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Province Calls Tender for Paving in Victoria County

first_imgDrivers travelling through the historic and beautiful Baddeck area will soon be doing so on an upgraded highway thanks to a paving contract tendered by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is calling for repaving on three roads near Baddeck: Highway 105, from Exit 10 east for about 1.2 kilometres and from east of the intersection of Big Harbour Road for about 0.8 kilometres Route 205, from the intersection of Beinn Breagh Road for 3.3 kilometres, to Exit 10, and Old Margaree Road, from the intersection of Shore Road for 2.2 kilometres to the entrance of the landfill facility. Also included in this tender is the construction of new pavement on Hilltop Crescent in Baddeck for 0.3 kilometres. This portion of the tender is being co-funded equally by the province and the county through the subdivision road paving program. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Naveen stakes claim for government formation in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik on Sunday met Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and staked claim to form a government for a fifth consecutive time in the state. Patnaik was on Sunday elected the BJD legislature party leader by the newly elected MLAs at a meeting held at the party headquarters here. “The honourable MLAs have elected me as their leader. I am very grateful to them,” said the Chief Minister, who will be sworn in for a fifth consecutive term on May 29. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Exhibition Ground here. It is expected that over 5,000 people would attend the ceremony where Patnaik along with his council of ministers would take the oath of office and secrecy. The BJD won 112 seats in the 147-member House. The Bharatiya Janata Party has become the main opposition party by winning 23 seats. The Congress got only nine seats.last_img read more

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Iran denies tankers attack as tensions soar

first_imgDubai: Iran dismissed as “baseless” Friday US accusations that it carried out twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Washington would defend its forces and allies in the region, and the United States pressed its case as the UN Security Council met to address the incident — the second in a month in the strategic shipping lane. Also Read – Conservative leader calls Trudeau a fraud in Canadian debateForeign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Friday that the US administration had “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence”. He accused it of seeking to “sabotage diplomacy” amid a visit to Iran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “cover up its economic terrorism against Iran” in enforcing crippling unilateral sanctions. With tensions spiralling between Iran and the United States, the European Union called for “maximum restraint” and UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf. Also Read – ‘Treason case against Musharraf to be heard daily from Oct 24’Iran labelled the apparent attacks “suspicious,” as its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rebuffed overtures by Abe to open talks with US President Donald Trump. Pompeo said there was strong evidence of Iran’s culpability, after the US Navy said it had spotted an unexploded limpet mine stuck to the hull of one of the vessels. The US Central Command (CENTCOM) released a grainy black-and-white video it said showed an Iranian patrol boat “removing the unexploded limpet mine” from the ship. “It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo announced. “This is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he said. The two vessels were struck by explosions in the early daylight hours Thursday after passing through the Strait of Hormuz and travelling around 25 nautical miles off Iran’s southern coast headed towards Asia. The Norwegian-owned Front Altair ethanol tanker was hit by three explosions, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, and remained ablaze late Thursday. Explosions also struck the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, which was loaded with methanol, but the fire on board was soon extinguished. One crew member suffered minor injuries. The ship was on Friday heading towards the Omani port of Khor Fakkan. There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts, which struck both tankers at the waterline. Iran said its navy rescued several dozen crew members of the two vessels, while the US Navy said it had picked up 21 from the Kokuka Courageous. Washington has dispatched the destroyer USS Mason to the scene “to provide assistance,” CENTCOM said in a statement. Pompeo called Thursday’s tanker explosions “the latest in a series of attacks” he alleged were undertaken by Iran or its “proxies,” including a Yemeni missile rebel missile which wounded 26 civilians at a Saudi airport on Wednesday. A Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting the rebels it accuses of being Iranian proxies said Saudi air defences had intercepted a new rebel attack on a Saudi airport on Friday. The abortive attack using five rebel drones targeted the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, home to a huge airbase which has been the main launchpad of the coalition’s more than four-year bombing campaign in Yemen. “Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security,” Pompeo said. The United States has also accused Iran over May 12 attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah. A five-nation investigation into those attacks said its preliminary findings indicated a state actor was responsible but stopped short of naming Iran. The US called Thursday for the UN Security Council to confront the “clear threat” posed by Iran, as the council met behind closed doors to hear a briefing on Washington’s assessment that Tehran was responsible. Iran’s mission to the UN pushed back, saying: “The US and its regional allies must stop warmongering.” Oil prices jumped at the threat of open conflict around the Strait of Hormuz, the chokepoint between the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, through which transit some 15 million barrels per day of crude passes. In London, benchmark Brent crude jumped 2.2 per cent to USD 61.31 a barrel, while in New York, the US standard, West Texas Intermediate, rose 2.2 per cent, to USD 52.28.last_img read more