The form is also available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Heating Assistance ProgramDeadline Approaching Nova Scotians are reminded that the deadline to apply for theKeep the Heat program is Thursday, March 31. The Keep the Heat program will provide a cheque for a one-timepayment of up to $200, a coupon for a free furnace cleaning andan opportunity to win a do-it-yourself energy savings kit. Thecoupon has a value of $80.50 (includes HST) and is intended for afurnace tune-up by a qualified furnace technician. To be eligible for the Keep the Heat program, applicants mustheat their home with oil or propane and be paying for itthemselves, have a family income of $22,200 or less, or ifsingle, an income of $13,400 or less. Seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement and personsreceiving income assistance from the Department of CommunityServices are eligible if they heat their home with oil orpropane. In all cases, applications must include a fuel bill,dated within the past six months, in the applicant’s name. Applications for the Keep the Heat program can be obtained bycalling 424-5200 in the Halifax area, or toll-free 1-800-670- To date more than 23,500 Nova Scotians have benefitted from thisprogram. The province has issued more than 23,500 cheques, 11,500 furnace tune-up vouchers and 4,000 energy conservationkits.
OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in October, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):_ St. John’s, N.L.: 0.8 per cent (1.5)_ Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.1 (2.3)_ Halifax: 0.8 (1.2)_ Saint John, N.B.: 1.6 (1.7)_ Quebec: 1.0 (1.0)_ Montreal: 1.1 (0.9)_ Ottawa: 1.2 (1.5)_ Toronto: 1.7 (2.1)_ Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.8 (1.4)_ Winnipeg: 1.5 (1.4)_ Regina: 2.2 (2.0)_ Saskatoon: 2.3 (2.0)_ Edmonton: 1.3 (1.1)_ Calgary: 1.4 (1.4)_ Vancouver: 2.4 (2.3)_ Victoria: 1.6 (1.7)
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says chief executive Neil Bruce is retiring from the company and returning to his family in the United Kingdom.Ian Edwards, the company’s chief operating officer, has been named interim chief executive effective today.Bruce is expected to remain an adviser to the board until the end of the year.SNC also says that the board of directors has asked Edwards to undertake a review of the strategic direction of the company.A Quebec judge ruled last month there was enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption. The company has pleaded not guilty.WATCH: SNC-Lavalin heading to court The Canadian Press The engineering and construction firm has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company.
Kolkata: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the sixth phase of general elections on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents – the CPI(M), the CPI and the AIFB – are the main contenders in the eight seats, where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,33,69,749-strong electorate. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government. To ensure free and fair polling in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) constituencies, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 770 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent of the 15,428 polling booths, EC officials said. All the eight seats covering four Jangal Mahal districts and East Midnapore, will see mostly a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Bankura seat will witness a triangular fight because the Congress did not put up any candidate there. The campaign saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu. Banerjee also participated in a number of roadshows. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier in CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (actor Dev), will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of BJP. The Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is TMC’s candidate from the Medinipur seat and he is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the Left Front constituent CPI has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has, for the first time, deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.
TORONTO — Energy stocks will likely put pressure on the Toronto stock market Thursday as the OPEC cartel considers what to do about plunging oil prices.Prices continued to tumble with the January contract down $1.42 to a fresh four-year low of US$72.28 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.OPEC oil ministers are meeting in Vienna to consider a cut to production to put a floor under prices that have fallen about 30% since mid-summer, when prices were elevated by geopolitical worries. Prices have steadily fallen since then because of a strengthening greenback, lower demand prospects and, particularly, a glut of oil.However, analysts are assigning a low probability to such a production cut. “Expectations on whether OPEC will announce a production cut are essentially split,” said Keng Goh, Associated Foreign Exchange Strategist at RBC Europe. “Our energy analysts assign about a 35% probability of a cut.”Lower oil prices are starting to bite into Canadian provincial finances. The Alberta government now expects a barrel of oil to trade at an average of US$75 a barrel for the rest of the fiscal year ending next March.Revenue from Alberta’s energy sector generally accounts for about 25% of the province’s total revenue.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.08 of a cent to 88.92 cents US. It could be a relatively quiet trading day on the TSX with American markets closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Markets reopen Friday for a shortened session.Gold prices also headed lower with February bullion off $2.10 to US$1,195.40 an ounce while March copper was unchanged at US$2.95 a pound.On the economic front, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies. He said the 18 member countries have agreed not to bail each other out through fiscal transfers — so they need other ways of keeping problems in one country from affecting them all.The eurozone is struggling to emerge from a debt crisis that began in 2009-10 and is still mired in low growth and high unemployment.
“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council said a statement read out on behalf of the members by Foreign Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu of Romania, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body.”The Security Council stresses the importance of bringing the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of violence to justice,” he said, urging all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and the Council’s counter-terrorism resolutions, to “cooperate actively with the Indian authorities” towards this end.The statement reiterated the Council’s determination “to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.”
“To the international community, I make an impassioned appeal for us to put all that we can…into ensuring that humanity overcomes war,” President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón said in his address. “We are losing direction when we look at the tragedies that humanity is suffering, without being pained. It is time to wake up! It is time to act!”He said that in a world full of bad news, of war, of terrorism, of disease, “I would like to bring a ray of hope to this Assembly: the hope that, after more than half a century of conflict, Colombia will soon be at peace. If we achieve this – a goal that Colombians have unsuccessfully sought for so long – then there is hope for peace in any part of the world, despite how difficult things can seem right now.”Mr. Santos Calderón explained that the nearly two years of talks taking place in Havana, Cuba, between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, have been serious, realistic, efficient and credible, with concrete results.Three of the 5 identified points of action had been agreed – comprehensive rural development; political participation and an enhanced focus on addressing drug trafficking. A major focus to that end had been improving the agricultural sector and the lives, land and livelihoods of famers. “We agreed to continue dismantling the drug mafia structures, to promote a national programme of crop substitution and alternative development and to address the problem of consumption from a public health perspective.”A Colombia without coca and without conflict was an impossible dream just a few years or decades ago, Mr. Santos Calderón said, adding: “Just imagine it.” As for the last two substantive points – addressing the concerns of victims and ending the conflict – are underway. Indeed, the conflict had left many victims but they are now at the heart of the political and reconciliation processes. Representatives of the victims are setting out their concerns and needs to both the Government and the armed groups. As the post-conflict phase approached, however, he said that Colombia will face “immense challenges” to reintegrate those who have demobilized, to ensure State presence in areas affected by conflict, and to guarantee security. “The support and contribution of the international community will be so important, that we call upon it from now!” Yet even in all this, Colombia is not oblivious to the suffering of those who live in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Sahel and Ukraine. It also condemned the ruthless terrorism of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) . “We are not indifferent to the suffering of so many families in Palestine and Israel, victims of armed confrontations. Neither to the loss of life due to epidemics such as Ebola in Africa.”As the Organization’s 70th anniversary approaches, the global community finds itself at a definitive moment for the legitimacy of the international system embodied by the UN. “The complete respect for international law and the purposes and principles established in the UN Charter is essential to attaining lasting solutions to overcome conflict, and progress in the fulfilment of the legitimate aspirations of the people,” he said.
Handball tournamentStruga 2013 At 41st International Handball Tournament in Macedonian Struga, seven teams from four countries will fight for the trophy:GROUP A:RK Vardar SkopjeHCM Constanta (Romania)Ivry Handball (France)GROUP B:RK Metalurg SkopjeVersille Handball (France)Meshkov Brest (Belarus)RK StrugaSCHEDULE14-Aug Metalurg-Struga 18:30-19:45OPENNING CEREMONY 19-50 20-20RK Vardar-HCM Constanta 20:30-21:45Meshkov Brest – Versille Handball 22:00-23:1515-Aug Ivry Handball – HCM Constanta 18:45-20:00RK Metalurg – Meshkov Brest 20:30-21:45Struga- Versille Handball 22:00-23:1516-Aug RK Vardar – Ivry Handball 18:45-20:00Metalurg- Versille Handball 20:30-21:45RK Struga – Meshkov Brest 22:00-23:1517-Aug FIFTH PLACE MATCH 18:00-19:15THIRD PLACE MATCH 19:30-20:45FINAL MATCH 21:00-22:15 ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013: Croatia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia still 100%! Next Story → Julen Aguinagalde with Vive Targi Kielce next five years!
If you got that shiny new iPhone 5 with the extra row of icon space at the cost of a little bit of pocket space, you may not want to wave it around in public just yet, as you might be brandishing evidence to a crime. Twitter user Ben Dreyfuss bought his mom a refurbished iPhone from Amazon for Christmas, and when they called Verizon to activate it, Verizon support informed the pair that the phone was stolen.Dreyfuss said he purchased the phone through one of Amazon’s refurbished warehouse deals — generally a decent route to cheaper prices considering Amazon’s positive reputation. Dreyfuss says the Verizon representative didn’t quite believe the phone was purchased through Amazon, and questioned if Dreyfuss actually bought the phone through eBay. Amazon was reportedly quite apologetic about the ordeal, though there was nothing they could do other than have the Dreyfuss family return the phone and order a new one that hopefully wasn’t stolen.Fortunately, Dreyfuss has an understanding mom, and she wasn’t offended that her son (unknowingly) bought her a stolen phone for the holidays.The Dreyfuss family shouldn’t have to worry much, as Amazon has a reputation for offering excellent customer service — this blogger once got a brand new 32-inch LG HDTV for free because the first two Amazon sent had pretty glaring color banding issues.If you end up in a similar situation, simply contact Amazon through their Contact Us page, fill out the short form, and choose a method of inquiry.Twitter, via Gizmodo
Juniper : une panne crée une perturbation générale d’InternetSuite à une mise à jour effectuée sur le système d’exploitation des serveurs Juniper, JunOS, Internet a subi un fort ralentissement général ce lundi après-midi.Sites inaccessibles, ralentissements de la navigation et des services liés à Internet; ce lundi a vu le réseau des réseaux se trouver fortement perturber par une panne liée aux serveurs Juniper. Soit les serveurs mondiaux classés numéro 2 derrière ceux appartenant à Cisco System.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?D’après cet article de Zdnet, il s’agissait pourtant d’une simple mise à jour du système d’exploitation des serveurs, JunOS, et cela a failli virer au cauchemar pour le Web. Cette panne a eu lieu entre 16h00 et 17h00, et proviendrait d’une mise à jour défectueuse n’ayant pas entraîné de redémarrage de tous les serveurs, mais qui aurait, tout de même, fait planter une partie de ces derniers, comme un chateau de cartes.Sur son blog, Stépahe Bortzmeyer, spécialiste des réseaux explique qu’il “semble que le problème vienne d’une annonce BGP amusante qui aurait planté (et fait redémarrer) certains routeurs Juniper (apparemment la gamme MX, en version 10.2, 10.3 et certaines 10.4 de JunOS) “.Le 7 novembre 2011 à 18:57 • Maxime Lambert
According to the company, the magazine, published six times a year, reaches an audience with a rate base of 725,000 and a multi-channel audience of 2.8 million. Kast explained that through heading to newsstands, the Reminisce team seeks to reach a new audience and maximize exposure.“We know our audience are big fans of the magazine,” says Kast. “We also know that there are lots of folks out there, especially the younger baby boomers, who haven’t heard about us. We see the newsstand as our best opportunity to get in front of those people.”With the expansion of Reminisce, Kast says the magazine plans to continue to work on its digital strategy through working with Reader’s Digest and on various social media platforms.“Our digital footprint is interwoven with the Readers’ Digest website, RD.com, which allows us to provide our brand of content to a much broader audience,” Kast tells Folio:. In addition, we engage users with our social media presence on a variety of platforms.”The first issue to hit newsstands will be sold for a price per issue of $4.99 in the U.S. and $5.99 in Canada, with the August/September cover featuring Marilyn Monroe. Inside, the pages will include a Hollywood Glamour photo package of famous women from previous eras such as Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Carole Lombard and more, according to the company. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced its newest expansion earlier this week— the distribution of magazine Reminisce to newsstands across the country.The bi-monthly magazine, slated to hit the stands in early August, launched over 25 years ago, and features content focused on previous eras.Reminisce editor Linda Kast hopes the expansion reaches multiple generations of readers with an interest in life during former eras, and feels the shift to newsstands will help get readers involved.“The DNA of Reminisce is and always will be primarily made up of reader-submitted stories and photos,” Kast tells Folio:. “A successful expansion on newsstands will allow us to provide our readers with more of that content.”
The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is seeking qualifications and proposals from firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Naval Submarine Base New London on behalf of its member municipalities — the town of Groton, town of Waterford, town of Ledyard, city of Groton, city of New London and town of Montville. DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. An award of a grant to the SCCOG to conduct a JLUS is pending approval by OEA.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations.Responses to this request must be received by SCCOG no later than Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. Responses received after this deadline will not be considered.Questions may be directed to James Butler, AICP, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (860) 889-2324. A copy of the full RFQ/RFP is available on the SCCOG website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Mentioned Above Nest Hello Get Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 for $100Sure, you can do some basic photo and video editing on your phone, but mobile apps will take you only so far. For more detailed work, you need a PC and capable software.Here you go: For a limited time, Amazon is offering Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 (for Windows and Mac) for $100. Regular price: $150.See it at AmazonPhotoshop Elements is like the junior version of Photoshop, the 800-pound gorilla of image editors. It’s designed to help you organize, manage, fix, enhance and share your photos.Now, I’m the first to point out that you can accomplish Photoshop-level image editing with free tools like Gimp and Paint.NET. Those programs have fairly steep learning curves, however. They’re not what I would call consumer-friendly. Photoshop Elements has a learning curve, too, but it’s definitely more guided, more intuitive.As for Premiere Elements, it’s a pretty powerful consumer-level video editor. With it you can import clips from just about any source and turn your footage into a polished, professional-looking movie. There are some negative reviews from Amazon buyers, but look closely: Most of those came from folks who didn’t follow the license-redemption instructions properly — or thought they were buying Photoshop proper.Get a $100 iTunes gift card for $85Do you spend a lot on iTunes? Are you eyeballing the current Marvel movie sale that has a bunch of MCU titles (like The Avengers) on sale for $10 apiece? Here’s a way to save a few bucks.For a limited time, and while supplies last, PayPal Digital Gifts (via eBay) is offering a $100 iTunes gift card for $85. It’s a digital card delivered via email.See it at eBayYou can use this for iTunes and App Store purchases. Sound good? 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It’s not surprising, then, that video doorbells have exploded in popularity — they give you a live view of who’s at the door and can record video whenever they detect motion.Read more: 7 ways to keep packages from getting stolen off your porchThe top-end models tend to be pricey, usually in the $200-$250 range. For a limited time, however, and while supplies last, CE Overstock (via Rakuten) has the Nest Hello smart Wi-Fi video doorbell for $165.74 when you apply promo code SAVE15. That requires you to have a Rakuten “membership” (free) and be signed into your account. Update: Sold out! But see below for a price that’s just $4 higher.See it at RakutenIf supplies run out, here’s a close second: MassGenie has the Nest Hello for $169.95 when you’re signed into your account and click the orange Power Deal button. 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Warangal: Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao and Warangal West MLA D Vinay Bhaskar inaugurated open gym in Pranay Park at Waddepally in Warangal on Saturday. “Health is wealth,” the Mayor said, stressing the importance of fitness. He said that the Corporation has initiated a plan to set up open gyms in the city with an estimated cost of Rs 1.36 crore. Vinay Bhaskar said that people need to focus on their fitness by sparing some time. Corporator K Aruna, D Vijay Bhaskar and M Swapna were among others present.
Prabhas’ swag in SaahoTwitterThe shooting of Saaho seems to be far from over as its hero Prabhas is rumoured to be not happy with the outcome of an important portion in the multilingual film. The latest buzz is that the Baahubali star has asked for some changes and re-shooting of some portions in the flick.Telugu media is abuzz with the rumours of Saaho team is expected go to Abu Dhabi to re-shoot the scenes. It is also said that Prabhas suggested improvisation of some sequences and the team is likely to wrap up the shooting in the next few weeks.Saaho is scheduled for release on 15 August to coincide with the Independence Day celebration. The team will have to complete the post-production works in the next three months failing which the release might be delayed.Apart from the changes suggested by Prabhas, the team also has to complete patchworks in Hyderabad.The Sujeeth-directorial is heavy on VFX scenes and action sequences. The makers hired international technicians to film the action portions.Saaho is the first movie of Prabhas to release after his magnum opus Baahubali 2. With the Telugu actor acclaiming national fame, the makers of his latest flick decided to make it in global standards in multiple languages.The movie, which has Shraddha Kapoor playing the female lead, will simultaneously release in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil. It is made with the budget of Rs 300 crore.
Brandon Todd (l) is a Ward 4 candidate, and LaRuby May (r) is a Ward 8 candidate in the April 28 D.C. Council special election. (Photos courtesy of dcyds.org (Todd) and Facebook (May).)The April 28 special election to fill the D.C. Council member positions in Wards 4 and 8 has a number of candidates but the District mayor is out working for this candidates she supports. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has endorsed former council staffer Brandon Todd and former Ward 8 2014 campaign coordinator LaRuby May for the Ward 4 and 8 positions respectively. Bowser vacated the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat in December to assume her mayoral duties and the death of D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry in November opened up his seat.Bowser said that she wants Todd and May to win because they want the District and its residents to prosper. “We share a vision to move the city forward,” the mayor said. “All three of us are committed to closing gaps in housing and education, and supporting economic development. I would also like to note that a number of the present council members share the same agenda.”Terry Goings, a political activist in Ward 4, backs Todd. “He is the best candidate for the job,” Goings said. “He has been working for Muriel for a number of years, he knows the ward and he is an intelligent guy. I think it is important to have a councilman that has the ear of the mayor.”Joan Thomas, a longtime Ward 4 political activist, said Todd has her support because “he can do the job.” Lori Murphy Lee, an attorney in the District, said Todd is a “determined and dedicated individual.”“I know he will be a great representative,” Lee said.Todd held a fundraiser on Jan. 29 in a heated backyard tent at the Ward 4 home of former D.C. Council member Bill Lightfoot and his wife, Cynthia. Bowser was the featured speaker at the Todd fundraiser and emphasized that Todd is a candidate with “high integrity and high ethical standards.”“He has a history of getting things done in Ward 4 and he is going to work hard at city hall,” Bowser said.Political activists and candidates throughout the city attended the fundraiser, including May and, in a surprise appearance, one of her opponents, Christopher Barry. Barry came to the event wearing a Todd button and shook hands with the crowd.“I am here to support Brandon,” Barry said.Barry did not make an appearance at a fundraiser for May on Jan. 31 at the Uniontown Bar and Grill in Ward 8. Bowser headlined the event and praised May highly. “We want someone to represent Ward 8 who is smart, honest, and who is running for the council for the right reasons,” the mayor said. “She will be the best prepared council member from Day One.”May said she wants to help “Ward 8 rise because it is the right thing to do.”Todd faces 13 opponents and May will vie against 15 others. Todd has been endorsed by D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and May has gained the support of D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1).Some political observers believe that if Todd and May are elected, they will be sycophants for Bowser on the council. In the case of Todd, Lee disagrees. “Brandon Todd is an independent thinker,” she said. “He will work with the mayor to do what is in the best interest of the ward.”Wain Jenkins attended the May’s event and said that his candidate will be no puppet for the mayor. “I know that some of her opponents are going to try to portray her that way but she is an intelligent, thoughtful person,” Jenkins said.May has a sharp response to those who think she will be a lackey for the mayor. “I am my own person,” she said. “My name is LaRuby May.”
July is somewhat dry on the video game front. Thankfully, Activision and Bungie are set to launch the Destiny 2 beta early next week. There will be an open beta for everyone starting on July 21, and those who pre-order the game on PS4 can get in on the action starting on July 18 (July 19 on Xbox One). If you’re still on the fence about the game, this beta will definitely help in deciding whether you want to buy it or not.If you want to get in on the early access but don’t want to pre-order Destiny 2 then you’re in luck! We’re giving 50 lucky readers a chance to hop into the private beta before it’s available to the general public. This post will be updated regularly with a new code so make sure to check back often.Here’s what you’ll need to do if you grab a code: Head over to the Destiny Code Registration Forum and sign in with your Bungie.net account to finish the code redemption process. From there, you can select your platform of choice. After that, you can redeem the beta code on your system and download the beta to your console. Players can choose PC as their platform. However, this beta will not go live until sometime in August. The early access will be live at 10 am PST on July 18 for PS4 and July 19 for Xbox One. The private beta will run until July 20, with the open beta starting immediately afterward.The original Destiny had a summer beta, and it’s great to see the sequel get the same treatment. We’re going to be checking out the early access along with you guys, so you definitely want to come back to hear what we think of it. Again, please make sure to keep this page open and keep refreshing it for your chance to snatch up an early access beta code. The code will change throughout the day and be announced on our Facebook and Twitter. Good luck!TODAY’S BETA CODES: G3N-9LY-PF7T4J-TCC-ARM6YX-LDP-7JPAMY-HHA-T4APFP-DH9-4NJDestiny 2 will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 8. It will launch on PC on October 24. You can pre-order it now from Amazon. Stay on target 1. Destiny teased in Halo 3: ODST1/50Destiny was originally teased in 2009 in Halo 3: ODST via a poster plastered on a wall. The Easter egg was later removed in the remastered version of the game. <><> Destiny 2: Warmind is More of the SameThe Current State of Destiny 2 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
New Delhi: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) said today that there was no proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Citing a news report on the proposed renaming, Kejriwal tweeted, “Changing name of Ramlila Maidan etc after Vajpayeeji will not fetch votes. BJP should change the name of the Prime Minister to get some votes because people are not voting on his name.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Dismissing the news report, North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta said that there was no such proposal. “There is no proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after Vajpayeeji. All reports suggesting so are wrong,” he said. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari also claimed that there was no proposal to change the name of Ramlila Ground. “Some politically motivated people are creating the rumour that name of Ramlila Maidan will be changed. We are worshippers of Lord Ram, there is no question of changing name of Ramlila Maidan,” Tiwari said. The mayor denied that some NDMC councillors approached the civic body or his office with a suggestion to rename the ground after Vajpayee. “No councillor has even made any such suggestion,” Gupta said. The historic Ramlila Maidan located close to the New Delhi railway station serves as a venue of political rallies and other events, besides hosting Ramleela every year.
Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will be celebrating the World Environment Day on June 5 in a unique manner to create a sense of environment awareness among the residents.”We will be organising plogging on early mornings at Eco Park in New Town. Plogging is a new environmentally conscious fitness trend, where people pick up rubbish while on a run. We will be giving prizes to the ones collecting the most trash,” a senior official of NKDA said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPlogging is a term coined in Sweden and according to a leading international daily, this exercise-meets-eco-friendly activity started there and has since spread across the world. The combination of jogging and picking up plastics and other waste material on the ground is a better exercise than just jogging, as one has to squat or bend in addition to running or walking. NKDA is also contemplating an ‘adda’ session on the electric bus of Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). The event will be held in association with the British Deputy High Commission. According to plans, this will start from NKDA corner in Eco Park, where recycled products created from wastes as well as washed and pressed dresses at very low prices are being sold for the young – not because they can’t afford new ones but because they care for the environment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior officials of NKDA led by its chairman Debashis Sen held a meeting on Friday, to discuss the strategy of organising the two events on June 5. It may be mentioned that New Town already boasts of a number of sustainable and consumer-centric features like app-based cycles for the entire city, e-buses, solar PV on canals, advance machinery for road cleaning & solid waste management, public green & open spaces etc. It is India’s first green-rated satellite city and is a unique blend of ancient architectural practices and modern technological innovations.
Kolkata: A rare arterial switch surgery has given a fresh lease of life to a month-old baby who was brought to a city hospital from Jharkhand’s Dhanbad. The patient was in critical condition when his family members brought him to the private hospital in Kolkata. The 38-day-old boy was taken to a local doctor who told the family members that there was nothing seriously wrong with the patient. However, as his condition deteriorated, the family members decided to shift the baby to Kolkata. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe baby was severely dehydrated when taken to the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital under Dr Subhendu Mandal. After primary investigation, Dr Mandal and his team put the baby under ventilation. Soon, he started the baby with prostaglandin infusion to stabilise his condition. The baby was diagnosed with transposition of great arteries with small patent ductus arteriosus. The doctors performed the arterial switch procedure on the patient, to correct transposition of the great arteries. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDr Mandal along with Dr Manoj Daga carried out a detailed assessment on the child’s condition with multiple tests, both cardiac and non-cardiac and took all precautionary measures needed. An accurate anatomical diagnosis was done by echocardiography to get a clear picture of his condition. A thorough screening of comorbidity factors like infection, poor nutrition, deranged liver and kidney function and abnormal neurological condition helped Dr Mandal to take the correct medical decision. This was an extremely critical case for the doctors as the mother had lost her babies in two previous occasions. Dr Mandal, senior consultant, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, who carried out the operation, said: “Such a rare defect happens to 1 in 3,300 newborn infants. Success rate in these cases is less. In the Western world, we have only 3% mortality, while developing world stands at 15%. It was a difficult decision for us to carry out the operation. We went ahead and successfully switched the great arteries to their natural position and transferred the coronary artery without any damage during the 190 minutes long procedure and cross clamp time of total 85mins.”