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Pune: Union Minister of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said the Congress has slipped from being a “national party” to a “notional party” and that the BJP, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has now taken its mantle.Mr. Naidu said that the country needs Mr. Modi and the BJP for the next 15 years to repair the damage done by the Congress. He also said that he can not comprehend why the Shiv Sena, the BJP’s ally, was praising the Congress prior to the civic polls and censuring the BJP instead.Mr. Naidu was speaking during a visit to the city ahead of the civic polls on February 21. ‘Sena panicky’He said, “[The rift between the BJP and the Sena] signifies that the Sena is panicky about the results to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Once upon a time, the BJP was perceived as the ‘younger’ brother in the alliance, now the situation has reversed.”When asked about the Sena’s response to the BJP’s alleged clampdown on the former’s mouthpiece Saamna, Mr. Naidu said that he would “not allow such a thing to happen.”“Let anyone write whatever they want. I will not put any prohibition on Saamna. We have no wish to replicate an emergency-like situation imposed by the Congress,” Mr. Naidu said, adding: “But if the Shiv Sena persists in disparaging the Prime Minister through its mouthpiece, it will only be to their detriment and will affect the paper’s quality.”He refused to comment on rumours that the Sena would break-off with the BJP after the civic polls, stating there was no point indulging in speculation.‘Congress weakened’Terming the Congress as “a spent force”, the Union Minister read out a list of names of the Congress’s top brass — from Rita Bahuguna Joshi to veteran S.M. Krishna — who had either joined the BJP or quit the party in disgruntlement.Mr. Naidu said the party has now become a regional one. “They could have made the country strong, but instead weakened its institutions and destabilised it through dynastic politics.”He said many sections of the country support the BJP, however, the party is yet to secure the firm support of minority communities. He said that the party is making progress in this direction.Mr. Naidu said that the Central BJP leaders are campaigning for the civic polls in Mumbai and Pune to ensure that the party takes control of these crucial municipal corporations.Development agenda He said, “We need to elect an administration where local bodies, State and Centre work in conjunction for effective implementation of the development agenda.”Mr. Naidu also implied that the major schemes for Pune — Smart City, Metro Rail, and rejuvenation of the Mula-Mutha riverfront — would only come to fruition if the BJP was elected to the Pune Municipal Corporation and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Speaking to The Hindu, he said the regional parties that had controlled the civic bodies would be swept aside by the BJP. “Regional parties have proved that they are unable to rule anywhere in the country, be it Uttar Pradesh or elsewhere. Likewise, despite the NCP retaining a hold on the civic bodies, this time the public mood clearly favours the BJP.”
One person was killed and three others, including a security personnel, were injured in a fresh round of communal violence in this central Bihar town on Friday where tension has prevailed since members of two communities clashed the previous day during a procession for immersion of idols of goddess Durga. District Magistrate Naveen Kumar confirmed death of one person and wounds received by three others in the latest violence. Giving details, he said residents of Jakarganj locality attacked Vishnu Yadav and Bittu Kumar in Gaurakshmi colony early on Friday morning, leading to the death of the former at a hospital where the latter who received bullet injury in his leg is undergoing treatment. The DM said “we have arrested 12 residents of Jakarganj and a number of swords have been recovered from their houses. “After opening fire, the attackers hurled stones at security personnel who rushed to the spot. One Rapid Action Force commando and a local resident were injured in the incident. They are being treated at a hospital”. Situation is tense, but under control, the DM added. Talking to PTI in Patna, Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey confirmed the casualty besides “bullet injury to only one person” which he blamed on “skirmish between anti-social elements which followed opening of fire from one side”.“ Situation had been brought under control on Thursday itself. The immersion of idols too took place late in the evening. Situation has once again been brought under control after the early morning incident,” the DGP said.Stone-pelting Trouble began on Thursday morning when a stone was thrown at the procession being taken out for immersion of idols near the Arwal More. The devotees blamed by-standers belonging to another community for the same after which both sides indulged in heavy stone-pelting which had left 14 people injured. Several shops in the area were set on fire by the rampaging mobs and the situation was brought under control after prohibitory orders were issued.
TweetPinShare0 Shares EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brandon Marshall turned a turnover into a takeaway and a huge momentum swing for the New York Jets.Shortly after Cleveland took a 7-0 lead Sept. 13, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s throw to Marshall was picked off by Tashaun Gipson. But the Jets’ wide receiver ripped the ball out of Gipson’s hands for a fumble recovery that gave New York the ball at the Browns 9.“To me, that was the play of the game,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said.Moments later, Chris Ivory ran up the middle for a 10-yard tying TD. Fitzpatrick finished with two touchdown passes and Ivory ran for two scores, giving the Jets (1-0) a 31-10 victory in Bowles’ regular-season debut.The Jets’ offense started slow, and things appeared to be going the Browns’ way when Gipson stepped in front of Fitzpatrick’s underthrown pass. Refusing to give up on the play, Marshall reached in and ended up with the ball.“I definitely owe him a soda pop for that one,” Fitzpatrick said.Gipson said he wanted to try to get the Browns (0-1) in better field position and possibly take control of the game — when suddenly he no longer had the ball. “That has never happened to me,” Gipson said.Marshall, in his first game with the Jets after being acquired from the Bears in March, also had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)
Barcelona Lies, damn lies & statistics: Iniesta was about art – not numbers Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 04:43 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Spain Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Copa del Rey World Cup Opinion The departing Barcelona icon has never been prolific in terms of goals or assists but he is one of the most influential players of all time On March 22, 2015, Andres Iniesta helped Barcelona take a major step towards the Liga title by beating Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou. The diminutive attacking midfielder neither scored nor assisted in the Clasico, so, the following day, much was made of the fact that it had been precisely a year since Iniesta had been directly involved in a goal in La Liga.”My stats haven’t been good this season, far from it,” Iniesta admitted to Onda Cero. “But I’ve never looked at my game purely in terms of statistics.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And rightly so. In the modern era, statistics have become an increasingly prominent part of analysis and numbers can undeniably be helpful when it comes to determining the efficacy of a player’s performance.However, if one were judging Iniesta by his goals and assists records, he would hardly rank as one of the most productive attacking midfielders in the game today – let alone one of the all-time greats.Even including games in all competitions, not once in his 16 seasons with Barcelona did he score more than nine goals. His average was one every 12 games.Of course, creating goals was always more of Iniesta’s forte but even in this area, his numbers aren’t particularly impressive. Joaquin has amassed more assists since Iniesta made his debut in 2002.Furthemore, Iniesta has only once hit double figures once, racking up 16 in 2012-13 – the highest by any player across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues that season. That year aside, though, Iniesta never finished among the Primera Division’s top five goal-makers.And yet, for more than a decade, there was, as former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique put it, arguably no more “inventive” footballer in the world. “He’s like Harry Potter,” the treble-winning coach gushed in 2015. “One, two, three and whoosh; he’s past the player. It’s like he has a magic wand!”Indeed, Iniesta was a modern-day wizard of dribble, one that left even Lionel Messi utterly bewitched.“Andres and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot to avoid opponents,” the Barcelona No.10 once mused. “But he has something that always amazes me. “There’s always a moment when you think you’re going to catch him, when you think you’re going to get the ball off him, but you can’t.”He’s not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique.”Iniesta also understands the game like few others, because of what Pep Guardiola calls “his mastery of the relationship between space and time”. It was Johann Cruyff-like and the Dutchman’s most successful discipline realised that from the first moment he saw a young Iniesta in action.It was 1999 and Guardiola was watching the Nike Cup with Barcelona team-mate Xavi. He was dumbstruck by the skill, decision-making and vision displayed by the 15-old Iniesta, who was wearing his No.4 jersey.At one point, he turned to Xavi, the 19-year-old midfielder touted as his heir and said, “You will retire me, but this kid will retire us both!”Guardiola presented Iniesta with the winner’s trophy that day and offered the youngster some words of encouragement. Nine years later, Iniesta would return the favour.After Guardiola’s Barca had picked up just one point from their opening two games of the 2008-09 season, according to the book ‘The Artist: Being Iniesta’, it was the most softly-spoken member of the Blaugrana squad who felt compelled to go to the coach’s office and deliver the ultimate pep talk.”Don’t worry, mister,” he said. “We’ll win it all. We’re on the right path. “Carry on like this, okay? We’re playing brilliantly, we’re enjoying training. Please, don’t change anything. Everything’s going fucking great!”So, Guardiola didn’t, and Barcelona won the treble, with Iniesta turning in a masterclass in the Champions League final win over Manchester United despite going into the game carrying a thigh injury.”I knew I would play injured and do more damage,” he admitted afterwards. In the end, he did more damage to United than himself, with Wayne Rooney hailing Iniesta as the best player in the world after his side’s 2-0 defeat in Rome. Of course, there would be no Ballon d’Or for Iniesta that year, or any year for that matter. However, while individual honours and records became the be-all and end-all for others, Iniesta simply went about producing masterpieces, usually reserving his exhibitions – and indeed his rare goals – for the grandest stages.He netted arguably the most important strike of Guardiola’s reign – the wondrous equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with zero backlift – as well as winner in the World Cup final for Spain.His extra-time effort earned him a place in the history books but it was the way in which he celebrated, revealing a dedication to Dani Jarque, the Espanyol defender who had died of a heart attack the year before, at the age of 26 – which earned him a place in the heart of every Spanish football fan.”I did it because I felt it deeply,” Iniesta said at the time. “I tried to show that what is more important than rivalry, your team or your colours is to be human and a good person.”As a result, even the Santiago Bernabeu stood to applaud him after he had taken Real Madrid apart in a Clasico in November 2015, just six months after picking up the man of the match award for his performance against Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin.It was wholly unsurprising, then, that in his last final, in the Copa del Rey last month, he ran the show in a 5-0 rout of Sevilla, marking the occasion with only his second goal of the season.Another Liga title followed eight days later, meaning Iniesta bows out with a remarkable 32 trophies to his name. Is it any wonder, then, that Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu describes him as the most important player in the club’s history?Indeed, Guardiola, the mastermind behind two Champions League triumphs, insists that Iniesta didn’t just encourage him, he educated him.Upon hearing that Iniesta would be leaving Barcelona this summer, the Manchester City boss said, “I have to thank him because I learned a lot from him.”He is not alone in that regard either. “I watch Iniesta and realise that, even at my age, I can learn new things,” admitted the great Juan Roman Riquelme.That is the greatest testament to Iniesta’s genius and his status as one of the game’s most beloved players.He will go down as teacher and an artist but, perhaps most importantly of all, a decent man who just wanted everyone to be nice to one another.In essence, the only statistic that matters is that here is and only ever will be one Andres Iniesta.
Arsenal fullback Tierney admits PSG striker Mbappe toughest he’s facedby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney admits PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is the toughest opponent he’s faced.Tierney came up against Mbappe in the Champions League with Celtic.He told Arsenal’s YouTube channel: “The one who posed the most difficulties? Kylian Mbappé. He was so fast, like his entire team. It’s the toughest game I’ve played in my career, there was Daniel Alves and Mbappé on my side. “If I learned from this meeting? Yes, great, we suffered 7-1. But when you face the best players in the world, you learn anyway whatever the outcome. But yes, it was hard, my most difficult evening.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Xiaomi Redmi 7 picture leaked ahead of official launch, may come to India soonXiaomi has confirmed to launch the Redmi 7 alongside the Redmi Note 7 Pro in China on March 18. The company CEO Lei Jun has said that the Redmi 7 may be priced between 700 Yuan and 8000 yuan which roughly translate to Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 17:23 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi 7 looks far more beautiful than the Redmi 6.Past rumours suggested that the Redmi 7 will come in eight different colours.Redmi 7 is expected to be priced between 700 Yuan and 8000 yuan which roughly translate to Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000.Xiaomi has confirmed to launch the Redmi 7 in China on March 18, it is the same date when the Redmi Note 7 Pro will go official in the country. A lot has been talked about the Redmi 7 in the past couple of months and thanks to the rumours and leaks we know almost everything about the Redmi 6 successor. The GM of Redmi and VP of Xiaomi Lu Weibing has now posted a new picture of the Redmi 7 showing the back side of the phone and revealing the complete design. And we must say for an entry-level phone the Redmi 7 looks astounding.The Redmi 7 looks far more beautiful than the Redmi 6 which looks like any other basic phones. The photo of the Redmi 7 has been posted on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. The picture shows the back side of the phone completely. It reveals that the Redmi 7 will come with a dual rear camera setup followed by an LED flash, and there’s also a circular fingerprint sensor. The overall design of the phone appears to be like the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The photo also shows the Redmi 7 in blue colour with dual tone or what Xiaomi calls aura finish.Past rumours suggested that the Redmi 7 will come in eight different colours including red, blue, pink, black and others. The TENAA listing previously revealed the compete specs sheet of the Redmi 7. In fact, the Weibing and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also revealed some of the key specs of the Redmi 7 before the launch.advertisementRedmi 7 expected specs and priceAs far as the specs are concerned the Redmi 7 is expected to come with a 6.26-inch LCD HD+ display. The phone is said to come with screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. On the hardware front the Redmi 7 will be powered by an Octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The benchmark listing reveals that the Redmi 7 will come in three variants — 2GB RAM/16GB storage, 3GB RAM/32GB storage, and 6GB RAM/64GB storage. The benchmark listing reveals Redmi 7 may run on Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.On the camera front, the Redmi 7 is expected to sport two cameras on the rear panel and single on the front which will sit inside the Dot drop notch. The main will be a 12-megapixel camera. The information regarding the secondary rear camera is yet to be revealed. The back cameras will come packed with lots of AI. On the front, the Redmi 7 is tipped to include an 8-megapixel camera for clicking selfies. The Redmi 7 will include a big 4000mAh battery.Xiaomi CEO also revealed the expected price of the Redmi 7 back in January this year via a Weibo post. Jun said that the Redmi 7 will be priced between 700 Yuan and 8000 yuan which roughly translate to Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000. This price may be for the base 2GB RAM +16GB storage model. So, will the Redmi 7 come to India? Possibly yes, considering the Redmi 4, Redmi 5, Redmi 6 and all other Redmi phones have come to India. This is why we believe the Redmi 7 will come hit the Indian shores very soon.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro goes out-of-stock in seconds, next sale in India on March 20ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro goes on sale in India: 6 things you must know before buying this Xiaomi phoneALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro camera review: An all-rounder camera phone under Rs 15,000Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi
After perfecting the classic tee, polo shirt and boxer short, Luxury English brand Sunspel has launched the latest product in their line of men’s essentials: the Made In England Jean.This marks the first time the brand has delved into the world of denim in its 150-year history. Sunspel’s head designer Pascale Pinxt says that creating the jeans felt like a natural next step in their mission to offer customers the best in menswear basics.“Sunspel prides itself on providing quality cornerstones of the wardrobe,” she remarks. “We knew denim was a key component to any wardrobe and a natural pairing with our signature white t-shirt.”When asked what she believes makes for the perfect jean, she succinctly replied, “Fabric, cut, and construction.” To answer to these three criteria, the designers at Sunspel constructed a straight-leg pant out of 14-oz. selvedge denim from Japan. The denim undergoes a special rope dyed technique, which lends it a particularly rich indigo hue.Related: The Manual’s guide to the perfect pair of denim“We selected a simple rinse wash to the jean, which means it retains a lot of its dye and looks smart—even in color. That works best for us as our look is cleaner and more refined,” comments Pinxt.Though the jeans accrue a certain worn-in character over the course of several washes, as a result of this dying process, the true-to-fit jeans also manage to retain their dark color. The effect is a jean that’s modern yet stylishly classic, all while hearkening back to the brand’s English roots.“These jeans have a really easy fit, so it works well across a range of customers ,” says Pinxt. “We see our customers dressing it up with a shirt and our unstructured blazer, or styled casually rolled up and teamed with our signature white t-shirt.”No matter how they’re worn, the Made In England Jean ($325) makes for the perfect staple in any man’s closet.Check them out, here. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Editors’ Recommendations The Future of Jeans is Here with these Alternative Fabrics to Cotton Denim The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care
Local Area Office: 902-563-2255 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsignage. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between exits 3 and 4, near Ellershouse, will havelane closures for repaving from Tuesday, June 29 until Saturday,July 31. Both directions of traffic will be affectedintermittently. Traffic control will consist of traffic controlpersons. Work will take place between 7 a.m and 9 p.m daily. Motorists areadvised to use Trunk 2 between exits 3 and 4 to avoid the workzones. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling in northbound laneswill be affected periodically while repaving is carried out. Workwill take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section one begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section two begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while driving in these areas. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Alternating lane closures will occur on the River Phillip Bridge,on Highway 104 eastbound, near Oxford, until Monday, July 12.Repairs are being carried out on the bridge, located 800 metreseast of Exit 6. Maximum load width at the bridge will be 4.3 metres. Widervehicles are advised to take an alternate route. Traffic control will consist of flashing light units and signage. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Overpass The Highway 101 overpass at Exit 14 at Coldbrook will have one-lane closures from Monday, June 28 to Saturday, July 31. Closureswill be in effect 24 hours a day as road crews carry out bridgerepairs. One lane will be open at all times. Traffic control willconsist of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-827-2544 Fax: 902-827-5258 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Middle Porters Lake Bellefontaine Road in Middle Porters Lake will be closed totraffic on Tuesday, June 29, weather permitting. The closure willbe in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. while the Canterbury Bridgedeck is replaced. Detours will be in place on Crowell Road andRoute 207 in Porters Lake. Traffic control will consist ofsignage. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 The ramp onto the Trunk 1 underpass structure off Highway 101 inLower Sackville will have a lane closure 24 hours a day untilWednesday, June 30. Road crews will be carrying out bridgerehabilitation work. Traffic control will consist of barrels andbarriers. One lane will remain open at all times, but motorists mayexperience delays and are asked to use extra caution when drivingin this area. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2369 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice for bridgeinspections. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Full-lane closures will take place on Highway 105 between GrovesPoint Road and the Highway 125 interchange, near Halfway Road,until Wednesday, June 30. Both directions of traffic will beaffected periodically while road crews carry out cold planing andasphalt paving. Most of the work will take place at night,between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m.weekends. Alternate routes will be available for local traffic only viaRoute 305 or the Georges River Road. Traffic control will consistof traffic control persons. Motorists should expect short delays during these times and areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. -30- Local Area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Various locations There will be lane closures on various trunks, routes and localroads in Cumberland County until Wednesday, June 30, for paving,shouldering and gravel patching. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. One lanewill be open at all times during construction. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-6236 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local area office: 902-447-3160 Fax: 902-447-2891 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH/GUYSBOROUGH/INVERNESS COUNTIES: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Aulds Cove to the swing bridge at the CansoCauseway, will have intermittent one-lane closures for roadrepairs until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work will take place on eastboundand westbound lanes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Trafficcontrol will consist of signage and a pilot vehicle. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) One-lane closures will take place on the Cabot Trail, Trunk 30,until Wednesday, June 30, for repaving work. Closures will beginat Point de Havre Road in Cheticamp and extend north to the CapeBreton Highlands National Park. Closures will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically. Traffic control will be in place and motorists are asked to useextra caution while driving in this area. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209, from North Greville Road westerly, will be reduced toone lane until further notice for ditching and repaving work.Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have intermittent one-lane closures untilThursday, Sept. 30. The closures begin 800 metres west of Exit17, near Valley Cross Roads and extend 5.5 kilometres easterly tothe Manganese Mines Overpass. Traffic in eastbound lanes will beaffected and lane width will be reduced to 4.5 metres in the Exit17 area. Road crews will be carrying out repaving and structuremaintenance between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while travelling in this area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge, between Margaree and Cheticamp on theCabot Trail, will have a detour for heavy trucks until furthernotice. The detour is available on Pembrooke Lake Road andCarding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River,will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 1. Road crews will becarrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m and 7:30p.m daily. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. DIGBY COUNTY: Sissiboo River Bridge The Sissiboo River Bridge will be reduced to one lane untilFriday, July 2, while bridge repairs are carried out. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Workwill take place between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Local area office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616
Proposed changes to Nova Scotia’s gas plant regulations have beendeveloped to improve the safety of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)plants in the province. The draft regulations were released forpublic comment today, April 5. “There’s lots of interest in developing Nova Scotia’s potentialas an LNG terminal,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, “so it’simportant that both the public and industry understand howgovernment intends to allow development to occur in a way thatensures safety.” The proposed regulations will create a code of practice for LNGplant operations. The code of practice is based on a CanadianStandards Association standard for the construction, operationand decommissioning of LNG plants. “Our code of practice means Nova Scotians can be assured thatpublic safety will be at the core of any approval given for anLNG plant,” Mr. Clarke explained. “It also means no surprises forpotential LNG developers because the code of practice reflectsbest business practices in the LNG industry.” The draft regulations and the code of practice are available onthe Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy or bycalling 902-424-8184. Members of the public can make comments onthe draft until Tuesday, April 26.
One-hundred senior 4-H members and adult volunteer leaders will attend an interactive Atlantic conference designed to energize and inspire the participants’ 4-H experience. Passport 2015 — Leading, Learning and Living Your 4-H Journey will be held from March 27 to 29 at the Debert Hospitality Centre. “The 4-H program continues to offer superior leadership development training to their youth membership and adult volunteer leaders,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Many leaders in business and agriculture have gone through the 4-H program and events such as this contribute to more involved, community-minded citizens.” This year, there are two conferences running at the same time. One for senior 4-H members, ages 14-21 and the other for volunteer 4-H leaders. Co-ordinated by the Atlantic 4-H Committee, delegates will learn skills and tools needed to make their club and community the best it can be. The 4-H senior members will learn about entrepreneurship and participate in uFit — a fitness program designed to energize them to new heights. They will also tour the Dalhousie University Agriculture Campus and participate in activities while on campus. The volunteer leaders will hear sessions on recreation, board governance, financial planning and enjoy a floral inspired session with Neville MacKay from My Mother’s Bloomer’s. Both groups will hear sessions on time management and goal setting, following their dreams and making a difference in their community. More information is available at http://novascotia4h.ca/2015-atlantic-4-h-senior-members-conference/.
Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: One of the Calgary Stampede’s most exciting music stages has announced the third and final part of their lineup for the 2018 show, with the total count seeing dozens of artists expected to perform.The Coca-Cola Stage appears to feature a bit more rock than the rest of the country-heavy festival — it is the Stampede, after all — with performers like Broken Social Scene, Walk Off The Earth, and Sheryl Crow expected to perform throughout the 10-day event.According to a release from the Calgary Stampede, the Coca-Cola Stage will feature over 50 artists by the time the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth is all said and done, and they have been rolling out the full lineup over the course of three days. Advertisement
Martha TroianAPTN InvestigatesThe provincial government is moving forward with a plan in northwestern Alberta that has First Nations and Métis hunters and trappers worried about how it will effect them.The “caribou range plan” covers millions of hectares of land. One hectare equals 2.47 acres.Alberta says the plan is meant to address the declining number of caribou.But Graham Courtoreille, 69, from the Beaver Ranch Indian Reserve, near Fort Vermilion, believes the plan has nothing to do with protecting the herds but more to do with the government’s plan to turn his traditional territory into parkland and wash away Indigenous land rights.“Sure it could be good for the Native people but you know yourself the federal government has been trying to take away our treaty rights,” says Courtoreille.“I don’t trust Trudeau, I never trusted his dad, and I don’t trust him.”The woodland caribou are considered threatened under both the federal Species at Risk Act and Alberta’s Wildlife Act.The provinces caribou range plan is home to several First Nation communities and Métis settlements, along with six municipalities. In Alberta there is provincial legislation governing Metis settlements that is similar in many ways to the Indian Act.There are 15 caribou ranges in total in the province. In northwestern Alberta, the area could be affected by four caribou range plans; the Bistcho, Yates, Chinchaga and Caribou Mountains range.The largest range is the Caribou Mountains Range, measuring 2,065,873 hectares in size.Parkland status is one tool government could useA working document at the moment, referred as “Alberta’s Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan,” proposes to restore the declining caribou population while meeting Canada’s requirements under the Species at Risk Act.According to one of the province’s primary guiding documents to deal with woodland caribou recovery efforts, herds in Alberta are declining at high rates.But for Courtoreille and for other trappers in the region, the caribou are not threatened.“There’s more caribou than elk and moose in this country,” says Courtoreille.Owen Sabiston, a retired fish and wildlife game warden who worked with the province for 30 years, echoes Courtoreille’s concerns.“I have a problem with them calling it a recovery plan because they don’t have baseline numbers of the caribou in the wild, they don’t know how many caribou there were 50 years ago,” said Sabiston about the province’s Environment and Parks reports.He believes the province lacks scientific proof and does not have any data on the caribou prior to the 1990s.A spokesperson with the Alberta Environment and Parks stated that although one conservation method may include converting some land into parkland, it is only one tool at their disposal. They can also utilize restoration, land-use planning and habitat protection. The province’s goal is to work with each individual community to see what tools are most appropriate.Courtoreille says he just found out about the government’s plan recently.“Nobody knew about it, the trappers didn’t know, [and] there are still people who don’t know nothing about it.”However, the department said it met with First Nations and Métis groups in Alberta in early 2017, along with other stakeholders in the forestry and energy sector and with environmental organizations during their Phase 1 process, which informed the draft plan. Information sessions and workshops were also held in various municipalities and meetings with individual communities upon request.Graham Courtoreille, a trapper from the Beaver Ranch Indian ReserveTrappers scared, caribou fine, say advocatesCourtoreille says there are hundreds of trappers and mill workers scared of what’s to come.Calvin Bulldog, 49, from Beaver First Nation is another concerned trapper.Bulldog’s trapline is near Caribou Mountains, neighbouring Wood Buffalo National Park. It’s a trapline that has been passed down for generations. Bulldog said if he loses his trapline, he will have nothing. He said it was only recently he learned about the province’s caribou range plan. Until APTN Investigates informed Bulldog how much land could be affected in his region, he said he had no idea.The Northwest Species at Risk Committee (NSWAR), a grassroots organization made up of six northwestern municipalities, formed as a means to give local residents a voice to do with caribou recovery, released a news release asserting how the government’s plan could sterilize the region’s resources and devastate its economy.According to the NSWAR, 650 forestry jobs could be at risk, $1 billion of annual revenue in timber harvest, gas and oil fields would be greatly impacted, as well as other industries such as trapping, outfitting and agriculture.“We cannot understand why the provincial government wants to add more park space in our area,” wrote NSWAR chair Lisa Wardley. In northwest Alberta, the province is already home to Wood Buffalo National Park and Caribou Mountains Wildland Park.NSWAR is currently circulating a petition, asking concerned citizens to submit a statement declaring their opposition about the government’s plan and mail it to their provincial and/or federal environment ministers.Chief Trevor Mercredi of Beaver First Nation says his community will be meeting with the province to address their concerns.“From what I’m being told, the province cannot enact any sort of legislation that will impact our rights. But in saying that, we do have our eyes and ears open,” says Mercredi.Province said Indigenous rights will not be affectedThe spokesperson with Environment and Parks said they want to hear all concerns including those from Indigenous and Métis communities and from the Northwest Species at Risk Committee.The province also said they acknowledge the significance of Indigenous and Métis hunting and fishing rights, knowing it is part of their cultural heritage.When asked specifically what will become of fishing and hunting rights for Indigenous and Métis people, the spokesperson said their rights will not be affected“The traditional Indigenous hunting rights are not impacted by any of our range planning. They have that as part of their treaty rights and that’s protected by the constitution. We have no jurisdiction over Indigenous hunting.”The spokesperson also said no decisions have been made as to which conservations tools will apply in the region.The last information session for Phase 2 wrapped up this week, and now the province will move into Phase 3, which will lead to the province’s final caribou management plan.
Scotland Yard has reopened its investigation into the murder of one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest confidantes by Irish terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. The case was reopened having been left untouched for some 30 years, after Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, ordered a review in response to calls for the family of the former Army officer to be given answers about who murdered him, and for his killers to face justice. The disclosure comes 10 days after Lyra McKee, a Northern Irish… Police have embarked on “new work” relating to the assassination of Airey Neave, the then shadow Northern Ireland secretary, who was killed by a car bomb in the courtyard of the House of Commons in 1979.
The entire world watched at the end of last year while a cleaning lady from Greece was being sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying about her primary school certificate in order to get hired.The 53-year-old woman from the city of Volos in Thessaly forged her certificate adding that she had completed one more year.Following the announcement of her sentence there was national and international uproar as public opinion found the conviction to be unreasonable and harsh.This time, a cleaner hired by a state hospital in Ioannina was sentenced to eight years in jail for the exact same thing, local media reported on Thursday.The woman repeatedly attempted to avoid trial for medical reasons that were dismissed as fake. She has reportedly appealed her conviction and a new trial has been scheduled for March 2019. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les vaches pourraient réellement nous prédire la météoDes chercheurs américains ont réussi à mettre en évidence la façon dont les vaches réagissent aux aléas de la météo. Les animaux seraient même capables selon eux de les anticiper.A l’heure des bulletins météos et prévision des météorologues, on oublie facilement que la nature nous donne parfois certains signes visibles pour deviner quel temps il fera dans les prochains jours. Parmi les plus étranges, un dicton anglo-saxon prétend que voir des vaches couchées dans un pré est signe de pluie. Une source potentielle de prévisions qui est sans surprise sujette à débat… Mais la science vient peut-être tout juste de confirmer cette idée, du moins dans une certaine mesure. En effet, des chercheurs des Universités de l’Arizona et du Missouri ont cherché à remédier à la baisse de productivité des vaches laitières en période de chaleur. Pour ce faire, ils ont donc étudié la façon dont le bétail module son comportement en fonction des fluctuations météorologiques. Des observations qu’ils ont menées à l’aide de deux types d’instruments : un capteur intravaginal mesurant la chaleur du corps des animaux et un autre capteur placé cette fois-ci, sur l’une des pattes des vaches. Debout ou couchée en fonction de la températureLe second capteur servait en fait à mesurer l’angle entre la patte et le sol, indiquant ainsi si l’animal est debout ou couché. Après avoir comparé les résultats obtenus en Arizona, en Californie et dans le Minnesota, ils ont constaté que la position des vaches était corrélée à leur température interne et mieux encore : qu’elles avaient tendance à se coucher au sol par temps froid pour limiter leur déperdition de chaleur et leurs dépenses énergétiques. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En revanche, durant les épisodes de chaleur, elles préfèrent au contraire se tenir debout : une façon d’exposer davantage de surface corporelle à l’air et d’évacuer ainsi plus de chaleur. D’une certaine façon, les vaches se conduiraient donc bien différemment en fonction de la météo. Le temps froid étant souvent associé à l’arrivée de la pluie, c’est probablement de là que viendrait le fameux dicton des vaches couchées annonciatrices de mauvais temps.Prédire le comportement des vaches “La prévision du ‘stress thermique’ est vitale pour garder les vaches en bonne santé et productives. Nous pouvons prédire le comportement de l’animal – se tenir debout – en fonction de sa température interne”, a confirmé le Dr Jamison Allen, auteur principal de l’étude cité par Science Daily. “Mais en incitant les vaches à s’allonger, les producteurs pourraient également aider leurs bêtes à économiser leur énergie [quand il fait chaud]”, a t-il ajouté.Reste désormais à savoir combien de temps à l’avance les vaches sont capables de prédire l’arrivée d’un épisode de chaleur ou de fraicheur… En attendant, voir une vache couchée devrait donc tout de même nous inciter à sortir la petite laine. Le 14 mars 2013 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambert
Hurricane Irma swept across the Atlantic Ocean and American southeast this month, leaving a path of destruction.One of its most devastating effects, however, became clear only once the clouds parted.Images captured by NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite show Irma’s impact on the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.“The most obvious change is the widespread browning of the landscape,” according to Kathryn Hansen, science writer at NASA’s Earth Observatory.Between high-powered winds, heavy rainfall, and subsequent flooding, Hansen suggested that what was once lush tropical vegetation has been stripped by the storm, leaving views of bare ground.Hurricane Irma’s aftereffects (via NASA Earth Observatory)She also suggested that salt spray whipped up during the hurricane may have coated tree leaves, disguising parts of the once-green landscape.By the time it passed the Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, Irma was a category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.Check out NASA’s photos, shot before (Aug. 21-25) and after (Sept. 8-10) the historic hurricane. A close-up of Virgin Gorda “gives a better sense of the changes,” Hansen said.Some vegetation on Antigua, for instance, remains intact—likely due to its central hills acting as a shield against the gales.Hurricane Irma’s aftereffects (via NASA Earth Observatory)Barbuda, however, suffered a much worse fate: As reported by the Los Angeles Times, an estimated 95 percent of island houses were damaged or destroyed, and some 1,600 residents were evacuated.“The small island in the eastern Caribbean was directly hit by the category 5 storm early on Sept. 6,” Hansen said, highlighting the now-barren land. “In contrast, vegetation on Antigua appears relatively healthy and intact. With the storm’s center passing to the north, the island sustained less damage.”In times of crisis, people often turn to technology for help. Last week, free push-to-talk application Zello topped the iTunes App Store following a slew of downloads, as people relied on the two-way radio to communicate during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.And, Tesla Motors extended the range of select Model S and Model X vehicles in Florida to aid evacuating drivers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target
Newbie manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, opened up about how much of an impact Sir Alex Ferguson has on his career at Manchester United.We still don’t know if the Manchester United board of directors will end up keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the manager’s seat, but the influence from Sir Alex Ferguson is more evident by the minute and even the Norwegian doesn’t shy away from any type of comparison.The Red Devils completely changed their tune since the caretaker manager arrived in the club to take over Jose Mourinho’s spot, the credit is not only his but also Michael Carrick’s and Kieran McKenna’s.Both assistant managers were already in the squad when Mourinho coached the squad, but they didn’t really have a major influence over the players as they do today.Even the warm-up has gone back to the old days when Ferguson coached the team, the Scotsman had a level of control over many aspects of the team that no other manager in football history has been able to accomplish.Solskjaer has been able to understand that in order to do all the work that Ferguson did back in the day, he has to rely on teamwork with the other two assistant managers and things seem to be working so far.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has downplayed Sir Alex Ferguson’s role in Manchester United’s revival since his appointment as caretaker boss.Full story: https://t.co/iiljfWukHB pic.twitter.com/TIXda4iKFX— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 21, 2019Regardless of how well the squad is doing everything at the moment, the Norwegian manager confessed that he still doesn’t feel ready to take on the whole operation and he has remained in contact with Sir Alex for advice on how to work better with the players.It is almost as if the Scotsman was back to work, as if he was still controlling everything from the comfort of his own home.Solskjaer denies that they talk regularly, but he does agree that there is a major influence where he draws his energy from.“We don’t speak weekly. I haven’t spoken to him many times,” said Ole via The Express.“He has been in to visit us just once – he has been to see [former player, Giuseppe] Rossi once.”“The influence is more my 15 years under him. He is 77, it is not fair to him either is it?”“Part of the history of the club is that you get setbacks. It was not just glory days with Sir Alex either.”Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“That is just the way we are, that we bounce back and hopefully we move up the table. That is key to us now.”“The past three managers have passed on so much knowledge that the players know they will have it in the locker because every day is an experience,” he added.How Sir Alex Ferguson has emerged from the shadows after arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | @Jack_Gaughan https://t.co/JDYynhnetf pic.twitter.com/XUuVHOa8Yk— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 18, 2019With Manchester United’s latest victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reached an impressive 7 consecutive victories in all competitions since he took command of the squad.The Norwegian manager set a record that no other newbie Premier League manager has been able to accomplish, but this record might stay there because the next match will be extremely difficult for the Red Devils.We have the FA Cup weekend approaching, Arsenal will get a visit from Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium and these 7 consecutive wins could finally stay there if the Gunners get to defeat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.Even if things seem to be going fine for the Red Devils, Ole doesn’t want to get that overconfident feeling because he knows that being defeated is something that will eventually happen.Actually, the faster his squad gets a loss, the less pressure he will have for the rest of the season.Ferguson will be watching diligently from the sidelines as he’s been doing for the past few years since he retired.The only difference is that now, the Scotsman feels more involved because the ones in charge are his direct disciples.Inside Solskjaer’s perfect first month at Man United: How he brought Ferguson’s ways back to Old Trafford. Great read! https://t.co/Md71B7MVSg 🇾🇪 #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 18, 2019What aspects of Manchester United’s game are more similar to the Sir Alex Ferguson era? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Fire damaged a travel trailer north of Battle Ground early Friday evening.Firefighters were dispatched at 7:46 p.m. to the 28000 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue to a report of a burning trailer. Firefighters reported seeing a smoke plume as they approached.Units arriving saw the trailer was near a house and focused on preventing the fire from spreading to the structure.The fire was declared under control by 8:06 p.m. An inspection revealed the fire had not spread to the house.Information on damage or the fire’s cause was not available.
Above the Arctic circle, there’s no daylight on the solstice. Farther south, Fairbanks has about 3.5 hours. Anchorage, 5.5 hours and Juneau a bit more than six hours. (Graphic courtesy of Brian Brettschneider)Alaska marked the solstice early Dec. 21, at 1:44 a.m. So what does that mean for the amount of daylight across the state?To answer that question, we checked in with Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends.He regularly talks with editor Annie Feidt from Alaska’s Energy Desk as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist.Listen NowInterview transcript:Brian: If you’re north of the Arctic Circle, north of Kotzebue, there’s no daylight, so no sunrise and sunset. And then once you get south of there, in Fairbanks, you’re at about 3.5 hours. When you get to Anchorage it’s somewhere in the 5.5 hour range and then in Juneau, it’s about six hours, 20 minutes.Annie: Compare that to a few major cities in the lower 48.Brian: Places in the northern part of the lower 48, like Seattle or Chicago, you’re looking at 8.5 to 9 hours of daylight. As you get farther south, like say Los Angeles- ten hours; in Miami- 10.5 hours.Annie: How does the amount of daylight, especially in a place like Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow) affect the climate?Brian: When the sun is about five degrees above the horizon, it provides essentially no solar energy. And so even though the sun is out and on your skin, you may feel a little warmth, but it provides almost no atmospheric heating. It’s just as likely in Fairbanks, for example, that the high temperature of the day would occur at 2:00 a.m., and the low at 2:00 p.m. There’s really no correlation like you would find in the summer when the sun is high in the sky and the afternoon high temperature is going to be just after that peak solar angle. It could be any time of the day or night once you get a little bit north of Anchorage.Annie: Does the amount of daylight balance out around the globe over the course of a year?Brian: That’s a really interesting question because we assume that long days in the summer, short days in the winter and they all average out. It’s actually not entirely true because of the elliptical nature of our orbit and the tilt of our axis, we actually get more daylight in the summer here in Alaska than we have darkness in the winter. So for example in Utqiagvik, formerly Barrow, in the summer they have 82 days where there is no sunset, so 24 hours of daylight, but in the winter they have 64 days with no sunrise, so that’s an 18 day difference. So it’s not fully in balance and that solar equation is actually more heavily weighted toward light than dark here in Alaska.