Month: October 2019

Rickmers Trust Cleared to Sell Another Nine Ships to Navios

first_imgzoom Financially-troubled Rickmers Trust Management, Singapore-based trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, informed that the HSH syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, has approved the sale of the remaining nine of fourteen vessels to Navios.The ships, secured under the HSH Facility, will be sold to Navios Partners Containers and Navios Partners Containers Finance for USD 54 million plus an amount to support settlement of operational cash deficits to closing.As explained, the proceeds from the sale of these nine vessels will be paid in full to the HSH syndicate as part settlement of the HSH syndicate loan.“The sales of these nine vessels are expected to be completed in parts from July 12, 2017,” Rickmers noted.As World Maritime News earlier reported, the sale of the nine ships, which was subject to HSH Syndicate’s approval, is part of the trust’s winding up process as the company is faced with liquidity issues.The sale of the first five containerships was completed in late May.“After funding cash burn, operating expenses, and the settlement of costs associated with the winding up of the trust, unsecured creditors are expected to receive total proceeds of approximately USD 27million. This represents recovery of 11.4% pari passu to noteholders as well as senior lenders with remaining loans outstanding after repayment from the sales of their respective secured vessels,” Rickmers said in an update.last_img read more

Singapore Detains Bulker Long Bright

first_imgzoom The 37,300 dwt bulk carrier Long Bright has been detained in Singapore waters, according to data provided by the Supreme Court of Singapore.The 2012-built vessel, operated by China’s Highrich Logistics, was arrested in the afternoon hours of March 28, 2018.Focal Investigation & Security Agency has been appointed for security and investigation purposes related to the arrest of the vessel which was built at China’s Shandong Huahai shipyard.The bulker, which features a length of 190 meters and a width of 28.5 meters, is currently located at a PaxOcean dock in Tuas, Singapore.VesselsValue data shows that the bulker has a market value of USD 11.2 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Blue Ocean Maritime to Raise USD 250 Mn in London IPO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license An investment trust lending to privately-owned shipping companies, Blue Ocean Maritime Income (BMAR), is looking to raise USD 250 million.Namely, the firm revealed that it is to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange by way of a placing and offer for subscription targeting the issue of 250 million ordinary shares at an issue price of USD 1.00 per share.The UK-based company said that its objective will be to generate long-term, sustainable shareholder returns, predominantly in the form of income distributions, from direct lending and similar financing opportunities to vessel owners and operators, and other maritime businesses.BMAR said it expects to generate annual returns of between 8-10%, with the company looking to generate a 7% yield two years after launch. It will pay 3% in year one.The company’s investments will be overseen by Svein Engh, Managing Director of EnTrust Permal and Portfolio Manager of Blue Ocean Maritime Income. The Blue Ocean strategy has already deployed over USD 300 million since September 2016, financing 55 vessels.“Shipping is a large and diverse industry, which created many significant investment opportunities. While we continue to see capital inflow to direct lending vehicles and investment funds in sectors such as real estate or infrastructure, the maritime financing sector is in a different position; values are low, and the competition is limited, resulting in attractive risk-adjusted yield opportunities,” Engh said.“As a non-bank lender, we can construct our portfolio in a countercyclical manner in the privately-owned segment of the shipping market.”last_img read more

Education Week Celebrates Science

first_imgEducators who inspire students to question, investigate, anddiscover their world are the focus this year as Education Week,from April 18 to April 24, celebrates scientific literacy. The highlight will be the Education Week Awards, where educatorsfrom across the province who have imbued their students with thevalues of scientific inquiry, will be honoured. The keynote speaker at the awards will be Ellen Whitman, a Grade9 student at Wolfville Junior High. The ceremony will take placeat 2 p.m., today, April 19, at the Bedford Institute ofOceanography in Dartmouth. “Thanks to the efforts of our teachers in public schools andparents in their homes, our children are acquiring a sense ofwonder and a desire to discover,” said acting Education MinisterAngus MacIsaac. “A number of our students have brought backmedals from events such as the Canada Wide Science Fair, and manymore have found a joy in learning science and confidence in theirability to explore their world.” The proclamation kicks off a week of events hosted by schools andschool boards across the province. The program is presented by five education partners: theDepartment of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the NovaScotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation ofHome and School Associations, and la Fédération des parentsacadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. The partners will also recognize the work of their own membersthrough the Education Week Partners Awards. The Nova Scotia science curriculum supports teachers in helpingchildren develop their scientific literacy. This offers studentsa foundation for problem-solving, inquiry, decision-making, andlifelong learning. Some students will use these skills to launch scientific careers.Others will use them to enrich their own lives and those of theirchildren. For the second year in a row, the Nova Scotia Teachers CreditUnion is supporting Education Week with a corporate sponsorship. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since the1930s.last_img read more

SupportSoft Expands its Operation in Halifax

first_img NSBI’s CEO said the company’s growing presence in Nova Scotia isanother endorsement of the province’s strong business case forcompanies seeking an ideal environment for software applicationdevelopment and maintenance operations. “By its intentions to expand its Halifax operation, SupportSoftis telling the world about the business case for softwaredevelopment in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Lund. “This is especiallytrue for the ‘mission-critical’ components of the softwareapplication architecture.” SupportSoft Inc. is a leading provider of real-time, automatedsoftware solutions for corporate enterprises and digital serviceproviders worldwide. The company’s Real-Time Service Management(RTSM) software enables enterprises to more effectively manageand secure computing endpoints, automate technical servicesupport and improve overall operating efficiencies and provides afoundation for digital service providers to support triple playservice automation for VIP, video or broadband delivery, whilesignificantly improving the end-user experience. More than 200companies worldwide have selected SupportSoft solutions includingBank of America, BellSouth, CSC, Comcast Communications, Procter& Gamble, Time Warner Cable and Thomson Financial. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the business development agency forNova Scotia, led by a private-sector board of directors. It isthe investment attraction arm of the province and helps companiesin Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through businessadvisory, export development and financing services. SupportSoft, a U.S. software firm headquartered in Redwood City,Calif., intends to expand its Halifax operation. Premier John Hamm made the announcement today, April 19, alongwith Radha Basu, president, CEO, and chair of SupportSoft,Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage, and Stephen Lund,president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). NSBI has agreed to provide SupportSoft with up to a $1.1-millionCanadian dollar payroll rebate, over five years, based onperformance targets for new positions at the company’s Halifaxlocation. SupportSoft is a leading provider of software that automatesservice and support delivery for corporate enterprises anddigital service providers worldwide. In the fall of 2004,SupportSoft acquired Halifax-based Core Networks. “Having a well-respected company like SupportSoft investresources in Nova Scotia sends an incredibly valuable message tothe global IT community about the province’s advantages as acentre of excellence for software development,” said PremierHamm. “Clearly, one of the most important elements to ouroffering is the high quality talent pool from which companies canstaff their operations.” “SupportSoft views this location as a cost-effective, innovativeand secure development environment with top-rate infrastructure,”said Mrs. Basu. “In addition to a technically savvy and highlyeducated workforce, we were pleased to discover in Halifax apositive economic climate characterized by clear alignmentbetween government, academia and the business community whichencourages favourable conditions for software innovations.” The payroll rebate is a performance-based incentive supportingthe hiring of up to 55 additional full-time employees.SupportSoft currently employs 35 at its Halifax location. “Nova Scotia is realizing the benefits of its commitment toeducation infrastructure,” said Mr. Fage. “Our universities andcommunity colleges — which produce 2,200 IT graduates annually – have helped to position Nova Scotia as a cost-competitive, secure, and well-positioned alternative for North Americansoftware and services firms.”last_img read more

Board Issues Decision in Harassment Case

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled in favour of a Halifax woman in a discrimination case involving sexual harassment in the workplace. Karen Davison, a former employee of the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association, had alleged that while working for the safety association, she was subjected to sexual harassment and then retaliation when she filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. In the decision, the board found the safety association and two of its employees, Bruce Collins and Michael Kelly, liable and awarded Ms. Davison $13,000 in general damages and $7,000 in punitive/exemplary damages. Payment of damages is due within 90 days of the July 15 decision. In addition to damages, the board ordered the following: the association must provide sensitivity and discrimination training for employees and board members for as many hours as the Human Rights Commission considers necessary; the Human Rights Commission will monitor employment practices at the safety association for a period of three years; and the association must provide Jennifer Bankier, the chair of the inquiry, with a copy of its sexual harassment policy in effect at the time of the decision, on or before Monday, Aug. 22 The board of inquiry has the right to make any changes to the association’s harassment policy to ensure it is effective in processing sexual harassment complaints against senior managers. The board of inquiry chair has the right to resolve any difficulties that may arise from the decision. Boards of inquiry are the final stage in the human rights complaint process. Evidence collected during the investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondents can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether or not discrimination has occurred. All parties have the right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 The entrance ramp from Micmac Boulevard to Highway 111 at Exit 5 will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 15 for installation of a pedestrian bridge adjacent to Highway 111 at Lake Banook. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Centerville Street Centerville Street, from Gardiner Road to Atlantic Drive, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Motorists on Highway 103 between Exit 4 and Exit 5 should drive with extra caution as traffic will be diverted between old and new highway sections while this section is being twinned. Motorists are advised to follow traffic control measures in place and obey the 80 km/h speed limit. Two-way traffic is still in place on most sections. The work is expected to be completed by early October. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road, Secondary Road 221 Road improvement work will be taking place on Victoria Road north of Aylesford, from the Highway 101 overpass north for two kilometres to the intersection of Secondary Road 221, and then east on Secondary Road 221 for one kilometre, until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in sections where work is taking place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 1.1 kilometres east of Old Queensport Loop easterly towards Canso, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255, from Glace Bay town line to Durns Corner, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 HANTS COUNTY: Georgefield Road Georgefield Road, from Shubenacadie Road northerly to the landfill site, a total of 5.5 kilometres, will have occasional one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289 Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for patching and repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau Road will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane, from the church in East Bay for 3.5 kilometres west, to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be directed by traffic control persons and signs. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of new sidewalks and curbs until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31., while a new bridge is built. PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Fraser Mountain Road, to the intersection of Highway 104 at Exit 27A until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. 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 traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie, will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass structure at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Route 320 from Arichat about five kilometres towards d’Escousse will be to reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 15, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 ANTIGONISH/GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 The intersection with Route 316 southerly for 3.75 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-424-4545 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curb and sidewalk until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddy’s Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Black Rock Road from Trunk 1 to Route 221 will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to a half hour after sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary northerly for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will be reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Browns Mill Road, northeasterly for 5.8 kilometres until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Road West Bay Road from about 6.4 kilometres east of the Black River Road, easterly to Pringle Brook Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-5328 Fax: 902-424-0568 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Middleton’s eastern town line, easterly 8.25 kilometres to the Kings County line will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 inbound at Exit 5A and 6 will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 16, for paving. Traffic control consists of cones and barrels. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from the intersection with Route 276 at Goshen southerly towards Goldboro, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HANTS COUNTY: Railway Overpass, Falmouth Avon River, No. 2 railway overpass structure, west of Exit 7 at Falmouth on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for deck repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of barricades and traffic lights. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass Structure The Thorburn Road overpass structure at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit due to shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road, from Highway 105 at Exit 2 southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will be reduced to one lane from 2.1 kilometres east of Fox Point Road for three kilometres to the east, for repaving until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 between Hillside and Pictou Landing, is closed due to fire damage. Alternate routes are available on Change Harbour Road or Egypt Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-421-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be closed for replacement of culvert from Monday, Oct. 16, until Wednesday, Nov. 15. A detour will be available via Old Pictou Road, Gunn No. 4 Road and Black River Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road in New Germany, located between the intersection of School Street and Trunk 10, will be closed for the replacement of deck and concrete abutments until Friday, Oct. 20. Detour route on School Road, Route 208 and Trunk 10. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

Government to Hold Poverty Reduction Consultations

first_imgThe provincial government will hold a series of consultations this fall designed to get the community’s input on how to best tackle poverty in Nova Scotia. The consultations will be part of the government’s development of a poverty strategy for Nova Scotia. The initiative will be co-led by the departments of Community Services and Environment and Labour. The first phase of consultations will consist of a two-day gathering held Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 with representatives from a diverse range of provincial organizations interested in the fight against poverty. “We all want and deserve the same thing — a decent job to meet our needs, to lead a fulfilled life, and have a role in our community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “It is our hope that this consultation process and Poverty Reduction Strategy will help us achieve that for all Nova Scotians.” “One of the main goals of the consultations is to share information in an effort to chart a direction,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “We will use the information gathered from these discussions to build on what we have already heard from those involved in the struggle against poverty.” Phase two of the consultations will include opportunities for the public to give their input on what direction the strategy should take.last_img read more

Conférence publique sur la prévention du cancer du col de lutérus

first_img Hôpital communautaire Hants, Windsor Hôpital Musquodoboit Valley Memorial, Middle Musquodoboit Centre de santé régional Cumberland, Amherst AVH Chipman, parc industriel Annapolis Valley, Kentville Hôpital Aberdeen, New Glasgow Hôpital régional Cape Breton, Sydney Hôpital Inverness Consolidated Memorial, Inverness Hôpital Victoria County Memorial, Baddeck Hôpital régional St. Martha’s, Antigonish Hôpital Eastern Memorial, Canso Centre de soins infirmiers et communautaires Ste-Anne, Arichat, comté de Richmond Hôpital Guysborough Memorial, Guysborough Hôpital régional South Shore, Bridgewater Hôpital régional de Yarmouth, Yarmouth Hôpital Roseway, Sheburne Hôpital régional Colchester, Truro Hôpital Lillian Fraser Memorial, Tatamagouche, comté de Colchester Cancer Care Nova Scotia est un programme du ministère de la Santé créé pour réduire le fardeau du cancer sur les personnes individuelles, les familles et le système de soins de santé par la prévention, le dépistage, l’éducation et la recherche. Cancer Care Nova Scotia présente une conférence publique le mardi 13 novembre à Halifax sur la prévention du cancer du col de l’utérus. La conférence inclura de l’information sur les tests de Pap, le virus du papillome humain (VPH) et le vaccin anti-VPH. Il est à noter que la conférence sera présentée en anglais seulement. Cette conférence fait partie de la série « Cancer Answers », qui vise à offrir aux Néo-Écossais des renseignements de qualité sur le cancer. Elle sera présentée par le Dr Robert Grimshaw, directeur médical du Programme de prévention du cancer du col de l’utérus de Cancer Care Nova Scotia. « Ensemble, les tests de Pap réguliers et le vaccin anti-VPH sont des outils très puissants dans la lutte contre le cancer du col de l’utérus, un cancer qui peut presque toujours être évité, » dit le Dr Grimshaw. « Cette conférence est une autre occasion pour nous de joindre les Néo-Écossais et leur fournir les renseignements dont ils ont besoin pour éliminer le cancer du col de l’utérus. » La conférence aura lieu de 19 h à 20 h dans la salle de conférence Royal Bank du Halifax Infirmary, 1769, rue Summer, Halifax. La conférence sera également présentée par vidéoconférence aux endroits suivants : last_img read more

Film Industry Busy in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe film, television and new media industry in Nova Scotia is heading into a busy summer, with homegrown and international productions. Some of the current productions include the German mini-series Sea Wolf, a Canada-U.K. co-production with Nova Scotia’s Big Motion Pictures, the third season of the Showcase series G-Spot, the Discovery U.K. series Breaking Point and the feature film Amelia. Locally, demand at the first funding deadline for projects this fiscal year is high, both in number of applications received and total money requested, a positive sign that the industry is strengthening. This is contrast to a disappointing 2007-08 fiscal year. Revenue generated by the industry in the 2007-08 fiscal year was $76 million, making it the first year in more than a decade that production came in under $100 million. “Nova Scotia has consistently been regarded as one of the top production centres in the country,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Despite the challenges faced recently, the industry in Nova Scotia is resilient and with the support of the province, combined with the dedication of the many professionals working behind the scenes, it will continue to grow and showcase our province on the international stage.” Film Nova Scotia has identified several initiatives to help the industry continue this rebound. Improving film industry infrastructure in the area of sound stages, expanding the local production community through trade missions and programs designed to remove barriers for emerging filmmakers, and shifting the marketing focus to attract larger feature films, both internationally and within Canada, will help to increase the economic impact of the film industry. Driving the rebound are the increased tax credit and a push to attract new markets. They have helped to offset a perfect storm of challenges — the ACTRA and Writer’s Guild of America strikes, the rising Canadian dollar and higher tax credits in other jurisdictions — that affected both foreign and domestic production last year. “The film, television and new media industry has always been a strong contributor to the economic and social prosperity of the province,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The province’s decision to increase the tax credit is a key initiative that will ensure that a broad range of professions and businesses will continue to see the benefits of this dynamic industry.” There was still notable success in 2007-08 including television series, documentaries and feature films. Two new locally produced television series were added to the list with Creative Atlantic’s A Series of Disagreeable Aliments for W Network and Halifax Film’s Canada’s Super Speller for CBC Television. These join other series of quality television including Ocean Entertainment’s lifestyle programs French Food at Home and Chef Abroad, and Arcadia Entertainment’s Go Deep, all of which shot their second seasons. Local favourite Trailer Park Boys also added to production with the filming of an upcoming television special. Other productions provided a bumper crop of documentaries with six local companies exploring issues ranging from the horses of Sable Island to children’s literacy programs. In feature films, Ann Verrall’s Nonsense Revolution, produced by Thom Fitzgerald, and Jay Dahl’s The Harton Interviews, co-produced by Dahl and Bill Niven, also went to camera. After the October announcement that the film industry tax credit would be increased, Lifetime returned to the province to film back-to-back television movies, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, starring Dermot Mulroney and Gretchen Moll, and The Tenth Circle, starring Kelly Preston in Windsor. Both films were co-produced by Nova Scotia’s Magic Rock Productions. These joined other television movies that were filmed including Thin Ice, the sixth installment of the CBS produced Jesse Stone series, Lifetime’s Matters of Life and Dating and ABC Family’s The Circuit, which filmed in Lunenburg, Halifax and Antigonish. For more information go to the website, http://film.ns.ca/focus_stats.asp . Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic Development. Film Nova Scotia provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur le virus H1N1 grippe porcine chez lêtre humain

first_imgAucun nouveau cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) n’a été confirmé dans la province aujourd’hui 7 mai. Le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse, précise toutefois que cela ne signifie pas que l’épidémie est terminée ou contrôlée. « Comme nous le disons depuis le tout début, nous nous attendons toujours à un plus grand nombre de cas dans un plus grand nombre d’endroits, » a dit le Dr Strang. « Le système de la santé publique demeure vigilant et continue de surveiller la situation à l’échelle de la province. » Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer, rester à l’écart des endroits publics en cas de maladie et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Il est important que les Néo-Écossais comprennent qu’il est sécuritaire de se rendre au travail et à l’école, de participer aux activités scolaires et de faire des sorties sociales s’ils ne présentent pas de symptômes de la grippe. Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril, est toujours de 53. Tous les cas sont bénins et les personnes atteintes se sont rétablies ou sont en cours de rétablissement. Une ligne d’information sans frais est en opération de 8 h 30 à 20 h 30 chaque jour. Le numéro de la ligne sans frais est le 1-888-451-4222. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Mira North Road Grand Mira North Road, 16.5 kilometres from Route 327 will be closed for culvert repairs from Monday, Sept. 20 until Friday, Oct. 1. Alternate route on Grand Mira South. Local Area Office: 902-563-2250 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pumping Station Road The Pumping Station Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 204 and Hastings Road to allow for culvert replacement. The project is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-664-7370 CONTINUING WORK -30- KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 Route 221, from Black Rock Road east for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Parker Mountain Road Parker Mountain Road from 1.1 kilometres north of Trunk 1 will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 Pictou County: MacKay Road Closure MacKay Road is permanently closed at the Trans Canada Highway. Traffic from MacKay road between Trunk 4 at Linacy, and Route 347 at Coalburn, will have to use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gardiner Road Gardiner Road, for about four kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, pipe work and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255 from Homeville/Round Island Line towards Mira Gut Bridge for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for re-paving and bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 19. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5 kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Friday, Oct. 1. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at the Cobequid Pass Toll Plaza will have a one lane closure for replacement of concrete slab until Sunday, Oct. 24. There is a detour for oversized traffic on Trunk 4. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.5 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from about one kilometre south of Virgina Road in South Milford will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, is being diverted to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Morse Road west to Paradise Lane, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and pipe installation until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10, North Ridge Road Trunk 10 at North Ridge Road, about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 15 and Exit 16 will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. There will be periodic lane closures and motorists should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Route 303 from Exit 26 north to Digby Town line will be reduced to one lane for widening, upgrading, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 5 Exit 5 on Highway 125 will be closed for upgrades until Sunday,Oct. 31. A detour route is marked and drivers should use Exit 4 or Exit 5A, as directed. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Robinson Weir Road Robinson Weir Road from 300 metres north of Route 303 will be reduced to one land for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Porteaus Bridge Porteaus Bridge on Route 246 will be closed for repairs to abutments until Friday, Sept. 24. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for construction until Sunday, Oct. 31. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 from Old Mill Road in South Farmington, east for about 500 metres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 Highway 104, from Charles MacLean Road east to Reeves Road, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton/Richmond County line will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 362 Traffic on Route 362, from Mosher Hill north for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12, from English Mountain Road, south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacements, ditching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from Earltown to MacBains Corner will be reduced to one lane for ditching, installation of cross culverts, widening, cold planing and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge, on the Cabot Trail two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 at the Kentville/New Minas town line will be reduced to one lane for the replacement of a culvert until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic signals are in place and delays are expected. Drivers should use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200center_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Granville Road Granville Road in Port Wade will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Amherst town line, south for about 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Tuesday, Sept. 21. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 3.8 kilometres west of Fox Island Road east to the Canso town line, will have alternating one lane closures for cold planing, pulverization, gravelling and re-paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and for some time over the weekend. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from the intersection of Route 320 in Martinique south to Creighton Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, cleaning culverts and paving until Friday, Nov. 12. Traffic control is on site. An alternate route is available on Route 320. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-625-4025 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Route 212, from 2 kilometres east of Oldham Road to Antrim Road for about 8.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will be reduced to one lane each way for road work from Sunday, Sept. 19 until Friday, Oct. 15. Expect delays and rough surface. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236, from the intersection of Route 354 in Kennetcook to the intersection of Northfield Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: English Mountain Road English Mountain Road, from Trunk 1 to Trunk 12, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacement, ditching and paving from until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Sections of Route 215, from Academy Street in Maitland to the Route 236 intersection west of the bridge, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Route 201 in Nictaux south to Varnier Mountain Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday. Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed for construction of a permanent bridge until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Detour on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30, Cabot Trail Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail), from East Big Interval Road for about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving, shoulder work, and guardrail repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Traffic on sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville area is reduced to one lane to allow for patching and resurfacing. Work is taking place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 22. Drivers should travel with extra caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Frankville Road and Linwood Road overpasses, on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher, have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement, waterproofing, until Friday, Sept. 24. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Brooklyn Street Brooklyn Street, from Route 360 west to McLean Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Traffic on Black Rock Road will be reduced to one lane at the Highway 101 overpass for overpass repairs. Traffic signals are in place until the end of September. Drivers should expect delays and travel with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Road Acacia Valley Road from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 26 to Ridge Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering from Monday, Sept. 20 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Traffic on sections of Trunk 7 is reduced to one lane east from the intersection of MacKinley Point Loop to allow for repaving until Thursday, Sept 30. Traffic will be directed by traffic control people and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should drive with caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Street, between Kingston and Greenwood, will have periodic lane closures at Kingston Bridge for bridge repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to allow for the construction of a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, will be closed to traffic starting Monday, Sept. 30. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. Traffic at the detour bridge will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gaspareaux Bridge Intervale Road at Gaspareaux Bridge will be closed to traffic for bridge maintenance until Friday, Sept. 24. Detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, near Ellershouse, Exit 4 to Exit 5, will be reduced to one lane on both the east and westbound lanes for construction until Friday, Oct. 15. Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Spa Springs Road Spa Springs Road, from Route 362 to the bridge 500 metres west of the Route 221 intersection, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31, 2011. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 INVERNESS COUNTY: Peter Campbell Bridge Peter Campbell Bridge on the Orangedale/Iona Road is undergoing bridge replacement. A section of the road between McIvor Road and Portage will be closed, expect for local traffic from Monday, Sept. 20 until Monday, Oct. 4. Please use alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-756-2140 KINGS COUNTY: 358 Bridge by Port Williams Cornwallis River Bridge in Port Williams will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387last_img read more

Change to Nova Scotia Museum Act Introduced

first_imgThe established practice of charging fees by the Nova Scotia Museum system is being reflected in an amendment introduced today, Nov. 24, by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Percy Paris. The change to the Nova Scotia Museum Act confirms a previous government decision in 1994 to allow museum fees, but was never included in the act. There are no increases to public admission fees at museums planned because of the change to the act. “This is a housekeeping step to confirm government’s long standing management of the fee structure for its museums,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Revenue from museum fees helps support the operations of each museum site in performing its role in heritage stewardship and interpretation.” Fees charged by museums include public admission and rentals of museum facilities. The Nova Scotia Museum system consists of 11 directly managed sites and 16 locally managed sites which are operated by independent societies, municipalities and commissions. The amendment to the act does not affect them.last_img read more

Province Highlights Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

first_imgThe Nova Scotia legislature will be basking in a warm, green glow the next few nights to honour Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which runs until April 24. The week is intended to raise the profile of organ and tissue donation and encourage Nova Scotians to consider registering as donors. The green lights, the official colour of organ and tissue donation, serve as a reminder to registered donors to talk about it with their family. “At any time in Nova Scotia there are as many as 140 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants and many more needing tissue transplants,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “An organ or tissue donation will give these Nova Scotians a second chance at life.” Often the question of organ and tissue donation is raised at a difficult time, when a family is dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one. “We know that it can be a difficult conversation to have when a loved has just been lost, but it’s necessary to ensure that the donation wishes of our loved ones are honored,” said Corinne Corning, manager of Legacy of Life: Nova Scotia Organ and Tissue Donation Program. “Deciding to be an organ and tissue donor is a personal decision, but it’s also a decision to save a life.” This week, organ and tissue donation awareness will be celebrated across the country. People can register as donors on their health cards. One donor can provide organs such as kidneys, heart, liver and lungs for up to eight people, and tissue, such as skin and corneas, to as many as 40 people. Government is also working with its partners to implement the new Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act which will improve how the system responds after someone is in a position to become a potential donor. For more information on organ and tissue donation, and to find out how to register as a donor, visit www.legacyoflife.ns.ca .last_img read more

Changing Behaviour Can Address Cardiovascular Risk

first_imgLike many people, Halifax-resident Penny MacKenzie didn’t think much about heart health. With five children and a full-time job, she didn’t have time to focus much on exercise or eating habits. But one day her perspective changed. “I never had to worry about my weight and I was never one to do exercise for exercise’s sake. I guess I put on weight over time,” Ms. MacKenzie says. “Then, one day, I stumbled and had to catch myself. I was surprised at how heavy I had become. No wonder I was having some trouble moving around.” Ms. MacKenzie’s doctor suggested she take part in the ANCHOR program (A Novel Approach to Cardiovascular Health Risk by Optimizing Risk Management). The innovative program tackles behaviour change through counselling. It is a partnership between the Department of Health and Wellness, Capital District Health Authority, Cape Breton District Health Authority, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Pfizer Canada and the QEII Foundation. Claudine Szpilfogel, ANCHOR project manager, says cardiovascular disease kills an estimated 2,800 Nova Scotians every year and accounts for nearly 36 per cent of deaths in the province. She says these numbers could be reduced through preventative measure such as lifestyle changes. The ANCHOR project helps participants make behaviour changes, through screening, motivational counselling and follow up, group education sessions, referrals to community programs and other tools. It operates out of two primary care practices, the Duffus Health Centre in Halifax and Sydney Family Practice Centre. “The ANCHOR project takes a positive and realistic approach to motivate participants to improve their eating and exercise habits,” says Ms. Szpilfogel. “It’s a collaborative effort that offers a breadth of expertise and resources to deliver evidence-based and best-practice interventions to optimize cardiac health. “Our goal is to minimize cardiac risk and reduce health-care costs through a preventative and disease management team approach, and we are seeing positive results.” The ANCHOR project has helped more than 1,500 patients improve their health and reduce the risk for heart disease. Thirty-four per cent of patients in the program reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years by 10 to 25 per cent. According to Halifax ANCHOR site co-ordinator and cardiac nurse, Krista Courtney-Cox, the approach works because it is customized to the goals of each person. “We work with participants to help them set realistic goals on their own, and then we follow up to see if they stick to their lifestyle goals and, as a result, lower their risk for heart problems,” says Ms. Courtney-Cox. Penny MacKenzie joined the study in 2007 at age 58. She was at moderate risk for a heart attack with a body mass index of 32.4, 108 centimetre waist and a high blood cholesterol of 6.8. “Penny was typical of the people we work with in the ANCHOR study,” Ms. Courtney-Cox says. “She was able to set some realistic goals, including more walking and better eating habits. We saw her every three months to discuss her progress and track her measurements. There was no pressure, but we wanted to help her manage her own eating and exercise habits.” After this first phase, the program aims to identify how much support is required to maintain positive health behaviours by participant who successfully reduced their risk of heart disease. “The second phase is more hands-off, but we track vital statistics and measurements, and provide encouragement at regular intervals,” Ms. Courtney-Cox says. “We have been pleased with the results as many participants have maintained their healthier habits. Ms. MacKenzie says she appreciated the regular check-ins to keep her on track. Today, she has a BMI of 28, a 90-centimetre waist and a cholesterol level of 4.32. She has gone from moderate to a low risk for heart disease and has maintained her health status. At 62, Penny has more energy to play with her grandkids and has maintained her walking schedule. “I feel better than I have in 10 years. The ANCHOR project has been very motivating, both mentally and emotionally. They focused on what was positive. Even during the ups and downs, they never made me feel guilty,” said Ms. MacKenzie. “I’m no longer afraid of losing my physical abilities. Now I can stick around for my grandkids!” Ms. Szpilfogel says a third phase of the ANCHOR project is underway to better understand how to help participants who were unable to reduce their heart disease risk. “When we combine knowledge and resources, we can achieve a great deal,” said Ms. Szpilfogel. “We hope to continue work with the ANCHOR program to help address cardiovascular health in Nova Scotia for generations to come.” More information about the ANCHOR program is available at www.anchorproject.ca or by calling 902-453-2204. -30-last_img read more

BeyondTrust Expands Canadian Office in Nova Scotia

first_imgBeyondTrust, an industry leader in cutting-edge security software, is planning to expand its research and development team in Nova Scotia. The company has signed a five-year agreement with Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) to support the company’s investment and employment growth in Nova Scotia. BeyondTrust provides context-aware security intelligence, which can consider such things as identity, location, time of day, device and more, of people trying to access a business’s network. “Nova Scotia has a vibrant IT sector, talented labour and the resources to meet our company’s needs and our client’s needs,” said Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer of BeyondTrust. He is well-known in the cybersecurity industry for discovering the first Microsoft computer worm, CodeRed. “The implications of cybercrime are universal, pervasive and have financial implications for organizations and individuals. Our team in Nova Scotia will be working to address these issues.” NSBI attracted eEye Digital Security to Nova Scotia, from Irvine, Calif., in 2010. In May 2012, eEye became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BeyondTrust. After the two merged, BeyondTrust selected Nova Scotia to consolidate most of its research and development teams from India and Eastern Europe. BeyondTrust must create at least 30 full-time equivalent positions in the first year of the agreement. The company would then be eligible to earn a rebate on the payroll for the jobs, to a maximum of 100 positions. BeyondTrust would add more than $36 million in salary, if it creates 100 new positions, with employees paying provincial personal income taxes of about $4,183,000. The company would earn up to $2,903,463 in payroll rebates through NSBI’s Strategic Investment Funds. “BeyondTrust takes businesses beyond traditional security,” explains Michael Yaffe, vice-president, marketing, for BeyondTrust. “We empower organizations to mitigate user-based risks and identify and remediate asset vulnerabilities targeted by cyber-attacks. As a result, our customers are able to address both internal and external threats, while making every device — physical, virtual, mobile and cloud — as secure as possible.” BeyondTrust has offices in five countries and its clients include some of the world’s largest banks, aerospace and defence firms and renowned universities across the globe,” said Peter MacAskill, vice-president of NSBI. “BeyondTrust chose Nova Scotia to be its only location in Canada. This is great news for our technology sector.” For more information on the company, its products, or for career opportunities with BeyondTrust, visit www.beyondtrust.com/ .last_img read more

2016 Order of Nova Scotia Recipients Invested

first_imgFive outstanding Nova Scotians, internationally recognized as leaders in their respective fields, have been invested into the Order of Nova Scotia. The announcement was made today, Oct. 12, at the 15th investiture ceremony at Province House in Halifax. “Every year we honour Nova Scotians who have worked tirelessly to advance the quality of life for others and, in turn, make our province a stronger, more prosperous place to live,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Each member of the Order has demonstrated a wide variety of achievements and has made valuable contributions to our province.” The 2016 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: — Françoise Elvina Baylis, Halifax: Françoise Baylis is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and is the Canada research chair in bioethics and philosophy. She works with people outside the medical profession to make complex issues such as stem cell research and new reproductive technologies understandable and accessible to the public. Her belief is that citizens belong in the discussion and decision making in the scientific advances that affect our lives — Freeman Douglas Knockwood, Indian Brook: Elder Doug Knockwood is a loved and respected elder, who has helped his community reclaim its language and culture. He uses his experience of survival and redemption, as well as Mi’kmaq spiritual teachings to empower others and help them overcome addictions — Arthur Bruce McDonald, originally from Sydney: Arthur McDonald is a teacher, collaborator and Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist. Mr. McDonald received many honours for his science, but he is valued by his colleagues for his vision, leadership and persistence. Throughout his career, he has supervised and mentored the research of more than 100 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates — James Leonard Morrow, Avonport, Kings County: As artistic director of Mermaid Theatre, Mr. Morrow uses puppets to take Nova Scotia stories to the world. He does it all from performing to carving to stage production and has received acclaim around the world — Donald R. Reid, Joggins, Cumberland County: Known locally as the Keeper of the Cliffs, Donald Reid has gathered an amazing collection of fossils which now form the heart of the Joggins Fossil Centre. His collection, 70 years in the making, catalogues the world’s most complete fossil record of terrestrial life of the Coal Age dating back 300 million years. His work was essential in securing the Joggins Fossil Cliffs designation as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site The Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council selects recipients for the honour from nominations received from fellow Nova Scotians. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.last_img read more

Team Selected to Plan HighSpeed Internet for More Rural Communities

first_imgGovernment has selected a team to develop a strategy that will lead to better high-speed Internet service in more rural Nova Scotia communities. Brightstar Canada and its partners will map assets, identify gaps and engineer a plan to connect the province’s core Internet network to the community level. “We have to go beyond what we need today, and develop solutions that can handle how Nova Scotians will use the Internet in the future,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “This team has the technical and project management experience we’ve been looking for and I know they are ready to address this challenge.” Brightstar was selected through a competitive request for proposals which closed last month. The team is expected to deliver a strategy by spring. While the strategy is being developed work continues to review 12 service-provider proposals that would provide more immediate improvements to Internet service. Those efforts will be coordinated and aligned with the strategy team’s work to deliver the maximum benefit for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

No question of CBI probe into Rafale deal Centre tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that there was no question of either registration of an FIR or investigation by CBI in the Rafale fighter jets deal as the apex court had already concluded that there was no reason for intervention by it on the “sensitive issue”.The Centre, which sought dismissal of petitions seeking review of the December 14 last year verdict which gave a clean chit to the government on procurement of 36 fighter jets from French firm Dassault, said CAG report “belied” the main arguments of petitioners regarding alleged “exorbitant price” of the jets. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIn its 39-page written submissions filed in the top court, the Centre has said that petitioners and former union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist advocate Prashant Bhushan have not made out any ground which would justify review of the “well reasoned” December 14 judgement last year. “Especially, once this court had come to the conclusion that on all the three aspects i.e., the decision making process, pricing and Indian offset partner, there is no reason for intervention by this court on the sensitive issue of purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts by the Indian Government, there is no question of either registration of FIR much less any investigation by the CBI,” the government said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsA three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on May 10 reserved its verdict on the pleas seeking review of the December 14 judgement in the Rafale case. The apex court, in its December 14 verdict, had said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets and dismissed the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal. Besides Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan, review petitions have also been filed by AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh and lawyer Vineet Dhandha. In its written submissions, the Centre has said in the garb of seeking review of the verdict and placing reliance on “some press reports and some incomplete internal file noting(s), copies of which were obtained unauthorisedly and illegally”, the petitioners cannot seek to re-open the whole matter since scope of review petition is extremely limited. “The review petition, it is therefore, submitted is an attempt to get a fishing and roving enquiry ordered, which this court has specifically declined to go into based on perceptions of individuals,” it said. The Centre also said the petitioners have not disclosed any new evidence in the review petition “except that they have now based their case on some unauthorisedly accessed documents copied from the secret files of the Ministry of Defence.” It said files and documents were made available to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) who took about two years to complete its study and finalise its report. “The report of the CAG does not support the main argument of petitioners which has been perpetually repeated before this court that the cost of each aircraft under 36 Rafale contract is Rs 1,000 crore higher than what it would have been under the MMRCA bid,” the Centre said.last_img read more