WINNIPEG — Dry weather and a slow melt so far have somewhat eased the flood potential in Manitoba, although it will be a few more weeks until the threat passes.The provincial government says with average to unfavourable weather, the Red River should peak roughly at the same level as in 2009.Several communities in the Red River Valley had to close off some road access that year, and sections of roads, including the main highway between Winnipeg and the United States, were flooded for weeks.Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says water is expected to stay well below the top of ring dikes that protect towns and properties.He does warn that ice jams could develop and make for sudden flooding, but ice thickness has reduced in recent weeks due to warm weather.The Red is expected to crest at Emerson on the United States border some time between April 12 and April 23.Schuler said a combination of above-zero daytime highs and below-freezing overnight lows has helped reduce the snow pack slowly.“This kind of weather is perfect for us,” the minister said Wednesday.“We’ve said what we really needed to do was to pray for warm days and freezing at night and — ta-dah — we got it. And so far so good.“It doesn’t mean that things might not change in a week, and we do have some time before we see the peak coming.”The government has issued tenders for contractors to be on standby in case ring dikes need to be closed.One obstacle the Progressive Conservative government has faced has been in the legislature.Independent member Steven Fletcher blocked the government last week from passing an interim supply bill — legislation that lets the government start spending in the fiscal year that starts April 1 before its annual budget is formally adopted.The legislature is now on a break until Monday. Schuler said he hopes the bill can be passed that day so that the government can continue to operate. Even if the bill is somehow delayed further, flood work and any other needed spending will occur, he said.“We will use whatever measures necessary to protect Manitobans.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
Admirers of art and art forms, specifically sculptures are in for a treat as the national Capital gears up to witness the best of sculpture works by three prominent women sculptors. Called ‘Trilogy of Expressions’ will showcase the works of Sheela Chamariya, Christine Margotin and Geeta Juneja from January 20-29 in the national Capital. The show will celebrate the continued vibrancy and influences of delicate human emotions and response to inner as well as outer world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 25 odd works by each of the sculptors offer a rich tapestry of expressions and perfectly reflect their individual moments in exciting depictions. Works of Sheela Chamariya will visually enchant one and their intent will capture the imagination to one’s core. She chooses to narrate her soft delicate world through the strength of bronze, with prominent lines and flat surface. Geeta Juneja’s abstracts are sensuous and suggestive and her works are inspired by her own thought and mood. She is an artist who traverses the regime of abstraction. The intrinsic individuality of shapes and compositions is what defines her work. Somewhere it gives the viewer an impression of assemblage as seen in ‘Aristocrat’ and few others, which then is rendered in a very subdued surface. Her works are essentially bold. Viewers will gaze into the multitude of distorted features in sync with each other and defined, leading to subjective interpretation. The emphasis is not only on expression but also on the spaces and forms which creates an aura of its own. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChristine is a French artist, who specialises in classical and realistic presentation. Her expression is essentially related to the joy of childhood. She creates and conveys her deeper ideas and contemplative moments. Her figures speak volumes about children’s innocence and attitude. “After a nap”- a bronze by Christine is holding on to her toy, captures simple action of our everyday life and highlights the beauty and grace that we often overlook being continuously on the run. It also creates its own melody and rhythm giving an insight to a child’s inner world and possessiveness Sheela Chamariya will also be exhibiting a small installation titled ‘Dana Chugneynaa Aye Chidiya’ to bring in to the notice a major issue of sparrow extinction. The main motive of this installation is to request people to save them and give them a home to come back. She inspires public to feed them, give water to them when they are in our homes. She also emphasises on the need to limit the amount of pesticides and chemical in the garden and firms.Where: Triveni Kala Sangam- Sculpture Court, Tansen MargWhen: January 20 to 29Timings: 11 am to 7 pm
Kolkata: A woman was found dead inside a room at Maniktala on Sunday afternoon. According to police, Ashima Roy (23) used to live in room number 108 of Srikrishna Colony in Maniktala.On Sunday afternoon Roy was found unconscious on the floor inside the room. She was rushed to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. A source said while examining her body, doctors noticed a strangulation mark on the neck. Seeing the mark, doctors were sure that Ashima was murdered. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBased on the information, police and officials of homicide section of Detective Department (DD) visited the place of incident for investigation. It is suspected that she was murdered by someone known to her. But the motive is not clear yet. Sleuths are checking whether she had any enmity with anyone. The role of her family members are also being investigated. Police are questioning Ashima’s husband Biswajit and other family members if any clues could be traced. Till Sunday night, no one was arrested in this case. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report as it may contain information which may help them to crack the case.