The Museum of Natural History in Halifax is going to the dogs forthree days. The fun begins Friday, Oct. 24 — a provincewide in-service dayfor public schools — and continues until Sunday, Oct. 26 with aseries of events and display featuring all kinds of dogs, bothwild and domestic. Coyotes, wolves and foxes may be canine cousins to our familydogs, but they have different social lives, diets andrelationships with humans, all of which will be examined duringthe event. Museum zoologist Andrew Hebda says wild dogs exist on everycontinent except Antarctica. “Nova Scotia is no exception. Ourprovince is home to coyotes and foxes, and once to wolves. Dogsare pack animals with instincts to herd their group; it is traitssuch as these that have been fined tuned in domestic dogs, likeborder collies, which are bred to herd sheep.” Visitors to the museum will enjoy Dogs with Jobs, featuring apolice dog from the Halifax Regional Police Service caninedivision, Alaskan malamute sled dogs, St. John Ambulance therapydogs, sheep herding border collies and partner guide dogs for thevisually impaired. There will also be entertaining performances of flyball, frisbeeand agility dogs. More than 100 dogs will participate in variousactivities over the three days. And owners will learn a thing or two also. Dogs need and enjoyexercise and training, says Margaret Bond of the All Round K-9Sports Club. “We show how it can be achieved in a beneficial waythat is fun for both the dog and the owner. Our K-9 agilitycourses and our version of Canine Idol, a doggy twist on thepopular Canadian Idol, demonstrates how dogs truly like to learnand play, and its entertaining too.” Booths on grooming, alternative medicine, food, and doggy daycarewill also be available. Presentations will include SPCA Dogs MakeGood Pets Too, The Secret Lives of Wolves, and a fabulous displayof wolf photographs by local photographer Len Wagg. “The Museum Goes to the Dogs event was offered at the Nova ScotiaMuseum of Natural History seven years ago and visitors have beenasking us to do it again,” says Alex Wilson, museum manager.”This time we’ll make it bigger and better with a grand finale onSunday – The Fashion Show of Breeds — featuring some of ourmost poplar pooches.” Shows, talks and demonstrations will be held throughout theweekend. For specific times, call the museum information line at902-424-6099 or visit the Web site at:http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca . Admission to the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., is$3 for adults and $2 for youths aged 6 to 17 years. A family rate of $7.50 is available for one adult and children or two adultsand children. Children under five are admitted free. The event isopen to participating dogs only.
The works of five Nova Scotian artists have been gathered by theMuseum of Natural History, in partnership with Argyle Fine Art,as part of an engaging and evocative tribute to a creaturefamiliar to most Nova Scotians — the crow. Five Crows Silveropens on Saturday, May 29 at the Museum of Natural History inHalifax. Crows are not only familiar in our daily lives, they are alsoconspicuous elements in popular culture and folklore. Theexhibit’s title borrows its name from a centuries-old “countingcrows” rhyme and offers a mystical interpretation of these birds. “Crows are often passionately liked or disliked by people,” saidAdriana Afford, director of Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, “so it isnot surprising that they tend to be a recurring theme in varioustypes of artwork including literature, music and especially thevisual arts.” The exhibition continues this tradition through the presentationof 33 works by visual artists, Rose Adams, Alan Bateman, TaiyaBarss, Malcolm Callaway and Ivan Murphy. Through their own uniquestyle and artistic approach, each of the featured artists offersa different perspective and artistic response to crows and theirclose relatives. The museum is supplementing the artistic component of Five CrowsSilver with displays of current research and specimens pertainingto crows and their role in monitoring West Nile virus. Thedisplays will present information on how West Nile affects crowsin particular as well as other animals, including people. “Crows belong to the family Corvidae and are considered to beamong the most intelligent of all birds,” said Andrew Hebda,museum zoologist. “They are truly gregarious and engage in a widerange of social interactions that, when not for food or matingpurposes, can be considered to be play.” Five Crows Silver offers a unique opportunity to consider crowsthrough five distinct and exciting artistic expressions whilediscovering the environmental complexity of how a simple andbeautiful bird can be so devastated by a complex disease such asWest Nile virus. “This show is special in marrying the worlds of art and scienceand engaging the viewer to reflect on the highly intelligent,mystical, often playful bird and its future in our world,” saidMs. Afford. In Nova Scotia, the American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, is whatmost people will see. The raven, blue jay and grey jay (orwhiskey jack) also belong to the corvid family and are widespreadin this part of the world. Five Crows Silver is on display from Saturday, May 29 until Oct.31 at the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax.
The lieutenant governor is taking her garden party on the road. The public is invited to attend the party on Aug. 26, at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church St., Amherst. This is the first garden party the lieutenant governor has hosted outside of the Halifax Region. “From the day of my installation meeting people in their own communities has been a priority for me,” said Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. “Hosting a garden party outside of the Halifax region seemed like the next step in making the Office of the Lieutenant Governor accessible to as many Nova Scotians as possible.” The event will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The dress is business. Volunteers from the Amherst Township Historical Society helped organize the party.
EMO Nova Scotia along with Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, RCMP, and local emergency managers are in Meat Cove putting plans in place to address the damage and safety concerns caused by severe weather today, Aug. 22. Heavy rain overnight in the Meat Cove area caused damage to access bridges and roads limiting access to the community. “The ongoing safety of residents and campers is our focus,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister Responsible for Emergency Management. “Plans are in place to ensure those in the area remain safe and have access to emergency medical care if needed.” The Salmon River Bridge and Bay Saint Lawrence Road are closed. Residents and those visiting the area are advised to stay put until further notice. If emergency medical assistance is required, call 911 and RCMP will implement plans to respond. Air assistance is available as weather permits. Water transport is also standing by if required for emergency medical assistance. “I want to assure residents and visitors to the area, that we are working to repair damage as quickly as possible,” said Sterling Belliveau, acting Minister of Transportation and Infrastructural Renewal. “TIR representatives have been on scene all day conducting initial assessments. Structural engineers will review the damage Monday.” Additional assistance will be provided to those affected on Monday, Aug. 23. Emergency managers and authorities, and EMO are prepared to provide any assistance necessary overnight and until local access routes are accessible. Those not living in the immediate area are asked to keep roads clear to assist emergency managers are they work to assess the damage. Emergencies can happen anytime, often with little or no warning. Nova Scotians are reminded that it is important to have an emergency kit and an emergency plan at all times.
The province is helping Nova Scotia’s seafood industry grow. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Nov. 15, more than $1.6 million is being invested to help producers diversify markets and enhance productivity. The funding will also help the industry keep fish stocks healthy and productive. “Nova Scotians appreciate the value of our primary industries,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This investment will ensure our seafood industry has a strong presence globally while creating good jobs and growing the economy here at home.” The investment is part of $3.75 million in seafood industry funding provided through the Community Development Trust Fund and approved through the Seafood Sector Renewal Program. “This program funding provided us with the opportunity to make our business more competitive,” said Phil LeBlanc, president of IMO Foods. “It is important that we continue to look at new ways of doing business in order to remain strong in the marketplace.” The Seafood Sector Renewal Program supports projects that help the success and long-term growth of Nova Scotia’s seafood industry. The program is open to seafood processors, harvesters, industry groups and organizations, seafood corporations and co-operatives. The federal government started the $34.9-million Community Development Trust Fund in 2008 to help communities, sectors and workers hard hit by economic challenges. More information on the seafood industry funding program is available at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/marine/ssrp .
United Kingdom-based insurance service provider, Admiral Insurance, is growing again in Nova Scotia. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), today, April 24, announced it will support the company’s growth with a $2,242,500 payroll rebate agreement. The five-year payroll rebate could see as many as 400 additional new jobs in Nova Scotia. That would make Admiral’s workforce 800 people in Halifax. “We’re excited to see an employer like Admiral Insurance expand its business operations in Nova Scotia after considering us against competing jurisdictions,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Through jobsHere, the plan to create jobs and grow our economy, we are committed to helping companies create high-value jobs for Nova Scotians.” Established in 1993, Admiral Insurance has close to 5,000 employees worldwide. This award-winning company has offices in Spain, United States, France, Italy, the U.K. and Nova Scotia. In partnership with three offices in Wales, the Nova Scotia office in Halifax supports more than three million U.K. automobile insurance customers, dealing with direct sales and renewals inquiries, seven days a week. “We have doubled our market share in the past four years, and we now insure about 11 per cent of all of the private motor vehicles on the road in the United Kingdom,” said Alex MacDonald, vice- president, Admiral Insurance in Halifax. “As our market share has been growing, so has our need to increase our workforce internationally. Thanks to the support of NSBI, we were able to see some of that expansion happen here in Halifax.” The company has been in Halifax for five years, and recently moved its operations to the renovated Bay West development, (formerly the Bay at West End Mall) to accommodate its expansion. Admiral Insurance occupies the second level. “We are proving to the international community that Nova Scotia can top our competitors in not only attracting multi-national companies like Admiral Insurance, but also seeing these companies choose Nova Scotia over other locations for additional growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. The company shares its success with its employees. Each year, Admiral Insurance employees are given £3,000 ($4,801.42 Cdn) worth of shares, as part of their compensation. These shares can be redeemed after working with the company for three years. Employees are also paid a cash bonus twice annually, based on the dividends that would be earned on those shares. “Working with Admiral Insurance has been a great experience over the last five years,” said Jimmy Connors, operations manager, Admiral Insurance.”We have fresh fruit delivered to us each morning, Yoga on Thursdays and the company supports fun activities both inside and outside of work throughout the year.This is no ordinary work environment; it is fun, challenging and rewarding. Admiral Insurance has given me both the support and the opportunity to build my career.” Admiral Insurance is an award-winning employer and has been recognized in 2012 as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Employers, one of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers and was recently named the fourth best workplace in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute.
The importance of integrating aboriginal consultation into the environmental assessment process is the focus of an all-day seminar today, Oct. 29, in Halifax. The seminar provides a unique learning opportunity by bringing together industry, government, Mi’kmaq organizations, consultants, academics and legal professionals. It is sponsored by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the Department of Environment. “I am very pleased to see that the Mi’kmaq and Government of Nova Scotia have organized today’s seminar together, as it reflects our strengthening relationship,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia benefits from an efficient consultation process that allows us to work together, but we are always striving to improve our processes and relationship.” Environmental assessments are a key planning tool to determine likely impacts of projects on the environment. These assessments also consider impacts on aboriginal communities and their unique rights. “We have had an intrinsic connection to the lands and waters since time immemorial,” said Chief Sidney Peters, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “Co-hosting a seminar focusing on Mi’kmaq consultation and environmental assessments is a welcome opportunity for our nation-to-nation relationship here in Nova Scotia.” Seminar highlights include the Crown’s legal duty to consult, an update on the province’s consultation policy, the links between consultation and environmental assessments, and the role of proponents in consultations with the Mi’kmaq.
Le mardi 13 décembre, le gouvernement a demandé à l’agent de conciliation de réunir les équipes de négociations du gouvernement provincial et du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse de nouveau dans le but d’arriver à une résolution. Toutes les parties concernées veulent ce qu’il y a de mieux pour nos élèves. Nous espérons que le syndicat acceptera notre invitation à reprendre les négociations. La lettre du premier ministre à la ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire demandant des services de conciliation peut être consultée au http://novascotia.ca/psc/public-service-sustainability-mandate/Dec%2013%20Letter%20from%20Premier.pdf. -30-
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday clarified her party’s stand on the cut money issue and reiterated that her statement in this regard is aimed at disciplining her party workers.”What is wrong if I try to discipline my party workers? Whatever I had to say, I had said in an internal meeting of party leaders. What is wrong if I ask my party workers to ensure that there is no misuse of government schemes? I believe in simple living and high thinking and I have directed my party to follow the same,” Banerjee said in the state Assembly, while speaking on the Governor’s speech. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShe justified the statements of Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee that only 0.1 percent of TMC workers are corrupt while others are honest. “In every section of the society, 0.1 percent people are corrupt and we need to rectify this,” she asserted. There have been protests and demonstrations in parts of the state for the past one week, over the issue of cut money and the Opposition, particularly the Congress and CPI(M), have demanded the statement of Banerjee on the issue. Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Abdul Mannan had demanded white paper and an enquiry commission to conduct a probe on the matter. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee said that she has already formed a monitoring cell at Nabanna on the issue and has received 5,931 applications in this regard, of which 60 percent matters have been solved. “We are a party of the masses and no one has the right to malign our party without any evidence,” she asserted. In turn, the TMC supremo questioned the silence of CPI(M) and Congress over the black money issue or the use of exorbitant money by BJP in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in the state. She also urged people to inform her administration about complaints relating to cut money instead of taking law in their own hands. Meanwhile, Banerjee held BJP responsible for the post-poll violence at Bhatpara, ever since Arjun Singh crossed over from TMC to the saffron party and won the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, under which Bhatpara falls. “The people of the state are witnessing in Bhatpara what happens if you vote for the BJP. Bhatpara has seen total disruption of normal life. Schools are closed, shops have remained closed and they are trying to divide people over religious sentiments. They are trying to spread fake news and trying to instigate riots. I have directed the police administration, who will take stern action against them,” Banerjee said. “BJP is speaking about encounters in the state. Why didn’t police take any action against the speakers? The police should have filed a suo moto case and have gone for direct arrest,” she added. A Trinamool Congress legislative party delegation will visit the trouble-hit Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas on June 28, to review the law and order situation in the area. “The state government is trying to restore peace and communal harmony in the area. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already given a call for restoring peace. We are now sending our representatives there. The delegation will reach Bhatpara at 2 pm and inform us about the situation, following which we would submit a report to Banerjee,” Partha Chatterjee said. The delegation will comprise eight party MLAs, namely Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Jyotipriya Mullick, Nirmal Ghosh, Partha Bhowmik, Sujit Basu, Purnendu Bose and Bratya Basu.
Kakdwip/Kolkata: Six of the 31 fishermen, who had gone missing in the Bay of Bengal after venturing into deep waters despite weather warnings four days ago, were rescued on Monday but 25 are still untraced, officials said. Thirteen other fishermen on another boat, which had developed a snag and drifted into the Bangladesh waters due to inclement weather, were rescued by the coast guards of India and the neighbouring country in a coordinated operation on Saturday, a Defence official had said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers With this, 49 fishermen have been rescued since Saturday, the officials said. The secretary of the fishermen’s association at Kakdwip, Nikon Maity, said six fishermen of FB Dashabhuja were rescued by fishermen in Haribhanga islet of Bangladesh and they were brought to Kakdwip on Monday morning. The missing fishermen had started from Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on four trawlers – FB Nayan, FB Dashabhuja, FB Babaji and FB Joy Jogiraj – on Thursday, Maity said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though FB Dashabhuja, FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji are feared to be submerged, 15 fishermen each from FB Joyjogiraj and FB Babaji have been rescued. The whereabouts of FB Nayan with 16 fishermen on board are still unknown. Nine fishermen from FB Dashabhuja are also missing, Maity said. After getting information about the missing fishermen by the West Bengal Fishermen Association, Sundarban Development Minister Manturam Pakhira had asked the South 24 Parganas district authorities to launch a search and rescue operation. All the missing fishermen were from Kakdwip area. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its Bangladesh counterpart had rescued 13 crew members on board an Indian fishing boat amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the Defence official said Sunday. The 13 crew members of fishing boat ‘FB Tara Shankar’, which had ventured to the Bay of Bengal from Kakdwip, were rescued on Saturday amidst very rough sea conditions and inclement weather, the official said. The boat had developed a technical problem and on receiving the information, the ICG regional headquarters contacted the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) West Zone headquarter at Mongla. A Bangladesh Navy ship located the Indian boat with 13 crew on board near the Mongla Fairway Buoy in the evening on Saturday and rescued all the crew members on the boat. The Bangladesh Naval ship took the Indian disabled boat under tow and brought it to Pussur river mouth, which is approximately 60 nautical miles eastward of the Indo- Bangladesh maritime border, where 100 more Indian fishing boats were sighted. The disabled boat was handed over to one of the operational Indian boats for towing back to India. As the sea was rough, around 100 Indian fishing boats, including the disabled one under tow, were guided by the Bangladesh Naval ship for taking passage through the riverine/coastal route westward up to the Haribhanga river, the official said. The coast guards of India and Bangladesh have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) followed by a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for helping each other during such incidents and making waters of north Bay of Bengal safe, he added.
New Delhi: BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyaya on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing on a PIL challenging Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Upadhyaya mentioned his plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “File a memo,” the Chief Justice said but did not give any assurance to the petitioner. Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Upadhyaya who has said the matter was of extreme national importance and should be heard on priority.
Maine (US): A private dive team has located the last US Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, just a few kilometres off the coast of Maine. The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. But the Navy determined in 2001 that it had been sunk by a German submarine. The patrol boat’s precise location remained a mystery until now. Garry Kozak, a specialist in undersea searches, announced this week that diver Ryan King, of Brentwood, New Hampshire, confirmed in June 2018 that an object Kozak previously discovered on sonar is the vessel 90 metres down. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangKing’s team, which later began working with the Smithsonian Channel, extensively explored the ship on the ocean floor, 8 kilometres off Cape Elizabeth, Maine. “With the deck guns, there was no mistaking it for what it was,” said Paul Lawton, a Massachusetts attorney whose research helped to convince the Navy how the ship was sunk. The patrol boat was equipped with depth charges, explosives used to battle enemy submarines. But it was towing a practice target for bombers from a nearby Brunswick Naval Air Station when it sank. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpOnly 13 of the 62 crew members survived; they were plucked from the water by a nearby Navy destroyer. The underwater video, which will be aired in the fall on the Smithsonian Channel’s “Hunt for Eagle 56,” backs up the story of sailors who said an explosion broke the ship into two pieces, said Kozak, of Derry, New Hampshire. The two hull segments, about 105 metres apart, blended with the uneven, craggy ocean floor, making it difficult to locate them with sonar, Kozak said. Underwater video clearly shows the deck gun on the bow; farther away, depth charges are clearly visible on the stern.
New Delhi: With the ‘smog season’ in northern Indian states just a few months away, US and Chinese scientists have developed a novel computer model that can help accurately predict air pollution levels in the region a season in advance. The statistical model, described in the journal Science Advances, uses certain climatic patterns related to the ocean which have a regulatory effect on the wintertime air pollution over northern India. India has emerged as one of the world’s most polluted countries, with particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels spiking over 500 microgrammes per cubic metre in Delhi and many other north Indian states last year. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year According to the State of Global Air 2019 report published earlier this year, over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017. The new model could allow the government to forecast aerosol pollution conditions in winter and accordingly improve plans for pollution control, researchers said. “We built a statistical prediction model, which uses two autumn temperature variation patterns as predictors. With it, we will know air pollution in winter,” said Meng Gao from School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University in the US. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “In autumn, we have these indices calculated based on sea surface temperature and geopotential height fields, then the built model will tell you if the wintertime air pollution is severe or not, Gao told PTI. The researcher noted that India’s neighbour China is making every effort to control air pollution, and India has emerged as the world’s most polluted country, receiving worldwide attention with frequent winter haze extremes. The study found that the inter-annual variability of wintertime aerosol pollution over northern India is regulated mainly by a combination of El Nino — a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns — and the Antarctic Oscillation (AAO), a low-frequency mode of atmospheric variability of the southern hemisphere. “There is no such study for India that tells you what will happen for India as much as a season in advance. This study also tells you the dominant climate factor for Indian air pollution, which has not been done before,” said Gao, who is also associated with Hong Kong Baptist University in China. Both El Nino sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies and AAO-induced anomalies can persist from autumn to winter, offering prospects for a pre-winter forecast of wintertime aerosol pollution over northern India, researchers wrote in the research paper. The researchers, including those from Fudan University and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in China constructed a multivariable regression model incorporating El Nino and AAO indices for autumn to predict wintertime AOD. The prediction exhibits a high degree of consistency with observation, they noted. In his previous study, Meng highlighted the importance of power plant and residential emissions for health burden of air pollution in India. He said in order to alleviate the problem of air pollution, India could make efforts first in these two sectors. “They can use renewable production of electricity (wind, solar, etc) to replace coal-fired power plants, and reduce the usage of household cooking,” said Meng. He said that India should learn from Chinese government on how to implement policy. “But on specific policy, high quality research is needed for India as the conditions for these two countries are different. Indian government can increase funding in field as China did before,” he added.
Los Angeles: Naomi Watts has revealed she agreed to feature in psychological thriller Luce as Octavia Spencer was already attached to star in the project. “In the summer two years ago, I got sent the script and I was told that Octavia was attached to it. Already it was clear that it was going to be read by me by the end of the day just because it was her. I had already worked with her before on that Divergent series, and I had such a great experience with her,” she told Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”And also the projects that she picks, it’s such an endorsement that comes with that. With her name attached it made me read it right away, and the minute I started turning those pages, I felt like it was really rich, dynamic materia,” she added. Watts said the script of the film “got under my skin”. “I loved how the story shifts from character to character, where you’re judging one and then following them and forgiving them, and then moving to the next – you’re just moving all over the place.” “It felt like the audience was going to have to participate in a very active way. It’s very satisfactory as an audience member, but also as a person who is part of the storytelling experience,” she said.
If you are popping fish oil supplements to protect yourself against diabetes, you may be mistaken. According to the researchers, Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on risk of Type 2 diabetes. Increased consumption of omega 3 fats is widely promoted because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as diabetes. According to the team from University of East Anglia (UEA), omega 3 supplements offer no benefit. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Our previous research has shown that long-chain omega 3 supplements, including fish oils, do not protect against conditions such as heart disease, stroke or death. This review shows that they do not prevent or treat diabetes either,” said Dr Lee Hooper, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School. “Omega-3 supplements should not be encouraged for diabetes prevention or treatment,” he added. The research team assessed the effects of long-chain omega-3 fats, ALA, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – taken as supplementary capsules, or via enriched or naturally rich foods. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardParticipants included men and women, some healthy and others with existing diabetes, from North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, in studies published from the 1960s until 2018. Participants were randomly assigned to increase their polyunsaturated fats or to maintain their usual intake for at least six months. The results show that increasing long-chain omega-3 had little or no effect on diabetes diagnosis or glucose metabolism, but high doses, at levels found in some supplements, could worsen glucose metabolism.
New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday hit out at the Modi government over the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir, with Rahul Gandhi saying the opposition and the press got a taste of the “draconian administration” and “brute force” unleashed on the people there when they tried to visit Srinagar.Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the Centre for alleging that the opposition was politicising the issue, saying there is nothing more “political” and “anti-national” than the alleged “shutting down” of democratic rights of people in Kashmir. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A delegation of opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, which wanted to visit the Valley to take stock of the situation after the withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, was not allowed to leave the Srinagar airport on Saturday by the state administration and had to return to the national capital. The visit was organised a day after the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a statement asking political leaders to not visit the Valley as it would disturb the gradual restoration of peace and normal life. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It’s been 20 days since the people of Jammu & Kashmir had their freedom and civil liberties curtailed,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. “Leaders of the Opposition and the Press got a taste of the draconian administration and brute force unleashed on the people of J&K when we tried to visit Srinagar yesterday,” he said. The former Congress president also posted a video of Saturday’s events, showing him unsuccessfully trying to convince authorities that he was invited by Governor Satya Pal Malik. Rahul Gandhi was referring to Malik’s offer to “send an aircraft” for him to visit the state, after the Congress leader had said, “People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government.” The video also showed authorities reading out an order to the opposition leaders, and Rahul Gandhi addressing the media. He is heard alleging that mediapersons accompanying the delegation were mishandled and beaten up. He also says it is clear that things are “not normal” in Jammu and Kashmir. On Sunday, a day after the failed opposition visit, Priyanka Gandhi posted a video on Twitter in which a woman is seen telling Rahul Gandhi, on the flight from Srinagar, the problems being faced by her family and loved ones. “How long is this going to continue? This is one out of millions of people who are being silenced and crushed in the name of ‘Nationalism’,” she said in a tweet accompanying the video. “For those who accuse the opposition of ‘politicising’ this issue: There is nothing more ‘political’ and ‘anti national’ than the shutting down of all democratic rights that is taking place in Kashmir,” Priyanka Gandhi said. “It is the duty of every one of us to raise our voices against it, we will not stop doing so,” she added. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said it was “quite clear” that the Governor’s invitation to Rahul Gandhi to visit Kashmir was not sincere. “No wonder my proposal during the Kashmir debate in Parliament to permit an all-party delegation to visit, got no reply. Government can’t be open about what it’s doing,” he tweeted. Earlier this month, the government had revoked J&K’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. During Saturday’s attempt to visit the Valley, Gandhi was accompanied by leaders of CPI(M), CPI, DMK, NCP, JD(S), RJD, LJD and TMC. The leaders included Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and KC Venugopal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury , Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Sharad Yadav (LJD), Dinesh Trivedi (TMC), D Raja (CPI), Majeed Menon (NCP), Manoj Jha (RJD) and D Kupendra Reddy JD(S). Saturday evening, J-K Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal told reporters that the priority is to maintain security and law and order at a time when the threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist.
Mumbai: Benchmark indices nursed losses for the second straight session on Thursday, dragged by heavy selling in banking and financial stocks, as August series derivatives expired amid tepid global cues. After a highly volatile session, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 382.91 points, or 1.02 per cent, lower at 37,068.93. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty shed 97.80 points, or 0.89 per cent, to finish at 10,948.30. Most Asian markets ended in the red amid reports that the US and China are preparing for their next round of trade negotiations in September, while European equities opened in the positive territory. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Top laggards among the Sensex pack included Yes Bank, SBI, HDFC, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, ITC, RIL, M&M, Tata Motors and ICICI Bank, losing up to 3.61 per cent. On the other hand, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, NTPC, ONGC, Asian Paints, Infosys and HUL were the top gainers, spurting up to 5.31 per cent. Besides continued concerns over an impending global recession, domestic market witnessed high volatility on the back of weekly and monthly expiration of the August futures and options (F&O) contracts, experts said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Further policy measures awaited are expected to bring some clarity over the market trend, however for the time being it’s better to focus on to defensive segments like IT and pharma stocks,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Sectorally, BSE bankex, finance, energy, auto, FMCG and industrials indices fell up to 1.92 per cent. Healthcare, metal, realty, power, oil and gas, utilities and telecom climbed up to 1.50 per cent. The broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too fell up to 0.62 per cent. Elsewhere in Asia, Hang Seng, Kospi and Nikkei settled on a negative note, while Shanghai Composite Index ended in the green. Equities in Europe were trading significantly higher in their respective early sessions. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated marginally to 71.73 against the US dollar intra-day. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, slipped 0.03 per cent to USD 59.91 per barrel.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A former Newfoundland cab driver has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for sexually assaulting two young female passengers in March 2016.Lulzim Jakupaj was sentenced Wednesday to two months for forcibly kissing two women, and another 20 months for groping one of them as he put his arm across her throat. His name was also added to the national sex offender registry.Justice Rosalie McGrath of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador said the offences were on the lower end of the spectrum for sexual assaults.“The fact that the offender taxi driver was in a position of trust towards young, female passengers is a significant aggravating factor,” said McGrath. “While sexual assault is a violent crime, I must also recognize that sexual assault encompasses a wide range of conduct.”Both passengers were young women under 25, who had been out drinking in St. John’s when they got in Jakupaj’s cab, court heard.McGrath said she also considered the rehabilitation programs Jakupaj participated in while incarcerated, and his expressions of remorse.Jakupaj’s is already serving a four-year sentence at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s for a break-and-enter incident in May 2016, when he followed another female passenger into her home.McGrath said the break-and-enter conviction did not factor strongly in her sentencing decision as the incident took place after the assaults.The 34-year-old’s sentence is in line with recommendations from his lawyer, Amanda Summers.During a sentencing hearing in late March, she argued that her client should serve less time than the Crown’s recommendation of two to three years in prison.She also argued that Jakupaj’s “horrible” upbringing as a child soldier during the war Kosovo should be taken into consideration.Crown lawyer Dana Sullivan told the court in March that “all sexual assaults are violent,” arguing for a longer sentence and a lifetime on the sex offender registry.In court Wednesday, Jakupaj remained silent with his hands clasped. He chose not to comment before he was escorted out of the courtroom.Crown and defence lawyers also declined to comment.McGrath said she considered other cases dealing with crimes of similar severity, as well as Jakupaj’s personal statements and a letter she received regarding his conduct in prison. However, she said these shed little light on the motivation behind the assaults.“At this point, I cannot see that Mr. Jakupaj has demonstrated any significant degree of insight into his actions,” McGrath said.
Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, July 11———COMMISSIONER QUITS INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY: A commissioner on the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has announced she will resign at the end of this week — a departure that raises new questions among advocates about how much faith they can put in the much-anticipated process. Marilyn Poitras, one of five commissioners named by the Liberal government last summer to examine the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls, explained her decision in a letter to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a commissioner with the process designed in its current structure,” the letter said, noting she will step aside as of July 15. Poitras’ resignation comes shortly after the departure of the commission’s executive director, Michele Moreau, and is further evidence “the whole inquiry is in jeopardy,” said Sheila North Wilson, a grand chief of an organization representing First Nations in northern Manitoba.———TRUMP JR. TOLD IN EMAIL OF RUSSIAN EFFORT TO AID CAMPAIGN: Donald Trump Jr. eagerly accepted help from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton, emails he released publicly Tuesday say. The email exchange posted to Twitter by Donald Trump’s eldest son represents the clearest sign to date that members of the president’s inner circle were willing to meet during the campaign with Russians who wanted Trump to prevail. U.S. intelligence agencies have said the Russian government meddled in the election through hacking to aid Trump. The emails show Trump Jr. conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a lawyer from Moscow. The publicist describes the lawyer as a “Russian government attorney” who has dirt on Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” In one response, Trump Jr. says, “I love it.” The messages were the latest disclosure to roil the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the election and potential collusion with Trump’s campaign.———EX-GITMO DETAINEE PRAISES CANADA’S KHADR DEAL: A British man compensated by the U.K. government for his torture and years of detention at Guantanamo Bay expressed dismay Tuesday at the public and political furor in Canada over Ottawa’s settlement with Omar Khadr. Speaking from his home in Birmingham in the U.K., Moazzam Begg said Canadians instead should be proud of the federal government for the payment and apology to Khadr for breaching his rights. “The nation shouldn’t be upset about issuing an apology for something that’s right,” Begg told The Canadian Press. “If people are getting upset about that, I think they need to revisit what their morals and values are about.” Begg is one of 16 former Guantanamo detainees who settled lawsuits against the British government in 2010. The deal, while decried by some, aroused little of the anger seen in Canada over the Khadr settlement, announced last week, which sources said was worth $10.5 million. Now 49, Begg was kidnapped in Pakistan where he was living in early 2002, and turned over to American forces. They imprisoned him at Bagram in Afghanistan, where a horribly wounded 15-year-old Khadr was taken after U.S. soldiers captured him in July of that year.———WILDFIRE SITUATION DETERIORATING, B.C. OFFICIAL SAYS: British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight. About 14,000 people have been displaced by more than 200 wildfires and Bob Turner of Emergency Management B.C. said the situation is still deteriorating. The Cariboo Regional District expanded an evacuation order on Monday night to cover the Alexis Creek and West Fraser areas in addition to the Kleena Kleene region. An evacuation alert — which puts residents on notice that they may have to leave with little warning — was issued for the more than 10,000 residents of Williams Lake Monday night. Municipal officials warned that wind and lightning forecast for Wednesday could push fires toward the city at a “rapid pace.” The Tsilhqot’in Nation, which encompasses six communities near Williams Lake, said four of its communities are threatened. The fires, which have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land, are being fought by some 1,000 B.C. firefighters, with about 300 colleagues and support staff arriving from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick.———FISHERMAN DIES AFTER FREEING ENTANGLED WHALE: A lobster fisherman with a passion for freeing whales from deadly fishing line was killed soon after he cut the last piece of rope from a massive whale in the waters off eastern New Brunswick, friends and colleagues confirmed Tuesday. They say Joe Howlett had helped rescue about two dozen whales over the last 15 years. Mackie Green of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team said Howlett had boarded a federal Fisheries Department vessel off Shippagan on Monday to help a North Atlantic right whale that had become entangled in a heavy snarl of rope. Green was not on the boat, but said he was told the 59-year-old veteran fisherman was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and started swimming away. “They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip,” said Green, who started the rescue team with Howlett in 2002 and had worked closely with him ever since.———BIBEAU TO PRESS U.S. TO PRESERVE AID BUDGET: International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says she will try to persuade her counterpart in the Trump administration not to slash billions in foreign aid as the president has proposed. Bibeau she will make the case for continued spending, including for family planning and abortion, when the new head of the U.S. Agency for International Development is finally hired. The USAID chief is one of many vacant Trump administration positions, but former Tanzanian ambassador Mark Green has been nominated. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will cut the State Department and USAID budgets by 31 per cent in 2018. Trump has also reinstated a ban on funding abortion-related activities by foreign aid that was first started by the Reagan Republicans in 1984. Bibeau says the government is steadfastly committed to funding family planning as she announced how $241 million of a previous $650 million commitment would be spent.———FIRST FEMALE JAG SAYS ARRIVAL SENDS A MESSAGE: The new head of Canada’s military justice system says her appointment shows the Forces are serious about accepting and valuing women in uniform. Commodore Genevieve Bernatchez is the Canadian Armed Forces’ first female judge advocate general, or JAG. She takes over as senior leaders have been pushing for the military to add more women in uniform and within the senior ranks. The military justice system is also in the midst of its first full review in decades, in part due to complaints about how the system has handled sexual misconduct in the ranks. Bernatchez says there’s no denying she will bring a different perspective and approach to military justice than her male predecessors. But she says she’s reserving judgment on exactly what needs to change until the review is completed later this summer.———CLOSE CALL FOR AIR CANADA PLANE IN SAN FRANCISCO: Investigators looking into what caused an apparent close call involving an Air Canada flight at San Francisco International Airport are expected to examine whether human error or controller procedures played a role in the incident, an aviation expert said Tuesday. The state of the aircraft’s and controller’s equipment, and the design of the air space will also be under review as officials try to determine how a flight from Toronto came to line up with a taxiway rather than the runway as it prepared to land, said Barry Wiszniowski, president of Aviation Safety Management Experts. An Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land on one of the runways at the San Francisco airport just before midnight on Friday when the pilot “inadvertently” lined up with the taxiway, which runs parallel to the runway, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority said. There were four aircraft lined up on the taxiway waiting for departure when the incident occurred, the FAA said in a statement. The Air Canada plane eventually made another approach and landed without incident, it said. Air Canada said 135 passengers and five crew members were aboard its plane, but gave little other information, citing its own ongoing investigation.———HALIFAX MAYOR URGES CALM ON CORNWALLIS STATUE: The mayor of Halifax is speaking out against a plan circulating on social media to forcibly remove a statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown park that bears the name of the city’s contentious founder. Mike Savage issued a statement Tuesday saying any action to remove the statue is not condoned by the Nova Scotia Assembly of Mi’kmaq Chiefs. The mayor says he understand that many Indigenous people and others disagree with the continued presence of Cornwallis on a pedestal in a public park. Cornwallis and his military council issued an infamous scalping proclamation in 1749 promising a bounty for the scalp of every Mi’kmaq. Savage says he is committed to a resolution of the polarizing situation and notes that city council has asked a panel to make recommendations, including potentially removing the statue and renaming the park. A Facebook event called “Removing Cornwallis” invites people to a protest Saturday, and to “peacefully remove” the statue.———RESCUE DOG FOUND AFTER ESCAPE AT AIRPORT: The new owner of a rescue dog that went missing after being let out of a crate at Canada’s busiest airport said he’s relieved his pet was found before any harm came to the animal. Jordan Wong said he and his family were anxious throughout the hours-long hunt for Emily, a 4.5-kilogram dog that had been brought to Canada from Greece as part of a rescue effort. Emily had been on Canadian soil for barely an hour when customs officials allegedly opened her crate to give her a walk on Monday. At that point, Emily bolted and raced across the highway near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, according to Stray Paws from Greece, the rescue group that co-ordinated her adoption. Wong said he and his family waited at the airport for eight hours while searchers scoured the area for Emily, but eventually had to go home without the pet they’d been eagerly awaiting for the past three weeks. On Tuesday morning, however, a Toronto woman found the dog and brought her to a local veterinary clinic where the pup was eventually identified. Stray Paws could not immediately be reached for comment but alleged in a Facebook post that Emily was lost while being processed through customs in Toronto.