zoom The India-flagged platform support vessel Malaviya Seven has reached an acceptable bid and the ship will soon be sold, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) confirmed.The undisclosed bid has been accepted by the courts for the sale of the M7 from an undisclosed buyer. Irish auctioneering firm Dominic J. Daly & Co. informed that the offer is now being processed.Two Indian seafarers already left the ship, while the remaining 4 crew will stay to assist the new owners in handling over the vessel, ITF said.Dominic J. Daly & Co. started the auction process for the ship on October 17. As the first round of bids reached only GBP 300,000 (USD 394,800), not even close to the amount needed to cover Malaviya Seven crew’s unpaid wages, the company soon withdrew the ship.The auctioneering firm later informed that other interest was being shown at higher levels.Aberdeen Sheriff Court ordered the sale in September 2017, a month after the sheriff ruled the crew had the right to sell the vessel to recoup their owed wages – agreed at GBP 672,000 (USD 867,000).A total of 24 seafarers were owed wages by the vessel’s owner, India-based GOL Offshore, which is undergoing liquidation.World Maritime News Staff
An independent tribunal has authorized an increase in judges’ salaries of 3.4 per cent a year over three years. The Provincial Judges’ Salary and Benefits Tribunal Report, 2004-2007 is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/just . The increase applies to provincially appointed judges who serve in provincial and family courts, not federally appointed judges serving the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal. Provincial and family court judges currently have salaries of $163,342. “I want to thank members of the tribunal for their extensive research and their unanimous recommendations,” Justice Minister Michael Baker said today, Dec. 7. “We have an excellent process here in Nova Scotia to ensure a fair and independent review of judicial salaries and benefits.” There were three members on the tribunal: Bruce P. Archibald, chair; Ronald Pink and Terry L. Roane. Their mandate was set out in the Provincial Court Act, which required them to recommend appropriate salaries, per diem payments for retired judges, vacation and sick leave benefits, pension benefits, long-term disability benefits, life insurance and health and dental benefits.
The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs is commemorating African Heritage Month by launching two new initiatives that will help connect more Nova Scotians to the office. A toll free number was up and running as of Thursday, Feb. 1. “Large segments of the African Nova Scotian population live outside of metro so there is a need to make sure the work of the office is available for all,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The toll free number will allow communities access to the office from the remotest regions across the province without them incurring long distance charges.” The number is 1-866-580-ANSA (2672) and will be answered during business hours and have a voice mail box for calls after hours. The office’s second initiative to launch this month is the African Nova Scotian Affairs poster. “Many of our community groups have been asking us for a poster they can prominently display in their offices. We now have one to offer them,” said African Nova Scotian Affairs CEO, Wayn Hamilton. “It is an innovative and creative promotional item that is a perfect complement to our brochure, website and information booklet”. The poster features the office’s contact information, mission and logo.
An investigation into possible water damage and air-quality issues at the Antigonish Access Nova Scotia centre has cleared the centre to re-open for business today, March 10. Preventative measures have been taken outside the building to reduce the possibility of future water damage. No new water damage has been reported. Work is ongoing to ensure air-quality standards continue to be met. -30-
-30- HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, westbound at Stillwater near the railway overpass, is reduced to one lane due to accident today, June 18. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-798-6747
The province and the Office of Emergency Management are working in close collaboration with the federal government, other provinces and territories, and international aid agencies to co-ordinate the Canadian humanitarian response to Haiti. “Immediately following the massive earthquake that caused destruction in Port au Prince on Jan. 12, Nova Scotia offered assistance and resources to the Canadian relief effort,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “Nova Scotia stands ready to further respond.” Already, Nova Scotia has contributed $100,000 to the relief effort. The Department of Health is working with districts to compile and inventory vailable medical supplies, should they be needed. In addition, Nova Scotia is working with the federal government to bring Canadian citizens, who were in Haiti when the earthquake struck, home. To date, no Canadians in Haiti have indicated that they are returning to Nova Scotia. However, EMO, the departments of Community Services and Health, as well as the Red Cross and the Canadian Military, have co-ordinated plans to appropriately respond to the needs of any returning Nova Scotians. Nova Scotia has also offered assistance to the Quebec government, as Montreal is the entry point for returning Canadians. The federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is leading the Canadian response in Haiti. Aid to Haiti must be co-ordinated with the international aid effort to ensure that resources can be transported into the country and that the aid offered assists, not impedes, the response. Conditions at the Port au Prince International Airport remain congested, increasing the need to carefully co-ordinate the transport of personnel and resource into Haiti. “The federal government is working with the international community to determine what additional resources are required and to co-ordinate moving those resources into Haiti,” said Ms. Jennex. “As soon as any additional assistance is needed from Nova Scotia, we will rapidly respond.” Officials at the Emergency Management Office are in constant contact with the federal government, Public Safety Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the provinces and territories and the Red Cross. The Nova Scotia Joint Emergency Operations Centre is actively monitoring the situation and responding to any federal requests for assistance. “Nova Scotians are caring people, who have already made significant financial contributions to the relief effort,” said Ms. Jennex. “It is expected that the recovery in Haiti will be a long and ongoing process. Nova Scotia will continue to be actively engaged in the response.” The Canadian government is matching donations to registered charities providing aid to Haiti up to a total of $50 million. For additional information on making a donation to a registered aid agency, please visit: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/haiti , click Earthquake in Haiti, then How Canadians Can Help.
The province is making life better for children, youth and families by providing access to key services in community schools, ensuring families can access services when and where they need them. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, April 14, that the SchoolsPlus pilot program will be expanded to all eight school boards, giving children, youth and families better access to social, health, justice and mental health services. Family resource centres, child care and youth health centres will be located within select schools at all school boards. This will lead to the enhanced use of school facilities by students, families and the community. “Schools are ideal venues for our partners to provide services,” said Ms. Jennex. “By expanding and formalizing this service, we are helping fulfill our commitment to enhance the use of community schools to make life better for families.” The province established SchoolsPlus as a pilot in four school boards. This expansion builds on the success of the pilot and establishes hub sites in Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and the Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton-Victoria, and Tri-County regional school boards. “Getting students involved in the SchoolsPlus programs will have a significant impact, since it aligns projects with students’ needs,” said Allan Boudreau, regional director, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. “SchoolsPlus engages young people, balances clinical and informal services, and encourages inter-agency collaboration.” SchoolsPlus programs and services are delivered in a school setting, during and after school. Each hub site acts as a base for services at multiple schools. The sites support information and connection to services through outreach programs and partnerships with service providers. Each hub site has a SchoolsPlus facilitator and a community outreach worker. “SchoolsPlus is an amazing program,” said Roseanna Cleveland, Chair, Take Action, a parent group at Harbour View Elementary in Dartmouth. “It opens the door for parents to come freely into the school and makes it easier to get contacts for other organizations out there. SchoolsPlus makes it easier to have that relationship with the schools, with our kids, with our personal lives.” “SchoolsPlus is an integrated service delivery model that recognizes that it takes a whole village to raise a child,” said Marlene Ruck Simmonds, SchoolsPlus leader, Halifax Regional School Board. “It invites meaningful collaboration, planning and taking action with parents, provincial and municipal governments and community. This gives SchoolsPlus the potential to develop networks of supports that are critical for greater confidence and competency in school and life.” The SchoolsPlus pilot project began in 2008 as part of Nova Scotia’s child and youth strategy, Our Kids Are Worth It and has been a success in the Halifax, Chignecto-Central, South Shore and Strait regional school boards. For more information on SchoolsPlus, visit http://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca/ .
Premier Appoints David Darrow Deputy Minister to the PremierPremier Appoints David Darrow Deputy Minister to the Premier
Premier Darrell Dexter today, Nov. 22, announced the appointment of David Darrow as the new deputy minister to the premier. Mr. Darrow will also assume the role of clerk/secretary of the Executive Council, head of the Public Service, and deputy minister responsible for Communications Nova Scotia. “Dave is a natural choice for this position. He is well known for his strong leadership, ability to get the job done, and commitment to excellence in the public service,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to working closely with Dave in the years ahead and I wish him much success in his new role.” Mr. Darrow has worked for the province since 1982. He began his career at the Department of Housing and Municipal Affairs in a variety of roles including assistant director of provincial planning, manager of engineering services and co-ordinator of regional planning. He went on to become the province’s first chief executive officer of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency in 2003 and became deputy minister of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in January 2006. Mr. Darrow will replace Greg Keefe who announced his retirement after 35 years in the public service last month. Premier Dexter also announced Elizabeth-Ann Cody is the new deputy minister of the Treasury Board. She will also be responsible for the Chief Information Office. Ms. Cody spent 30 years at the Department of Finance where she worked on tax policy, budget planning, fiscal policy and negotiations with other levels of government on major fiscal transfer arrangements. She moved to Treasury Board as associate deputy minister in 2009, where she also leads the province’s Expenditure Management Initiative. “Liz has been instrumental in helping government develop innovative ways to reduce spending and live within its means,” said Premier Dexter. “Her background and knowledge in fiscal management is critical as government works to get back to balance. I am confident she will do a great job in her new role.” Jane Fraser, executive director of finance and strategic capital planning, will become the acting deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Jane has been with TIR since 2006, where she has worked on some of the province’s most important infrastructure projects including negotiating and implementing cost-sharing agreements with the province and the federal government, the new convention centre and the Maritime Radio Communications Initiative,” said Premier Dexter. “She has the background and experience necessary to lead a large and important department like Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.” The appointments become effective Dec. 1. Recruitment efforts are still underway for new deputy ministers of Justice, Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs.
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey introduced the Financial Measures (2019) Act today, April 4. The act provides the legislative authority to implement measures in Budget 2019-20 and legislative measures which have financial consequences. It is a routine part of the budget process. The act transfers responsibilities of the Public Accountants Board to Chartered Professional Accountants Nova Scotia, completing the merger of accounting bodies which began in 2015. It phases out the former Equity Tax Credit for companies in December 2019, amends the Companies Act to protect against fraud and tax evasion, winds up the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation as part of the province’s plan to establish Research Nova Scotia and includes other administrative changes. “Budget 2019-20 continues to build on a strong foundation for financial health as the result of past balanced budgets, while strengthening programs and services valued by Nova Scotians,” said Karen Casey, minister of Finance and Treasury Board. Budget 2019-20 is focused on four key areas: improving access to health care, including further developing collaborative care teams, creating more doctor residency spaces and increasing mental health supports investing in education and preparing youth for the workforce, including expanding pre-primary, continuing to implement recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education and increasing the operating budget for Nova Scotia’s universities creating the conditions for economic growth, including enhancing export development programs, creating tax credits to encourage investment in new and growing businesses and investing in the competitiveness of key sectors supporting people and communities, including increasing programs for children and adults with disabilities, investing in poverty reduction initiatives and supporting domestic violence prevention The budget contains $691.3 million for capital projects including schools, roads and highways, and an investment of $156.9 million to support the largest health-care redevelopment projects in the province’s history. For Budget 2019-20 information, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/budget .
San Francisco: Ads are coming to WhatsApp, finally, and the intrusion into the popular ad-free mobile messaging platform would begin from Status page. At a Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands, Facebook revealed a 2020 launch date for WhatsApp Status ads. “WhatsApp will bring Stories Ads in its status product in 2020,” tweeted Olivier Ponteville who attended the conference this week. The news first came in October when media reported that the Facebook-owned messaging app is planning to allow advertisements to be displayed in the “Status” section of the app. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app WhatsApp’s “Status” feature allows users to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. “WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.305: WhatsApp is implementing in this version ads for Status. They are not visible yet and the feature will be enabled in future,” fan-site WABetaInfo that tests Whatsapp features early tweeted. The advertisements would be powered by Facebook’s native advertising system and would be aimed at helping users understand and participate in businesses using the messaging app. Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg’s goal to monetise WhatsApp has forced the social media messaging service’s co-founders to leave the company. One of them, Brian Acton, told Forbes recently that Zuckerberg was in a rush to make money from the messaging service and undermine elements of its encryption technology. “Targeted advertising is what makes me unhappy,” Acton said.
Kolkata: The Anti-Human Trafficking Squad of Kolkata Police has busted a sex racket which was running in a guest house near Ballygunge station, late on Tuesday night.According to sources, sleuths recently got information from a source that somewhere in Gariahat area, a sex racket had been running for the past few months. Working on the information, police zeroed in on a guest house near the Ballygunge railway station. For the past few days, police personnel in plain clothes were keeping a strict vigil on the guest house, located at 240A Rashbehari Avenue. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Tuesday night, sleuths who were keeping a watch saw that a few young girls were brought there and taken inside the guest house. Smelling something suspicious, senior police officials of the Anti-Human Trafficking Squad and Gariahat police station were informed. Later on the same night, a joint team raided the guest house and found four young girls in compromising position. Sleuths detained the owner and his assistant from the guest house and rescued the girls. Later, they came to know that a person identified as Krishnendu, along with his wife, used to bring young girls to the guest house. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersPolice later arrested Krishnendu and his wife from their hideout in Sonarpur. However, the couple originally hails from Burdwan. Sleuths have also arrested a total of 10 persons from the guest house, including the girls. After being produced before the Alipore Court, the owner and the manager of the guest house were remanded to seven days police custody, while the rest of the accused persons were remanded to judicial custody. Sleuths will interrogate the guest house owner and manager to know since when they were running the racket and from where they used to bring the girls. It is suspected that apart from running a sex racket they were also involved in human trafficking.
Intercaste marriageDalit man killed by wifes parents in GujIntercaste marriageDalit man killed by wifes parents in Guj
Ahmedabad: A 25-year-old Dalit man was allegedly killed by relatives of his wife who belonged to an upper caste community at her village in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday night when the victim, Haresh Solanki, had gone to Varmor village in Mandal taluka to persuade his in-laws to send back his wife, Urmilaben, who is two-month pregnant, to him. Urmilaben belonged to the upper-caste Darbar community. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Solanki had married Urmilaben a few months ago against the wishes of her parents and had taken her to Gandhidham in Kutch district, where he lived with his parents, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (SC/ST Cell) P D Manvar. “However, relatives of Urmilaben brought her back, saying she will be sent back to Solanki after a few weeks. But when they refused to send her back for around two months, Solanki decided to visit her parents and convince them to send her back to him,” he said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’ On Monday, Solanki sought the help of ‘Abhayam 181’, a women helpline service, and boarded the helpline vehicle for Varmor village. “While Solanki remained inside the vehicle, officials of the helpline service went to the house of his in-laws and tried to persuade them to send back Urmilaben,” the DySP said. When Urmilaben’s relatives came to know that Solanki was accompanying the officials, they rushed out of their house and attacked him with sharp and blunt objects. “Solanki sustained injuries to his head and other parts of the body in the attack and died,” the police officer said. He said the ‘Abhayam’ vehicle was damaged in the attack while the officials accompanying it managed to escape. An FIR has been registered against eight persons, including Solanki’s in-laws, under sections 302 (Punishment for murder), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (Punishment for rioting) and under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The accused have fled their house after the incident and efforts are on to nab them, he said.
Japan crypto exchange loses 32 mn virtual money in hackJapan crypto exchange loses 32 mn virtual money in hack
Tokyo: A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange said Friday it had halted all services after losing cryptocurrency worth more than $32 million in the latest apparent hack involving virtual money. Remixpoint said its subsidiary BITPoint Japan discovered overnight that about 3.5 billion yen ($32.3 million) in various digital currencies had gone missing from its management. The apparent hack was discovered after an error appeared in the firm’s outgoing funds transfer system on Thursday night. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said the cryptocurrency went missing from a so-called “hot wallet”, which is connected to the internet, but that currency held in “cold wallets” that are offline was not affected. BITPoint Japan handles various virtual currencies, including bitcoin, ethereum and ripple. Remixpoint said the firm was still analysing the loss and offered no further details. It said it would compensate customers for the losses. Around 2.5 billion yen worth of the missing currency was customer funds, with the rest owned by the firm. Remixpoint shares plunged 18.6 percent following the announcement.
UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bitesUK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bites
London: The British economy unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter for the first time since 2012 as Brexit uncertainties heaped pressure on firms, official figures showed Friday. The decline is set to raise alarm that the economy could experience its first recession in a decade. Traders in currency markets appeared to reflect that concern, sending the pound down across the board, including to another 2-1/2 year low against the dollar of $1.2065. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe drop illustrates the market disappointment to the quarterly contraction, which lowered the annual growth rate to 1.2 per cent from 1.8 per cent in the first quarter. Most analysts expected the economy to flat-line. In seeking to explain the fall in the April-June period, the Office for National Statistics noted there was “increased volatility around the UK’s original planned exit date from the European Union in late March.” Brexit was meant to happen on March 29, but was delayed to the end of October after Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement that the previous prime minister, Theresa May, had negotiated with the EU. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBefore the extension was granted, many firms used up warehouse space to help them cushion the likely disruption from Britain crashing out of the EU on March 29 without a deal. That stockpiling boon helped the economy grow by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter. When the extension was granted, there was less need for firms to stockpile. The run-up to the original Brexit date also prompted many car companies to bring forward their annual maintenance shutdowns to April as they concluded that the early weeks of a no-deal Brexit would be the most disruptive. The combination of these Brexit-related developments led to a sharp 1.4 per cent quarterly decline in the output of production industries. The fact that the overall economy performed worse than anticipated is likely to increase concern about Brexit’s corrosive effect on the economy. Business investment, which has been historically weak since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the EU, weakened further in the second quarter, contracting by 0.5 per cent. “Brexit uncertainty, and to a lesser extent, weaker global demand, has reduced firms’ appetites to expand,” said James Smith, an economist at ING bank. “Meanwhile, contingency planning activities for a no-deal Brexit are costly and often resource-intensive, reducing scope to lift capital spending.” May’s successor, Boris Johnson, has insisted that Britain will leave the EU on Halloween come what may. Johnson is demanding the bloc renegotiate the deal it struck with May’s government, something that EU leaders are refusing to do. That has stoked fears that Britain will leave the EU without a deal, which would see tariffs and other restrictions imposed on traded goods. Most economists think that a no-deal Brexit would lead to a deep recession; even Brexit’s most passionate supporters say it would be disruptive in the short-term. The Bank of England has indicated there is a one-in-three chance of a recession early next year even if a smooth Brexit is negotiated. John McDonnell, economy spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, blamed the government’s “Brexit bungling” for “tumbling business investment and stagnating productivity.”
Silver jubilee edition of Delhi Book Fair from Sept 11 to 15Silver jubilee edition of Delhi Book Fair from Sept 11 to 15
NEW DELHI: India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is holding its annual popular event namely the Silver jubilee edition of Delhi Book Fair in Hall No.7, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from September 11-15, 2019.The event is being organized in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP). The Stationery Fair, 5th Office Automation Fair and Corporate Gift Fair along with various promotional programmes will be among the major attractions during this event. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderVisitor entry to the event will be free and allowed from 10.00am to 7.00pm from Gate No.1(Bhairo Mandir side) and 10 (Metro Station side). School buses carrying students will be allowed to enter from Gate 1 and will go back to Bhairon Road parking. Organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation, this year will mark 25 years for the book fair and 21 for the stationery counterpart. The motto of the fair is to emphasise the significance of the written word and promote literacy and the habit of reading. Additionally, it is also an open platform for business to business transactions. It also gives an opportunity to readers to interact with authors via discussions and organising interaction sessions. Book readers do make it a point to visit this fair not just from Delhi but from other states too.Overall, the fair is an avenue for businesses and individuals to network and connect better with each other.