Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 311Route 311, for 5.3 kilometres from Onslow Road to the StewartsBridge, has intermittent one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 31to facilitate ditching, culvert work, and repaving. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-893-2259 -30-last_img

Judge calls for review improvements of health care at Winnipeg Remand Centre

first_imgGreene died on May 1, 2016, after suffering two seizures while shackled in a cell at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. (APTN file)The Canadian PressA Manitoba judge is calling for a full review of health-care services at the Winnipeg Remand Centre where an inmate died after suffering seizures.Provincial court Judge Heather Pullan says nurses and correctional officers at the centre should be trained to handle seizures and an independent body should be hired to review the centre’s medical unit.READ the inquest report here.Pullan also says responsibility for inmates’ medical care should be transferred from the provincial Justice Department to the Health Department.Pullan’s recommendations are in a 162-page report following an inquest into the May 1, 2016, death of Errol Greene.Greene, who was 26, was an epileptic, had not been given anti-seizure medication, and died after having two seizures the day after he was admitted.He was arrested ​for drinking alcohol, which broke conditions of a prior mischief charge.last_img read more

Retailer HBC reports 243M thirdquarter loss sales down from year ago

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. lost $243 million in its latest quarter as sales fell compared with a year ago.The retailer (TSX:HBC) says the loss amounted to $1.33 per diluted share for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 28 compared with a loss of $125 million or 69 cents per diluted share a year ago.Retail sales totalled $3.16 billion, down from $3.30 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated comparable sales fell 3.2 per cent on a constant currency basis and 5.1 per cent as reported.The company says that while its Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay businesses performed well, its overall third-quarter results did not meet expectations.It says that job cuts made as part of its transformation plan caused some operational challenges, particularly in its digital business.HBC’s banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks Off 5th, German department store group Galeria Kaufhof and Galeria Inno, a department store chain in Belgium.last_img read more

Over 14000 Syrian refugees treated in Moroccos makeshift hospital in Jordan

Amman – Some 14,460 Syrian refugees were treated in the Moroccan makeshift hospital in the Zaatari camp in Jordan last January.The hospital’s administration reports that children and babies come on top of beneficiaries of health care totaling 6,020 patients followed by women and men, 4651 and 3793 respectively.The different services of the hospital performed 21,589 medical services,  prescribed 10,645 free prescriptions and carried out 127 surgeries. Emergency services dealt during the same month, with 2,668 cases. Psychological support was also offered to 265 refugees in the hospital where 37 births were delivered.The hospital was set up on the Jordan-Syria borders to offer health care to Syrian refugees.The hospital has 32 doctors including specialists and has a minimal capacity of 60 beds. read more

UN officials express sadness after deadly quake strikes western China

Media reports say the quake, which registered 7.1 on the Richter scale, was centred in Qinghai province and took place just before 8 a.m.In a statement issued by his office, Dr. Treki “expresses solidarity with and sends his condolences and prayers to the people and Government of China on this tragedy.”Mr. Ban, in a statement released by his spokesperson, said the UN is ready to provide assistance to the Chinese Government if needed.“The Secretary-General recognizes the efforts being undertaken by the Government of China to assess the situation and to assist those affected by the earthquake.” 14 April 2010General Assembly President Ali Treki and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness after learning of the earthquake that struck western China this morning, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands more, and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. read more

PM assures speedy action President assures houses

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena gave instructions to expedite the resettlement process for the people who were affected in Meethotamulla. He promised to remove the Meethotamulla garbage dump as soon as possible. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today promise to clear Meethotamulla as soon as possible, the Press Trust of India reported.Wickremesinghe, who cut short his state visit to Vietnam and returned last night, visited the site today and promised a house to each of the affected families in the disaster. Accordingly, a programme for providing houses for the displaced persons will be implemented from tomorrow (April 20). Initially, houses will be given to 98 families, the President’s office said.President Sirisena also instructed officials to strengthen the process of providing infrastructure facilities to the affected people while giving priority to evacuate people who are in the danger zone around the Meethotamulla disaster area. The President further instructed officials to clear the Meethotamulla garbage dump in the next few months under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Army and to ban illegal settlements. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stop managing Middle East crisis and seek solution Omani minister tells UN

In his remarks to the General Assembly today, Oman’s Foreign Minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, called on the United Nations to switch from managing the Middle East conflict to actively seeking a solution, stressing from the podium of the General Assembly that despite many previous resolutions the issue still remains a threat to world peace.“It is known to all of us that the United Nations has explored all venues and has adopted many resolutions and policies on the Question of Palestine, but this issue is still a subject of concern and source of threat and conflict, which goes beyond the Middle East,” the Foreign Minister told the 67th Assembly on the last day of its annual General debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.“Hence, we believe that the role of the United Nations in relation to the Question of Palestine should change from managing the crisis to seriously searching for a just and lasting comprehensive political solution, that would take into account the interests of the Palestinians and the Israelis, leading to the establishment of the State of Palestine and the State of Israel living side by side,” he added.Oman, he noted, supports the application of Palestine to become a non-member State of the UN, “hoping this will usher a new phase in the concept of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which could contribute positively in the settlement of this problem.”The Foreign Minister also called on the parties in the Syrian crisis, where over 18,000 people have been killed since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted some 19 months ago, to reach a peaceful solution that would spare the lives of the Syrian people.“We call on our brothers in Syria to renounce violence, stop fighting, and enter into a political process that will meet the aspirations and the hopes of the Syrian people and preserve the security, stability and unity of Syria,” he stated. He added, “We call on the Security Council, which is responsible for the preservation of international peace and security, to reach consensus on a unified position towards the Syrian crisis, away from any political contradiction and without bias to any party, which would usher a serious national political dialogue between all political powers in Syria without exception.”He also urgent all parties in the Somali conflict to take part in a national dialogue regardless of their ideological and political differences, so as to contribute in restoring security, stability, and state building in the Horn of Africa country which has been riven by instability and insecurity for much of the last two decades.Oman’s Foreign Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday. read more

UN human rights office calls on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve border

According to news reports, tensions have heightened between the two countries due to the closure of major border crossings and the reported deportations of Colombian migrants.“[We] are also concerned about the declaration of a ‘state of emergency’ in six border municipalities, in the Táchira State in Venezuela, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva.“OHCHR calls on the authorities in both countries to ensure the resolution of the situation through calm discussion and dialogue…” she said, adding that the office also urged the Venezuelan authorities to ensure that the human rights of all affected individuals are fully respected, particularly in the context of any deportations.Ms. Shamdasani said the Office will continue to closely monitor the situation and that it stands ready to engage with and advise the Venezuelan and Colombian authorities. read more

Tiger Woods Sergio Garcia Spat Turns On Fried Chicken

So, it comes out, finally, that Sergio Garcia hates Tiger Woods because he’s black. That’s not what Garcia said in using fried chicken in his latest feeble attempt to disparage Woods. It’s what he inferred, and that’s usually what happens when people have problems with people. They infer.At the very least Garcia, the silliest player to not win a major golf championship, has a problem with Woods’ race. Why else would he answer a question at a dinner in London Tuesday by saying Woods “could come over every night. We will serve fried chicken.”His apologists will say Garcia made a weak and misguided attempt at a joke. For his part, he issued a statement through the European Tour that sounded like it was scripted by “Olivia Pope”:“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”That does not mean it wasn’t racist, even though, for the life of me, I do not understand how fried chicken (and watermelon, for that matter) got to be this “black thing.” White people enjoy it, too; and other races. Right?Anyway, Garcia is fooling no one in saying he did not have racist intentions. He could have named pizza or steak or shrimp and grits. It apparently was too much for him to say, nothing or “He can come over every night. We will serve paella.”Instead he went with the old enigmatic, tired attempt to insult a black man. And therein lies a real problem that we just cannot escape: 16 years after Fuzzy Zoeller ruined his name with a fried chicken “joke” about Woods, here goes Garcia further diminishing his profile.At least Zoeller won a Masters. Garcia has earned millions but has not won on the largest stages. Now, he shows he’s a loser as a man, too.Here’s the sad part: Who among us is surprised Garcia—or most anyone on the non-black-except-Tiger Woods-tour —would go there? Woods’ old caddie, Steve Williams, who made millions off the talent of Woods, called him a “black a——” in 2011 at a caddie event. Imagine what was said about Woods in private places, especially when he was exposed as a philandering husband with an apparent affinity for white women.Having dealt with many PGA pros over the years, I can testify with confidence that Garcia’s and Zoeller’s comments do not reflect on all tour players. Most are seemingly good guys who understand Woods’ value to their sport, even if he has been a jerk or, at minimum, impersonal to many.In fact, all of this is a bit silly because Woods barely acknowledges his blackness. He could have buried Zoeller, but took the high road. Woods said Williams was “certainly not” a racist after he insulted him. It will be interesting to see how he handles Garcia’s gaffe because Woods made it clear he does not like the Spaniard.Whether Woods acknowledges the blackness in his mixed heritage is not the point, though; everyone else does. He’s a black man atop a white man’s sport, and that is part of his magnetism. It also makes him a polarizing figure and target of idiotic remarks by the likes of Sergio Garcia.More to come, you can be certain of that. read more

Facebook has been down for hours Instagram and WhatsApp also affected

[CNBC] Facebook users around the world are reporting issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook hasn’t given a reason for the outage, and provided minimal information other than acknowledging it is aware services are down in some areas.Facebook shares were relatively unchanged Wednesday afternoon.The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”It later confirmed the problem was not the result of a DDoS attack, which refers to a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack in which a hacker overwhelms a site by flooding it with fake traffic.Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites. Downdetector listed zero problems by about 5 p.m. Eastern, but Facebook hadn’t yet confirmed the issues were resolved.Users reported a variety of problems, from being unable to load the site at all to not being able to post comments. Facebook users posted screenshots on Twitter showing error messages when they tried to load the app. When loading the site, some users’ got a message on the screen saying “Account Temporarily Unavailable.”Read more: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInstagram, Facebook, Whatsapp downJuly 3, 2019In “latest news”Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and MessengerJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”GTT rolls out ‘Free Basic 4G Services’ – Gov’t lauds initiativeJune 2, 2016In “Business” read more

Every local option was exhausted to resolve constitutional crisis issue –

Having been unable to reach a compromise with the coalition Government regarding a possible date for the next General and Regional Elections, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the only option left is to internationalise and lobby international organisations, countries and bodies for their support.Jagdeo maintained that there is nothing wrong with doing so. The former Guyanese Head of State said as a patriot, it bothers him that “we can’t resolve our own issues.” The Opposition Leader said he has exhausted every possible means available to him to try to work on a solution to the matter.“Sometimes when you meet all the good-faith efforts and you don’t have a party that is willing to engage like this Government… they started off by saying that we respect the passage of the No-confidence Motion and now they are coming up with all spurious reasons why it shouldn’t apply.”Jagdeo said he felt that President David Granger and his Government were never keen to listen to his party’s concerns, and was insisting that it is business as usual.In addition to that, the Opposition Leader pointed to the fact that when he met with the President, he had made a proposal to him. And instead of consulting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to find out whether his proposal was realistic, instead he repeated the same old excuses. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo dubs 2018 Budget most “disastrous” one ever presented to nationNovember 28, 2017In “Local News”Opposition Leader clears air on meeting with President GrangerSeptember 9, 2015In “Politics”‘No room for arrogant foreign policy’: Jagdeo urges Granger to meet with Maduro in New YorkSeptember 25, 2015In “Politics” read more

Commonwealth SG calls for greater unity on climate change

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCommonwealth SG heads to Caribbean for CARICOM summitJuly 1, 2016In “latest news”Dominican-born Commonwealth SG takes up postApril 5, 2016In “latest news”Hurricane Maria: Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support- PresidentSeptember 19, 2017In “latest news” Commonwealth SG Baroness Patricia ScotlandLONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) – Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has called for more action to deal with the impact of climate change as the international community gets ready to debate the issue at the United Nations General Assembly in September.In a statement, she said “those of us who have seen first-hand the death and destruction climate change is causing often feel like characters in a disaster film warning of impending doom.“For many the penny dropped after watching Hurricane Ophelia batter the UK. It connected to the narrative of Caribbean countries flattened by hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones wreaking havoc in the Pacific islands, and rich arable lands in Africa turned to desert. In some cases, countries lost the equivalent of 200 per cent of their GDP (gross domestic product) in hours.“The loss of life is heart-breaking – as is the trillions of dollars’ worth of damage and the resulting spiralling debt and economic regression,” she said.The Dominican-born Secretary General said that she was urging policy makers to consider with the utmost seriousness what they can do to join the Commonwealth efforts to combat climate change.“More needs to be done, not just by governments and industry, but by each and every one of us taking our responsibilities seriously.“Climate change is thankfully high on the agenda at September’s UN General Assembly (UNGA). The gathering is our opportunity to demolish the negative contentions of multilateral sceptics and to mobilise inclusive and responsible action for a sustainable future.”She said the theme “A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win” is promising, “yet we are doomed to failure if we fail to recognise that the tools we need to win against climate change are political will, collaboration, scientific research and innovation.“These go hand in hand with financing and global public education campaigns to inspire behavioural change.”Scotland said that the Climate Change Performance Index , which measures climate protection performance, shows a huge swathe of the globe scoring low on climate action, very few countries scoring high and no country achieving top points for climate action.“Europe has experienced an unprecedented heatwave with France registering record-breaking temperatures of 45.9 degrees Celsius. The stark truth is that climate change is not at our door, but in our house and ransacking our treasured belongings.”She said policy makers need to assist the Commonwealth in helping countries to access finance for climate change-related projects, to promote innovative development solutions as well as “to demand strong and enforceable climate legislation, and to launch a robust public education programme which demystifies climate change and places the passion for climate action in the hearts of every man, woman and child”.She warned that only with a truly inclusive and worldwide effort, with every nation, government and community on board can we win the battle.“If we sit back with hands folded we send the world to hell in a handcart with ourselves on board, and discussions about trade, security, health and education become futile and meaningless,” she added. read more

Lazarov injured – misses a training

Kire Lazarov missed yesterday’s training due to a small injury. He is questionable for today’s game in Skopje, after which Sundovski should decide who will travel to Serbia. His injury, however, is not of serious character, and therefore the domestic and european crowd will be enjoying his play at the upcoming European Championship. ← Previous Story Germans highly motivated – Heuberger chose 16 “Bundesliga rescuers” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012: Sweden “destroyed” Russia EURO 2012Kire LazarovMacedonia read more

La gale bénigne pour lhomme elle transformerait le coyote en monstre

first_imgLa gale : bénigne pour l’homme, elle transformerait le coyote en monstreÉtats-Unis – Sur le site web du Skeptic magazine, un biologiste américain soutient la thèse selon laquelle le mythique chupacabra, redoutable et mystérieux animal saigneur de chèvres d’Amérique latine, ne serait qu’un coyote rendu difforme par la gale.  Dans un débat retransmis sur un site sceptique (entendez, hostile “au paranormal”), Barry O’Connor, biologiste à l’université du Michigan, propose une identité au chupacabra (“suceur de chèvres”, en espagnol), créature mystérieuse supposée s’attaquer au bétail, et diversement décrite par de nombreux témoins en Amérique latine et aux États-Unis.À lire aussiBientôt un retour des farines animales en France ?Il s’agirait selon lui de coyotes infestés par Sarcoptes scabiei, un acarien provoquant la gale, qui transformerait le canidé en véritable épouvantail. N’ayant pas acquis, au cours de l’évolution, les défenses immunitaires qui en limitent les effets chez l’homme et les animaux domestiques, le coyote serait en outre tellement affaibli par cette maladie que, incapable de capturer ses proies habituelles, il serait contraint de s’attaquer aux chèvres et aux moutons.L’hypothèse, déjà formulée, ne semble pas rendre compte du mode opératoire “vampirique”, peu caractéristique du coyote, apparemment constaté sur les proies, ni de l’absence du canidé dans des pays comme Porto Rico ou le Brésil, où le chupacabra est pourtant souvent signalé… Cette thèse ne semble pas non plus, accessoirement, tenir compte de la bonne santé visuelle des témoins.Le 24 octobre 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Woman fatally injured in crash in Marion County Ore

first_imgA Newberg, Ore., woman was fatally injured Tuesday when she lost control of her small car and was hit on the driver side by a truck.Here is the full bulletin:News Release from: Marion Co. Sheriff’s OfficeNEWBERG WOMAN DIES IN OLMSTEAD ROAD CRASHPosted: April 18th, 2012 11:44 AMPhoto/sound file: (Honda Civic)Photo/sound file: (Olmstead Road Scene)A two-vehicle crash northwest of Donald caused the death of one driver Tuesday afternoon and closed the road to traffic for several hours.Marion County Deputies were called to the intersection of Yergen Road NE and Olmstead Road NE at 12:59pm, April 17th.Deputy David Wagner arrived at 1:04pm, and found the victim of the crash still in her 2004 Honda Civic. She was identified as Susan Ely, 67, of Newberg. The car suffered major damage. A representative from the Medical Examiner’s Office came to the scene to assist in the investigation.Wagner’s preliminary investigation revealed that Ely was traveling westbound on Olmstead Road near the intersection of Yergen Road when she lost control of her car and drove off the shoulder. In an attempt to recover, she overcorrected and drove back across the eastbound lanes and was struck on the driver’s side of her car by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck, traveling eastbound. Ely was trapped in her car and died at the scene. She was wearing her seatbelt, and her vehicle’s airbag did deploy.last_img read more

Highcuts and stripes Summer swimsuit trends

first_imgFrom bold patterns to hip looks, there are plenty of ways to hit the beach this summer. Of course, you might want to hit the gym, too!Swimsuits are priced between $59 to $200.FOR MORE INFO:Versakini Perna Mermaidhttps://saltymermaid.comToxic Sadie Amanda Perna: “So this bathing suit is Toxic Sadie, and this is super sexy. You see a whole bunch of hip, which shows off your legs even more than the regular high cut.Another popular look? Stripes.Taylor Swift loves her stripes, and why not? They elongate the body for a slimming look.Amanda Perna: “I think stripes, they last forever. They never go out of style. They’re always really cool, and they’re huge for 2017.”Amanda Perna: “All of the celebs are wearing these trends. You see Gigi Hadid, one of my favorites, wearing a lot of stripes. Here is our striped trend. This is a little candy-colored stripe. It’s fun, playful, especially for all of us South Florida girls.”And stripes can go all different ways.Amanda Perna: “I love how the stripe is going in a different direction. You see some of the stripe in the back, it’s going horizontal, and then you see it going diagonally in the front.” Trends come and go, but one thing’s for sure — sexy never goes out of style. From high-cut suits to stripes, Deco’s checking out two hot looks for summer.Swimsuit season is heating up in South Florida, and one trend is a cut above the rest — we’re talking high cut swimsuits.Think Pam Anderson circa 1992. Deco hit the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach for a preview.Amanda Perna: “So the high-waisted, high-cut trend is everywhere, on every celebrity. It really does accent your body and elongate you and make you look super hot.”“Project Runway” contestant Amanda Perna showed off looks from Versakini. Celebs like Nicki Minaj and Vanessa Hudgens are rocking the trend, and you can, too.Amanda Perna: “This is a combo of stripes and high cut. This is one of Versakini’s reversible ones.”And designers are taking the high-cut to new heights. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver OK after car struck by TriRail train

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car was struck by a Tri-Rail train, Thursday morning, which shut down parts of Pembroke Road.7Skyforce HD was over the scene where a four-door sedan was severely damaged on its passenger side, but the driver was seen OK and walking near the car.Hollywood Police confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the crash.The train service was shut down as officials worked to clear the scene.Traffic was also shut down near Pembroke Road west of I-95, where the train tracks are located.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Training for ward volunteers from today in Ongole

first_imgOngole: Municipal Commissioner P Niranjan Reddy announced that they have scheduled a training programme for the selected ward volunteers for four days, from August 7 to 10. He said that the training will be held from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm to 5:45 pm on these days. The commissioner announced that the selected ward volunteers from 1 to 10 divisions will attend the training programme at PVR Boys High School on August 7 and 8 while the volunteers from the 11 to 23 divisions will attend the training at Ram Nagar High School on the same dates. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us He announced that the volunteers from the 24 to 29 divisions and 33 to 43 divisions will attend the training at PVR Boys High School on August 9 and 10 and the volunteers from the division numbers 30, 31, 32 and 44 to 50 will attend the training at the Ram Nagar High School on August 9 and 10. The OMC commissioner ordered the selected ward volunteers to attend the training programme at their respective training centres without fail.last_img read more

Simbus father T Rajendar ready to contest from Tamil Nadu in Lok

first_imgSimbu’s father T Rajendar.PR HandoutAfter Kamal Haasan , one more well-known personality from Kollywood seems to be considering contesting in the Lok Sabha election.T Rajender, who had associated with both the DMK and AIADMK, is gearing up for the polls.In a press meet, T Rajender has stated that the members of the Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are interesting in contesting in the upcoming election and he will soon announce his decision on contesting the election.He says that Sarath Kumar of Samathuva Makkal Katchi and Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam are not having any alliance and contesting alone. “Since we were not called for alliance discussions, we’ll not be in talks with other parties, though Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members are filing applications and are interested to contest elections independently, and I’ll announce the decision on contesting lok sabha elections soon,” Indiaglitz quoted him as saying.He had earlier won the assembly election from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 1996 from the Park town constituency and was the the propaganda secretary of the party.After expelling from the DMK, he founded Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 2004 and supported the AIADMK in 2006.  Simbu with his brother Kuralarasan.PR HandoutThe general election along with by-polls for the 21 aseembly seats in Tamil Nadu will be held on 18 April. AIADMK, PMK, Tamil Maanila Congress, Puthiya Tamizhagam and Puthiya Neethi Katchi.are part of the BJP-lead NDA alliance, Congress has forged alliance with the DMK, DMDK , CPI(M), CPI, MDMK, VCK, IUML, KMDK and IJK.last_img read more

Indias auto crisis deepens tens of thousands losing jobs

first_imgCar and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 people and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers.ReutersSlumping sales of cars and motorcycles are triggering massive job cuts in India’s auto sector, with many companies forced to shut down factories for days and axe shifts, multiple sources said.The cull has been so extensive that one senior industry source told Reuters that initial estimates suggest that automakers, parts manufacturers and dealers have laid off about 350,000 workers since April.Within this previously unreported figure, car and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers, many of which have closed, the industry source said.Reuters was able to identify at least five companies that have recently cut or plan to cut hundreds of jobs, mainly from their temporary labour force.The downturn – regarded by industry executives as the worst suffered by the Indian auto industry – is posing a big challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as it begins its second term at a time when India’s jobless numbers are climbing.To revive the sector, auto executives plan to demand tax cuts and easier access to financing for both dealers and consumers at a meeting with officials from India’s finance ministry scheduled for Wednesday, the senior industry source said.The industry’s plight was highlighted by the Automotive Component Manufactures Association of India (ACMA), with the trade body’s director general, Vinnie Mehta, saying the sector was experiencing a “recessionary phase”.SPREADING MALAISEThe malaise has been spreading across much of the industry, both in terms of vehicle type and components as well as geographically in India’s manufacturing hubs.For example, Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor and auto components makers including France’s Valeo and Subros have laid off about 1,700 temporary workers in India after a slump in sales, sources told Reuters.Subros, which is part-owned by Japan’s Denso Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp, has laid off 800 workers. Indian parts maker Vee Gee Kaushiko has cut 500 people while Yamaha and Valeo last month reduced their workforces by 200 each, said several sources aware of the cuts.Meanwhile, automotive supplier Wheels India could cut its temporary workforce by as much as 800 and has started realigning its shifts, two of the sources said.The layoffs come as carmakers including Honda Motor Co, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have implemented brief suspensions to production in recent weeks in the face of slow demand, separate sources said.The auto sector, which contributes more than 7% of India’s GDP, is facing one of its worst downturns.Passenger vehicle sales have dropped for nine straight months through July, with some automakers suffering year-on-year declines of more than 30 percent in recent months.Manpower is the only variable factor for companies and more workers will face the axe, said ACMA’s Mehta.Yamaha, Subros, Vee Gee Kaushiko and Wheels India did not respond to requests for comment.Valeo India said it is realigning for changing conditions and has trimmed its temporary workforce. ReutersHUGE FALLOUTThe fallout from the auto slump could be huge. The sector employs more than 35 million people directly and indirectly, accounting for nearly half of India’s manufacturing output.India’s jobless rate rose to 7.51% in July 2019 from 5.66% a year earlier, according to private data group CMIE. The CMIE data is more up-to-date than government figures and regarded in financial markets as more credible.At least 7% of temporary workers employed by 15 automakers in India have lost their jobs in recent months, said Vishnu Mathur, director general at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).”It is a conservative estimate based on our initial analysis,” he said.Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker, cut its temporary workforce by 6% over the past six months, Reuters reported on Friday.There is little sign of a revival.Tata Motors has had week-long shutdowns at four of its plants in the past two weeks, while Mahindra has said it had 5-13 days without production at various plants between April and June.A statement from Tata Motors said it has aligned production with demand and adjusted the shifts and temporary workers.Honda has stopped production of some car models at its plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan since July 16 and is halting manufacturing entirely at its second plant in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi for 15 days from July 26, two sources said.The company’s Indian business said that production management will be critical throughout the year and it is seeking to avoid stock build-up.last_img read more

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