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Insurance Service Provider Expands in Halifax

first_imgA United Kingdom-based insurance service provider is expanding in Nova Scotia. Admiral Insurance plans to create up to 400 jobs in Halifax within the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the growth with a payroll rebate to a maximum of $2,836,500. “Great employers like Admiral Insurance are offering unique work opportunities for people living in Nova Scotia,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac today, Aug. 21. “This expansion highlights the advantages Nova Scotia offers to growth-oriented companies like Admiral.” The company will earn the rebate as it achieves performance targets tied to productivity and staffing. “We’re by no means a conventional insurance company,” said Alex MacDonald, vice-president of Admiral Insurance in Halifax. “Every employee plays an important part in Admiral’s success. We’re excited to be expanding our business in Halifax and continuing to play an active role in the community.” Admiral Insurance has operated in Halifax since 2007. The company’s first year brought high customer service satisfaction rates. Since then, Admiral has consistently expanded. The new jobs will include insurance renewals and sales, while primarily serving clients in the United Kingdom. “This announcement proves that our business case is solid,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “International companies continue to make Nova Scotia a partner in their growth plans.” Admiral Insurance Services operates under Admiral Group PLC — a company launched in 1993 from the United Kingdom. The company has been listed in the Sunday Times’s 100 Best Companies to Work For during the past six years, listed in the Financial Times list as one of the 50 Best Workplaces in the U.K., and listed in 100 Best Workplaces in the E.U. For information on job opportunities, visit www.joinadmiral.ca . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

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Argentina waiting for Messi magic to make an appearance

first_imgBelo Horizonte (Brazil): For the last dozen years, Argentina has been waiting for global superstar Lionel Messi to lead their football team to a major international trophy. But when the the country needed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner most, Messi failed to emulate the feats of Diego Maradona in 1986 — when for some he almost single-handedly won the World Cup. Four times Messi has lined up with Argentina in a major final — the 2014 World Cup and Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016 — but every time they have lost. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherHe has often come under criticism for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when wearing the sky blue and white jersey of the national team. Now, ahead of a mouth-watering Copa semi-final against hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Argentines are simply waiting for Messi to turn up. “This is the match for Messi to appear,” screamed Ole newspaper’s online edition after Argentina beat Venezuela 2-0 to secure the Brazil semi-final. Ironically, at this tournament, while Argentina’s performances have been improving steadily, Messi has, if anything, become less influential. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenArgentina were all at sea in their opening 2-0 defeat to Colombia and needed a Messi penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. But in the 2-0 win over Qatar that qualified Argentina for the knock-out rounds, and the quarter-final victory over Venezuela by the same score, Messi became an increasingly peripheral figure. – ‘Not at my best’ – He admitted as much after the Venezuela match, saying: “I’m not at my best level, I’m not playing how I hoped I would. I’m not having my best Copa America.” Brazil center-back Thiago Silva is not so convinced, though. “For me, Messi is the best player in history, the best I’ve ever seen play. It’s a privilege to play against him,” said a player who hails from the country that produced Pele, Garincha, Socrates, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Messi turned 32 during the tournament and while he doesn’t appear close to retirement, it cannot be too many years away. His game has changed over the years and he no longer produces the same kind of, or quantity of, darting runs at the heart of opposition defences. He plays deeper than he used to, passes more and is more selective with his runs. He also rests more than he used to and took an eight-month break from the national team following the World Cup in Russia, only returning in March in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela. But he is more than just the star of the team these days, he is the leader and captains both club and country. During the club season, Messi took the lead in defending Philippe Coutinho, whom he will line up opposite on Tuesday, from criticism levelled at the Brazilian playmaker in the Catalan press. Messi also defended Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde against the brickbats. And here, while his and Argentina’s attacking performances have been nothing to enthuse about, Messi took the time to praise the team’s defensive efforts. “Defensively we didn’t have any problems and the team was very solid at all times,” he said following the Venezuela victory, which he described as a “complete” performance. And Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni acknowledges that Messi brings much more than just brilliance on the field. “For me he gives an essential contribution on the pitch, and if you saw everything he brings in the dressing room…” said Scaloni.last_img read more

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Spells of rain bring relief to parched Bihar

first_imgPatna: After a long dry spell, light to moderate rains in the last 24 hours across the state have brought smiles on the faces of the people of Bihar, which is facing one of its worst ever water crises. According to the local weather department officials, this was the first spell rain after the monsoon arrived in Bihar on June 22. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has not only forecast that the rains would continue, but it has also predicted heavy rainfall in the state in the coming days. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Two days after Bihar Chief Minister Nutish Kumar asked all district officials to get ready to fight a likely drought in the state, the rains in the past 24 hours have come as a good news, particularly for the farmers. A rain deficit of 41 per cent has been recorded for the month of June while the deficit figures stand at 43 per cent for the month of July so far. While the rains have come as a respite for the people suffering from the scorching heat and unbearably high humidity, they have also provided much-needed relief to thousands of people facing severe water crisis caused by the unprecedented fall in water tables following the severe heat wave in Bihar. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed With more rains in store as per the Met department predictions, one can expect ground water levels to bounce back to normal soon. According to Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) official Ashok Kumar, most of the 38 districts in the state are facing water crisis after drastic fall in ground water levels. “With more rainfall expected in the coming days, we expect that the ground water levels would rise, which will help people hit by scarcity of drinking water.” Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar said that rains would cheer the farmers as they would boost the sowing of paddy and transplantation of paddy saplings. Officials in the agriculture department said that so far paddy sowing has been poor in most districts of the state due to lack of water. Following the directives of Nitish Kumar, the Bihar legislature will hold a special debate on the water crisis facing the state on July 13. The debate will be attended by all the members of the Legistative Assembly and the Legislative Council in the Central Hall of the Assembly. The attending MLAs and the MLCs will present before the government the ground reality of water shortage in their respective constituencies. Last year, 280 blocks in the state’s 38 districts were declared drought-hit after deficient rainfall. With rains so far less than expected, the situation is alarming in all these blocks. Last week, the Chief Minister had said that he was fearing another spell of drought in Bihar. In the past few years, several government reports have pointed out that the water crisis in Bihar was the result of overexploitation of underground water, which is showing signs of stress now. Nitish Kumar has repeatedly expressed his concern over the issue. The Central Ground Water Board’s report for 2016-17 showed that the water levels in Bihar in May 2016, with respect to the pre-monsoon decadal mean of May (May 2006 to May 2015) witnessed a fall of 67 per cent in 594 Hydrograph Network Stations. Scientists have made it clear that indiscriminate exploitation of underground water from deeper aquifers could create a grim situation in the future. For clarifications/queries, please contact IANS NEWS DESK at +91-120-4822400 Mobile: +91-9873188969 or mail us at support@ians.in Follow @IANSNews for breaking news and top stories from around the globe Facebook Follow @ians_india for breaking news and top stories from around the globe Tweets Follow @iansindia for breaking news and top stories from around the globelast_img read more

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