GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Construction is expected to be finished Thursday, May 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Wentzell Bridge Wentzell Bridge on Branch LaHave Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for repairs from Monday, May 7 until Friday, May 11. Detour is via Bruhm Road. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 PICTOU COUNTY: Welsford Bridge Welsford Bridge, 100 metres from the West Branch Road on the Old Pictou Road, will have day closings until Friday, May 11, for repairs. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to 8.4 kilomesters west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 RICHMOND COUNTY: Grand River – Forks Bridge Forks Bridge on Soldiers Cove Road will be closed for repairs until Monday, May 14. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, June 30, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east erly to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane to pave and install a curb until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road, and Belmont Road Underpass will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, ditching, paving and guardrail work until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consist of a signs and control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. NEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour structure is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30-
APTN National NewsCaptain James Cook, a famous British explorer, was the first person from Western civilization to make contact with the Nuu-chah-nulth people on the B.C. coast in 1778. He was presented with a ceremonial club as a gift — and now, over two hundred years later, that club has made its way back to its people.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith tells us more about the artifact and its incredible journey home.
Sri Lanka’s national airline announced today that it plans to set up a regional aircraft repair hub with the help of German carrier Lufthansa, the AFP news agency reported.The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations will be a centrepiece of the new US$209 million (S$265.2 million) Mattala Rajapakse International Airport which opened in March, officials said. “We are in discussions to finalise our business plan and work out the equity to be put into the new venture,” Sri Lankan airlines chief executive Kapila Chandrasena told reporters in Colombo. Sri Lankan Airlines said it was working out details with Lufthansa AG’s maintenance arm, Lufthansa Technik, to open the repair facility at the Chinese-built international airport in the island’s south by next July.
The Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka does not want another war nor should there be communal clashes. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today assured the Government still stands committed to a political solution.Speaking in Jaffna, the Prime Minister said that the Government will ensure the commitment to a political solution is met. Wickremesinghe dismissed claims that the local group behind the Easter Sunday attacks was still active and posed a threat to the country. (Colombo Gazette) He said some groups are attempting to use the Easter Sunday attacks to spread hate among communities.The Prime Minister noted that such attempts are being made mostly in the Negombo area these days. He said that the post war reconciliation process was going forward and it will be used to ensure a political solution is also implemented.
Price of a Freddo to increase to 30p. Outrageous. #2017— Charley Ross (@charleyross92) January 13, 2017 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. Mondelēz International recently changed the shape of the Toblerone bar, so for the same price the bar contains less chocolate.The company, which also owns Cadbury, said the move was down to the rise in the cost of ingredients, and denied it was a result of Brexit. Some consumers described the move as “the wrong decision” and said the bigger spaces looked “stupid”.In a statement on the Toblerone Facebook page, the company said: “We had to make a decision between changing the shape of the bar, and raising the price.”We chose to change the shape to keep the product affordable for our customers, and it enables us to keep offering a great value product. it had to make a decision between changing the look of the bars or raising their price.” Freddo bars were then hiked in price in 2010 to a whopping 17 pence, and in 2014 it was raised once again to 25 pence.When Freddos were launched they weighed 17g, growing to 20g in 2007, before shrinking back to 18g four years later.Many people have voiced their anger at the change in price: The new #Toblerone.Wrong on so many levels. It now looks like a bicycle stand.#WeWantOurTobleroneBack. pic.twitter.com/C71KeNUWF1— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 8, 2016 The most timely investment I have ever made. 😏#Freddo #Finance #Economy pic.twitter.com/EbsrjF8Bdy— Dean George (@deanogeorge) January 12, 2017 Freddo chocolate bars, the little frog-shaped treat, are reportedly set to rise in price to 30p.According to the Guardian, food conglomerate Mondelēz is due to hike the price by 20 per cent as a “last resort” to “keep favourite brands on the shelf”.This comes after they controversially changed the shape of some Toblerone bars so they contain less chocolate for the same price. A spokeswoman said: “Increasing prices is always a last resort, but to ensure we can keep people’s favourite brands on shelf and look after the 4,500 people we employ in the UK, we are having to make some selective price increases across our range.”The price of the little chocolate bar has spiked in recent years. Many will remember how the favourite chocolate treat was just 10p in 2000. Mondelez has faced a wave of criticism for “messing” with much-loved Cadbury’s products. Consumers have complained about Daily Milk bars being given rounded edges, bars shrinking, the axing of Cadbury chocolate coins, Bournville chocolate disappearing from the Heroes tub, sultanas in Fruit & Nut bars and axing the company’s traditional Christmas chocolate gift to pensioners.Perhaps the biggest controversy surrounded the 2015 decision to replace Dairy Milk in its recipe for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs with cheaper chocolate. Freddo bars expected to rise in price. Crisis.— pete hall (@peterctid1965) January 13, 2017
He told the crowd that, for once, he was happy to be known as Mr González Durántez. Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam vote in their Sheffield Hallam constituency in May 2015Credit:David Rose She had been asked to participate in a Q&A session on Wednesday, March 8, for the annual global event.One of the themes for International Women’s Day is a “call to action for generating gender parity”.It seeks to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while calling for gender equality. The day has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year.Ms González Durantez has previously spoken out on feminist issues and has complained at being referred to as “Nick Clegg’s missus”. She has previously said: “It’s just not on. We are not defined by who we have married or who we sleep with.”Ms González Durantez, who was born in Spain, insisted on Spanish first names for her children – Alberto, Antonio and Miguel – if they were to take the Clegg surname.She helped launch the Inspiring Women campaign, which aims to connect high profile female role models with schoolgirls, in October 2013. Mr Clegg has publicly supported his wife in her campaign and introduced her at the launch of Inspiring Women. Nick Clegg, pictured with his wife in 2013, has previously said he would be happy to be referred to as Mr González DurántezCredit:David Paul/Bloomberg Miriam González Durántez has spoken of the “irony” at being asked to speak at an event celebrating women’s successes with an invite addressed to “Mrs Clegg”.The 48-year-old, a lawyer who is married to former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, uses her maiden name professionally.So she was astonished to be referred to as “Mrs Clegg” in a letter asking her to take part in an event to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.Ms González Durantez highlighted the gaffe by posting a picture of the letter on Instagram, with the caption: “The irony of being invited to speak at an International Women’s Day event to celebrate women’s success addressed to me as ‘Mrs Clegg’.” 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.
With the Prime Minister calling on Britain’s Nato allies to back “extensive measures” to punish Russia for the attack, we asked Andrey Kortunov, Director General at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) what Britain’s options really are, and how Russia might respond. Cyber warfare The UK Government has concluded “it is highly likely that Russia was responsible” for a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil,” Theresa May told the Commons on Monday after a nerve agent was used on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. British action: The Prime Minister said on Monday that what happened was either a “direct act by the Russian state” or Russian had lost control…
Appearance-wise, the Nintendo 3DS doesn’t look like it’s trying to reinvent the wheel. It largely inherits the Nintendo DS Lite’s design, supplementing it with the addition of 3D and a analog joystick. The devil’s in the details, though, and Nintendo has actually gone to great lengths to improve upon the DS Lite’s construction.According to Yui Ehura from Nintendo’s research and engineering department, the 3DS has been designed to make it easier to open than the DS Lite while avoiding the problem of cracked hinges that have plagued previous versions of the console. Additionally, unlike the DS Lite, the 3DS actually has three layers, each stacked on another and purposefully tapered to give your fingers somewhere to grip, preventing the 3DS from flying out of your hands.This tapered design has a drawback, though: the sturdiness and durability suffer in theory. Why? Let’s say you drop the 3DS onto a hard surface, the tapered design will cause all the shock of the impact to be focused on one point. To counter this problem, Nintendo has used a new glass-fiber resin for the 3DS casing to reinforce things, then rearranged the gadget’s inner guts so that damage to the electronics will be minimal when it comes to the trauma of a fall. Nintendo says they’re confident this will end the problem of DS stress cracks.The improvements don’t end there. Nintendo also reworked the buttons and the circle pad to be more durable and aesthetically pleasing. Even the battery cover did not escape a redesign: it now takes up the entire base plate of the console, which is more aesthetically pleasing due to symmetry. You might not consciously notice any of these things, but they all add up to make the 3DS Nintendo’s most well-designed handheld yet.Read more at Kotaku
Not to be facetious but the Queen’s hat looks like the European Union flag pic.twitter.com/1nDJ3sWDTd— Federica Cocco (@federicacocco) June 21, 2017 Short URL Share337 Tweet Email1 Jun 21st 2017, 1:30 PM Queen Elizabeth might have given a subtle nod to the EU with her hat We see what you did there. Duke of Edinburgh Earlier, it emerged that the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, would miss today’s speech after being taken to hospital.A statement from Buckingham Palace said he was taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure”.The infection arose from “a pre-existing condition”, the palace said. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is to retire from public duties later this year, was admitted to hospital last night. Source: Ben Stansall/PA Wire“Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.“The Prince of Wales will accompany The Queen to the State Opening,” the statement said.Philip, who turned 96 on 10 June, is the longest-serving consort in British history, and conducted 219 royal engagements last year.He has been ever-present at his wife’s side since she took the throne in 1952.He will attend all previously scheduled engagements up until the autumn, and will then take a back seat from royal engagements.The speech is usually a high point of British pomp and pageantry, but this year there was no horse-drawn carriage procession, crown or ceremonial robes.With reporting by Paul Hosford and Órla RyanRead: Britain gets ready for the Queen’s speech – but there’s still no deal with the DUP Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 1:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3455626 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Queen Elizabeth II reading the speech in the House of Lords for the State Opening of the UK Parliament Source: Carl Court/PA Wire/PA ImagesUpdated 1.30pmUK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has presented eight draft laws to take Britain out of the European Union in a legislative programme read out in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II.The laws include the Great Repeal Bill to overhaul existing EU legislation and separate bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries and agriculture.The queen said the Great Repeal Bill would repeal the European Communities Act, the 1972 legislation that enshrined Britain’s membership of the European bloc.“My government’s priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union,” the queen said in the speech.She said her government would seek “to build the widest possible consensus on the country’s future outside the European Union”, amid divisions within her own cabinet over the best strategy.Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum last year but there is growing opposition to the government’s “hard Brexit” approach of cutting immigration at the expense of trade ties.The queen wore a blue and yellow hat during the speech, with some people thinking it may have been a subtle not to the EU flag. By AFP 😉 pic.twitter.com/OPM0Uj2N2g— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland) June 21, 2017 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Federica Cocco/Twitter Source: Tara Mulholland/Twitter 72 Comments 42,557 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Luke Andrew Lazarus, 23, was sentenced to a maximum jail term of five years for anally raping an 18-year-old girl in an alley behind his family’s Kings Cross venue. District Court Judge Sarah Huggett described the assault as an action of a young man who, deluded by the sense of “power and entitlement” stemming from his family’s connection to the Soho Club, went on with this “spontaneous and opportunistic” attack in the early hours of 12 May, 2013.His family, who initially sent a letter to the court requesting the case to remain unexposed in order to protect Luke Lazarus’ promising future, also aimed to procure a series of character references from prominent public figures.Waverley mayor Sally Betts, Tsambico K. Athanasas, who is the honorary secretary of the Honorary Consulate-General of Greece in Brisbane, the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league club chairman Nick Pappas, and the parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Christian Church of St George in Rose Bay, Father Gerasimos Koutsouras, vouched for Lazarus’ good character and testified how shocked they were at the news of his conviction.Father Gerasimos even stated that the charges against Lazarus were “an injustice”, highlighting that he has provided hundreds of character references, adding that “the possibility of imprisonment is completely undeserved for this promising young man”.They have all been slammed though, by Australia’s first minister for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, Pru Goward, who is also NSW’s state minister for Women. “Not only does this diminish their standing, it can shatter the confidence of the victim and often discourages them from seeking justice,” the minister said.“The very last thing any victim needs is to feel as though they are not only fighting back against the perpetrator, but also against other respected members of the community.“Victims often withdraw charges, and glowing references about their attackers will not help justice to be done,” Ms Goward added.“This terrible case should serve as a salutary reminder to all of us, but especially those with apparent standing in the community, that they should carefully consider just how willing they are to lend their support to a criminal.”Mayor Sally Betts, on the other hand, who defended Lazarus as a friend of the family, asking the court not to send the man to jail, drew criticism from Waverley residents, and 20 members of her council demanded her resignation. “Writing, signing as mayor of Waverley, requesting a non-custodial sentence for a convicted rapist shows incredibly poor judgment,” stressed Waverley Labor councillor Ingrid Strewe.Cr Betts, who is working with Bondi’s Ways Youth Services to develop some educational programs for young people, suggested Lazarus could do community service instead of going to jail “mentoring young people and preventing others from ruining their lives by doing terrible things”.Ways spokesman David Faktor, though, has adamantly distanced the organisation from the mayor’s comments.“I just want to make it very clear that her views and her position is not that of Ways and we just wouldn’t be in a position to take a stance on what the best sentence is or isn’t in relation to this particular person,” Mr Faktor said.On another, yet not altogether different note, an offensive Soho Club ad that appeared after Luke Lazarus’ rape sentencing has once again stirred the troubled waters of the case.The photo, which was shared on the nightclub’s Facebook page as well as on Twitter, depicted a young woman who appears to be drunk and almost passed out on the ground with her legs spread while gesturing the peace sign. It caused a severe backlash on Twitter and was taken down, as it was considered indicative of the ownership’s stance regarding womens’ safety.
Tabagisme : les femmes fument de plus en plusLe Figaro a révélé hier les résultats d’une étude montrant une consommation qui diminue chez les hommes et augmente chez les femmes.Menée sur plus de 10.000 français entre 35 et 64 ans, l’étude MONICA a pris en compte l’évolution de la consommation de cigarettes sur 20 ans. Les relevés ont été faits en 1985-1987, 1995-1997 et enfin en 2005-2007. Le résultat est très positif chez les hommes, qui étaient 40% à fumer il y a 20 ans, alors qu’ils ne sont désormais plus que 24,3%. Chez les femmes en revanche, la proportion de fumeuses a augmenté de 2%, passant de 18 à 20%. Plus grave, en 2007 seules 54% des femmes déclaraient n’avoir jamais été fumeuses, contre plus de 72% en 1985.Cette évolution des comportements a permis d’établir un nouveau modèle de prédiction des risques, qui affiche une baisse de 10 à 15% des crises cardiaques chez les hommes, tandis que ces morts coronariennes seraient en augmentation de 4,9% chez les femmes.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Madrid goalkeeper Luca Zidane isn’t likely to remain with Los Blancos to be examined by Julen Lopetegui during pre-season as the changes in Real Madrid’s squad this summer will have him leave the club, just as his father Zinedine Zidane did last month, according to Marca.The coming of 19-year-old Andriy Lunin means that Real Madrid already have an alternative option to taking over from Luca Zidane as the third-choice goalkeeper, although a loan away from the club for Lunin isn’t being ruled out at the moment.One of the options for the French goalkeeper is to do as his brother Enzo did last season, which was to go out on loan – even if he didn’t enjoy much playing time at Alaves and then switched to Laussane in the winter window.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Luca Zidane’s plan is to go to a team where he’ll have minutes and he could move north of the border to France. His father, on the other hand, is expected to have a say in the decision, now that he has more time and now that there wouldn’t be a potential conflict of interest.When he does depart the capital, the goalkeeper will be leaving Real Madrid after 14 years at the club.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 3 Nov 2014 – One week after Kerryann Pearce settled in to her new post as an estate agent at Island Living Real Estate headquartered on East Bay Street, she popped up with an idea likely to stir strong opinions for and against, but one she believes will give one of Nassau’s most established districts, Eastern Road, the shot in the arm it deserves and the market it needs.The East, she says, has a lot to learn from the West. “The success story in New Providence real estate for the past decade has been west from the near side of Cable Beach all the way to Old Fort Bay and Albany,” said Pearce. “There is a lot we can learn from what drove sales there and — the demand for attractive condominium living. People want more security and less maintenance.”Now, she says, it is time to take those principles of lifestyle to the eastern side of the island, and in particular, to areas of Eastern Road which she suggests should be re-zoned from single family residential to multi-family.“The East is beginning to show signs of resurgence,” said Pearce. “Eastern Road and its side streets have so many positive things to offer — close to schools, churches, shopping, beautiful views of Montagu Bay, good boating, mature trees, sweet breezes and brilliant landscaping. It really is a beautiful part of the island. But existing offerings do not match current market trends. It is getting more difficult to find buyers who want grand estates. For some of the current owners of those estates, times have changed. Their children are grown. They want to downsize, to find a community that offers lifestyle amenities. And there are not a lot of people coming behind them who want the maintenance of homes they are roaming around alone in a mini-mansion built for large families and elaborate parties decades ago. That means there is a very limited market.”That reality, she said, is playing itself out in the listings on Eastern Road of what she calls “beautiful estates with breathtaking views that stay on the market month after month and, in a few cases, for years.” The answer, she believes, lies in what she calls “a realistic re-zoning.” That re-zoning should be a matter for public consultation, but she suggests an area that would allow for construction of one or two high-end condominium developments with pools, fitness centre, covered parking, maybe even casual dining options and in-house concierge services.“A few years ago, this would not have been practical but since the road improvements that have substantially reduced the time people spend in traffic in peak hours, the time has come to be realistic about the future of the eastern end of the island,” she said. “Eastern Road is one of the treasures of New Providence, and it deserves to be brought into current market realities while preserving its historic integrity with deep set lots, large trees and breathtaking landscaping and views.”Pearce is the newest agent joining the firm that is housed in an historic building on East Bay Street. Island Living Real Estate handles residential and commercial sales and leasing and property management with a niche in the $300,000 to $1 million residential market. Related Items:island living real estate, kerryann pearce, nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Murder in Nassau GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions
Hyderabad: Following the ghastly accident in Bowenpally police station limits on Sunday in which car driven by a minor boy hit an autorickshaw and two bikes claiming the life of a 14-month-old boy, the police has decided to further intensify its special and surprise drive against minors driving two- and four-wheeler vehicles. Speaking to The Hans India, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-1) L S Chauhan said that till now they have created awareness among more than 2.5 lakh children on traffic rules and regulations and requested the parents not to permit their children to get behind the wheel. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Already the police had started taking up surprise checks in colonies and now it would be further intensified, he said. The traffic police would implement the Central government’s new Motor Vehicle Act in a much stricter manner. According to the new Act fine for minors driving a vehicle would now be Rs 5,000. The fine on the parents would be Rs 25,000 and imprisonment on conviction, for permitting their minor children to drive vehicles. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The police said that it has been noticed that even after taking up special drive by the Hyderabad traffic police against minor drivers and booking of cases against them, the accidents by the minor drivers had not shown downward trend. But with the new Act having come into force, they hoped that the parents would ensure that their children do not violate the law. Advertise With Us According to Senior Traffic police officials, more than 400 cases were booked in the recent times and the minor drivers and their parents were counselled at the Begumpet and Goshamahal Traffic Institutes. The minors were warned against driving without licence and valid documents, and parents were asked not to permit their children to drive for the security of their children and safety of other road-users. The underage driving cases are more within the Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda traffic police limits. During counselling, the police are making it clear to the parents that once booked and convicted, the children would face problems in finding jobs, securing passports, visas, admissions and so on. Statistics reveal that about 20-25 cases are registered within the city limits on a daily basis.
Budget-carrier SpiceJet said it will soon start offering passengers the choice of booking a taxi for a drop to the airport at the time of booking their flight tickets. For this reason, the airline has collaborated with cab aggregator mytaxiindia.As part of the plan, the airline would give passengers the option of booking a taxi to reach the airport. The option will be available at the time of booking the flight ticket. By doing so, the airline (which operates to 35 destinations across the country), would attract more passengers, thereby increasing its revenues, Press Trust of India reported.SpiceJet Vice President Amit Srivastava feels the collaboration would get the airline more passengers from tier II and tier III cities. “The partnership with ‘mytaxiindia’ will encourage us to explore more routes where the demand could be higher,” Srivastava was quoted as saying by the agency.In addition, he added: “SpiceJet expects the initiative to also help in raking in more revenues with more number of travellers and also complement the government’s overall efforts to boost regional air connectivity.”Mytaxiindia, or MTI, started operations in 2013 and has more than 454 cab operators on-board its services available in 119 cities, PTI added.Last month, the carrier had announced a three-day sale of tickets with domestic base-fare starting from Rs. 511 and international base-fare starting from Rs. 2,111 to mark its 11th anniversary. The sale price was applicable only for direct flights within SpiceJet’s network across seven domestic routes and seven international destinations.
A young man was found slaughtered in his flat at Aftabnagar of Dhaka on Monday.Police recovered the body of Manzil Hoque, 28, owner of a workshop, in the afternoon, reports UNB.On information, a team of Badda police station went to the apartment on the 5th floor of a six-storey building at Road-3 of Block-B of the residential area and recovered the body around 2:00pm, said officer-in-charge of the police station Kazi Wazed.He said Manzil had been staying in the flat alone after his separation with his wife Sharmin Akhter Nishi.Police picked up Nishi and interrogated her over the murder, the OC said, adding that the killing might have taken place over a previous enmity.The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy.
Ward 8 Democrats agreed at a panel on educational deficiencies in the District, that the schools in the ward and all of D.C. are lacking and something must be done now.On Feb. 17, the Ward 8 Democrats held a panel discussion “I Believe the Children Are the Future? A Discussion on the State of Student Attendance in DCPS/DCPCS” at R.I.S.E. Demonstration on the campus of St. Elizabeths East. The panelists were Elizabeth Davis, president of Washington Teachers’ Union; D.C. State Board of Education member Markus Batchelor; Andrea Allen, attendance director for District of Columbia Public Schools; and Malana Wallace, a scholar with the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. Batchelor said no one is happy about young people not consistently attending school.Markus Batchelor, who represents Ward 8 on the D.C. State Board of Education, says that D.C. schools are lacking in resources. (Courtesy Photo)“We are frustrated about the findings around attendance and the broader issues that are affecting our students,” Batchelor said. “Our schools should be preparing them for college and career. There needs to be improvement in accountability, data collection and resources that are reaching to our students.”Each year, the District schools release a report on student truancy. The latest report, which came out in September 2017, said there was an increase in truancy during the 2016-2017 school year, a five percent increase from 2015-2016. Reasons cited for the excess absences include changes in the attendance law that restricts schools’ ability to accept excuse notes and increases in the fidelity of attendance data entry.The leadership of the District’s school system has come under criticism lately for reports of bad attendance among students, particularly at Ballou High School and Dunbar High School. Allen said that 29 percent of all District public high school students are chronically absent or have missed more than 10 percent of school days since the start of school in late August. On Feb. 20, D.C. Schools Chancellor resigned over charges helping his daughter get into a highly sought after D.C. public school.Allen said her office intends to focus more on getting parents involved in making sure that their children go to school. “We need to work on parent education,” she said. “They need to understand why attendance is important. We should also explore the fact that the school itself may be the issue. Is the school welcoming to parents? I know we have much work to do in this are.”Davis said teachers should play a role in solving the attendance crisis but too often, the teacher is the one who is blamed. “Teachers in some schools are under pressure to pass 80 percent of their students,” she said. “They must do this in order to get high evaluations.”It is widely known in the District that if a student is late to school, they often cannot get into the building for classes. Batchelor doesn’t like that. “Students need to be in school and even if they are late, they need to be learning something,” he said.Allen said each school should have Student Support Teams that look at school attendance but confessed that while all schools supposedly have this group, not all of them are active.The discussion had Mable Carter discouraged. “We have failed our children,” Carter said. She suggested the schools need more nurses and outreach counselors to help students.While school attendance dominated the discussion, there was talk about the grading scandal that has been brewing at Ballou. Recently, it has been revealed that many students are getting good grades for courses that are intended for the college-bound only to find when they get to their higher education institutions, they weren’t properly equipped to handle the work and must take non-credit, yet costly remedial classes. “This is an open-secret,” Batchelor said.Davis said Ballou isn’t the only place where this is taking place. “This is a problem system-wide,” she said. “Not only are we setting our students up to fail, they are incurring debt. They aren’t prepared for the workforce and they have to pay back thousands of dollars in student loans.”
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