Nova Scotia election Tories Liberals make infrastructure pitches

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberals and Progressive Conservatives both promised millions for highways and rural roads on the first full day of the provincial election campaign Monday, while the NDP promised millions more to improve access to health care.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil announced an extra $240 million over four years in infrastructure spending, while Tory Leader Jamie Baillie promised a $2-billion Rebuild Nova Scotia Fund, which relies on half the money coming from Ottawa.Baillie said a Tory government would not go into deficit to come up with its $1-billion share of the fund.He said the fund would be used to twin “Nova Scotia’s most dangerous highways,” build a new Victoria General hospital and bring high-speed Internet to rural areas.“It is my expectation that it will create 10,000 jobs over the 10-year period that we renew our infrastructure,” he said, flanked by workers at an insulation manufacturing plant in Dartmouth.Baillie said his plan would twin more highway kilometres than the Liberal proposal, and includes other safety measures on untwinned sections of the highways.The money would also go toward creating an environmental reclamation and community enhancement fund.Baillie also suggested the newly amalgamated Nova Scotia Health Authority may come under scrutiny to make it operate more efficiently and save money, saying he would provide more details when the party releases its platform.“There’s no Nova Scotian out there that is telling that this new Nova Scotia Health Authority is delivering services either more efficiently or better,” he said. “We’ve actually created more layers of administration, not less.”McNeil said the Liberals would spend $50 million a year on new schools and improvements to main streets, and an extra $10 million a year to improve the province’s gravel roads. The gravel road commitment would add to the $10 million a year already pledged earlier this spring.The work for gravel roads is much needed and long overdue, he said.“There’s no question there has been a level of neglect,” said McNeil. “With the lack of ditching, water is unable to move away … and then we’ve had traffic than has run over top of them, which has rutted them up and worn them down. It will take a complete rebuild.”McNeil also re-announced a Liberal pledge last week to spend $390 million to twin three sections of 100 series highways and to build a new four-lane connector between Bedford and Burnside. The money would also be used for safety improvements to highways across the province.McNeil said the infrastructure spending would also create thousands of jobs, although a specific figure wasn’t provided.The new funding is over and above what was included in the province’s capital plan and the projections were part of last Thursday’s budget, although it wasn’t highlighted at the time by the government.“We see now that they are promising something that was not immediately apparent in the numbers they put forward,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “That’s the trouble you get when you present as they have a non-budget, budget.”Meanwhile, the NDP made a major pledge of its own, saying $120 million would be committed over four years to build new primary care clinics and to hire more doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners.Burrill said an NDP government would work collaboratively with family doctors to determine what resources are needed in various communities.Although he pointed to Statistics Canada figures that indicate about 100,000 people are without a family doctor, Burrill wouldn’t make promises about how much his party’s pledge would reduce current shortages.“On the basis of the numbers we have been able to access, it seems to us that $30 million a year would take us a serious way down the road to significantly grappling with this problem,” he said.Nova Scotians will go the polls May 30.last_img read more

Minnis Tax Free Zone in Inner City to come under FNM if

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4th 2017, Nassau: A Tax Free zone, free of business licenses and property tax will be implemented in the inner city if elected. The promise from FNM leader Dr.Hubert Minnis, as he spoke to a packed crowd in Nassau, Wednesday night. He added that any vehicle, once proven as essential to your business, will also benefit from a reduction in custom duties.Minnis sought to respond to claims of being weak by the PLP leader, by turning the tables around on Christie, citing what he describes as his inability to “stop Munroe from cursing, Davis from misleading parliament, Ray from intimidating and Fitzgerald from begging”.Meanwhile, Minnis addressed the chaos witnessed at the Advanced polling stations on Wednesday. He called on Perry Christie and the PLP to ‘stop trying to corrupt our voting process’. Minnis vowed to his team, that the FNM will be vigilant not to allow Christie to steal this election from them. He added that the scene on Wednesday was a “clear demonstration of overt incompetence and mismanagement of which they have demonstrated the last four and half years”.#MagneticMediaNews#HubertMinnisPromisesTaxFreeZone#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Android tablets are still a thing and Samsungs Galaxy Tab S6 is

first_img Originally published July 31. Update, Aug. 7: Adds clarification on Samsung tablet shipments for Q1 2019. 69 Photos 2:53 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 could be the fanciest Android tablet The Tab S6 targets mobile workers who also game. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung’s Android-based answer to the iPad Pro and Surface Pro (and the discontinued — but not discounted — Pixel Slate). As a premium tablet, the S6 has all the stuff you’d expect: A powerful new processor, a great 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and quad speakers as well as a new pen and keyboard cover. But it’s all the little extras Samsung packs in that make it more than just another Android tablet. The tablet market in general is in decline but Samsung’s tablet shipments — Android and Windows — remain strong, coming in just behind Apple’s iPad shipments for Q1 2019, according to analyst group IDC. At least part of the slide is attributed to a lack of innovative features within the category, which is something the Tab S6 attempts to attack. The included updated S Pen stylus, for example, can be used as a wireless shutter release for capturing photos and video with the tablet’s dual rear cameras — a first for a Samsung tablet. The pen magnetically snaps strongly to the rear of the tablet for storage and to wirelessly charge it. Samsung says a 10-minute charge will get you through a day of use. 71-samsung-galaxy-tab-s6The tablet cover also acts like a pen case. Sarah Tew/CNET A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor gives the Tab S6 more than an 80% CPU boost and more than a 60% graphics boost over the Tab S4. The increased performance is better for day-to-day stuff, but you’ll also see the benefits when using DeX, Samsung’s desktop interface for Android, which makes it feel more like a PC.DeX goes hand in hand with the Tab S6’s new Book Cover Keyboard. A huge improvement over the S4’s keyboard cover, the new version adds a touchpad (DeX has mouse support), a row of function keys and a quick-launch button for DeX. It also has a free-angle kickstand so it can be used in more than one position. Along with working more comfortably, you can work longer. Samsung claims up to 15 hours of battery life and it’ll quick-charge through its USB-C port. 77-samsung-galaxy-tab-s6The Book Cover’s kickstand lets you work at more than one angle. Sarah Tew/CNET Gaming on the Tab S6 with the Snapdragon 855 is also improved from the S4. A Game Booster with AI capabilities lets you optimize for smoother performance or better image quality on 16:10 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution display. Samsung also has an exclusive partnership with game chat platform Discord so you can live chat through the tablet’s Game Launcher app. There are a handful of other things, too, like the quad speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos and an on-screen fingerprint scanner for quick sign ins. Plus you can wake the table with two taps on the screen. About the only thing missing is a headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in gray, blue and blush. It’ll be available for preorder online at Samsung.com on Aug. 23 and available in stores and online on Sept. 6. The base Wi-Fi-only model has 128GB of storage (microSD expansion available) and 6GB of RAM for $650 or, for $730, you can get 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. The S Pen is included with both, but not the keyboard cover, which costs $180. An LTE version is expected later this year. 0 Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Computers Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsunglast_img read more

HMC ensures errorfree data collection to check vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has taken a major step to ensure error free collection of data for a survey report that needs to be prepared to check vector-borne diseases.For the first time, the top brass of the civic body, starting from Mayor to ward councillors, will visit different areas to supervise the data collection process of the health workers.There are around 2,500 health workers under the HMC. They visit door to door to collect data and based on the same, a report is prepared. It is the survey report on which the senior officials of the civic body rely while chalking out a plan of action to check vector-borne diseases. As per the plan of action, all tasks are carried out to ensure the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe need of supervising the data collection process was realised during a meeting held on Monday and the work in this regard has started in full swing from Tuesday onwards.When contacted, Bhaskar Bhattacharjee, Member Mayor-in-Council (Health), said: “The step has been taken to ensure that the health workers collect the data properly as there are various technical aspects into the collection of data.”On Thursday, Bhattacharjee himself visited ward number 63 to verify the data that is being collected by the health workers and councilors are also assisting the health workers in carrying out the survey. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt is helping the health workers to be more informed about the process of data collection.Once the data collection is done, it will be compiled into a single report by the concerned officers of the civic body’s health department and there will be a detailed discussion on the report to prepare the plan of action to take vector control measures. It may be mentioned that the HMC has already formed a high power monitoring committee for better execution of work to check-vector borne diseases and the committee is headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty.Bijin Krishna, commissioner, is the convenor, and Bhattacharjee and other senior officials are members of the committee. The committee members will hold a meeting every week to take proactive steps so that people do not face any problem due to vector-borne diseases in any of the 66 wards of the civic body.last_img read more