Joint Review Will Look at Infectious Disease Processes

first_imgHealth Minister Angus MacIsaac today, April 29, announced thatevery proper step is being taken to protect patient safety inlight of a potential Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) diagnosis. “Yesterday we learned about a breakdown in process at CapitalHealth during the hospital’s investigation into this suspectedcase of CJD,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I want to reassure NovaScotians that our main concern is patient safety. With that inmind, a joint review, involving the provincial Department ofHealth, Health Canada and Capital Health, is being undertaken toestablish everything that has happened here and to help us applythe lessons we learn from this experience throughout ourprovincial health system.” The review will involve experts from the provincial office of thechief medical officer, Health Canada and Capital Health. Thereview will be conducted in a timely fashion and recommendationswill be provided to the minister of Health before being madepublic. This morning, Capital Health briefed senior officials with theDepartment of Health about the actions taken to date and theirongoing review process. “I am satisfied that Capital Health took appropriate action oncethe breakdown was identified,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Patient safetyis of utmost importance and Nova Scotians need to be satisfiedthat all efforts are being made to review the entire process inan objective way. That is one of my goals, as we participate inthis review process. The other goal is to ensure that anythingand everything we learn from this process is shared throughoutour health-care delivery system across Nova Scotia, indeed,across Canada. “We must also remember that this diagnosis is not yet confirmedand that, even among the 26 other patients involved, the risk ofcontracting CJD is deemed to be extremely remote,” noted theminister.last_img read more

New Chair Appointed to Nova Scotia Boxing Authority

first_imgNova Scotia’s boxing community has scored a knockout win with the appointment of a new chair to the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald has appointed Michael “Mickey” MacDonald to take over for Dick MacLean who has completed his second two-year term. “I thank Mr. MacLean for his service, and for the leadership and commitment he has shown the boxing community in his two terms,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Following Mr. MacLean is Mickey MacDonald, and we are excited to have Mickey assume the position of chair.” Mickey is an avid boxer who has sparred with many of Halifax’s best professionals. “Mickey will not only bring a fresh perspective and new set of ideas to the boxing authority but he has a proven ability to lead and build partnerships,” said Mr. MacDonald. “He has been a champion in the business world and has also given generously of his time and his resources to the community.” Mickey volunteers with Feed Nova Scotia, and has been a consistent supporter of the IWK Hospital and the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation. He is currently the CEO of Atlantic Mobility Products in Bedford, as well as owner and president of Micco Developments, a Halifax company that deals with residential land development and real estate rentals. Among other careers, Mr. MacDonald also spent time as a firefighter with the Halifax Fire Department. Mickey has been awarded a place in Atlantic Business’s Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada four years in a row. He also helped lead Down East Communications to a title as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2002 and 2003. “I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to chair the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority. It’s been a great passion of mine and I will do everything I can to see that more opportunities are available for boxers, both professional and amateur, in Nova Scotia,” said Mickey. During Mr. MacLean’s time as chair, the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority made financial contributions to various amateur boxing clubs throughout Nova Scotia. These clubs were able to provide a better experience for youth interested in boxing. Funds were used to purchase better equipment for women entering the sport; to support promotional campaigns that resulted in expanded membership; to support amateurs with an opportunity to travel and compete on a provincial level; and to subsidize registration fees for disadvantaged youth. One of Mr. MacLean’s greatest achievements was the revision of Nova Scotia’s boxing regulations. The revised rules have been modernized and clarified for the benefit of future boxers and promoters of the sport. The Nova Scotia Boxing Authority supervises and regulates professional and amateur boxing in the province, establishes and enforces uniform rules for the conduct of boxing, provides for the licensing of persons engaged in or connected with the presentation of boxing exhibitions or contests, enforces proper medical standards and provides medical examinations.last_img read more

Consumers Want Local Products Survey Says

first_imgConsumers want more Nova Scotia products and they want to see retailers and government purchase more Nova Scotia goods. The findings of the 2,400-person survey were released today, Feb. 21, by the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia, with the support of the Department of Agriculture. “We know the importance of having choice and availability of locally produced goods,” said Ron Chisholm, acting Minister of Agriculture. “We all have a job to continue to make sure there is access and visibility of our province’s products.” The Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia developed the WI Buy Local Food Survey to assess the food-buying behaviours of consumers. The survey distributed at agricultural fairs and farmers markets during 2006. “We want consumers to incorporate more locally produced foods into their diet, to become more vocal and ask retailers for more local foods on grocery store shelves and featured on restaurant menus,” said Ellen Simpson, president of the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia. The women’s institutes developed two recommendations from the report. “We want to see the government and Nova Scotia businesses make it a priority to incorporate more local foods at provincially owned institutions, retail stores and restaurants,” said Ms. Simpson. “Secondly, we believe there should be better food packaging so consumers can more easily identify locally produced goods in stores.” Through the Supplier Development Program, Nova Scotia products are getting a bigger piece of the pie. A few examples include Atlantic beef supplying about 50 per cent of health care facilities in the province, and local pork, poultry and beef used by a number of provincial institutions. The Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia organization celebrates 94 years of being a service organization this week. It continues to provide Nova Scotia women with opportunities to enhance quality of life, through education and personal development, allowing them to meet the changing needs of their local and global communities. The survey results can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/wi/ .last_img read more

Nova Scotia Students Perform Well in Writing Reading

first_imgElementary and junior high students are performing well in reading and writing, according to provincial literacy assessment results released today, Feb. 27. Results were especially strong in writing with improvement in every school board and in each of five assessments administered to students in grades 3, 6 and 9. “Teachers and school boards have really taken up student writing as an area of focus, and we are seeing students benefitting from that high level of attention, and the investments we are making in our Literacy Success Strategy,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. Since 2005-06, the department has invested more than $14 million to boards to support students in reading and writing from Primary to 12. Schools provide an hour of language arts instruction for students in grades 7 and 8 every day. Elementary students receive a minimum of 90 minutes of language arts instruction daily, including at least one hour focused on reading skills. Active Readers, Active Young Readers and Writers in Action initiatives, also benefitted more than 110,000 students and their teachers by helping develop more effective instruction and interventions to meet the individual learning needs of students. The provincial results, and those included in the individual detailed student reports sent to schools, will help teachers and boards improve classroom instruction and implement strategies to benefit all students and support those requiring additional interventions. “These assessments give us a valuable provincewide picture of student achievement,” said Ms. Streatch. “The more information we have on student achievement, the better we can support student learning.” Individual student reports from assessments have been sent to parents. Additional information on the English and French assessments are available on the Department of Education’s website at http://plans.ednet.ns.ca/ . Detailed school-by-school results will be published in the 2008 Minister’s Report to Parents and Guardians this spring.last_img read more

Property Owners to Benefit from Changes to Assessment Act

first_imgNova Scotia property owners will have more time to appeal their assessments when changes to improve the Assessment Act and regulations go into effect Tuesday, Jan. 1. “We recognize the need for the property assessment appeal process to be clear and understandable,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Nova Scotians want the processes and procedures to be efficient and transparent. The Assessment Act and regulations now provide more flexibility to the appeal process for Nova Scotia property owners.” The act extends the length of time property owners have to appeal their assessments to 31 days after the notices are mailed. The time allowed to file appeals of amended or confirmed assessments will be 14 days. Other changes to the legislation include a new name for the assessment appeal body, which will be called the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal. Nova Scotians who wish to appeal an assessment will now be given 14 days notice of their hearing date. “The Property Valuation Services Corporation believes that these important changes to the Assessment Act will benefit everyone in the assessment system,” said Russell Walker, chair of the PVSC board. “The corporation is committed to an open and transparent assessment process and encourages property owners to contact us if they have any questions about their property assessments.” Information on the improved appeal process will be included with the 2013 assessment notices sent to Nova Scotia property owners.last_img read more

Cyberbullying Investigation Unit Begins Helping Youth Families

first_imgYouth and family members can now call the country’s first cyberbullying investigative unit for help. The unit’s investigators started today, Sept. 30, and will begin taking calls and investigating complaints immediately. Nova Scotians can call 424-6990 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 855-702-8324 to talk to an investigator. A new website, http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca , will have information to help people determine if they are being cyberbullied and outline available options. “Creating this unit was part of the province’s response to the tragic death of a young Nova Scotian,” said Judith Ferguson, deputy minister of Justice. “This unit, and the other steps we’re taking, including advocating for changes to the Criminal Code, will make a difference for others who are being cyberbullied. Now they have somewhere to turn for help.” Five investigators will look into all cyberbullying complaints, helping victims resolve situations through informal, or legal means. The goal is to try to resolve complaints by helping the cyberbully understand the impact and consequences of their behaviour. Investigators can also apply for a cyberbullying prevention order, where the court could order a person to stop cyber communication, or confiscate the technology used for cyberbullying. And finally, a case could be referred to police, if criminal charges appear warranted. Chris Abraham, a Grade 12 student at Halifax West and student advisor to the Halifax Regional School Board said he hopes his fellow students take advantage of the CyberSCAN unit. “I think CyberSCAN is a great idea. I think it will help people feel safer.” The CyberSCAN unit is governed by the Cyber-safety Act, passed in the spring to ensure all Nova Scotians have a place to turn when they experience, or are aware of, cyberbullying. For more information about the act, visit http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Premier Appoints new Minister of Environment

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil announced today, Jan. 12, the appointment of Hants East MLA Margaret Miller as Minister of Environment. “I am pleased to welcome Margaret into Executive Council,” said Premier McNeil. “She is extremely capable and I look forward to having her as part of the leadership team as we continue to focus on the things that matter to Nova Scotians, like health care and education, while creating the conditions for businesses to thrive and grow the economy.” Ms. Miller was first elected to the legislature in 2013. She has served as deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. She has worked in agriculture, forestry and small business and served as national president of MADD Canada. A new deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly will be appointed in the near future.last_img read more

Retour à la plage pour les sauveteurs de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgLe temps chaud est synonyme de plages achalandées et les sauveteurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse surveilleront les nageurs à compter du samedi 29 juin prochain. « Les Néo-Écossais profitent de nos nombreuses belles plages en sachant qu’ils y trouvent des sauveteurs très bien formés, indique le ministre des Terres et des Forêts, Iain Rankin. J’encourage les gens à bien s’amuser sur nos plages, mais sans oublier d’être prudents. » Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service offre les services de 82 sauveteurs sur 23 plages dans 12 comtés. L’été dernier, plus de 370 000 personnes ont fréquenté les plages, et plus de 150 sauvetages ont eu lieu. « Nous espérons encore une fois que la saison sera sans incidents, mais nous préparons les sauveteurs en vue de toute éventualité, affirme Paul d’Eon, directeur du Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. Nous conseillons vivement à tous les gens de nager entre les drapeaux rouges et jaunes qui marquent la partie surveillée de la plage et du plan d’eau. » Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service et la division de la Nouvelle-Écosse de la Société de sauvetage assurent la surveillance de certaines plages. Ils assurent aussi la surveillance de quelques plages fédérales et municipales. Consultez l’adresse http://lifesavingsociety.ns.ca/index.php/nsls-home/about-nsls/overview pour la liste complète. Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service aide aussi le gouvernement à mesurer la qualité de l’eau pour assurer la sécurité de tous les nageurs.last_img read more

Microsoft hints at new OS in making

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech giant Microsoft has teased the attendees of the ongoing Computex event in Taipei with hints of a new, modern operating system (OS) in the making. Nick Parker, Vice President of Consumer and Device Sales took to the stage to outline the company’s future OS ambitions and while no official announcements were made about the much-rumoured Windows Lite, the company did discuss what’s in the pipeline, EnGadget reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Parker made continual references to “a modern OS” touching briefly on features such as cloud-connected experiences, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and multi-sense, which includes input methods such as pen, voice, touch and “even gaze”. Among other OS experiences mentioned were cognitive recognition services and features that “let users mirror their Android phone screen on their PC and use the PC mouse and keyboard to interact with phone apps and content using Wi-Fi or LTE”. It does seem that Microsoft is planning something different for its OS, beyond its previous attempts at light-weighting, the report said. However, the company did officially announce that it is testing a version of Windows 10 which would release by 2020.last_img read more

BJP AAP spar over electricity tariff in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP and AAP on Tuesday attacked each other over the allegations of electricity price. “More than 2 crore people of Delhi are suffering due to a heat wave in Delhi and the temperature is increasing day by day. Delhi government used to frame Summer Action Plan in the month of February itself but we don’t see any Summer Action Plan on the ground due to which the problem of the water supply has become very grave,” said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarHe also said that there is only one Department under the Chief Minister and i.e. the Delhi Jal Board. After Kejriwal took charge of the DJB, the Department is incurring heavy loss. When the local people of Malviya Nagar gheraoed Kejriwal and MLA Somnath then he promised that he will solve the problem within two to three days but the problem has not been solved yet. Meanwhile, AAP leader Raghav Chadha slammed Tiwari saying, “Several governments allowed inflated electricity tariffs to be collected in Delhi in collusion with power companies until the AAP formed the government here. When people of Delhi elected Arvind Kejriwal as their Chief Minister, he ensured that people of Delhi receive the cheapest electricity in the country. “last_img read more

400 new flats to be built for MPs in Lutyens Delhi using

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has decided to demolish 400 old flats and construct new ones in their place in Lutyens’ Delhi for Members of Parliament using construction waste. The flats which will be coming up in North Avenue and South Avenue, located on either sides of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, will replace the old ones built nearly 60 years ago, officials of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) said. “All old MP flats, which were built in North and South Avenues after Independence, will be demolished,” CPWD’s Director General Prabhakar Singh told PTI. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “We will use construction & demolition (C&D) waste in building the new flats for MPs in North and South Avenues, an area which has many old flats,” he added. The waste from the demolition site of the old flats are likely to be used for the construction of the new ones after being processed at a facility. CPWD, the prime construction agency of the central government, recently constructed 36 duplex flats, at a cost of Rs 80 crore, which are ready to be allotted for the newly-elected parliamentarians. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah “The new MP flats will be constructed in a phased manner in North Avenue and South Avenue so that there in no chaos after demolition of the old ones,” he said. The swanky low-rise buildings will have solar power panels and designated car parking spots, among a host of other facilities, the official said. The new Lok Sabha has around 300 first-time members, including cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani, Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans and Bengali actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan Ruhi. The government has made temporary arrangements to accommodate 350 MPs till the time they are allotted full-time official residences in Lutyens’ Delhi, an area in the national capital named after British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who was responsible for much of the architectural design and building of the high-security zone prior to Independence. In the past, newly-elected MPs used to stay in five-star hotels, but the practice has been dropped following the Lok Sabha Secretariat’s cost-cutting measures. The BJP-led NDA government started its second term as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other ministers of his council took the oath of office on May 30.last_img read more

Ateeq Ahmed case CBI team speaks to Deoria jail officials

first_imgNew Delhi: A CBI team on Friday visited Deoria Jail in Uttar Pradesh to speak to jail officials in connection with the agency’s case against former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmed, sources here said.The Central Bureau of Investigation had earlier registered a case against Ahmed on charges of extortion, cheating, and forgery. The FIR alleges that Ahmed’s goons had, after continuously intimidating a businessman named Mohit Jaiswal, kidnapped him and brought him to Deoria Jail, where Ahmed himself was lodged. The complaint further goes on to say that Jaiswal was beaten up by Ahmed’s associates in jail and then forced to sign away ownership of four of his companies to Ahmed’s associates. Earlier, sources familiar with developments had said that four firms, namely MJ Infra Housing, MJ Infra Green, MJ Infra Land, and MJ Infra State were transferred to Ahmed’s associates forcefully inside the jail premises. Sources in the know told Millennium Post that the CBI team as part of its investigation into the case, had visited the UP jail in order to speak to jail officials as part of their basic enquiry as to how Jaiswal was brought in the jail and extorted without any interference from them. Further, they said that relevant documents have been collected from the UP Police and are being scrutinised. The case was entrusted to the CBI after the UP government had approached the Supreme Court of India, saying that CCTV cameras at the jail complex were tampered with at the time of the incident. Initially, the UP police had registered an FIR in 2018, and in the complaint, the incident is said to have occurred on December 26, last year. Ahmed was a Samajwadi Party (SP) member in the 14th Lok Sabha from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. Jaiswal, who has a real estate business in the posh Gomti Nagar area in Lucknow, had alleged that Ahmad was threatening him for extortion for the last two years.last_img read more

Businessman slaps extortion charges against goon

first_imgKolkata: A businessman was allegedly threatened by a local goon who recently demanded Rs 2 lakh as extortion money from him.According to the statement issued by the businessman identified as Tushar Ghosh, he was awarded a contract to paint a high-rise building in Beniapukur. He alleged that a few weeks after the commencement of work, a person identified as Deedar Shaikh demanded Rs 2 lakh as extortion money from him. Ghosh alleged that Shaikh threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to pay the money. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhosh said despite he lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station in this regard, no case was registered until superior police officers came to know about the incident on Wednesday. Sources informed on Wednesday a case was finally initiated against the person named in the FIR and a probe was started in this connection. But, police sources informed that there are some ifs and buts in the case as Shaikh happens to be a sub-contractor of the building. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCops are trying to know whether Ghosh and Shaikh had any personal enmity. “I am shocked. Shaikh claimed that he is very much powerful and close to a minister and several political leaders. He threatened to kill me If I do not pay the money as per his demand,” said Ghosh. According to sources, on Wednesday, police called Ghosh at the Beniapukur police station and discussed about his complaint. Ghosh was also assured that necessary steps would be taken. Though police assured that action will be taken, Ghosh is still living in fear due to the death threat. Police sources informed that apart from the officers of police station, senior Kolkata Police officials are also probing the matter. Ghosh could be questioned shortly in this regard. Shaikh was not arrested till Wednesday night.last_img read more

RS passes resolution slapping 200 duty on Pakistani goods

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed a statutory resolution for levying 200 per cent duty on all goods exported from Pakistan. The Upper House also adopted the move to increase basic custom duty (BCD) on lentils (masur), boric acid and diagnostic and laboratory reagents. The resolution sought to raise BCD on lentils from 40 per cent to 50 per cent. The duty on boric acid would go up from 17.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent. For diagnostic items, the duty increase is from 20 per cent to 30 per cent. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu The two statutory resolutions were moved by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur on behalf of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and both adopted by voice vote. The first resolution sought to approve the February, 2019 notification to insert new tariff item 9806 00 00 under Chapter 98 of the First Schedule of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 to prescribe 200 per cent customs duty on all goods originating in or exported from Pakistan.last_img read more

Overcast Sunday morning in Delhi light rain forecast

first_imgNew Delhi: It was an overcast Sunday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature settling at 27.2 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. The MeT department has forecast generally cloudy skies for the day. Maximum temperature would be around 34 degrees Celsius. The city received 0.4 mm rain in the past 24 hours, said a MeT department official. Relative humidity was 85 percent, at 8.30 AM, he said. The city recorded a high of 32.9 degrees Celsius and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday.last_img

Economic Affairs Secy will talk to FPIs to stop current foreign funds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Monday said it will soon hold discussions with representatives of foreign portfolio investors, amid continuing overseas fund outflow from the markets following the decision to impose surcharge on certain class of such investors. Briefing reporters here, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said “nothing more” has been done on the proposed issuance of sovereign bonds apart from the announcement in the Union Budget. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEconomic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty would hold discussions with representatives of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) soon, the minister said. “I am quite open to hear them out what they (FPIs) have to say,” she added. FPIs pulled out Rs 2,881.10 crore from debt and equity segments on August 1 and 2. In July, they had withdrawn a net amount of Rs 2,985.88 crore from the capital markets. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government decided to increase surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. It would also be applicable for FPIs operating as trusts or as association of persons. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn a question related to sovereign bonds, Sitharaman said “nothing more has been done” apart from the announcement in the Budget as the ministry was busy in dealing with three bills, including amendment to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The government has announced it would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme from external markets in foreign currencies. India’s sovereign external debt-to-GDP level is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent.last_img read more

Khattar promises to make Gurugram an icon city

first_imgGurugram: Nine days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started the “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” (journey for seeking blessings from the public), it reached Gurugram on Tuesday. Amid a slew of rallies and inaugurations, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated that he will further strengthen the structures of strong and clean governance.The Chief Minister also promised the citizens of his vision of making Gurugram the icon city of the country, a city that will ensure employment opportunities to locals as well as other citizens of the country. The journey of the Chief Minister began from Pataudi where he emphasised on the importance of clean governance. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTaking cognisance of the recent action initiated by the public agencies against the national and regional Congress leaders, the Chief Minister made a tacit mention of how the Congress leaders involved in the corruption would end in the jail. Subsequently, the Chief Minister also made a visit to Badshahpur and Gurugram where he not only spoke about improving the infrastructure but also spoke about how his government had respected the martyrs by giving their kin the employment opportunities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe significance of Gurugram Vidhan Sabha seat for the saffron party can be gauged from the fact that it was Gurugram where the MLA Umesh Aggarwal won by the seat by the highest margin of five lakh votes. From 2013, BJP made a strategy shift and began inducting various tall leaders of South Haryana into its fold. Besides Rao Inderjit Singh, there was also Rao Narbir Singh who is presently the Badshahpur MLA. Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started in 2014 Lok Sabha campaign from Rewari where a large number of ex-Army men reside. It is the place where he made the promise that if elected, he will implement the one rank one pension scheme. Modi factor and the presence of Rao Inderjit resulted in the victory for BJP. This was again extended in the Vidhan Sabha elections where Umesh Aggarwal won by the largest margin.last_img read more

WPI inflation unchanged at 108 pc in Aug reinforces rate cut expectation

first_imgNew Delhi: Wholesale price based inflation was unchanged at 1.08 per cent in August, reinforcing the expectation of a rate cut by the RBI in the October policy review. Although the RBI takes into account the consumer price index based inflation while deciding its monetary policy stance, the decline in core inflation has strengthened the case for a rate cut, said an expert. According to the data released by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry on Monday, the increase in prices of certain food items was partially neutralised by static prices of manufactured goods during August 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The WPI (wholesale price index) inflation was 1.08 per cent in July and 4.62 per cent in August 2018. Inflation in food articles rose to 7.67 per cent during the month as against 6.15 per cent in July mainly on account of rise in prices of vegetables and protein-rich items. Vegetable inflation went up at 13.07 per cent from 10.67 per cent in the previous month. Inflation in protein-rich items like egg, meat and fish rose to 6.60 per cent last month from 3.16 per cent in July. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost However, fuel and power basket continued to witness deflation at 4 per cent in August as against 3.64 per cent in July. Inflation in manufactured products showed no inflation print at 0 per cent as against 0.34 per cent in July, showed the data released by the ministry. “The weakness in the core WPI inflation in August 2019 was broad-based, with 15 of the sub-sectors recording a sequential easing in inflation and as many as nine of the categories recording a year-on-year disinflation,” said Aditi Nayar, Economist at ICRA. With pricing power of producers unlikely to strengthen and commodities ex-crude oil likely to remain sluggish in the immediate term, the core-WPI inflation may remain sub-zero in the rest of this calendar year, she added. “The disinflation in core-WPI in August 2019 has further reinforced our expectation of a rate cut in the October 2019 policy review. In our view, the assessed space for further accommodation should be front loaded,” Nayar said. The retail (CPI) inflation in August rose marginally to 3.21 per cent as against 3.15 per cent in the previous month mainly due to costlier food items, government data showed last week. The Reserve Bank has cut key repo rate by 110 basis points during this year by effecting a total of four cuts so far. The economy which recorded a six-year low growth of 5 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal may require some action by the RBI to boost consumer demand in the upcoming festive season.last_img read more

Like an atomic bomb had gone off The summer night St Johns

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It was a blazing tornado that ripped through homes and buildings in St. John’s, N.L., torching everything it crossed as residents ran for safe ground with all they could carry.The city will this weekend mark 125 years since “The Great Fire” on July 8, 1892, incinerated Newfoundland’s commercial hub and left about 11,000 people homeless.The actual cause was never confirmed. It was blamed on a dropped tobacco pipe or match in a stable on Carter’s Hill overlooking the harbour and city centre. By the time it burned out 12 hours later, 2,000 houses and dozens of businesses were in smoking ruins.“It was like a war zone, like something you might see if an atomic bomb had gone off in the city,” said St. John’s city Coun. Sandy Hickman. “It really burned a lot of the eastern half of the city down.”An investigation would later lambaste city managers and overhaul firefighting services.Flames first erupted at about 4:45 p.m. and were soon whipped up by strong winds. They scattered hot embers like so many fireballs over the wooden houses below. St. John’s, then a city of about 30,000 people, had been baked dry that summer after a month with little rain.“It was tinder dry,” said Larry Dohey, director of programming at The Rooms archives, art gallery and museum in St. John’s. “What could go wrong, went wrong.”The fire raced down Freshwater Road then split in two as it swept down Harvey Road and Long’s Hill. It picked up strength as clapboard homes and stores became powerful kindling.A few strokes of bad luck and even worse planning hampered firefighters who then served as volunteers: water supplies had been turned off earlier in the day as new pipes were installed. Although it had been turned back on, pressure in higher elevations where the blaze broke out was weak. A nearby tank that could hold almost 114,000 litres had been drained during a recent drill and wasn’t refilled, Dohey said.There was a lack of equipment, including hatchets. Old rope snapped as the men tried to use it to pull down a burning house in hopes of creating a firebreak.Another peril was the way St. John’s was rebuilt after a previous massive fire in 1846. Regulations meant to avoid a similar catastrophe were often ignored in the rush to reconstruction. They set out that buildings should be made of stone or brick with slated roofs and protective firebreaks.Instead, tightly packed wooden structures sprang up on narrow streets as before.When flames once again engulfed the city, horrified residents tried to save what they could. They raced with their possessions into stone churches and other structures they thought wouldn’t burn.“In fact, some would suggest that as they were running through the streets, embers were getting into blankets and clothing and they were actually bringing the fire into these public buildings,” Dohey said. “All of these churches would eventually burn.”All but the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which towered on a hill above the fire and still dominates the St. John’s skyline today.Four people died, according to archival documents. They were identified as a local woman and her daughter, another woman described as an “elderly girl, not married” and a “servant girl” whose name wasn’t immediately known, Dohey said.In the days after the fire, residents who’d lost everything huddled near the basilica “because they felt safe there,” he added. Thousands more stayed in tents or makeshift shelters in nearby Bannerman Park.The massive blaze raged into the next morning, cutting a ruthless swath right down to the waterfront. Daylight laid bare the full extent of ruin: for blocks and blocks all that remained of gutted homes and offices were charred brick chimneys that eerily stood watch over the destruction.Moses Harvey, a Presbyterian minister and writer, described his walk that morning. “Nothing visible for a mile from Devon Row but chimneys and fallen and tottering walls,” he wrote.“It made the heart ache to see the groups of men, women and children with weary, blood-shot eyes and smoke begrimed faces, standing over their scraps of furniture and clothing — some of them asleep on the ground from utter exhaustion — all with despondency depicted on their faces.”Damages were estimated at $13 million, of which only about $5 million was insured, according to Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador. The disaster threw Newfoundland, then a British colony, into economic turmoil.Many of the colourful “Jellybean Row” houses that exist today in St. John’s date back to 1892 and were among the first homes rebuilt.Government officials revamped the city’s previously volunteer fire brigades, hiring 22 paid firefighters and creating three new stations. A new force which included fire and police staff reported to the police inspector-general. Such changes stemmed in part from a scathing report by Judge D.W. Prowse, who investigated the disaster.Municipal council, he bluntly concluded, had severely mismanaged firefighting volunteers and equipment.“If this department is ever left again in the same hands, all I can say is that we deserve to be burnt.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more