first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Marine transportation company d’Amico International Shipping was hit by a very difficult market in the second quarter of the year.For the first half of 2018, the company’s net loss reached USD 20.2 million, compared to a net loss of USD 6.2 million seen in the first half of 2017d’Amico International Shipping’s time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings for the period stood at USD 125.6 million, compared to USD 128.7 million reported in the first six months of 2017.However, DIS said that it maintains its positive medium-term outlook on the product tanker industry, whilst focusing on strengthening its organization and its financial situation.The company’s second quarter net loss stood at USD 16.5 million, against a net loss of USD 7.8 million reported in the same quarter of 2017. TCE earnings were at USD 59.3 million for the quarter, compared to USD 62.1 million from a year earlier.“The expected recovery of the tanker market has not started yet. d’Amico International Shipping posted a net loss of USD 20.2 million in the first half of 2018, hit by a very tough freight market especially in Q2,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.“It is obviously a result we are not happy about but I would like to reiterate once again what I have been saying several times: I see no reason whatsoever why the product tanker market should not pick-up in the medium term. The long-term fundamentals are all there, showing a growing world demand for oil-refined products and limited net fleet growth expected for the next years.”last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license President Trump’s changes to the U.S. Shipping Act would see the Federal Maritime Commission address antitrust issues related to recent consolidation in the maritime industry, according to Holland & Knight partners.Signed into law on December 4, 2018, The Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 marks the first substantive revision to the U.S. Shipping Act since 1998 and provides several of the most significant changes to the Shipping Act since 1984.Namely, the changes are primarily related to antitrust issues regarding a recent wave in maritime industry consolidation and the emergence of ocean carrier alliances.“These changes are expected to help protect marine terminal service providers as well as other U.S. marine equipment and services providers, and to preserve investment in domestic shore-side maritime infrastructure,” Holland & Knight partners said.Enacted in 1916, the Shipping Act confers authority upon the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to regulate maritime commerce in the U.S. The Shipping Act regulates common carriers (both non-vessel and vessel operating) and marine terminal operators (MTOs) and affords limited antitrust protections to filed agreements among regulated parties.In 2017, Congress began serious efforts to review and amend the Shipping Act to address these changes to the maritime industry, all of which have affected U.S. infrastructure investment. The legislative efforts represent the first step toward bolstering the U.S. maritime industry.The amendments are a part of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140), which authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and for the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019, reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s hydrographic services program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through Fiscal Year 2023, and provides for the establishment of uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norden Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has entered into two contracts of affreightment (COAs) related to shipments of wood pellets and coal.The deals were agreed after the second quarter period and include a 6-year contract with Enviva for transatlantic transportation of wood pellets and a 3-year contract for transportation of coal to Hong Kong.Under the deal with Enviva, which runs from 2021 to 2026, Norden would transport 1.3-1.5 million metric tons of wood pellets from the United States to Europe over the 6-year period.With the new contract, NORDEN now holds a number of long-running contracts with Enviva for the transportation of wood pellets across the Atlantic, all of which are carried out on Supramax vessels.The second COA would see Norden ship around 1.3 million tonnes of coal per year on Panamax vessels, an estimated 17-20 cargoes annually, from Indonesia to Hong Kong.The deal runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022. Most of the volume loading will take place in Indonesia and the vessels will discharge into the Hong Kong power company’s coal terminal.Additionally, Norden secured a USD 200 million credit facility with Danish Ship Finance during the second quarter of 2019 to improve the overall debt structure through the repayment of 2 existing loan facilities.The company revealed the development as part of its second quarter 2019 financial report, in which Norden said that, in a seasonally weak tanker market and difficult trading environment, it realised “a disappointing adjusted result” of USD -12 million compared to an adjusted result of USD 4 million reported in the same period a year earlier.The second quarter result corresponds to an EBIT of USD 1 million, which was positively impacted by USD 3 million in profit from the sale of vessels. During the second quarter of 2019, Norden sold and delivered one Handysize vessel, bringing the total vessel sales during the first half of 2019 to 5 dry cargo units and one Handysize tanker.Speaking of its scrubber installation project, the company noted that at the end of June 2019, three systems Update on scrubbers have been installed, and in total, Norden plans to install 22 scrubbers on owned vessels with the majority scheduled for installation during the second half of 2019. Furthermore, the shipowner has secured installation of scrubbers on 14 long-term chartered vessels.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image by WMN Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed an agreement with several companies for a joint development project (JDP) to design an LNG-fueled very large crude carrier (VLCC).The agreement was inked with China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), CNOOC Gas and Power Group, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC), and GazTransport and Technigaz SA (GTT).As explained, the JDP will evaluate design options for an LNG-powered VLCC that uses a prismatic GTT Mark III membrane LNG tank.The scope of the JDP includes reviewing solutions to minimize construction costs for LNG-fueled ships, while ensuring operational flexibility and efficiency, with the location of tanks as well as tank sizes to allow for round trip voyages under consideration.LR said it would conduct a risk assessment and review the design in accordance with the latest regulatory requirements and ensure it meets LR’s rules to issue an approval in principle.“With serials of new technology development projects such as sail-assisted VLCC, intelligent VLCC and LNG-fuelled VLCC R&D etc, CMES is taking the positive response together with other participating units in the implementation of the international ecological and environmental protection,” Wang Yongxin, President – CMES, said, adding that this shows the fulfillment of social responsibilities to accelerate the application of green technologies to merchant ships.“Considering round trip LNG fuel capacity will allow a shipowner to bunker at the cheapest location. Implementing GTT’s Mark III tank for a dual-fuel VLCC will combine endurance with full cargo capacity,” Adnan Ezzarhouni, General Manager of GTT China, explained.“With the global marine industry looking towards carbon reduction and ultimately decarbonisation, this JDP marks an important milestone in the journey that the industry is now taking,” Mark Darley, LR’s North Asia President, commented.“Through this JDP we look forward to jointly working with the key stakeholders in this innovative development proposed to bring technological advancements to the industry.”last_img read more

first_img the federal government must act on its promise to establish and fund a national pharmacare program, built upon the best practices of individual provincial plans currently in place; the need for an immediate federal infusion to cover 25 per cent of health-care costs, with an escalator to cover increased costs in future years; a commitment that increased federal health transfers won’t be offset by cuts to equalization; strengthening of equalization to be determined through the meeting on fiscal imbalance promised by Prime Minister Paul Martin before the next federal budget. “If accepted by the federal government, this new partnershipwould help Nova Scotia make significant new investments inreducing wait times,” said Premier Hamm. “I look forward to aconstructive discussion with the prime minister in Septemberthrough which Nova Scotia can outline the progress we have madeso far in health-care improvements, the existing challenges weneed to address, and how much money it will take to put healthcare on a sound footing for patients and their families.” Last year, Nova Scotia released Your Health Matters — a multi-year plan to improve health by reducing wait times, hiring moredoctors, nurses and other health professionals, expanding carefor seniors and focusing more on healthy lifestyles. In its final communique, the Council of the Federation recognizedNova Scotia’s leadership role in creating the country’s firstOffice of Health Promotion. “Better health care is not just about treating the patient, it’sabout encouraging people to make better choices for their ownhealth,” said the premier. “That’s why a key part of Your HealthMatters is a focus on healthy living.” Premier Hamm added that all premiers have reiterated theirsupport for being publicly accountable for health-care spending. “Taxpayers deserve to know that their dollars are being properlyspent on health and that those dollars improve access to serviceand the health and well-being of our citizens,” said the premier. Today’s agreement by Canada’s premiers and territorial leaderswill result in better health care for Nova Scotians, if acceptedby Ottawa, Premier John Hamm said today, July 30. “It’s time for action by all governments, not more finger-pointing,” said the premier. “The partnership being proposed isan excellent starting point for a serious and comprehensivediscussion with Ottawa to act now to improve health care.” At the Council of the Federation meeting today at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., premiers agreed to the following points to present tothe prime minister at the First Ministers’ Meeting scheduled forSeptember:last_img read more

first_imgA school steering team from the local community will meet soon toadvise government on $3.65 million in renovations planned forYarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. The work will include a new classroom wing, cafeteria renovationsand a new roof. There will also be electrical, plumbing and manyother upgrades. Education Minister Jamie Muir said today, Feb. 2, he is pleasedto see the process get underway. “This is a significant investment in a fine school,” he said.”The close involvement of the community ensures that students andteachers will benefit from it for years to come.” Tri County Regional School Board chair Faye Haley said thesteering team will also consider adding a theatre to the school. “As a retired English and drama teacher, I find the idea ofhaving a theatre in the school a very pleasant one. I see it as agreat benefit to the students, staff and the community,” shesaid. Funding for a theatre would be raised by the community. Steering teams are created for every major school constructionproject to advise the Department of Education and the Departmentof Transportation and Public Works during the project. Appointedby the school board, the teams include community members and atleast one administrator, one principal and, in the case of highschools, a student. The Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School project is part ofan eight-year school construction program funded by theDepartment of Education worth more than $400 million. Planning and design work will begin in the 2005-06 school yearand construction is scheduled to finish in 2008-09.last_img read more

first_imgA $937,400 road-paving contract for Old Guysborough Road in the Dollar Lake Provincial Park area has been announced, by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. and involves repaving on Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road. “Our department is working hard on an aggressive program to improve Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Since 2000-01 we have more than tripled our construction budget and Nova Scotians are starting to take notice.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais auront bientôt un plus grand choix et un meilleur accès aux soins dentaires préventifs grâce à un projet de loi présenté aujourd’hui 27 novembre par le ministre de la Santé, Chris d’Entremont. Le projet de loi sur les hygiénistes dentaires permettra aux hygiénistes dentaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse d’effectuer une plus vaste gamme de tâches relatives aux soins dentaires préventifs et de pratiquer dans un environnement indépendant. « Nous cherchons, et trouvons, des façons novatrices de s’assurer que tous les Néo-Écossais ont accès aux soins de santé dont ils ont besoin et qu’ils méritent, » a dit M. d’Entremont. « Cette loi est une très bonne nouvelle pour les aînés et les Néo-Écossais qui ont des problèmes de mobilité. Il s’agit d’une autre façon créative d’utiliser les professionnels et les ressources dont nous disposons afin d’en tirer le maximum de profit. » En vertu de la loi proposée, les hygiénistes dentaires auront une plus grande autonomie, leur permettant ainsi d’établir des cliniques d’hygiène dentaires indépendantes des dentistes. Les hygiénistes dentaires pourront offrir des soins dentaires préventifs dans des endroits non traditionnels, par exemple dans les établissements de soins de longue durée. L’accès aux services d’hygiène dentaire sera donc amélioré, particulièrement au sein de la population mal desservie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La loi permettra également aux hygiénistes dentaires d’effectuer davantage de tâches reliées aux soins dentaires de façon indépendante, notamment le détartrage des dents et le surfaçage radiculaire, à condition d’avoir suivi une formation supplémentaire et qu’aucune contre-indication n’existe chez le patient. En vertu de la loi, la profession sera autoréglementée. Comme dans le cas de nombreux autres professionnels de la santé, incluant les médecins et les infirmières, les hygiénistes dentaires seront réglementés par leur collège professionnel, et seront responsables devant ce collège. La loi réglementera la pratique des hygiénistes dentaires en s’assurant que des normes de pratique sont établies et respectées. La loi prévoira également un processus de discipline et de traitement des plaintes à l’appui de la mise en application des normes et des exigences, et pour aborder toute préoccupation du public. Environ 600 hygiénistes dentaires sont membres de l’Association des hygiénistes dentaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’association a travaillé étroitement avec le ministère de la Santé pour présenter cette loi. « Cette loi élimine le dernier obstacle à la croissance indépendante de notre profession et améliore l’accès aux soins dentaires pour tous les Néo-Écossais, » a dit Sue MacIntosh, présidente du comité législatif pour l’association. « Nous avons hâte de nous joindre aux autres hygiénistes dentaires à l’échelle du pays qui sont déjà en mesure d’offrir ces services aux Canadiens. » Les hygiénistes dentaires en Colombie-Britannique, en Alberta, en Saskatchewan, en Ontario et au Québec travaillent déjà selon des modèles indépendants semblables. À l’automne, la province présentera également des modifications à deux lois relatives aux soins de santé. Le premier projet de loi corrigera une erreur de rédaction dans la loi sur les hôpitaux (Hospitals Act), concernant le processus de publication des dossiers médicaux. Le deuxième projet de loi modifiera la loi sur la médecine (Medical Act) afin d’assurer la confidentialité des documents relatifs aux enquêtes et aux mesures disciplinaires dans les dossiers du Collège des médecins et des chirurgiens.last_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, east from Exit 10 for 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold-planing and paving from until Saturday, May 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. NEW WORK: RICHMOND COUNTY: Muculier Bridge Muculier Bridge on Port Royal Road at Janvirn Island will be closed for repairs on Sunday, April 26. It is located about 5.9 kilometres west of Route 206. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK: CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road closure The Lower Maccan Road is open to local traffic only, because of a culvert washout. Drivers should travel with extra caution. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville is closed for structural repairs. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-0763 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Saturday, May 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Traffic control consists of flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. Local Area Office: 902-667-6236 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, for about 4.6 kilometres until Friday, July 31. Work will include replacing the jersey barrier, widening, patching and repaving the highway. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place.last_img read more

first_imgGraves Island Provincial Park will remain open until Thanksgiving weekend instead of its original closing date of Sept. 7. The park’s camping season is being extended because of new campsites and park improvements completed this year. “We are pleased to be able offer something new for campers who enjoy spending time at Graves Island,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “These improvements have come as a result of government’s long-term commitment to the park and input from local residents and park visitors.” Long a popular destination park, the new campsites offer excellent ocean views previously unavailable. Visitors can choose specific campsites through the reservation system online or by phone at 1-888-544-3434, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Opening and closing dates for provincial camping parks vary. For more information on redevelopment of Graves Island Provincial Park, go to www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/gravesisland.asp .last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia government employees launched their annual United Way fundraising campaign today, Oct. 6. Premier Darrell Dexter, was joined by Duff Montgomerie, deputy minister of Health Promotion and Protection, and Catherine Woodman, campaign CEO, Halifax United Way, to kick-off the campaign at the Halifax Metro Centre. Mr. Montgomerie is this year’s divisional and leadership chair of the provincial campaign. “Nova Scotia government employees work in partnership with the United Way to create positive change within communities,” said Premier Dexter. “Working together allows us to achieve our goals — goals that benefit friends, families, neighbours and communities throughout Nova Scotia.” The United Way campaign is managed by volunteers in each department and agency. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection is the lead department for this year’s campaign. “Our provincial goal this year is to raise $475,000 for the United Way,” said Mr. Montgomerie. “Last year was our most successful workplace campaign ever and I have no doubt that we will exceed our goal again this year.” The launch includes more than 10 sporting organizations to encourage government employees to keep active and to promote healthy living. The money raised will support United Way activities across the province. The provincial government campaign runs until Nov. 30.last_img read more

first_imgParliament Hill lit up with the spirit of the Canada Games today, May 3, when the Halifax 2011 Canada Games torch made its debut at the official torch lighting ceremony in Ottawa. The 2011 torch was lit from the flame of the Canada Games Roly McLenahan torch which had been lit from the centennial flame monument. The event included a morning of Canada Games sport activities for local school children and performances by Jimmy Rankin and members of The Sacred Heart Concert Choir. Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay, director of sport, Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection Stephen Gallant and Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality Peter Kelly, joined in the lighting of the torch along with four-time Olympic medalist and Canada Games alumna Jennifer Botterill and three-time Olympic medalist Isabelle Charest, who emceed the ceremony. In addition to her four Olympic medals, three gold and one silver, Ms. Botterill’s career highlights include winning five World Championship gold medals in women’s hockey and a gold medal for ringette at the Canada Games. Ms. Charest represented Canada at the Olympics three times in short-track speed skating, winning one silver and two bronze medals. She held the world record from 1995 to 1998 in the 500 metre event and was a five-time medalist at the World Championships. “As we saw this past year in Vancouver, the torch relay represents Canadian pride, physical and mental strength, striving for excellence and inspirational dreams,” said Sue Hylland, president and CEO for the Canada Games Council. “As the flame makes its way across Nova Scotia, it is our hope that every resident of that province is touched by its significance and their role in welcoming the country to compete.” “The torch lighting ceremony symbolizes a link from the past to the future as the 2011 torch is lit by the same flame that lit the torches of Games gone by,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, chair of the 2011 Games. “Between now and February 2011 the torch will ignite the spirit of the Games in youth and communities across Nova Scotia.” The official lighting marked the beginning of the Games torch program. The torch will return to Nova Scotia for community kick-off celebrations in Lunenburg on May 10, Yarmouth on May 12, Cheticamp on May 13 and Amherst on May 14.The 2011 torch will appear at festivals and events around Nova Scotia leading up to the Games. Details on the torch program, the torch design, and the torchbearer contest can be found at www.canadagames2011.ca/torch. Fans of the 2011 torch can follow its path on Facebook, or via Twitter by using #torchflambeau. Building on the Canada Games tradition, the 2011 Games torch program celebrates the unique culture of Nova Scotia in the communities that help shape and define it, generating awareness and excitement in each region leading up to the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed 816,000 visitors between January and June, a four per cent increase compared to the same time last year. The province also experienced an increase of four per cent during June compared to 2009. Room nights sold in June were up six per cent compared to last year and three per cent higher during the first six months of the year. Air travel increased by five per cent in June while visitors travelling by road increased three per cent compared to last year. “While we are experiencing a good start to the tourism season, the numbers for July and August will give us a real sense of the year as a whole,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Tourism is important to every region in Nova Scotia and we continue to work with our industry partners as they create good jobs to grow the economy.” Between January and June, domestic travel to the province showed four per cent growth. Visits from Ontario and Quebec were up five per cent and visitors from Atlantic Canada increased six per cent compared to last year. Visits from Western Canada are down 11 per cent year to date. While overseas visitors increased four per cent from January to June, visits year to date from the United States decreased by two per cent and United Kingdom visitors fell by six per cent. The number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road during the first six months of the year grew by six per cent. Air travel decreased by two per cent during the same period. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed over 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodations operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/tourism/facts-figures.aspxlast_img read more

first_imgYARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge From Wednesday, Oct. 5, until Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surettes Island Bridge, will be closed for repairs on weekdays from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Throughout the repair period a reduced load limit will be required on the bridge. This will affect large trucks but not standard passenger vehicles or school buses. The weight restrictions will be removed once repairs are completed. These restrictions will allow the repair work to be carried out quickly and minimize the inconvenience for bridge users. Local Office – 902-742-2416 -30-last_img

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil welcomed women’s community leaders, service providers and police, to Province House today, Dec 6., to commemorate women in Nova Scotia who have been harmed by violence. The ceremony recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, established to remember the 1989 deaths of the 14 female engineering students killed at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique. “An effective way to address violence against women is to take action together,” said Premier McNeil. “Government, community and policing partners, and individuals must unite to build stronger communities that are free from violence against women. “Organizations dedicated to helping women and families have been asked to do far too much with too little. To help change that government will invest $2 million a year for three years to develop and support a multi-year strategy that will provide services directly to victims and will also focus on prevention.” Results of public opinion research on domestic violence in Nova Scotia were also released at the event. The research indicated the majority of Nova Scotians, 94 per cent, recognize that domestic violence is a crime. Research also suggests that 90 per cent of Nova Scotians feel domestic violence, sexual violence and violence against women are serious problems in the province. “The taboo of talking about domestic violence and naming it needs to be lifted so we can start the conversation early with our young girls and young men to engage them in seeking healthier relationships and for those women living with it, we need to let them know there is hope in escaping it,” says Dolly Mosher, chair of Silent Witness Nova Scotia. “The goal of Silent Witness Nova Scotia is to educate communities about domestic violence; we do this in memory of the 51 women who have been murdered by their intimate partner in the province since 1990.” Status of Women Minister Kelly Regan released an update on government’s collaborative actions underway to address domestic violence under the Domestic Violence Action Plan. Government will work with organizations such as transition houses, women’s centres, second-stage housing and family resource centres to ensure they have the support they need. “We must be vigilant in our efforts to address violence against women,” said Ms. Regan. “Government and community must work together when it comes to ending violence against women in all of its forms. It is our collective strength, capacity and commitment that will move us closer to ending violence against women.” Work continues on the steps identified in the Action Team’s progress report on Sexual Violence and Bullying. “Together with our partners we will develop a provincewide response for victims and survivors,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “We will take the lead to develop a sexual violence strategy for Nova Scotia.” “Dec. 6 allows us time to remember and honour Nova Scotia women who have lost their lives to violence,” said Bea LeBlanc, chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “It is an opportunity to re-dedicate our efforts to work together to end violence against women.” For more information on the Domestic Violence Action Plan, and the domestic violence polling results, please visit www.nsdomesticviolence.ca .last_img read more

first_img Wadih Fares, CEO, WM Fares Group Jill Grant, PhD, professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University Norma Boyd, director of operations, New Dawn Enterprises Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer, Nova Scotia Home Builders Association Don Spicer, executive director, Shelter Nova Scotia Floyd Benjamin, tenant representative Suzy Hansen, tenant representative Kevin Malloy, CEO, Housing Nova Scotia, committee chair “Creating the advisory committee really demonstrates government’s commitment to allow a new, more participatory and collaborative relationship with tenants, partners and communities,” said Ms. Hansen. “I’m delighted they are giving citizens a voice on housing issues that are important to us.” “One of the key issues we face is a declining availability of affordable housing on the peninsula and in many other communities,” said Ms. Grant. “I am pleased to be part of this advisory committee and look forward to helping Housing Nova Scotia develop its plan to work with municipalities on policies to enable affordable housing, and with non-profit groups to maintain their housing.” The committee will help Housing Nova Scotia develop its strategic plan, fulfill its housing strategy commitments, develop criteria to create a permanent advisory board, advise the minister and senior Housing Nova Scotia staff on housing issues, identify emerging trends, act as a liaison between government and their sectors or tenants, and identify priorities. “I look forward to working with the advisory committee and our various partners and stakeholders,” said Mr. Malloy. “For Housing Nova Scotia to be successful, we must work with the community, partners and stakeholders. This board will ensure we have stakeholder input as we implement the housing strategy.” The mission of Housing Nova Scotia is to help Nova Scotians find a home that is right for them, at a price they can afford, in a healthy, vibrant community that offers the services, supports and opportunities they need. Since being renamed with a new mandate on Aug. 30, 2013, Housing Nova Scotia has: appointed a CEO started the Bloomfield development, a visionary residential community in the north end of Halifax announced a plan to invest $4-million to repair and upgrade social housing begun working on a multi-year strategy started working on a plan to better support co-op housing On the one-year anniversary of the release of Nova Scotia’s first housing strategy, government today, May 6, announced an interim advisory committee for Housing Nova Scotia. “This is a crucial step for Housing Nova Scotia as it becomes more strategic and effective to better help Nova Scotians find a home that is affordable,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, which is responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “As we transform our approach to housing in Nova Scotia, this advisory committee will guide us.” Committee members were selected to represent four non-government groups: Housing Nova Scotia clients; private development; non-profit housing; and academics and research. The committee members are: For more information on Housing Nova Scotia, visit www.housingns.ca .last_img read more

first_imgA Chester-based company that turns municipal waste into valuable products is receiving a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp to take its technology to market. Sustane Technologies Inc. is the provincial winner of the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, ending a five-month search to find the best start-ups in Nova Scotia. “Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition once again showcases that Nova Scotia is brimming with vibrant, enterprising entrepreneurs,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Leveraging this talent is the linchpin to growing our economy.” The I-3 competition began Sept. 3, and Innovacorp received 188 submissions from entrepreneurs. Sustane Technologies has the potential to eliminate the need for landfills. Its technology transforms waste into clean, value-added products such as biomass fuel pellets and biofuels. After completing its initial full-scale plant in Chester, the company will deliver its solution to municipalities around the world. The company’s founders are Peter Vinall, Javier De La Fuente and Robert Richardson. “This competition has challenged us to recalibrate and refine our business strategy,” said Mr. Vinall. “The cash, seed investment, and in-kind services we have won, is exactly what we need to take our company to the next level.” The Government of Canada provided a $100,000 contribution through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program to support this year’s competition. “I want to congratulate Sustane Technologies and all the zone and sector winners on their impressive achievement,” said Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board. “Through competitions like this, Innovacorp is helping creative and innovative Nova Scotians get the opportunity they need to realize their dreams. “The government is proud to support Canadian businesses at all stages, as they innovate, grow and generate new wealth for the economy. I look forward to seeing the progress these start-ups make into the future.” The competition finds and supports high potential early stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurship across the province. These businesses will fuel economic growth. “Innovacorp’s I-3 competition engages the province’s most promising up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” said Stephen Duff, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Ultimately, Sustane Technologies convinced our judges the value proposition of their start-up deserved top spot. “With its compelling product and solid business plan, we’re confident in this company’s future growth.” In total, $950,000 in cash, seed investment and in-kind business-building services was awarded to the winners. First place zone winners each received $100,000 in cash and services, and second place zone winners took home $40,000 in cash and services. In addition, the best overall submission in information technology, life sciences, clean technology, ocean technology, agricultural technology and waste diversion technology received a $25,000 award package. The zone winners were Sustane Technologies Inc., Lootbag, Antigonish, Airline Employee Travel Inc., Elmsdale, Site 2020 Inc., Halifax, and Orenda Software Solutions, Sydney. Sustane Technologies Inc. also won the top Waste Diversion Technology, Zora of Dartmouth won the Information Technology award, Treventis Diagnostics Ltd., Halifax, won Life Sciences, SATELLIGENT Telemetry Solutions Inc., Bedford, won Clean Technology, Turbulent Research Inc., Dartmouth, won Ocean Technology, and Allendale Technologies Inc., Lockeport, Shelburne Co., won Agricultural Technology. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. To learn more about the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, which takes place every two years, visit . www.innovacorp.calast_img read more

first_imgGail Gatchalian, chair of an independent board of inquiry in the matter of Warren Reed, Ben Marston, Paul Vienneau, Jeremy MacDonald and Kelly McKenna v. Province of Nova Scotia issued her decision late Thursday, Sept. 6. In her decision, she found the province, Department of Environment, discriminated against members of the public who use wheelchairs by not regulating and enforcing provisions of the Food and Safety Regulations relating to having accessible washrooms in restaurants with summer patios. Ms. Gatchalian ordered the province to interpret, administer and enforce the regulations as they appear. She also ordered that each complainant receive $1,000 in general damages. The full decision can be found at http://humanrights.novascotia.ca . -30-last_img

first_imgPorto: Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland. The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot. Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time. However, Ronaldo predictably took centre stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!” Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the centre of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped. A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIn front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick. The Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix. City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to eliminate the option of letting users add their precise location details like latitude and longitude as part of their tweets. “Most people don’t tag their precise location in tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your tweeting experience,” Twitter Support posted on Wednesday. However, the company said users would still be able to add precise location tags in tweets captured through the app’s camera. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “You’ll still be able to tag your in tweets through our updated camera. It’s helpful when sharing on-the-ground moments,” the company added. While the announcement gathered several newer reactions, comments and opinions, some users stuck to their demand asking the micro-blogging site to add the abilility to edit tweets on the platform. Questioning the platform on displaying the “Twitter for Android” or “Twitter for iOS” label benethe posts a user wrote: “Also why mention the device being used?” Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Twitter users can opt out of location-sharing features in its “privacy and safety” menu. Users who do not wish to share their precise location details should continue keeping the feature turned off for as long as it is still available in Twitter’s camera, TechCrunch reported. After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like independent location data platform Foursquare, the report added.last_img read more