal for 804 new long-term-care beds. The completed process will close on Thursday, August 23, at 2 p.m. The results are expected in the fall. “These new beds will help more seniors stay closer to their loved ones,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “I am extremely pleased this project is moving forward on time.” All interested and qualified parties are invited to reply to the request for proposal, which is being released in three parts. The first outlines the locations of the beds, response requirements, and the assessment process. Part two, which will be released on Wednesday, June 13, will provide draft information on design, space, program and financial requirements. Part three will be released on Wednesday, July 25, and will include final information on the elements included in part two. The request for proposal can be found on the Nova Scotia Procurement Tender Website. Those interested in responding should monitor the site for additional information. Information sessions will also be held to help those interested in responding better understand the process. Sessions are scheduled in Truro on Thursday, June 14, and Thursday, July 26, to correspond with the release of parts two and three. The Continuing Care Strategy is a 10-year plan to enhance and expand Nova Scotia’s continuing-care system. By building on community support, increasing local solutions, and ensuring care options are available when and where they are needed, the strategy aims to create a system that supports Nova Scotians in their desire to live well in a place they can call home. More information on the strategy and the request for proposal process is available on the website www.gov.ns.ca/health/ccs/ccs_strategy/default.htm . For a copy of the request for proposal see the website www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/ .
Newcomers to Nova Scotia who want to start a business here now have a program to help them. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum today, May 29, launched its Business Advisory Service Program for Immigrant Entrepreneurs. The mentoring program offers newcomers business advice from experienced business people who can help them overcome business challenges. Advisors will help immigrants develop their business plan so that they can start their business in Nova Scotia. They also help immigrant entrepreneurs develop networks within the business community, increase knowledge of the local business environment and of the resources available to them. The service is available at no cost. “The forum’s new mentoring program is a solid step forward in helping newcomers succeed in Nova Scotia, and builds on existing programs within the community,” said Immigration Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “When new immigrants succeed here, they stay here, and help to grow our economy and diversify our communities.” The Business Advisory Service Program for Immigrant Entrepreneurs is supported by the Office of Immigration, which provided $32,000 in funding. “This program is a natural extension of the advisory services we provide to new and existing business owners,” said David McNamara, president of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. “Our network of advisors provides entrepreneurs with solid expertise in finance, law, accounting and beyond. Newcomers face unique challenges in setting up a business, and this program, led by a successful immigrant entrepreneur, will help them overcome issues.” The Entrepreneurs’ Forum is a non-profit organization, comprised of senior volunteer business people from a variety of industries and backgrounds, who are dedicated to providing strategic and confidential business advice to new and existing entrepreneurs.
Three selections of Beaujolais Nouveau wines will be available at 57 Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores beginning Thursday, Nov. 20. Wine lovers will be able to choose from Georges Duboeuf ($15.58), Mommessin ($14.83) and Pisse-Dru ($13.85). The third Thursday of November is special to wine lovers throughout the world, because it is when Beaujolais Nouveau, the first French wine bottled from this year’s grape harvest. The wines originate in France’s Beaujolais region and act as a barometer for the quality of the vintage as a whole. Sales of the young red wine are historically brisk in Nova Scotia and supply is limited. A detailed news release on the Beaujolais Nouveau wines can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com . -30-
Sun and surf enthusiasts at Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will soon see improvements at the provincial park. Work has begun to address damage caused by winter storms. “We have a plan to renew the walkways and grounds so Dominion Beach Provincial Park remains a fine family attraction,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The department will re-align walkways from the parking lot to the beach and replace sections of boardwalk with a crusher-dust pathway. Wooden walkways between the park’s parking lot and the change house will be repaired. The boardwalk that has been repeatedly rebuilt in the past because of winter damage will not be replaced. Instead, a new pathway will allow access to the beach from the smaller parking area, next to the park. “Rather than continue to fight Mother Nature, we’ve chosen to work with her,” said Mr. Parker. Cobblestone brought ashore by the ocean will be left in place as erosion protection. The department will take steps to address water collecting around the main park building, including building a drainage ditch. The upgrades are expected to be completed within a few weeks. Efforts will be made to limit disruptions to visitors. Later this summer, department officials will begin working on a plan to guide the park’s long-term management. The Department of Natural Resources manages more than 125 parks throughout the province, including 71 with public beaches. For more information about Nova Scotia’s provincial beach parks, visit www.novascotiaparks.ca/misc/beaches.asp .
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 CONTINUING WORK 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 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road and Belmont Road underpass, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 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 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge from Monday, June 11 until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place.The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone, expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 INVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge until Friday, July 13. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 33 to Yarmouth will be reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 COLCHESTER COUNTY: North River Sabra Lynds Bridge, Route 311, North River will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, July 13. Traffic signals on site. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, westerly 6 kilometres to start of Twinned Highway will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Stop and go traffic will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 24, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Starting Monday July 9, Trunk 4 and Route 245 traffic will access Highway 104 via the new Exit 27 Interchange, formerly Exit 27A. Temporary traffic control will be in place in various locations along Highway 104 in Sutherland’s River during this period. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays and one-lane closures until Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Dollivers Brook Bridge The Dollivers Brook Bridge on Route 331 in Voglers Cove will be closed for replacement beginning Thursday, June 21. A detour, using Highway 103 and Hirtle Road, is available. The closure is in effect until Saturday, July 7. Drivers should use extra caution and obey all signs and personnel. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 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. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 32 to Exit 31 will be reduced to one lane for paving until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. 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The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of commissioner Pat Skinner on Friday, Feb. 15. As a prominent human rights advocate, her work touched many Nova Scotians and extended well beyond her appointment as a commissioner in 2010. Ms. Skinner was a recipient of the Human Rights Award in 2006 and a past employee of the commission in the 1980s. “We are all deeply saddened and her presence at the commission will be truly missed,” said Human Rights Commission director and CEO David Shannon. “Pat typified what it is to be a caring member of our Nova Scotia community and our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.” Ms. Skinner worked tirelessly in her efforts to advance equality, inclusion and dignity through the many committees and organizations where she dedicated her efforts. As a proud Nova Scotian, she made it her life’s work to improve social justice for everyone and to create a better future for young people. She has left a legacy of passion, dedication and determination to strive for social equality for all.
Les Néo-Écossais auront l’occasion d’apprendre l’incroyable histoire de l’exploration et de la découverte de l’Arctique canadien qui a débuté il y a un siècle. L’exposition itinérante intitulée « Expédition : L’Arctique », réalisée par le Musée canadien des civilisations en collaboration avec le Musée canadien de la nature, sera présentée au Musée maritime de l’Atlantique à Halifax du 30 avril au 21 juillet. Elle contient des dizaines d’artéfacts des années d’expéditions maritimes, glacières et terrestres dans l’Arctique. « Le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique aide les Néo-Écossais à mieux apprécier notre histoire maritime, notre rôle continu dans l’exploration et la cartographie des océans, ainsi que l’élaboration de recherches et de technologies novatrices, a dit Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Grâce à cette exposition riche en artéfacts, les visiteurs néo-écossais auront la chance d’explorer la vie, la culture, le patrimoine et le paysage de l’Arctique. » Le voyage de découverte présenté dans cette exposition coïncide avec la période où le navire du musée, le CSS Acadia, explorait les eaux de la région est de l’Arctique dans le cadre de sa mission inaugurale. « Cette exposition sur l’expédition dans l’Arctique complète très bien les célébrations du 100e anniversaire du CSS Acadia cette année », a dit M. Preyra. L’exposition réexamine les triomphes et les tragédies de l’expédition canadienne dans l’Arctique de 1913-1918, qui a coûté la vie à 17 hommes, dont la plupart sont décédés d’hypothermie, d’un accident ou de famine. Elle aide également les gens à comprendre la région ouest de l’Arctique canadien et la culture de ses Premières nations. « Nous sommes ravis de partager l’histoire de l’un des plus grands voyages de découverte et d’exploration du Grand Nord avec le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique, a dit Mark O’Neill, président-directeur général de la Société du Musée canadien des civilisations. Grâce à nos expositions itinérantes, nous élargissons notre public et nous joignons les Canadiens peu importe où ils habitent afin de raconter les histoires qui ont contribué à façonner notre pays. » « Expédition : L’Arctique » est la première de quatre expositions qui seront présentées au Musée maritime de l’Atlantique et au Musée d’histoire naturelle cet été qui explorent le Grand Nord et dont les thèmes touchent le Grand Nord. Pour plus d’information, consultez le museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew ou suivez le Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur Twitter @ns_museum.
Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, is alerting the public not to eat Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers that were recalled Oct. 2, by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The product may contain harmful E.coli bacteria and is linked to a cluster of E.coli cases in Ontario. The product was distributed through Sobeys and Foodland stores in Nova Scotia. The packaging has a UPC of 0 55742 37055 3. The meat inspection legend says Canada 112. “There are currently no confirmed or suspected E.coli cases associated with this product in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Strang. “We are continuing to monitor the situation with our federal partners.” Nova Scotians who have the product are advised to throw it out. When cooking ground beef, including hamburgers, remember: Full details of the recall are available at www.inspection.gc.ca . More information about E.coli is available on the Department of Health and Wellness website at www.novascotia.ca/hpp/cdpc/ecoli.asp. cook all ground beef until a thermometer inserted into centre of the meat reads 71 C (160F) keep raw meat separate from other foods in the kitchen wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and counter tops with hot, soapy water if they touch raw meat
INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Margaree Crowdis Bridge, on Crowdis Cross Road in Margaree, will be closed on Wednesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon to install a work platform. A detour will be in place. -30-
The appointment of two new Crown attorneys was announced today, Sept. 25, by the Public Prosecution Service. They are Adam McCulley in Halifax and Katrina Trask in Dartmouth. “Mr. McCulley and Ms. Trask each have a unique legal background,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. “Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our team.” Adam McCulley is from Lower Sackville. He graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts and from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2006 with a paralegal diploma. While working as a litigation paralegal with the child protection team at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Mr. McCulley entered the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University graduating in 2017. He articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. Mr. McCulley is chair and past treasurer of the Sackville Heights Community Centre Board. He is a certified Hockey Canada coach. A native of Winnipeg, Ms. Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a bachelor of arts and in 2012 with a juris doctor. Ms. Trask articled with Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg. In 2013, she was appointed a research lawyer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. In 2016 she was appointed decisions administrator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2018 she was appointed a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in North Battleford. Ms. Trask is a former board member of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and has volunteered with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. She is fluent in both official languages.
Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s (NSBI) private-sector led board of directors has elected Marie Mullally as its new chair. “I am pleased to accept my new role as chair of the board at Nova Scotia Business Inc.,” said Ms. Mullally. “Together, the board and staff of NSBI will continue our work to attract innovative companies in Nova Scotia’s strategic growth sectors, connect local companies to global supply chains and build export capacity in our province.” Ms. Mullally is president and chief executive officer of CUA, a provincial banking institution, and currently serves as chair of the Halifax International Airport Authority and as a director of FICANEX Inc. She was formerly the president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, executive director of Service Delivery and Operations with the former Department of Business and Consumer Services and provincial registrar of Motor Vehicles. “Marie has been a valuable member of Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s board since 2014 and will be skilled and effective in the role of chair,” said outgoing board chair Bert Frizzell. “I look forward to continuing on with the board, under Marie’s direction.”Mr. Frizzell has chaired the board since June 2016, and has been a director since 2011. He continues with the board as a director. “The experience provided by Bert Frizzell and now Marie Mullally supports our work for positive outcomes for Nova Scotians,” said Laurel Broten, President and CEO, NSBI. “Our shared objective is to strengthen and drive our Nova Scotia economy for this and future generations.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. board members are business leaders from a diverse range of industry sectors within Nova Scotia.
New Delhi: Two workers died after apparently inhaling toxic gas when they entered a tank of a flour mill in northwest Delhi, police said on Wednesday. The investigating agency said that they have arrested two persons including the owner in the case.The fire department was alerted about a gas leakage in Keshav Puram area around 9.20 pm on Tuesday and six fire tenders rushed to the spot. Two persons were found unconscious and the rescue operation lasted for almost five hours, officials said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe duo was rushed to a hospital where they were declared dead. The deceased have been identified as Baibal Khan, 35, and Mobin Khan, 30, residents of Jaipur, the police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Vijayanta Arya said that the owner of the mill, Paras, and supervisor Anoop have been arrested. A case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered. The two workers had entered a tank used in the mill to clean it. The family member’s of deceased said that Bebal and Mobin did not have the job to clean tank. “First Mobin entered but when he did not give any response Baibal entered the tank,” said Baibal’s brother Habib Khan adding that later Bebal also lost his consciousness. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe family further alleged that both the deceased’s did not get oxygen and help at the right time otherwise they might have survived. Another relative Imamudin said that deceased job was not to clean the tank. “His owner told him to clean the tank. Baibal was responsible for the quality supply of food items in the market,” further said the relative adding that they were not provided safety equipment. The family of Mobin said that he was the only bread and butter earner. “Mobin was about to live today or tomorrow to his native place for his mother treatment but now he is dead,” said Kallu Khan, Mobin’s relative. According to family members, the tank in which they have entered was closed for several months due to which there was poisonous gas inside. The post-mortem of the bodies have been conducted and the police are trying to ascertain the nature of the gas, the officer added.
New Delhi: In its first decision of its second tenure, Narendra Modi government has enhanced the amount to be paid as part of ‘Prime Ministers Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2,500 per month for boys and from Rs 2,250 per month to Rs 3,000 per month for girls. The ambit of the scholarship Scheme has also been extended to the wards of state police personnel who “were martyred during terror/naxal attacks”. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The quota of new scholarships for wards of state police personnel will be 500 in a year. The National Defence Fund (NDF) was set up in 1962 to take charge of the voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) is being implemented to encourage technical and post-graduate education for widows and wards of the deceased or ex-service personnel of armed forces and paramilitary forces and Railway Protection Force. Prime Minster Narendra Modi had taken oath on Thursday along with his council of ministers after leading BJP-led NDA to a big election victory in the Lok Sabha polls.
Thiruvananthapuram: Several parts of Kerala received moderate rainfall on Sunday, a day after the southwest monsoon set in over the state, even as a low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea.The Meteorological Department said the low pressure was expected to intensify into a depression in the next two days and subsequently, into a cyclone. Forecasting isolated heavy rainfall and squally weather in coastal areas of the state and in Lakshadweep islands, it advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 13. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistA bulletin issued by the department at 3 pm said the low-pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and the east-central Arabian Sea under the influence of the cyclone circulation. “It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 48 hours over the southeast and the adjoining east-central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm subsequently,” it said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe weather report also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.6-204.4 mm) in isolated places of northern Malappuram and Kozhikode on June 12. After a delay of a week, the monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. The district collectors have been asked to be on alert in areas where landslides had occurred during the monsoon last year, sources in the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said. KSDMA Member Secretary Sekar Kuriakose said based on the India Meteorological Department inputs, arrangements have been made to face it institutionally.
Washington: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who famously said that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president” has resigned, becoming the latest senior aide of the US president to exit his administration. President Trump made the surprise announcement on Twitter that Sanders will step down at the end of the month. “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” tweeted the US president. Sanders, 36, has been a loyal mouthpiece, famously saying that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president”. Only the third woman to serve in the prestigious position, Sanders is the daughter of popular Republican politician and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Later at a White House event, Trump praised Sanders. “We’ve been through a lot together. She’s tough, and she’s good. You also have tough and bad, right? She’s tough but she’s good. She’s great. And she’s going to be leaving the service of her country and she’s going to be going – I guess you could say the private sector but I hope she’s going she comes from a great state, Arkansas. “That’s a state I won by a lot, so I like it. We love Arkansas. She’s going to be going back to Arkansas with her great family. Her husband is fantastic, Trump said. Her credibility was questioned during a combative tenure that saw press briefings all but relegated to a thing of the past. She started out as deputy press secretary before replacing Sean Spicer in the top post in July 2017. The outgoing White House Press Secretary said it was one of the “greatest jobs she could ever have”. “This has been the honour of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly to work for this president. “He has accomplished so much in these two-and-a-half years, and it’s truly been something I will treasure forever. It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes. I’ve loved it, Sanders said. She praised Trump and his team. “I love the president; I love the team that I’ve had the opportunity to work for. The president is surrounded by some of the most incredible and most talented people you could ever imagine, and it’s truly the most special experience. The only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I’m a mom, Sanders said. She vowed to “be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda. I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done, like what we’re here to celebrate today. Sanders said, “I do not know, when asked if she is considering running for governor of Arkansas. “I learned long time ago never to rule anything out,” she told the reporters. Later talking to a group of reporters, Sanders said she wanted to spend time with her family and kids who are growing. She has three kids of seven, five and four years of age. Early this year Indian American Raj Shah departed the White House as the Deputy Press Secretary.
Tokyo: France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday ahead of the summit. Macron was speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week’s Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran. The French leader held bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, reaffirming an alliance that has been tested in recent months after the arrest of auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonGhosn, a French citizen, once headed an auto alliance of Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors and France’s Renault, and his arrest has laid bare tensions in the partnership. The G20 is expected to be dominated by the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, as well as concerns that spiralling tensions between Washington and Tehran could lead to war. But climate change will also be a battleground, with Washington likely to oppose strong references to the Paris climate deal, an agreement from which it plans to withdraw. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorMacron said France would refuse to sign any agreement that bowed to such demands, amid reports that Japan is seeking consensus language that could water down previous communique wording on climate change. “I have a red line,” he told a gathering of French citizens before meeting Abe. “If we do not talk about the Paris accord and if, in order to find agreement among the 20 in the room, we are not able to defend climate ambitions, it will be without France.” “If one or the other of them doesn’t want to sign, they can say so, but we must not collectively lose our ambition,” he added. Nearly 200 nations have signed the Paris climate agreement, which commits signatories to efforts to cap global warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). But US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw Washington from the deal, a process that will take several years. At a press conference after meeting Abe, Macron also raised the issue of trade tensions, urging a multilateral approach. Trump is expected to hold talks with China’s Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20, with hopes that the leaders can agree a truce in a trade war that has been damaging for the global economy. “For me, the solution to the difficulties that we are encountering is not in bilateral accords, is not in bypassing international rules, is not in protectionism,” he said. “It is very clearly in the modernisation of the multilateral trade framework,” he said. And he and Abe said they had discussed tensions with Iran and wanted to help stabilise the region as fears grow that Washington and Tehran could be headed for military conflict. Macron’s trip, which will see him become only the second foreign leader — after Trump — to meet Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, comes after a bruising time for ties between Paris and Tokyo. The alliance has been tested by the arrest of Ghosn and increasingly strained relations between Nissan and Renault, with profound differences remaining over how the auto relationship should evolve. Renault has sought closer integration with Nissan, which the Japanese firm opposes. Earlier Wednesday, Macron called the auto alliance something “we value highly”, urging all involved to “make it stronger in the face of international competition”. “This is something we must do together,” he added. Macron’s comments on the subject are being watched closely by Japanese officials, given that the French state holds a 15-percent stake in Renault. Macron declined however to be drawn on the specifics of Ghosn’s case, saying it was not the role of the French state to intervene directly, beyond assuring Ghosn’s presumption of innocence and right to a defence. After talks with Abe and the emperor, Macron and his wife Brigitte will stop briefly in Kyoto for a cultural visit before continuing on to Osaka where the G20 talks will run from June 28-29.
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has seized five fabricated hand grenades, one timer device, three electric circuits, suspected explosive substance, components used for making IEDs and rockets and several incriminating material from Bengaluru, it said Tuesday. The seizure was made from Soladevanahalli area in north Bengaluru based on leads provided by Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist Habibur Rehman, arrested for his involvement in a 2014 blast in Burdwan in West Bengal. The blast case had unearthed a larger conspiracy to carry out several attacks in India and Bangladesh. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! NIA said in a statement the hand grenades seized in Bengaluru were fabricated for use in terrorist activities in the state. On June 25, Rehman was arrested in Bengaluru was sent to police custody by an NIA court. He was charge-sheeted as absconder in Burdwan blast case being probed by the agency. “While evading arrest as absconder, he was a part of a JMB module which intended to wage war against the democratic set up of the State by conspiring to commit terrorist acts,” the agency said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed He and other JMB members raised funds through dacoities in Bengaluru city in 2018, it said. Following the seizure of hand grenades and other material, a fresh case has been registered at Soladevanahalli police station against Rehman and other JMB cadres. Two persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a rented house in Burdwan on October 2, 2014. Later, it came to light that those present in the house, suspected to be JMB members, were preparing bombs, ammunition/arms, and organising terrorist training camps for a larger conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks in India and Bangladesh.
No one believed Rahul Gandhi when he offered his resignation two days after the devasting defeat of the Congress party in 2019 general elections. His reiteration that he was serious about his resignation was not taken seriously for a month. Most of the Congress leaders had a hope that Rahul will ultimately accept the decision of the Working Committee which had unanimously rejected his resignation and authorised him to restructure the organisation completely. Also Read – A special kind of bondOutside the Congress party, people thought it was all drama, a ploy to escape blame and an effort to marshal support for his continuation. The media ensured the nation again and again that it is a matter of time only, melodrama would be over soon and Rahul will continue with business as usual, any day. Every one proved wrong in assessing Rahul’s determination. Few had an idea of how strong-minded Rahul could be. His resignation episode has made many people wiser than they were earlier. Also Read – Insider threat managementTo Congress party, Rahul’s resignation is a major blow—much more than its electoral defeat. But at the same time, it has unsettled all calculations of ‘MoSha-Brigade’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah must be finding themselves totally unarmed as their unrelenting attacks against Congress, naming it a family shop, has been neutralised by Rahul leaving the presidency and announcing that no member of the family will hold this position. BJP’s strategy to describe Congress party as a dynastic outfit and project itself as a party with a difference will not work in any election now. Rahul’s resignation move is a two-edged sword. It has silenced BJP on one side and has created tremendous pressure to take appropriate steps within the Congress party to begin a process of complete removal of reasons responsible for the dismal state. If Rahul is to blame for the abysmal performance, many others also have to share this blame. No denying the fact that that a number of blunders in choosing the lieutenants, chalking out the strategies and adopting communication tactics contributed a lot in the defeat. But, despite running a powerful campaign, Rahul has done his part of owning accountability. The whole nation is waiting to watch the actions of those who had left their leader ‘all alone’ during a crucial battle. Congress also lost badly because BJP exploited every opportunity to raise the sentiments of Hindu nationalism which drastically polarised the Indian society. BJP created a false sense of developmental growth and played the card of economic populism. Modi-Shah duo also did not spare any chance to portray their party as a force fighting against anti-elitism. At a time when these factors have strong potential to give much more political dividends to BJP in future, Rahul’s absence has made the revival of the Congress a very difficult task. In today’s unprecedented situation, Congress has to first make a consensus on a non-Gandhi under whom the party can keep itself united. Secondly, it has to reconstruct its organisation at all levels. If the Congress crosses through these two challenges successfully, the third would be to project an alternative narrative to RSS-BJP. The foremost challenge before Congress is to survive without a Gandhi at the helm. At the moment, all leaders who have strong bases in their respective regions seem supportive for a unified Congress. Even an indirect but otherwise very clear stronghold of Rahul-Priyanka-Sonia on fundamental issues of the party would be able to ensure the internal stability. In a situation of absenteeism, I do not see an intact Congress fighting against BJP in 2024. Rahul’s assurance that he will serve the Congress till his last breath is the only hope of ray if it means that he will take an active interest in all affairs of the party at an organisational level. Regardless of whether Rahul Gandhi is the president of Congress or not, he will continue to be the most important leader of the party. His role in defining the party’s narrative, his role in assisting decisions about party positions and his role in preparing Congress to take on against ‘Sangh ideology’ are the master-keys. After the political crisis in Goa and Karnataka, the survival of Congress government in Madhya Pradesh and results of the elections in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi will decide the future of Congress. It all will depend on how actively and keenly Rahul takes interest in months to come. After quitting the presidency of his party, Rahul has an opportunity to establish himself as an undisputed mass leader of the inclusive polity across the nation. He can emerge as an individual instrument of social transformation. The core of the Congress problem is its shambled organisational machinery. Loyalty to regional leaders has replaced ideology. Control by a handful of party functionaries has replaced the institutional structure. The top-down pipeline has replaced the natural flow of power springs. Secretarial barriers have replaced ground-level communication channels. Rahul must become a voice of common workers within his party and work for eradicating these serious defects. There are pseudo-intellectuals who are offering prayers that Congress must die. They must realise that Congress is the only national alternative to BJP. There exist no other better political unit or group than Congress which can emerge as a pan-Indian replacement. The supposition that a two-party system is inevitable and another group of contenders will fill the opposition space is fatally flawed. India has space for just one national idea against RSS-BJP, and only Congress has the spirit, strength and the fundamental right to represent this idea. All parties except Congress have, at some point of time, concluded with the communal forces. Only Congress has an unblemished track record of fighting against the arms involved in disturbing social harmony. As far as I have observed, after crossing over a very rough road in the past few years, Rahul is now more concerned with truth than opinions. He believes more in sincerity than pretending. He walks his talks and not a hypocrite. He knows who he actually is and tries to be that person. He is now awake to his own feelings. People might not be convinced of his reasons, of his sincerity, of the seriousness of his sufferings. But I am sure, his case cannot remain doubtful for a very long time. To be sincere is the best thing that can happen to you. But Rahul must learn to reserve and give his sincerity to those who deserve it. He must save his emotions, channelling them only to the people who are worthy of it. One must not throw one’s pearls to the pigs. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Beirut: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally killed 20 civilians including five children Wednesday in the latest violence to hit northwest Syria.The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.In almost three months, 730 civilians have been killed there in air strikes and ground-to-ground fire by the Damascus government and its allies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bombardment has also hit two dozen hospitals in the opposition area, which is made up of most of Idlib province as well as slivers of adjacent governorates.On Wednesday, Russian air strikes killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, on a farm near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Ten others lost their lives in regime air strikes and artillery fire in other parts of the jihadist-run bastion, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAmong these, regime war planes killed five civilians including two children in the town of Ariha in Idlib province, it said.A rescue worker in the town lifted the limp body of a toddler out of the rubble and rushed the child to an ambulance, according to footage shared by his White Helmets organisation.His team members hurriedly worked through the debris and twisted sheets of corrugated iron, finding a young man on his back covered in grey dust — but still alive. On Monday, air strikes killed at least 50 civilians in various parts of the bastion.The Observatory said the majority were killed in Russian air raids on a busy market, but Moscow has denied any involvement.The monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunition involved.Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, this week described a worsening “nightmare” unfolding in Idlib.He said Monday’s aerial onslaught was “one of the deadliest attacks on civilian areas that we have seen since the upsurge in fighting”.The Idlib region has since January been administered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — but other jihadists and rebels are also present in the area bordering Turkey.A September accord struck between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the region, but it was never fully implemented after jihadists refused to withdraw from that planned security cordon.The recent violence has forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, the United Nations says, many seeking shelter further north in camps or olive groves along the Turkish border.Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.
Mumbai: Amidst the open letter storm, actor Taapsee Pannu said that she is in the center of things as she does not believe in left wing or right wing politics. “I am in centre of things. I don’t believe in left wing politics or right wing politics. I express my views on things which affect me. I have expressed my views on bad things and whenever something good has happened in our country, I have talked about it proudly.” “I feel both sides have their own point of views. No one asked for a sign from me and whatever I have to say I say it through social media platforms,” Taapsee said at an event held here recently. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaEarlier this week, around 49 celebrities including Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mani Ratnam and Konkona Sen Sharma, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concern over the growing cases of lynching in India. Recently however, sixty-two celebrities, including actor Kangana Ranaut and writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, came out with a counter open letter slamming the earlier one submitted to Modi by 49 film personalities. Expressing her views on the ongoing open letter debate, Taapsee said: “I feel there are good people and bad people in every society and some of them are tolerant and some of them are intolerant, so I haven’t counted to see that who is in the majority. I can say that I have seen both kinds of people.” On the work front, Taapsee is gearing up for the release of Mission Mangal.