zoom Hong Kong-based container ship owner and operator Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of its eighth 10,000 TEU SAVER design container ship from China’s Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding.The new boxship was named the Maersk Guayaquil, and it will immediately start a five-year, fixed-rate time charter with Maersk Line. Maersk may extend the charter with two consecutive one-year options.The ship is the first of a total of two 10,000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Maersk.This was Seaspan’s seventh vessel delivery in 2015, and it expands the company’s operating fleet to 84 vessels.“With the delivery of the Maersk Guayaquil and the commencement of the vessel’s fixed rate time charter, we have further positioned the Company to generate sustainable and visible cash flows for shareholders,” Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan, said.”We intend to continue pursuing attractive opportunities to grow our fleet and provide leading liner companies with large, state-of-the-art SAVER design containerships, as we build upon our contracted revenue stream of over USD 6 billion.”
zoom Becker Marine Systems and Dutch towage company KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017.The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports. Under the deal, the LNG Hybrid Barge will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships, traditionally key clients of KOTUG.KOTUG will move the LNG Hybrid Barge and will provide commercial, technical and operational management of the LNG Hybrid Barge.During winter season the LNG Hybrid Barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity.Becker Marine Systems (BMS) is the owner of the LNG Hybrid Barge and provides services to charter out the barge. The LNG Hybrid Barge concept is developed by LNG Hybrid, a division of Becker Marine systems.Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems said: “The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season. We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.”“As a leading towage company and with our strong focus on innovative technical and environmental solutions, we strive for reducing our environmental footprint and encouraging our suppliers, clients, business partners and stakeholders to reduce their environmental impact,” comments Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG.This new, innovative concept, has also drawn significant attention from key players in the LNG market, like Cruiseport Rotterdam, Dutch National LNG Platform and Shell.“We see the LNG Hybrid Barge as a unique solution for the maritime industry. We will follow these developments closely as we do believe that the delivery of electricity through LNG is possible for (cruise) ships, factories and cities, while not having to invest heavily in additional electricity infrastructure,” said Arjan Stavast, Shell’s Downstream LNG Business Development Manager for Europe.
zoom Petroleum and chemical tanker owner AET Tankers has held a double naming ceremony of two long-range (LR2) petroleum tankers built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Christened at HHI’s yard in Gunsan, Korea, Eagle Lyon and Eagle Le Havre will both qualify for the Green Passport notation, having been designed to optimise overall operational efficiency and minimise environmental impact.AET Tankers said that the 114,000 dwt vessels have been fitted with the most modern energy efficient engines, auxiliary equipment having advance power management systems, along with the latest hull, tank and ballast epoxy coatings.“Both vessels have been carefully designed to provide optimal operational and environmental efficiency,” Yee Yang Chien, Chairman, AET and President/Group CEO, MISC Berhad, said.The Singapore-flagged Eagle Lyon and the French-flagged Eagle Le Havre have been taken on long-term charter by French oil major Total.The LR2s unveiled in Gunsan are the latest addition to AET’s fleet, which now includes 12 VLCCs, six Suezmaxes, one Panamax, 46 Aframaxes, four DP tankers, 13 CPPs, five LR2 tankers, 13 chemical ships and an LPG tanker.Its current orderbook includes a further two Suezmaxes and four more Aframaxes.
zoom Chinese shipping major COSCO Shipping Holdings, the container arm of China Cosco Shipping Group, expects to book a profit of CNY 1.85 billion (USD 272 million) for the first half of this year, the company said in a stock exchange filling citing preliminary forecast.This is a major rebound when compared to the last year’s loss of CNY 7.2 billion for the corresponding period.The recovery builds upon the positive results reported for the first quarter of this year when the company posted a net profit of CNY 270 million (USD 39.1 million) against a net loss of CNY 4.46 billion year-on-year.The shipping firm’s revenues for the first three months surged by 48 percent to CNY 20.1 billion from CNY 13.5 billion seen a year earlier, while its operating profit reached CNY 425 million, bouncing back from an operating loss of CNY 4 billion.COSCO attributed the shift to the recovery of the container shipping market, market stabilization along with the company’s reorganization activities aimed at cost cutting.As informed, the average freight rates for box shipping business have risen, accompanied by cargo volume increase of 34.72% year-on-year, and earnings have continued to rise since the fourth quarter of last year.World Maritime News Staff
New York-based dry bulk shipping company Foremost Group has taken delivery of Ting May, a new Post-Panamax bulk carrier.The 85,004 dwt newbuilding was handed over to its owner by Japanese Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki Prefecture.As informed, this newest eco-friendly vessel will be immediately put in service for Bunge Limited, the ship’s charterer, which will deploy it to transport its dry-bulk cargoes to ports around the world.According to Foremost Group, the 228.5-meter-long bulker is financed by the First Commercial Bank of Taiwan.“This newest vessel is a great addition to our fleet of eco-friendly ships that transport major dry-bulk commodities around the world,” Angela Chao, Foremost Group Chair and Chief Executive Officer, commented upon taking delivery of the latest addition to the company’s fleet.Founded in 1964, Foremost Group charters its fleet to dry bulk companies which use the ships to move their commodities. Its fleet is comprised of environmentally friendly ships built to the company’s stringent specifications. The average age of the fleet is less than five years old.Apart from the recently delivered Ting May, Foremost has eleven bulkers on order at Oshima and China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao and Chengxi shipyards, data provided by VesselsValue shows.
Each year, Canada celebrates Women’s History Month in October andmarks Persons Day on Oct. 18, the day in 1929 when Canadian womenwere recognized as persons under the law. This year, Premier John Hamm and Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Ministerresponsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act,signed a proclamation at Province House on Wednesday, Oct. 15, tohonour both Women’s History Month in Canada and Persons Day. “We celebrate the long line of Nova Scotian women who have foughtfor full equality, at home, in the workplace and in public life,”said Premier John Hamm. The theme of Women’s History Month this year is: What do YouMean, Women Couldn’t Vote? In Nova Scotia, women’s politicalinvolvement began with the fight for voting rights through the1890s and up to 1918, when most Nova Scotian women won theirright to vote and stand for election in federal and provincialelections. “We applaud all the women who have run for office, win or lose,and continue to encourage more women to pursue political office,”said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women iscommitted to advancing equality, dignity and fairness for allwomen and continues to promote women’s political participation. -30-
Rocks, fossils, minerals, and precious and semi-precious stonesfrom around the world will be featured at the 39th annual NovaScotia Gem and Mineral Show in Parrsboro. Sponsored by the FundyGeological Museum, the show is the only event of its kind inEastern Canada. Formerly known as the Rockhound Round-Up, the Gem and MineralShow, will be held at the Lion’s Arena from Friday, Aug. 20 toSunday, Aug. 22. The show attracts participants from acrossCanada and the United States. Several dealers, including WorldWide Minerals and Rock of Ages, have been attending the show formore than 25 years. The displays and material for sale will include rocks, fossils,minerals, precious and semi-precious stones, jewelry made fromprecious and semi-precious stones, as well as items carved fromagate and marble, amethyst and other stones. Several dealers willalso have beads, beading supplies and jewelry for sale. “The mineral and fossil treasures found along the shores of theBay of Fundy have attracted many visitors to this region,” saidKen Adams, director of the Fundy Geological Museum. “More thanone visitor’s trip to this show has resulted in a lifelonginterest in these natural resources. This includes some of thegeologists who will be attending the show, as well as several ofthe dealers and exhibitors who continue to return each year.” Visitors can take part in workshops and demonstrations of rockcutting, polishing agate, faceting, silver and gold wire wrappingand jewelry making. While some dealers will be demonstrating attheir tables, a special area has also been set aside forworkshops. Information about the geology of Nova Scotia will be availablethrough exhibits, guided walks and presentations. The AtlanticGeoscience Society, the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association andseveral other geological museums will also take part in the show. Children will have an opportunity to learn more about theregion’s rocks, fossils and minerals. They can visit the activityand learning centre to make their own jewelry or a mineralspecimen card, and to find out how they may already be usingminerals and rocks each day. For more information on the show, visit the museum’s website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/mineralgem/show.html .
Nova Scotians of all ages must take steps to recognize and help prevent elder abuse in their communities, officials from the Seniors’ Secretariat said today, June 15, as the province marked its second annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “We must work with communities to build awareness of elder abuse,” said Valerie White, executive director of the Seniors’ Secretariat. “We want seniors to feel safe in their homes and communities.” The awareness day coincides with the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. At a ceremony held at Province House today, officials emphasized why it is important for Nova Scotians to understand the problem of elder abuse. “Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of older Nova Scotians through the prevention of abuse,” said Barb Baker, elder abuse consultant for the Seniors’ Secretariat. “Elder Abuse Awareness Day is another important step towards achieving our goal.” Elder Abuse Awareness Day information kits were distributed to community groups and interested individuals provincewide. “One of the most effective ways to prevent abuse is by educating the public on the topic and increasing awareness,” said Ms. White. “The kits are a way for us to support communities, help change attitudes and behaviours and help people come forward.” Nova Scotia marked its first Elder Abuse Awareness Day in November 2005 when it released the Nova Scotia Elder Abuse Strategy: Towards Awareness and Prevention. For more information about Elder Abuse Awareness Day or to obtain a copy of the strategy, contact the Seniors’ Secretariat information line at 1-800-670-0065 or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/scs .
NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be directed through the site on a temporary bridge regulated by traffic lights until the replacement is completed. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Broadway overpass, easterly to Exit 29 at Barney’s River Station for about 8.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31 for repaving. Motorists will follow a pilot vehicle through a two-kilometre work zone. Wide load detour signs to be posted. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through construction zone. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cribbons Point Road Cribbons Point Road, at the intersection of Route 337, east for about 1.7 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306 from Acres Road southeasterly to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro, 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use caution while travelling through marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Addington Forks, west for 6.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour will be closed to replace the bridge until Thursday, Aug. 23. Detour route is available at Long Beach Road and Baxters Harbour Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 in Cape Breton Regional Municipality from Exit 2 to Exit 4 will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Aug. 3. A detour route is available via Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY Ogilvie Bridge Ogilvie Bridge on Route 357 in Meaghers Grant will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Aug 1. A detour is available on Cole Road and Wyse Road. Signs will be in place. Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333 from Mills Road in Goodwood, south to Brookside Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road, south for six kilometres, until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax” 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Port Maitland Bridge Port Maitland Bridge on the Main Shore Road is closed for replacement until Friday, Aug. 3. Traffic control consists of detour signs and traffic control people. There is a detour on Main Shore Road and Quaco Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from the Victoria-Inverness county line, westerly about 3.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing and repaving until to Friday, Aug. 31. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16, easterly to MacPherson Lake Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brickton Bridge The Brickton Bridge on Mount Hanley Road will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for repairs and painting until Friday, Aug 17. Detour route at Trunk 1 to Lawrencetown Lane to Middle Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres to the south, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River overpass on Highway 102 southbound, south of Exit 4A, will have a left lane closure for bridge repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road, to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Old Margaree Road Overpass Highway 105 at Old Margaree Road Overpass in Baddeck will be closed for Bridge painting until Friday, July 27. Traffic control consists of traffic signals for detour. Northfield Road, from Silver Road to McKeen Road at Upper Northfield Osborne Road, from Lower Branch Road in New Germany to end of chip seal Zwicker Mill Road, from Route 208 to Trunk #10. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from Route 316 east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads Motorists are advised that a one-lane closure will take place at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, until Sunday, Sept 30. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 Route 302 at the intersection of Trunk 2, westerly to Trider Road, will have one-lane closures for road work until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road at the intersection of Route 242-Barronsfield Road in River Hebert, northerly for six kilometres, will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111, eastbound and westbound, from the Windmill Road overpass to Lake Micmac and Lake Banook will have lane closures at various locations until late July for construction. Two travel lanes will remain open for commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Halifax bound, and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dartmouth bound. At least one travel lane will remain open at all other times. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the work site, and be prepared for delays. Traffic is controlled by traffic control people, signs, cones and barrels. Work is expected to take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (some weekend work may take place). HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Kempt Shore, easterly to Sherman Lake Road, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Uniacke Mines Road west to Lakelands South Rawdon Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat north for 4.5 kilometres toward D’Escousse to allow for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 to the Lunenburg County line will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: Work is expected to continue until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, about 2.6 kilometres north of the Antigonish-Guysborough County line, for about 8.3 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Arisaig Wharf Road Arisaig Wharf Road, from Route 245 to the end of the road, almost one kilometre, will be closed for repaving on Friday, July 27. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office; 902-863-0364 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Archibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a temporary one-lane bridge controlled with traffic lights starting early to mid July. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Paving Projects Paving has started on three sections of road in Lunenburg. Sections being paved are: Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2827 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, easterly to the CNR overpass, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 from the West Dover ballpark for eight kilometres to Blind Bay at the intersection of MacDonald’s Road, will be reduced to one lane from Monday, July 30, to Sunday, Sept. 30 to allow for repaving. Work will take place between sunrise and sunset. Traffic will be controlled with signs and traffic control people. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Cheese Factory Corner (Route 202) to Beaverbank Road (Route 354) will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. PICTOU COUNTY: Westville Road and Trunk 4 Beginning Monday, July 30, traffic on the Westville Road (Route 289) will be reduced to one lane from Exit 23 of Highway 104 for 2.5 kilometres southwest to the Westville town line. Traffic will also be reduced to one lane on Trunk 4 (Truro Road) from the intersection of the Westville Road (Route 289) for 2.5 kilometres to the west. The reductions will allow for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion on Sunday, Sept. 30. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road northerly to Church Street will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 DIGBY-YARMOUTH COUNTIES: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Darling Lake, Yarmouth Co. to Salmon River, Digby Co., will be reduced to one lane for a paving project until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to take an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 south and northbound lanes will have intermittent one-lane closures between Exit 11 (Stewiacke) and Exit 13A (Power Centre) for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 -30-
Two more youth ambassadors have signed up to lend their talents and voices to the Democracy 250 initiative. Nikki Balch, Z103.5 morning host, and Sarah Conrad, Nova Scotia’s 2006 female athlete of the year, are taking the message about the importance of voting to young Canadians. “I signed up the moment I heard what Democracy 250 was trying to achieve,” said Ms. Balch. “When I found out that 75 per cent of young Canadians under 25 didn’t vote in the last federal election, I knew I wanted to do my part to turn things around.” Ms. Conrad has packed up her snowboard and taken the Democracy 250 message along for the ride to Whistler B.C., where she is competing in the one of the world’s largest snow boarding festivals. “This is a fantastic opportunity to reach tens of thousands of young people from all over the world,” said Ms. Conrad. “I’m amazed by the wonderful response Democracy 250 is receiving and really proud to be a Nova Scotian.” Ms. Balch and Ms.Conrad are the latest talented, young Nova Scotians to join in and make their mark. Other Democracy 250 youth ambassadors are: Jordan Croucher Dwight d’Eon Chad Denny Stephanie Hardy Brad Marchand Travis Price and DJ Shepherd (Pink Shirt Boys) “Democracy 250’s youth ambassadors are enthusiastic supporters who are helping spread the word about the value of democracy, the importance of voting, and how lucky we are to live in a free country,” said Democracy 250 co-chair Russell MacLellan. “Having youth talk to youth about the need for engaged, active citizens who participate in their communities and vote is a great way to celebrate democracy.” For more information on Democracy 250, visit www.Democracy250.ca .
The Department of Education and Annapolis Valley Regional School Board have decided not to move students into the new Kings County Academy until after the removal of a nearby propane tank. An assessment, conducted Dec. 16, determined the propane tank complies with Canadian Safety Association Propane Tank Storage and Handling Code and there are no unusual hazards associated with its location. However, an additional assessment received Feb. 18, about effects of a potential explosion, revealed cause for concern. “Safety is always our highest priority,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “After reviewing the assessment, the department and the board agree to err on the side of caution and wait until the propane tank is removed before occupying the school.” The school will not be ready for potential occupancy until mid- to late-April. The school board voted on March 2, to move into the school for the beginning of September, if the propane tank has been removed. “Our goal is to have students and staff enter the school knowing they are safe and secure,” said school board chair Lavinia Parrish Zwicker. “Moving into the school over the summer is an attractive option because it will limit disruption at the end of the school year.” The Town of Kentville is working with the owner of the propane facility to relocate its operations to the industrial park and acquire the land for recreational purposes. The town has already acquired two adjacent properties and is optimistic that the propane tank facility will be relocated in time for the board to occupy the school in September. “The propane facility has operated safely at this location for many years,” said Mayor David Corkum. “However, we look forward to soon having them operate from a better site in the industrial park.”
Les candidatures sont maintenant acceptées aux Prix pour le changement positif de la Nouvelle-Écosse, en reconnaissance des jeunes Néo-Écossais qui font une différence positive dans leurs écoles et leurs communautés. Pour être admissibles, les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année doivent faire preuve de leadership en organisant une activité scolaire ou communautaire ou en adoptant une attitude et un comportement positifs. « Dans de nombreux cas, les efforts des candidats ont eu des effets positifs bien au-delà de leurs écoles, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Ces jeunes donnent l’exemple à leurs pairs et nous enseignent que le changement positif est possible. » « Si vous connaissez un élève qui correspond à cette description, présentez sa candidature pour qu’il soit admissible à une bourse bien méritée. » La date limite pour la soumission des candidatures est le vendredi 22 avril. Jusqu’à 10 prix seront décernés lors d’une cérémonie en juin. Les lauréats recevront une bourse de 2 000 $ pour les études postsecondaires, la formation en apprentissage ou autre possibilité de formation. L’année dernière, des élèves de la 4e à la 12e année ont reçu des prix pour leurs accomplissements, qui incluaient notamment : l’organisation d’une conférence scolaire sur les changements climatiques, l’établissement d’un endroit sûr à l’école où les jeunes peuvent discuter d’enjeux liés à l’orientation sexuelle, la traversée du pays à vélo pour recueillir des fonds et sensibiliser les gens au mouvement Amnistie Internationale, et la collecte de fonds pour les survivants du séisme en Haïti. Les critères et les formulaires de mise en candidature aux Prix pour le changement positif sont disponibles en ligne à l’adresse www.powerofpositivechange.ca. Les récipiendaires des prix sont choisis par un comité formé de représentants du Bureau du premier ministre, du ministère de l’Éducation, du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge The Seal Island Bridge is experiencing strong wind gusts. Drivers of high-sided vehicles and motorcycles are advised to stay off the bridge until winds subside. Other traffic is urged to use caution. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-
The province is reassigning senior-level positions to reflect changes to government departments and to best serve Nova Scotians, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, May 31. “These new appointments will ensure government’s senior management team is able to most effectively meet the needs of Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotia is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team of deputy ministers to oversee government programs and services across the province.” Rosalind Penfound will become the deputy minister of Agriculture as well as Fisheries and Aquaculture. Ms. Penfound has served previously as deputy minister of Agriculture, as well as the Public Service Commissioner, experience that will help lead the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture through their moves outside HRM. Frank Dunn, currently associate deputy minister of Education, will act as deputy minister of Education while the province embarks on a national search for a permanent deputy minister. Paul Lafleche will become deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Margaret MacDonald will move to become deputy minister of Treasury Board, also overseeing the Chief Information Office, and Liz Cody will become the deputy minister of Finance. Doug Stewart will become associate deputy minister of Treasury Board. Mr. Stewart most recently was appointed to work with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board through its budget process. In his new role, he will focus on the longer-term sustainability of the province’s finances, beyond the four-year fiscal plan. These changes will come into effect Monday, June 11.
A new anti-bullying co-ordinator is in place to lead efforts to help keep young people safe in their schools, communities and cyberspace. Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced the hiring of Kathleen Richard as the province’s first anti-bullying co-ordinator today, Sept. 28. “Students tell me how bullying behaviours can make them feel vulnerable and alone, this is simply unacceptable,” said Ms. Jennex. “The province, with Kathleen’s leadership, will stand beside parents, students and teachers as we make our schools a safer place to come and do what students are supposed to do, learn.” Ms. Richard brings expertise in human relations and supporting people facing bullying. She has more than 20 years of education experience. “Bullying has grown from students teasing each other on the playground to targeting someone with a unrelenting stream of intimidating messages and actions,” said Ms. Richard. “However, there are solutions that I have seen work that will help bring respect for individuals and safer schools back to our students. I look forward to join the work already underway and provide the support necessary to help improve the current situation.” “Bullying is a societial problem that extends beyond the school grounds and we all must do our part,” said Ms. Jennex. “Kathleen will help bring everyone together so young people know they are never alone. Together, we will fight against bullying and cyberbullying with them.” Ms. Richard will begin the job Monday, Oct. 1. Kids and Learning First, the province’s plan to help every child succeed, commits to fight against cyberbullying with families, communities and students. The efforts include legislative changes that ensure people’s responsibilities to report any cyberbullying activity are clear. As well, students are helping to develop a public awareness campaign to begin later this fall.
Nova Scotia is joining the other Atlantic provinces to bring attention to the difficulties girls around the world can face and help improve online safety for those in Atlantic Canada. The four ministers responsible for the status of women made a joint announcement in St. John’s, N.L. to mark the first International Day of the Girl. “This province’s girls and young women are the leaders of tomorrow and today; we celebrate their strengths, contributions and achievements,” said Marilyn More, Nova Scotia’s Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “We also want to raise awareness about the issues girls face such as higher rates of depressions and sexual harassment, and connect them to services and opportunities that exist in Nova Scotia.” The United Nations recently declared Oct. 11 the International Day of the Girl to help raise awareness about the issues girls face and highlight opportunities in areas such as leadership, law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse. The Atlantic ministers responsible for the Status of Women marked the day in St. John’s, N.L., by launching the Keeping Girls Cybersafe website. It is part of the Atlantic Five-Year Work Plan to improve online safety for girls and young women and provides tips to girls and their parents, and facts about cyberviolence. There is a growing recognition around the world that support for girls and their basic human rights are key for healthy communities. The day will help girls and young women become powerful voices of change in their families, communities and nations. Saint Mary’s University student Naomi Aloysius was one of six Nova Scotia delegates that attended the Atlantic Summer Institute in P.E.I. this summer. She wrote an essay on young women and leadership that will be featured on the Status of Women website. “The International Day of the Girl is a way for us all to recognize women-specific issues, while striving for equal opportunity,” said Ms. Aloysius. “This day is for us to celebrate inspirational women across the world, as banding together to change our society for the betterment of women everywhere.” For more information on the International Day of the Girl, visit www.women.gov.ns.ca/ .
Residents in, and around, Shelburne and surrounding counties will have an opportunity to have their voices heard at a meeting of the law amendment committee on the proposed legislation for electoral boundaries. The law amendments committee will meet at Sandy Point Lighthouse Centre, beginning Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and continuing Friday at 9 a.m. The committee will hear presentations on Bill 94, The House of Assembly Act, which will implement the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Commission. People who wish to present to the committee are strongly urged to register in advance to ensure they have an opportunity to speak. People can register by calling the Nova Scotia Legislative Counsel at 902-424-8941. Written submissions can be sent to the Office of the Legislative Counsel at P.O. Box 1116, Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1, by e-mail to email@example.com, or by fax to 902-424-0547. People will also be able to make presentations to the committee during the regular meetings of the law amendments committee being held at the House of Assembly. The House of Assembly Act requires an independent review of electoral boundaries every 10 years. The full Electoral Boundaries Commission report is online at nselectoralboundaries.ca/. This is the third independent review of Nova Scotia’s electoral boundaries since 1992. Sandy Point Lighthouse Centre is located 10 kilometres outside of Shelburne at 1586 Sandy Point Rd.
Le coût de 130 millions de dollars du nettoyage de Boat Harbour représente plus de 60 % de la somme de 212 millions de dollars prévue pour les coûts futurs de nettoyage des sites contaminés dans les états financiers de 2017 du gouvernement. Cette somme représente plus de 10 fois l’estimation de 12 millions de dollars calculée en 2013. Les coûts de réhabilitation des sites contaminés peuvent être considérables et peuvent prendre des années à finaliser, et des hypothèses sont souvent utilisées pour estimer le total des coûts. La planification financière peut être difficile dans de telles situations où il y a un niveau élevé d’incertitude. « Les Néo-Écossais doivent réclamer que leurs représentants, y compris le comité des comptes publics, demandent au gouvernement s’il prend les mesures promises pour aborder les risques connus pour l’environnement », affirme M. Pickup. Le premier chapitre, qui concerne la reddition de compte sur les sites contaminés, présente les conclusions suivantes : « Le ministère ne s’acquitte pas de sa responsabilité environnementale à cet égard car, dans de trop nombreux cas, les modalités liées aux approbations de projet ne sont pas surveillées ou évaluées pour déterminer si elles sont efficaces, souligne M. Pickup. Les Néo-Écossais tiennent à un environnement sain et s’attendent à ce que des évaluations soient effectuées pour assurer sa protection. » Le troisième chapitre, qui examine la gestion des changements climatiques, présente les conclusions suivantes : De 2013 à 2016, le ministère a approuvé presque tous les projets présentés pour une évaluation environnementale, soit 53 projets sur un total de 54. Dans le cas des 22 projets examinés par le bureau du vérificateur général, les approbations respectaient les exigences législatives et incluaient 675 modalités que les auteurs des projets devaient respecter. Dans le cas de près de la moitié des 53 modalités évaluées par le vérificateur général, soit 23 sur 53, le ministère n’a pas vérifié si les modalités avaient été respectées. Cette situation augmente le risque que l’environnement ne soit pas protégé de la façon prévue. Le ministère n’a pas déterminé si, en général, les modalités qu’il établit permettent vraiment de réduire les risques pour l’environnement. Il manquait des détails importants dans certaines modalités liées aux approbations, par exemple les échéances et les exigences de rapport. Michael Pickup, vérificateur général, a publié aujourd’hui 1er novembre son rapport de vérification opérationnelle du domaine de l’environnement. Le rapport compte quatre chapitres. Le quatrième chapitre du rapport, qui examine le processus d’évaluation environnementale du ministère de l’Environnement de la Nouvelle-Écosse, présente les conclusions suivantes : Au cours des 10 dernières années, le vérificateur général a effectué trois évaluations relatives à l’environnement. À la dernière vérification, 20 des 43 recommandations n’avaient pas été mises en œuvre, ce qui inclut 11 recommandations découlant de la vérification de 2010 des sites contaminés, qui n’avaient toujours pas été mises en œuvre plus de trois ans après avoir été acceptées par le ministère. Le rapport contient 10 nouvelles recommandations, qui ont toutes été acceptées par le gouvernement. Le rapport intégral, un résumé de deux pages et une vidéo de deux minutes pour chacun des quatre chapitres se trouvent au www.oag-ns.ca. (en anglais seulement). En 2015, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de la province étaient inférieures de 18 % au niveau de 1990, ce qui dépasse la cible minimale de réduction de 10 % visée en 2020. La plupart des mesures incluses dans le plan d’action du gouvernement de 2009 ont été mises en œuvre en 2015, mais les plans n’ont pas été mis à jour depuis, et le gouvernement doit indiquer aux Néo-Écossais ce qu’il compte faire maintenant. En 2005, le ministère de l’Environnement a effectué une évaluation des risques liés aux changements climatiques, mais les risques n’ont pas été évalués depuis. Les risques peuvent avoir changé dans la décennie qui s’est écoulée depuis cette évaluation. « Le plan initial du gouvernement est essentiellement terminé, mais il n’existe aucun plan mis à jour pour la réduction des changements climatiques et l’adaptation à ces changements, affirme M. Pickup. Il est prévu que les changements climatiques continueront d’avoir un impact sur la Nouvelle-Écosse, et le gouvernement doit évaluer les risques et faire des plans pour prendre des mesures concernant ces changements. » Le deuxième chapitre, concernant les vérifications précédentes relatives à l’environnement, présente les conclusions suivantes :
Un essai du système d’alerte publique d’urgence aura lieu le mercredi 28 novembre à 13 h 55. Il s’agit du deuxième essai cette année du système En Alerte, qui inclut les appareils mobiles. Le système En Alerte permet aux représentants de la gestion des urgences d’envoyer des alertes publiques en situation d’urgence. Les participants à ce système national incluent les diffuseurs privés et publics, les fournisseurs de service sans fil mobile et les organismes du gouvernement. « Lorsqu’une situation d’urgence se produit, chaque seconde compte. En Alerte est l’un des nombreux outils que nous pouvons utiliser pour aviser les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse en cas d’urgence, souligne Chuck Porter, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nous encourageons tous les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à consulter le site En Alerte ou à communiquer avec leur fournisseur de service sans fil pour vérifier si leur appareil mobile peut recevoir ces alertes. » Le Bureau de gestion des urgences fait régulièrement l’essai des différentes composantes du système d’alerte publique, avant une urgence réelle. Ces essais sensibilisent les gens au système En Alerte, et à son fonctionnement avec la télévision, la radio et les appareils mobiles. Ce ne sont pas tous les appareils mobiles qui ont reçu le message d’essai en mai dernier, pour différentes raisons, notamment la compatibilité de l’appareil, les réglages et la connexion à un réseau. Toutes les personnes qui ne reçoivent pas le message d’essai le 28 novembre devraient communiquer avec leur fournisseur de services. L’essai débute par un bruit d’alerte fort à la télévision, à la radio et sur les appareils mobiles compatibles. Le bruit est suivi d’un message oral à la télévision et à la radio, et d’un message texte à la télévision et sur les appareils mobiles. Si un appareil mobile est réglé en mode silencieux, aucun son ne sera émis, mais un message sera affiché et le téléphone pourrait vibrer. Si le téléphone est éteint, il ne recevra pas l’alerte d’urgence. En plus du système d’alerte, le Bureau de gestion des urgences utilise Twitter et Facebook pour aviser le public. Des renseignements sur la compatibilité des appareils mobiles se trouvent au www.enalerte.ca.