CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is reopened to traffic. Traffic will continue to be one lane until repairs are completed in late June. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 -30-
Month: October 2019
Nova Scotia’s climate change plan will protect the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians and preserve the environment for future generations. The federal government announced in 2016 that all provinces and territories must put a price on carbon pollution and gave them three choices: a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade program or a blend of the two. The government also said it would impose its own approach on any jurisdiction that did not comply. Today, Oct. 23, the federal government accepted Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade program, which will cost far less than the federal approach to carbon pricing. “Thanks to the hard work of Nova Scotians, our province is already a national leader in the fight against climate change,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Through this program, we will reduce emissions with very minimal cost to Nova Scotians.” Independent consultant Navius Research Inc. estimated cost increases for Nova Scotia over the first four years of carbon pricing. For example, the cap-and-trade program will add about one cent per litre to the price of gas, as opposed to about 11 cents per litre by 2022 under the federal approach. Cap-and-trade will increase electricity rates by about one per cent, versus about eight per cent under the federal plan. Government also announced today that Nova Scotia is setting one of Canada’s most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030. “Building on our success to date, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 to 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “This is a very important step we are taking to ensure a bright, sustainable and prosperous future for Nova Scotia.” The target is for all greenhouse gas emissions in the province. Cap-and-trade is one of the steps the province is taking to meet that target. It will begin Jan. 1. More information is available at climatechange.novascotia.ca .
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Lake Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Bridge, Trunk 4 Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to West River Bridge, Trunk 4. The bridge will be reduced to one lane from Tuesday, June 4 until Tuesday, June 18, Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert, and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK
Lucknow: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has started shooting for his upcoming film “Gulabo Sitabo”, directed by Shoojit Sircar, here. “One done another begun. Travel, location change, look change, crew change, colleagues change, city change and story change. From Lucknow today ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ and the look? Well, what can I say,” Amitabh tweeted on Tuesday. The 76-year-old has just wrapped up shooting for the thriller “Chehre”, which also features Emraan Hashmi. “Gulabo Sitabo”, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, will release on April 24, 2020. Written by Sircar’s frequent collaborator Juhi Chaturvedi of “Vicky Donor”, “Piku” and “October” fame, “Gulabo Sitabo” is produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. This is the first time Ayushmann will be seen sharing screen with the cine icon.
MUMBAI: Two former top executives of the crisis-hit lending firm IL&FS have been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the agency’s probe in the money laundering case. Former Joint Managing Director of IL&FS financial services Arun K Saha and Managing Director of IL&FS Transportation Network K Ramachand were arrested Wednesday evening. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate say IL&FS Financial Services undertook various circuitous transactions through multilayering and floating of multiple bogus or shell companies to launder funds. A large chunk of the money was laundered through ILFS road arm ITNL and its subsidiary ILFS Rail. Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, a major infrastructure financing and construction company, has a total debt of Rs. 91,000 crore and has been trying to sell its assets to repay debt after several defaults forced the government to overhaul its management. The debt crisis at the infrastructure lender came to light after a series of defaults by its group companies from September last year.
Srinagar: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined Army troops in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region on Wednesday to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers. The former Indian cricket team captain will be staying with his 106 TA Battalion (Para) till August 15 and under take duties with the troops, Army officials said. “Lt Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit,” one of the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The unit is deployed in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region as part of Victor Force. The 38-year-old World Cup winning captain’s two-week stint with his unit was approved by the Army headquarters last week on Dhoni’s request. Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. He is also a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps. The wicket-keeper-batsman has been conferred the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, by President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni had told the Board of Control for Cricket in India he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his parachute regiment. Dhoni had made himself “unavailable” for India’s tour of West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors met in Mumbai to pick the squads for the West Indies tour, starting on August 3. The Territorial Army is a part of the Army. Its role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the police to repair or replace the non-functional CCTV cameras installed by it at various locations in the national capital. The direction by a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar came after the Delhi Police told the court that out of the 4,388 cameras installed by it across the city, only 2,919 were functional and the rest were not working. Delhi government additional standing counsel Satyakam, appearing for the police, told the court that the non-functional cameras were being repaired. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Taking note of the submission, the bench said,”The cameras which are not working be either replaced or repaired. As the respondent is working (to repair the cameras) we see no reason to monitor the replacement or repair of the CCTVs.” With the observation, the court disposed of a plea initiated by it on its own after receiving a letter from an AIIMS physiotherapist, claiming that on the night of June 28 last a speeding vehicle had come towards his car from the opposite direction near India Gate circle forcing him to stop. Thereafter, the driver of the other vehicle assaulted the physiotherapist and sped away from the site, the letter had said. It had also said that when he went to the police station to lodge a complaint, he was told the other vehicle could not be traced as there were no functional CCTV cameras in the area.
Thiruvananthapuram/Dehradun/Ahmedabad: Over 120 people were airlifted from an inundated road in Kutch as rescue operations were stepped up on Monday in flood-hit Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the four states where over 200 people have perished so far, while nine people were killed in landslides in Uttarakhand and Jammu following heavy rains.Also, five people were killed in West Bengal and Odisha in rain-related incidents on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the water level has started receding in the deluge-ravaged areas, officials said. The death toll in Kerala rose to 83 on Monday, while in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, 122 people have lost their lives so far due to monsoon fury, as per official data. Nearly 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat’s Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works have started to repair roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn the hill state of Uttarakhand, which is being lashed by heavy rains, six persons, including a woman and her nine-month-old daughter, were buried alive in landslides in three different villages in Chamoli district. Erosion caused by swirling waters of the flooded Chuflagad River also washed away two buildings on its banks. The state emergency operation centre in Dehradun said the debris of landslides fell on three houses in Banjabgad, Aligaon and Lankhi villages in the district’s Ghat area trapping occupants. The six people suffocated to death, the centre said. In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district. Two others were also injured in the incident that took place on Sunday evening in Laar village in the district’s Mahore belt. In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared on Monday, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods. The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway-4, which was closed near Kolhapur in Maharashtra for the last six days, was partially opened for traffic on Monday after the flood waters receded and thousands of stranded trucks carrying essential commodities were allowed to move. Traffic movement was also allowed between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka. Precaution is being maintained in the deluge-hit states as most rivers are in a spate and reservoirs at the danger mark. In Kerala, the death toll increased to 83 and 2.55 lakh people have sought refuge in relief camps, official said, fearing the toll is may go up as 50 people are still missing in Malappuram. There is no ‘red alert’ of torrential rains for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday, but “orange alert” has been issued for six districts. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited flood affected areas in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in the state, including the worst-hit Puthumala area, and assured all help to those hit by the calamity to rebuild their lives. In Karnataka, 86 taluks in 17 districts have been affected due to floods and rains, and the state government has put the death toll at 42 and those missing at 12. The state on Monday announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to those who have lost their houses completely in the floods and landslides, to take up construction work, Rs 1 lakh to those whose houses were damaged and Rs 5,000 monthly to those staying in rental accommodations till their houses are ready. Due to the deluge, a total of 6,73,559 people have been evacuated till Saturday evening and 1,224 relief camps opened where 3,93,956 people are taking shelter. In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 on Monday and as on Sunday nearly 4.48 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods. They were shifted to 372 temporary camps and shelters. In Gujarat where nearly 31 people have died in rain-related incidents in the last five days, efforts are on to trace and rescue fishermen of two missing boats. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the IAF, state disaster response forces and local administration are providing relief and conducting rescue operations in states hit by monsoon fury. In Odisha, an elderly woman was killed and her daughter-in-law seriously injured when a wall of their house collapsed in Kalahandi district, as fresh rains lashed several parts of the state on Monday, with a threat of flood looming large, officials said. The state had been pounded by rains last week, too, claiming four lives and affecting at least nine districts in south and west Odisha. Four persons, including a minor girl, were killed in a lightning strike in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Monday ,police said. Rainfall was recorded in parts Bihar and Jharkhand in the east and also in areas of northeast India, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Light rainfall was also reported from parts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
New Delhi: The Indian entertainment scene is witnessing a seismic change with 30 over-the-top (OTT) platforms vying for space as players look to differentiate themselves, says a new report, adding that players like Netflix and Amazon Prime now need to create more desi content to bring more users to their platforms.Massive capital commitments have been made by platforms for building libraries of diverse original content over the last couple of years for the Indian audience. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearAccording to the KPMG report titled “India’s Digital Future: Mass of niches”, OTT services attract a more individualistic audience compared to the family viewers in a country dominated by single TV households.”Hence, the content on these platforms needs to appeal to different consumer sensibilities and have an element of freshness. While OTT players can attract their chosen target audience for sampling content with a few originals that appeal to them, depth in such digital-native original content becomes vital to ensure consumer stickiness in the long run,” the findings showed. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaIndian language internet users are expected to grow to 536 million by 2021 from 234 million in 2016.As nine out of 10 new Internet users in India are likely to be Indian language users, it is vital for OTT players to cater to this audience in their native language.The OTT platforms have started to focus on building a library of regional content that includes movies and originals over the past 12-18 months.Most of the video-on-demand (VOD) platforms have content offerings in regional languages. But such content has been restricted to select movies along with a handful of original shows, if any. “However, dubbing has emerged as an effective tool for players to quickly expand the breadth of original and movie content available across multiple regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, and Marathi,” the report noted.For example, Prime Video has dubbed popular Hindi originals like “Inside Edge” and “Breathe” to Tamil and Telugu.In addition to originals, Prime Video has also tried to increase depth in their regional library by dubbing English movies like “Alpa”, “Rampage”, etc. to Tamil and Telugu.Similarly, Hotstar has used dubbing to launch the Hindi web-series “Criminal Justice” in six regional languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla, Malayalam and Marathi.”OTT players like Netflix and Amazon prime have started hiring writers to add contextual flavour to dialogues in English in addition to launching regional web series,” said the report.Much of the video viewing in India is happening in a local language and YouTube, which has 265 million unique, active users has reported that over 95 per cent of its users watched videos in a regional language.Many OTT players are also investing in building their regional content libraries to match the demand from these audiences, the report mentioned.Telco partnerships have also emerged as an important source of subscription/syndication revenue for the OTT platforms, with a significant 30-35 per cent contribution to the overall subscription revenues in FY19.Platforms like ALT Balaji, Eros Now etc. are examples of players who have substantial revenue contribution coming from telco distribution.Some players have also forged partnership among themselves to mutually benefit each other and also with social media platforms (such as Facebook) to broadcast their content. For example, ‘Arre’ has partnered with ï¿½Sony Liv’, ï¿½Yupp TV’ and ï¿½Facebook’ for content”While majority of the players have started to offer shorter duration packs (weekly and monthly), some players are also bundling regional / international content separately to cater to different viewer segments.In order to cater to a wider user base in India, some players are also experimenting with cash payments, thew report noted.Long-form content has grown with players like Netflix, Prime Video, Zee5 and Alt Balaji focusing on creating originals with episodes ranging from 20 to 60 minutes.Short form content is highly popular on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.”Short form is also receiving due attention from OTT platforms like Eros Now and Hoichoi who are building their short form content libraries with short stories, comedies, interviews, etc,” said the KPMG report.On the other hand, OTT players have been reducing the cost of their subscription through introduction of basic, affordable packs.For example, Hotstar launched its low-cost subscription pack in the form of ï¿½Hotstar VIP’, whereas Netflix introduced ï¿½mobile only’ plans which are 50 per cent cheaper than its basic plan.These cost-reduction initiatives by the OTT players has resulted in some parity being achieved when it comes to TV pack vs. OTT pricing.
New Delhi: The country’s manufacturing sector activity declined to its 15-month low in August, owing to slower increases in sales, output and employment, a monthly survey said on Monday. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), fell to 51.4 in August, its lowest mark since May 2018, from 52.5 in July, as most survey indicators fell since July to signal a widespread loss of momentum. This is the 25th consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI has remained above the 50-point mark. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”August saw an undesirable combination of slowing economic growth and greater cost inflationary pressures in the Indian manufacturing industry,” Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit said, adding that “most PMI indices moved lower, including key health-check measures for new orders, output and employment”. India’s economic growth has slumped for the fifth straight quarter to an over six-year low of 5 per cent in the three months ended June as consumer demand and private investment slowed amid deteriorating global environment. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn August, sales expanded at the slowest rate in 15 months, following which production growth and job creation were tamed. Moreover, factories lowered input buying for the first time since May 2018. “Another worrying sign was the first drop in input buying in 15 months, which reflected a mixture of intentional reductions in stocks and shortages of available finance,” Lima said. The survey noted that competitive pressures and challenging market conditions restricted the upturn. New orders from overseas also increased at a slower rate in August, with growth the weakest seen since April 2018. “Until manufacturers are willing to loosen the purse strings, it is difficult to foresee a meaningful rebound in production growth on the horizon,” Lima said. Subdued sales to domestic and international clients in turn curbed output growth, which softened to the weakest in a year. Some survey members also reported cash flow problems and a lack of available finance. On the employment front, the survey said weak sales prevented manufacturing firms from replacing retirees and voluntary leavers. Going ahead, goods producers maintained optimistic growth projections, with hopes of a pick-up in demand and marketing efforts predicted to support output in the year ahead. Sentiment strengthened to a 16-month high. On the prices front, the measure of input costs accelerated to a nine-month high. “Another factor restricting quantities of purchases was a pick-up in the rate of increase in input prices. While not alarming, the acceleration in cost inflation may restrict central bank stimulus to the economy in the near-term,” Lima said. The government on Friday also announced its second of the three-part stimulus, merging 10 public sector banks into four with a view to boost credit to help revive the economy. A week prior to this announcement, the first stimulus package was unveiled that included reduction of taxes, improvement of liquidity in the banking sector (formal and shadow), increased government spending on auto and infrastructure, and accelerated refunds of Goods and Services Tax (GST). This was followed by liberalisation of foreign investment rules in four sectors — coal mining, contract manufacturing, single-brand retail and digital media. A third and possibly last package, expected in the next few days, may deal with issues facing the realty sector.