The Sherbrooke Village kicks off an ambitious Courthouse ConcertSeries on Thursday, June 24 with the first of four ceilidhs. Theopening night ceilidh will feature Sherbrooke musicians RolyBurton and Bob MacDonald, and special guests Adam Cook and GeorgeBrothers. On Canada Day, July 1, the Big Blue Eastern Swing Band willpresent a free concert. The concert will feature classic countryand western swing provided by an array of local countrymusicians. The band will be recorded live in concert at theSherbrooke Courthouse on Friday, July 2. The Laws, a husband and wife who have established themselves asone of Canada’s fastest rising folk/country acts, will return tothe Courthouse stage on Thursday, July 15. They have becomepopular throughout Australia and the British Isles, and wereamong the major hits at the 2002 Stan Rogers Festival and the2002 Courthouse Concert Series. Eastern Nova Scotia artists Lisa Hallett, and Coleen Benoit andRonnie Hull will perform old and new favourites from the country,traditional and gospel styles of music on Thursday, July 22. Sherbrooke Village will celebrate its Acadian neighbours onThursday, July 29. Salute to Acadie will feature Cheticampfiddler Robert Deveaux, with Marion Dewar, and Leo and TomJelleaux. One of Sherbrooke’s favourite musical friends, multi-award winnerJohn Gracie, will return to the Courthouse on Thursday, Aug. 5.Gracie will be featuring songs from his new recording, as well astried and true material from past hit recordings. Hal Bruce, another Canadian performer who is making inroads inAustralia, will perform on Thursday, Aug. 12. Bruce, known forhis folk/country/pop acoustic stylings, is renowned for his solointerpretations of Beatles songs and has released two criticallyacclaimed CDs of acoustic Beatles music. The series continues Thursday evenings until the end of August,at which time the concerts switch to weekend evenings. Allconcerts begin at 7:30 p.m. For ticket or scheduling information,call toll-free 1-800-743-7845 or visit the Sherbrooke Villagewebsite at museum.gov.ns.ca/sv .
Nova Scotia’s old-growth forests, wood turtles, and several species of rare plants are being protected by the designation of four new nature reserves, the expansion of a fifth, and an addition to a wilderness area. “We’re continuing to use our effective land protection legislation and to work with our partners to meet green plan commitments to conserve our natural environment,” Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent said today, July 21. “As a result, we now have nearly 300,000 hectares of Nova Scotia’s natural environment protected forever.” Close to 12,000 hectares of wilderness area and nature reserve lands have been designated since October 2004. These latest nature reserve designations total 900 hectares — about double the size of McNab’s Island, in Halifax harbour. Amendments made to the Special Places Protection Act last spring helped make new land available for designation. The amendments reduced red tape and made it more attractive for private landowners to offer their land for protection. “These amendments are working,” said Mr. Parent. “Our partnerships with land trusts, companies, private land owners and the Department of Natural Resources are achieving conservation goals that no single organization could achieve on its own.” “Protecting our forests and wildlife in this way is sound ecological planning,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “The commercial and private partners who worked with us are to be congratulated for their contributions which will help preserve these precious natural resources.” Private citizens Henry Fuller and James O’Brien offered 67 hectares for the new Washabuck River Nature Reserve in Victoria Co. and Jubilee Minerals Ltd. voluntarily gave up its mineral exploration rights to land in this reserve. The property features a large natural forest and 2.6 kilometres of undisturbed coastline on the Bras d’Or Lakes. DDV Gold Limited also gave up its mineral exploration rights in the new reserve at Abraham Lake in Halifax Regional Municipality. The 400-hectare reserve is on land donated by Neenah Paper Ltd., formerly Scott Paper Inc., to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The new reserve features an old-growth forest largely of red spruce. Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury Ltd. owns 360 hectares being designated as the new River Inhabitants Nature Reserve in Inverness Co. This reserve is home to wood turtles, a vulnerable species in the province, and to rare plants. It was already designated under the company’s forest management plan as a protected area and was therefore reserved from any harvesting activity. The new 57-hectare nature reserve at Roman Valley in Guysborough Co. is on Crown land. This property features an old-growth forest which, according to department records, has never been logged. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust purchased 16 hectares of land at Gillfillan Lake to add to the existing Tusket River Nature Reserve in Yarmouth Co. The addition features several types of rare and endangered coastal plain plants. The Nature Trust also provided another 80 hectares of land at Wilson Hill to add to Cloud Lake Wilderness Area in Annapolis Co. The land had been privately owned and is located inside the wilderness area boundaries. The Department of Environment and Labour is continuing to work with partners on the green plan commitment to establish a comprehensive system of protected areas in the province.
A $2-million interest-bearing loan will provide more employment security for Freeman Lumber in rural Queens County. The 175-year-old lumber company, one of the oldest family-run sawmill businesses in Nova Scotia, employs about 100 people and produces about 60 million board feet of lumber and value-added lumber products per year. “Freeman’s is a highly efficient operation that has an annual payroll in excess of $4 million a year, in a rural part of our province,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “It is a critical contributor to the economy of that area.” The loan from the province’s Industrial Expansion Fund is repayable in two years. It will give the company sufficient time to reorganize its financial commitments to other credit organizations. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia is investing an additional $400,000 in winter sports to help the province’s athletes increase their medal count and personal bests at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. The funding is over four years through the new 2011 Canada Games Results Program. “With the nation’s attention fixed squarely on Nova Scotia as the host province, we want to be sure our athletes have the best training and equipment available to succeed in 2011,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We’d like to see Nova Scotia shine at these Games, not only through our role as host, but also because our athletes are among the best in the country.” The first round of grants has been distributed to 13 provincial sport organizations. For example, Judo Nova Scotia received funding to hire a full-time coach. He will help judo athletes improve on their silver-medal standing at the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse. “There’s no question this program is going to benefit our athletes,” says Tim Lohnes, president of Judo Nova Scotia. “Just having a full-time coach position, words can’t even describe how it’s going to benefit Judo Nova Scotia. I expect nothing but good things for the next few years and good results for 2011.” Until March 2009, the program will provide grants of up to $10,000 for coaching, training officials and equipment. The next two years leading to the 2011 Games will focus on training athletes. Information on the program and funding applications forms are on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/physicalactivity/grants.asp .
Premier Rodney MacDonald today, June 15, offered thanks to residents affected by forest fires in the province this weekend. “This has been a very stressful situation for a lot of people forced from their homes by fire,” said Premier MacDonald. “They are to be applauded for their patience, and their co-operation with fire and police officials.” Premier MacDonald also thanked those involved in fighting the fires and providing support services. “We have seen an amazing team effort this weekend,” the premier said. “We have Department of Natural Resources personnel working with HRM firefighters, we have full-time firefighters and volunteers. The RCMP is working to make sure people and properties are safe. The Red Cross is providing shelter and meals for people. The Salvation Army is helping. Members of the public and corporate community have stepped forward to help in any way they can. “I can’t say enough about how everyone has come together during this difficult time.” While the most serious fires have been burning in Halifax Regional Municipality, there are others scattered around the province. “We are also thinking of those residents, firefighters and volunteers — and the people supporting them,” the premier said. “Like they do all season, they are doing everything they can to save lives, save homes and our natural resources.” Nova Scotia is also receiving help from other provinces. Aircraft from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec are helping Natural Resources helicopters fight the fire. “This is how it works,” said Premier MacDonald. “When one of our provinces needs help, the others are there to provide it. We have been on the giving end, and this weekend, we are receiving help from others.” Regular updates on efforts to fight the fire, and when people may be allowed to return home, are being given by RCMP, fire and municipal officials. Residents can also call 490-4000 in Halifax Regional Municipality, or check emergency updates at www.halifax.ca .
Sherbrooke Village will be better able to serve visitors and be more environmentally friendly after a $1.2-million electrical and communications upgrade, expected to be finished in May. The tendered project is being conducted by KVS Electrical Inc. of Antigonish. “We are very pleased that this work is taking place, and regard it as a strong endorsement of the value of Sherbrooke Village as a provincial heritage asset,” said George Brothers, village director. “We regret that this project means that there will be no Christmas lights in the village this year, but we are pleased that the outside community has stepped in to put together some Christmas activities.” There will be a community Christmas concert at the Lions Hall on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. A community tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Manor seniors complex on Friday, Dec. 5, with a light exchange by Nova Scotia Power and Conserve Nova Scotia. This will be followed by a light parade to the St. Mary’s Recplex. On Saturday, Dec. 6, there will be a Christmas Dance at the Lions Hall. “We are asking the public to avoid the construction zone in the interests of public safety,” said Mr. Brothers. “We expect that next year Old Fashioned Christmas activities will return in a better, greener fashion.”
The province reported today, Nov. 9, its second H1N1-related death since the outbreak began in April. The female patient was hospitalized in the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. She was in her 50s with underlying health conditions. “We are sorry to have to convey this news today,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. “Unfortunately, this is not unexpected. H1N1 and other flu-like viruses are very serious illnesses.” The province expanded the groups eligible for the H1N1 vaccine on Friday. This is part of the province’s plan to manage the current national vaccine shortage. High-risk groups eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine at community clinics at this time are: Children 19 or younger with chronic medical conditions for which they receive regular medical attention, including morbid obesity Women who have just given birth, and their partners Pregnant women, and women up to four weeks postpartum and their partners Children aged six months to younger than five years old People living on First Nations communities “If you’re in one of these priority groups, I urge you to get vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible,” said Dr. Strang. “If you’re not, I ask for your patience and your understanding.” The province will offer vaccine to more groups, based on risk, as soon as supply allows. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1 .
Le gouvernement provincial prend des mesures pour protéger les enfants et les jeunes en ligne. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, a annoncé aujourd’hui 25 mai que Wayne MacKay, professeur à l’école de droit Schulich de l’Université Dalhousie, sera président de la commission d’étude chargée d’examiner la question de la cyberintimidation et de formuler des recommandations. « À mon avis, nous avons une obligation de réunir des gens pour trouver des solutions à la cyberintimidation, a dit Mme Jennex. Depuis que nous avons annoncé la formation de la commission d’étude, nous avons reçu un énorme soutien des Néo-Écossais qui veulent participer. » « Je remercie M. MacKay et tous les membres de la commission d’étude pour leur volonté de trouver des façons de protéger les jeunes contre les effets néfastes de la cyberintimidation. » M. MacKay a eu une brillante carrière comme administrateur universitaire, juriste, professeur et expert en droit constitutionnel et en droits de la personne. Il a été recteur et vice-chancelier de l’Université Mount Allison ainsi que conseiller auprès de gouvernements, d’organismes nationaux et de tribunaux sur des enjeux liés à la diversité, des questions constitutionnelles et des initiatives liées aux droits civils et aux droits de la personne. En juin 2005, il a été nommé membre de l’Ordre du Canada. « Peu d’enjeux dans les écoles ont attiré l’attention du public autant que l’intimidation et les conséquences tragiques pour les victimes d’intimidation sous toutes ses formes, y compris la cyberintimidation, a dit M. MacKay. C’est un honneur pour moi d’entreprendre cette importante tâche et j’espère pouvoir formuler des recommandations pragmatiques et efficaces pour aborder ce problème réel et croissant dans notre société. » La commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation, qui fera rapport à la ministre de l’Éducation en décembre, est formée des cinq membres suivants : M. MacKay, Mat Whynott, adjoint de ministre pour la jeunesse, Rola AbiHanne, conseillère en orientation au ministère de l’Éducation, Wendy MacGregor, parent de la région d’Halifax, et Breanna Fitzgerald, élève de 12e année de New Waterford. La commission d’étude sera appuyée par un groupe de travail formé de 20 membres et concentrera ses efforts sur quatre domaines clés liés à la cyberintimidation, c’est-à-dire l’intervention, l’éducation, l’évaluation et les politiques.
The Department of Environment issued today, Aug. 2, approval to operate the former Maritime Steel and Foundries Ltd. plant in New Glasgow for one year. The approval, to Abbas Jafarnia, has strict environmental conditions that requires environmental impact studies on air quality, soil and ground and surface water. “We’ve heard the concerns of the community and ensured they were reflected in this approval,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We have asked for more information so we can be confident the facility is operating in a way that protects public health and the environment.” Over the next year, the approval also requires a facility relocation study and a ventilation assessment and emissions reduction plan. The department will review the results of the studies before issuing any future environmental approvals.
Nova Scotia invests more of its resources in education than most other provinces, says a national report released today, Sept. 11. “We are using our resources wisely in ways that help our students succeed, such as investing in daily help for students who are having difficulty learning to read,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “More importantly, it is not how much we spend but how we are spending it. Our Kids and Learning First plan outlines ways we are doing things differently to help our students achieve better results.” The national report compares provinces in several areas, including how much of their total resources are invested in education. It shows Nova Scotian students between 7 and 14 have fewer mandatory hours in the classroom than students in most other provinces. Under the Kids and Learning First plan, parents, school boards and others will be consulted on whether students have the time they need to improve achievement. The report also shows the number of Nova Scotia students who graduate high school is above the national average. An objective of the Kids and Learning First plan is to keep students interested and motivated to stay in school, graduate, get good jobs and become good citizens. Programs such as the Discovering Opportunities program, co-operative education and personal development credit are designed to do that. “This report reminds us that there are some things we are doing well, and some things we must do differently to help our students do better,” said Ms. Jennex. “I look forward to working with families, students, teachers and school boards as we make improvements to help every student succeed.” Nova Scotia spends more than $1 billion a year on public education. There are about 123,485 students in the province’s school system. The national report, produced by Statistics Canada and the Council for Ministers in Education, Canada, was released with an annual international report that confirms Canada remains a world leader in education. Both reports can be found at www.cmec.ca . More information on Kids and Learning First can be found at www.novascotia.ca/kidsandlearning .
Les gens de la région de Digby qui n’ont pas de médecin de famille ont maintenant accès à une nouvelle clinique de soins de santé primaires. Grâce à l’aide du gouvernement provincial, la régie South West Health a procédé à l’ouverture officielle de la clinique, aujourd’hui 10 janvier. « Nous savons que de nombreuses personnes de la région de Digby n’ont pas de médecin de famille et doivent avoir recours au service d’urgence de la région pour obtenir des soins de santé primaires », a dit le député Jim Morton, au nom de David Wilson, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. « L’objectif de la nouvelle clinique de santé, dans le cadre de la stratégie pour des meilleurs soins plus tôt, est d’offrir l’accès à un médecin pour une population considérable de la région de Digby. » Les gens pourront se rendre à la clinique, située à l’hôpital général de Digby, pour consulter un médecin ou une infirmière autorisée en milieu familial, sur rendez-vous, le lundi entre 8 h 30 et 15 h 30. Des heures supplémentaires seront ajoutées à mesure qu’un plus grand nombre de médecins et de fournisseurs de soins de santé primaires seront disponibles. « Grâce à cette clinique, nous pouvons offrir aux médecins qui ne veulent pas nécessairement établir un cabinet à temps plein la chance d’offrir des services à nos patients dans un environnement de centre de santé établi, a dit la Dre Alenia Kysela, vice-présidente, Médecine, régie régionale de la santé South West Health. Lorsqu’ils offriront des services réguliers, nous espérons que certains d’entre eux seront incités à continuer. » « Il s’agit de la première étape d’un modèle de soins de santé concertés pour la prestation de services dans le nouveau centre de santé de Digby. » Le Dr Alan Dill, qui travaillera à la clinique de Digby, souligne qu’il s’agit d’excellentes nouvelles pour la région. « En offrant des services de soins de santé aux gens qui n’ont pas de médecin de famille dans la région, nous contribuerons à atténuer la pression dans les services d’urgence, ce qui contribuera à réduire les temps d’attente. » Les gens de la région de Digby qui n’ont pas de médecin de famille ou de fournisseur de soins de santé primaires peuvent prendre rendez-vous en composant le 902-245-2502, poste 3282.
Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg Co. is currently closed for swimming due to high bacteria in the water. Lifeguards will continue service at the beach until Aug. 25 to ensure people know it is closed. Signs about the closure will remain in place as long as test results show high bacteria. “Nova Scotians have had another beautiful summer of fun at the beach under the watchful eye of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “I offer my thanks to our lifeguards for their commitment to protecting Nova Scotians from harm, and to beach goers for using common sense for safety in and around the water.” Lifeguards have been supervising the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since June 29. Since the service began 41 years ago, there has not been a drowning during supervised hours. “Our lifeguards are skilled and prepared for any situation on our beaches,” said Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “We have performed many rescues and interventions, but the rate of major incidents remains low. We aim to continue our excellent record to the end of this season.” The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society have been contracted by the department of Health and Wellness to provide beach supervision. Another season of lifeguard supervision at most of Nova Scotia’s 22 beaches is coming to a close this weekend. Supervision, provided by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, will end 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the following beaches: Heather Beach, Cumberland Co. Pomquet and Bayfield beaches, Antigonish Co. Port Hood and Inverness beaches, Inverness Co. Mira Gut Beach, Cape Breton Co. Point Michaud Beach, Richmond Co. Dollar Lake and Clam Harbour beaches, Halifax Regional Municipality Port Maitland and Ellenwood Lake beaches, Yarmouth Co. Mavillette Beach, Digby Co.
We know that attitudes toward food start in childhood and influence food selection later in life. That’s why it is so important for young people to understand that the food choices they make affect their own health, as well as the health of the community around them. Agriculture Literacy Week, March 2-8, aims to increase food and agricultural awareness among elementary school children. As part of this initiative, Nova Scotia farmers and other agriculture representatives take time out of their busy days to visit classrooms across the province to read books about farming to students. These personal visits are an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture, connect with a farmer, understand where our food comes from, and learn more about the role agriculture plays in our lives. In other words, the visits are a way for students to develop agricultural literacy. By learning about our local farms and what they grow, we can all begin to make informed choices about food purchasing. When we buy local products, it impacts on the Nova Scotia farm community and the local economy. Raising awareness during Agricultural Literacy Week can also provide the spark of interest needed for a young person to begin thinking about agriculture as a career choice. Agriculture plays a key role in our provincial economy and we want to encourage the next generation to explore the possibility of working in the industry so that it prospers into the future. To support agricultural literacy, the Department of Agriculture is creating a book for children on farming in the province. The book, Explore Farming in Nova Scotia, is designed for nine and 10 year-olds and features 14 agricultural sectors. The imagery is recognizably Nova Scotian and it highlights the innovation and passion found throughout our agricultural industry. The book will be read by members of the agricultural community during classroom visits and left as a gift, along with curriculum-related activities, so that students can further explore farming in Nova Scotia. -30-
streamlining information sharing for enforcement confirming the authority of securities commission staff to review self-regulating organizations expanding insider trader prohibitions by widening the definition of who is in a special relationship with a reporting issuer expanding market manipulation and fraud prohibitions to include attempts at market manipulation and fraud streamlining how cease trade orders are issued for inadequate disclosure in the marketplace Nova Scotia is continuing to improve investor protection and will be working more with other provinces through amendments to the Securities Act introduced today, April 22. “Nova Scotian investors expect securities regulations to be up-to-date and to provide the best possible protection for their investment,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “These amendments will strengthen the ability of the securities commission to protect Nova Scotians and enforce the Securities Act.” One key amendment is to introduce a reporting regime for derivatives. Currently, Nova Scotia does not regulate derivatives. Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators and works with the other provinces to harmonize regulations across the country. Canada, as part of an agreement among G20 countries, has committed to make the industry more transparent, including better regulating the derivatives market. Other amendments include: The Securities Act helps protect investors from practices and activities that undermine investor confidence. This act is administered by the Nova Scotia Securities Commission.
The province is honouring 911 call takers, who provide a life-saving link to emergency services, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, which runs until April 18. When an emergency occurs, prompt response from police, fire and ambulance is critical to the protection of life and property. 911 call takers help ensure a prompt and accurate emergency response through the collection of vital information, including the nature of the call and location. “911 call takers work behind the scene and are the first and most critical contact Nova Scotians have with emergency services,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “This week is an opportunity for us all to thank Nova Scotia’s 911 call takers for their hard work, compassion and dedication on our behalf.” From an initial call to 911 through to the dispatch of emergency responders, these skilled professionals are a key link in the provision of emergency services. There are 180 call takers who handle about 240,000 calls per year. “911 call takers are the unsung heroes in the response to public safety in our communities,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “They answer thousands of calls and work tirelessly to connect citizens and first responders, providing vital support when it’s needed most.” The Emergency Management Office administers the provincewide 911 emergency service. The four public safety answering points in Nova Scotia are in Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro and Kentville. For more information on 911, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/911/ .
London: Star couple Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas on May 27 marked their first anniversary since they met and the actor-singer made sure it was special for his wife. Nick wrote an emotional post on Instagram for Priyanka whom he married last December. “One year ago, today, I went to go see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Hollywood bowl with a group of friends. One of those friends was the woman that would become my best friend, my confidant, my muse, my beautiful wife.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die'”You make me smile every day and you inspire me to be the best version of myself. I am honoured to be your husband. I love you,” Nick wrote along with a romantic photograph from their recent Cannes Film Festival outing. Nick also surprised his wife by arranging her meeting with ace singer Mariah Carey – one of her favourites – on the special day. Priyanka called Nick “the best husband ever”. She wrote: “A Lambily member’s dream came true… Even through he was busy and we were apart, he made sure I celebrated our one year anniversary with my favourite Mariah Carey… Happy one year love!” As excited as she was, Priyanka also shared a photograph with Carey.
Greater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Jarchha police as they were found to have been involved in Rs 65 lakhs cash robbery from cash agent of VRS foods (Paras dairy) in Jarchha area near NTPC in Greater Noida last week. Police have already arrested three persons earlier in connection with the incident while the car which was robbed by the criminals was also recovered by police.According to police, those arrested were identified as Kuldeep, Naresh and Vishnu. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that accused Vishnu is the mastermind of the robbery incident and involved other people in the robbery. “Vishnu shared the information to the other criminals and a group of ten armed men allegedly snatched Rs 65 lakh from three staff members of the company, at gunpoint in Jarchha area on May 27,” said Krishna. The officer further said that four persons are still absconding in the incident while three others were already arrested. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”On the day of incident, police team arrested two robbers when they were trying to flee in a car which they had snatched from a NTPC employee after committing the crime. Another accused was arrested after a gun fight by police a few days ago while three persons were arrested on Tuesday. We have formed teams to nab other gang members also who are absconding while a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on their head has been declared,” added Krishna. Meanwhile police have recovered Rs 4,10,000 cash from the possession of accused persons. A senior police officer said that the gang had plotted the robbery to arrange money and secure a bail for their two other accomplices, Raees and Irfan, who were convicted last month in a murder case in Meerut.
Paris: Johanna Konta became the first British woman in 36 years to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals when she swept past Sloane Stephens of the United States on Tuesday. Konta, the 26th seed, downed last year’s runner-up 6-1, 6-4 and will face either Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova or Croatian 31st Petra Martic for a place in the final. Jo Durie was the last British woman to make the French Open semi-finals in 1983. The 28-year-old Konta had not won a match at Roland Garros in any of her previous four visits. However, she now finds herself in her third semi-final at a major after runs to the last-four at the 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”To play on the new Chatrier court for the first time was wonderful especially against one of the world’s best players,” said Konta after her third win in 2019 over Stephens. “I am super happy because the conditions were so windy and Sloane is the kind of player who can run away with a match. So I had to be prepared to keep her on the back foot and control the points.” Konta made sure of emulating Durie by breaking former US Open champion Stephens in the fourth and sixth games of the first set. The Briton fired four aces and 12 winners past her 26-year-old opponent in the 35-minute opener. The 26th seed tightened her grip with a break in the opening game of the second set and that proved more than enough. Such was Konta’s domination that she allowed Stephens just one point on her serve in the entire second set which ended with a whimper when the American sent a groundstroke wide of the mark.
Amaravati (AP): A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped for five days by six persons, including three minors, after being locked up in a room in Ongole town of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday.All those accused of allegedly raping her have been apprehended from different parts of the state and police said they are further investigating the case. The incident also stirred up a row over safety of women in the state with Home Minister M Sucharita promising stern action. Prakasam District Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told reporters that one of the accused befriended the girl when she was waiting for her friend at the RTC bus station in Ongole on June 17. She was then taken to his room where he and five of his friends allegedly raped her for five days. The girl, who belonged to the neighbouring Guntur district, escaped from their clutches and reached the bus station on Saturday evening when an on-duty home-guard Venkateswarlu and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Babu Rao spotted and rescued her, the police official said. She was then admitted to the government hospital for treatment and her condition was state to be stable. Based on the girl’s complaint, police launched a manhunt for the accused and nabbed them from different places since late Saturday night. One of the accused was nabbed at Bitragunta in SPS Nellore district while he was trying to board a train, he added. Condemning the incident, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang said safety and security of women and children and prevention of crime against them would be given high priority. Perpetrators of such crimes would be dealt with sternly and brought to book systematically, he said in a statement here. Sawang directed the Prakasam district SP to ensure the case was investigated thoroughly to secure conviction of the accused. A case under different sections of POCSO Act and IPC was registered against the accused. “This is a heinous crime and we will take deterrent steps to ensure such incidents did not recur,” said the Home Minister. Ongole MLA and Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy also condemned the incident.
Phase 1 of the 19th Third Eye Visual Art Utsav – Miniature Photography on Canvas will be held from July 15 – 17, at Noty Binodini Memorial Art Gallery. Atanu Paul along with members of Third Eye will be showcasing their works