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Province Supporting Business by Reducing Red Tape OpEd

first_imgA vibrant and growing economy is a critical part of a strong province. It’s the foundation for safe and connected communities, our health and well-being, and educating and training our youth for the future. While we see the private sector taking the lead in spurring economic activity, government can help create a business climate that supports economic success. That includes developing and maintaining an efficient regulatory system that protects consumers, citizens, workers and the environment without creating unnecessary complexity or cost to business. And, it includes working with our Atlantic neighbours to harmonize and co-ordinate business rules where it makes sense. In January, we recognize Red Tape Awareness Week – a week the Canadian Federation of Independent Business created 10 years ago to shine a light on the burden of red tape and highlight the opportunity regulatory reform can have as part of a broader economic strategy. For the past few years, we have been working to improve how we regulate: fine-tuning what we ask of business, how often we ask it and how easy we make it for business to comply with rules. To lead this effort, we created a small, stand-alone office whose staff are dedicated to working with the business community to identify regulatory barriers and other government red tape, and co-ordinating with departments and government agencies to find solutions that work for everyone. As new regulation proposals come forward, staff at the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness assess the impact and estimate the costs or savings to business. This is important information as government designs regulations and services, and how we make decisions. Last year, we committed to reduce the burden of red tape on business by $25 million by end of 2018. It is a bold and aggressive target that will take significant, unnecessary cost of compliance away from Nova Scotia business, giving business owners more flexibility to invest and create jobs. Work on achieving the target is well underway: we’ve simplified and clarified language in guidelines, modernized legislation, and invested in new technology to make processes easier. We created the Business Navigation Service, a first-of-its kind service in Canada to help guide businesses of all sizes, at all stages of operation, through what can be a complex regulatory environment. Since its launch last year, our navigators have served more than 1,100 businesses, saving each one an average of 10 hours of time. That’s time better spent on their business. Cumulatively, this service has saved those businesses more than $1 million. Today, we are accountable for publicly reporting on our red tape reduction work every year. And, while we are proud of the progress we’ve made, we know there is more to do. As a former small business owner, I distinctly recall dealing with red tape. As premier, I know the tremendous opportunity associated with improving how government regulates and the direct link it has to a vibrant, growing economy. -30-last_img read more

Centuryold love letters found in Winnipeg building to be returned to family

first_imgWINNIPEG — Century-old love letters are being returned to a family after they were uncovered by a construction crew working on a historic building in Manitoba.The letters from 1918 and 1919 are addressed to a Rebecca (Becky) Rusoff in Winnipeg from a soldier in Halifax named Soko.The man writes about how he thinks about Becky all the time, looks upon her as a perfect treasure and would love her until death.Sonya Berthin, with the property management company in charge of the building, says the letters were found in near-perfect condition while crews were working in the basement of the downtown Paris Building.They eventually learned the romantic was Hyman Sokolov, who became a prominent lawyer and journalist in the city, writing to the woman who would become his wife, Rebecca.Berthin has since been contacted by the Sokolov’s grandson and says they are working on returning the letters to the family.The Canadian Presslast_img

Quebec looking into alleged sexual assaults by police against Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National News QUEBEC – The Quebec government says investigations into allegations of sexual assault by police officers against native women are nearly completed. Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in the legislature today her office first heard about the allegations last May. Theriault says provincial police conducted the investigations even though the alleged brutality and sexual assault was perpetrated by members of the force in Val-d’Or, in northwestern Quebec. She contends the probes are independent because the investigators in question are not from the same area. The story broke ahead of tonight’s broadcast of “Enquete,” a Radio-Canada investigative program that has looked into the abuse allegations. – with files from The Canadian Presslast_img

Ban Kimoon welcomes forthcoming interKorean summit

“The Secretary-General believes that such a meeting offers a significant opportunity for the promotion of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation,” said a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson following the announcement that DPRK leader Kim Jong-Il and Republic of Korea (ROK) President Roh Moo-Hyun would meet in Pyongyang, the DPRK capital, on 28 August. “He wishes to commend the two leaders for their initiative and hopes that this positive development will give further impetus to the progress made recently within the framework of the Six-Party Talks,” the statement added. Those talks in Beijing between the DPRK, ROK, Japan, Russia and the United States, led to an agreement in February on dismantling the DPRK’s nuclear weapons facilities and the return to the country of UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors over four years after they were ordered out after the DPRK withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Last month, IAEA inspectors confirmed that five nuclear facilities in the DPRK have been shut down. 8 August 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the forthcoming summit meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas as way to advance progress already made in international negotiations to rid the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of all its nuclear weapon facilities and materials in return for energy and other aid. read more

Wildlife officers abduct cops 2 others

After locating one ganja plantation two policemen were stationed at that location with weapons while the others proceeded to another location in the park to look for more ganja plantations. Wildlife officers have abducted two policemen and two others who were involved in a raid on a ganja plantation in the Udawalawe national park today, the police media unit said this evening.The police said that the policemen were part of a 22 member police team involved in the raid at the park. A search operation has been launched to locate the missing men. (Colombo Gazette) The police media unit said that at this time a group of wildlife officers of the park had abducted the two policemen and two others who assisted in the raid.

Indian Ocean nations to carry out UNorganized tsunami readiness test

The large-scale simulation exercise – known as “IOWAVE14” – is planned for 9 and 10 September, and is organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The exercise is intended to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, which was set up in the wake of the catastrophe that struck the area on 26 December 2004. On that day, an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra sent waves as high as 30 metres crashing into 14 countries, claiming nearly 230,000 lives and leaving around 2 million people homeless.Next week’s exercise will comprise two scenarios: the first simulates an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 south of Java, Indonesia; the second simulates an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 in the Makran Trench south of Iran and Pakistan. Both scenarios will simulate tsunami waves travelling across the Indian Ocean and be conducted in real time.“The goal is to measure the capacity and response times of the various stakeholders involved to address such rare but potentially destructive events,” stated a press release from UNESCO.The agency added that the test is designed to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between the stakeholders involved, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures. Several countries will also include public evacuation exercises of coastal populations. An evaluation will be conducted after the exercise to identify gaps and weaknesses so as to improve the Warning and Mitigation System.The following Indian Ocean Rim countries are participating in the test: Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (Réunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Yemen. read more

Brock surpasses United Way target

The Brock community recently showed what can be achieved when people come together for a common goal.More than $146,000 was raised for the University’s 2016 United Way campaign, surpassing the $145,000 target.The campaign, which supports United Way St. Catharines and District, is made possible by a dedicated group of staff that volunteer each year to help ensure its success.Anyone interesting in joining the committee or learning more about Brock’s involvement with United Way can e-mail Kevin Lawr at or visit

Intervals at the theatre are stupid and force people to drink bad

first_imgIntervals at the theatre are “stupid” and should be banned because they ruin the momentum and force people to drink the “worst red wine”, Steven Moffat has claimed.Speaking at the Hay Festival, the Doctor Who writer said he wished theatres would not “stop in the middle of a show” when the audience really wanted the play to continue. Steven Moffat made the comments at the Hay Festival He said: “Don’t stop in the middle of a show and send the audience to a terrible bar. “That really spoils the evening when they stop the show and give you the worst red wine you have ever drunk in a crowd of people who just want the show to keep going. “Don’t do that it’s a stupid idea. Stop having intervals and let people go to a decent restaurant afterwards. “I don’t think you should have them.” Steven Moffat made the comments at the Hay FestivalCredit:Jay Williams Stop having intervals and let people go to a decent restaurant afterwardsSteven Moffatcenter_img The writer is in the midst of completing his final series of the BBC’s Doctor Who, after which he said he will have to look for a new job. Asked what the theatre world could learn from television, he said: “I would like to go there not because I think I’ve got lots of things to explain to those poor souls in the theatre I can bring them from television. “I would like to do something that I have no experience of, that I am not a notional expert in”.Moffat also defended his record on writing female characters, but said he recognised he was on the “wrong side of the argument”.He said: “I get very uneasy about having to defend this position but could I point out respectfully, if you’re going to say I can’t write female characters can I add a caveat? “Can I have the list of caveats as long as all the female characters I have created? That would seem fair.“On the other hand, mounting that defence puts me on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the argument. “I don’t want that, I think we do need female better representation for characters. “I don’t want to be the one saying that. Me defending my record puts me as a fat middle aged white man on the wrong side of the argument.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Noel Fernandes wins GTTs Biggest Christmas Ever BMW X1 promotion

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOverwhelming response to GTT’s Innov8 Cosplay showMarch 26, 2018In “Entertainment”$1M up for grabs in ‘Colour your life’ PromotionFebruary 24, 2015In “Business”Women’s hockey team namedOctober 25, 2014In “Sports” Noel Fernandes one of the four finalist in the competition drove away with the grand prizeOn Friday, December 28, a combination of excitement, suspense and anticipation filled the atmosphere at the Stabroek Market Square, Georgetown as the four finalists for GTT’s Christmas promotion competed against each other for the grand prize of a BMW X1, which comes with one year free insurance and one year free super 95 gas from GuyOil.Families and supporters of the four finalists flooded the location to back their favourite contestant.With voting being the first leg of the competition, Shameer Rahamut, Shinella Charles, Noel Fernandes and Sean Charles all battled through several obstacle challenges in the second leg of the competition to win the grand prize.The second leg of the competition comprised of Cake Eating, Dunk that Junk, Balloon blow up, Question and Answers on GTT’s Plus Sized promotion and a sing off battle.Quadrupling his competitors’ votes with help from the public was Enterprise Gardens, Noel Fernandes.He also scored ample points in the obstacle challenges which led to Fernandes emerging as the winner of GTT’s BMW X1.After being announced the winner of the BMW X1, Fernandes in full excitement said he was elated to be the victor of the competition.“I feel very deserving. I placed my best foot forward and this is the reward I am reaping now. I am just thankful to GTT for affording me such an opportunity and I promise to take good care of the vehicle and drive responsibly.”An overjoyed Fernandes drove off in his new BMW X1 with his wife and son who both shared his sentiments.However, with the “do more” company everyone left a winner. Copping the second prize was Sean Charles from Agricola who took home $150,000. Sean was well supported by his five children and wife. He expressed gratitude to GTT and his supporters.Stealing the crowd’s heart was Shinella Charles who placed third and took away $100,000, followed by Shameer Rahamut who walked away with $50,000.The finalists were all scored by four judges; media personality, Gordon Moseley, GTT’s brand Ambassadors, Poonam Singh and Drew Thooven and GTT’s Director of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Devi Sukdeo.External Auditors from TSD Lal and Co Chartered Accountants were also on hand to ensure impartiality in the judging process.Senior Marketing Executive at GTT and Event Coordinator, Tashandra Inniss said, “This has been one of the most successful events coming out of GTT. We have managed to meet our targets while still supporting our customers. We are extremely happy about the outcome and we cannot wait for the next big thing.”Partnering on the promotion with GTT was Guyoil Company who handed over one year free supply of Super 95 Gas to the winner of the BMW X1.Marketing and Sales Manager at Guyoil, Jacqueline James said the aim of the partnership was to make the winner’s life relaxed for one year. “Guyoil is always about giving back to its customers, not only its corporate customers but our residential customers as well. We look forward to doing more joint partnership with GTT in the future.”GTT in a statement said that it is aiming to give back more to its customers in the New Year with more exciting promotions. read more

Germany against Serbia in April

Christian Prokop saved his place on the bench of German national team. His first matches after bad performance at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 are already scheduled for April 4 and 6 in Leipzig and Dortmund.Rival of the host co- host team of the next World Championship 2019 will be Serbia. ← Previous Story MORE SEATS FOR HANDBALL FANS: Veszprem and Szeged to get bigger halls Next Story → TUI Arena is home of DKB Bundesliga leaders – TSV Hannover Burgdorf

Intempéries dans le sudouest fin de lalerte orange

first_imgIntempéries dans le sud-ouest : fin de l’alerte orangeFrance – Météo France a levé lundi 11 octobre la vigilance orange sur les derniers départements placés en alerte. Les pluies d’orage qui ont frappé le sud-ouest du pays ces derniers jours se sont apaisées, mais un baigneur est toujours porté disparu à Collioure.    Lundi à 21h, Météo France levait son alerte orange dans l’Aude et les Pyrénées-Orientales, les deux derniers départements encore menacés par les intempéries. Dans ce second département, sur une plage de Collioure, un quadragénaire est porté disparu depuis dimanche soir, après avoir tenté un bain de minuit dans une mer démontée par un fort vent soufflant sur le golfe du Lion. Météo France précisait dans le même temps : “De fortes vagues déferleront sur le littoral et une élévation temporaire du niveau de la mer pourrait submerger certaines parties du littoral”. À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseDans l’Aude, la vigilance orange concernant les crues est toutefois maintenue pour deux rivières : l’Orbieu et l’Aude. L’épisode orageux accompagné de fortes pluies a touché, depuis 48 heures, onze départements du sud-ouest et du centre-sud, avec des maximums enregistrés de 280 mm de précipitations. Le 12 octobre 2010 à 12:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Off Beat Nurse was on standby for papal party emergencies

first_imgShe was mobilized for Maria and called to Katrina.But Mardi Gras? And Pope Francis?They’re all chapters in the emergency medical career of Raelene Jarvis.As part of a National Disaster Medical System team, she was in Puerto Rico to provide assistance following Hurricane Maria.The Vancouver nurse shared her experiences in a story that ran Sunday in The Columbian. Her 16 years with Oregon’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team includes deployments to historic events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.She’s also been mobilized for Mardi Gras and for a visit by Pope Francis.They’re not events that most people would define as medical emergencies.“They’re national security events,” Jarvis explained.So are presidential inaugurations and national political conventions.“They want a medical team to be on-site in case there is a medical need. I was at the papal visit,” when Pope Francis was here in 2015, she said.“It was interesting. We spent the whole time on standby, hoping we weren’t going to be needed. Since the whole team was there, we spent our time doing training.”Her Mardi Gras assignment in 2006 was a return trip to New Orleans.Altercations & alcohol“Mardi Gras was kind of a continuation of Katrina. They recognized that the hospitals were not up and running, six months after the hurricane. Nobody was sure how many people would come to Mardi Gras.”So the disaster team set up a mini-emergency department that could take pressure off hospital emergency rooms.Jarvis worked a night shift in a tent that was set up in a big parking lot. Her patients included cardiac cases and people injured in minor vehicle accidents.last_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Vandalizing District Attorneys Office In Kenai

first_imgGarber was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and another two counts of Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. Garber was transported to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. According to the KPD dispatch; while responding to the area, officers noticed a person vandalizing the State office building at Bidarka/Main Street Loop. Officers contacted the subject Thomas A. Garber, age 49, of Kenai.center_img At 5:49 a.m., KPD received a report that the District Attorney’s office in Kenai had been vandalized. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department arrested a Kenai man for vandalizing the District Attorney’s office on December 26.last_img

Maulana Azad National Urdu University to organise roundtable on

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is organising a round-table on the draft National Education Policy (NEP), 2019, on July 17 from 10 am to 3.30 pm at its campus, as per the guidelines issued by UGC and MHRD. According to Dr. M. A. Sikandar, Registrar, the discussions will be held on topics of “Teacher Education with specific reference to Urdu speaking masses”, “Equitable and Inclusive Education under the School Education” and “Optimal Learning Environment and Support for Students under Higher Education with specific reference to ODL student.” Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Experts from the field of education Prof Ayub Khan, PVC, MANUU, Prof V Sudhakar, Educationist, EFLU, and Prof V Venkaiah, former VC, Krishan University, will chair the sessions and speak about the draft policy. Prof P F Rahman, Director I/c, DDE, Prof Mohd. Shahid, Head, Dept. of Social Work, and Dr Afroz Alam, Head, Dept. of Political Science, & Director I/c ACSSEIP, will be the conveners. Faculty members & students of MANUU will participate in the discussions. (INN)last_img read more

Ayodhya dispute Nirmohi Akhara moves SC against land release

first_imgRepresentational ImageSupreme Court of India official websiteThe Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties that got one-third of the disputed land in the Ayodhya title dispute, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday opposing the Centre’s plea to release the majority of the 67.7 acres of acquired land, saying it cannot be given to anyone by the government.Urging the apex court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute, the Akhara has alleged that a number of temples on the acquired land managed by it has been damaged.The Centre has moved the top court seeking the modification of its earlier order and the release of “excess/superfluous” land so that it can be returned to those who have owned it.Its application is yet to be heard by the court as it has ordered mediation of the dispute for an amicable settlement of the title suit.last_img

Poet Al Mahmud passes away

first_imgPoet Al MahmudProminent poet Al Mahmud died at the age of 82 at a hospital in Dhaka on Friday night.The poet breathed his last at 11:05pm at the city’s Ibn Sina Hospital, confirmed his family.Abid Azam, a family friend and assistant of the poet, told Prothom Alo that Al Mahmud was put on life support as he was suffering from pneumonia and old-age complications.On 9 February, the poet was admitted to the hospital.Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, was a poet, novelist, and short-story writer.He was born on 11 July, 1936 at Maurail in Brahmanbaria.Al Mahmud is considered as one of the greatest Bengla poets to have emerged in the 20th century.The Ekushey Padak winning poet’s works in Bangla poetry is dominated by his frequent use of imageries of rural Bangladesh.In the 1950s he was among those Bangalee poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bangla Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.He spent his childhood in Maurail village.Mahmud started his career as a journalist and obtained widespread recognition after ‘Lok Lokantor’ was published in 1963.Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature.last_img read more

Woman attempts suicide killing minor daughter

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA woman tried to commit suicide reportedly after killing her minor daughter in the city’s Maniknagar area early Monday.The deceased is three-and-half-year-old Ruja Fardin, daughter of Manjur Hasan Russel, reports UNB.Ruksana Akhter Rumi used to live at a house of Miazan Goli in Maniknagar under Mugda police station along with her daughter Ruja.Being informed, police recovered Ruja’s body from Mugda General Hospital around 12:15pm and sent it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for postmortem, said sub-inspector (SI) Fazal Mahmud of the police station.The body was handed over to relatives in the afternoon following the autopsy, he said.Quoting locals, the police officer said Ruksana fed her daughter with food laced with either pesticide or sedative and then she herself took it sometime after Sunday midnight.As they fell sick, they were taken to Mugda General Hospital where Ruja died around 12:15pm while Ruksana was undergoing treatment at the hospital, Fazal said.last_img read more

Promoting art for all

first_imgArt is nothing but expression. We as the most evolved creatures of this universe are in a continuous dialogue- at times with our own selves and often with those around. Impressions of what we think and what we perceive is what we communicate. This is what is the concept behind Arts Unlimited’s Great Masters of Europe in High Renaissance exhibition is all about. The exhibition started on 3 and will continue till 9 November at the capital’s Rabindra Bhavan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Showcasing the works of ten upcoming artists, the exhibition is curated by Poonam Rana. It is also supporting the works of some artists from modest backgrounds. . A discerning jury will be awarding the best artist. The guests of honor include personalities from the world of fitness, fashion, art and NGOs while the participating artist are- Subrata Ganguly, Poonam Rana, Jamal Ahmed, R.YogeshwarArt is a means of a dialogue between man and man.  And what better can it be, when this dialogue serves a noble cause too. Arts Shows Unlimited believe in expanding the horizons and providing a worthy platform to display their artworks to some very promising artists, who have stayed away from display of their works, due to their modest financial backgrounds. The idea is make art accessible for everyone.Where: Lalit Kala Akedemy, Rabindra Bhawan When: On till  9 Novemberlast_img read more

Govt is committed to bring back Dawood Ibrahim says Rijiju

first_imgRijiju said Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already said in Parliament that government will leave no stone unturned to bring back Dawood, believed to be hiding in Pakistan with the patronage of ISI.“Indian government is committed to bring back Dawood,” Rijiju told reporters.The Minister of State for Home was replying to a question on when Dawood will be brought back to India to face law for his various crimes, including 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, in the wake of Rajan’s arrest. Asked how soon Rajan would be brought back to India from Indonesia, where he was arrested two days ago, Rijiju said the laws in Indonesia and India were different and both countries were exploring them.“We are exploring all provisions of law and bilateral agreement between India and Indonesia. The process is on to bring back Chhota Rajan to India soon,” he said.Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted gangster, was arrested in Bali, Indonesia, on a Red Corner Notice.last_img

Ladysmith High School hostel catches fire

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith High School (LHS) boys’ hostel caught alight earlier today (August 6).The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.Reports from teachers is that one of them saw smoke and flames coming out of one of the windows at the hostel.Fire engines outside the schoolThey immediately contacted Public Safety, with the Fire Department responding to the scene.The blaze was controlled and the flames put out by firefighters.The room where the fire startedTeachers from the school say that no schoolchildren were in the hostel at the time of the fire, as nobody stays there over weekends.No one was injured.Also read: Double-storey house catches fire in Ladysmith One of the rooms in the hostel was destroyed.With the fire extinguished, all the windows were opened to let out the smoke that had built up inside the building.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more