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Kea Trader Clean Up Efforts Continue No Pollution at Site

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first_imgzoom After the grounded containership Kea Trader broke in two, relevant authorities have amended the pollution control plan to address each section separately.Necessary measures to prevent further pollution from the vessel were undertaken and evaluation works were conducted.The new pollution control plan has seen the salvage teams fully recover the unpumpable ballast water from the cargo hold number two at the front part of the vessel. Skimming operations are being conducted on the starboard sides, while the debris cleaning in the cargo hold number three is expected to be finished by the end of the week, according to New Caledonia’s government.Salvage teams are also pumping out oily waters from the machine room in the rear part of the ship.Although the wreck is still being affected by the sea, overflights have found no traces of pollution.The 2017-built Kea Trader, which ran aground on the Durand Reef in July 2017, developed a crack and split four months later on November 12 due to heavy seas.The boxship’s owner Lomar Shipping earlier said that the constant, heavy movement of the sea, even in good weather, affected Kea Trader causing further damage, weakening the ship’s hull, and frustrating the salvage operations on site.In late November a marine pollution alert was issued after globules of oil washed ashore along some of the beaches of Lifou Island, New Caledonia, including Lifou, Ouvea and both Yate and Houailou.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Wan Hai Hires Another PostPanamax from Diana

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first_imgzoom Greece-based containership owner Diana Containerships has entered into a time charter contract with Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) for one of its Post-Panamax boxships, the M/V Rotterdam.The charter is expected to commence on January 26, 2018, and the gross charter rate is USD 13,150 per day for a period of minimum 120 to maximum 170 days.The 6,494 TEU Rotterdam is currently chartered to French container shipping company CMA CGM at a gross charter rate of USD 6,890 per day.The new employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.58 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, the company said.Built at Japanese Koyo Dock in 2008, the ship currently has a market value of USD 19.49 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Earlier this month, Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) hired another Diana Containerships’ Post-Panamax, Hamburg, at a gross charter rate of USD 11,000 per day.Diana Containerships’s fleet currently comprises eleven container vessels including six Post-Panamaxes and five Panamaxes.last_img read more

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Norden Strengthens Fleet with MR Pair

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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping company Norden has purchased two South Korean-built MR product tankers as a way of getting ready for the anticipated market improvement moving forward.The 2009-built vessels, named Nord Magic and Nord Minute, have a deadweight capacity of 50,000 tonnes each. The purchase brings Norden’s tanker fleet to up to 58 vessels including chartered vessels.Out of these 24 tankers are owned by Norden, while the rest are chartered vessels. The vessels are operated through Norient Product Pool (NPP).“While product tanker market conditions have suffered from oversupply and weak demand this year, we expect an improvement towards 2020. Recently, the crude tanker market has recovered strongly, oil price has declined to a 12-month low and oil inventories have been drawn significantly,” CEO Jan Rindbo said in comment.“This points to a recovery in demand for product tankers and improving market conditions. We therefore believe this purchase is a good opportunity to take advantage of the relatively low prices on tonnage now, to increase the capacity.” The two vessels are expected to join Norden’s owned fleet in December 2018. The company’s fleet includes also 12 Handysize vessels and two LR1 tankers on charter.last_img read more

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DP World Australia Calls for End to Industrial Action

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: DP World London Gateway DP World Australia (DPWA) has called for an end to industrial action across its terminals that escalated after the expiry of a three month cease-fire deal between the terminal operator and the union.The company said that it is “disappointed” that the Australian Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) escalated their industrial action across a number of terminals, particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts.“The industrial action will cause significant disruption to DPWA customers and importantly the broader supply chain of shippers, exporters and importers. DPWA employees will also be unnecessarily and avoidably impacted by these lost earnings,” Andrew Adam, Chief Operating Officer at DPWA, said.During the recent 12-week bargaining period, the union did not make any material concessions to their initial 50 claims, DPWA said, adding that the claims included a wage increase well above CPI, without any willingness to support the needs of DPWA. The company further said that the union continued to demonstrate an alarming refusal to acknowledge the commercial reality of the intense competition from automated competitors.“The company has put forward its position and the union must now make appropriate concessions to their extensive list of claims,” Adam said.last_img read more

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MLAs Proud to Remember

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first_imgCrimson-coloured poppies were placed on the lapels of Members ofthe Legislative Assembly today, Oct. 23, by members of the RoyalCanadian Legion, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. The presentation was an introduction to the legion’s annualRemembrance Day poppy campaign which officially begins on Friday,Oct. 31. Like thousands of other Nova Scotians, MLAs will wear theRemembrance Day poppies until Nov. 11 in memory and honour ofCanadian service personnel. “We are proud to wear these symbols in remembrance of those whomade the ultimate sacrifice and in honour of those who haveserved our country,” said Speaker of the House Murray Scott. “Itis such a small thing to do but it has such large ramifications.It shows that Nova Scotians will not forget the contributionsmade by these men and women.” For more than 80 years, the poppy has been the symbol ofremembrance in Canada. Funds raised by legion members through thedistribution of poppies in shopping malls and other public placesare used to provide assistance to veterans, ex-service membersand their families and to support community-based programs. There are 119 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion in NovaScotia. Members of the legion include veterans, serving and ex-service personnel and their immediate families, members of theRCMP, police forces and other concerned citizens. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Canadians across the country will stop andpay tribute to those who served Canada in wars and militaryoperations.last_img read more

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African Nova Scotian Business Development Supported

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first_imgThe province is continuing to support the growth of African-Nova Scotian businesses with another year of funding to the Black Business Initiative (BBI). The Office of Economic Development is putting $500,000 to work in the BBI in 2005-06. The province has invested $4.85 million in BBI since its inception in 1996. “For the last decade, the Black Business Initiative has showcased the success of African Nova Scotian businesses,” Wayn Hamilton, interim executive director of African Nova Scotian Affairs, said today, June 17, on behalf of Ernest Fage, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is proud to be a supporter.” Research shows that the number of businesses owned by Black entrepreneurs grew by 40 per cent between 1996 and 2001, the period during which the BBI was getting established. Figures also show that BBI investments have led to nearly 500 full- and part-time jobs throughout urban and rural Nova Scotia. The organization is also forging links with the broader business community throughout the province. To date, they have established working partnerships with the Greater Halifax Partnership and Blue Water Community Business Development Corporation in rural Halifax Regional Municipality. This year, the BBI raised another $100,000 under its Community Economic Development Investment Fund, bringing the fund total to $240,000. The first investment under the fund has gone to a Halifax-area recycling firm, the Bin Doctor. “We appreciate the continuing investment of our funding partners and believe these commitments recognize the positive contribution the BBI is making to business-development and job-creation among African Nova Scotians,” said Rustum Southwell, executive director of the BBI. The federal government, through ACOA, also continues to be a major funding partner of the BBI.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Receive 830 Million in Offshore Royalties from Ottawa

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first_imgNova Scotians were recognized as the principal beneficiaries of their offshore resources in a very real way today, June 30, with the delivery of $830 million in offshore revenues from the government of Canada. Premier John Hamm received a ceremonial cheque from Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at Province House in Halifax. The actual financial transaction occurs electronically between the federal and provincial departments of finance. “We will apply this money directly to our provincial debt and use the interest savings for things that matter most — health care, education and investments in our continued growth and prosperity,” said Premier Hamm. “Nova Scotians were very patient through this four-and-a-half year process and I am very grateful for their support. I am pleased to report to them that our Campaign for Fairness has been successfully concluded.” The Department of Finance will start a schedule of debt repayments on Monday, July 4, with the retirement of a $150 million bond. Mr. Regan welcomed the completion of a deal which ensures Nova Scotia is the principal beneficiary of its offshore resource revenues. The transfer of funds follows the passing of the federal budget, which received Royal Assent Wednesday, June 29. “The offshore accord which received Royal Assent on Wednesday and the $830 million down payment made today will make a positive difference in the lives of all Nova Scotians and will help our province address its unique financial challenges,” Mr. Regan said. “Prime Minister Paul Martin made a commitment to Nova Scotians last year and the Government of Canada is fulfilling that commitment here today.” Nova Scotia had budgeted to receive the funds in the fall. Additional debt-cost savings will be factored into the province’s bottom line and recognized in the September fiscal update.last_img read more

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October Events at Highland Village Museum

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first_imgThis month Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach, will host a variety of fall activities and special events for the whole family. A special exhibit titled Mats of Cape Breton: The craft of rug hooking from 1890-1988 is being featured until Oct. 15. The exhibit shows the evolution in Cape Breton hooked rugs, from mat hooking for a warm floor covering, to producing works of art or engaging in commercial enterprise. On Friday, Oct. 6, the museum kicks off Celtic Colours Week with a celebration of the life and music of the late Joe MacLean of Washabuck. A well-known fiddler, Mr. MacLean acquired one of the most significant collections of fiddle music manuscripts in the world. The event — which will be broadcast live on CBC Cape Breton’s Mainstreet — celebrates the collection’s new home at Highland Village Museum. Làithean Sona/ Happy Days Children’s program lets children experience what life was like for the Gaels through hands-on activities such as chores, crafts, games, language, and song. The program take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual Celtic Colours Gaelic Film Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 7, with Am Pòsadh Hiortach (St. Kilda’s Wedding), a historical overview of settlement in St. Kilda, from prehistoric times to its evacuation in the 1930s. Other films in the series include: on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Na H-Eilthirich (The Emigrants) which explores the pathways and settlements of Highland emigrants around the world and; on Friday, Oct. 13, Eilean Cheap Breatainn: A Gaelic Special, a look at Gaelic Cape Breton and the traditions which distinguish it as Highland in orientation. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, visitors are invited to join weaver Vicki Quimby for Cairtean, Cuibhle ‘Beairt: A Pioneer Textile Tour. Moving from building to building, Ms. Quimby will examine the textiles in each of the houses and the tools used to make them, describing their importance to a particular time period. Two of Gaelic Scotland’s best-known singers, Cathy Ann MacPhee and Màiri MacInnes, will perform in a Gaelic song workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12. Participants can enjoy an afternoon of Hebridean Gaelic culture and singing in the heart of Cape Breton’s historic Barra community. This year’s Celtic Colours concert, Thurdsday, Oct. 12, is entitled Glen Bharraidh/Barra Glen, and features music from the Isle of Barra and the Barra settlers in the Iona area, namely the small community Barra Glen. Performers include Cathy Ann MacPhee from Barra and Màiri MacInnes from South Uist and the Iona Gaelic Singers. From Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28, the Highland Village Museum will host its popular Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks program. Visitors can celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of Highland Village by lamp light, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in the Tuning Room. Regular activities such as weaving, spinning, wood dying, blacksmithing, basket making, céilidhs and milling frolics continue until Sunday, Oct. 15. The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. Fore more information on these events call 902-725-2272, or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Annual Remembrance Focuses on Sexual Violence Against Women

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first_imgAwareness of sexual violence against women will be the focus for four speakers at Province House, in Halifax on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women has become a day to remember all women who live with, or have died because of, violence. It was established to honour the 14 young women who died at École Polytechnique in Montreal. This year, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women invited speakers from Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, Coverdale, and the Millbrook Family Treatment Centre to discuss their work in this area. “Government and community organizations work together to eliminate violence against women, including sexual violence,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Every Nova Scotian has a role to play, and together we can eliminate violence against women.” “Protecting women and girls from sexual assault is vital,” said Sonja Power, chair of the Advisory Council. “It can destroy women’s trust in others, their confidence in themselves, and their relationships. The more we know about it, the safer women are.” In 2004, 886 sexual offences were reported to police in Nova Scotia. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, only eight per cent of sexual assaults in Canada are reported to police. Nova Scotia’s rate of sexual assault in 2004 was 40 assaults for every 1,000 people age 15 and older. That was up significantly from 1999. Most victims of sexual offences are young women and girls. The provincial government supports several efforts to prevent and protect women from sexual assault and other forms of violence. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women monitors trends in sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Staff continue to work with Silent Witness Nova Scotia and other community organizations concerned with violence against women. The advisory council is funding and partnering in a study by Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and other organizations on how sexual assault victims are helped in communities without specialized services. The Department of Health funds Avalon’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner services and, in July, announced funding for pilot projects for these services in Antigonish and Guysborough counties. The Department of Justice works with other departments and community agencies to provide a legal and policy framework and police and prosecutor training. The Department of Community Services provides funding for transition houses, women’s centres and men’s intervention programs to shelter women in abusive relationships, provide support to rebuild women’s lives and to help men who abuse their intimate partners.last_img read more

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Scholarships and Celebration Focus of International Womens Day

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first_imgWomen across Nova Scotia are celebrating International Women’s Day, today, March 8. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Nova Scotia Community College held two events, one in Halifax and one in Bridgewater to honour the accomplishments of women in trades and technology. The organizations are involved in two projects, Techsploration and Women Unlimited, that encourage women’s participation in science, trades and technology occupations. “Today, we’re telling women to consider jobs in science, trades and technology. They’re good jobs that provide a secure income,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “Women working in these fields are changing the face of their workplaces, increasing the diversity, and leading the way for future generations.” “NSCC provides a supportive training environment for women enrolled in our trades and technology programs,” said Joan McArthur-Blair, NSCC president. “From here, we need to ensure we are sending our female graduates to job sites that do not marginalize them because of gender, but recognize these women for what they bring to the workforce–a great deal of talent and skill.” Two scholarships were announced in Halifax. Carolyn Hatcher and Cheryl Decourcey announced $1,000 in funding on behalf of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth for a woman studying in trades and technology at the community college. As well, an anonymous donor is providing a one-year scholarship for a woman in one of these programs. In Bridgewater, Michelin renewed its scholarship for a woman who has taken part in the Young Women’s Conference at Lunenburg campus and who is entering as a full-time student in a trade or technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Events focusing on women in trades and technology took place at several campuses of Nova Scotia community college. As well, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Women’s Place women’s resource centre in Bridgetown celebrated women’s art and music in venues around the community.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Kings County

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first_img Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Berwick Bridge Berwick Bridge, Route 360, north of Berwick, will be reduced to one lane for repairs from Thursday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 15. Traffic control consists of a flashing light. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30-last_img

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Le premier ministre annonce des changements au sein du Conseil exécutif

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first_imgCertains membres du cabinet de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont de nouvelles responsabilités, et un député quitte les dernières banquettes pour se joindre au Conseil exécutif. Le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald a annoncé les changements au cabinet aujourd’hui 7 janvier. Le Conseil exécutif a été assermenté à 14 h à l’Assemblée législative provinciale. « Les derniers changements majeurs aux responsabilités des membres du cabinet ont eu lieu il y a plus de deux ans, » a dit le premier ministre MacDonald. « J’ai une équipe chevronnée aux antécédents très vastes. Ces changements apporteront de nouvelles idées à certains ministères, mais ils permettront aussi de maintenir un niveau de stabilité à l’échelle du gouvernement. « Je crois que nous avons les bonnes personnes en place pour nous guider pendant une période plutôt difficile alors que nous entamons le processus budgétaire. » Le Conseil exécutif compte un nouveau membre, soit le député de Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn. Le député Jamie Muir, qui prendra sa retraite, n’est plus membre du cabinet. « J’aimerais remercier M. Muir encore une fois pour toutes ses contributions à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et j’espère bientôt travailler avec lui comme membre du caucus progressiste-conservateur, » a dit le premier ministre MacDonald. « J’aimerais aussi souhaiter bienvenue à M. Dunn, et j’ai hâte d’écouter ses idées au sujet de son nouveau rôle. » Voici la liste des ministres du cabinet et de leurs responsabilités : — Le premier ministre MacDonald est également président du Conseil exécutif et ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales. — Le vice-premier ministre Angus MacIsaac assume le nouveau rôle de président du Conseil du trésor et de la politique. Il demeure ministre des Affaires gaéliques et ministre responsable de la porte d’entrée de l’Atlantique. — Michael Baker demeure ministre des Finances et ministre des Affaires autochtones. — David Morse assume le nouveau rôle de ministre de l’Environnement. Il est également ministre responsable de la gestion des urgences et ministre responsable des relations militaires. M. Morse a un lien militaire direct, puisque l’un de ses fils est un agent de police militaire, et deux autres, dont l’un qui a servi volontairement en Afghanistan, sont membres de la réserve militaire (West Novies). — Cecil Clarke demeure ministre de la Justice et procureur général. M. Clark est également le leader parlementaire du gouvernement et ministre responsable de la loi sur les droits de la personne. — Barry Barnet est le nouveau ministre de l’Énergie. Il est également le nouveau ministre responsable de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse. De plus, M. Barnet demeure ministre des Affaires afro-néo-écossaises. — Richard Hurlburt passe du rôle de ministre de l’Énergie à celui de ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. — Chris d’Entremont est le nouveau ministre des Services communautaires. Il assume ce nouveau rôle après avoir passé presque trois ans comme ministre de la Santé. M. d’Entremont demeure ministre des Affaires acadiennes. — Carolyn Bolivar-Getson assume de nouvelles responsabilités comme ministre des Ressources naturelles. Elle demeure ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine. — Brooke Taylor, qui s’intéresse au domaine du camionnage depuis de nombreuses années, est maintenant ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Il est également ministre responsable de la Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. — Le ministère du Développement économique a un nouveau nom et un nouveau ministre. Murray Scott est maintenant ministre du Développement économique et rural. Le changement de nom a été effectué afin de mieux refléter le rôle et les objectifs du ministère. M. Scott est aussi ministre responsable de Nova Scotia Business Inc. — Bill Dooks demeure ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, et est également ministre responsable de la loi sur les bien patrimoniaux (Heritage Property Act). — Ronald Chisholm demeure ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. — Judy Streatch est la nouvelle ministre de l’Éducation. L’ancienne enseignante et administratrice possède plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de l’Éducation. Mme Stretch continue d’assumer le rôle de ministre de Communications Nouvelle-Écosse. — Mark Parent demeure ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. Il n’est plus responsable du portefeuille de l’environnement, mais assume de nouvelles responsabilités à titre de ministre de l’Agriculture. — Len Goucher assume plusieurs nouveaux rôles en plus de son poste de ministre de l’Immigration. Il devient également ministre de la Commission de la fonction publique et ministre des Aînés. M. Goucher demeure ministre responsable de la Société des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse. — Karen Casey, ancienne présidente de la régie régionale de la santé Colchester-East Hants, est la nouvelle ministre de la Santé. — Pat Dunn se joint au cabinet à titre de ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. M. Dunn est ancien enseignant et administrateur, et il a une vaste expérience en matière de participation communautaire, particulièrement dans les sports et les loisirs. M. Dunn est également ministre du Bénévolat.last_img read more

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Home Heating Assistance Applications Now Available

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first_imgLow- and modest-income Nova Scotians may now apply for home heating assistance under the province’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) offers a cash rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their homes with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas, or coal. Families with net annual incomes under $42,000 and single people under $27,000 qualify for the rebate. “The rebate program will help more than 70,000 Nova Scotians heat their homes, making life more affordable this winter,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to apply for the rebate.” More than 54,000 applications were mailed to recipients of last year’s rebate to encourage them to apply for home heating assistance. However, they must meet all program requirements for this year to receive the rebate. Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca , or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.last_img read more

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jobsHere Governments Plan to Grow Nova Scotias Economy Released

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first_imgAn aggressive, co-ordinated plan focused on innovation, competitiveness and learning will create good jobs and a strong economy, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Nov. 23. “jobsHere positions Nova Scotia to compete and succeed in the global marketplace,” said Premier Dexter. “It will help companies be more innovative. It will prepare workers of today and tomorrow to land high-paying jobs, in leading-edge companies so they can stay here and build a life. It will ensure Nova Scotia’s traditional sectors play a significant role in the economic future of this province.” jobsHere, focuses on three key priorities: growing the economy through innovation; helping businesses compete; and learning the right skills for good jobs. Each priority is supported by several new and existing programs and initiatives. “We need to make sure our businesses are innovative and competitive and our people have the skills and learning for good jobs,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “This is a plan for all areas of the province and for all sectors of the economy. Everyone has a part to play.” Over the past 20 years, Nova Scotia’s economic growth has been lower than in any other province in Canada. As the economy went global, competition intensified, technoloy took off, and Nova Scotia was not able to keep up. “Today, Nova Scotia companies face competition from around the world,” said Ray Ivany, president of Acadia University “Our future prosperity depends on how innovative and productive we can be and how well we compete. To do this, we must create a culture where research and development is encouraged and rewarded.” A new workforce strategy that will help workers build new skills, adapt to new technologies, maximize their career opportunities, and learn about their employment options will be part of jobsHere. The province will also change the Manufacturing and Processing Investment Credit into the new Productivity Investment Program to help encourage investment in training, because human capital is as critical to a growing future as equipment and processes. “Our people are our greatest asset and we need to continue to develop our workforce and create good jobs here in Nova Scotia for educated and skilled workers,” said Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “I’m happy to see jobsHere focus on high-value jobs, and the training that is needed for our province’s workforce to attain these jobs.” The province recently announced its intention to explore forming a privately operated venture capital fund, targeting opportunities throughout Atlantic Canada that will encourage innovation for businesses. In addition, it will launch a new innovation and productivity partnership to ensure activities and investments are co-ordinated and focused on a common goal. “This plan focuses on adding value to our products in order to compete in the global marketplace,” said Ann Janega, vice-president Nova Scotia division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. “It creates a pathway for local businesses to capitalize on Nova Scotia’s assets, such as location and skilled workforce, and break into foreign markets with products that will be of value to the consumers.” As part of jobsHere, a new international commerce strategy will be developed to help Nova Scotia companies build international capacity and strengthen the province’s access to international markets and networks. Government will also establish an international growth fund to help Nova Scotia companies adapt, compete and succeed internationally. jobsHere challenges governments, businesses, educational institutions, unions and associations, non-for-profit organizations, communities and industries to work together toward a single vision for economic growth in the province. jobsHere is a product of consultations with numerous stakeholders, including local businesses, industry associations, economic council and Donald Savoie, who wrote a report about improving economic development in Nova Scotia. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to take the time to read jobsHere,” said Premier Dexter. “It provides the actions, details and commitment of this government to make sure that Nova Scotians have good jobs so they can be successful right here at home. Nova Scotia now has a blueprint that allows business and government to be in control of our economic future.” For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/jobshere .last_img read more

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Un investissement pour appuyer la tenue des Jeux de lAcadie en NouvelleÉcosse

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first_imgLes athlètes qui participeront aux Jeux de l’Acadie de 2012 en Nouvelle-Écosse et les résidents de la Municipalité d’Argyle profiteront d’un investissement du gouvernement pour la construction d’un stade d’athlétisme à Tusket. Le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être alloue une somme de 120 000 $ provenant de son programme de développement d’installations récréatives pour contribuer à la construction d’un stade d’athlétisme de 450 000 $ à l’École secondaire de Par-en-Bas. Le stade sera le lieu central des Jeux. « Avoir obtenu les Jeux de l’Acadie en Nouvelle-Écosse est une réalisation importante pour la communauté acadienne, a déclaré le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Graham Steele. Le gouvernement provincial est fier d’appuyer la construction d’un stade qui fera partie d’une célébration importante de la culture acadienne et qui constituera par la suite un souvenir durable pour les familles de la région. » Du 29 juin au 3 juillet 2012, les 33e Jeux de l’Acadie réuniront dans la Municipalité d’Argyle 1200 athlètes acadiens et francophones du Canada atlantique, qui s’affronteront dans huit sports. Il y aura neuf équipes d’athlètes âgés de 11 à 16 ans qui viendront du Nouveau-Brunswick, de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Différents endroits de la municipalité accueilleront les compétitions et 800 bénévoles appuieront les athlètes durant les cinq jours de compétition. Le nouveau stade accueillera les épreuves d’athlétisme des Jeux et favoriseront l’athlétisme dans la collectivité par la suite. Les Jeux de l’Acadie ont été mis sur pied en 1979 pour promouvoir l’accomplissement par le sport et la sensibilisation culturelle chez les jeunes Acadiens et francophones du Canada atlantique. En 2012, l’équipe de la Nouvelle-Écosse comptera 177 athlètes et 33 entraîneurs qui font de l’athlétisme dans le cadre des activités du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. En plus des compétitions d’athlétisme, les Jeux ont un volet culturel important qui célèbre la spécificité de la culture acadienne et francophone au Canada atlantique. Pour plus d’information sur les Jeux de l’Acadie, allez à www.jeuxdelacadie.org.last_img read more

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Province Invests in Three Annapolis Valley Projects

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first_imgThe province is investing in three innovative Annapolis Valley projects that will help create good jobs and grow Nova Scotia’s economy. Kings North MLA Jim Morton announced the $154,445 investment at Acadia University today, May 24, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The Annapolis Valley is a vibrant destination that boasts some of the best award-winning wines in the country, as well as tremendous potential for creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Mr. Morton. “Our investments will stimulate innovation, and increase this region’s ability to compete globally.” The three investments are: $100,000 to support the newly established Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation, which helps businesses work with Acadia University staff and resources $30,000 to develop a Tidal Energy Toolkit with Acadia that will help Nova Scotia’s rural communities and businesses develop opportunities related to tidal energy $24,445 to help the Winery Association of Nova Scotia develop new products, increase sales and enhance the tourism potential of Nova Scotia’s Wine Country Through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the government of Canada is also investing a total of $665,000 in these three projects. “Our Government’s top priority is job creation, growth, and long-term prosperity. We are proud of these innovative projects that highlight and promote innovation within the rural context here in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. “These projects demonstrate innovation and ingenuity seeking to develop and expand markets for goods and services produced in rural Nova Scotia.” Acadia University is known internationally as a centre of research excellence with a strong commitment to communicate that research to the surrounding community. “Acadia has enjoyed a proud partnership with its local Annapolis Valley community for almost 175 years,” said Ray Ivany, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “We are very grateful for the contribution our funding partners have made to fostering rural innovation and the encouraging the development of sustainable energy through tidal power. “Acadia’s intellectual and research capacity, combined with its unique geographic location, make it an ideal location for government and industry partnerships to thrive.” The Winery Association of Nova Scotia provides a unified voice for the wineries of Nova Scotia, and promotes the growth and development of Nova Scotian wines. “The Nova Scotia wine industry continues to grow in volume and reputation for quality wines,” said Janice Ruddock, managing director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “We are truly fortunate to have this assistance to augment the sizable capital investments being made by industry to produce quality, unique wines that are 100 per cent Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

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2011 Homicide Added to Rewards Program

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first_imgThe province is encouraging anyone with information in the death of Keya Simon to come forward through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program. Anyone who shares information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Ms. Simon’s death could receive up to $150,000. “I know it has been difficult for Ms. Simon’s family to know that so many people were present the night she died and yet so little information has come forward,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case.” Shortly after 11 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2011, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 117 Pinecrest Dr., in Dartmouth. Officers found Ms. Simon suffering from a single stab wound to the chest. A large crowd at the site provided limited information. Investigators believe there are people with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges. “Major crime investigators believe that people in our community have information about Keya’s death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and we are hopeful the incentive offered through the reward program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais of Halifax Regional Police. “We encourage these people to do the right thing and report what they saw or heard to police so we can move forward with the investigation.” People with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October 2013, information received through the program helped lead to the arrest of a person for the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

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New Board Members Announced

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first_imgInnovacorp announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors today, Nov. 9. The new appointments are David Wilson, president of Wilsons Security, and Dawn Umlah, chief operating officer of Spring Loaded Technology. “I have worked with many early stage growth companies, and I look forward to helping Innovacorp build on the existing momentum in the Nova Scotia startup community,” said Mr. Wilson. “It’s an exciting time to be involved with Innovacorp for the great work they do for technology innovation and entrepreneurship.” Mr. Wilson has extensive venture capital experience as an early stage investor and board member. Prior to becoming the president of Wilsons Security, he worked in the venture capital industry since the start of his career in 1993, when he joined TA Associates. He has been a member of Innovacorp’s investment committee since October 2011. Ms. Umlah is a proven company builder. She brings extensive experience in assisting startups and small, growing companies in the technology sectors. She has held leadership roles with more than 15 high-growth technology companies and several venture-backed companies. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Umlah was an investment manager and entrepreneur in residence at Innovacorp. “Innovacorp plays a critical role in advancing Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “I congratulate Mr. Wilson and Ms. Umlah on their appointments to the board and look forward to working with them on growing our vibrant startup community and creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians.” As of October 2017, members of Innovacorp’s board of directors are: Chair: Rodney F. Burgar, president and CEO, Accelerator Inc. Richard Florizone, president, Dalhousie University Bill Gullage, president, W. R. Gullage Consulting Inc. Chris Huskilson, president and CEO, Emera Inc. Susan J. McIsaac, managing partner, McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants Dawn Umlah, COO, Spring Loaded Technology David Wilson, president, Wilsons Security. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. It works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia startups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology.last_img read more

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Program Helps Older Nova Scotians Stay at Home

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first_imgHome Services Nova Scotia, a new program launched today, Nov. 7, in Enfield, will help older Nova Scotians live in their homes longer. The program helps older adults access a variety of affordable, non-medical services such as housekeeping, meal preparation and yardwork. The services are provided by people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues and delivered with the help of community agencies. “This program has created an extremely valuable service,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Home Services Nova Scotia helps support older Nova Scotians age at home and maintain a connection to the community. They can get help with simple chores, running errands, even shovelling snow. “We’re excited to help older Nova Scotians keep their independence and build stronger, more inclusive communities.” Created by DIRECTIONS Council for Vocational Services Society and funded by the province, the program supports SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population, a government initiative that focuses on helping older Nova Scotians stay involved in work, entrepreneurship, volunteering and other activities. “Home Services Nova Scotia will assist those in need to navigate and solve day to day problems,” said Marilyn Clarke, project mentor. “People get to make the choices they want and receive safe, affordable, reliable help.” A direct partnership with 211 will ensure people can locate the service provider in their community. For more information on Home Services Nova Scotia, visit http://www.directionscouncil.org .last_img read more

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Former 1stclass players request BCCI to revise their pension

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first_imgNew Delhi: Former first-class players including Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba have approached the BCCI to raise their monthly pension by 50 percent. A monthly gratis is paid to cricketers who have played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04, but the amount has not been revised since 2015 despite repeated requests to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The affected players wrote to BCCI acting president C K Khanna, who, in turn, has requested the CoA to address the issue. “BCCI keeps the welfare of its cricketers in mind, and the former cricketers are reaching out to BCCI with a hope that the areas highlight by them will be looked into and implemented. While discussions have been held over the revision of pension of retired international cricketers and domestic cricketers who played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04 and that the amount was revised in 2015; the players are waiting for revision of pension,” Khanna wrote in his e-mail to the COA. Players who have played more than 75 first-class games have also been recipients of BCCI’s one-time benefit scheme.last_img read more

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