zoom The operations at the Colombia Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce (SPIA) container terminal have been launched as the terminal handled its first container vessel, the 9,411 TEU MSC Sasha on November 27.In its first phase of development, the marine terminal will be able to handle an annual capacity of 550,000 TEUs. It will also operate a bulk terminal with a capacity of 2 million tons per year.Located on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce is designed and built to serve mega container vessels with capacity of up to 18,000 TEUs.SPIA terminal is a joint venture between International Container Terminal Services Inc. and PSA International, with an investment of over USD 500 million.“The commencement of operations at Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce marks a crucial milestone in Colombia’s port infrastructure and is the result of a successful collaboration between foreign port partners and local stakeholders,” Miguel Abisambra, CEO of Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce, said.“Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce will be the latest generation port to facilitate foreign trade and contribute to the country’s competitiveness,” Abisambra added.MSC Sasha is the first of 10 ships to call in a weekly service launched by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and German shipping firm Hapag Lloyd, which connects the US East Coast and Europe with the West Coast of South America.Construction on the terminal is expected to be fully completed by the first quarter of 2017.
zoom A man with a leg injury was medevaced from Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ ocean ship, on June 27 while the vessel was some 12 miles southwest of Yakutat, Alaska.A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent to assist the cruise ship, which was en route to Sitka at the time.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a medevac request from the Crystal Serenity crew for a passenger with a fractured femur. Watchstanders requested the launch of the Jayhawk crew after consulting the duty flight surgeon who recommended medevac of the man.The 57-year-old passenger was hoisted and transported to Sitka.“Safety is paramount, especially during any response that requires hoisting by helicopter,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Samuel Bass, command duty officer for Sector Juneau.“Great communication between the Coast Guard, the Crystal Serenity, EMS and Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium personnel enabled a safe, efficient transfer of the passenger to a higher level of care.”
A worker died in an accident at Finnish Meyer Turku shipyard on Thursday afternoon. The man, working for the shipyard’s subcontractor, lost his life after being hit by a forklift truck at approximately 14:40, Meyer Turku confirmed.Immediately after the accident, workers alarmed the yard’s first aid team. Ten minutes later, local emergency services arrived but the man was found to be already dead.An investigation into the cause of the accident is to be launched.Meyer Turku’s flag is flying at half mast today as the shipyard is mourning the loss of the worker.
The people of New Glasgow’s west side have home ice advantagethis weekend, Feb. 4-6, when the community’s outdoor rink isshowcased to the public. As part of the national Ice Dreams initiative to Take the Roofoff Winter, the Office of Health Promotion showcases an outdoorrink annually to create awareness and to celebrate all outdoorrinks and outdoor play in winter. This year’s featured attraction is the outdoor rink that has beenbuilt in New Glasgow each winter for nearly 70 years and that isalways a focal point for the community’s annual West Side WinterCarnival. “Nova Scotia has the perfect weather for all types of winteractivities, be it skiing, skating, or just fun in the snow,” saidHealth Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “We want to showpeople how much fun outdoor rinks are, and being outdoors ingeneral. It’s time to take the roof off winter.” The 36th annual West Side Winter Carnival will include an openingceremony today, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., fireworks, public skates, foodand prizes, a variety show, and more. “The residents of New Glasgow’s west side should be very proud ofthe job they have done over the past and continue to do today,”said local organizer Michelle MacDougall. “We have a young,vibrant, growing community with members who are willing to pitchin with whatever is needed. They are all outside enjoying whatnature has to offer. It is because of these people that the WestSide Community Centre is what it is today.” Health Promotion is the provincial delivery agent of a nationalinitiative called Ice Dreams, which is part of the Go for Greenprogram. The Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia isalso a supporter of the program. Ice Dreams was developed to showCanadians that just because the temperature has dropped, itdoesn’t mean that there are any fewer opportunities to getoutside and be active. The program is about the rebirth ofoutdoor rinks — historical playgrounds for hockey and skating. For more information on building an outdoor rink, see the websiteat visit www.icedreams.ca . For more information on the West SideWinter Carnival, call Michelle MacDougall at 1-902-755-6862 or 1-902-752-6554.
Nova Scotians invested record amounts in community investment funds last year, fuelling growth in rural and urban areas around the province. Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage said Nova Scotians invested more than $3.2 million in Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs), making the 2004 tax year the best year in the program’s history. “Our community funds provide needed investment dollars for smaller community-based enterprises,” said Mr. Fage. “These dollars are invested by Nova Scotians to support Nova Scotians — and the program is working.” Since the government of Nova Scotia introduced CEDIFs in 2000, about 2,400 Nova Scotians have invested more than $13 million in community economic development across the province. The investments are helping to fund everything from wind power to fair trade organic coffee co-ops. Mr. Fage expects CEDIFs to grow by 20 per cent in the 2005 tax year, with almost $4 million being invested locally. Nova Scotians who buy shares in CEDIFs qualify for a 30 per cent tax credit and can hold the shares as investments in self-directed RRSPs. In support of the program, the province guarantees the last 20 per cent of investments against loss for the first four years. Presently, four new funds are offering shares in regions across the province. Scotian Windfields is offering renewable energy and wind exploration investment opportunities through Bay Wind Field Inc. in the municipalities of Kings, Annapolis, Digby, and Shelburne counties; Chebucto Wind Field Inc. in the Halifax Regional Municipality area; and Sou’Wester Wind Field in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties. For more information call 1-877-798-5085 or see the website at www.scotianwindfields.org . Unique CEDC Ltd. — a clothing design company — is offering an investment opportunity in Unique Solutions Design Ltd. The proceeds go toward the marketing and sales of Unique Solutions’ flagship product, the Bodyskanner, and other software and measurement software. Contact Tanya Shaw Weeks at 902-492-2106, or toll-free 1-800-543-4739. For more information on CEDIFs operating across Nova Scotia, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cedif/.
Proposed new building and plumbing code regulations will mean safer and more accessible homes and offices for Nova Scotians. The regulations were released for public comment on Wednesday, Feb. 1. “The updated regulations will assure harmonization, uniformity and consistency with Canada’s national building and plumbing codes,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour. “And, importantly, these draft regulations will improve safety and accessibility for Nova Scotians.” The proposed regulations would change the requirements for when sprinkler systems must be installed. This change will be consistent with the National Building Code of Canada. However, the draft regulations continue to set a more stringent standard for sprinkler systems to be installed for new apartment buildings, and for business and personal services occupancies. The regulations also propose changes to the requirements for barrier-free buildings. These proposed changes recognize that Nova Scotia’s population is older than the national average and the last census shows the province has a higher than average disabled population. The changes will enable people to remain in their existing homes as they grow older or find suitable accommodations as the need arises. The amendments also adopt the updated National Building and Plumbing Codes of Canada. By adopting the national codes, Nova Scotia will help maintain a level playing field for design and construction of buildings across Canada. The public comment period deadline is Friday, March 17. The proposed changes are available on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
Robert Gordon, Dean of Research A highly respected scientist working within Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Department of Agriculture, Mr. Gordon has dedicated his career to public service and has implemented creative and innovative solutions in agriculture and the environment in the Atlantic region. Mr. Gordon is regarded throughout Canada as a leading authority on climate-related issues. Charles Weir, Jr., Industrial Relations Officer As a conciliator with the Department of Environment and Labour since 1996, Mr. Weir has been recognized for his commitment to service, excellence and professionalism in numerous successful conciliation/mediation cases. Over the past seven years, Mr. Weir logged 6,222 hours in direct conciliation and 744 hours in grievance mediation. He has made a major contribution to the Department’s 85 per cent success rate in grievance mediation and more than 97 per cent in conciliation, higher than the national average. — John Soosaar, Communications AdvisorWabanaki: People of the Dawn is a video documentary produced by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs under the vision and leadership of Mr. Soosaar. Working closely with the Mi’kmaw community, the video helps to raise awareness of the culture and history of the Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia through the story of the Mersey River archeological site discovered in 2004. — Environmental Monitoring Program TeamThis team at the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture implemented the first comprehensive environmental monitoring program for more than 330 marine aquaculture sites throughout Nova Scotia. In just three years, the team developed a way to help ensure that aquaculture is environmentally sustainable in Nova Scotia. Award recipients: Marshall F. Giles, Toby Balch, Alan J. McNeill, Cyril Boudreau, Andrew Bagnall, Cory Aldous, Geordie MacLachlan, Mark TeKamp, and Lewis Clancey. For more information about the Premier’s Award of Excellence, this year’s recipients and their work, visit www.gov.ns.ca . Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Senior Policy Analyst Ms. Davis-Murdoch developed the Diversity and Social Inclusion in Primary Health Care Initiative to raise awareness about the broad range of health issues and barriers affecting culturally diverse populations in Nova Scotia. A major outcome is the first Provincial Guidelines for Culturally Competent Primary Health Care in Canada. Government employees who developed an aquaculture environmental monitoring program and who produced a documentary about Mi’kmaw history and culture were among the recipients honoured today, June 12, with the Premier’s Award of Excellence. The award was presented to two teams and four individuals for contributions to Nova Scotia at a ceremony in Halifax. “These employees demonstrate excellence in their fields of work and excellence in public service,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “The award winners, in fact, represent the many thousands of Nova Scotia government employees who bring their skills and dedication to their public service roles every day, and I’m proud to work along side them.” The Premier’s Award of Excellence is the highest honour of the Nova Scotia civil service. Established in 2006 by former premier John Hamm, the award program recognizes Nova Scotian civil servants for outstanding contributions and achievements. Employees are nominated by co-workers. Civil servants, highway workers, correctional workers and recent retirees are eligible for nomination. An external selection panel looked for nominations of team or individuals that demonstrated achievements in leadership excellence, innovation and creativity, outstanding client service, and creative relationship building. The selection panel evaluated 25 nominations according to impact, outcomes and how outcomes were achieved, and recommended six to receive the award. “The quality of submissions we received reinforces that Nova Scotians are being well served by their provincial public service,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Human Resources. “We value our employees and what better way to show that than by celebrating their achievements.” Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, presented the awards on behalf of Premier MacDonald at today’s ceremony. NovaScotian Crystal, Canada’s only producer of handcrafted crystal was commissioned to create the award. Winners of the second annual Premier’s Award of Excellence are: — Group Intake TeamA group of intake workers in the Department of Justice’s Supreme Court family division in Sydney displayed innovation and creativity by leading a grassroots approach to redesign the delivery of the family law program. It reduced wait times for assessments and improved client satisfaction. Award recipients: Valerie MacPhee, Noreen Ann Marie Campbell, Janice Pottie, Belinda Cox, Arlene A. Tobin and Pamela Kachafanas.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Exit 7(Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech), including ramps, until Friday, August 8. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge, Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. The work will last until Sunday, Nov. 30. Please obey signs and reduce speed on temporary bridge and in the work zone. Detour in effect 24 hours per day. RICHMOND COUNTY: 4 Sections The following sections of road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, pulverization, repaving and drainage until Tuesday, Sept. 30. – Trunk 4 from the intersection of Black River Road east to South Side River Bourgeois Road for about 8 kilometres. – Highway 104/Trunk 4 Connector at Exit 47 for about one kilometre. – Trunk 4 from River Tillard Bridge, west to Highway 104 for about a half kilometre. – Rock Bay Road from the Rocky Bay Hall, east to Bona Road, for about 2.6 kilometres. There will be traffic control and a pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Sunday, Aug. 31. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East Clifford Road East Clifford Road, about two kilometres west of Upper Branch Road will be closed for bridge replacement until Friday, Aug. 8. Detour routes on Upper Branch Road, Monk Road and Route 325. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 from Brierly Brook Road, west for 8 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, repaving and culvert installation until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 DIGBY COUNTY: Chute Bridge Chute Bridge at the intersection of Shelburne Road, South Old Post and Back Road will be closed for bridge replacement until Friday, Aug. 8. Detour routes are marked and traffic will be control by personnel and barricades. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 About 8.8 kilometres of Route 333, from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Berwick Bridge Berwick Bridge, Route 360, north of Berwick, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 15. Traffic control consists of a flashing light. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 19 to Exit 21, including ramps at Exit 20 and the William Porter Connector. Also, East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection at Trunk 7 for 3.8 kilometres. Work takes place until Friday, Aug. 8. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Able Harvey Bridge Able Harvey Bridge on Cogmagun Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 8. Alternate routes are available via Cogmagum Road to Beaver Pond Road, Highway 215, and Cheverie Road. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 Fax: 902-245-6620 Local Area Office: 902-637-4104 Fax: 902-447-4105 HANTS COUNTY: Exit 8 Ramps Exit 8 ramps will have one lane closures on the on and off ramps. Traffic will be stopped while girders are being placed until Friday, Aug. 8. Traffic control people and signs will be on the site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 757-2929 Fax: 757-2270 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Lane Closure A section of Highway 103 over the Roseway River, 500 metres west of Exit 26 at Shelburne, is reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 8 for bridge repairs. Traffic delays are expected. Drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Aylesford Road, north for about 6.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-527-8182 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route 348 in Pictou County will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge for replacement of the bridge until Tuesday, Aug. 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 336 Route 336 from the intersection of Southside Road, south to the county line, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, culvert installation and repaving, about eight kilometres, until Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-827-2544 Fax: 902-827-5190 KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, 12.3 kilometre from English Mountain Road, west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Construction work on Highway 104 in Antigonish County will be done around the clock until Sunday, Aug. 31. Repaving is from West River Bridge east for 5.7 kilometres to the intersection of Route 316 in Lower South River. Both lanes will remain open during daytime construction from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. There may be one-lane closures. Sings and a pilot vehicle are on site. Drivers should exercise caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 (Magazine Hill) Trunk 7, Magazine Hill for 2.2 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for Jersey barrier replacement until Friday, Aug. 8. Lane closures will be shifted to accommodate rush-hour traffic. The two inbound lanes will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Two outbound lanes will be open from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road will be reduced to one lane from the Old Margaree intersection north for five kilometres for pipe installation, ditching, guardrail installation and paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 324 and Route 325 Route 324 and Route 325 will have alternating lane closures for cold planing and paving until Friday, Aug. 22. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, flashing light unit and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Route 224 from Rocky Brook to Beaver Dam, about 6.1 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30 to be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has closed two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The first section is at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for about one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335 Route 335 near West Pubnico, from the intersection of Green Grove Road east for 6.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 8 for repaving. Traffic delays are expected and the rough surface during construction will require extra caution by cyclists. Drivers should use extra care in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Pine Tree Road Pine Tree Road, Thorburn, will be closed to all traffic for bridge construction until Monday, Aug. 11. Signs will mark detour routes. Motorist are advised to use extreme caution. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 from Exit 6 (King Road/Trunk 4) to Grand Lake Road will have alternating lane closures for paving until Sunday, Aug. 10. Minor delays are expected. Alternate routes at Kings Road and Grand Lake Road. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two-kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road, (Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. 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La Société hôtesse des Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 à Halifax a célébré la Journée de la Nouvelle-Écosse, aujourd’hui 16 février, à Halifax, pour couronner cinq jours d’activités publiques gratuites dans le cadre des célébrations du compte à rebours d’un an avant les Jeux. C’était également la Journée de la Nouvelle-Écosse aux Jeux olympiques de 2010 à Vancouver. Lundi soir, plus de 300 membres des médias, délégués, dirigeants d’entreprises et expatriés ont assisté à une réception pour les familles et les amis organisée par le gouvernement provincial à la Maison du Canada atlantique. Aujourd’hui, le premier ministre Darrell Dexter a organisé un petit-déjeuner pour les relations d’affaires et les médias touristiques, présentant la province et les Jeux du Canada de 2011. Une conférence de presse est prévue pour promouvoir la province aux médias internationaux. Des personnalités de la région et des amis des Jeux du Canada se sont réunis dans le Grand Parade pour un tournoi de hockey de rue, suivi d’une cérémonie de remise des médailles. La foule réunie sur l’heure du midi a pu écouter la musique de DJ Plaeboi, profiter de rafraîchissements et gagner des prix tirés au sort. Sur un grand écran étaient projetés des messages du premier ministre Darrell Dexter et du maire Peter Kelly, ainsi qu’une visite virtuelle du Centre des Jeux du Canada, qui est en cours de construction sur le Mainland Common, et un décompte vers les Jeux de 2011. Des élèves de l’école élémentaire Sackville Heights ont souhaité à tous une bonne Journée de la Nouvelle-Écosse en direct de leur gymnase par l’entremise de Skype. Dix-sept écoles de la MRH ont également cultivé l’esprit des célébrations en organisant une journée des Jeux du Canada. En plus des activités à Grand Parade, une dizaine d’autres activités sportives gratuites se sont déroulées à l’échelle de la province, notamment à Ski Martock, au Sportsplex de Dartmouth, au stade d’Amherst, à l’aréna de la région de Digby, à l’aréna Queens Memorial de Liverpool, aux arénas Bowles et Gray de Dartmouth et au centre Lebrun à Bedford.
Alors que les recherches se poursuivent pour trouver un homme qui a été emporté par les vagues à Peggy’s Cove, le Bureau de gestion des urgences recommande fortement aux Néo-Écossais de faire preuve de prudence extrême près des côtes. La GRC, avec l’appui du Centre conjoint de coordination des opérations de sauvetage et de l’équipe de recherche et de sauvetage au sol, a débuté les recherches en soirée, le 5 novembre, lorsqu’il a été signalé qu’un homme de 28 ans a été emporté par les vagues. Un membre de la GRC qui participe aux recherches a dû être secouru par un autre agent et un pompier après être lui-même tombé à l’eau. « La sécurité des Néo-Écossais est notre principale préoccupation. Nous continuons d’espérer un résultat positif dans ce malheureux incident, a dit Frank Corbett, ministre par intérim de la Gestion des urgences. Je répète encore une fois à quel point les côtes et les courants forts peuvent être dangereux pendant une tempête. J’incite tous les Néo-Écossais à faire preuve d’une extrême prudence et à ne pas prendre de risques. » Les marées sont hautes, et le niveau d’eau continue d’augmenter dans les rivières, les ruisseaux et les lacs en raison des précipitations abondantes. Le courant des rivières et les ruisseaux qui se déversent dans l’océan peut être très fort et peut transporter des débris dangereux. Les rochers et autres régions près des côtes sont également glissants en raison de la pluie, augmentant ainsi le risque de chute.
Athletes will not be the only ones putting their training to the test next month at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. About 20 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students will join the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) culinary team to feed athletes and support staff during the Games. They will help prepare and serve an estimated 25,000 chicken breasts, 3,900 kilograms of pasta and 8,000 litres of soup. “The Canada Winter Games will be the largest sporting event held in Halifax and the volume of food prepared and served will be the largest production in the WTCC’s 27-year history,” said the convention centre’s executive chef Christophe Luzeux. “This is a unique opportunity to expose culinary students to the preparation and consideration that goes into delivering a high-quality food experience to thousands of guests.” Under the guidance of Mr. Luzeux’s expert in-house team, NSCC Culinary Arts students will learn hands-on how large-volume food production works. This experience will help students meet their service-learning requirement. “To work as part of a professional team preparing tens of thousands of meals while I am still a student is an amazing opportunity,” says Tim Webber, a second-year Culinary Arts student at the Akerley Campus. “It will be interesting to see how we will keep such a large group satisfied with the food we prepare over a two week period.” During the Games, the convention centre will prepare and serve about 70,000 meals for 1,500 athletes and support staff three times daily. The kitchen will operate 24 hours a day, offering foodservice in the grand ballroom from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. A full grazing menu will also be offered so athletes have constant access to food and Exhibition Park will provide cold-meal lunch options for athletes travelling outside the Halifax core. Pasta, pizza and protein will headline the menu, which will offer a number of options, including vegetarian and special dietary selections. NSCC Culinary Arts students will get their first opportunity to learn the ropes Thursday, Feb. 10, during an orientation session.
A new provincial medical examiner’s facility will meet the growing need for autopsies, improve services for families who have lost loved ones and will help to train doctors. Premier Darrell Dexter and Justice Minister Ross Landry marked the start of construction on the new $12.9-million facility in Dartmouth today, Sept. 7. “Most Nova Scotians know the pain of losing a loved one, an experience that can be made worse when the grieving process is held up by a backlog in autopsies,” Premier Dexter said. “This world-class facility will help medical examiners deliver faster, more effective service to families, as well as assisting law enforcement agencies in their investigations of suspicious deaths and homicides.” The number of autopsies performed by the medical examiner in Nova Scotia has doubled in recent years. “The medical examiner has long outgrown its current space and this facility will allow it to meet the increasing demands for its services,” said Mr. Landry. The medical examiner currently leases autopsy space from the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. The new facility, on Garland Avenue in the Burnside Business Park in Dartmouth, will have four autopsy tables provide more capacity in the event of a disaster. It will also include a private briefing room for families and allow greater teaching opportunities. The new building will be certified silver under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Construction is expected to last about 14 months.
Another tournament is the latest in a line of large-scale sporting events to choose Nova Scotia as its backdrop, generating economic and tourism benefits for all Nova Scotians. Liverpool will host the 2014 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, showcasing Nova Scotia and its south shore as a world-class destination for visitors, events and sports fans. “The 2014 Canadian Junior Curling Championships are an exciting opportunity for our country’s talented young athletes to compete on a national stage and to promote Nova Scotia as a top-notch destination,” said MLA Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Hosting major events like these helps grow our economy and attract new visitors to our province.” Major events play an important role in tourism and creating economic activity throughout the province. Economic activity from the 2014 Curling Championships is estimated at more than $3 million. The province will support the tournament with a $75,000 investment. Donna Hatt, vice-chair of the 2014 Host Society, said the event builds on southwest Nova Scotia’s growing reputation as an outstanding major events host. “This event will deliver international exposure for the province, and bring economic benefits,” said Ms. Hatt. “The South Shore is competing for new economic activity and winning on a global stage.” Southwestern Nova Scotia also recently hosted the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, a seven-day event with competing teams from Russia, Sweden, United States, Switzerland, Canada East and Canada West. The Canadian Junior Curling Championships will take place over 10 days in January 2014 and will be held at the Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club.
replacing the terms “access” and “visiting privileges” with “parenting time”, “contact time” and “interaction” establishing a framework for a parenting plan that outlines each parent’s responsibilities and the living arrangements for the child to encourage planning and reduce confusion new guidelines that require parents who are moving outside the province to give advance notice and establish, depending on the parenting arrangements, whether or not the relocation will benefit the child a clear list of actions that can be taken for those who fail to comply with orders for parenting or contact time, or interaction with the child. Legislative amendments passed by the House of Assembly to improve support for children and put their interests first when their families break up will come into effect on May 26th. Amendments to the Maintenance and Custody Act, which has been renamed the Parenting and Support Act, include modernized family laws and updated court rules and forms. “We have modernized this act to be more helpful to families when they come to court to make decisions in the best interest of their children, often under very difficult circumstances,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. The legislation, which was passed in December 2015, updates language and terminology around custody and parenting arrangements, introduces new terms to describe how parents interact and spend time with their children and establishes the use of a parenting plan to help parents clarify their responsibilities. The amendments will also introduce specific guidelines that families must follow when a parent or guardian wishes to move away with their children. Key amendments include: Several regulation changes are also being updated as a result of the amendments. They are housekeeping measures to make the language and terminology consistent. For more information visit www.nsfamilylaw.ca.
Le lieutenant-gouverneur Arthur J. LeBlanc et sa femme invitent les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs à se joindre à eux pour la série de l’hiver 2019 des soirées à la Résidence du gouverneur. Cette nouvelle série de soirées publiques est conclue autour de trois thèmes et anniversaires. Il s’agit du 200e anniversaire de Province House, du Mois du patrimoine africain et du 75e anniversaire du débarquement pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Il y aura une causerie sur l’histoire du plus vieil édifice législatif au Canada, un profil de l’Afro-Néo-Écossais Delmore « Buddy » Daye et du Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, une présentation des cocréateurs de Kamp, un nouveau spectacle musical, le visionnement d’une série de récits d’anciens combattants néo-écossais de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, un exposé sur le rôle du Canada dans l’opération Overlord lors du débarquement et le visionnement du film de Sylvia Hamilton sur Portia White, une chanteuse d’opéra afro-néo-écossaise. « Ce sera la quatrième série de soirées à la Résidence du gouverneur que Patsy et moi tiendrons, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur. Ces causeries et présentations sont une façon idéale pour les Néo-Écossais de découvrir l’histoire, la culture et le patrimoine fascinants et magnifiques de notre province dans le décor de la Résidence du gouverneur, la résidence cérémoniale de tous les Néo-Écossais. » Toutes les soirées ont lieu à la Résidence du gouverneur, au 1451 de la rue Barrington à Halifax. Elles sont gratuites, mais les gens doivent s’inscrire en ligne à lt.gov.ns.ca ou en composant le 902-424-7001. L’inscription commencera deux semaines avant la tenue de chaque soirée, selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Pour plus d’informations, allez à http://lt.gov.ns.ca. Voici le calendrier des soirées. Le mardi 12 février de 19 h à 20 h 30, exposé illustré de Garry Shutlak, archiviste principal aux Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse, sur l’histoire de Province House dont on célèbre le 200e anniversaire. Le mardi 26 février de 19 h à 20 h 30, dans le cadre du Mois du patrimoine africaine dont le thème est « Notre histoire est votre histoire », exposé sur Delmore “Buddy” Daye et ce qu’il nous a légué avec le Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute. Le mardi 12 mars de 19 h à 20 h 30, causerie sur le processus de création du scénario de Kamp par les artistes Jamie Bradley et GaRRy Williams de Theatre Nova Scotia, co-créateurs de cette nouvelle comédie musicale. Le mardi 26 mars de 19 h à 20 h 30, présentation de la vidéo Time to Remember par le colonel honoraire Dan Hennessey de l’Aviation royale du Canada à l’occasion du 10e anniversaire de sa création par le colonel. Il s’agit d’une touchante série de récits d’anciens combattants néo-écossais de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Le mardi 9 avril de 19 h à 20 h 30, pour souligner le 75e anniversaire du débarquement le 6 juin 1944 durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, exposé de l’historien Jay White sur le rôle du Canada dans l’opération Overlord qui a lancé avec succès l’invasion de l’Europe de l’Ouest qui était sous occupation nazie. Le 23 avril de 19 h à 20 h 30, présentation par Sylvia Hamilton, cinéaste réputée et artiste multidisciplinaire, de son film Portia White : Think On Me réalisé en 1999 sur la chanteuse d’opéra afro-néo-écossaise. Le visionnement sera suivi d’une période de questions.
Chennai: AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami Monday thanked the people of the nine Assembly constituencies where the party won the bypolls, saying the victory allowed the “good government” formed by the late J Jayalalithaa to “stay.” The voters, by preferring the AIADMK in the nine of the 22 Assembly constituencies where bypolls were held, besides giving the party the lone Theni Lok Sabha seat, have ignored those who had “betrayed” the party, the two leaders said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The ruling AIADMK’s fate hinged on the outcome of the elections to the 22 seats, vacancies for which were caused due to reasons including the disqualification of 18 pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK MLAs who revolted against Chief Minister Palaniswami in 2017 for merging his faction with that of Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam was then heading a rebel faction. Thanking voters for casting their ballot in favour of the AIADMK, its Coordinator Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator Palaniswami said party founder, the late MG Ramachandran, and Jayalalithaa, had always treated people’s verdict equal to that of God’s. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “Crores of voters had voted for the party candidates as well as nominees of our allies in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls and the Assembly bypolls.” “Especially, this good government formed by Amma has stayed on only due to the victory handed to the party in Sholinghur, Pappireddipatti, Harur, Sulur, Nilakottai, Sattur Manamadurai, Paramakudi and Vilathikulam Assembly seats,” they said in a statement. The nine seats added to AIADMK’s kitty of 114 MLAs in the 234-member House, giving it a comfortable majority. The simple majority number is 117. In an apparent reference to rival leader TTV Dhinakaran, presently heading Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), the AIADMK leaders said people have “ignored” those who “betrayed” their party. Dhinakaran and his alliance had fielded nominees from all the Lok Sabha constituencies, even as his AMMK had faced the by-polls to all 22 Assembly seats. However, it drew a blank in the hustings. Panneerselvam and Palaniswami further said the party’s lone win in the Lok Sabha polls from Theni will help the AIADMK raise its voice in the lower House of Parliament. They also directed party workers to embark on a campaign to thank voters, both by way of door-to-door as well as public meetings, starting June first week.
Moscow: At least 38 people were injured in a blast at a major explosives plant in central Russia on Saturday, local news agencies reported, citing emergency services. The blast took place at the “Kristall” factory in Dzerzhinsk about 400 kilometres east of Moscow, in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Earlier reports said 19 people were injured in the accident and two were missing. “Thirty eight people are injured, four of them are in a serious condition,” a spokesman for local emergency services told the TASS news agency. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He said 25 are in a state of “medium” severity while nine others had “light” injuries. Nobody was killed in the blast, the source told TASS. Earlier health ministry officials told news agencies that the wounded had “shrapnel wounds of mild and moderate severity” and that they were receiving medical assistance. The deputy governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Dmitry Krasnov, told Russian state television that “two people are missing.” Russia’s Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation into potential violations of industrial safety at the plant. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLocal emergency services told news agencies that more than 300 people and 50 technical vehicles were taking part in cleaning the plant following the explosion. Representatives of Kristall told Interfax that five people were working in the area where the explosion occurred and were safely evacuated. There was no information yet on where the injured were at the time of the blast. Local fire fighters told agencies they had no information about any more people still inside the plant. “There was a technical explosion in one of the workshops, followed by a fire of around 100 square meters,” a spokesman of the local emergency ministry told news agencies.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has invited objections and suggestions from people on its revised draft rules of the “Delhi Maintenance and Management of Parking places Rules-2019”. Now the new policy is available on the government’s website so that suggestions can be sent by people to the Principal Secretary -cum-Commissioner (Transport) on email at Commtpt@nic.in.According to the draft rules, there shall be Apex Monitoring Committee, headed by the Transport Minister of Delhi as the Chairperson, who shall review the proper implementation and compliance of these rules. The Committee shall meet at least once in every three months. The Policy provides for exponential increase in street parking charges after the first four hour, apart from dynamic pricing with differential peak-hour and off-hour charges. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe area Parking plan made by civic agencies shall include, in their scope, parking arrangements within residential areas. The plan within such areas shall be made in consultation with the Resident Welfare Associations. It prohibits parking on footpaths and provides for impounding of junk vehicles parked on the roads. According to draft rules, on all lanes and streets, a lane must be earmarked for unhindered movement of emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire tenders police vehicles etc, and no parking will be allowed on this lane. The new draft Policy will give power to the agencies to seize petrol and diesels vehicles other than 15 and 10 years respectively, if still running on roads. According to draft rules, the parking plans shall be prepared within four months of the notification. The local traffic police shall also be consulted in the process of plan preparation. All civic agencies in Delhi will have to implement area-specific parking plans within four months of the final notification of the draft policy.
New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday sent an invitation to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DPCC chief Sheila Dikshit for attending an International Yoga Day event organised by his party on June 21. Tiwari said that the Delhi BJP will be hosting the event on Friday morning in Ghonda of North-East Delhi and hoped that both Kejriwal and Dikshit would join him there. Weeks ago, Tiwari had defeated Dikshit from the North-East Delhi parliamentary seat in a landslide victory. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAdding that newly minted BJP working president JP Nadda is also likely to attend the event, Tiwari said, “I would like to invite Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sheila ji, if they are not going to attend any other such event, to join me at the yoga session to be organised by Delhi BJP in Ghonda,” he said. Around 13 crore people, including 10 lakh in the national capital, are expected to attend International Yoga Day celebrations and perform the ancient yogic exercises across the country, Tiwari said. Over 76 lakh people have already registered themselves to participate in yoga sessions on the day, through Ayush Ministry’s website, said the Delhi BJP president. “Those practising yoga lead a healthy and long life. It transcends boundaries of caste and religion and everybody can do it. Those having any reservation in saying ‘Om’ may simply utter ‘O’ when performing the breathing exercises,” he said. Delhi BJP will organise yoga events at 300 places across the city. Several Union ministers and members of Parliament will participate in these events, Tiwari said and appealed people to take time out to join in and perform yoga for a healthy and happy life.
New Delhi: Four Swiss bank accounts of beleaguered diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2-billion PNB fraud case, and his sister have been “frozen” by authorities in Switzerland as part of the criminal money laundering probe being conducted against them in India, official sources said. They said the accounts, at present, have deposits totalling Rs 283.16 crore and they have been frozen on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it informed Switzerland authorities that the money kept in them are “proceeds of crime” of a bank fraud perpetrated by the duo. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France The ED, they said, made the request to the Swiss authorities sometime back and sent an official request under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Official sources said while the accounts of Nirav Modi, the diamantaire under arrest in this case in London, have deposits of USD 3,74,11,596 while the accounts in the name of his sister Purvi Modi has deposits of GBP 27,38,136. This totals around Rs 283.16 crore, they said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The central probe agency is expected to now make a move for the attachment of these bank accounts under the PMLA. The ED along with the CBI are investigating Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to defraud the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore. The alleged scam was unearthed last year and Purvi Modi was also named as an accused by the ED in its chargesheet filed before a Mumbai court.