Month: October 2019

Atlantic Provinces Launch Health Education and Training Study

first_imgHEALTH–Atlantic Provinces Launch Health Education and TrainingStudy A new study will examine how many doctors, nurses, labtechnicians and other health-care professionals will be required,and the training needed to support them, in the four Atlanticprovinces. The study has been commissioned by the Atlantic Health HumanResources Association on behalf of Atlantic Ministers responsiblefor Health and Post-Secondary Education. “A region-wide examination into the training and future labourneeds of our health-care sector will provide a valuable additionto the work we’ve been doing here at home,” said Nova ScotiaHealth Minister Angus MacIsaac. “With good information andcollaboration among the provinces, we can develop and use betterstrategies to maintain a skilled, educated and adaptive health-care workforce, which will benefit all Atlantic Canadians.” The $1.2 million study, to be conducted by Med-EmergInternational Inc., will be funded through labour marketdevelopment agreements between each of the four provincialgovernments and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. “We are pleased to announce $865,820 in federal funding to enablethe Atlantic Health Human Resources Association to assess thecurrent labour market and identify human resource requirementsfor occupations in the health-care sector across the Atlanticprovinces,” said Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,on behalf of Joe Volpe, Minister of Human Resources and SkillsDevelopment. “The collaborative efforts of provincial and federaldepartments and health-care providers across all four Atlanticprovinces will help to maximize results and ensure that labourmarket and human resource issues in the health-care sector areaddressed collectively.” The one-year study builds on work previously done by eachAtlantic province to determine health human resource needs. Basedon this earlier work, a profile of regional requirements formajor health occupations, now and in the future, will bedeveloped. Also, a re-usable, scenario-based education andtraining planning tool will be used to assist the four provincesin determining what type and how many education and trainingprograms will be needed to meet future demand for healthoccupations in the region. “This project will help us better predict Atlantic Canada’sfuture health education and training needs, so that we canprepare the right number and mix of health professionals,” saidGlenn Davis, the project co-ordinator for the Atlantic HealthHuman Resources Association. “It is an honour to be a part ofthis project and to work on behalf of the four Atlanticgovernments with a company with the depth of experience andexpertise demonstrated by Med-Emerg.” Med-Emerg International Inc. was the successful vendor resultingfrom a public tendering process. The company specializes in theco-ordination and delivery of emergency and primary health carerelated services in Canada. These services include physician andnurse staffing and recruitment, clinical management services, thedevelopment and management of urgent care centres, a nationaldrug infusion program, and national and international health-careadvisory and consulting services. The Atlantic Health Human Resources Association is a non-profitorganization incorporated on behalf of Atlantic provincialgovernments. Its mandate is to create a regional planningframework for the improved management of health education andtraining programs.last_img read more

Advisory Council Welcomes New Members

first_imgFour women from across the province have been named to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Holly Meuse, Bear River; Shelley Goodwin, Yarmouth; Ebi Cocodia, Halifax; and Anne Kelly, Lower Sackville, are appointed for two-year terms. Four council members have been re-appointed: Mary Chisholm, Antigonish; Patricia LeBlanc, Sydney; Linda Carvery, Halifax; and Doreen Paris, New Glasgow. Doreen Paris is past-chair. “I welcome returning council members and look forward to working with newly appointed members,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Status of Women minister. “These women reflect the diversity of Nova Scotia women, and they have been engaged in the range of issues with which the council is concerned.” “Council members bring a world of great experience to council and to the women of this province,” said Sonja Power, advisory council chair. “I welcome the new members and welcome back my colleagues.” Each advisory council member connects council to women of the province. The council brings to the attention of the minister matters of interest and concern to women. It also advises the minister on the wide variety of issues affecting the status of women. This year council will focus on decision-making and electoral politics, child care, elder abuse, and the balance between women’s work and unpaid caregiving.last_img read more

Falmouth District Elementary School is the Ice Dreams Showcase of the Year

first_imgToday, Feb. 9, students from Falmouth District Elementary School will be celebrating their school’s outdoor ice rink with the help of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, Go for Green and the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia. The school was selected as this year’s showcase. Falmouth District Elementary is a great example of staying active and enjoying outdoor winter fun. The initiative was started by Fred MacLean the school’s principal, Kathy Kehoe, director of recreation, and the school’s active students. The volunteers and students of Falmouth District Elementary have taken the lead in maintaining the ice rink. “It’s great to have the kids involved with the project,” said Ms. Kehoe. “We’re teaching a lot of lessons here. I’m proud of them for taking on the responsibility.” Ice Dreams, a Go for Green national initiative, is delivered provincially by Health Promotion and Protection and the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia. As part of the campaign to Take the Roof of Winter, Ice Dreams encourages the development and use of new and existing outdoor rinks in Canada.last_img read more

Interested People Invited to Discuss Pensions

first_imgA panel appointed by the province is seeking public input about registered pension plans. The panel, appointed in February, released a discussion paper today, May 27. The panel is inviting comments and suggestions from employees, employers and pension professionals about ways to improve the regulation of pensions under the Pension Benefits Act. “This public consultation will help us make recommendations for changes to the legislation that will make pension plans work better for both employers and employees,” said Bill Black, chair of the pension review committee and former president and CEO of Maritime Life. Forty-one per cent of employed, paid workers in the province contribute to registered pension plans. Plans subject to the act include private employers’ plans, universities, municipalities, multi-employer pension plans, hospitals and nursing homes, and non-teaching school board staff. Mr. Black is serving on the review panel with Ronald Pink, founding partner of Halifax law firm Pink Breen Larkin, and Dick Crawford, also a former president of Maritime Life as well as past-president of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. The deadline for comments on the paper is July 4. The discussion paper can be viewed online at or by calling 1-800-567-7544.last_img read more

H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update June 11

first_imgNova Scotia’s public health system continues to track and respond to H1N1 (human swine influenza). At this time, that work will not be affected by the World Health Organization’s decision today, June 11, to raise the pandemic alert to level 6. “Moving to level 6 simply means that the virus has spread to additional countries. It does not mean that the virus has become more severe,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for the province. “However, being at the World Health Organization’s highest alert phase does underline the urgency of the work we are doing and the importance of remaining vigilant.” The outbreak is not over. Cases of H1N1 continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. So far, the virus is behaving like a typical flu-like illness, and most people are being treated at home. However, many experts believe the virus could become more common and more severe. Two new cases have been reported in the past seven days. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 79. Nova Scotia continues to work closely with provincial and territorial partners, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada, to continually assess the H1N1 situation and adapt strategy as required. This includes monitoring the more severe cases in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action: washing hands thoroughly and often; using an arm to cover coughs and sneezes; and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members. If symptoms worsen, they should visit a physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit .last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry Out of Service Thursday, Aug. 5, the Englishtown Ferry, on Route 312, will be out of service for repairs from 4 p.m. until midnight. -30-last_img

Labos créatifs une combinaison dentrepreneuriat de créativités et de technologie

first_img Les Labos créatifs appuient les trois « R » : renouveler, réorienter et rebâtir, du Plan d’action en matière d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils offrent aux élèves une expérience pratique leur permettant d’explorer les domaines des sciences, des technologies, de l’ingénierie, de l’entrepreneuriat, des arts et des mathématiques. « Les Labos créatifs aident les enseignants à intégrer la technologie, la créativité et l’entrepreneuriat dans la classe, a dit Mme Casey. On encourage les élèves à faire preuve de créativité et à explorer de nouvelles façons d’utiliser la technologie, tout en les aidant à se préparer pour le type d’innovation nécessaire pour réussir dans n’importe quel domaine. » Le gouvernement investira 400 000 $ dans les Labos créatifs. Les conseils scolaires suivants auront chacun un laboratoire permanent : Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, Halifax Regional School Board, South Shore Regional School Board, Strait Regional School Board and Tri-County Regional School Board. Le Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board aura un laboratoire mobile, et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial aura un laboratoire portatif. Les Chariots créatifs, qui sont des mini-laboratoires portatifs, seront également disponibles dans tous les conseils scolaires. Les Labos créatifs, un organisme à but non lucratif, et ses partenaires ont connu un grand succès au Nouveau-Brunswick, où ils sont offerts dans plus de 200 écoles. « Nous souhaitons encourager les élèves à penser à de nouvelles solutions et à voir les défis d’un point de vue différent, a dit Jeff Willson, directeur général des Labos créatifs. Grâce à un apprentissage pratique, les élèves ont l’occasion d’exprimer leur créativité et de trouver des façons novatrices d’utiliser la technologie pour résoudre des problèmes et mettre en œuvre leurs idées. » Ce projet est un exemple des initiatives qui, selon la coalition oneNS, contribueront à créer des possibilités pour les jeunes en leur offrant les compétences en matière d’entrepreneuriat, de mathématiques, de sciences et de technologie dont ils ont besoin dans le monde actuel. Les élèves seront en mesure de nourrir leur créativité et leur esprit d’entreprise pendant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil s’est joint à Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, aujourd’hui 7 avril, pour annoncer que des Labos créatifs seront ouverts dans les huit conseils scolaires de la province en septembre. « Ce gouvernement vise à améliorer le système d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit le premier ministre McNeil. Bien que nous soyons en période de restrictions financières, nos élèves et leur éducation constituent l’un de nos meilleurs investissements. Ils représentent l’avenir de cette province. » Les Labos créatifs offrent aux élèves des possibilités telles que : des laboratoires où les élèves travaillent directement avec des technologies telles que les imprimantes 3D, et où ils peuvent acquérir des compétences et de l’expérience en matière d’ingénierie, de travail des métaux et du bois, de la mode, des textiles, de l’électronique, de la robotique, de la fabrication et du prototypage rapide, de la programmation informatique, de l’ingénierie vidéo et audio et plus encore; un fonds d’apprentissage basé sur les projets afin d’aider les enseignants à offrir des ressources et du soutien aux projets de sciences, de technologie, d’entrepreneuriat en ingénierie, d’arts et de mathématiques; des programmes, des activités spéciales et la collaboration avec l’industrie.last_img read more

AGRICULTURE–Students Explore Farming During Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week

first_imgStudents in Nova Scotia will learn more about the importance of agriculture directly from local farmers during the fifth annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week, which runs until March 5. Farmers and other volunteers will visit Grade 4 classrooms across Nova Scotia to read to students about farming and share their passion for agriculture. The goal is to connect students directly with local farmers, increasing their understanding of the contributions made by agriculture, which delivered $567 million in farm cash receipts in 2014. “A strong agriculture sector is critical to Nova Scotia’s future,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We need to make sure our youth understand that and raise their interest in a career in farming or other agriculture-related industries.” Mr. Colwell will visit Grade 4 students at O’Connell Drive Elementary School in Porter’s Lake, Tuesday, March 1. He will read from Explore Farming in Nova Scotia: From Honey Bees to Maple Trees!, published by the Department of Agriculture. Aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, it will be left as a gift along with other curriculum-related activities. “My students are excited about exploring the world of agriculture, connecting with someone from the industry and understanding the important role it plays in our lives,” said Sandy Gillie, Grade 4 teacher at O’Connell Drive Elementary School. Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week is an educational initiative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee and with the support of Farm Credit Canada. “As the agriculture industry grows, so does the need for additional talented, energetic and well-educated young people,” said Michael Hoffort, president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada. “Given that one in eight jobs in Canada is tied to the agri-food industry, there are a lot of opportunities for young people. Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week can stimulate some passion at an early age.” Agriculture in Nova Scotia accounted for more than $385 million in exports in 2015, a 21 per cent increase over 2014. “It is important to educate our youth about the significance of agriculture to the economy of Nova Scotia,” said Chris van den Heuvel, president of Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Events like Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week create opportunities for farmers to share their story and provide first-hand examples of what is done on their farm.” More information about Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week is available at read more

Japan cops search stabbing attackers home

first_imgTokyo: Japanese police on Wednesday searched the home of the man behind a stabbing rampage in the town of Kawasaki a day earlier that killed two people, including a child. The 51-year-old attacker, identified by police as Ryuichi Iwasaki, died after stabbing himself during the rampage, and his motives for the horrifying assault remain unclear. On Wednesday morning, police searched his home, not far from the scene of the morning attack, seizing unspecified material, public broadcaster NHK reported. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Local media said Iwasaki was living with relatives in their 80s, but gave no further details. Police had no comment on the investigation and declined to offer any further details about the attacker. The rampage in the town south of Tokyo on Tuesday morning killed two people — 11-year-old schoolgirl Hanako Kuribayashi and a 39-year-old parent, identified as government official Satoshi Oyama, a Myanmar specialist. Seventeen more people, mainly young children, were injured, according to authorities. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaIwasaki crept silently up behind pupils of the Caritas Gakuen (school) as they waited for their school bus and began slashing randomly at them armed with knives in both hands, before fatally stabbing himself in the neck. But by Wednesday morning, few details had emerged about the attackers and his motive for the assault, with neighbours telling local media that they knew little about the man. A female neighbour told Kyodo news agency that Iwasaki had said good morning to her 40 minutes before carrying out the attack, an interaction she described as unusual. The news agency said Iwasaki was believed to have gone to local schools, but there was no confirmation. A man who identified himself as having taught Iwasaki in junior high school, when the suspect was around 14, told NHK he was “not the kind of child who stands out”. “He and his friends would shove each other playfully, but he didn’t attack anyone violently,” the teacher said. In the wake of the attack, Japan’s government said it would review measures to ensure the safety of children travelling to and from school. Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and it is common for even young children to take public transport alone to get to and from school. “The whole government will work in unison to ensure the children’s safety,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a ministerial meeting on the issue. The attack shocked Japan, where violent crime is vanishingly rare, in part because of strict regulations on gun ownership. On Wednesday morning, people were still arriving at the scene of the attack to lay flowers and other tributes to those killed.last_img read more

All Waqf properties to be geo tagged Naqvi

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has launched a programme for geo-tagging and digitisation of Waqf properties across the country to ensure their better utilisation for social welfare, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday. There are around 5.77 lakh registered Waqf properties across the country. Chairing the 80th meeting of Central Waqf Council (CWC) here, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that a programme had been launched on a war-footing for 100 per cent geo-tagging and digitisation of all Waqf properties so as to ensure transparency and safety of records. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC This will ensure that the Waqf properties are utilised for educational empowerment and employment-oriented skill development for the needy, especially economically backward girls, in areas which are deprived of such facilities since Independence, said Naqvi. The government has initiated GIS/GPS mapping of Waqf properties with the help of IIT Roorkee and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He said the government was developing schools, colleges, ITIs, skill development centres, multi-purpose community centres, Hunar hubs, hospitals, business and common service centres on Waqf properties across the country. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations While just 90 districts were been identified for minority communities’ development during the earlier governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government increased the number to cover 308 districts, the Minister said. He said a five-member committee headed by Justice (Retd) Zakiullah Khan to review Waqf properties lease rule had submitted its report and the government was taking necessary action on its recommendations. The CWC was providing financial assistance to state Waqf boards for digitisation of records so that they could complete the process within a time-frame. The CWC has provided video-conferencing facilities to 20 state Waqf boards and will extend it include the remaining by year end, the Minister said.last_img read more

Sonakshi dismisses alleged fraud charges

first_imgMumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha on Friday tweeted her reaction to fraud allegations levelled against her by a Delhi-based event organiser, after an Uttar Pradesh police team visited her Mumbai residence to record her statement in the case. “An event organiser who couldn’t live up to his commitment obviously thinks he can make a fast buck by maligning my crystal clear image in the press. There is full cooperation with the authorities from my end for the investigation to be conducted. Would request the media not to fan these bizarre claims of an uscrupulous man,” the actress tweeted. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot On Thursday, a team of officials from Uttar Pradesh Police visited Sonakshi’s residence, Ramayana, to record her statement. The complainant has alleged that Sonakshi failed to turn up for a performance she had been signed up for. Reportedly, she had received Rs 32 lakh as booking amount for the show. Sonakshi, however was not at home on Thursday when the group of officials from UP Police, with the assistance of policemen from Juhu police station, arrived at her residence. The police team will visit her again on Friday. Sonakshi was last seen in the multistarrer flop, “Kalank”, and will soon be seen in projects such as “Khandaani Shafakhana”, “Mission Mangal” and “Dabangg 3”.last_img read more

North Korea warns USS Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe joint drills have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North after Trump’s historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last year. “If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea. The official described next month’s drills as “clearly a breach” of a joint statement signed by the leaders in Singapore and hinted that Pyongyang may resume weapons tests in response. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests was a commitment aimed at improving bilateral relations and “not a legal document inscribed on a paper”, the official said. “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the US as well.” Trump and Kim’s latest meeting took place as negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington were at a deadlock, following a rocky negotiation process brokered by Seoul after a thaw in tensions in early 2018. During the encounter, Trump stepped into North Korean territory in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion. But following the Singapore summit, Trump announced the suspension what he called Washington’s “very provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea. A smaller-scale version of the exercises was last held in March, with more scheduled for August. Washington has previously insisted on North Korea’s complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing US sanctions. At the Singapore summit, the two adopted a vaguely-worded statement on “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to “establish new US-DPRK relations”. But failure to reach an agreement over sanctions relief and what the North was willing to give in return led to the collapse of the leaders’ second summit, which was held in February in Hanoi. Pyongyang had taken “humanitarian measures without conditions” to implement the Singapore statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, in reference to the return of the remains of US service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.last_img read more

Metro services disrupted after technical snag

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway services were disrupted on Thursday after a Dum Dum-bound A/C train experienced technical snag minutes after leaving Kavi Subhash Metro station.The incident took place after 9 am and normal services resumed after 10-15 minutes. According to sources, after the AC rake left Kavi Subhash station, power tripped thrice. Passengers were evacuated and another train was brought to the station. According to the passengers, Metro train services were disrupted at least for an hour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt present, there are 284 services including Up and Down trains between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations. The number of services between Dum Dum and Noapara has been increased to 107 services from 104. According to a press release, Kolkata Metro Railway has increased its earning from ticket selling. The passenger count has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters. In June, General Manager (GM) of Metro Railway P C Sharma stated that the Metro authorities have successfully increased the revenue not only by ticket selling but from all angles. He handed over awards to selected Metro Railway staff members who had rendered their meritorious services in different spheres during 2018-19. This apart, Esplanade has been declared as the ‘Best Kept Station’ of the year.last_img read more

School students visit Traffic Control Room learn nuances

first_imgKolkata: A group of students from Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School, along with few of their teachers, were shown the Traffic Control Room (TCR) at Lalbazar on Saturday and were sensitised about the traffic norms on Saturday.According to sources, on Saturday afternoon, 40 students and few teachers of Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School were taken to the TCR as part of their educational tour. During their visit, they were told about the functions of the Traffic Control Room. A police official was in-charge of briefing the students and teachers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing this, the students learnt about the use of modern technology involved in the management of traffic. They were briefed about how the equipment, such as speed laser gun, speed camera, breath analyzer and others, functioned. Also, they were shown how the traffic signals turned red to green and vice versa. They also interacted with Deputy Commissioner, Traffic, Pandey Santosh. During the interaction, several questions were put across to Santosh. A few of them were about driving licenses and traffic congestion in the city. “Few of the students asked how congestion occurs and how we manage to tackle the situation. They also asked about how a driving license can be obtained and other related questions. They were also shown how our Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD), speed camera and other equipment work. We also had a brief discussion with the teachers about traffic congestion during the rush hours,” said Santosh.last_img read more

BJP destroying social harmony economic growth in this environment not possible Yechury

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing the BJP of injecting “venom” into society and forwarding the RSS’ “fascist agenda”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said economic growth could not happen in this environment. Continuing his attack on the BJP over lack of jobs and the state of the economy, Yechury in a series of tweets said the government was not addressing the issues plaguing the country. “If you work actively to destroy social harmony and inject venom into society as the BJP has done, there is no chance of any jobs being available for there shall not be any economic growth in such an environment. “Unemployment is at its highest in 50 years. Ironically, instead of tackling urgently the tumbling economy, the large-scale closures, and the laying off of jobs, dealing with the livelihoods of crores of people, the intention of this govt is to carry forward RSS’ fascistic agenda,” he said.last_img read more

Govt withdraws Manmohan Singhs SPG cover

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has withdrawn the SPG protection given to former prime minister Manmohan Singh following a review by multiple security agencies, officials said on Monday. Singh, who was India’s prime minister from 2004 and 2014, will continue to enjoy Z plus security cover — one of the highest — to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably by the CRPF, they said. “The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have Z+ security cover,” a home ministry spokesperson said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The decision to withdraw the security provided by the Special Protection Group (SPG), the country’s highest grade of protection, was taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from various intelligence agencies. With the removal of SPG cover from Singh, the top notch security cover will now be given by the SPG only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gandhis — Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.last_img read more

It takes special substance to be compassionate

first_imgMumbai: Actor Anushka Sharma has taken inspiration from her father Ajay Kumar Sharma to promote positivity. She says her father taught her to do the right thing and have compassion as it takes special substance to be compassionate. “My dad always told me two things – do the right thing always and have compassion in your heart no matter the circumstances. It takes special substance to be compassionate. This world is a circle of life. What goes around comes right back around,” she said. Anushka, recently, released a video property called ‘Happy Tweets’ in which she read out positive tweets on social media. On the Bollywood front, the 31-year-old actor was last seen on screen in Zero alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.last_img read more

Revenge talk between four men just macho nonsense murder trial hears

first_imgTORONTO – Three men who sent each other text messages advocating revenge against a rival were simply engaging in “macho nonsense,” not plotting a murder, a defence lawyer told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.All the messages show is “people play-acting like they’re in a Scorsese movie or something” in order to appear tough, lawyer Alan Gold said.And while the group may have wanted retribution against John Raposo, they sought to get it by stealing a shipment of drugs worth millions of dollars from him, not by having him killed, he said.“It was a drug conversation, not a killing conversation,” the lawyer argued in his closing submissions.Prosecutors allege a thirst for money and revenge led the men, all of whom were involved in cocaine trafficking, to orchestrate a hit on Raposo, who was also a drug trader.They argue the group believed Raposo had ratted one of them out to authorities, which resulted in a raid.The Crown alleges Nicola Nero, Martino Caputo and Rabih Alkhalil were the masterminds of the plan, while a fourth accused, Dean Wiwchar, was the contract killer tasked with carrying out the job.It’s alleged Wiwchar came from Vancouver and dressed up as a construction worker — complete with hard hat, reflective vest and dust mask, as well as a wig — to shoot Raposo in the head and neck in broad daylight.All four are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, to which they have pleaded not guilty.Raposo was fatally shot on the patio of the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe on the afternoon of June 18, 2012, as soccer fans gathered to watch a Euro Cup game.Wiwchar was arrested three days later. Nero and Caputo were arrested in early 2013 — the latter in Germany — and Alkhalil was arrested in Greece the following year.During trial, jurors saw a series of encrypted messages intercepted by police as part of an investigation into Nero’s alleged drug activities.Earlier Wednesday, the Crown argued those messages linked the four accused, who addressed each other by nicknames, and laid out their plans for Rapozo’s death.In at least one of those messages, Nero called Raposo a “rat” who deserved to die for the harm he had caused.“This is macho trash talk from a bunch of criminals,” Gold, who represents Nero, told the court.Saying you want someone dead doesn’t make you a party to murder, he said, arguing there is “simply no evidence of him doing anything.”What’s more, roughly a quarter of the text conversations presented in court don’t even include Nero because they were sent after May 23, 2012 — the day he was arrested on drug charges and put behind bars, where he remains to this day, the lawyer said.Gold urged the jury not to be swayed by the fact that his client was far from an upstanding citizen, with a “deplorable lifestyle of illegal money,” saying none of that makes him a murderer.Defence lawyers for Caputo, Alkhalil and Wiwchar are expected to give their closing submissions Thursday.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on July 28 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

Privacy czar blames RCMP after woman denied entry to US over suicide

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian woman was turned back at the U.S. border after information about her suicide attempt was inappropriately shared with American officials through an RCMP-administered database, the federal privacy watchdog says.The incident is just one illustration of how government agencies and private businesses must do a better job of safeguarding personal data in the digital era, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday.Reforms are needed to strengthen the federal privacy law that covers government agencies as well as the companion law for private-sector organizations, said Therrien, who wants new order-making powers and the ability to levy fines, bringing Canada in line with many provincial and international counterparts.“It is not enough for the government to say that privacy is important while taking no systemic measures to protect it,” the commissioner said in his annual report tabled in Parliament.“An overwhelming majority of Canadians are concerned about how the digital revolution is infringing on their right to privacy. They do not feel protected by laws that have no teeth and organizations that are held to no more than non-binding recommendations.”Therrien said he won’t wait for legislative changes, and will begin to improve privacy protections by:— Initiating more investigations on his own, rather than waiting for public complaints, given that his office is often better placed to identify emerging problems;— Specifying four key elements that must be highlighted in privacy notices, which are now often incomprehensible: the information being collected, who it is being shared with, the reasons for collection, use and sharing, and the risk of harm to people;— Spelling out information collection and handling practices that should be prohibited because they’re likely to cause significant harm to people.Therrien’s latest report comes amid almost daily headlines about digital breaches of personal information due to lax practices by companies and government it, the commissioner describes lapses involving the information-sharing provisions of controversial anti-terrorism legislation, a federal web tool intended to stimulate discussion of electoral reform and the dysfunctional Phoenix payroll system.In the attempted suicide case, Therrien’s investigation found the sensitive information was uploaded to the national police database known as CPIC by the Toronto police service, which had responded when the woman called 911.Certain information in CPIC is shared with American law-enforcement agencies under an agreement between the RCMP and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The privacy commissioner therefore concluded the Mounties are responsible for ensuring this sharing complies with the Privacy Act.The information about the attempted suicide was recorded by Toronto police to help officers should they encounter the woman in future. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection used the information for an entirely different purpose — a violation of Canada’s privacy law, the commissioner found.“We concluded that information about an attempted suicide can only be shared with U.S. border officials where the individual can reasonably be considered to present a risk to others,” the watchdog said.In other investigations, Therrien found:— There were significant record-keeping deficiencies related to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, a key element of 2015 omnibus anti-terrorism legislation that expanded information-sharing between key federal agencies.— The Privy Council Office’s website, part of a national dialogue on electoral reform, allowed disclosure of personal information of participants to third parties such as Facebook without their consent. However, there was no evidence PCO was using measures to identify participants or to track responses to the survey questions.— Inadequate testing, coding errors and poor monitoring of the beleaguered Phoenix federal pay system resulted in exposure of personal information of public servants. At least 11 breaches occurred and the information included employee names and salary information.In some cases, the commissioner found, information in the Phoenix system could be changed and transactions could be conducted. In addition, Therrien determined there may be lingering vulnerabilities that could lead to future breaches.When the previous Conservative government adopted Phoenix, the goal was to streamline the pay system — and save taxpayers about $70-million a year. But that plan quickly unravelled as more than 80,000 civil servants reported being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Ottawa has since earmarked around $400 million over two years to address lingering problems related to the program.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more