Minsheng Orders RoRo Quartet from Chongqing Chuandong

first_imgzoom China’s Minsheng Shipping ordered four roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels from its compatriot shipbuilder Chongqing Chuandong on December 26, 2016, according to information provided by VesselsValue.The value of the order was not revealed.All four ships will have a capacity of 7,500 gross tons, with one of them scheduled for delivery in October, one in November and two in December 2017.Each of the RoRo vessels will feature a length of 110 meters and a width of 17.2 meters.Established in 1925, Minsheng owns more than 60 vessels, according to the company’s data.Chongqing Chuandong currently has two small chemical tankers under construction, scheduled for delivery this January. The ships are being built for Shanghai Sanhan Shipping from China, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

FSL Deal with Navios Not Feasible

first_imgzoom After it terminated an earlier agreement to sell its shares to Navios Maritime Holdings, FSL Trust Management said that the move was made as the proposed transaction “would not be feasible.”The company, a trustee-manager of Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust, signed a term sheet with Navios in April 2017 to sell 154.4 million shares in FSL Trust, representing around 24.2% of the total number of issued units in FSL Trust, for a total of USD 20 million.FSL Trust said that it was of the view that the proposed transaction would not be feasible and sought to negotiate terms with Navios.As no definitive structure was agreed to, nor definitive documentation executed, prior to the end of the exclusivity period granted under the term sheet, it was automatically terminated in accordance with the terms thereof.The company informed that the termination has no material financial impact on the group as the term sheet was non-binding and no definitive and binding agreement has been entered into between the parties in relation to the transaction.FSL said that it is and will be considering all options available, including any further proposals from Navios, in order to achieve refinancing and ensure “the long-term stability of FSL Trust amid the volatility and reduction in vessel values.”last_img read more

Merger with UASC Drives HapagLloyds Profit Surge

first_imgzoom German liner giant Hapag-Lloyd has started to reap fruit from its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) based on the preliminary figures for the full year 2017.Namely, a major jump has been reported in the company’s operating result (EBIT) for the full year, reaching EUR 411 million (USD 502 million) against EUR 126 million reported a year earlier.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) climbed up to EUR 1.055 billion, against EUR 607 million posted for 2016. The EBITDA margin grew to 10.6 pct compared to 7.9 pct in 2016, the company said.Aside from UASC merger, the better financial performance was also ascribed to a positive development of the worldwide container transport volume and a slight recovery of freight rates.In the fourth quarter of 2017, Hapag-Lloyd’s EBITDA increased to EUR 333 million from EUR 226 million reported in Q4 in 2016 and EUR 42 million higher EBIT year-on-year.Improved freight rates contributed to a revenue increase, which came at EUR 10.0 billion for the full year, compared to EUR 7.7 billion in 2016.At the same time, Hapag-Lloyd recorded a significant volume increase of 29 pct totaling in 9.8 million TEU.The German liner, which is now the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world, also has sound equity and liquidity reserves amounting to EUR 6.1 billion and EUR 1.1 billion respectively.Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of 215 container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.last_img read more

MR Charter Market Took an Unexpected Hit in Q2

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping  The medium range (MR) product tanker market sustained an unanticipated blow from a number of one-time events in the second quarter of 2018, Anthony Gurnee, Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Shipping, said in a conference call.These events included lower demand at the Atlantic Basin as a result of localized factors in the key consumer markets in Brazil, Mexico and West Africa, largely political issues, according to Gurnee, followed by high oil and bunker prices as well as weak crude tanker market.As a result of the unprecedented downturn of the crude oil taker market, fueled by geopolitical tensions and tonnage oversupply, crude tanker owners have started taking a portion of the product tanker cargoes to ease their woes.“Crude tanker market weakness resulted in some encroachment to product tanker trades, particularly Aframax newbuildings competing with LR2s,” he said. “Having said that, we feel that the impact of crude tankers on MR trade is limited, probably well under 1% of overall supply.” However, despite the quarter being unexpectedly tough, Gurnee believes that moving ahead the outlook is positive as MR supply growth remains at all-time lows.“We’re forecasting 23 MRs to deliver over the remainder of 2018, with 29 delivered year-to-date, and this is compared to the 5-year historical average of 112 per year. Scrapping has increased with 31 MRs scrapped year-to-date, indicating a run rate of approximately 50 to 60 per year, and as a consequence, MR fleet growth net of scrapping is expected to be well below 1% in 2018 and into 2019,” Gurnee  explained.Furthermore, demand fundamentals remain solid in terms of oil consumption growth and export-oriented refinery capacity development.“Atlantic Basin cargo volume should return to normal levels in the second half as the short-term factors play themselves out. Refined product inventories are well below 5-year averages, and with refinery throughput set to increased by further 2 million barrels a day in the third quarter to all-time highs, the conditions are in place for an increase in CPP trading activity,” he added.Ardmore also believes that the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will have a positive impact on the market as of next year boosting ton demand and demand growth for product tankers.Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red from last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Trump Adds Tariffs on USD 200 Bn of Chinese Imports

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The White House The Trump Administration is to proceed with placing additional tariffs on some USD 200 billion worth of imports from China, which will take effect on September 24.The latest round of tariffs will be set at a level of 10 percent until the end of the year. On January 1, the tariffs will rise to 25 percent, the US President said in a statement released on Monday.Trump warned that if China takes retaliatory action against US farmers or other industries, “we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately USD 267 billion of additional imports.”The move follows the Section 301 process that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has been leading for more than 12 months. After a thorough study, the USTR concluded that China “is engaged in numerous unfair policies and practices relating to United States technology and intellectual property – such as forcing United States companies to transfer technology to Chinese counterparts.”Trump further said that US has previously urged China to change these practices and give fair and reciprocal treatment to American companies. He added that, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices.Following the publishing of the USD 200 billion list by the US, China responded by releasing four lists worth in total USD 60 billion, to be tariffed between 5% and 25%.“For the first time in this trade war, the latest round has seen China unable to respond equally to the USD 200 billion measures announced by the US. With China importing much less than it exports to the US, if the trade war continues to unfold, China will have to look away from tariffing imports to find its retaliatory measures,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, said.According to BIMCO, some 85.3% of Chinese seaborne imports from the US and 58.5% of US seaborne imports from China could become affected by the trade war. While containerized goods have already been targeted by the USD 50 billion round, the biggest impact on these will come with the implementation of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of goods.So far, the tariffed goods total to 6.6 million tonnes of seaborne trade from China to the US in 2017. This is equivalent to 660,000 TEU. A further 22.4 million tonnes of seaborne containerized goods would be impacted by the US 200 billion list, affecting a total of 1.5% of the global seaborne container trade, BIMCO informed.last_img read more

Novatek Ships First LNG Cargo to Brazil

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MOL Russian natural gas producer Novatek has shipped its first LNG cargo to the Brazilian market with LNG produced from the Yamal LNG project. The cargo, shipped through the company’s subsidiary Novatek Gas and Power Asia, was delivered to the Bahia Regasification Terminal owned by Petrobras.“Our LNG marketing strategy aims to diversify our supply geography and customer base,”  Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board, said.“This shipment represents our first LNG cargo produced by our own production to the Latin American market, and confirms the viability of our logistical model and unique geographical location of the Yamal LNG project to deliver competitively priced LNG to any part of the world,” Mikhelson added.last_img read more

Panama Canal Rotterdam Port to Promote International Trade

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Port of Rotterdam The Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) to promote international trade between Europe and the West Coast of South America. Through this deal, the two organizations will work closely to optimize operations while encouraging economic growth and the exchange of information on new business development opportunities, including logistics parks and port development projects.The agreement comes at a period of continued growth for both the Panama Canal and Port of Rotterdam. Last month, the port celebrated a new transshipment record for the first six months of 2019 with 240.7 million tons handled, marking a 3.4% increase compared to 2018.During the same month, the canal set a new daily tonnage record of 1.706 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) on August 16, not long before welcoming the 7,000th Neopanamax transit since the inauguration of the Expanded Canal in 2016.The MOU is renewable after two years and will allow for both parties to share information on their technological capabilities, including the implementation of digital tools and applications aimed at improving transport efficiency and cost reduction.The deal also includes the exchange of market studies, transit data and modernizations plans, as well as joint training programs, studies and marketing activities between the two parties.last_img read more

Wentworth Provincial Park Opens May 21

first_imgWentworth Provincial Park in Cumberland County will open for thecoming park season on Friday, May 21, Speaker of the LegislativeAssembly Murray Scott announced today, May 13 on behalf ofNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. Robert Harrison ofCumberland County will operate the camping portion of the parkuntil Sep. 6. “Mr. Hurlburt and I have met with the community regarding theopening of Wentworth and are pleased to have Mr. Harrison operateit for this season,” said Mr. Scott. “We will be working with theCumberland Regional Economic Development Association and thecommunity to try and determine a long-term solution for thepark.” The park is located on Highway 4 and the phone number forreservations and information is 902-548-2999. The Department ofNatural Resources continues to operate the day-use area of thepark.last_img read more

Province Helps Businesses Sell to the Public Sector

first_imgThe province is helping businesses in Hants and Kings counties sell more to the public sector. Business leaders can meet public sector purchasers at a trade show in Wolfville on Tuesday, June 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Old Orchard Inn. Buyers from three levels of government, universities and colleges, school boards and health care facilities will be available to meet local business operators. The show will allow business vendors to learn about opportunities for increased sales to the public sector. They can meet public sector buyers to discuss issues face-to-face. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development, Hants Regional Development Authority, and Kings Community Economic Development Agency. Nova Scotia’s Supplier Development Program helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services, and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment .last_img read more

Lexposition sur Anne Frank se déplace à Halifax

first_imgEnviron 11 000 personnes, dont plus de 8 000 élèves, se sont rendues à Victoria Park, à Sydney, au cours du dernier mois afin visiter une exposition qui reflète les horreurs de la haine et de la discrimination. La Commission des droits de la personne de la Nouvelle-Écosse a terminé la présentation au Cap-Breton de l’exposition Le monde d’Anne Frank : 1929 à 1945 le dimanche 15 octobre. Cette exposition, qui est prêtée par le Anne Frank Center de New York, a été déplacée à Halifax, où elle sera présentée à compter d’aujourd’hui 24 octobre au Musée d’histoire naturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nous sommes très heureux de la participation à Sydney », a déclaré Michael Noonan, directeur général par intérim de la Commission des droits de la personne. « Cinquante-huit écoles du Cap-Breton ont profité de cette occasion pour explorer les récits d’Anne, les photos historiques des années 1929 à 1945, ainsi que les panneaux que la Commission a préparés spécialement pour cette exposition en Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous avons maintenant hâte de partager ces messages importants avec les gens des autres régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Anne Frank avait 13 ans lorsqu’elle et sept autres Juifs se sont cachés dans une annexe secrète située au-dessus du bureau de son père à Amsterdam pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Son journal, découvert après l’incursion des autorités allemandes, raconte en détail les deux années passées par le groupe dans cet espace restreint. Cette exposition itinérante a été élaborée en son honneur par la Anne Frank Foundation d’Amsterdam et est commanditée, aux États-Unis et au Canada, par le Anne Frank Center USA, Inc., situé à New York. « Il s’agit d’une représentation puissante de l’impact du préjudice, de la discrimination et du génocide. Certaines parties du contenu peuvent être considérées explicites, et c’est pourquoi le contexte est si important », affirme M. Noonan. « Mais l’exposition représente également l’espoir et est un témoignage de la responsabilité personnelle de chacun et chacune pour s’assurer que la haine ne diminue pas nos communautés. » Janet Maltby, directrice du Musée d’histoire naturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a souligné que de nombreux groupes scolaires d’autres régions de la province prévoient déjà un voyage à Halifax. « Les visites scolaires permettent aux élèves et aux enseignants de vraiment explorer les questions complexes des droits de la personne et d’en discuter », soutient Mme Maltby. Toutefois, les élèves ne seront pas les seuls à pouvoir réfléchir aux répercussions modernes des enjeux sempiternels. « Le Musée, en partenariat avec l’Atlantic Jewish Council, organisera également une série de conférences les mercredis soirs en novembre, conjointement avec cette exposition », a souligné Mme Maltby. « Cette importante série de présentations, de lectures et de présentations de films offrira aux visiteurs du musée l’occasion de réfléchir aux enjeux présentés dans l’exposition. » « Il s’agit de l’occasion idéale pour les Néo-Écossais et Néo-Écossaises de comprendre le rôle important que chacun d’entre nous joue afin de rendre notre monde encore meilleur », a déclaré Jim Spatz, président de Southwest Properties, commanditaire de l’exposition à Halifax. « Southwest Properties est très heureuse de pouvoir apporter cette histoire en Nouvelle-Écosse et de participer à la promotion de discussions sur les droits de la personne. » L’exposition Le monde d’Anne Frank : 1929 à 1945, sera présentée au Musée d’histoire naturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse jusqu’au 28 janvier 2007. Pour plus d’information sur l’exposition, consultez le site www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/annefrank. Pour plus d’information sur tous les événements qui ont lieu au musée, consultez le site http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh .last_img read more

Provincial Fire Service Training Program Presented to Minister

first_imgThe interests of Nova Scotia’s firefighters are in good hands thanks to the work of organizations such as the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Firefighters School. The fire service association recently presented a plan to create a provincial fire service training program to Minister of Environment and Labour Mark Parent. Under the proposal, 90 per cent of Nova Scotia’s fire service members could attain training within 90 minutes of their communities. Mr. Parent thanked the fire service association for its effort. “I would like to acknowledge the work of the association in developing a multi-year plan for improved training across the province,” he said. “In conjunction with other interested departments, Environment and Labour will review the proposed Provincial Fire Service Training Program plan.” Tom Bremner, president of the fire service association, said fire service training needs to be modernized. “Our association looks forward to working with the Department of Environment and Labour towards safer communities, and the safety of all firefighters.”last_img read more

Preparing for Hurricane Season as Hurricane Bill Gains Strength

first_img Maintain an emergency kit, including food water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a family shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. Make arrangements to help a senior or other people in the neighbourhood that may need help. Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Refrain from going to coastal areas to watch a severe storm. It can be very dangerous. Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness. The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising the public to take necessary precautions as Hurricane Bill gains strength in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 500 kilometres off St. Martin in the Caribbean as of 1:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20. “Environment Canada indicates that this storm will maintain its hurricane status as it heads north,” Ramona Jennex, Emergency Management Minister, said. “While we know that hurricanes are unpredictable, this is an opportunity to remind all Nova Scotians that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “The most important things individuals can do is keep informed by listening for updated weather information and public safety bulletins and act accordingly,” said Dennis Kelly, acting deputy head and CEO of the Emergency Management Office. Other ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency are: last_img read more

Young Nova Scotians Selected for Leadership Program

first_img The summit focuses on enhancing motivation, relationships, strategy, structure and outcomes. Candidates have been selected from throughout Atlantic Canada. Dr. André Bernard, resident physician-anesthetist, Dalhousie University David Eisnor, manager, self-employment benefits, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) Colette Everett, group account director, Revolve Branding David Finlayson, marketing manager, Helly Hansen Dr. Leah Genge, resident physician, University of Calgary Heidi Jamieson, vice president, taxation and special projects, Sobeys Inc. Kelly Johnstone, acting general manager, Cobham Tracking and Locating Ltd. Mike Kennedy, consultant, strategy and operations, Deloitte Clare Levin, executive director, Peaceful Schools International Ron Lovett, president, Source Security and Investigations Inc. Ryan MacNeil, sustainability consultant, self-employed Joanne Macrae, founder, The HUB Halifax Tracey Newman, manager, field and collection services, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia Raymond Rashed, district banking manager, The Bank of Nova Scotia Julia Rivard, CEO, Sheep Dog Inc.ca Matthew Rodgers, general manager, Bishop’s Cellar Derek Simon, associate, Burchells LLP Michelle Strum, owner, Halifax Backpackers Ashley Ward, executive director, Give to Live FOR BROADCAST USE Twenty young Nova Scotians will get a chance to hone their leadership skills during 21inc’s Emerging Leaders Summit in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick from November 21st to 24th. The province, through Economic and Rural Development and – S-B-I, has invested 30-thousand-dollars in the program. Premier Darrell Dexter says investments like this one support the next generation of leaders, making Nova Scotia a more innovative and globally competitive province. Fusion Halifax chair Cheryl Stewart is one of 20 Nova Scotians selected to participate. She says young leaders gain experience at the summit, which is an investment that will yield results for communities all over the province. -30-center_img The future looks promising for some of the province’s most talented young professionals. Twenty young Nova Scotians, aged 20-35, will attend the 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit Nov. 21-24 in St. Andrews, N.B. “More and more often, young people are holding positions of leadership in organizations and communities throughout our province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Programs like 21inc help young people develop relevant skills, which fosters innovative, growing and globally competitive companies. “The development of these young leaders from all areas of the province will benefit their communities and their contributions will make life better for families in all regions.” Cheryl Stewart, chair of Fusion Halifax, is one of the Nova Scotians selected to participate in the summit. “Celebrating and further cultivating leadership among the next generation is a critical element in making Halifax a magnet for talent,” said Ms. Stewart. “The 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit gives me and my fellow nominees a chance to share with one another, learn from the best and invest in our own future. That is one investment that will yield results for communities all over the province.” The province, through Economic and Rural Development and Nova Scotia Business Inc., has invested $30,000 to support the leadership project. It is also supported by other public and private sector partners. The young professionals are champions in areas like technology, business, government, entrepreneurship and communitygroups. The other 21inc leaders are:last_img read more

Précautions relatives aux inondations et à leau de puits

first_img En cas d’inondation majeure, le gouvernement provincial peut offrir un programme d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe. Le fait de prendre note des dommages vous aidera lorsque viendra le temps de faire une réclamation. Faites une liste et incluez des photos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les mesures de préparation en vue d’une inondation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité de l’eau de puits, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp. -30- Certains articles doivent être jetés après une inondation. Les objets tels que les matelas, les oreillers, les sofas et les meubles rembourrés qui ont été trempés ne sont plus sécuritaires et peuvent contenir des bactéries nocives. Tout aliment qui a été en contact avec les eaux de crue doit aussi être jeté, y compris les aliments frais ou congelés, les aliments en boîte, les boissons en bouteille et toute boîte de conserve qui a été endommagée. En cas de panne d’électricité, les représentants du ministère de l’Agriculture encouragent les consommateurs à faire preuve de prudence en ce qui a trait aux aliments réfrigérés ou congelés. Les aliments se conservent généralement pendant plusieurs heures dans un réfrigérateur, même sans électricité, particulièrement si la porte reste fermée. Ils offrent les conseils suivants sur la sécurité alimentaire : Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 ou 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. L’eau de puits doit être vérifiée pour s’assurer qu’elle ne contient pas de bactéries. Communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476 si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable. Tout aliment périssable qui reste à la température de la pièce pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté. Jetez également tout aliment qui est chaud au toucher ou qui présente une odeur ou une couleur inhabituelle. Tout aliment dans un congélateur plein est bon pendant un délai de deux jours après une panne d’électricité. Tout aliment dans un congélateur à moitié plein est bon pendant un délai d’une journée après une panne d’électricité. Les détaillants alimentaires sont avisés de conserver les aliments à une température de moins de 4 C (40 F). Tout aliment périssable conservé à une température supérieure pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté immédiatement. Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions. Les bureaux municipaux indiqueront aux gens à quel moment il est sécuritaire de retourner à la maison. Ne tentez pas de traverser des routes inondées. Les eaux de crues présentent le plus grand risque juste après une tempête. Il ne faut que six pouces d’eau à débit rapide pour renverser une personne. Ne rebranchez pas l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour inspecter et rebrancher ces services. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Vérifiez bien votre maison pour trouver tout dommage, verre brisé ou autres débris. Après une inondation, les deux principales préoccupations sont la sécurité et l’assainissement. Voici quelques lignes directrices pour assurer un retour à la maison en toute sécurité : Le Bureau de gestion des urgences (BGU) rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que des inondations peuvent se produire en tout temps après des pluies abondantes. Selon Environnement Canada, à 8 h aujourd’hui 7 novembre, la région de Yarmouth avait reçu environ 174 millimètres de pluie, et d’autres régions de la province avaient reçu plus de 100 millimètres de pluie. Des précipitations supplémentaires de 30 à 60 millimètres sont prévues en Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences a activé son Centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence et continue de surveiller la tempête. Les agents de planification de la gestion des urgences signalent que des inondations se sont produites dans différentes régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse et que le niveau d’eau est élevé dans de nombreuses rivières et de nombreux ruisseaux. Les précipitations supplémentaires prévues pourraient causer d’autres inondations dans certaines régions. On encourage les Néo-Écossais à se préparer en vue d’inondations dans leur région en éloignant les meubles et autres biens personnels des zones qui peuvent être touchées par les eaux de crue et en attachant les objets qui risquent d’être emportés ou endommagés par une inondation. Il est également recommandé que les résidents s’assurent d’avoir accès à de l’eau potable en cas de contamination ou de non-disponibilité de leur source d’approvisionnement régulière. En cas d’inondation :last_img read more

One Book Nova Scotia Launches Reveals Author

first_imgThe One Book Nova Scotia project wants to get Nova Scotians reading the same book and sharing the same story. Today, Sept. 21, that book was revealed to be Twenty-Six, by Nova Scotian author Leo McKay Jr. MLA Pam Birdsall, on behalf of Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, helped launch the new provincewide reading campaign for adults at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Halifax. “It’s about community, bringing people together, providing a common subject for discussion,” said Ms. Birdsall. “The One Book Nova Scotia initiative will encourage a love of reading and life-long learning for people of all ages and foster a stronger community for years to come.” Published in 2003, Leo McKay Jr’s Twenty-Six is a work of fiction about a family living in small town Nova Scotia whose lives are changed forever after a mining accident claims the lives of twenty-six men. The One Book Nova Scotia project was organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, a group of library representatives from public, university and community college libraries, as well as the Nova Scotia Provincial Library division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. “In selecting the book, the criteria included a living Canadian author with a conversation generating story that could appeal to a wide range of adults with varying literary levels and life experiences,” said Frances Newman, chair, One Book Nova Scotia steering committee. Other considerations included the book be in print, available in a variety of formats and not be a previous bestseller. The One Book movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library and spread to other communities in North America. This is its first year in Nova Scotia. The program will run until Nov. 9; during this time Mr. McKay will hold readings at libraries across the province. Nova Scotians can also participate in bookclub discussions and get involved through Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the program visit 1bns.ca .last_img read more

Spring Weight Restrictions Start March 11

first_imgSpring weight restrictions for commercial vehicles will begin on posted provincial roads starting March 11 in most of mainland Nova Scotia. At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 11, restrictions will be on in Annapolis, Digby, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth counties. At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 18, restrictions will be on in Antigonish, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland, Guysborough, Inverness, Pictou, Richmond, and Victoria counties. The weight restrictions on heavy trucks are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal monitors air and road temperatures and works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine the date that best protects the province’s road surfaces. A list of exempt roads will be published in a number of newspapers across the province. Updated information is posted on the department’s website at novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/springweight.asp .last_img read more

Budget Highlights for the Fiscal Year 2013–14

first_img continue to help Nova Scotians with the rising cost of home energy through the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, $12.4 million, and Your Energy Rebate, $104 million increase the maximum property tax rebate by $200, bringing the total up to $800. About 15,000 seniors qualify for the rebate. Of those, 4,000 will benefit from the increase to help them stay in their homes exempt more of the province’s low-income seniors from paying provincial income tax, and return a greater portion of income tax to more seniors. In the last four years, many low-income seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefited from not having to pay provincial income tax. This put an average of $450 back into the hands of 17,000 seniors who needed it most. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, that number will increase to 25,000. An additional 4,000 seniors will also have a portion of their income tax returned to them through a new provincial $1,000 non-refundable Age Amount tax credit. In total, 29,000 seniors will receive more income tax relief invest more in the Graduate Retention Rebate Program for new graduates, $6 million increase the personal allowance rates for income assistance beneficiaries by $17 per month, bringing the total increase over four years to $47 each month, a 22 per cent increase provide more Nova Scotians with safe, affordable housing options through the province’s first housing strategy PROVIDING BETTER CARE SOONER The province’s Better Care Sooner plan is working. Budget 2013-14 makes new investments to keep emergency rooms open, to better meet patients’ needs and to improve children’s health. Budget 2013-14 will: NOTE: A social media release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-04-04-Budget-2013/ . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event. For the complete budget address and other budget documents, visit www.novascotia.ca . MAKING LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR NOVA SCOTIANS The province is committed to making life more affordable for families. Budget 2013-14 puts more money back into the hands of families, seniors, low-income Nova Scotians and students. Budget 2013-14 will: BACK TO BALANCE Nova Scotia’s fiscal plan is working. Spending restraint is the cornerstone of Back to Balance, even in light of better-than-expected revenues. Everyone shared in the challenge of getting Nova Scotia back to balance. Our fiscal discipline will allow the province to reduce the HST by one percentage point in 2014 and by another in 2015. Getting back to balance, and staying there, is critical to ensuring the services Nova Scotia’s families rely on are there when they need them, now and for generations to come. The province has: introduce single-window, streamlined access to current small-business programs, ensuring business owners can easily find and connect with the help they need to grow, hire and succeed reduce the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses to three per cent as of Jan. 1, 2014. Over four years, that is a drop of two percentage points in income tax and almost $78 million in savings for small business that can be reinvested to compete, grow and hire. The small business limit threshold will also be lowered to $350,000. The combined impact of these reductions mean that 93 per cent of small businesses will save $26 million in 2013–14, and more than $33 million per year when the changes are fully implemented. maintain a suite of innovation and learning programs to support small businesses that want to train employees, develop new products and improve productivity, $13.9 million help fund new equipment, clean technology, software and hardware for businesses, $14.5 million provide ongoing support for apprentices through in-class and online training opportunities, $4.5 million build and maintain roads and structures, $248.4 million open collaborative emergency centres in more Nova Scotian communities this year fund insulin pumps and supplies for youth to 19 and supplies for insulin pumps for people younger than 25, $5.3 million expand dental coverage for children by four years: starting in 2013–14, children 13 or younger will be able to receive universal dental coverage for check-ups and treatments, $2.1 million expand newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and eight additional conditions, $1.3 million partner with other provinces across Canada to reduce the price of six common generic drugs used by many Nova Scotians fund Nova Scotia’s first mental health and addictions strategy, Together We Can, $2.5 million FOCUS ON WOMEN Budget 2013-14 makes strategic investments in areas that benefit women’s health, protect the most vulnerable women in society, and continue to support the creation of good jobs throughout Nova Scotia. Budget 2013-14 will: PUTTING KIDS AND LEARNING FIRST Nova Scotia has a plan to help every student succeed. Together with teachers, parents, school boards, communities and children, the province’s Kids and Learning First plan is preparing our young people for success through a greater focus on the early years, the basics and safer, better schools. Budget 2013-14 will: establish children’s centres to make it easier for families to access support services for young children and help them make a successful transition to elementary school, $1.2 million continue to cap class sizes for grades primary to three at 25 students, ensuring that average class sizes remain the smallest in a generation enable school boards to hire 25 new program support staff, psychologists, and speech–language pathologists to help children with special needs, and provide funding for 15 teachers’ assistants, $3.7 million help students succeed in math by giving them more time to focus on fewer topics, in more depth, through curriculum improvements in grades primary to three, and double the time Grade 10 students learn math, $3 million support students in small and rural communities by tripling the number of students who can participate in courses through online virtual classrooms, $252,000 increase and stabilize funding for transition houses and women’s centres target groups under-represented in the workforce, as part of the province’s ongoing workforce strategy continue support for Techsploration, an innovative program designed to introduce girls to career development opportunities in science, trades and technical and technology-related fields, $75,000 support Cybersafe Girl to keep girls safe online, $20,000 continue to support the domestic violence court, work on the province’s domestic violence plan and develop a sexual violence framework analyzed government and school board procurement to find savings, better prices and improved contracts for products and services, saving the province $14.8 million in 2013–2014 alone held salary increases below previous levels, generating nearly $200 million in annual savings for taxpayers ended March Madness and end-of-year spending reduced the size of the civil service by more than 600 reined in growing health-care spending; efforts such as merging district health authorities and IWK administrative services have held DHA budget increases, on average, to only 1.6 per cent a year since 2009–10 increased per-student funding to $10,762, the highest amount in a generation, and worked with school boards to reduce administrative costs Budget 2013-14 is balanced. This year, the government will continue to make strategic investments to create good jobs, grow the economy, and help make life better for families. Budget 2013-14 includes $9.5 billion in revenues, $9.5 billion in total spending, and a bottom-line surplus of $16.4 million. With the province’s finances now back to balance, Nova Scotia is poised to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. CREATING GOOD JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY Nova Scotia is beginning to turn the corner toward greater prosperity and game-changing opportunities. jobsHere is helping hundreds of small businesses get started, expand into new markets, make productivity upgrades and train employees now and for the future. Budget 2013-14 will:last_img read more

Dementia Strategy Advisory Committee Members Named

first_imgMembers of an advisory committee have been chosen to help develop the province’s first comprehensive strategy for people with dementia and their families. The members include a Nova Scotian who is living with dementia, a family caregiver, service providers, and health-care professionals. “This is an important step towards our goal to enhance delivery of dementia care and treatment in this province,” said Health and Wellness minister Leo Glavine. “The dementia strategy will make the best use of support for those living with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers.” Lloyd Brown, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, and Ruby Knowles, executive director of Continuing Care at the Department of Health and Wellness, are the committee co-chairs. Other committee members named today are: Dr. Melissa Andrew, geriatrician, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Angus Campbell, executive director, Caregivers Nova Scotia Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, clinical academic director, Geriatric Psychiatry and Seniors Mental Health Program, QEII Health Sciences Centre Janice Chalmers, registered nurse, Northwood Home Care, Halifax Krista Connell, CEO, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Sharon Davis-Murdoch, special advisor on Diversity and Social Inclusion, Department of Health and Wellness Heather Fifield, member at large Rev. Faye Forbes, member at large who is living with dementia Patricia Harrington, manager, Continuing Care, Cumberland Health Authority Lorna MacPherson, director, Services for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Community Services Brenda Nicholson, director of resident care, Alderwood Nursing Home, Baddeck Tony Prime, co-ordinator, Adult Mental Health, Mental Health, Children’s Services and Addictions, Department of Health and Wellness Dr. Celina White, chair, Nova Scotia Physician Recruitment and Retention Action Team, Amherst Faizal Nanji, Department of Seniors Bill VanGorder, Group of IX “We’re off to a great start,” said Mr. Brown. “With the advisory committee in place, we are well-positioned to produce a meaningful strategy that will support persons with the disease and their care-givers.” The dementia strategy, which was announced in January, aims to improve timely access to services, provide support for caregivers, and ensure people affected by dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. Nova Scotia has the oldest population per capita in the country. Each month, about 1,000 Nova Scotians turn 65. As of July 1, 2013, Statistics Canada reports 166,519 Nova Scotians or 17.7 per cent of the province’s total population are 65 or older. The provincial dementia strategy will be delivered to the minister next spring.last_img read more

Les élèves se préparent aux stages professionnels en pensant à la sécurité

first_imgMatt Williams, élève de 11e année à l’école secondaire Citadel, est l’un des presque 5 000 élèves néo-écossais qui recevront cette année une formation en cours d’emploi dans le cadre de programmes d’enseignement coopératif et d’autres cours. Mais avant que M. Williams ne se rende sur place pour son stage, lui et ses camarades de classe apprendront l’importance de la sécurité au travail. « Mes stages vont m’aider à acquérir l’expérience de la vraie vie, une expérience pratique, et me donneront un avant-goût de la carrière que j’ai choisie, a dit M. Williams. Et ma formation en santé et sécurité me donnera les connaissances dont j’ai besoin pour être en sûreté sur mon lieu de travail. « J’ai appris que la sécurité au travail est la responsabilité de chacun, et c’est donc ma responsabilité. J’ai besoin de savoir comment me protéger du danger et je dois aussi être vigilant pour que les autres ne soient pas en danger. En réalité, il s’agit simplement d’être intelligent au travail. » La sécurité au travail figure dans beaucoup de cours à partir de la 7e année. M. Williams est confiant que le stage et la formation en santé et sécurité amélioreront son employabilité et feront de lui un meilleur travailleur. « Les employeurs verront que j’ai une bonne expérience qui peut contribuer à rendre le milieu de travail plus sûr pour tout le monde », dit-il. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, indique pour sa part que dans le cadre d’une éducation de qualité, les élèves sont de mieux en mieux préparés en vue des emplois de demain en acquérant une expérience concrète des impératifs d’un milieu de travail sûr. « En amenant le milieu de travail dans la salle de classe, nous donnons aux élèves les connaissances et les outils dont ils ont besoin pour des carrières réussies », souligne Mme Casey. L’éducation et la formation sont des éléments essentiels de la stratégie provinciale sur la sécurité au travail. « Quand le milieu de travail rencontre la salle de classe, il est important que la sécurité fasse partie de la conversation, précise Stuart MacLean, président et directeur général de la Commission d’indemnisation des accidentés du travail. Un investissement dans l’éducation et la formation en santé et sécurité produira des milieux de travail plus sûrs pour nos élèves et nos travailleurs, aujourd’hui et à l’avenir. » Les initiatives conjointes du gouvernement et de la Commission visent à améliorer la sécurité des travailleurs; on y trouve entre autres des programmes destinés à enseigner aux jeunes travailleurs des méthodes de travail sûres. « La sécurité au travail est une chose importante à enseigner à nos jeunes pour les préparer à entrer dans la population active et c’est un élément essentiel d’une carrière réussie, précise Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. En comprenant l’importance de la sécurité quand ils sont jeunes, nos élèves seront le moteur du changement qui s’impose pour que la sécurité devienne une habitude dans tous les milieux de travail. » Apprenez-en plus aux adresses suivantes : workplacesafetystrategy.ca ou worksafeforlife.ca Sites en anglais seulement. On trouvera à cette adresse, (workplacesafetystrategy.ca ), des renseignements supplémentaires et un aperçu de la formation en santé et sécurité au travail pour les élèves.last_img read more