Port of Ghent Zeeland Seaports to Present Merger Plans

first_imgzoom Belgian Port of Ghent and Dutch Zeeland Seaports are to presented a balanced merger agreement to their shareholders and works councils as the latest step in their merger plans.Next week, the two port authorities will present these proposals to their shareholders. It is expected that they will put them on the agendas of their municipal and provincial executives in October and November.The ports are setting out how the merger, which was unveiled in November 2016, will be given shape on the basis of equality. Over the next three months, shareholders and councils are expected to return their verdict on the merger between the two port authorities.The move comes on the back of the merger talks undertaken on November 7, 2016 at the Flemish-Dutch summit.After several months of financial, legal and other studies, at the end of June the shareholders and works councils of both port authorities were presented with the outline of a possible merger in the form of a merger protocol. In the summer months, the outline accord was worked up into a merger agreement, articles of association and a shareholders’ agreement.The starting point for the merger agreement is to achieve a merger on a fully equal basis (50%-50%) and thus create a single cross-border port area and a single new unified port authority.As regards the hoped-for merger, all signals for Zeeland Seaports and the Port of Ghent are now set to green. Following the approval of the merger agreement by the eight municipal and provincial authorities, the new name of the unified cross-border port area and the merged company will be announced. This is provisionally planned for December 8, the Port of Ghent informed.last_img read more

Mitsui Co Takes 49 Pct Stake in BW Integrity FSRU

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsui & Co. has formed joint venture with gas shipping company BW Group Limited to own the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) BW Integrity.Mitsui & Co. has purchased a 49% share in BW Integrity, while BW continues to own a 51% share in the vessel. In line with the deal, BW will continue to provide commercial and technical management services for the vessel.The deal is expected to close as soon as the payment for the acquisition is completed, Mitsui said.This is the first FSRU project for Mitsui, and the first project for a Japanese company to participate in the LNG receiving infrastructure business in Pakistan.BW Integrity is currently in Port Qasim on a 15-year charter to PGP Consortium Limited (PGPC), to provide LNG regasification services at Pakistan’s second LNG import terminal. The demand for imported LNG in Pakistan is expected to grow steadily and reach 20 million tons per annum by 2022.“BW and Mitsui have a long history of close cooperation in many business areas and having Mitsui as a JV partner is a special relationship on which we hope to build for many years to come,” BW Group’s CEO Carsten Mortensen said.“The opportunity for us to enter the FSRU business is a very big step forward for our future business strategy. As an LNG receiving/regasification base project is an extension of the LNG shipping business area, it is important to acquire know-how of the FSRU business and to maintain effective relationships with partners like BW. I am convinced that this partnership will also greatly contribute to Mitsui &Co.’s gas sales strategy. I would like to continue to expand this business area firmly in the future,” Mitsui & Co.’s Chief Operating Officer of the Integrated Transportation Systems Business Unit II, Takeshi Setozaki said.BW’s first FSRU, the BW Singapore, is currently involved in a five-year contract providing LNG regasification and storage services in Sumed, Egypt.BW has a fleet of over 150 vessels, including 21 LNG carriers and FSRUs including newbuildings.Just two weeks ago, BW LNG welcomed two new MEGI LNG carriers into the fleet, BW Tulip and BW Lilac.The identical sisters were named at Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) two weeks ago and are the first two-stroke propulsion vessels in the fleet.last_img read more

Report Panama Canals LNG Tanker Traffic to Surge by 50 Pct

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal Authority expects to see a rise in the number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, mainly driven by increasing exports of fuel from the United States.Namely, the LNG tanker traffic would go up by 50 percent by September on the back of a growing global demand for LNG, Reuters said, citing Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Authority’s CEO.During the final quarter of 2017, the canal welcomed 60 LNG tankers, up from 43 tankers received in the same quarter a year earlier. As the demand for LNG continues rising, the Panama Canal expects to see one LNG tanker sail through its locks each day, Quijano told Reuters.US exports via the Panama Canal decreased temporarily in September 2017, due to damages caused by Hurricane Harvey to several Texas and Louisiana ports, but recovered in the following months.LNG vessels, which have an average canal water time of 20.5 hours, including waiting and transit times, represent about 9 percent of transits through the canal’s new locks.Earlier in 2017, Quijano informed that the canal expects to nearly double LNG carrier transits through the waterway by 2020 driven by US exports of natural gas.“The shale revolution in the United States not only has produced a quantum leap in terms of technology and volumes, but has also become a catalyst for the development and rapid evolution of a growing spot market, swaps and short-term contracts that were unthinkable a few years ago,” Quijano said.Based on the canal authority’s figures, the LNG segment has been surpassing the canal’s original expectations of one transit per week, and on average, 5.2 LNG vessels have transited the canal per week.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Nakilat Maran Gas Add Two LNG Carriers to Their JV

first_imgzoom Qatar-based LNG shipping company Nakilat and Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc. have expanded their joint venture partnership with two additional LNG vessels.The new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas from 13 to 15 vessels.The two newly added vessels, Woodside Rogers and Woodside Goode, featuring 159,800 cbm each, were built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) in 2013.In addition, the two vessels are under a long-term charter and equipped with Dual Fuel Diesel-Electric (DFDE) propulsion models, Nakilat said.“We are delighted at this opportunity to further strengthen our long-term strategic relationship. We look forward to working closely together in the future, continuing to strive to provide a first-class service to all our LNG customers,” Chairman of Maran Gas, John Angelicoussis said.Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions.“Strategic alliance with renowned partners has been fundamental to our success, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow our international presence. Nakilat now has an ownership interest in 69 vessels, affirming our global leadership in energy transportation with the world’s largest LNG fleet,” Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al Sulaiti said.last_img read more

Moodys Upgrades Royal Caribbean Rating

first_imgMoody’s rating agency has upgraded Royal Caribbean Cruises’ senior unsecured rating to Baa2 from Baa3, and assigned a P-2 rating to the company’s planned USD 1.15 billion commercial paper program.The rating agency added that the company’s rating outlook is stable.“The upgrade to Baa2 reflects Moody’s expectation that Royal Caribbean will benefit from strong booking trends, increased onboard spending and the introduction of new ships which will enable the company to maintain leverage below 3.5x,” Pete Trombetta, Moody’s lead lodging and cruise analyst, said.“The upgrade also reflects the company’s improved liquidity position, including reduced outstandings under its committed revolving credit facilities,” Trombetta added.The P-2 commercial paper rating reflects RCL’s adequate liquidity, supported by its strong free cash flow generation which is sufficient to cover debt maturities over the next 24 months.Constraining the company’s liquidity profile is the large cash outflows related to new ship deliveries which cause spikes in capital expenditures throughout the year.RCL also has a USD 1.4 billion revolver due 2020 and a USD 1.2 billion revolver due in 2022; combined outstandings of about USD 700 million at March 31, 2018.The revolvers do not require a material adverse change representation at borrowing, but do contain financial covenants which are expected to maintain ample headroom, Moody’s concluded.last_img read more

WSM to Manage Turquoise FSRU for Pardus Energy

first_imgWilhelmsen Ship Management, a Wilhelmsen group company, said it will be providing ship management services for the new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) named Turquoise, owned by Ireland-based Pardus Energy.Pardus Energy is a new entrant into the FSRU market, which aims to further expand its market presence.The FSRU is a 170,000 CBM gas processing vessel, built at Hyundai Heavy Industry, South Korea. The FSRU will be managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management Malaysia.“This win further solidifies our position in the gas market and we expect further growth driven by the positive sentiment in this segment,” says Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management.WSM’s portfolio of managed vessels includes more than 450 vessels, including LNG/LPG, Ro-Ro and PCC/PCTC, container, cruise, bulk, and offshore.Image Courtesy: Wilhelmsen Ship Managementlast_img read more

Road Improvements for Cumberland County

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements for CumberlandCounty The province is building better roads in Cumberland County. A tender call has been announced to repave three sections ofroadway totaling about 9.2 kilometres. “We are continuing to invest in better roads for Nova Scotians,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”We are upgrading important sections of road in this county, andnow we are planning to work on other important sections ofhighway.” The tender covers Route 321, from Oxford town line south toWyvern Road, about 5.1 kilometres; Route 301, from CarringtonRoad east to Trunk 6, about 3.4 kilometres; and Route 307, fromTrunk 6 to Quarry Hill Road, about 0.7 kilometres. The tender closes Wednesday, July 7 and work is expected to becompleted by Aug. 31. This announcement follows a $1.4-million commitment to repavepart of Route 209 and plans to repave part of Trunk 6 inCumberland County. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Province Strengthening Programs for Persons with Disabilities

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–Province Strengthening Programs for Personswith Disabilities The province of Nova Scotia reinforced its commitment tostrengthening programs for persons with disabilities in its firstannual report under the Multi-lateral Framework for Labour MarketAgreements for Persons with Disabilities. The report was releasedtoday, Dec. 3, the International Day of Disabled Persons. It reflects the province’s goal to improve accountability forlabour market programs and services for persons with disabilitiesand it will serve as a baseline for future reporting. “It’s important to be able to measure the effectiveness of ourprograms and services to ensure we are meeting the needs ofpersons with disabilities,” said David Morse, Minister ofCommunity Services. “The new framework offers us an opportunityto evaluate and strengthen these programs to better supportlabour market participation for persons with disabilities.” The departments of Community Services, Education and Health havedelivered labour market programs for persons with disabilitiesfor many years — including career counseling, campus-basedsupports, addiction treatments and mental health services. Theseprograms and services are supported by more than $15-million inannual cost-shared funding from the province and the federalgovernment. Following the signing of the labour market agreement in April,Nova Scotia received an additional $800,000 in federal fundingfor this fiscal year. The funding was distributed evenly amongthe three departments to support existing programs and services. The province also began the process of evaluating its programsand services in consultation with the disability community –work that will continue in the coming year. “We are committed to engaging in meaningful, ongoing consultationwith the disability community and will work closely with theDisabled Persons Commission to ensure this happens,” said Mr.Morse. “We’re pleased to see the province’s commitment to consult withthe disability community on programs and services that affectthem,” said Charlie Macdonald, executive director of the DisabledPersons Commission. “It’s a good fit with our mandate, as well asthe theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons,which is Nothing about us without us.” Mr. Morse said the province’s goal is to achieve full inclusionfor people with disabilities. “By working together, the lives of people with disabilities willbe improved,” said Mr. Morse, “and Nova Scotia will reap thebenefits of the many skills and talents they have to offer.” The goal of the multilateral framework is to improve theemployment situation for people with disabilities in Nova Scotiaby enhancing their employability, increasing employmentopportunities available and building on the existing knowledgebase. The first annual report under the framework can be foundon the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/.last_img read more

Town of Truro Renews Affirmative Action Commitment

first_imgHUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Town of Truro Renews Affirmative ActionCommitment Residents have renewed confidence that the Town of Truro iscommitted to building a workplace free of discrimination. Officials renewed the town’s affirmative action agreement onThursday, March 31, with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commissionat a signing ceremony in Halifax. “For the Town of Truro this commitment is very important,” saidMichael Baker, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “AsNova Scotia embarks on its efforts to encourage immigration, allof our communities need to be supporting the values of respectand inclusion.” The affirmative action agreement commits staff and officials inthe town to identifying and eliminating barriers that may denyequal employment opportunities to women, visible minorities,aboriginal people and people with disabilities. “The Town of Truro has recognized that actions such asdiversifying its staff enhances and increases the value of theresources and services it provides to the community,” said LanceHale, vice-chair of the Human Rights Commission. It is the second time officials from Truro have signed anaffirmative action agreement. The town’s original agreementexpired in 2004. “Council believes the goals and objectives identified in theagreement are both important and attainable,” said Truro MayorBill Mills. “As part of our strategic process, council will beannually measuring its success in implementation and results.” The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission currently has affirmativeaction agreements with 30 private and public sector groups in theprovince. “Affirmative action policies recognize that women, people withdisabilities, gays and lesbians, racially visible people, AfricanNova Scotians and First Nations people face disadvantages,” saidMayann Francis, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.”By renewing this agreement, the town has reaffirmed itscommitment to promote equity and inclusion for its citizens.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-2129 Fax: 902-424-0568 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Akerley Boulevard The entrance to Akerley Boulevard from Highway 118 and the Highway 107 bypass is closed due to an overturned tractor trailer. Traffic to Burnside can use the Highway 111 or Highway 118 interchanges or the Dartmouth Crossing entrance. -30-last_img

Crime Prevention Empowers Youth

first_imgCrime prevention starts with a positive direction, and that is what the Lighthouse Program provides for youth in communities across Nova Scotia. The program helps community groups provide recreational, educational and after school programs for young people. Justice Minister Ross Landry visited the Whitney Pier Youth Club today, April 16, where teens participate in after school programs. He praised the club and its members for offering positive options for youth. While at the club, Mr. Landry announced that community organizations involved in recreational activities will receive $240,000 under the program as part of the provincial budget for 2010-11. “The Lighthouse Program is a commitment made and a commitment kept by the government, and one that will make life better for families.” said Mr. Landry. “By offering positive alternatives to our youth, we are empowering them to make the right choices.” In the first year of the Lighthouse Program, a total of $180,000 was granted to organizations, including the Whitney Pier Youth Club, which received $12,000. Chester Borden, executive director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club, said the board members are trying to be proactive with their programming. “Youth don’t care what you know, until they know that you care,” said Mr. Borden. “This grant will assist us to continue the much- needed programs and services offered to the youth, their families and our community.” Organizations will be asked to apply for the 2010-11 grants this fall.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 28. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Sunday, Dec. 3. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 29, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 2. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Thursday, Dec. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection, south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection, south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Dec. 2. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road, to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 30. A marked detour is available. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road, over Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour, over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 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 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 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 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: 902-533-2771last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Ramp Closure The on-ramp to the Bicentennial Highway (Highway 102) from Joseph Howe Drive will be closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, until 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, during ramp repairs. Vehicles can enter Highway 102 from Bayers Road or from the Dunbrack St./North West Arm Drive Interchange. -30-last_img

Funding Continues for After the Bell Program

first_img Young people in the Annapolis Valley are getting active through After the Bell programs in West Hants, Wolfville, New Minas, Canning, Berwick and Kentville. Today, Jan. 28, Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine visited a yoga program in Wolfville to announce more than $22,000 of continued funding for after-school activities in those six communities. The program provides funding for after-school activities such as yoga, snowshoeing, rock climbing and Zumba in rural communities across the province where busing and transportation can be a challenge. “I’ve had lots of fun and learned many new skills for surviving and having fun outdoors in the Berwick Bio-Venturers program,” said Allyson Gibson, a Grade 7 participant from Berwick. “From tracking animals to making nature crafts, every day is different and interesting. My confidence in the outdoors has really improved.” After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in 12-to-15- year-olds, the years of greatest decline in physical activity. The priority is to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls. “It’s important to help young people make physical activity a part of their daily routine,” said Mr. Glavine. “The After the Bell program gives students a chance to participate in activities close to home.” Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their community. Last year, about 250 students in these communities took part. Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province. A list of grants announced today in the Annapolis Valley follows this release.last_img read more

Conservation Officers Ask Nova Scotians to Help Protect Recreational Fishery

first_img To report a violation regarding overfishing in lakes, rivers and streams, call 1-800-565-2224 and provide as much information as possible. You can also complete an online form at https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/conservation-enforcement/fillout-form.asp Provincial conservation officers remind Nova Scotians there is a daily limit on the number of trout that can be caught in most regions. Naturally low productivity in much of the province’s waters limits the number of trout that can be harvested sustainably. Overfishing can reduce the number of spawning trout in the fall and the number of small trout the following year. “The regulations help protect the opportunity for anglers today and for future generations,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “Our enforcement staff are very committed to protecting the sport fishery and will go the extra mile to make sure people follow the law.” Five people were convicted in June for poaching and exceeding the bag limit for trout after fishing in Hunting Lake in the Liscomb Game Sanctuary, Guysborough County, part of Alder Grounds Wilderness Area. They had caught 80 speckled trout in total, 55 over the limit and were fined $1,300 each. During last year’s fishing season, there were 364 charges for violations under the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations. Regulations regarding size, seasons, and bag and possession limits vary throughout the province. The 2016 Angler’s Handbook, that outlines the rules, is online at novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Anglers_Handbook_2016.pdflast_img read more

Amendments to the Construction Projects LabourManagement Relations Act

first_img “Companies looking to invest a significant amount of money and resources in our province would like the reassurance that a settled agreement for the life of project can bring,” said Al Stapleton, president of the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association. The act does not prevent a developer from working with a non-unionized contractor even when there is a project agreement in place. The amendments will take effect immediately after they are passed. repeal the current act and rename the new legislation as the Construction Projects Labour Relations Act give a developer of a $2 billion plus industrial construction project the option to seek a project-specific agreement for the life of the project amend the definition of construction project to include projects over $2 billion dollars, specifically liquefied natural gas projects in Guysborough and Richmond counties allow other economically significant industrial construction projects to be designated as construction projects by regulation following public consultation outline a process to notify multiple parties of a developer’s desire to negotiate a project agreement when a developer wants a project agreement, ensure construction does not start until there is one in place that covers the life of the project provide a mechanism, through the Labour Board, to resolve issues that may arise under the act Legislation introduced today, Nov. 2, will help create a stable labour relations climate for mega-industrial construction projects in Nova Scotia. The amendments to the Construction Projects Labour-Management Relations Act give developers of multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas projects in Richmond and Guysborough Counties the option to enter into a project-specific agreement to ensure no work stoppages during the life of the project. “Our government is committed to improving Nova Scotia’s competitiveness and positioning our province for growth,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This legislation helps create a stable labour relations climate that will encourage further investment and growth and bring economic benefits to our province and our people.” The department was asked by Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association and Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades to update the 40-year old legislation with a modernized version. “The stability a project agreement brings is good for everyone, including workers, who will benefit by having settled work conditions over the life of a project,” said Brad Smith, executive director of Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades. Specifically, the amendments will:last_img read more

Plan daction pour augmenter lactivité physique en NouvelleÉcosse

first_img Appuyer les lieux de travail pour permettre au personnel de faire plus d’activité physique afin d’augmenter la productivité et de réduire le taux d’absentéisme Lancer un projet pilote de prise en charge avant et après le programme de prématernelle Appuyer les municipalités et les communautés mi’kmaw pour répondre à leurs besoins uniques par du financement et de la formation supplémentaires Éliminer les obstacles et offrir de nouvelles possibilités en créant des environnements plus accueillants et plus inculsifs pour les groupes sous-représentés Le gouvernement a lancé un plan d’action quinquennal visant à faire bouger davantage les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse et à les inciter à ne pas rester assis trop longtemps. Le plan « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » contribuera à une population plus active, plus inclusive et en meilleure santé à l’échelle de la province grâce à des programmes d’éducation, à un accès amélioré à du financement et à des partenariats avec les secteurs public et privé. Un fonds pour des collectivités actives sera également créé afin de faciliter le processus de demande de financement pour l’activité physique par l’intégration de certains programmes existants au fonds, par exemple le programme parascolaire « After the Bell » et le programme d’accès aux installations. Les demandes à ce nouveau programme de subventions seront acceptées à compter du printemps. « Nous marquons le début d’une ère nouvelle de vie active qui mettra l’accent sur l’augmentation de l’activité physique dans tous les aspects de la vie des Néo-Écossais de tous âges et de tous niveaux d’aptitude », affirme Leo Glavine, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Pour permettre aux gens d’être plus actifs dans leur vie quotidienne, il faut leur offrir davantage de possibilités d’être actifs dans leur collectivité, au travail et à l’école. Nous reconnaissons les avantages d’une vie saine et active et les liens à l’amélioration de la qualité de vie, de la santé et du dynamisme de nos communautés. » Le plan d’action prévoit une approche coordonnée visant à joindre les gens là où ils passent la majorité de leur temps, soit où ils vivent, travaillent, apprennent et s’amusent.Le plan « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » abordera l’inactivité et la sédentarité en misant sur les réseaux, les partenaires, les initiatives et les installations qui appuient déjà l’activité physique. Le plan d’action abordera aussi les lacunes et améliorera les investissements actuels en appuyant les stratégies et les engagements qui sont déjà en place. Les mesures qui seront prises au cours de la première année incluent : « L’intégration de l’activité physique au quotidien est d’une importance fondamentale pour notre santé physique et mentale », souligne le Dr Robert Strang, médecin hygiéniste en chef. « En créant des environnements favorables à l’activité physique, ce plan d’action offrira aux Néo-Écossais plus d’occasions de bouger, de ne pas rester assis trop longtemps et d’être en meilleure santé. » Des partenariats seront établis avec la Commission des accidents du travail et la Commission de la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour promouvoir un lieu de travail plus actif afin d’améliorer la productivité, de mobiliser les employés et de réduire le taux d’absentéisme. « Nous sommes ravis d’appuyer cette initiative, affirme Stuart MacLean, directeur général de la Commission. Nous passons tous de nombreuses heures au travail, et il est important de demeurer actifs pendant ces heures afin d’assurer une bonne santé au travail. À la maison, au travail et ailleurs, si nous sommes actifs, nous sommes en bonne santé. Il s’agit de bonnes nouvelles pour tout le monde. » Le plan d’action s’aligne sur le document directeur du gouvernement fédéral lancé en mai 2018 intitulé « Une Vision commune pour favoriser l’activité physique et réduire la sédentarité au Canada : Soyons actifs ». La Nouvelle-Écosse est la première province à publier un plan d’action en réaction à la Vision commune. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le plan d’action « Soyons actifs en Nouvelle-Écosse » se trouvent au novascotia.ca/letsgetmoving/fr.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh 33 IAS 37 IPS officers transferred

first_imgBhopal: In a major administrative reshuffle, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has transferred 33 IAS and 37 IPS officers, including collectors of 15 districts and Superintendent ofPolice (SP) of as many districts in the state. As per the order issued post-midnight on Saturday, Bhopal collector Sudam P Khade was transferred as additional secretary in the state secretariat, although nobody was appointed in his place, a state government official said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe collectors of Dhar, Khandwa, Dindori, Agar Malwa, Alijrajpur, Shajapur, Burhanpur, Niwari, Satna, Sehore, Damoh, Raisen, Katni, and Neemuch districts were also transferred. The state government also transferred 37 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including the SPs in 15 districts. As per the order, the SPs of Shahdol, Shivpuri, Katni, Anuppur, Seoni, Sidhi, Dhar, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Mandsaur, Shajapur, Barwani, Singrauli, Agar Malwa and Bhopal (North) were transferred. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsBhopal Zone Inspector General (IG) Jaideep Prasad has also been transferred. He was replaced by Yogesh Deshmukh, who was posted so far as IG (Chambal Zone). Prasad was made IG (Rail). In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief and now Union Home Minister Amit Shah had targeted the Kamal Nath-led government in the state, accusing it of running a “transfer-posting industry”.last_img read more

Expect players to implement learnings

first_imgBuriram (Thailand): Indian football team coach Igor Stimac on Monday hoped that his wards will implement their learnings from practice in the King’s Cup, commencing here on June 5. India will clash with Curacao, ranked 82 in the latest FIFA World Ranking, on June 5. “The boys are confident, and have understood that they can improve their game with hard work on a daily basis. “I appreciate the hard work put in by the players over the last 10 days in New Delhi. I expect them to implement their learnings from practice in the upcoming tournament,” Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunStimac said after the team’s arrival here. The newly-appointed coach admitted “it will be tough” for his boys coming from an off-season to play here, but insisted they would put their best foot forward. “The weather conditions will be difficult. This being the off-season, the situation is tough. But at the same time, it is the same for everyone. We’re here to win, and do our best,” Stimac said. India are participating in the King’s Cup, one of Asia’s oldest International tournaments, after a gap of 38 years, and this is Stimac’s first international assignment after his appointment as the new coach. Central midfielder Pronoy Halder praised Stimac, saying that the coach has been constantly reminding them that they can bridge the gap with the top nations. “The coach keeps saying to us that if we listen to him, and execute it on the field, we can go a long way. The most significant part is that all the players have taken it in the right spirit,” Halder said. “We understand Curacao are a very strong team as most of their players are playing in premier divisions across Europe. That is providing us the extra motivation to prove a point. We will give our 100 percent.”last_img read more

Papua New Guinea volcano spews ash triggers eruption alert

first_imgKokopo: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano — designated one of the world’s most hazardous — began spewing ash Wednesday, turning the sky dark, sending residents fleeing and prompting an eruption warning. The volcano on the remote Bismarck Archipelago chain is listed as one of 16 “Decade Volcanoes” targeted for research because they pose a significant risk of large, violent eruptions. “The volcanic activity at Mt Ulawun began at 7:00 am this morning after slight rumbling and light emission,” Leo Porikura, an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office, said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.” Witnesses reported ash spewing out of the 2,334 metre (7,657 foot) summit, sending trails spanning high overhead. “The sky has turned black,” said Kingsly Quou, manager of the nearby Mavo Estates palm plantation. Quou said that villagers living at the base of the volcano had already been evacuated and he and his colleagues were gathering their belongings. Japanese satellite imagery and sources on the ground had shown sulphur dioxide and now volcanic ash drifting from the crater.last_img read more