zoom Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of one more secondhand bulker bought in March this year within a 16-vessel deal.The ship in question is the 81,500 dwt Q Ioanari which will now be renamed Golden Ioanari.Q Ioanari was built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2011. Its market value currently stands at USD 19.47 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Of the 16 vessels acquired, 14 were bought from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, and two ice class Panamax vessels from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder. Under the terms of the agreement, the company would issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares and assume debt of USD 285.2 million.Golden Ocean said it has issued 1.3 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping and associated companies in exchange for the vessel.Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 6,116,149.1 divided into 122,322,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.Q Ioanari is the seventh bulker from the batch delivered to the company so far. Earlier this week, Q Myrtalia and Q Shea were handed over to GOGL. Additionally, Q Kennedy and Q Amreen joined the company’s fleet in early May. Last month, Q Sue and Q Kaki were also delivered to GOGL.
zoom State-owned China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) is set to invest up to USD 1.12 billion in the development, management and operation of Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port.The investment was unveiled on July 25, as part of the concession deal terms agreed between CMPort, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (GOSL), Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS).The investment would go into Hambantota port and marine-related activities, of which the total amount to be paid to SLPA for the acquisition of the 85% issued share capital of HIPG will be USD 973.6 million and the remaining USD 146.342 million will be used for Hambantota port and marine-related activities over a period of one year.Under the 99-year concession agreement, SLPA and GOSL will grant the right to develop, operate and manage the Hambantota Port to HIPG, while the right to develop, operate and manage the common user facilities for the operation of the port will be granted to HIPS.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cyprus-based dry bulk shipping company Castor Maritime has entered into a time charter contract with Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers for Magic P, a Panamax vessel. The charter commenced on March 12, 2019.The gross charter rate is USD 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five up to a maximum of about eight months. For the first 30 days, the daily gross rate is USD 9,000, according to the company.Castor Maritime said the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.6 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter and could reach USD 2.6 million should employment be extended to its maximum period.Built in Japan in 2004, Magic P has a deadweight of 76,453 tons. Previously known as Silver Freedom, Magic P has a market value of USD 9.4 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Castor Maritime provides shipping transportation services through its ownership of the dry bulk vessel. The company’s vessel is employed primarily on medium-term charters and transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.
Joseph Howe, a powerful democrat, dedicated journalist, andstrong voice for Nova Scotia, is being remembered with a newexhibit that shares his greatest accomplishments with all NovaScotians and visitors from around the world. The exhibit, entitled For the Public Good, was unveiled today,March 1, at Province House. Today also marks the eve of the 170th anniversary of Mr. Howe’strial, which led to freedom of the press. “For the Public Good is a celebration of Joseph Howe’s majorachievements and I believe it’s important for the youngergeneration especially to be attentive to this vital part of NovaScotian history,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly MurrayScott. “We are pleased to keep Joseph Howe’s memory alive forNova Scotia and the world.” Preparations for the bilingual exhibit began following thecelebration of Mr. Howe’s 200th birthday in 2004. Discussionstook place with the Joseph Howe Initiative — a society formed tomark the anniversary of Mr. Howe’s birth and honour his legacy –and the theme for the exhibit was developed. Images, memorable quotes, and a sculpture of Joseph Howe are featured in the exhibit, which pays tribute to his mostsignificant accomplishments — the trial resulting in freedom ofthe press, his involvement in shaping responsible government andhis part in Confederation. A unique timeline of his life is also on display, accompanied bya global timeline that shows his impact on Nova Scotia inperspective with world events. Mr. Scott said the exhibit serves as a lasting legacy to JosephHowe and will reside at Province House on a permanent basis forall to enjoy. Following a tour of the exhibit, visitors are welcome to visitthe rest of Province House to see the areas where many of Mr.Howe’s greatest accomplishments took place. Sheila Stevenson and Stephen Archibald are the volunteerinterpreters for the exhibit. Graphic designer Grant Murray isresponsible for its design.
The rise and fall of Africville, the contributions of black loyalists to Nova Scotia, and Viola Desmond’s defiant act to take her seat in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre are among the defining Nova Scotia moments contained in a new Canadian history textbook launched today, May 22. Black History: Africa, The Caribbean, and The Americas was introduced to African Canadian Studies teachers at an in-service in Dartmouth, ending a five-year search for a high-quality textbook to support the requirements of the province’s African Canadian Studies 11 course. “This book tells students the compelling story of Africa and its people from early civilization to the 21st century, with a special focus on Canada’s, and Nova Scotia’s, place in black history,” said Patrick Kakembo, the Department of Education’s director of African Canadian Services. People from Nova Scotia’s past and present, such as Desmond, Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis and award-winning author and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, stand along side other Canadian and world figures, such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama. Issues like environmental racism, discrimination, civil rights, the struggle for identity, economic development, black pride and even hockey, are addressed through the experiences of Nova Scotians. “Students, parents and teachers will be delighted to see the connections with the curriculum and how the many contributions African Canadians have made have benefited our society,” said Lisa Reid, a history teacher at C.P. Allen High School. The full-colour, 364-page, hardcover book will be distributed to schools next month in time for the next school year. About 1,500 students are enrolled in African Canadian Studies 11 across the province. The course meets the history credit requirement for high school graduation.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, is a day when people around the world come together in their communities to work toward ending racism. To help promote and understanding of race issues, Partners for Human Rights is hosting an afternoon of local films. Filmmakers and others affected by this issue will introduce the films. “With everything that has happened in the last month in the province that have brought race to the forefront, we felt it was important to examine and reflect on issues so we can continue to make positive gains,” said Sandra Smith Muir, co-chair, Partners for Human Rights. “The films do a wonderful job of showing positive change in the face of racial tension and hardships.” The films to be shown are: 1:20 p.m., Home Out of Nothing, about three immigrant women who came to Nova Scotia in various stages of their lives and the struggles they faced to integrate and become successful 2:15 p.m., From Auschwitz to Freedom, a short film about Philip Riteman, a Holocaust survivor who overcame great adversity to make a home in Canada 2:35 p.m., Africville Remembered, a short film that reflects on Africville through photograph 2:55 p.m., Wabanaki, People of the Dawn, Part III: Dreamcatchers, a story about four young Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq who have become role models by overcoming adversity Admission is free, but donations will be collected for the Red Cross for earthquake relief. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, in the lecture theatre of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax. Participants should enter the gallery from Bedford Row entrance. In 1966, the United Nations formally recognized March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to remember the 1960 massacre of anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa.
La première célébration provinciale à l’intention des apprenants adultes aura lieu à Wolfville le samedi 19 juin. Cent dix personnes représenteront plus de 1 500 personnes qui ont mis à jour leurs compétences en mathématiques et en alphabétisation par le truchement d’organismes d’alphabétisation communautaires dans le cadre de l’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est l’Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organizations qui organise l’activité, qui sera suivie du Literacy Mile, une marche pour sensibiliser les gens aux programmes d’alphabétisation des adultes et pour soutenir ces programmes. Les apprenants adultes sont un groupe important visé par le développement de la main-d’œuvre en Nouvelle-Écosse. Avec les niveaux I, II et III du programme de formation des adultes, ces derniers sont mieux en mesure de répondre aux besoins de leur famille, de leur localité et de la population active. « Chacun de ces apprenants adultes a fait des sacrifices personnels pour en arriver aux résultats que nous voyons aujourd’hui, de dire Marilyn More, ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. Il leur a fallu beaucoup de persévérance et de détermination. Je suis fière que le gouvernement améliore la vie des Néo-Écossais en soutenant ces personnes dans leurs efforts pour améliorer leur propre vie, celle de leur famille et celle de leur collectivité en poursuivant leur cheminement d’apprentissage. » L’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse est une initiative du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre qui appuie les Néo-Écossais dans leurs efforts pour améliorer leurs compétences, leurs connaissances et leurs titres de compétences afin de réussir à la maison, dans la collectivité et au sein de la population active. La province a investi 2,8 millions de dollars dans les organismes d’alphabétisation communautaires par le truchement de l’École de formation des adultes. Les programmes sont offerts gratuitement à plus de 140 endroits dans la province, en partenariat avec le collège communautaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse (NSCC), les conseils scolaires régionaux, l’Université Sainte-Anne et les organismes communautaires d’apprentissage. « La plus grande surprise pour moi en venant ici, c’est que j’ai gagné. Je suis arrivé à mon but, de dire Paul Robson, apprenant adulte. Je ne me serais jamais rendu aussi loin si je n’avais pas suivi des cours à l’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. J’ai pu suivre la formation en entretien des freins à air comprimé et obtenir ma licence. En fait, je garde tous les jours ma licence dans ma poche pour me rappeler ce que j’ai accompli. » La reconnaissance des défis et des réalisations des apprenants sera le point de mire d’une campagne provinciale de recrutement qui sera lancée lors de la célébration. « La célébration est une occasion de mettre l’accent sur le travail acharné et l’engagement de ces apprenants adultes dans le but d’améliorer leur vie », de dire Peter Gillis, organisateur de la célébration et directeur général de la Valley Community Learning Association. TRAVAIL/DÉVELOPPEMENT DE LA MAIN-D’ŒUVRE – Première célébration des apprenants adultes à Wolfville
Four municipalities and a community arts centre will help fight climate change and improve air quality with more than $448,000 in provincial funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funding, from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, was announced today, June 24, in the Municipality of the County of Annapolis by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Government is showing genuine leadership that is on the side of municipalities so that, together, we are making our environment healthier and our economy stronger,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Each of these municipalities is making great strides toward a cleaner Nova Scotia for future generations.” The Municipality of the County of Annapolis is receiving more than $195,000 to install energy management control systems, energy efficient lighting, and insulation in up to 11 buildings. “We have completed energy audits on all of our facilities. With the use of EcoNS funding, we will be investing in changes that will reduce our energy consumption,” said Peter Newton warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. “As we reduce our consumption to a sustainable level, we will look at alternate energy sources in order to reduce our dependence on external energy. This will reduce the impact of rising energy costs and enable us to have secure energy supply.” The Municipality of the District of Argyle is receiving more than $58,000 in ecoNova Scotia funding for two projects: a heat recovery system that will extract energy from wastewater which can be used to heat two new buildings at the wastewater treatment plant; and upgrades to the administration building, including insulation, energy efficient lighting, and an energy management control system. The ecoNova Scotia Fund is also contributing more than $144,000 to the Town of Berwick to add energy efficiencies to its town hall. Insulation, window awnings, a solar wall and an energy efficient heating system will be installed. Other projects in the Valley region are receiving amounts ranging from $23,000 to about $28,000 for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects. Projects include the installation of outdoor solar showers and a solar hot water system at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Mr. Belliveau said the projects are helping the province meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as significantly reduce air pollutants. He said ecoNova Scotia funding has helped many Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities contribute to meeting that goal. The projects announced today will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 600 tonnes and air pollutants by 1,900 kilograms every year, and help municipalities reduce operating costs. These projects are the equivalent of taking more than 120 cars off the road. More ecoNova Scotia funding announcements will be made soon. The ecoNova Scotia fund is distributing an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. All funding is fully committed and no new applications are being accepted.
In the interest of road safety, Nova Scotians are asked not to push snow from their property onto, or across, public highways. In addition to creating a hazard to highway traffic, hard-packed snow can cause the blade of a snow plow to flip up and damage the truck or even force the plow into oncoming traffic. “We’ve had a lot of snow this year and I know finding a place to put it can be a problem,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “For everyone’s sake we’re asking homeowners and private plowing contractors to take a few extra moments to make sure they keep snow off the highway right of way. “Department supervisors are keeping an eye on problem areas,” said Mr. Estabrooks, “but we’re hoping the public, once they’re aware of the problem, will do their best to help us in keeping our roads safe.” The department has more than 500 plows on the road during the winter season and drivers are on call 24 hours a day. “Keeping our highways clear of snow is a tough job, demanding the full attention of our operators,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “I’m sure Nova Scotians will do everything they can to help them do this important work safely.”
A film described as “Gore Gone Wild”, “outside the horror toolbox”, and “double-barreled mayhem” is coming home for its Canadian premiere. The Halifax feature film that has been shocking film festival audiences is opening in theatres across Canada this weekend. To celebrate the film’s success and bring together cast, crew, families, and production partners, Hobo With A Shotgun will have its Canadian premiere on Wednesday, March 23, at an invitation-only event in Halifax. The gory film started its life as a trailer submitted to the Grindhouse Trailer contest put on by the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Following the success of the trailer, it grew into a full-length feature film that is placed alongside Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Receiving rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January, Hobo headed back to SXSW to show fans how their support has initiated the transformation into a feature film. SXSW is an annual music, film, and interactive festival in Austin, Texas that allows independent movie producers to establish new connections and meet people from the film industry. “Four years ago we brought our little no budget trailer to SXSW and had one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. This time we went back to showcase a film that wouldn’t exist without the support we received from our fans and local partners, said the film’s director, Jason Eisener.”Specifically, we would like to thank Film Nova Scotia, which has been a strong supporter from the beginning.” “Seeing the success the Hobo with a Shotgun team has received really shows the strength of the production industry here in Nova Scotia,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “As an industry, we have the crews, talent, and infrastructure to produce great films and we consider their success a win for the Nova Scotia film industry.” The premiere is sponsored by Film Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada, Alliance Films, Yer Dead Productions, Rhombus Media, Whizbang Films, The Coast, and Q104 Radio. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister for Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 people and contributes $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
Nova Scotia seniors contribute greatly to their communities and to the economy of this province. That’s why the province is doing everything it can to make life better for seniors, their families and their communities. This government continues to introduce and improve a wide range of programs and services to help seniors live healthier lives. Through Age Friendly Communities we have consulted with more than 800 seniors, caregivers and service providers. We have also formed partnerships with 13 municipalities committed to building communities that help seniors age in their neighbourhoods. We heard from seniors struggling to make ends meet because their spouses are in long-term care, and we’re taking action. I am proud to say that, starting this month, this government is making changes to enable partners living at home to keep 60 per cent of their shared income. Up to 1,000 couples will benefit from this change. More Nova Scotians will also have help to care for a loved one at home because we are increasing support for caregivers. This government is making the caregiver benefit available to about 100 more Nova Scotians, in more areas of the province. This helps family members, friends and neighbours care for their loved ones by providing personal care, help around the house and drives to health appointments or running errands. Through Fair Drug Pricing, Nova Scotians are paying less for generic drugs than they did one year ago. The province is also helping seniors who suffer from vision loss by paying for Lucentis treatment, and ambulance fees are now lower or have been waived completely. Ultimately, Nova Scotia seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer, and we agree. That’s why we are reducing waiting lists and improving access to services. Our investments mean 7,000 more hours of home care support. We also understand the unique housing issues that seniors face, and we want to come up with the best possible plan. Currently, Nova Scotia families, municipal governments, community groups and others are being asked to help craft the province’s first long-term affordable housing strategy. Consultations are being held in communities across the province this month and seniors will play an important role. This government has a strategic plan that’s working. We are is improving access to home support services, reducing taxes, enhancing access to health care services and we have the right energy plan for seniors. These are some of the many initiatives the province is pursuing, living up to our commitment to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families. -30-
George McLellan, Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, will retire from government at the end of the spring legislative session. Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today, April 26. “I want to thank George for his commitment to the public service, and to our province,” said Premier McNeil. “George has been a tireless public servant for much of his career, always focused on making this province stronger. He has been, and will continue to be, a trusted advisor and friend.” Mr. McLellan’s retirement will be part of a larger deputy minister shuffle that will occur later in the spring. “George has played a key role in helping us get on sounder financial footing in Nova Scotia,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “With his guidance, we are now in a place where we will be able to invest in important programs and services for Nova Scotians. I am grateful for George’s support and leadership. I want to thank George for his service to the province and wish him and his family all the best in the future.” -30-
The summer months are a popular time for direct sellers to conduct business with Nova Scotians. Direct sellers are businesses who operate without a retail space, such as door-to-door sales, home parties and telephone solicitations. Most are ethical in their business practices, however, some engage in practices that could be misleading and negatively affect consumers. To ensure Nova Scotians are better protected from unethical direct sellers, police can now issue summary offence tickets to direct sellers who are in violation of the Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act. Individuals caught selling without a permit face a minimum fine of $985, up to $2,422 for a third offence. Fines for corporations start at $2,400, rising to more than $11,000 for a third offence. “We want to ensure Nova Scotians who buy items from direct sellers are being treated fairly and that they are protected,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Direct sellers who mislead or scam consumers in any way, sell without a permit, or fail to comply with the act can now be ticketed by police.” Direct seller companies require a permit to operate in the province and salespeople must identify themselves to consumers using the name listed on their identification card. Anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly by a direct seller should report the incident to the police. “The Better Business Bureau is proud to work hand-in-hand with Service Nova Scotia, helping people across the province by giving them the information they need to be smarter consumers, and responding to concerns when things go badly,” said Peter Moorhouse, president and CEO of BBB Atlantic. To check if a direct seller has a permit to operate in the province, visit https://data.novascotia.ca/Permits-and-Licensing/Licensed-Direct-Selling-Companies-in-Nova-Scotia/iite-snyb/data or call 902-424-5200 or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. For more information on direct sellers, visit https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/direct-sellers.asp.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to set up a residential school for boys which will be the first of its kind in the city. This school will come up at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata.The school will have facility to lodge students for a duration of 12 hours from 6.30 am to 6.30 in the evening. There will be facilities for their bath, breakfast lunch as well as tiffin in the evening, before they return home. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”There are a number of students in schools run by us whose parents leave for work early in the morning and return in the evening. After they leave these kids skip school and roam here and there. The parents will drop these kids in the school and we will take care of them through out the day. They will receive education as well as food and other facilities ,” said a senior official of the Education department of the civic body. The KMC will recruit non teaching staffs to take care of the kids after their school hours. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere are two schools located at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore among which one school is entirely for boys. “KMC’s plan is to upgrade the boys school to residential facilities having a capacity to lodge 100 students,” the official added. A similar school with residential facilities for girls is being set up at Kashiswari Chatterjee Lane in ward 1 of the civic body. Work for the school has already started. KMC maintains a total of 257 primary schools in the city and the student strength is over 25,000. Most of the students studying in KMC schools hail from poor financial background. It may be mentioned that the infrastructure of KMC schools have witnessed a sea change, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010. The Education department has introduced Hindi medium, Urdu Medium and English medium schools catering to the demand of the people in different localities in the city.
United Nations: In a highly significant diplomatic win for India and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the world body. Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council for the 2021-22 term will be held around June next year. “A unanimous step. Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for 2 year term in 2021/22. Thanks to all 55 members for their support,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted Tuesday. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France A video message accompanying Akbaruddi’s tweet said “Asia-Pacific Group endorses India for Non-Permanent Seat of United Nations Security Council. 55 countries, 1 nominee – India for non-permanent seat of UN Security Council Term 2021-2022.” The video message thanked all the countries in the Asia Pacific group for endorsing India’s candidature. Among the 55 countries supporting India’s candidature are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Each year the 193-member General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN high-table. The five permanent members of the Council are China, France, Russia, UK and the US. The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis : five for African and Asian States; one for Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States. Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950 1951, 1967 1968, 1972 1973, 1977 1978, 1984 1985, 1991 1992 and most recently in 2011 2012 under the leadership of former Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri. Early this month, Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam were elected to the Council for a two-year term beginning January 2020. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the smallest nation ever to secure a seat. Currently the 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa. India has been at the forefront of the years-long efforts to reform the Security Council saying it rightly deserves a place as a permanent member of the Council, which in its current form does not represent the geo-political realities of the 21st Century. India’s former Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji had previously told PTI that the country will contest the elections for a non-permanent member seat of the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
New Delhi: iTwo years after the landmark goods and services tax (GST) amalgamated 17 different central and state levies, returns filing under the new indirect tax regime continues to be wobbly with filings showing spikes every three months but continue to be less than desired, data analysis showed. Also, compliance in filing summary sales return GSTR-3B has not improved much since July 2017, as businesses continue to file it after the monthly due date, with compliance averaging at around 60 per cent. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Analysis of data released by Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) showed that while on an average, 50 per cent of the registered taxpayers filed GSTR-3B within due date in July 2017, the number increased to around 85 per cent as on June 23, 2019. Similarly, 65 per cent of taxpayers filed within due date in July 2018, a total of 85 per cent of the eligible taxpayers have filed it as on June 23, 2019. Similar trend continued in April, with less than 60 per cent of eligible taxpayers filing returns within due date, and the total number of GSTR-3B filed increased to nearly 80 per cent as on June 23, 2019. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs While businesses have to file GSTR-3B by the 20th day of the succeeding month, GSTR-1 has to be filed by the 10th day. According to GST laws, the fee for late filing of the returns is Rs 25 per day for Central GST (CGST) and an equal amount under State GST (SGST). However, those businesses who have to file returns but have ‘nil’ tax liability would have to pay a fine of Rs 10 under CGST law, and an equal amount under SGST law. An analysis of GSTR-1 filing trend showed that final sales return filed by businesses spiked every quarter, reflecting that composition scheme dealers and small businesses file their returns. However, there is still a huge divergence in the number of businesses who are eligible to file GSTR-1 and those who actually file it. The data showed that while a little over 1 crore businesses were eligible to file GSTR-1 as of March 2019, only a little over 65 lakh have actually filed it. Similarly for December 2018, while about 1 crore businesses were required to file GSTR-1, about 75 lakh have filed it till June 23, 2019. In the current financial year, while around 55 lakh businesses were eligible to file GSTR-1, about 25 lakh and 20 lakh businesses have filed the return in April and May, respectively. The new indirect tax regime was rolled out on July 1, 2017. From just 38.51 lakh businesses registered under GST then, the number has gone up to a whopping over 1.22 crore.
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has formed a 10-member committee to examine the “pros and cons” of bringing central legislation against the assault on doctors on duty and violence in clinical establishments.Last month, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had held a nationwide protest following an assault on doctors at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata and demanded the enactment of a central law to check violence on medical professionals in hospitals. The committee was constituted on July 5 to examine the “pros and cons of bringing out central legislation against the assault on doctors on duty and clinical establishments”, the Health Ministry said.
San Francisco: The 2019 line-up of iPhones are expected to come with support for Apple Pencil — a wireless stylus pen from Apple, a new analyst note from Citi Analysts suggests. Rumours about Apple Pencil support for iPhones go back several years when CEO Tim Cook in an interview in 2016 had said, “If you’ve ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it’s really unbelievable…”, news portal 9To5MAC reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Earlier, ahead of the launch of the 2018 iPhones, there were multiple reports from Asian supply chain indicating the new devices would work with Apple’s stylus. In addition, the upcoming iPhone 11 line-up is expected to feature company’s new A13 chip, sport a new Taptic Engine and feature a lightning port for audio and charging. The iPhone-maker would launch three iPhone 11 models this year. The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR. According to the report, the new iPhone 11 models replacing the iPhone XS series would have a triple rear camera set-up at the back and all three sensors will be placed at the back. Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also earlier suggested that the upcoming iPhone models would be equipped with reverse wireless charging.
MONTREAL – The abandoned Hippodrome de Montreal grandstand looks over a weed-choked field, a mountain of dirty snow covering the track where horses once thundered past on their way to the finish line.In the almost 10 years since the harness racing track closed, the structure has been quietly decaying as a series of municipal and provincial administrations have struggled to put a plan in place for the immense track of land northwest of Montreal’s downtown.Now, that era will likely come to an end in the coming days and weeks as the city moves forward with plans to demolish the clubhouse and decontaminate the 434,000 square-metre terrain.Before that, Montreal police and a team of social workers are expected to make a final scan to ensure no squatters remain.The demolition comes none too soon, according to Coun. Marvin Rotrand.Rotrand, who has represented the district since 1982, believes successive municipal administrations have wasted time in redeveloping the massive vacant terrain into family-friendly housing.“It’s a prime and choice site, and it’s really nonsense that it’s been allowed to remain vacant decade after decade,” Rotrand said.The track, known for most of its history as Blue Bonnets, opened in 1907 and closed in 2009.Various proposals have suggested placing anywhere between 3,000 and 8,000 condo units on the site, which is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land that is relatively close to downtown and accessible by public transit.Community activists are also lobbying for up to 2,500 social housing units on the site.The demolition will be a sad moment for Sylvain Filion, a a four-time Canadian driver of the year who spent the first decades of his career at Blue Bonnets.Filion says his earliest memories include playing in the packed grandstands as a six-year-old as the standardbred horses flew by.“There used to be a huge crowd there for Sunday afternoon racing,” said Filion, who moved to the Toronto area after the track closed down.“You don’t see crowds like that at the races any more. The ambience was just incredible.”Filion, 49, remembers the camaraderie in the barn, the friendly competition and the excitement leading up to big events, such as the Prix d’Ete held every August.“I never thought they’d demolish that place,” he said. “At one point it was one of the biggest tracks in North America.”At one time, the busy track employed thousands of drivers, trainers, grooms and race officials.But by the 1990s, the industry was in decline.The city purchased the land in 1991 and sold it to the province seven years later.Since the closure, various municipal and provincial governments have negotiated for a plan to redevelop the site, which served as a temporary concert venue for Irish rock band U2 in 2011 and as a temporary snow dump this past winter.Last year, the province agreed to cede the land to the city in exchange for a share in the profits once the lot is parcelled out to developers for condo development.Despite the upcoming demolition, Rotrand says any future housing remains years away.“We’re now at the stage where we’re actually going to demolish, but doesn’t mean anything will happen imminently,” he said.
EDMONTON – Research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex and some of its close relatives were covered in tiny scales and not feathers as many scientists previously thought.An international team of researchers, including University of Alberta paleontologists, studied fossilized skin from massive carnivorous lizards known as tyrannosaurids.Their ancestors, which were about the size of wolves or leopards, were coated in feathery fuzz, but somewhere along the way their descendants seem to have lost that attribute, said paleontologist Scott Persons, who contributed to the study.“What we see here is actually evidence of feathers evolving and then being lost — or at least greatly reduced in terms of their number — in this one lineage of dinosaurs, which is strange,” he said.A completely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree included an uninterrupted line of feathered carnivores, including the Velociraptor, that are related to today’s birds.Persons’ interest was piqued when his U of A colleague and mentor, renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, showed him a skin sample from a specimen found in Alberta.A team of U of A researchers got to work, but soon got wind of another group studying a different skin fossil.“Rather than competing with each other in a rush to see who could be the first to publish on it, we all pooled our resources and, as a result, we have a really cool study that talks about skin in multiple species of tyrannosaurids, which is pretty gosh darn cool.”The combined team included researchers from Canada, the United States and Australia.It’s rare to find fossilized dinosaur skin, but advances in preparation techniques are making discoveries more common. Often, a researcher won’t even know there is skin attached to a fossil until after it’s taken back to the lab.The scientists can’t say for certain why feathers went by the wayside in tyrannosaurids, but Persons said he suspects it has to do with the animals’ size, as the bigger you are, the harder it is to stay cool.He notes elephants and rhinos today have little in the way of hair.“You’re better off not being out in the savannah in the hot sun while wearing a down jacket.”Because the skin specimens were relatively small, it’s impossible to say whether the dinosaurs were entirely featherless, or if they had isolated patches on their bodies, such as a crest atop their heads.To know for sure, Persons said paleontologists would need to find a tyrannosaurid that had been completely mummified.“They’re probably buried somewhere out there and it’s really just a matter of time before we get lucky enough and uncover one.”The paper is to be published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary