first_imgAn order by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in central Assam’s Morigaon district has questioned the process of identifying foreigners and ‘D’ (or doubtful voters) who have been struck off the updated National Register of Citizens.Gautam Soren, member of Foreigners Tribunal 3 (FT3) in Morigaon, highlighted “unfair practices” in the process in his August 27 order while dismissing a case against Amina Khatun and three others (termed opposite parties or OPs) of the district’s Madhya Kalikajari village. He observed that foreigners’ cases “at this juncture have assumed the form of an industry as each and every person involved” with such cases have been “trying to mint money by any means”.FT3 is one of the 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals functioning in Assam for the process of detecting and deporting illegal migrants. A tribunal member is a judge or an advocate with at least 10 years of practice.Mr. Soren’s order said the case against the OPs was filed ex-parte – meaning one of the parties involved was not present or not represented – in November 2017 because of “wrong report” by the process server, usually a member of Assam Police’s Border Organisation attached to the police station concerned.The Border Organisation was set up in 1962 under Prevention of Infiltration of Pakistani (PIP) scheme.Hung on polesThe order pointed out that the pre-case notice to the OPs was reportedly hung on an electric pole though the “entire village did not have any electricity”. It also rebuked Durllav Chandra Bora, the gaonburah or headman of Kalikajari area, for signing the “wrong report” before it was even prepared, and senior lawyer Najrul Talukdar for voluntarily trying to “support the irregularities of the gaonburah and the process server”.Mr. Soren’s order observed that the gaonburah knew all the OPs but, as per norm, did not accompany process server Deepak K. Patar for serving the notice, as has been the case for “two and a half years”.The order referred to similar summons to people to appear for hearing being put up at waiting sheds, on trees or electric poles despite “this Tribunal innumerable times in various foreigners’ cases directing all these persons” not to do so.Likening the foreigners’ cases to a lucrative “industry”, Mr. Soren said the village heads in connivance with the process server “try to get cases proceeded ex-parte for some extraneous consideration”. He also advised filing of specific damage suits by the OPs against those responsible for their ordeal.Still a foreignerPranjal Kumar Das, Ms. Khatun’s lawyer, said the FT3 case dismissal did not automatically remove the ‘foreigner’s tag from his clients’ names. “We have appealed to the Gauhati High Court for a final word. The case will be listed soon,” he told The Hindu.Morigaon district’s Deputy Commissioner Hemen Das said the gaonburah responsible for the wrong report in FT3 has been suspended and an enquiry ordered.According to lawyer-activist Aman Wadud, the Morigaon case is just the tip of the iceberg. “Assam Border police and Election Commission have violated more fundamental rights of citizens than all other agencies put together. They accuse Indian citizens of being illegal immigrants without any investigation whatsoever. These two organisations have destroyed lakhs of families,” he alleged.Targets setThis happens because the Border Police are given targets to provide foreigners’ cases, he said. A Border Police officer, declining to be quoted, admitted that outposts in the districts are required to provide 20 cases a month while the target for each urban police station is five or six.“Incentives and promotions based on the number of cases provided are a factor in fieldworkers serving notices to people randomly,” the officer said.“We have had cases of policemen and their informers targeting poor, illiterate people and demanding money from them, threatening to label them ‘foreigners’ if they do not pay up,” Aurobindo Roy of Silchar-based Unconditional Citizenship Demand Forum said.Silchar-based lawyer and activist Dharmananda Deb said serving ex-parte notice is a strategy to force people to a Tribunal in order not be declared a foreigner without even being heard.“In order to procure mandatory certified copies of electoral rolls from election offices, a person served notice engages a lawyer or clerk who charges for himself and for the staff at the election offices. Many Tribunals require about seven to eight certified copies of different electoral rolls to be somewhat satisfied of the person’s claim of citizenship and each one, on an average, costs about Rs. 500-1000,” he said.“For obtaining certified copy of electoral roll of 1965/1966, one has to submit documents of 1965/1966, which is quite impossible for many OPs. Because of lack of documents, many OPs are declared foreigners or doubtful voters by the Tribunal,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe number of employees in Cognizant Technology Solutions’ India offices reduced by 8,000 in 2017 while the company added positions in the United States and Europe. Their headcount in the United States grew by 2,900 to 50,400, by 2,300 in Europe to 13,800 and by 2,600 in other locations.“We had approximately 260,000 employees at the end of 2017, with approximately 50,400 in North America, 13,800 in Europe and 195,800 in various other locations throughout the rest of [the] world, including 180,000 in India,’’ the IT services company said in its annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The decrease in headcount in India would come as a surprise to industry watchers since the company had been hiring since 2014. In 2014, it added 40,100 people, while the numbers rose by 10,200 in 2015 and 38,500 in 2016. In 2016, the United States-based company had 260,200 employees, with 188,000 workers in India and almost 47,500 jobs located in North America.Cognizant said in their annual filing at the SEC that “risks relating to legislation and government regulation on immigration may affect our ability to compete for and provide services to customers, which could hamper our growth and cause our revenues to decline.’’It added: “The ability of foreign nationals to work in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and other regions in which we have customers depends on their and our ability to obtain the necessary visas and work permits for our personnel who need to travel internationally.’’The statement from the NASDAQ-listed firm added: “If we are unable to obtain such visas or work permits, or if their issuance is delayed or if their length is shortened, we may not be able to provide services to our customers or to continue to provide services on a timely and cost-effective basis, receive revenues as early as expected or manage our delivery centers as efficiently as we otherwise could, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.’’ Meanwhile, the company also recorded a net loss of $18 million in Q4 ended Dec. 31, 2017 while it had earned a net profit of $416 million for the same quarter last year. Cognizant paid $36 million for an investigation and legal expenses towards alleged violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act regarding payments of bribes in India. The IT firm also incurred $53 million in severance costs, including those related to the voluntary separation program.In response to the new report, Nasscom president R Chandrasekhar told the Economic Times that the IT sector will see an addition of 100,000 jobs in FY19, which is almost similar to FY18. He added that it was time to look at sectors beyond technology services for employment growth.While India has been seeing job creation in the IT sector for several decades, the protectionist politics in the western world and use of artificial intelligence could lead to a disruption in the future. The shift of jobs to the west shows that strict visa norms are affecting the IT sector in India already. Related ItemsCognizantIT sectorlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. France won all three previous matchups with Japan easily, but the Tricolors are suffering from low morale after six consecutive tests without a win since the Six Nations. Coach Guy Noves tried to inject some life into the side by making eight changes after the drab loss to South Africa last week, but France was dominated by Japan. France has only three wins in 11 tests this year.Japan, bolstered by an impressive 39-6 win over Tonga in Toulouse, made all the running at U Arena, pinning France in its own half and tearing through the French with panache. But 15 turnovers by Japan undermined its attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trading early penalties, France blew a try when prop Jefferson Poirot knocked on at a ruck on the try-line.But Japan hooker Shota Horie made no mistake, collecting a pass on the left wing to score in the corner. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Wizards’ Wall expected to miss 2 weeks with knee injury View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan couldn’t finish off the French but achieved its best result against a tier one side since toppling South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City France’s Baptiste Serin, left, passes the ball during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. APPARIS  — Japan almost beat France for the first time and had to settle for a 23-23 draw in their rugby test on Saturday.Japan scored three tries to two, and the last try in the 73rd minute, the equalizer by replacement prop Shintaro Ishihara. But flyhalf Yu Tamura couldn’t convert it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harumichi Tatekawa then had to make a try-saving tackle on France wing Gabriel Lacroix to hold on to the lead, but France grabbed it against the run of play thanks to Francois Trinh-Duc’s second penalty and a Rabah Slimani try on halftime after the French forwards pounded the Japan try-line.France’s lead held up for only moments into the second half, when center Timothy Lafaele fended off two defenders and scored between two more.Tamura’s conversion gave Japan the lead for the second time. Flanker Kazuki Himeno couldn’t extend it when his try was disallowed because of a forward pass.France hit back with a Lacroix try from a perfectly weighted cross kick by Trinh-Duc for 20-15, but Lacroix was yellow-carded in the 61st for taking a player out in the air.Penalties by each side made it 23-18, then Ishihara barged through the middle of a ruck and history beckoned.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 04: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 4, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP’s absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.“This is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that. All that said, we made enough plays to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefNot quite enough.Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back. Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of buckets from beyond the arc.After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.“We switched and I don’t think we necessarily should have switched but credit to him, he made a hell of a shot over a 7-footer at the buzzer,” Kuzma said. “It’s always a tough way to lose.”James was held out with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. He was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. But the Lakers struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth in six games.Walton blamed the loss on his team’s failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James’ absence.“Those type of things are what cost us the game, not not having him at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton said.Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s.“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”BALL MISSING AT THE ENDBall was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping. Ball said after the game he was fine and expects to play against the Clippers on Friday.COMEBACK KIDSThe Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.TIP-INScenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. … Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter but none in the second. … Kuzma scored 12 points in the second quarter. … Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. … Sacramento made its first six shots then missed nine of the next 12. … No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise.UP NEXTLakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.Kings: Host Portland on Jan. 1. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli is currently at the pinnacle of his game. He has been scoring a lot of runs across all formats and with considerable ease.His penchant for victories has been unmatched and is well documented. The 28-year-old is widely acknowledged as one of the best batsmen in the modern era and is placed among the fittest sportspersons of the world.There’s no doubt that Kohli’s success story is a fascinating read. However, there’s more to Kohli than what meets the eye. (Virat Kohli, eight years after his debut, is already challenging batting greats)In an interview to The Telegraph, Kohli opened up on what made him pursue cricket and the financial struggles he had to endure during his childhood.Kohli, who claimed a career-high 4th rank in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, said he was lucky to be the youngest in his family which allowed him to pursue cricket not thinking about the academics.”I think cricket chose me. My memory of growing up is me holding a cricket bat. It is the only game I played. As soon as I got hold of a bat I wanted someone to throw a ball at me for me to smack it. I am lucky that I am the third child in the family so there was not much pressure on me in terms of academics and making sure I got a degree and stuff. I was the one who was pampered because I am the youngest and I took advantage of it,” he told The Telegraph.advertisementKohli, who has slammed 40 international centuries, said his interest in cricket grew after seeing the amount of love that people have for the game in the country. (When Duncan Fletcher checked in, Virat Kohli understood value of fitness)”I used to play more than my friends because they were the oldest children in their families. It makes a massive difference in India. You can just go out there and I found out more about myself and skill in those years which may not have happened if I had been restricted. My initial memories of knowing Indian cricket team was around 1994. I was six. I saw this passion with the crowds.””They used to pan the camera around and you see people with banners going mad and if they lose they burn effigies, so I was amazed. Why so much interest in this particular game? It grew on me,” he said.The Indian Test skipper, who is now one of the most high-earning cricketers in the world, recalled how it was a challenge for him to buy the right equipment during his childhood due to his family’s financial condition.Kohli said he made the most out of the limited options that were available to him.  “It was RNS Larsons (On his first bat). I bought it from a sports shop. I still have a picture of me trying to bat with it. It was about 1000 rupees and pretty decent for the time. That was one of the challenges, getting the right stuff.””We were not financially blessed, we could not afford to get stuff we wanted all the time so had limited options and had to make the most of it,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTRINAMIC Motion Control extends its portfolio of dedicated EtherCAT slave controller ICs with integrated motor control peripherals. The TMC8461 and TMC8462 are the world’s first EtherCAT slave controllers with high voltage I/Os capable of 24V and two integrated switching regulators. The TMC8462 additionally has two integrated Ethernet PHYs for minimized board space. Both ICs eliminate latency by incorporating PWM and Step/Dir I/O peripherals that make routing through the firmware of an application processor redundant, making it ideal for Industrial IoT, automation and other applications requiring real-time response.Extending the feature set of EtherCAT’s core technology, the slave controllers come with a broad array of peripherals and features: an integrated smart-peripherals block accessible from an MCU or EtherCAT master and, in addition to the PWM unit and Step/Dir interface, an SPI master and encoder interface that can be directly mapped to the PDO (Process Data Object) by the memory manager. This unique SPI interface enables latency-free read from an ADC or encoder or write to a DAC.The ICs include a standalone mode that enables direct mapping of integrated peripherals to bus registers, while in parallel an external MCU can perform higher layer protocol operations. To ensure wide interoperability, the TMC8461 and TMC8462 communication hardware has been verified as 100% compatible with the existing Beckhoff EtherCAT slave controller through extensive interoperability testing. Like all devices by Trinamic, the ICs benefit from the company’s comprehensive development eco-system called “Landungsbrücke”. This includes evaluation boards, reference designs and, for this new device, sample EtherCAT software stacks for Cortex MCUs. All configuration and parameterization tools are incorporated into Trinamic’s Integrated Development Environment. The device can be used with any MCU that comes with an SPI interface, or standalone in SPI emulation mode.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Particle: production-ready LTE cellular solution for future proofing IoTNext Advantech: realize wireless network and device management with EIS-D210last_img read more

first_imgThe Football Association has condemned the violent disturbances caused by English in Seville on Sunday, a day before England take on Spain in the Nations League.Video footage emerged on social media, where large group of English fans can be seen brandishing tables and chairs in Seville. Some people were also seen vandalising cars.Riot police were forced to intervene to disperse the crowds. However, there were no reports of any arrests or serious injuries.Following the incident, FA has has let their disappointment be known and vowed to sanction any supporter found to be responsible.”We condemn the unacceptable behaviour witnessed in Seville. With the Spain fixture still to come on Monday night, we urge those following the team to respect our hosts and act in a responsible manner,” an FA spokesperson said.”The FA will work in partnership with the UK Football Policing Unit to help identify those involved and we will sanction any England Supporters’ Travel Club member found to be responsible for disorder.”¿Es necesario aguantar esto? Botellas volando, retrovisores arrancados, mobiliario de bares destrozados… vergonzoso @EmergenciasSev @Ayto_Sevilla pic.twitter.com/bjE89muxUcMª del Mar Alvarado (@MaritaAR4) October 14, 2018Around 3,000 fans have travelled to the southern Spanish city for the match which is due to kickoff at 2045 CET on Monday.This is not the first time English fans were seen engaging in such acts. Earlier this year, around 90 England fans were arrested for anti-social behaviour before and after a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 17:23 IST Sunil Gavaskar speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019. (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the first real athlete in Indian cricketGavaskar picked 1983’s World Cup winning moment as his favouriteShane Warne said his most memorable moment was 1999 World CupSunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the greatest Indian cricketer ever because he could change matches with bat and ball. Kapil Dev was captain when India lifted the World Cup in 1983 at Lord’s and Gavaskar continues to be great friends with the legendary all-rounder.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Sunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the first real athlete in Indian cricket – Kapil, as is well known, is an avid golfer.Kapil was the first real athlete in Indian cricket. He plays good squash, snooker and golf. He is the first athlete who would have been good at any field. From there, the Indian team also started to look at all-rounders.Kapil changed the whole outlook. That is the reason I call him the greatest Indian cricketer ever. He could change matches India with bat or ball, Gavaskar said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Shane Warne said Kapil Dev would have earned a lot of money had he been playing the Indian Premier League.Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne began Salaam Cricket 2019 with some rivetting tales from their playing days. Before the session, Gavaskar and Warne picked their favourite moments at Lord’s.While Gavaskar picked 1983’s World Cup winning moment as his favourite, Shane Warne said his most memorable moment was in 1999 when Australia won their 2nd World Cup, also at Lord’s.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Kapil Dev Salaam Cricket 2019: Kapil Dev greatest Indian cricketer ever, says Sunil GavaskarSalaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the first real athlete India produced. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019. Gavaskar heaped praises on Kapil Dev who won India the 1983 World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Nova Scotia developed its plan with the advice of the Autism Management Advisory Team Report on Lifespan Needs for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “I want to thank the advisory teams for their excellent work in developing their report,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “I look forward to working with all autism stakeholders as we come together to provide individuals with autism with the best chance for success now, and in the future.” During the event, Emergency Management Minister Ross Landry also announced federal funding of about 270-thousand dollars to help introduce a new radio frequency tracking system for those with Autism and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. For more infomation, go to http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2011-04-12-Project-Lifesaver/ . To view government’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan visit www.gov.ns.ca . Maintaining the provision of autism specialists at the Department of Education and in school boards so children have the support they need in the classroom Provide additional funding to early intervention programs so more benefit Review and implement revised income guidelines for the Direct Family Support for Children program so more families have more access to things like medication, transportation and respite when a break is needed. Nova Scotians living with autism and their families will now haveaccess to enhanced programs and services that will provide them with the best possible treatment, support and care. Premier Darrell Dexter today, April 12, announced details of the province’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan. This plan is one of the most comprehensive action plans in the province’s history dedicated to enhancing services for people and families living with autism. The plan represents $5.5 million in new investments, including $4 million over two years to fully fund the Early Intensive Behaviourial Intervention (EIBI) program. “We know that programs like EIBI make a difference, and providing this to every child who needs it is the right decision for Nova Scotia families,” said Premier Dexter. “Our plan focuses on programs and services that will make a lifetime of difference for children, adults and families living with autism so they have the support that will make a difference now, and for the rest of their lives.” Early Intensive Behaviourial Intervention works to improve functional skills including communications, social skills and behaviour, so children with autism can better communicate and interact with their families, classmates and community. Currently only 50 per cent of children who need EIBI receive it, and children are selected by a random draw. Soon, every pre-school child with autism will have access to the program. The Department of Health and Wellness is working with district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres as they recruit and train the additional specialized staff needed to offer the program and address needs. Once existing teams are expanded, more children will be seen, and gradually, all children will have this opportunity. “The EIBI program has helped my son gain the communication skills he needs to do well in school and into the future,” said Stacey Turner, mother of a child with autism who has benefitted from EIBI. “He has even been invited to a few birthday parties, and is developing friendships, and that is really exciting for all of us. Without EIBI he would not be doing nearly as well as he is.” The plan focuses on five main themes including intervention services for families with pre-school children, supports for school-aged children, supports for adults, training to raise skills and awareness, and partnerships to support programming and services. Additional key investments outlined in the action plan include:last_img read more

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation released its first quarter results today, Sept. 4. For the three month period of April 1 to June 30, 2013, NSLC recorded sales of $147 million, $2 million less than last year. The results versus last year were impacted, in part, by the timing of Easter sales. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com. -30-last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The high-powered GST Council on Saturday decided to reduce the tax rate on electric vehicles (EVs) to 5 per cent from the existing 12 per cent, a move aimed at accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly mobility solutions. The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on EVs will be effective from August 1, the finance ministry said in a statement after the 36th meeting of the GST Council. The GST rate on all EVs has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Additionally, the tax rate on chargers or charging stations for EVs has been slashed from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe council also approved GST exemption for hiring of electric buses (of carrying capacity of more than 12 passengers) by local authorities from August 1, the statement said. The meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was held via video conferencing. The GST Council, headed by the union finance minister, has state finance ministers as members. It also took certain decisions regarding changes in GST law. The last date for filing of intimation, in Form GST CMP-02, for availing the option of payment of tax (by exclusive supplier of services) has been extended from July 31 to September 30, the statement added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the last date for furnishing statement containing the details of the self-assessed tax in Form GST CMP-08 for the June quarter (by taxpayers under composition scheme) has been extended to August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. The central government has been taking initiative to popularise environment friendly electric vehicles. In the Union Buget 2019-20, the government provided additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans taken to purchase EVs. Besides, customs duty has been exempted on certain parts of EVs to further incentivise e-mobility in the country. The Centre has also approved Rs 10,000 crore to encourage faster adoption of EVs in the country under the FAME II scheme, which aims to encourage faster adoption of such vehicles by right incentives and charging infrastructure.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria officially has a new police chief, nearly 18 months after its former leader stepped aside amid a misconduct investigation involving inappropriate Twitter messages.The police board says Del Manak has been permanently appointed chief constable of the Victoria Police Department.Manak has been acting as head of the force since December 2015, when former chief Frank Elsner stepped aside while investigations were conducted into allegations that he’d sent Twitter messages to the wife of one of his officers.Elsner was suspended last April and officially quit last month.Mayor Lisa Helps says Manak has demonstrated “unwavering leadership” and created a strong community presence for the department despite working under “challenging circumstances.”Manak says in a statement that he plans to build on the force’s reputation by engaging and collaborating with the community.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mogo Finance Technology Inc. (TSX:MOGO) says it has secured a new umbrella loan of up to $40 million from Fortress Investment Group LLC.The credit facility will be used to repay and replace the Vancouver-based digital financial company’s existing $30-million credit facility with Fortress.The loan, which has a lower effective interest rate of 14.5 per cent and extends the maturity date by two years to mid-2020, will primarily be used to fund Mogo’s line of credit products.The new credit facility is in addition to the company’s existing $50 million Fortress credit facility, which has an initial interest rate of 9.5 per cent and can be expanded up to $200 million.last_img

Rabat – Saudi Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, the coalition’s spokesperson, denied recent reports that the body of the Moroccan pilot Yassin Bahti has been found, saying that the pilot “is still missing.”On Friday, Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) said in a press release that they have located what they believe is the body of the pilot whose F-16 fighter jet crashed last Sunday.Meanwhile, 24 hours after the FAR’s announcement, the Saudi-led coalition’s spokesperson said, “the corpse of the Moroccan pilot hasn’t been found thus far.” “For the coalition, the Moroccan pilot is still missing, no more than that. His body hasn’t been found yet,” Ahmed al-Asiri told Saudi Arabian channel Al-Arabiya.He went on to add that the coalition is contacting the Red Cross in order to finish all the formalities required to initiate an investigation regarding the fate of the pilot.“If the body happened to be discovered, it will be transferred to a neutral zone to conduct DNA tests,” he concluded.Earlier this week, the Moroccan pilot’s F-16 fighter jet crashed in Yemen. A special Moroccan commando unit and a squadron of radar-equipped F-16 warplanes were reportedly deployed to Yemen to help with the search for Yassine Bahti shortly after the plane crashed.On Friday, the FAR announced that the Moroccan pilot died in the crash, saying they had found his body.King Mohammed VI,in his role as the Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, ordered the dispatch of an aircraft to return his body to Morocco, after receiving confirmation of his identity from a team of geneticists. read more

TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. raised its dividend for the first time since 2015 as it reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit.The cable and wireless company will now pay a quarterly dividend of 50 cents per share, up from its previous payment to shareholders of 48 cents per share.The increased dividend came as Rogers said it earned $502 million or 97 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with a profit of $499 million or 97 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.Revenue totalled $3.94 billion, up from $3.73 billion.On an adjusted basis, Roger said it earned $585 million or $1.13 per diluted share for its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $525 million or $1.02 per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average expected adjusted earnings of $1.08 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Revenue was anticipated to come in at nearly $3.88 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31.The company’s revenue growth was primarily driven by its wireless operations, which added 112,000 net subscribers during the quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)The Canadian Press read more

The U.S. Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program was established in 2003 to expand understanding of maritime security measures.Implementation of these international standards is a worldwide partnership between maritime nations. (Colombo Gazette) From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.The event strengthened the port’s security capabilities through drills that improved agency coordination and the implementation of the port’s security plan. Sri Lanka’s improved maritime security will not only provide greater protection against terrorism and other threats but also will enhance trade with other countries, contributing to Sri Lanka’s prosperity. “Sri Lanka has demonstrated a strong commitment to port security,” said Lieutenant Matt Arnold, the USCG’s liaison to Sri Lanka for Port Security initiatives who headed the program.  “This capacity building program helped create the security environment that’s essential to increased trade and realizing Sri Lanka’s goal of becoming a regional hub for commerce.” read more

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. has promoted its senior executive for regulatory affairs and corporate development to the position of chief operating officer.In his new position, Mirko Bibic will add responsibility for Bell Canada’s residential and small business unit, including home phone and internet services, as well as its Bell Mobility wireless unit and large business customer business.Wade Oosterman, who had held similar responsibilities as group president of Bell Canada and BCE, has been appointed vice-chair for both companies.Oosterman will also continue to lead Bell Media as group president, with Bell Media president Randy Lennox continuing to report to him.Bibic, who has led BCE’s legal and regulatory strategy, played a key role in BCE’s acquisitions of Astral Media and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. read more

If you ever fly on WestJet from Winnipeg to Ottawa and love playing with dogs, you’re in luck.Karen George organizes a weekly rescue mission of dogs from northern Manitoba to Ottawa and is in need of volunteers to check these dogs, all expenses paid.The benefit for the traveller, other than the satisfaction of helping stray dogs, is that they can play with each dog in Winnipeg before their flight takes off.George has several partner organizations, but she is a one-woman show with transportation planning.“I’m not an organization, I’m just one crazy lady,” she said. “It’s just me and the dogs, and they don’t really do anything. They just kind of reassign everything back to me.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.George says she focuses on northern Manitoba because many communities there organize dog culls, which she understands.“When they start packing up, (the dogs) become dangerous,” she said.The rescued dogs are flown from these northern communities to Winnipeg, where they are checked out, spayed or neutered and given all required shots.“Don’t want to spread any diseases on the plane,” she said.Once they’re in Winnipeg, George plans how the dogs will be transported to Ottawa, which involves recruiting volunteers with previously booked Westjet flights. George will then add several dogs to their boarding passes.She said she preferred WestJet because the cargo holds of its planes had temperature controls, so they could take dogs year round, but she will use Air Canada for the same purpose if need to be.George began her mission in 2017, when she discovered two stray German shepherd puppies in need of rescue in the northern Manitoba community of Red Sucker Lake. She said she learned about the transportation process involved and established a network of connections. Later, she decided to continue rescuing other strays.George said she brought 150 dogs from northern areas in 2018 and in 2019 will have brought over 80 dogs by Saturday.Once in Ottawa volunteers will pick up the dogs and George works with the Freedom Dog Rescue who help ensure they end up in various shelters across Ontario.George said there are dogs flown in weekly so she is always in need of volunteers. Anyone arriving in Ottawa from Winnipeg who is interested in flying with — and playing with a dog can message her on  Facebook. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst quarter of 2018 to focus on SOP’s says Local Government CommissionJanuary 4, 2018In “latest news”Bulkan revokes Linden Town Clerk’s appointmentMarch 23, 2017In “latest news”Local Government Commission: 8 persons appointed, will be sworn in shortly- HarmonOctober 19, 2017In “latest news” The Rose Hall Town Council has been ordered by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to rescind the hiring of a Town Clerk for the municipality, since according to the Commission approval was not granted by them for the vacancy to be filled.Mayor of Rose Hall, Vijay Kumar RamooThe LGC outlined that the law states in section 13 (2) of the Local Government Commission Act 2013 that “The Commission SHALL deal with all matters relating to staffing of local government organs and in particular shall- (a) be responsible for employment, transfer, discipline and dismissal of staff.”“The Rose Hall Town Council has clearly acted outside of its remit, and has been instructed by letter from the Commission to rescind the hiring of any person so appointed to fill the vacant position of Town Clerk of that municipality,” the LGC said in a press statement on Thursday, while noting that “this vacancy will only be filled upon the consideration and written approval of the Commissioners of the Local Government Commission of Guyana as provided for by law.”According to the statement, the Rose Hall Town Council approached the LGC seeking permission to hire a Town Clerk to fill the vacancy for this post within the Council and the Commission agreed to delegate to the Council and all other local government organs, “the authority of recruitment (advertising shortlisting and interviewing) for staff.”However, it was further explained that the Commission required that all local government organs write informing the Commission of such vacancies “before engaging in the recruitment procedure (advertising shortlisting and interviewing) and consequent recommendation for appointment by the Local Government Commission.”Furthermore, the LGC said that the “Rose Hall Council was also informed in this letter dated March 21st, 2018 that the local government organs shall ensure that an officer of the Local Government Commission is present during the shortlisting and interviewing process.” But, according to the Commission, this did not obtain as the “Rose Hall Town Council executed these delegated tasks and exceeded this clearly outlined mandate by purporting to hire a Town Clerk, clearly in contravention to the stated delegated functions.”As such, the LGC said it  “wrote to the Council again on April 10th, 2018 instructing them to rescind this action.”Mayor of Rose Hall, Vijay Kumar Ramoo, was quoted in the media explaining that that the decision was taken due to the dire need for the position to be filled in the interest of the municipality.Moreover, he said that Councillors were informed about the hiring of the Town Clerk at the municipality’s last statutory meeting and approved the decision. read more

first_imgVIASPACE partner Selectra and Harmony Gold Mining Co recently formally announced Harmony’s implementation of the first bioenergy project on mining property in South Africa. The goal of the project is to grow energy crops—sugar beets and Giant King Grass–on contaminated mine affected lands in order to restore and rehabilitate the land.Harmony is the third largest gold mining company in South Africa, and the fifth largest gold producer in the world.So, a small biogas company in South Africa has teamed up with one of the largest mining companies in the country to seriously tackle the issue of land rehabilitation and energy security all in one go.What began as an idea and then an enormously successful trial to grow sugarbeet—the temperate kind, not the tropical variety—has now been extended to include Giant King Grass too. The crops are grown on the super-fine mine tailings, bringing value back to the land.The plan is to use the beet and the king grass as feedstock for on-site biogas production at Harmony Gold’s mine near Welkom in South Africa’s Free State that will then be piped into the Harmony 1 metallurgical plant where it will be burnt in the place of ‘Polyfuel’—an HFO type fuel—in the thermal oil heaters.The project envisioned by Selectra, the growing biogas company that developed and eventually sold the idea to Harmony Gold, is not only good for the land and good for the region, but it also inherently replicable. Any mine in the world could implement this project, at the appropriate scale with the appropriate feedstocks, to take control of not only environmental impact but also energy costs.Dwight Rosslee from Selectra commented on how rewarding it is to develop a project that carries only proven positive impacts: “The Harmony Bioenergy project is surely the gold standard in the production of renewable energy – no negative impacts on the environment, only positive benefits, no question of food versus fuel as the land cannot sustain food crops due to the presence of heavy metals. The land is remediated by cultivation and harvesting of bioenergy crops and local employment in farming activities is expanded on previously unused lands.  Simultaneously, carbon emissions are reduced through substituting fossil fuels. All this, and more, while saving on production costs.”VIASPACE CEO, Dr Carl Kukkonen, stated, “This project is a major milestone. We applaud and congratulate Selectra and Harmony for their successful demonstration. We first delivered Giant King Grass to Selectra in January 2013 and it was planted on Harmony land. We were very apprehensive about the project because the worst mine affected lands were so poor in quality, we didn’t even know if Giant King Grass would grow. Selectra and Harmony have proven that Giant King Grass can grow well. The grass mitigates erosion and contaminated dust from the slimes dams, and Selectra has shown that it is a good feedstock for anaerobic digestion to produce biogas. We believe that Giant King Grass can be used to remediate a wide range of contaminated soil and to make it productive.Rosslee concluded, “Giant King Grass should have a bright future in South Africa and other African countries as it plays a critical role in a number of our programs including off grid power solutions.”last_img read more