FINANCE–Budget Bulletin: Investing More in Public Health andSafety Expertise The Naylor Report on SARS, a report commissioned last year by thefederal government, highlighted the need for a steady investmentover time in the training of both new and existing public healthstaff. Nova Scotia is acting on Naylor’s short-term recommendationsresponse for provinces and territories. The report also calls forincreased federal public health investment. More money is also being made available for additional vaccinesfor children: we will continue to expand the chicken pox vaccineprogram and introduce a new vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria andwhooping cough for 14- to 16-year-olds. Nova Scotians have the best ambulance services in the country,thanks to our highly trained paramedics. Additional investmentsin training and equipment for first responders and wage increasesfor paramedics will maintain this excellent service. PROTECTING NOVA SCOTIA FROM TODAY’S NEW THREATSThe Department of Health has begun an emergency planning,preparedness and response initiative for the province’s health-care system. This will be a response plan for hazards rangingfrom SARS, West Nile Virus, pandemic flu, through toterrorist-associated chemical, radiation or biological events. The plan will be consistent with the National Health EmergencyManagement Framework, and include such components as publichealth measures, health and emergency services, surveillance andcommunication activities. Participants in this initiative includethe district health authorities, the Department of CommunityServices and several elements of the Department of Health. When combined with the additional public health officials beingrecruited by the department, the plan will make Nova Scotiabetter prepared to deal with threats to our public health. -30- a second medical officer of health for the Capital Health district; a medical officer of health, to monitor environmental health issues; an epidemiologist, to monitor and respond to outbreaks of infections or diseases; a public health nurse consultant, communicable disease; a senior public health inspector; a part-time disaster-planning specialist; one additional administrative support. In 2004-05, an additional $550,000 will be invested in infectiousdisease control, environmental health and other public healthissues by hiring more public health experts. The additionalresources will enable the department to manage the growing rangeof public health issues surrounding new and emerging diseases,while continuing to handle other duties such as immunizationprograms and safe drinking water. The funding is earmarked for seven new positions:
The death of a mainland moose near Pictou on Thursday, Oct. 2, is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources. Department conservation officers were attempting to relocate a young bull moose from a residential area where it had been spotted during several days. It was determined that the moose should be moved for the safety of the public and moose. Conservation officers tranquilized the moose and began an airlift to Shubenacadie, however, it died about 15 minutes after being shot with a tranquilizer. Department officials that spoke to media Thursday were not aware that the moose had fallen from the sling as the helicopter took off. The moose may have been ill, and may have died from a combination of stress, the tranquilizer, and the fall. The moose carcass is at Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. “Our wildlife officers take every precaution when it comes to protecting endangered species,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “It’s possible that an equipment malfunction may have been a factor in the moose’s death and, if so, we want to ensure that it won’t happen again.” Mainland moose in Nova Scotia are an endangered species threatened by disease and parasites. “Nova Scotia’s mainland moose are a species at risk,” said Mr. Morse. “Though the death of this young moose is unfortunate, it’s possible that the necropsy will provide clues to the reasons for the population decrease.”
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 Traffic signals at the end of the westbound off ramp of Exit 5 on Highway 103 are flashing red. The intersection should be treated as a four-way stop. Delays are possible. Please travel with extra caution in the area. The signals were damaged by lightning and are being repaired. Local Area Office: 902-424-4164 -30-
Kolkata: Amid protests by doctors in several districts of West Bengal, four junior doctors were injured when stones were pelted at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, an official said. “The doctors were peacefully holding a dharna when some hooligans pelted stones from outside around 11 a.m. One intern Mayank Agarwal, 22, was seriously hurt on the forehead, while three others received minor injuries,” Amitava Saha, Deputy Superintendent of the hospital, told IANS. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga He said the outpatient departments (OPDs) was shut as the junior doctors were protesting against an attack on interns at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, but the emergency services also got disrupted after the stone pelting. “The emergency services were kept open. Admitted patients are being treated. But as the situation went out of control, outsiders are not being allowed anymore,” Saha said. The police brought the situation under control and all senior officers are at the spot as the doctors are continuing their sit-in, he added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Similar scenes of cease-work were witnessed in districts such as Bankura, Birbhum and Coochbehar. In Kolkata, family members of patients at the state-run SSKM Hospital started a simultaneous protest by occupying the streets outside and blocking traffic on the AJC Bose Road crossing demanding treatment of their ailing kin. Services at some private hospitals were also disrupted as they showed solidarity with the doctors. “We want some sort of assurance because whenever any incident occurs, the security and administrative staff becomes untraceable. It is us (junior doctors) who are beaten up or manhandled,” said one of the protesting doctors at NRS Hospital. Protests erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night. The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. The intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and has been admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata’s Park Circus area. His condition is reportedly stable.
New Delhi: All India Trinamool Congress on Friday demanded for installation of a statue of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Parliament – the first great Indian novelist, who is credited with playing the most important role in the revolution of Bengali language from ancient to the modern form.He is the writer of Vande Mataram – that National hymn of India. While speaking during Zero Hours, TMC senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said, “…. a statue of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay be installed in Parliament and we prepare from today to ensure that we pay tribute to this writer, poet, journalist, pioneer and nationalist.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahO’Brien further mentioned with dismay and attack the government saying, “We failed to pay tribute to the writer…. on his birth anniversary on Thursday, June 27 in Parliament.” He also urged the House to pay tribute with respect to Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay from next year. Vande Mataram is a part of his novel Anandamath- published in 1882. This also inspired thousands of freedom fighters to rise against the British Government. O’Brien also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, accusing him of not addressing any of the questions raised by the opposition parties, and attacked for concentrating only on praising about the previous government’s work.
New Delhi: In a bid to end factionalism in the party ahead of assembly polls in Haryana, the Congress on Wednesday named Kumari Selja chief of its state unit and appointed former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda chairperson of the election management committee.Congress president Sonia Gandhi also appointed Hooda the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, and by virtue of that leader of opposition in the state assembly, Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad announced. He was addressing a press conference here with general secretary organisation K C Venugopal by his side. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Selja, 56, is a former Union minister and known for being close to Sonia Gandhi. While she takes Ashok Tanwar’s place as Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Hooda will replace CLP leader Kiran Choudhary. Tanwar, who finds himself out of favour, is known to be close to Rahul Gandhi. He had been state unit chief since 2014. The Hooda faction had been demanding a change in the Haryana Congress leadership ahead of the assembly polls in October this year. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHis supporters wanted 71-year-old Hooda to be installed as the new Congress chief in Haryana. However, the party leadership was not inclined to do so and wanted to replace Tanwar, a Dalit, with a Dalit. Therefore, according to sources, the decision to finalise Rajya Sabha MP Selja. The party’s decision to give Hooda the responsibility of leading the election charge follows his August 18 ‘Maha Parivartan Rally’ in Rohtak when he declared that the Congress had “lost direction”. Asked about Hooda’s remarks and the factionalism plaguing the Haryana unit of the party, Azad said all that was in the past and a new beginning had been made with the appointments. Pressed further, Azad said Hooda had been given the responsibility now. If the party had lost direction, he can bring it on the right path, he said. On the delay in appointments, Azad said, “Better late than never.” “This (post of election management committee chief) is very important as in the next few days Haryana elections are likely to be announced,” Azad said. Azad also listed the various development works carried out in Haryana under Hooda’s tenure from 2005-2014. A lot of work was done for Dalits and farmers, he said. In terms of per capita income and investment, Haryana was number 1 under Hooda’s tenure, Azad said, adding that the state had became a hub of health, education and sports. “Considering all this, he (Hooda) has been given the job during elections. All senior leaders of the states will fight the BJP together,” he asserted. Azad hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, alleging that the state lagged behind on all counts, including law and order. “There have been various atrocities against Dalits in Haryana. I have full confidence that the entire team will fight together to defeat the BJP,” he said. During his rally in Rohtak, Hooda had given a warning to the Congress party for a leadership change, while supporting the Modi government’s move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. It was also being speculated that Hooda could quit the party.
TORONTO – Labatt Breweries of Canada says it is investing $460 million between 2017 and 2020 to enhance its operations and help boost growth.The maker of popular brands such as Labatt Blue, Budweiser and Alexander Keith’s says the figure includes $62.2 million towards brewery operations this year.Each of Labatt’s six breweries has already received at least $19 million in recent years, as it invested $546 million in capital improvements between 2011 and 2016.The company says this investment in new technology and equipment should help it increase production of new and innovative products, as consumer tastes develop and demand is rising for different kinds of beverages.The investments are not expected to result in new jobs or layoffs.Labatt employs more than 3,500 people in Canada and will celebrate its 170th year this fall.“We’ve been steadfast in our commitment to brewing great tasting high quality beer, so with these investments we are enhancing our operations to support further growth for the next 170 years,” said Charlie Angelakos, the company’s vice president of legal and corporate affairs.Labatt — once an independent giant in Canada’s beer industry — was bought in 1995 by a Belgian group that has continued to grow by buying and merging with other companies around the world. The group, now called Anheuser-Busch InBev, last year bought the world’s second-biggest beermaker SABMiller for a combined one-third of the global beer market.AB InBev and SABMiller own hundreds of brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Grolsch, Stella Artois and Labatt.In Canada, the beer market has long been dominated by Molson Coors and AB InBev, through its ownership of Labatt, although the two beer giants have increasingly been challenged by the popularity of smaller local craft brewers.Earlier this summer, beer rival Molson Coors announced plans to spend up to $500 million to build a new brewery in the city, instead of at its original location, which opened in 1786.Labatt has been moving to buy up craft beers, including Shock Top and the 2015 purchase of Toronto’s Mill Street Brewery, its sixth acquisition of a North American craft brewer since 2011. The company now operates three stand-alone craft brewers.Labatt announced a US$350-million deal with the Mark Anthony Group to buy the Canadian rights to Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Okanagan Cider and ownership of the Turning Point Brewery in British Columbia, which brews Stanley Park beers, giving the company a bigger stake in both the growing pre-mixed drinks and ciders markets, which have been growing in popularity.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC cut through the summer doldrums with the best week for a television network since the NBA Finals were seen on ABC two months ago.NBC was led, as is typical during the summer months, by “America’s Got Talent.” The competition show was seen by 11.8 million people last week, more than four million more than anything else on television, the Nielsen company said.Joining favourites like “American Ninja Warrior” and “World of Dance,” NBC added a new competition series in “Making It,” a crafting show co-hosted by former “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Its audience of 5.2 million people made it the most-watched new series of the summer, Nielsen said.Football, which will be a mainstay of broadcast network schedules through January, started its preseason with the Hall of Fame game, seen by 6.8 million people on NBC.NBC averaged 4.7 million viewers for the week, CBS had 3.8 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 1.9 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo has 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 840,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.34 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.58 million, USA had 1.38 million, HGTV had 1.36 million and Hallmark had 1.1 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.4 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million.For the week of July 30-Aug. 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 11.83 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.54 million; NFL Exhibition Football: Chicago vs. Baltimore, NBC, 6.77 million; “NFL Preseason Kickoff,” NBC, 6.57 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.96 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.86 million; “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.62 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.57 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.55 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.5 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
Tiffany Howes is the winner of this year’s Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award. The young graphic designer is seen here with the decal she created for the bar at the downtown nightclub, Stella’s.Tiffany Howes won’t find it difficult to spend $10,000.As the winner of this year’s Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award, Howes will use the cash infusion that comes with the honour to pay off loans and other start-up costs incurred when she founded Electric Jam, her graphic and web design business, in January.Brushing up on web code, search engine optimization, advertising and marketing Electric Jam will also get a bit more attention now.“I need a lot more exposure in Niagara,” said Howes, who graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2011. “Just because I’m here doing work doesn’t mean people know I exist.”The Nitsopoulos Award, named after prominent local hotelier Angelo Nitsopoulos, is meant to boost fledgling businesses started by Brock graduates in Niagara and encourage the young entrepreneurs to stay in the region after graduation.Nitsopoulos sits on the awards selection committee and said Howes’s application stood out from the other four candidates this year because she made it very clear where she wants to live and work.“She was very committed to building her business and staying in Niagara,” Nitsopoulos said. “She had some skin in the game and we felt she would be the one to survive and stay in Niagara.”This is the sixth year the awards have been handed out and Nitsolpoulos noted that all of the past recipients are still in business and in the region.“They’re all successful,” he said. “Keeping young people here in Niagara is important.”Howes began making her mark in graphic design while attending Brock, doing design work for the Brock Press and the University’s radio station, CFBU. She also donated her talents to create promotional materials for local art shows in which she was often an exhibitor.“That was the neat thing about going to Brock,” Howes said. “Even though I was learning and practising fine arts, I was doing graphic design for the Brock Press and the radio station.”But it was the process of applying for the Nitsopoulos award that really cemented what Howes wants to do with Electric Jam.Contenders have to present their case for candidacy in writing and in person to a review committee.“It was a lot of work and I appreciate that because it makes you re-think your direction and re-think what you thought you knew,” Howes said. “Coming from the creative side, I don’t have as much of a business background. I need to make up for this side that I’ve never been trained in and (the committee members) are all professionals.”
Boue toxique : l’écosystème de la rivière Marcal détruit, retour en imagesHongrie – Malgré les barrages mis en place par les pompiers, la coulée de boue toxique libérée par une usine d’aluminium hongroise a atteint la rivière Marcal qui se déverse dans la Raba, un affluent direct du Danube. Cette rivière est aujourd’hui considérée comme “morte”.Les boues rouges toxiques se sont déversées directement dans la Marcal, détruisant totalement son écosystème. La rivière est morte après que le taux alcalin très élevé a tout tué. “Tous les poissons sont morts et nous n’avons pas pu sauver la végétation non plus (…) La Marcal a reçu sa peine de mort quand la boue rouge y a déferlé par le ruisseau Torna”, a annoncé ce jeudi 7 octobre le chef régional des services anticatastrophes, Tibor Dobson. “Nous avons essayé de diminuer le taux alcalin de la Marcal sur plusieurs points avec du plâtre et de l’acide, mais en vain” a-t-il déploré avant de souligner que l’objectif majeur était désormais de ramener le taux alcalin sous 9% dans la Raba et le Danube pour tenter de sauver les écosystèmes qu’ils abritent.Au vu de la rapidité à laquelle la boue toxique a anéanti la rivière Marcal, c’est une menace de terrible catastrophe écologique qui pèse sur la faune et la flore du deuxième plus long fleuve d’Europe.L’accident s’est produit lundi après la rupture d’un réservoir d’une usine de fabrication de bauxite-aluminium à Ajka. Plus d’un million de mètres cubes de boue rouge mélangée à de l’eau ont déferlé sur les villages voisins dont les centaines d’habitants ont été évacués, pour ne sans doute jamais revenir.Retour sur la catastrophe en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/boue-toxique/boue-toxique-en-hongrie-retour-en-images-sur-la-catastrophe_art9612.htmlLe 7 octobre 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on target Apple on Tuesday revealed the 10 winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge.For two weeks earlier this year, the tech titan invited customers to submit their best mobile snaps.A panel of judges then reviewed global submissions and selected 10 champions, whose work will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores, and online.The winning shots come from a range of models (iPhone 7 to XS Max) and countries (including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel, and the US).“These photos capture colorful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary, and more,” Apple said in an official announcement.Judges Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack, and Arem Duplessis offered insight on each of their final choices.(via Apple/Alex Jiang)Alex Jiang (US), iPhone XS MaxChen Man (contemporary visual artist and entrepreneur): “This is a photo filled with lovely color and sense of story in the composition. Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch.”Annet de Graaf (iPhone travel photographer): “There is actually life behind the surface of an average apartment building in an unknown city. Vivid colors and a perfect composition with the basketball board right in the middle.”(via Apple/Blake Marvin)Blake Marvin (US), iPhone XS MaxAustin Mann (iPhone photographer and filmmaker): “This image took a lot of patience and great timing. … We’re able to see both the racoon’s eyes and the deep shadows inside the log.”Phil Schiller (senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple): “The stolen glance between this raccoon/thief and photographer is priceless. We can imagine that it is saying ‘If you back away slowly no one has to get hurt.’”(via Apple/Darren Soh)Darren Soh (Singapore), iPhone XS MaxSchiller: “A reflection that looks like a painting, two worlds have collided. You are compelled to think about where and how this photo was taken.”Man: “Distortion and reflection at a strange angle—this photo creates a fantastic feeling.”(via Apple/Nikita Yarosh)Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7Luísa Dörr (iPhone photographer): “I like the simplicity of this image, the composition, light, details, everything looks good. Then you see one small line that looks wrong and makes me think ‘What happened? Where is this place? Who was there?’ For me a good image is not only one that is strong or beautiful, but makes you think about it—and keep thinking.”(via Apple/Dina Alfasi)Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone XSebastien Marineau-Mes (vice president of software at Apple): “Love how the heart-shaped water puddle frames the subject, capturing a glimpse of the world as the subject hurriedly walks past.”Brooks Kraft (contributing photographer at TIME magazine): “A unique perspective and a new take on the popular subject of shooting reflections. I like that the subject is evident, but you are not really sure how the photo was taken.”(via Apple/Elizabeth Scarrott)Elizabeth Scarrott (US), iPhone 8 PlusPete Souza (former official White House photographer for President Barack Obama): “Nice portrait and use of background to provide context. The placement of the child’s face is in an optimal place—lining her up so the background directly behind her is clean and not distracting. The setting is familiar—I’ve probably stood in this exact spot. But the picture is not like any I’ve seen from this location.”(via Apple/Andrew Griswold)Andrew Griswold (US), iPhone XSJon McCormack (camera software team leader at Apple): “This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest.”(via Apple/Bernard Antolin)Bernard Antolin (US), iPhone Xs MaxKaiann Drance (senior director of worldwide product marketing at Apple): “Looks like a simple scene but a good choice of using black and white to elevate it with a different mood. Helps to bring out the dramatic contrast in the clouds and the surrounding landscape.”(via Apple/LieAdi Darmawan)LieAdi Darmawan (US), iPhone XsDörr: “I feel like this landscape was treated like an old portrait. The texture of the mountains evokes an old wrinkled face. Portraits and landscapes are the oldest way of creative representation by humans. There’s something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals [to] me [in] this picture; the part that I’m not able to explain.”(via Apple/Robert Glaser)Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7Drance: “There’s detail throughout the photo in the meadow, trees, and clouds. Beautiful deep sky and pleasing color overall.”The contest—a shameless plug for Cupertino’s latest suite of handsets—came just after The Wall Street Journal reported rumors of three fresh iPhone models, expected this fall with new camera features—including a triple rear shooter for the highest-end version, and a double rear cam for the other two.More on Geek.com:Apple Plans to Unveil New Video Service in MarchRare Black Panther Caught on Camera in Kenya42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth From Space
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. We have settled into a cool, unstable weather pattern, as I mentioned on Thursday. It’s not as comfortable as earlier in the week, but it could be worse. At least we had a green St. Patrick’s Day, while parts of the nation had a snowy white one.Today we’ll see scattered showers with a few inches of snow in our Cascade mountain ranges. We get a break tomorrow and Tuesday with sunshine and dry weather, however temperatures will be close to seasonal normals.Looking ahead to the rest of the week, cool showers will return with snow in the mountains. Some weather forecast models indicate snow levels will lower to the Cascade foothills and the upper reaches of the coast range mountains.Our weather this month continues cooler than average and most likely remains that way the remainder of the month. Rainfall is nearly one inch below average so far, but the showers later this week could change that if they carry heavy moisture. Last year we had almost identical overall temperatures for the month, but rainfall was over seven inches!Driving around town Friday I noticed the beautiful pink blossoms on the flowering trees. Especially going past Skyview High School. Absolutely stunning. Thanks goes to those warm temperatures last week. Hopefully we don’t get heavy squalls later that blow the blooms off. Seems like that happens so often in spring time. Strong winds or hail will do it.
Read more on the Sun-Sentinel’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) — The city of Plantation made headlines with its losing legal battle against a family’s massive Christmas light display, then angered visitors by issuing dozens of parking tickets in the area.Now one city councilman wants to change Plantation’s Grinch-like image.According to the Sun-Sentinel, Plantation Police issued more than 80 parking tickets for cars that parked nearby to see the Hyatt family’s festive home. Councilman Jerry Fadgen says he will ask the city to void the tickets and refund those who already paid.Fadgen told the newspaper it was a “public relations nightmare” for visitors to be ticketed on Christmas.Plantation Police Chief Howard Harrison said the Hyatt family was warned in advance that visitors who parked in the area would be fined.Fadgen’s suggestion is on the back burner for now. The Sun-Sentinel article states that the city still has to contend with approximately $17,000 in costs related to their lost legal case against the Hyatts back in October.The city council has started discussing ideas to handle traffic concerns in the area due to the Christmas display. But Mark Hyatt, who has since become a city councilman himself, would not comment on the issue at the city’s meeting due to a conflict of interest.
Nampally: The Telangana State Haj Committee is fully geared up to receive the first batch of pilgrims who will depart from Hyderabad on July 18. All the arrangements made to receive the pilgrims of Karnataka (first batch) who will be embarking from the Shamshabad airport on Thursday.For the first time, Air India is allowing collective reciting of Dua-e- Safar (prayer of journey) in flights for haj pilgrims. TS Haj Committee has assured that the arrangements for the haj pilgrims who will start arriving on Wednesday from Karnataka to TS Haj House, in Nampally for their flight departing on Thursday morning. “The committee has finished all the arrangements for the pilgrims”, said Mohammed Masiullah Khan, Chairman TS Haj Committee. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, Masiullah Khan said that all the special arrangements for the Haj-2019 has been made and the committee was trying its best to provide comfort. “All amenities to the Haj pilgrims and also their relatives who come along to see off are up to the mark”, he added. The Haj Committee has provided all safety measures, accommodation, food and all the basic facilities to pilgrims. The works were started around 20 days back and almost all the arrangements are completed. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Masiullah Khan also said that for the first time the Haj camp is under the waterproof shelter and with air-conditioning. Around 20 ACs were installed in the camp. Committee has also installed LED screens for instructions to the pilgrims. This time AC buses are being used for transportation and 14 buses has provided per flight, he explained. Speaking about the flights, Masiullah Khan said that a total of 23 flights will be departing from Hyderabad. The first flight will take off from Hyderabad and land in Madina (KSA) on Thursday. Advertise With Us The following flights will resume from July 26 and the last flight will be on August 4. All the remaining flights will takeoff from Hyderabad towards Jeddah KSA. About 23, Khadim-ul-Hujjah (Haj volunteers) were selected, each one taking responsibility of a flight, he noted. Masiullah said that the Air India granted permission for collective recitation of Dua-e- Safar by the pilgrims in flights. This has been initiated for the first time in history. During the meeting, members of the Haj committee requested for the reciting Dua in flights and it has been granted by the airlines. “The Khadim-ul-Hujjaj will be reciting the Dua in flights for Haj pilgrims. This Dua is recited by Muslim before they start any journey by praying to Allah to protect them on their journeys and get them back home safely.”
Religious affairs minister principal Motiur Rahman on Thursday said the Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year will begin on 14 July, reports UNB.This year, a total of 1,27,198 pilgrims – 7,198 under government management and 1,20,000 under private management – will perform Hajj from Bangladesh, said the minister while speaking at a press briefing over the Hajj management situation.The government has taken necessary steps so that the pilgrims can go to Saudi Arabia smoothly, he added.Besides, action will be taken against Hajj agencies if found taking money less that the government-set package, said the minister.Motiur also said the authorities concerned have been asked to take necessary steps in maintaining Hajj flight schedule.Earlier in the day, principal Motiur Rahman inaugurated the registration process of the Hajj pilgrims for 2018 under the government management at the Secretariat. The process will continue till 11 March.The government has opened a hotline-09602666707-at the ministry for making any complaint regarding Hajj management and fraudulence. It will remain open for providing information about Hajj, said Motiur.The government has approved a total of 774 Hajj agencies for sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.The Minister also said complaint was found against 193 Hajj agencies for different irregularities. Of these, the licenses of 64 Hajj agencies were cancelled and the security money was also seized while 17 Hajj agencies were fined with suspension of license.Meanwhile, acting religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman said the hajj agencies will be rewarded for good performance while action will be taken against those involved in any irregularities.
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Regulations denying entry to tourists from outside the EU who have bookings to stay at Greek Cypriot owned properties in the north have been suspended after 50 people were turned away after landing at Larnaca airport on Monday night, the Cyprus Mail has learned.The issue emerged after Paris Christofides posted on Facebook that a Lebanese friend of his, an internationally acclaimed DJ, and his wife arrived at Larnaca airport on Monday night and were to stay with him in Nicosia but were denied entry to the island and sent back after informing the passport control officer they were planning to also visit the north. The couple were among around 50 people of various nationalities denied entry that night.“Iasonas, the immigration officer at Larnaca airport, asked him [the DJ] if they will visit the Turkish Cypriot part where the visiting DJ replied full of enthusiasm ‘probably!’ We will go everywhere! They were denied entry and sent back with the same airplane!” Christofides said on Facebook.Police confirmed that the couple, along with around other 50 people were denied entry on Monday night at Larnaca airport, but said they were acting according to regulations given by the interior ministry.“We always act based on guiding lines received from the interior ministry, through the deputy head of the migration department, that define the country’s immigration policy,” deputy police spokesman Stelios Stylianou said.He added that it is up to the discretion of the police officer in charge to grant entry to a third-country national based on the information they are presented with.But the Cyprus Mail has learned that following Monday’s incident at Larnaca airport, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides gave instructions to freeze regulations concerning the entry of third-country nationals who are believed to be staying in Greek Cypriot property in the north for 15 days.Non-EU nationals arriving in Cyprus are asked to state their place of residence in the government-controlled areas during their visit. If they state they intend on staying in property belonging to Greek Cypriots in the north, they are denied entry. Officers at the airport have lists with this property, prepared by the foreign ministry, with the name of each hotel, and the area they are located in, in the north.The freeze is to reportedly give authorities time to decide how to handle such cases. The interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.Christofides said he had spoken to the officer in charge at the airport to inform him that the couple were his guests but was told that it was too late as the decision to send his friends back, along with 50 other people, had already been taken.“This is hypocritical. How many Russians and Israelis arrive in groups and are told to lie, that they are staying at this or that hotel (in the south) and are picked up by buses from the airport and taken to the north?” Christofides told the Cyprus Mail.According to daily Kathimerini, the freeze was decided because 35 out of the 50 passengers who arrived were a group from Israel, who contacted their embassy immediately after being denied entry.The embassy got in touch with the Cypriot foreign ministry, and it was decided that jeopardising the country’s relations with Israel was too big a risk to take – hence the suspension of the deny-entry directive.The incident on Monday night was not a first. Earlier this year the government found itself in hot water after a group of 13 Serbian children and their four adult chaperones were denied entry to the Republic at Larnaca airport after police realised they were heading to the north to participate in a festival.The Cypriot foreign ministry had denied the reports, saying the children had not been denied entry or deported but merely advised that crossing over to the north would violate United Nations resolutions, and that no consular assistance would be available to them while there.But the Serbian foreign ministry issued an announcement stating the children, all members of a dance troupe, had been “detained” and then “barred from leaving the airport”, before eventually being allowed to enter the Republic of Cyprus following diplomatic consultations.The Cypriot ministry said that after being informed of the risks, the group decided to return home. 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