Highway Painting Begins

first_imgGovernment is asking drivers to use caution when passing crews painting lines on Nova Scotia highways. Warmer, drier weather in Nova Scotia means the province is able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roadways. Despite crews using a number of large, bright vehicles, there were three serious incidents last year when they were hit from behind. “Freshly painted lines make the road safer for drivers,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “In turn, we hope drivers will keep our people safe while they’re doing this important work.” The province uses a string of vehicles, called a train, of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group. The province has four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to paint all road lines in the province by mid-October. Promoting work-zone safety is one of the province’s many road safety initiatives. May 13-19 is National Road Safety Week. For more road safety tips and information this week, follow @NS_TIR on Twitter.last_img read more

Five pilgrims injured as glacier collapses in Kullu

first_imgShimla: Five pilgrims were injured as a glacier broke off and collapsed on way to the Shrikhand Mahadev shrine in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district, the police said Wednesday.The ‘yatra’ to the shrine has been temporarily stopped.Considered tougher than the Amarnath pilgrimage, the ten-day Shrikhand Mahadev yatra had begun on July 15.A number of pilgrims were stranded as the glacier collapsed at Nain Sarovar near Parvati Bagh in Ani sub division on Tuesday at around 4.30 pm, police said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Rescue operation was started soon after the glacier broke off, they said, adding about 50 other stranded pilgrims were rescued from the glacier point and brought towards Bhim Dwar. The five injured pilgrims have been identified as Rajiv from Ludhiana, Vivek from Pune, Baba from Maharashtra, Subhash Patel from Pune (Maharashtra) and Divyangni Vyas from Ahmedabad, they added.They have been administered first aid.Movement of pilgrims towards the shrine has been temporarily stopped due to collapse of the glacier at Nain Sarovar and landslides at various points due to rains, they added.Shrikhand Mahadev is revered by Hindus as one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. The Shivalingam is situated at a height of 18,750 feet above sea level in the lap of the Himalayas.A base camp for registering pilgrims has been set up at Sinhgad.last_img read more

New Living Conditions Survey to determine state of poverty GBS

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStatus of Guyana’s labour force to be determined early 2017 – Chief StatisticianJune 3, 2016In “latest news”President commissions $160M Bureau of Statistics HQApril 8, 2017In “latest news”Jordan signs US$1.3M agreement with IDB to craft response to crime, domestic abuseDecember 23, 2015In “Politics” The Guyana Bureau of Statistics (GBS) is moving ahead with a Living Conditions Survey, among several others, with the aim being to provide the State with quantified information to guide its planning.Chief Statistician Lennox Benjamin at a recent engagement at the Finance Ministry said the Living Conditions Survey will be essential in developing a new level of current income and expenditure within the country and a new demarcation of the poverty line.The last Living Conditions Survey was conducted 12 years ago and Benjamin feels the current one is being done at an appropriate time. In 2006, it was determined that 36.1 per cent of Guyana’s population was living in conditions consistent with moderate poverty.However, since then Guyana has moved higher on the Human Development Index, now being ranked number 127 out of 188 nations. As such, this country is deemed a ‘medium human development’ nation.The Chief Statistician said consumption patterns have changed, thus the need for the survey. Another survey is for households and budgets which should give key markers for economic growth.“For household budgets, we are measuring the consumption patterns and level of expenditure of the populace as a whole, using a representative sample of the population. We last did such as exercise in 2006. It is also a major input; we will be doing a re-basing of our economy which is the base on which when we measure the performance of the growth of the economy and we need to know this before counting oil,” Benjamin remarked.“When you’re doing a household and budget survey, you are also doing a portion of that to measure our living conditions from which we derive our poverty line,” he added.These surveys were announced in September 2017 and were conducted in a three-month period. The Labour Force Survey is geared to track the labour market dynamics in the country.In March 2018, it was reported  that the unemployment rate has remained relatively unchanged, falling marginally from 12.5 per cent in the 2012 census to 12 per cent at the end of September 2017. read more