Acadian Board to Develop French Curriculum

first_imgNova Scotia’s students who study in French will have moreoptional courses to choose from by the end of a four-year pilotproject beginning this September. During the pilot project, the province’s Acadian school boardwill lead curriculum development for its students. The Departmentof Education will continue to approve new courses before they areimplemented. “Our goal is to provide more quality courses for students inAcadian schools in a shorter time frame,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “By concentrating curriculum expertise at the boardlevel, we’ll be able to provide Acadian students with as manyoptional courses as students who study in English.” For the first year of the pilot project, the Conseil scolaireacadien provincial (the Acadian board) will create a new processfor developing curriculum. A consulting firm will help the boardto create this process. The board will spend the next three years developing andimplementing new courses for students who study in French astheir first language. The Department will monitor curriculumdevelopment and approve courses to ensure students get a qualityeducation. “With this new approach, we’ll be more efficient as we will have the same people developing the curriculum and training ourteachers on how to implement the programs,” said Ken Gaudet,chair of the school board. “This makes sense for our boardbecause we have a small number of students and teachers.” The Acadian school board will have about 4,200 of the 147,400students expected to be enrolled in Nova Scotia schools in theupcoming school year. The province’s English school boards, whichare considerably larger, will continue to implement curriculumdeveloped by the Department. Acadian parents were consulted about the change through theFédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. “Our children are getting a quality education in French in allthe necessary subjects for graduation,” said Richard Laurin,acting president of the federation. “This pilot project takes thenext step to provide them with all the optional courses designedto meet our children’s specific needs.” Nova Scotia’s Minister of Acadian affairs, Chris d’Entremont,said the move will help strengthen Acadian culture in theprovince. “A cornerstone of any culture is the education of its youngpeople,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Being able to offer more coursesin their own language can only be encouraging and helpful to ourstudents.” Teachers from two school boards are currently seconded to theDepartment to develop French curriculum. They will have inputinto the new process of course development during the first yearof the pilot project. They will then have the option of joiningthe Acadian school board to work on curriculum or returning totheir former positions with their school board. The new structure and process will be evaluated annually duringthe pilot project. After four years, a decision will be madewhether the board will continue to develop curriculum. French language education in Nova Scotia is financially supportedthrough federal-provincial Official Languages Education (OLE)agreements between the Department of Canadian Heritage and theDepartment of Education. Pending the renewal of a new Protocol onOfficial Languages in Education, the first year of this pilotproject will be cost-shared under the Canada-Nova ScotiaProvisional Arrangements for 2003-04. The Department will continue to develop curriculum for studentswho study French as a second language. The Department has been operating a provincial resource centrefor French teachers located at Université Sainte-Anne-Collège del’Acadie. The university had formerly operated the centre andwill now resume its operation.last_img read more

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Film Tax Credit Extended

first_imgNova Scotia will continue to attract film and televisionproductions from around the world, thanks to a 10-year extensionto the province’s film tax credit. The government is also increasing the tax credit from 30 to 35per cent for productions in downtown Halifax RegionalMunicipality, and from 35 to 40 per cent for areas 30 kilometresor more from the city core. In addition, a frequent-film bonus offive per cent is being introduced for companies that shoot twoprojects in the province over a two-year period. “The investment guarantees that Nova Scotia will remain anattractive option for new productions and that our regulatory andtax climate will continue to match our abundant naturaladvantages in location, community support, and technicalexpertise,” said Premier John Hamm, today, March 8. “We arebuilding on the spirit of long-term vision and co-operation thathas made Nova Scotia a competitive alternative in an increasinglycrowded field.” The 10-year time frame of the tax credit gives producers thestability they need to plan for future production decisions, andit gives the Nova Scotia industry a critical marketing tool forattracting more foreign productions. “The tax credit system promotes employment in communitiesthroughout Nova Scotia, since it is calculated on eligible NovaScotia labour,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage.”The industry forms important links with training programs forour youth and the tax credit is key to the industry’s ability tomaintain the crew levels, studio space, equipment houses andother infrastructure that has developed in Nova Scotia over thepast decade.” Premier Hamm also announced an additional $600,000 for the NovaScotia Film Development Corporation to use toward existingprogramming in 2005-06. The CEO of the film corporation, AnnMacKenzie, predicted that the additional funding could lever anextra $15 million of production activity in the province. “The film business is a labour-intensive, environmentallyfriendly, global industry that puts the province on the map likeno other sector can,” said Ms. MacKenzie. “With the enhancementsannounced today, the film corporation can increase localproduction and prepare a marketing campaign to go head-to-headwith other jurisdictions in attracting even more guest-productionactivity.” The cost of the enhancements would be about $1.5 million dollars,which would be returned to the province in personal tax revenuesand spin-offs, according to an economic-impact assessment of thefilm industry done in 2004. The province’s film industry has generated more than $100 millionof production activity in each of the last six years andconsistently employs about 2,000 Nova Scotians.last_img read more

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Kings Road Receives Additional Infrastructure Funding

first_img Pedestrians will be able to cross one of Sydney’s busiest streetsmore safely thanks to a $445,584 project funded through theCanada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. The project includes the design and construction of a pedway, thesecond phase of work undertaken on Kings Road. Phase one of thisproject was also funded through the infrastructure program. Thephase two construction will include installation of a largeculvert-type structure that will link the waterfront boardwalk toWentworth Park. Joint funding for the project was announced today, April 18, bythe federal and provincial governments. “Building safer communities and stronger infrastructure is aprovincial priority,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, onbehalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations MinisterBarry Barnet. “We’ve already made Kings Road better formotorists, now we’re helping to make it safer for pedestrians.” The joint infrastructure program supports long-term economicgrowth, community infrastructure improvements and environmentalenhancements. “Safe transportation is crucial to building strong communitiesand improving our quality of life,” said MP Mark Eyking, onbehalf of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) MinisterJoseph McGuire. “Through the infrastructure program, thegovernment of Canada is investing in projects like the King’sRoad pedway to improve community infrastructure and support long-term growth.” The federal-provincial share of the project totals $297,056. Cape Breton Regional Municipality will fund the balance of thisproject. To date, more than $204 million has been invested in 140 projectsthrough the program, and additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program isadministered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency andService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise CapeBreton Corporation is a member of the management committee. TheUnion of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on theprogram’s management committee. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Kings Road Receives AdditionalInfrastructure Fundinglast_img read more

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Take the Roof off Winter in Lunenburg County

first_imgLunenburg County will Take the Roof Off Winter on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Municipality Activity and Recreation Complex (MARC) in Dayspring, Lunenburg Co., has a full day of free activities planned for all age groups — no matter what the weather may bring. “This mild weather we’ve been having should be the incentive for everyone to get out and be active,” said Jody Conrad, Go for Green consultant at Nova Scotia Health Promotion. “The MARC is a great place to showcase because it has so many options for people to get active outdoors while having fun.” As part of the Take the Roof off Winter initiative, Nova Scotia Health Promotion will showcase an event each year to create awareness and to celebrate all outdoor play during the winter season. The MARC facility and its staff are offering activities for all ages. An excellent resource for anyone looking for a way to be active, the facility has two outdoor rinks, two toboggan runs, 10 kilometers of skiing and hiking trails and 40 hectares (100 acres) of open space. On Saturday there will be children’s games, frisbee golf, hiking, a scavenger hunt and a make-your-own bird feeder workshop. Snow provided, the children’s games will include making snow sculptures and building igloos. Nova Scotia Health Promotion, in partnership with Recreation Nova Scotia, the Recreation Facilities Association of Nova Scotia, Global Television, and Go for Green are encouraging communities to Take the Roof Off Winter, to use the unpredictable weather to their advantage and to be active all season long. The events run from noon to 5 p.m. at the MARC in Dayspring, Lunenburg Co. More tips on getting active this winter are available at www.taketheroofoffwinter.ca .last_img read more

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New Tidal Power Steps Online Wind Map Begins

first_imgNova Scotia has taken another step forward for in-stream tidal power and offshore renewable energy. Energy Minister Bill Dooks announced today, April 12, a new policy framework for the development of tidal power and other forms of offshore renewable energy in Nova Scotia. “This is an exciting step for green energy in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks during a speech to the Renewable Energy Conference in Halifax. “With today’s announcement, we have established a foundation so that industry and communities can move forward and test different technologies in Nova Scotia.” “But don’t forget, a lot of environmental work needs to be completed before demonstration turbines can be put in the water. And we need to consult with people who live and work along the Bay of Fundy.” The policy framework builds on existing work by the province, including $250,000 in funding set aside for completing a strategic environmental assessment in the Bay of Fundy. Mr. Dooks also announced that OEER, the offshore energy environmental research association, has agreed to conduct the assessment. A technical conference for tidal energy development is planned for later this spring. People and companies interested in attending, or with other questions about offshore renewable energy in Nova Scotia, should contact Sandra Farwell at 902-424-1700 or e-mail farwelse@gov.ns.ca. Mr. Dooks also announced $78,000 in funding for an online and interactive wind atlas of Nova Scotia. The minister said the atlas, once completed, will assist smaller-scale wind developers locate new projects in Nova Scotia. Work on the atlas is expected to be completed this fall.last_img read more

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Another Year of Business Growth for Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians are benefitting from another year of business growth. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), the province’s business development agency, released its sixth annual report today, Aug. 1, which covers the fiscal year from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2008. “The province, through NSBI, is creating a strong, competitive and sustainable economy throughout Nova Scotia,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “NSBI continues to support the growth of both local and international businesses.” In 2007-08, NSBI clients committed to create and retain up to 4,303 jobs in Nova Scotia within the next five years. These projected jobs are expected to produce up to $181.9 million in total annual payroll. “Nova Scotia continues to be a location of choice to do business,” said Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. “Companies in the province are competing and finding success both locally and in the global marketplace.” NSBI’s investment-attraction team completed 15 transactions with local and international companies. Those transactions are expected to create about 3,000 of the new jobs in Nova Scotia. “We deliver results because of valuable partnerships and a hard-working team,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “I am proud to work with such dedicated people who are passionate about creating a strong and prosperous province.” The business-advisory team worked with more than 600 businesses across Nova Scotia to assist them in their growth. NSBI’s business-financing team completed six term loans and invested in three Nova Scotia companies through the expanded use of the payroll rebate. The trade-development team arranged more than 1,800 selling and partnering meetings for Nova Scotia companies in international markets. These companies have also reported more than $93 million in actual and projected export sales. The venture-capital team added three companies to its portfolio and invested $3.5 million. For more information on the 2007-08 annual report, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/i-we . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Exit 8 Exit 8 is closed due to traffic collision. Traffic heading west is detoured at Falmouth, Exit 7. Traffic heading from Kings County east is detoured Exit 8A at Ben Jackson Road.last_img

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Fourth Disclosure of Wrongdoing Report Released

first_imgThe province’s fourth disclosure of wrongdoing report was tabled in the legislature today, Nov. 25. The report, tabled by Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, covers the period of April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. “Accountability on the part of government is an important aspect in our employees’ careers,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “The disclosure of wrongdoing regulations and policy ensure that our employees have a safe and reliable avenue to report any wrongdoing in the workplace.” Approved in September 2004, the province enacted policy and disclosure regulations, which build upon other protections for employees already established in legislation, regulations and collective agreements. “Our goal through the disclosure process is to make employees comfortable with reporting any cases of wrongdoing without fear of reprisal,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. In the time frame covered by the report, there were no disclosures of wrongdoing reported to deputy heads. The Office of the Ombudsman, in its annual report to the Public Service Commissioner, identified 21 inquiries received by the office related to the disclosure policy and regulations. The Ombudsman also opened two investigations. A disclosure reported at the Department of Health in the previous fiscal year was referred to the Ombudsman in 2007-08. That investigation resulted in a finding of wrongdoing and recommendations, which were acted upon by the department. The second investigation involves an outstanding issue that resulted in an investigation by the Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act. The Public Service Commission, departments and the Office of the Ombudsman have continued efforts to raise awareness about the wrongdoing regulations and policy among employees. A copy of the report can be viewed on the Public Service Commission’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/psc/disclosure .last_img read more

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Drivers Reminded to Stay Safe During New Year Eve Celebrations

first_imgWith the festivities of New Year’s upon us, the province is asking drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “While New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate with friends and family, we’re reminding Nova Scotians to be responsible and plan ahead,” said Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Justice Minster Ross Landry. “There are several options to get home safely, including taxis, designated drivers, public transit, or staying the night at a friends.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law enforcement agencies targetting those who drive while impaired through checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The recently launched Campaign 911 is another initiative aimed at taking impaired drivers off our roads by empowering citizens to call 911 to report a suspected impaired driver. The campaign was launched earlier this month by the province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The province has installed 13 highway signs to remind drivers to call 911 to report the crime. “Any time you make that critical call, you have the ability to save a life,” says Margaret Miller, president MADD Canada. “If someone had called 911 five years ago, quite possibly our son Bruce would still be with us. Instead, our family, and thousands more across Canada, will mourn these needless deaths. It’s up to all of us to make that call.” Impaired driving is one of the leading factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia. To date in 2009, there have been 18 fatalities in the province involving impaired drivers. Last month, the province passed some of the toughest legislation in the country to fight impaired driving. New legislation will increase the suspension time for people who register .05 on a roadside alcohol screening test.last_img read more

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Museums Welcome Visitors During Canada Games

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History, in Halifax, are ready to welcome visitors as the 2011 Canada Games take centre stage in Halifax from Feb. 12 to 27. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will feature Passport to Adventure, a family program that allows visitors to try their hand at seafaring skills and traditions. Visitors will learn how to caulk the hull of a boat, stow a hammock, and cross the line, as they visit exotic ports of call at stations around the museum. Other activities include sailors games, crafts, facepainting and a storytellers circle. A T. rex Named Sue, an exhibit featuring the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, has thrilled 22,000 visitors and continues to make its mark at the Museum of Natural History. Interactive displays and a dig pit help young paleontologists learn what life was like for Sue. Normally closed on Mondays for the winter season, both museums will open Mondays with regular hours during the games. For more information on Maritime Museum of the Atlantic activities go to http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7490. For more information on Museum of Natural History activities go to http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7353.last_img read more

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Province Improves Access to Government Services in Pictou County

first_imgResidents in Pictou County will have better access to government services thanks to the new Stellarton Access Nova Scotia Centre. “The new Access Centre will make life better for families in Pictou County by offering government services at one convenient and central location,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “We are committed to providing quality service to clients at all Access Nova Scotia Centres.” The New Glasgow Registry of Motor Vehicles will move on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to the new centre at 94 Lawrence Blvd., next to the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton. The motor vehicle registry, located at 608 MacLellans Brook Rd., will be closed Monday, Nov. 21, for the move. The Stellarton Access Nova Scotia Centre will offer information and services to individuals and businesses, including driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, business licensing and registration, debtor assistance, consumer protection and residential tenancies.last_img read more

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Science Fiction Costume Exhibit Opens Convention Announced

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History has made it so: the traveling exhibit Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television will open Friday, May 18. To complement the exhibit, Gus-Con, a comic book-style convention will take place at the museum from June 1 to 3. The convention is named after Gus, the museum’s gopher tortoise who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August. “Based on the positive response from our social media campaign, it’s looking as if the exhibit is going to be quite popular,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We’re pleased that the museum is able to combine this kind of exhibit with the new space programs it will introduce in the Our Amazing World gallery.” The Out of This World exhibit complements the Kids in Space program which will focus on the planets and moons in the solar system. A separate, more-in-depth program will be geared toward older visitors. The Out of This World exhibit will feature more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and television programs such as Star Wars, Blade Runner, Terminator, Star Trek and Batman. Visitors will be able to learn how costume design uses colour, style, scale and cultural and traditional cues to help performers and audiences engage with the characters. The exhibit runs until Aug. 26. Gus-Con will feature science fiction lectures, presentations, panels and a costume gala. “The buzz around this exhibit is huge! Not since Hal-Con have I seen the geek and nerd community so excited to participate in a genre event like this,” said Jennifer Lambe, co-chair, director of guest relations and sponsorships for Hal-Con. “It’s a huge score for the museum to bring an exhibit of this caliber to our community in Halifax. People are already planning two to three trips to make sure they see everything.” Hal-Con organizers will deliver a presentation at Gus-Con. Andrew Hebda, curator of zoology, will also do a presentation on bats; Marian Munro, curator of botany, will have a presentation on poison plants; and Deborah Skilliter, curator of geology, will speak on the film Jurassic Park. Tickets for Gus-Con go on sale at the museum May 18 at 8 a.m. The $29 price includes admission to all events during the three-day conference. For information on the exhibit and the conference visit the Museum of Natural History website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Forecast Update Confirms Budget Surplus

first_img Nova Scotia is one of only four provinces to introduce a balanced budget for 2013-14. “Balanced budget 2013 shows that fiscal discipline pays off,” said Mr. Steele. “The major credit rating agencies have recognized the hard work of all Nova Scotians to get their province on stronger financial footing. And all Nova Scotians will share in the benefits this balanced budget brings.” Key investments in Budget 2013 include: funding insulin pumps and supplies for youth up to 19, and supplies for insulin pumps for people younger than 25 expanding dental coverage for children expanding newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and eight other conditions providing personal income tax relief to low-income seniors with a new non-refundable Age Amount tax credit reducing small business tax rates for the fourth year in a row, to three per cent helping students succeed in math with curriculum improvements in grades primary to 3 and 10, doubling the time Grade 10 students learn math targeted school board funding to support students with special needs, including plans to hire 25 new program and support staff, psychologists and speech language pathologists an $18.3-million surplus, compared with $16.4 million at budget time total revenues, including net income from government business enterprises, are forecast to be $9.5 billion, down $9.6 million from budget total expenses are forecast to be $9.5 billion, down $11.5 million from budget departmental spending is forecast to be $9.1 million lower than budget gross debt-servicing costs are forecast to be $5.8 million lower than budget three additional appropriations, totaling $12.6 million, to support capital projects and pension valuation adjustments. An additional appropriation was needed for SAP projects through IBM and is fully recoverable. The first forecast update for Budget 2013 confirms a balanced budget that provides fiscal stability and more opportunities for Nova Scotia, making life better for seniors, small businesses, children and families. Acting Finance Minister Graham Steele released the update today, Aug. 19. “Four years ago, government put a plan in place to get back to balance in 2013-14, and that commitment has been kept,” said Mr. Steele. “This year’s surplus demonstrates fiscal discipline and presents greater opportunities going forward, including a decrease of the HST in 2014 and 2015.” Forecast highlights include: Forecast update materials are available on the Department of Finance’s website at www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/forecastupdate.aspx .last_img read more

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Province Looking at Partnership with Business on Bloomfield Project

first_imgGovernment will issue a Request for Expressions of Interest this spring to explore the option of partnering with the business community on the Bloomfield project. The province wants proposals that expand access to affordable housing while reducing the risk to taxpayers. The Bloomfield is a mixed-income, mixed-use residential development offering greater access to affordable home ownership. If the province receives proposals that meet the project’s social and financial objectives while reducing risk, selected applicants will be invited to submit a detailed plan through a Request for Proposals.last_img

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Raise almond tariff issue with Modi US lawmaker to Pompeo

first_imgWashington: Ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India next week, an influential American lawmaker has asked him to take up the issue of increased tariff on almonds during his meeting with Prime Minster Narendra Modi. India has announced a hike in customs duties on as many as 28 US products, including almond, apple, pulses and walnut, in response to higher tariffs imposed by Washington on Indian products like steel and aluminium. The commerce ministry last week made public India’s intention to go ahead with imposition of duty on American products, a move New Delhi had previously deferred in the hope of striking a trade deal. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepCongressman Josh Harder in a letter asked Pompeo to address new retaliatory tariffs on almonds with Modi during his meeting in New Delhi next week. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product. “Our top diplomat is meeting with India’s Prime Minister – his job is to advance American interests, and that includes the needs of the Central Valley. I hope he takes this seriously, because these tariffs could be a big problem for our local economy,” said Harder in his letter. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsPompeo will be visiting India from June 25 to June 27. His visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. During his visit, Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Modi and his new Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. “India is an important market for California almonds. This shipping season, India is our #1 export destination and has been growing in light of the on-going trade situation with China,” said Elaine Trevino, president of Almond Alliance of California in an accompanying statement. “We are hopeful that these tariffs are resolved quickly and don’t disrupt the access Indian consumers have to California almonds,” Trevino said. California’s largest agricultural export is almonds, the Congressman said, adding that US farmers export over USD 650 million worth of almonds to India annually. “As you are aware, India has just increased the duty on almonds in retaliation for the President removing India from GSP treatment for Indian exports. My district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country and will certainly feel the pain of these tariffs,” he wrote. “We need to be doing more to support our farmers. I request you aim to resolve this issue during your meeting in India. I look forward to your response and learning of progress on these conversations on your trip,” Harder said.last_img read more

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Dhonis inning against Windies was toprated Bumrah

first_imgManchester: Leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah was all praise for M.S. Dhoni, saying it was because of the “top-rated” inning from the 37-year-old that helped India post a competitive total against the West Indies which they defended quite easily on a tricky batting wicket at the Old Trafford. “Such type of innings is highly underrated. Sometimes, it appears as if he (Dhoni) is playing slowly and takes a lot of time. But while batting on such wickets, it is important to take your time. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “We all saw how he took the game deep and in the end, it was because of him that we could reach 268 which was a very good total on this wicket,” said Bumrah while speaking to Yuzvendra Chahal for BCCI TV after India registered a thumping 125-run victory over West Indies on Thursday. Against West Indies, Dhoni once again started off slowly as he took his time to get used to the pitch and scored his first 20 runs off 40 deliveries. However, he compensated for it in the later stages of the game as he ended up scoring 56 not out of 61 balls, of which 16 he collected in the last over of the innings bowled by Oshane Thomas. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships During the course of his innings, he shared a 70-run partnership with Hardik Pandya and helped India reach 268/7 which according to Bumrah was a par score in Manchester. “This is where his experience comes in handy for the team as he absorbs all the pressure, takes the game deep and backs his style of play. We youngsters learn a lot from him. So, it was a top-rated inning because of which we could reach around 270,” he added. Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli also came in defence of Dhoni, saying the veteran batsman is one of the legends of the game. “Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, eight out of 10 times has come good for us,” Kohli said in a post match interview. “We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He’s such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that. Just hope he can continue,” he added. Dhoni was criticised by many for his slow batting against Afghanistan where he took 52 balls to score 28 runs which had reduced India’s scoring rate in the middle overs and the Men in Blue managed to score just 224 runs in their allotted 50 overs which eventually they were able to defend on the back of some disciplined bowling from Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Apart from contributing with the bat, Dhoni also took a brilliant one-handed diving catch to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite. Bumrah bowled the delivery from wide of the crease and Brathwaite had no option but to follow the ball. The ball took the outside edge of his bat and Dhoni dived to his right and takes a one-handed stunning catch and ended Brathwaite’s inning for just one run. “I was trying to bowl an outswing delivery. And that catch taken by Dhoni was outstanding. He has been taking such catches since many years and once again he did the same,” said Bumrah while applauding Dhoni for the catch.last_img read more

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Tourism Committee to come up in all districts

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department is coming up with a District Tourism Committee (DTC) in all 23 districts across the state, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience for domestic as well as international tourists. “The DTC will have five members with the District Magistrate (DM) as the chairman, the District Information and Cultural Officer (DICO) as member secretary, another senior government official and two eminent persons from the district. The committee will ensure that tourists in their respective districts face no hassle during their visit and stay,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb, while delivering his Budget speech for 2019-20 at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total budget in the Tourism sector for the ongoing fiscal is Rs 413.8 crore. The minister announced that the state government has taken up development of Nabadwip and Cooch Behar, which has been declared as a heritage site. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assigned IIT Kharagpur the task to prepare a project report on the development of these sites, with special emphasis on its heritage,” said Deb. The minister also announced his department’s plan of projecting Gajoldoba in the Hills as one of the biggest tourism hubs in the country. “We have 208 acres of land at Gajoldoba, which will be developed into an integrated tourism hub,” he added. Among other tourism initiatives, Deb said that the government is planning to introduce cruise services till Mayapur connecting Belur Math, where the evening puja (popularly known as Sandhya Arati) is a huge draw for the people of the state.last_img read more

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If you hate America you can leave says Trump

first_imgWashington DC: US President Donald Trump continued his attack on a group of ethnic minority Democratic congresswomen on Tuesday, saying those who “hate America, should “leave” the country. “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” Trump tweeted. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his previous tweets and remarks against the Congresswomen as lawmakers prepared to vote on a resolution condemning his “racist comments.” Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTrump denied these allegations. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” said the president. “The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap,” Trump said as he indicated to make it an election issue next year. “This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country,” he alleged. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8 per cent, Cortez at 21 per cent. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020! Trump asserted. “If you come after the President, the Country, the Flag – he’s going to defend himself. What the squad doesn’t like is that Donald Trump is enforcing the very laws that are on the books that were put there by Congress.” Jason Chaffetz. Also, buy Jason’s great new book, POWER GRAB!” he tweeted. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers continued to denounce Trump’s tweets and said that those were racists. The House Democrats are scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets later in the day. Democrats say Trump’s alleged racist tweets were targeted against Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.last_img read more

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