Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the disclosure during her visit to observe repair work at the Stadium East running track in Kingston, yesterday (January 7). The upgrading work is scheduled to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays, the Minister noted. There are plans for the installation of additional running tracks in Kingston and central Jamaica. There are plans for the installation of additional running tracks in Kingston and central Jamaica.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the disclosure during her visit to observe repair work at the Stadium East running track in Kingston, yesterday (January 7).The upgrading work is scheduled to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays, the Minister noted.Ms. Grange said that discussions regarding the installation of additional tracks have been “very fruitful”.“Where we are now is that we are looking at a couple of other tracks being done, one at a high school, maybe in partnership with a private-sector entity, and another track, which will be sited to facilitate athletes in central Jamaica,” she said.The Minister pointed out that the installation of the synthetic tracks will be two main objectives of the Ministry for the next fiscal year.“We are still going to pursue our infrastructure development programme at various other sporting and entertainment facilities… but I hope we will be able to install two additional tracks in locations to be announced in the next fiscal year,” she added.Ms. Grange said she has received reports with the possibility of developing four to six running tracks across Jamaica. She noted that the reports were done following visits to the locations by officials of the Sports Development Foundation and representatives from the BSW GmbH, the company contracted to repair the Stadium East running track.Meanwhile, the Minister said that the running track at Catherine Hall in St James will be refurbished.“The estimates have been presented and BSW has visited the site. They have worked out all the details, and the funding for Catherine Hall has been, more or less, identified,” she added.
VICTORIA – Victoria-area politicians are considering putting limits on the number of dogs people can walk and charging a fee for dog-walking businesses who use regional parks amid complaints about packs of wandering animals.Capital Regional District politicians are poised to approve a bylaw next month that would cap the number of dogs walked at one time to three for individuals and eight for professional walkers.Mayor David Screech of the suburban community of View Royal said in an interview that people regularly tell him they encounter dogs numbering nine or more animals while on hikes in area parks.“It was certainly prompted by public concerns,” said Screech, adding he receives emails and calls from people concerned about large numbers of dogs in Thetis Lake Regional Park in his community.The 833-hectare park includes a series of woodland trails and is a favourite hiking area for people, with or without their dogs.“We’ve been getting more and more complaints from people, especially in Thetis Lake Park about large groups of dogs, as many as nine, 10, 11 and 12 under the jurisdiction of one owner,” Screech said. “What it comes down to is the basic issue of how many dogs can one person control.”But Pam Delaney, who was at a Victoria off-leash dog park Thursday, said she’s happy to see large groups of dogs in area parks.“They behave better, it seems, in a pack,” she said. “Dog owners used to keep their dogs away from each other, not realizing they are social animals who love getting together, which is so obvious here.”About a dozen dogs were in the park’s open area chasing after each other.Sarah Spindler, who was walking her two border collie-cross dogs, Cedar and Salty, said she felt the bylaw was unnecessary.“It kind of seems to me it’s one of those rules that they make to make a rule,” she said.Spindler said she understands why some people might be concerned about large groups of dogs, but those people should choose to stay out of the parks.“A whole pack of dogs coming at you could be a little overwhelming,” she said. “To me it’s a known dog walking area, so you know what you are going to run into.”Screech, who’s on the district’s park’s committee, said it recommended approval of the bylaw after hearing complaints from people that too many animals are under the control of one person.He said the bylaw will go before the entire regional district board next month, and if approved, will set out a code of conduct for owners and charge a $320 licence fee for professional dog-walking businesses.“I do think everybody has the right to feel comfortable when using a park,” said Screech. “There needs to be a balance that works for everybody and that’s what we’re attempting to strike.”If approved, the new dog limit rules would be in place by May 1, 2018.
Kolkata: Taking a major step to develop manufacturing of fireworks as a major industry in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government will rope in the Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC) at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to set up a cluster of fireworks factories at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.According to a senior official of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Textiles department, the decision has been taken to write to the FRDC to prepare the DPR as it is an expert organisation in ensuring quality and safety standards for the entire industry. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe DPR will be prepared to set up the cluster with common facility centre at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. Later, the same model as per the DPR will be replicated to set up such clusters in other parts of the state.It may be mentioned that Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is known as the country’s firecrackers manufacturing hub. In Bengal, too, there are many villages, mainly in South 24-Parganas, where manufacturing firecrackers is the source of livelihood for many. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government has taken the major step in helping the families involved in manufacturing of firecrackers by creating infrastruc-ture that will ensure a “better, safe and hazard-free” environment. “It is the main reason behind roping in an expert organisation like FRDC to prepare the DPR,” the official said.It may be mentioned that a 50-acre land at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas has already been identified and all other processes are also in progress to set up the cluster. Since it is a matter of setting up a cluster of fireworks manufacturing factories, the official said that it will be set up adhering to all norms. Setting up of the same will ensure technological upgradation, which will ensure improvement in the quality of work. Moreover, workers can work without even apprehending any health hazards. There will also be a centre for testing of raw materials for quality control and at the same time, there will also be standardisation of work.Citing an example, the official said that there has to be two separate entry and exit points of each of the units that will be developed at the cluster and as per the norms, those have to be at proper positions. Moreover, the warehouses where the “highly inflammable” materials will be stored, will also have to be planned properly. “So, the planning before initiating the work has to be foolproof,” the official added. The officials of the department will be contacting the FRDC authorities soon.
Kolkata: Mystery intensifies in the Ultadanga housewife Archana Palangdar murder case, following the identification process on Friday, after which the sleuths have gathered some important clues. According to sources, it is suspected that Archana might have been involved in an extramarital affair that led to her murder.According to police sources, Archana had filed a domestic violence case against her husband Pintu Palangdar and other in-laws nearly three years back. But later she had withdrawn the case. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Pintu, Archana might have been brainwashed by someone and thus she had filed the case. She understood the matter later and withdrew the complaint. But Pintu did not make it clear as to who is that “someone”.Investigators came to know that recently Archana used to spend a lot of time with one of her male friends. However, her male friend could not be traced. Sleuths suspect that this unknown person might be the missing link in the case. On the other hand, police are also searching for clues from the deceased’s family side. A section of investigators suspect that the relationship between Archana and Pintu went bitter since the last few years due to the male friend. Thus, Pintu is also a suspect in this case. Though police are looking at the illicit relationship angle, locals are quite surprised about Archana having an extramarital affair with someone. Archana’s body was found inside a sack near the West Chowbhaga pumping station in Anandapur. One of the security guards spotted the body and informed the Anandapur police station.Primarily, no identification could be found. Later seeing the picture in the media, Pintu identified her. He also informed that his wife had left the house saying that she was going to repair her mobile phone. As she did not turn up till late night, a missing complaint was filed with the Ultadanga police station on Thursday.