Sahara enters the automobile sector

first_imgSahara India Pariwar, one of the biggest Indian business conglomerates, announces its foray into the automobile sector, under the brand name, ‘Sahara Evols’. The business venture will cater India’s largest range of Electric Vehicles (EVs) along with advanced allied services. The product portfolio of ‘Sahara Evols’ consists of variants of Electric Scooters, Motorcycles, Three Wheelers, and Cargo Vehicles. For the first time, it is introducing a network of Battery Charging cum Swapping Stations. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive’Sahara Evols’, while starting from Lucknow, shall establish its ecosystem in Tier II and Tier III cities of India by the end of this financial year, in a phase-wise manner. Subsequently, in the next financial year, it shall be rolling out its products and services, pan-India. On the occasion, ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara said, “We are proud to introduce for the first time, a complete ecosystem of electric vehicles in India. Sustainable and environment-friendly modes of transportation are the need of the time as well as for the benefit of our future generations. The aggravated state of air pollution, majorly due to the proliferation of fossil fuel driven vehicles that emit toxic fumes in the atmosphere, is silent but for the biggest of threats to life on earth today. In fact, it is a grim reality that air pollution is affecting us personally and in quite an adverse way.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painHe further said, “Globally, however, remedies to return to a cleaner and a healthier world are been explored. The Sahara Evols range of electric vehicles is going to be our contribution in this direction – towards alternate, sustainable and eco-friendly modes of transportation.” ‘Sahara Evols’ vehicles run on advanced electric motors and drivetrain designed, and developed by German Engineering. The technology and design of Evols electric vehicles provide instant pick-up, zero noise pollution thus soundless cruise and lower battery consumption which leads to longer driving distance and also longer battery life plus 5 times lower maintenance costs as compared to conventional vehicles. The vehicles are powered by dry lithium-ion batteries, which are lightweight, portable, smart-looking and have a longer life than regular batteries. These batteries are fast charging, with up to 40% charging in 1 hour which can provide enough power to cover between 55 Km – 150 Km distance in a single charge depending on the type and category. The cost of driving Sahara Evols Electric Vehicles in an average can go as low as 20 paise per kilometer against the cost of Rs 2 per kilometer on petrol vehicles. Sahara Evols is also introducing a first of its kind ecosystem for the electric vehicles, which along with a wide network of Service Centers across each city, is also introducing a network of ‘Battery Swapping Stations’ for customer convenience. These Battery Swapping Stations charge batteries quickly with ‘Evols Smart Charge Docking System’, or alternatively, enable vehicle owners to swap their discharged battery with a fully charged one. The company has already started developing the service setup at Lucknow District, its first target market with the setting up of 57 service centers as well as providing training to the technicians for electric vehicles. Sahara Evols has also handed over keys to 101 inaugural customers at Lucknow. Sahara Evols’ vehicles are also equipped with Smart Tech features like GPS tracking system through which the owner of the vehicle can trace the location of their vehicle, as well as ask for on-road and off-road assistance, 24X7. Users can also analyse online the performance of their vehicles and for the first time in India, can even lock the vehicle through the mobile app. The vehicles also have Distress Alarm Buttons for women’s safety and Anti-Theft Alarm.last_img read more

Rupee rises 21 paise to 6944 vs USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated by 21 paise to 69.44 against the US dollar in opening trade Tuesday, driven by weakening of the greenback and positive opening in domestic equities. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic unit opened at 69.49 against the dollar, then gained momentum and touched 69.44, up 21 paise over its previous close. The rupee had settled at 69.65 against the US dollar Monday. Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters, positive opening in domestic equities and foreign fund inflows supported the rupee. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents On the other hand, rising crude oil prices restricted the rupee upmove. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 216.20 crore Monday, as per the provisional data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.18 per cent to USD 62.42 per barrel. Meanwhile, domestic bourses opened on a bullish note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 123.15 points up at 39,907.67 and Nifty up 29.40 points at 11,952.10.last_img read more

1st pilot floating solar plant to be completed in next 23 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Vedanta Monday said its first pilot floating solar plant will be completed in the next two to three months. In an investor brief, the company said it is focussing on renewable energy and its group firm Hindustan Zinc plans its “first pilot floating solar to be completed in next 2-3 months”. Vikram Solar, module manufacturer and rooftop solar and EPC solutions provider, had earlier in the year announced that it bagged the project order for a 1-MW floating solar plant for Hindustan Zinc Ltd, a Vedanta Group firm. The plant will be located at Ghosunda Dam, near Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe floating plant, Vikram Solar said, will contribute to saving water evaporation loss, thus resulting in conservation of water, reduce the development of algae, maintaining cleanliness of the water and will obviously save land space. The solar plant is expected to have an energy yield of 1,993 MWh a year and will be able to power 1,400 houses a year. Vedanta Ltd in the investor brief said Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd (TSPL), its wholly-owned arm, has achieved record plant availability of 97 per cent in April.last_img read more

New wrist bands can now provide insight into users emotions

first_imgLondon: Smart wearable technology that changes colour, heats up, squeezes or vibrates as your emotions are heightened has the potential to help people with affective disorders better control their feelings, a study has found. Researchers from Lancaster University in the UK have worked with smart materials on wrist-worn prototypes that can aid people diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorders in monitoring their emotions. Wrist bands that change colour depending upon the level of emotional arousal allow users to easily see or feel what is happening without having to refer to mobile or desktop devices, according to the study, which will be presented at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2019) conference in San Diego. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”Knowing our emotions and how we can control them are complex skills that many people find difficult to master,” said co-author Muhammad Umair from Lancaster University. “We wanted to create low-cost, simple prototypes to support understanding and engagement with real-time changes in arousal,” he said. The researchers worked with thermochromic materials that change colour when heated up, as well as devices that vibrate or squeeze the wrist. Tests of the devices saw participants wearing the prototypes over the course of between eight and 16 hours, reporting between four and eight occasions each when it activated – during events such as playing games, working, having conversations, watching movies, laughing, relaxing and becoming scared. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingA skin response sensor picked up changes in arousal — through galvanic skin response, which measures the electrical conductivity of the skin — and represented it through the various prototype designs. Those smart materials which were both instant and constant and which had a physical rather than visual output, were most effective. “Participants started to pay attention to their in-the-moment emotional responses, realising that their moods had changed quickly and understanding what it was that was causing the device to activate. It was not always an emotional response, but sometimes other activities — such as taking part in exercise — could cause a reaction,” Umair said.last_img read more


first_imgINGREDIENTS Fish of your choice 500 gm Gram Flour 1 cup Carom Seed1 tsp Red Chili Powder1 tsp Crushed Black Pepper1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste1½ tbsp Egg1 White Vinegar2 tbsp Lemon Juice1 tbsp Saltto taste Chilled Waterfor batter Oilto deep fry Fresh Mint sprigsfor garnish Chaat masala, potato wafers, lemon wedgesto serve MINT CHUTNEY Mint Leaves1½ cup Coriander Leaves1 cup Yogurt½ cup Green Chillies1-2 Garlic Cloves3-4 Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAGinger1 piece Lemon Juice2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder1 tsp Amchur1 tsp Chaat Masala tsp Rock Salt1 tsp PREPARATION: Marinate the fish fillets in vinegar, crushed black pepper, 1 tsp oil and a little sprinkle of salt and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. Then mix together gram flour, chili powder, salt and carom seed in a bowl. Crack in the egg, ginger garlic paste and mix together to make a thick batter, add about 4 extra tbsp of chilled water and make a smooth batter. Drain the excess liquid from the marinated fish and then add the prepared batter to the fish and completely coat the fillets with the batter. Leave for 5 minutes mean while heat the oil to fry. When the oil is hot enough, check by dropping a small dollop of batter if it hits back the surface immediately then the oil is ready. Deep fry the batter smeared fillets until crispy and golden on all side. Drain on a kitchen tissue, garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with a sprinkle of chaat masala alongside potato wafers, lemon wedges and mint chutney. Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLEMINT CHUTNEY Combine mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and green chillies and grind them to a smooth paste. Add very little water if required. Beat some yogurt in a bowl and add lemon juice, roasted cumin powder, rock salt, dry mango powder (Amchur) and chaat masala. Now add the paste of mint and coriander leaves and beat to mix everything to a smooth paste. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah Moonshine)last_img read more

Maluma might star opposite Jennifer Lopez

first_imgLos Angeles: Latin music superstar Maluma is in negotiations to feature alongside pop diva Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in romantic comedy Marry Me. If things work out, the Colombian-born singer, whose real name is Juan Luis Londono Arias, will play the fiance to Lopez’s pop star in the film, reported Entertainment Weekly. The story revolves around a pop superstar (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock-star fiance at Madison Square Garden, finds out he was cheating with her assistant and melts down on stage. She picks a random math teacher (Wilson) out of the crowd to marry instead. Directed by Kat Coiro, the film is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby. John Rogers and Tami Sagher have adapted the screenplay with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Maluma became a global sensation after collaborating with Madonna for the song ‘Medellin’, the debut single off her latest studio album, ‘Madame X’.last_img read more

FPIs pullout over Rs 20500 cr even as govt adamant on superrich

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite the flight of over Rs 20,500 crore worth of foreign funds from the country’s stock market, the government seems adamant to implement the taxation surcharge on the super-rich category which has spooked Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs). The carnage at the indices began since July 5, when the Budget proposed a levy of an additional surcharge on individuals and trusts earning more than Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, respectively. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal However, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament made it clear that the super-rich tax was here to stay. She also gave a solution to the FPIs by advising them to register as companies to be out of the ambit of the surcharge. In a recent panel discussion which was organised by ET, the then Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, who is now the Power Secretary, was quoted as saying: “So FPI, I’d also mentioned it, was not in the frame in the surcharge that was raised. It’s a little collateral kind of consequence. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “They are quite vocal. The FPIs basically make investments in the secondary market. They don’t make it the primary market. If you were to look at the economic and financial consequences of what their behaviour might be with our share markets actually being in very high PE ratios, it’s not in the economic disinterest of the country if slight exit takes place. “It also doesn’t affect the real investment in the economy. But still there was an attempt on how we can find a way out to sort of at least take out both FPIs, which represent smaller investors, don’t represent the cash rich. It becomes very messy. It has not been possible to find a way out. Then the conclusion is, which I also read, and the Finance Minister also had very clearly spoken – I don’t think anything is going to be done for them in this year.” Notwithstanding, the FPIs continue to be on a selling spree ever since the budget was announced. Retail traders grouse that over Rs 12 lakh crore in market cap has been eroded and that FPIs have over 50 countries apart from India to put in their investments. Nonetheless, stock markets participants fear that once implemented, this move may adversely impact FPIs which are set up as non-corporate vehicles. Typically, FPIs are set up as trusts or limited partnerships in their home jurisdictions. The definition of a partnership firm under Indian tax law refers to the Indian Partnership Act, which does not recognise foreign partnerships or limited partnerships. While the rationale behind such an increase in surcharge is to levy a higher surcharge only on high net worth individuals (HNIs) to garner more revenues in tax falling scenario, it has sent jitters among FPIs, and partially triggered the subsequent crash in the stock market. Taking this into account, recently, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman P.K. Modi had offered a solution to such FPIs that restructure themselves as corporate entities. Nonetheless, as of August 2, FPIs have been net seller of over Rs 20,500 crore worth of stocks on the BSE, NSE and MSEI in the capital market segment, since July 1. Consequently, the S&P BSE Sensex has shed around 2,700 points since the announcement on July 5. On July 18, while ruling out tweaking the FPI surcharge, Sitharaman said trusts should register as companies to be out of the ambit of the surcharge. “Some FPIs are registered as trusts. Therefore as an individual entity he comes under the taxation. Such FPIs who have registered themselves as trusts may consider the option of wanting to move to register as company,” she said in reply to the Finance Bill, 2019 in Parliament.last_img read more

ICC announces schedule for Womens World T20 Qualifiers

first_imgDubai: Defending champions Bangladesh will play Papua New Guinea while previous runners-up Ireland will take on Namibia on the opening day of the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 to be held in Scotland from August 31 to September 7. The league-cum-knockout tournament, which decides the two qualifiers for the Women’s T20 in Australia in 2020, will also see Scotland take on the USA and Thailand fight it out with the Netherlands, as all eight teams play on the opening day at the two venues — the Forfarshire Cricket Club in Dundee and the Arbroath Cricket Club. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNamibia were named as a replacement for Zimbabwe, having finished second in the Africa regional qualifiers earlier this year, while the Netherlands (Europe), Papua New Guinea (East Asia-Pacific), Thailand (Asia) and the USA (Americas) made it after winning their respective qualifying events. Scotland qualified as hosts. The eight teams are divided into two groups to decide the semi-finalists, with the winners of the two semi-finals ensuring a place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in the Australian cities of Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney from 21 February to 8 March next year.last_img read more

Beijing rebukes Aussie lawmaker for warning of China threat

first_imgCanberra: An Australian government lawmaker has been rebuked by Beijing for warning that China threatens to diminish Australia’s sovereignty and freedoms. Conservative Liberal Party lawmaker Andrew Hastie’s column published on Thursday in The Age newspaper in which he drew parallels between China and Nazi Germany has been described in the media as the strongest condemnation of China by any member of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition. Hastie is a former Special Air Service officer who chairs an influential parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra said in a statement they “strongly deplore” Hastie’s commentary “which lays bare his Cold War mentality and ideological bias.” Morrison separated his government’s policy from Hastie’s views, saying that the lawmaker is not a member of his Cabinet.last_img read more

4yearold critical after being raped dumped into water tank 1 arrested

first_imgGurugram: A four-year-old was raped by a 34-year-old construction worker, tortured and then dumped in the tank so that she can die by suffocation in Gurugram. She was rescued in the nick of time and is in a critical state in a hospital.According to law enforcement officials, the accused, a construction worker, was working at the site when he saw the minor girl playing there. He allegedly took the girl to the basement of the building and raped her. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe unconscious girl was dumped in a water tank and the accused fled from the spot. The minor was later rescued by other construction workers and was rushed to the hospital. The girl’s parents also worked in the same construction site, but they were busy with their work when the culprit took the child down to the basement and raped her. The hospital authorities informed police after examining the child and confirming that the minor girl was raped. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe accused was arrested within seven hours of the case being registered. “We have arrested and he will be charged under the relevant sections. The minor girl is being treated at the hospital and we pray for her speedy recovery,” said a senior police official from Gurugam police. The incident has again proved to be a stark reminder of how unsafe Gurugram is becoming for its children. According to official data, there is a sexual crime that happens against a minor every fourth day. In a more disturbing trend that came forward, it was revealed that Gurugram also leads in a number of sexual assault cases against the minors. There were 354 cases registered under the protection of children from sexual offences Act (POCSO). Co-incidentally the figures were way lower that Faridabad that has total cases of 412 cases of sexual crimes against minors.last_img read more

KMC hands out footballs to 10 coaching centres

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) gave footballs to 10 coaching centres as a part of its drive to revive the tradition and football culture in Bengal.Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor in-Council (Parks and Gardens) handed over the footballs to the organisers of 10 football clubs. Each club was given 10 footballs. A friendly football match was also held in memory of Achyut Banerjee, a great football coach of the past. A statue of Banerjee was unveiled a few days ago. The football match was scheduled to be played on August 16, which got postponed due to incessant rain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee was a coach of Kidderpore Football Club. He had coached great players like Tarun Basu, Prasun Banerjee, Shymal Banerjee and Shyamal Ghosh, among others. Kumar said KMC was trying hard to revive the football culture of Bengal. “There was a time when 7 to 8 players from Bengal used to represent India. Now we depend heavily on foreign players and foreign coaches. Our attempt should be to nurture our own players and reduce our dependence on foreign players,” he said. Meanwhile, KMC also felicitated six of its footballers at the function on Monday. It may be recalled that KMC was the first civic body that had accorded reception to Habul Sarkar, one of its employees who was one of the members of the Mohun Bagan squad that had defeated Eastern Yorks in the IFA Shield final in 1911.last_img read more

Boxing great Lomachenko eyes a different catch before he is 40

first_imgLondon: Ukraine’s world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he wants to enjoy hunting and fishing and not box on into his 40s like fellow great Manny Pacquiao. The 31-year-old two-time Olympic champion will hope to add the vacant WBC belt to his WBA and WBO lightweight titles when he fights Britain’s Luke Campbell in London on Saturday. Lomachenko, who enjoyed an outstanding amateur career winning Olympic gold in 2008 (featherweight) and 2012 (lightweight) and is believed to have lost just one of his 396 bouts, told the BBC he will retire before he is 40. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPacquiao became the oldest welterwight world champion in history when aged 40 he won on a split decision over American Keith Thurman in July. Lomachenko is adamant he will not be following suit. “No, I don’t want that, it’s too much,” he said. “I have trained since I am four years old. I was born a boxer. “Always, something has to end. I want to hunt, I want to fish every day. Now I can’t do this as I train every day. “My motivation, my goal, is four titles (at lightweight). After, I don’t know what happens. Now it’s two more belts.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCampbell matched Lomachenko at the London Olympics in 2012 with gold in the bantamweight division and he will bid to do better than compatriot Anthony Crolla, who was knocked out in the fourth round by the Ukrainian in April. If Lomachenko is to hold all four world title belts, he will not just need to beat Campbell on Saturday but also target Ghana’s Richard Commey, who possesses the IBF crown. Lomachenko has been breaking records for the speed with which he has amassed world titles in three weight classes, the others being featherweight and junior lightweight. All this in just 14 professional bouts. His one defeat to Orlando Salido came in only his second fight and his first world title bout (WBO featherweight). “It’s one of my goals and dream to put my name in boxing history,” he said. “That’s why I started a pro career and fought for a world title in my second fight. I’m the fastest three-weight world champion, so I do everything for legacy.”last_img read more

Gold ETFs register first inflow in 9 months in August at Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold exchange-traded funds witnessed a net inflow of Rs 145 crore in August, making it the first such infusion in nine months, as higher gold prices and weak rupee have made investors bet big on this safe-heaven asset. This also marks the highest inflow since December 2012, when gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) had seen a net infusion of Rs 474 crore. There has been a significant uptick both in terms of month-on-month and year-on-year basis. Gold ETFs had seen a net outflow of Rs 17.66 crore in July this year and a net outflow of Rs 45 crore in August 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to latest data available with Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), a net sum of Rs 145.29 crore was pumped in gold-linked ETFs last month. This was the first inflow since November last year, when Rs 10 crore was infused in such instruments. Prior to this, gold ETFs had seen a net inflow of Rs 20 crore in October 2016 and before that, an inflow of Rs 5 crore was witnessed in such funds in May 2013. The latest inflow pushed asset under management (AUM) of gold funds to Rs 5,799 crore in August-end from Rs 5,080 crore at the end of July. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Gold ETFs witnessed buying for the first time in months, on the back of increasing gold prices internationally as well as a weaker rupee, which has led to optimism around gold as an asset class,” Kaustubh Belapurkar, Director – Manager Research, Morningstar India said. Besides, higher gold prices in India may have helped investors in pumping their money in gold ETFs, experts said. The price of yellow metal had hit a record high of over Rs 40,000 per 10 gram at the end of August. Belapurkar however said “it is still early, until a trend of sustainable inflows is not witnessed, it will be difficult to establish if the sentiment towards gold has truly changed”. Over the last few years, retail investors have been putting in more money into equities, as compared to gold ETFs, mainly on account of strong return. Investors pulled out Rs 571 crore from gold ETFs in 2018, making it the sixth consecutive year of outflow from such products. In comparison they pulled out Rs 730 crore in 2017. Such instruments had seen an outflow of Rs 942 crore, Rs 891 crore, Rs 1,651 crore and Rs 1,815 crore in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively.last_img read more

More than happy to get a point against Qatar says Igor Stimac

first_imgDoha: He is “more than happy” with the solitary point that the Indian football team snatched by drawing against Asian champion Qatar but coach Igor Stimac says he has told the players to stay grounded as they can’t afford complacency during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The former Croatian international wants the Indian players to stay focussed and garner more points in their upcoming matches. India dished out a gritty performance to Qatar to a goalless draw in a FIFA World Cup Round 2 qualifying match here on Tuesday night. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”As a coach, I don’t have time to waste in thinking too much higher than it was a few days ago when we lost to Oman. Still today as a coach, of course, I am more than happy to get a point against the reigning champions of Asia,” Stimac said at the post-match press conference here. “We need to improve in certain areas, on the other hand, all congratulations not just to my players but also for Qatar. There was excitement in front of both goals, of course.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It was a great experience for us. All credits to my players, I am very proud of my players. But the message to the team is to keep yourself down as it is just a point,” he added. Despite playing without their talismanic captain and striker Sunil Chhetri, who was laid low by fever, the Indians denied Qatar, who won the Asian Cup title in January, despite the home side managing more than a dozen shots on target. “Qatar deserved more from this game. They created more chances today but we also had many chances,” Stimac said. Stimac also took a potshot at those who criticised his team’s fitness levels after India lost 1-2 to Oman in their campaign-opener, with both Oman goals coming in the final eight minutes. The coach asserted that fitness was never a problem for his side. “You see, I cannot reply to each comment after a game because not many people are well educated about football. We are a fit team and we proved it today. “We played against Qatar and we made space for ourselves even in the last minutes. We made sprints even in the 95th minute, showing a lot of concentration. So we showed good fitness,” Stimac said. India will play Bangladesh in their next World Cup qualifying match in Kolkata on October 15 and the coach expects a full house at the mecca of Indian football. “Our country has a population of over 1.3 billion people compared to that this was a very small crowd. “I want to see 80,000 people in Kolkata against Bangladesh. We deserve that and they need to come and support us,” Stimac signed off.last_img read more

Saskatchewan pilot charged with impaired flying following crash landing

first_imgSWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – A pilot in southern Saskatchewan who walked away from a crash landing of a small plane has been charged with impaired flying.RCMP say a Cessna took off from a back road Tuesday evening near Swift Current, clipped some trees and crashed in a field about four kilometres west of the city.The pilot and his one passenger suffered minor injuries.Police say Calvin Pahl, the owner of the Cessna, is charged with impaired operation of a plane.He has been released from custody and is to appear in Swift Current provincial court on June 27. (CKOM)last_img

Senate report urges more support schools for French education in BC

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia needs to build more French-only schools and increase access to French language education to support the province’s Francophone community and prevent children from losing their linguistic birthright, says a Senate report.The report by the Senate committee on official languages says the federal government is not assuming its leadership role to ensure access to French first-language or French second-language education in B.C.“It is essential for the federal government, with the support of its provincial counterpart, to oversee the implementation of constitutionally-guaranteed rights by ensuring citizen’s access to French first-language education, from early childhood to post secondary,” says the report.The report, Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in B.C., makes 17 recommendations for the federal government and says parents have the constitutional right to have their children educated in French, but there are too few schools and they are overcrowded.It says the B.C. government should work with the federation government to implement the advice.The recommendations include: improve access to Francophone schools, increase bilingualism among youth, review funding and accountability and support Francophone communities.It says there are also barriers to accessing French immersion programs in the province and programs need to be improved.The report calls on the federal government to negotiate new French education access and funding agreements with B.C. by next year.“The committee’s recommendations apply to Francophone schools, French immersion programs and B.C.’s French-speaking community, including Francophones and Francophiles, and the support to which they are entitled,” the report says.A spokesman for the B.C. Education Ministry said on Thursday that they weren’t prepared to comment while the government was in its transition phase after the provincial election.The report says B.C. parents who want their children enrolled in French immersion programs face barriers.“It is also necessary to give the opportunity for all young Canadians to become bilingual by giving them access to French immersion programs.”Attendance at B.C.’s Francophone schools increased by 75 per cent in the last 20 years and demand for French immersion programs grew by 65 per cent over the same time period, the report says.Schools across B.C. report shortages of French immersion teachers and in many school districts parents are forced to line up to register their children for limited numbers of spaces in French immersion programs, it says.last_img read more

U of Calgary says a judge has apologized for comments made to

first_imgCALGARY – A dean at the University of Calgary says a judge has apologized to a class of second-year law students for offensive comments she reportedly made.Law school Dean Ian Holloway says the school received complaints that Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik made comments that “were insensitive to racial minorities” at a Q-and-A session about judicial mediations.CBC News reports Eidsvik told the class that she was uncomfortable walking into a room “full of big dark people.”She reportedly said that she was used to being in an “ivory tower” away from “the riff-raff.”Holloway says the “matter was addressed immediately” and the judge apologized to the class on Friday.He says she expressed “deep regret for making the comments,” and the school “used the experience as an important learning moment for faculty and students.”Eidsvik is the university’s judge-in-residence for the 2017-2018 school year.last_img read more

NS sawmill museum blames closure on Canada Summer Jobs abortion controversy

first_imgMETEGHAN RIVER, N.S. – A small Nova Scotia museum has “closed indefinitely” after it said it was denied federal funding for refusing to conform to a controversial abortion rights clause in the Canada Summer Jobs program.The Liberal government this year required that organizations seeking funding under the program check a box affirming their support for constitutional rights and the right to reproductive choice, including access to abortion.Gerald Comeau, a volunteer with the Bangor Sawmill Museum in Meteghan River, N.S., said the museum does not have a mandate to take an ideological position on abortion, and should not be compelled to do so in order to be eligible for funding.“We’re a museum. We’re not involved in the business of ideological questions of abortion and so on,” said Comeau in a phone interview Thursday. “So we came to the decision that we could not support that clause.”Comeau, a former longtime Tory politician and senator, said he wrote a letter to accompany the application that affirmed the organization’s respect for human rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but the application was nevertheless denied.He said without government funding, the museum — home to one of Canada’s last water-powered mills — does not have enough money to hire a student museum guide, and so will not open this summer as scheduled. The funding required to hire the student amounts to about $3,000.“We’re very disappointed. It’s a part of our history and a priceless heritage site,” said Comeau, 72, who grew up in the area and lives there today.A sawmill has sat on the site on the Meteghan River since the 1800s and once employed about 30 people. It burned down twice over the years, was rebuilt, and was eventually abandoned in the 1980s. Thanks to community efforts, the sawmill was restored in the early 1990s and its 19th-century technology was maintained.Colin Fraser, the local Liberal MP, said the purpose of the government’s change was to ensure funding was not going to jobs or organizations that purposefully undermine human rights.Fraser said he spoke with Comeau during the application process and explained that the attestation was about confirming that the job description and the primary activities of the applicant respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has nothing to do with the organization’s beliefs or values.“For example, previous groups had received federal funding despite specifically refusing to hire LGBTQ2 students or in another instance a job entailed making and displaying graphic abortion materials at a clinic in order to intimidate,” said Fraser in an email statement.“I agree with Mr. Comeau that the Bangor Sawmill has nothing to do with those types of activities. They were therefore eligible to apply and there’s no reason to believe they would not have been successful. However, they decided not to complete the application by refusing to complete the attestation and were therefore not approved.”Fraser went on to say that he was willing to work with the museum on “finding a way to keep this important historic site operating for the benefit of the community.”Veronique Simard, press secretary for federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, said before the government changed the Canada Summer Jobs program, funding was being given to groups like the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, which paid students to distribute graphic images of aborted fetuses.“Our government stands by its decision to ensure that funding does not go to these kinds of groups. Canadian students deserve high-quality summer job experience, in high-quality workplaces,” said Simard in an email statement.Ottawa also noted that organizations do not have to support rights — they must respect them, and not actively undermine them.Last month, a New Brunswick archbishop ordered several Roman Catholic parishes to return the federal funding they had applied for under the program. Moncton Archbishop Valery Vienneau said some parishes had not read the fine print, completed the application and were approved for funding, but the church cannot compromise its values just to please the government.Comeau said he feels that the museum has become “collateral damage.”“It’s not the just the faith-based groups that have been impacted. It’s groups like ours,” said Comeau.“I understand where the government was coming from, but there were other ways of doing it. If you’re a surgeon and you want to fix a patient, you don’t go in with a chainsaw, you go in with a scalpel… In my view, (Ottawa) has gone in with a chainsaw.”Simard said 2,157 organizations in Nova Scotia were approved for Canada Summer Jobs funding in 2018.— By Aly Thomson in Halifax.last_img read more

Giant Canadian Forces aircraft taking the long road to new home in

first_imgHALIFAX – A dismantled military aircraft is making its way from Nova Scotia to Ontario, using highways instead of the airways in its relocation.The wingless giant — a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft — is heading from a holding facility in Halifax to Trenton, Ont., where it will be housed in the National Air Force Museum of Canada.A spokeswoman for the military said the plane’s fuselage, which is being carried on a massive flatbed trailer, was expected to pass north of Montreal on Thursday.The aircraft, with distinct Royal Canadian Air Force markings, was based at 14 Wing in Greenwood, N.S., and was to be transported mostly along the Trans-Canada Highway.Defence officials are asking motorists to watch for the wide load. The fuselage takes up two traffic lanes.They expect the fuselage to arrive in Trenton on Friday, while the wings will likely get there next week.The aircraft, which will be reassembled in Trenton, was withdrawn from use in the RCAF fleet in 2015.The first Aurora aircraft were introduced in 1980.Fourteen other Auroras are based at 19 Wing in Comox, B.C., and 14 Wing in Greenwood. With a range of 7,400 kilometres, they are used primarily for anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance, search-and-rescue, disaster relief and reconnaissance.Previous missions have also included combatting illegal immigration, illegal fishing, pollution and drug trafficking.Typically, the plane can remain in the air for 12 hours, but some have stayed aloft for 17 hours.“With its latest upgrades, the CP-140 is able to detect and destroy the latest generation of stealth submarines,” the Canadian Forces says on its website.Developed by Lockheed Martin, the four-engine turboprop aircraft is 36 metres long, has a wingspan of 30 metres and weighs more than 27,000 kilograms.The federal government is in the process of modernizing the remaining fleet, which includes the installation of new sensors and “mission systems,” as well as new wings and horizontal stabilizers. The plan is to extend the life of the CP-140 to 2030.About $5 billion has been set aside to replace the Aurora with a new fleet of aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered by 2032.last_img read more

Missouri leak prompts closure of parts of 2 oil pipelines

first_imgST. LOUIS (AP) — An oil leak near St. Louis prompted the closure of parts of two pipelines as crews work to determine the source, company officials and Missouri regulators said Thursday.The leak was discovered Wednesday near St. Charles, Missouri, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of St. Louis. TransCanada Corp.‘s Keystone pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s Platte pipeline are among several that run through the area. Crews on Thursday were preparing excavation work to figure out where the leak originated.“The source of the release has not been fully determined, but it is apparent that it originated at either the TransCanada Keystone pipeline or the Enbridge pipeline; there is no visible release near the other pipelines,” Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokesman Brian Quinn said in an email.TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said in a statement that the Keystone pipeline was closed from Steele City, Nebraska, to Patoka, Illinois. Enbridge’s Platte pipeline was initially closed from Casper, Wyoming, to Wood River, Illinois. By Thursday, only the section from Salisbury, Missouri, to Wood River remained closed, a company spokesman said in an email. Both companies are based in Canada and have cleanup crews at the site.Officials don’t yet know how much oil leaked, but the DNR said it did not reach any waterways. Quinn said the spill was contained to an area of about 4,000 square feet (372 square meters).A St. Charles County spokeswoman said there did not appear to be any evacuations since the area near the leak is not heavily populated.The 30-inch (76-centimeter) diameter Keystone line and the 20-inch (51-centimeter) diameter Enbridge line are both buried about 8 feet (2.4 meters) below the surface, Quinn said.Shares of TransCanada and Enbridge both dropped about 1 percent.last_img read more