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Maersk Line to Operate Six of Hanjins Boxships

first_imgzoom Six container ships of the bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping Co. will now be operated by Danish shipping giant Maersk Line, according to Germany’s HSH Nordbank.The six container ships under the new long-term charter deals are Neopanamax vessels with a capacity of 13,100 TEU each.Hamburg’s Döhle Group will assume the technical management of all the ships.“The chartering of the container ships by Maersk Line means that, in a difficult setting, these ships have been given a long-term perspective following the insolvency of Hanjin. In Maersk Line we have a strong partner at our side for this transaction,” Ulrik Lackschewitz, Chief Risk Officer of HSH Nordbank, said.The announcement comes two months after the South Korean carrier filed for court receivership, which resulted in some 97 of the company’s container ships being left stranded across the globe and unable to load or offload containers.last_img read more

Euronavs Grounded Tanker to Be Refloated on May 4

first_imgzoom The recently grounded crude oil tanker M/T Alex could be set free on May 4 as the proposed ship refloating plan received approval from relevant authorities, according to the ship’s managers Euronav Ship Management.Namely, the Indonesian Authorities approved the salvage plan on April 27 and provided a permit for the lightening operation to be performed.According to the current tentative schedule the lightening operation will start on May 1.The approval was granted after the ship’s managers hired two salvage firms, SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia, to carry out the salvage works which will include lightening of the 299,446 dwt vessel by ship to ship transfer of cargo.M/T Alex ran into trouble in mid-April when it got stuck on a soft mud bottom while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra.Continuous monitoring of the ship’s condition “has confirmed no breach of hull, cargo containment, or mechanical failures,” according to Euronav.Various inspections and surveys including an assessment of the ship’s hull damage by Class have been completed, Euronav said, adding that the 2016-built tanker is still safely aground at the same position between Borneo and Sumatra.last_img read more

Payra Port Signs USD 647 Mn Dredging Deal

first_imgzoom The first dredging phase of the Payra deep-sea port project can now commence as the Payra Port Authority (PPA) has signed an EUR 550 million (USD 647 million) agreement with dredging company Jan De Nul (JDN). The deal between the duo, which will result in the formation of the joint venture company for the task, was signed on December 11, 2017.Scheduled to start in fall 2018, the dredging of the port’s main channel will enable the port to welcome larger ships, The Daily Star reported.In the first phase, JDN plans to deploy up to nine dredgers from its fleet.They will reclaim more than 13 million cubic meters to create land and dredge more than 60 million cubic meters to kick-start the development of the new port, the dredging company said.The Government of Bangladesh considers the development of Payra deep-sea port vital for the development of the country’s infrastructure, trade and commerce. The port is expected to gradually develop in a major transport hub in the region, according to JDN.last_img read more

Fire Disables Polaris Shippings Ore Carrier

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Polaris Shipping A very large ore carrier of Polaris Shipping, South Korean owner of the ill-fated Stellar Daisy that sank off Uruguay in March 2017, has been stuck for four days off Brazilian coast after a generator fire, Yonhap reports citing the company.According to the initial findings, the fire, which broke out in one of Stellar Samba’s generators on May 26 while the ship was some 50 miles off the Brazilian coast, was allegedly caused by oil leakage.There have been no injuries reported to the crew members of the ship who managed to contain the fire.The crew is now focused on restoring power to the ship so it can continue to the port on its own. However, should those efforts fail, Polaris Shipping has dispatched a tug to the scene to tow the stricken bulker to a nearby port, Yonhap reports.The tugboat is expected to arrive on May 30.Brazilian maritime authorities have been informed of the incident and a navy ship has been deployed to the spot to monitor the situation.Stellar Samba was built in 1994 and sails under the flag of Marshall Islands. Based on the latest data from Marine Traffic, the ship was headed from Caofeidian, China to Ponta de Madeira, Brazil.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Panama Canal Cuts Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has decreased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks at the beginning of January.Precipitation registered in the Panama Canal watershed during December 2018 was around 90 percent below the historical average, causing water levels in Gatun and Madden Lakes to drop below the expected levels for this time of the year.As a result, the Panama Canal has deemed it necessary to implement water conservation measures to delay implementation of seasonal draft adjustments and to minimize the adverse effect that these may.Despite these efforts, the weather forecast for the upcoming weeks indicates that the first seasonal draft of 14.94 meters (49 feet) TFW is required effective February 11, 2019, for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks.The authority said that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit past this date depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo to transit.last_img read more

Drewry Slowing World Trade Dents Heavylift Shipping Outlook

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BigLift Shipping Rising project cargo traffic is set to push multipurpose and heavylift shipping rates up during 2019, but prospects thereafter are muted by an expected slowdown in world trade.According to the shipping consultancy Drewry, the uncertainty surrounding trade demand is receding slightly as the US and China appear to be moving toward some kind of a truce.However, at the same time the global economic outlook has deteriorated and continued uncertainty in Europe due to Brexit suggests that multipurpose shipping is not out of the woods yet.The addressable demand for the multipurpose vessel (MPV) fleet is looking at an average annual growth of 1.2% to 2023, according to Drewry. This is, however, much stronger in the short term, at 3.8% in 2019 and 1.4% in 2020. As the global economy is expected to slow down after 2020, increased competition for cargo will eat into market share.It is also the case that the project market is expected to be strong in 2019 as it was boosted by the rise in oil prices through the first half of 2018. However, over the longer term oil prices are expected to average under USD 70 per barrel and this will limit new project investments.On the other side of the supply/demand balance is the multipurpose and heavylift fleet. The number of vessels with lift capacity of less than 100t SWL is in decline and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future with contraction of almost 3% pa to 2023.Meanwhile, the project carrier fleet with lift over 100t SWL is growing at a rate of around 2% per year as most of the newbuildings being delivered and on order are in this category. The combination of the two sectors leads to a net contraction of about 0.2% pa to 2023 in total MPV supply, Drewry concluded.last_img read more

Contract Awarded for Road Construction in HRM

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Contract Awarded for RoadConstruction in HRM Motorists near the Lacewood Drive entrance to Bayers LakeIndustrial Park may soon get a smoother ride and faster traveltimes thanks to a rebuilt interchange at Lacewood Drive andHighway 102. A contract worth $1.3 million has been awarded to DexterConstruction. Work at Exit 2A of the interchange is underway andis to be completed later this year. The province and the HalifaxRegional Municipality are sharing the costs of the project. “This is another substantial investment in the road network ofthe metro region,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportationand Public Works. “We are working to provide the best roadnetwork possible for the travelling public.” As part of the work, Lacewood Drive will be widened and repavedat the interchange area and permanent traffic lights will beinstalled at the end of the off-ramps. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Frenchlanguage Services Act

first_img “This legislation was developed through close collaboration withleaders of the Acadian community,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Theirsupport is very important and I’m looking forward to theircontinuing involvement in improving public service to French-speaking Nova Scotians.” “The federation is pleased to support this legislation,” saidStan Surrette, president of the Fédération acadienne de laNouvelle-Écosse (FANE). “We believe it is a good beginning andthat it provides a useful and needed mechanism for the provisionof French-language services in Nova Scotia.” The proposed French-language Services Act will also be reflectedin changes to the Public Service Act. prepare and recommend French-language services plans, programs and policies and co-ordinate and monitor them once implemented; respond to public concerns around French-language programs and services; develop provincial, national and international partnerships with other Acadian and Francophone agencies; and require each deputy minister and CEO to appoint French- language services co-ordinators in government departments and offices, who will assist and advise on the implementation of the act. Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone community will have theirneeds addressed in government programs, policies and servicesunder the proposed French-language Services Act. The act, which was introduced in the House of Assembly today,Oct. 1, will also enable government to specify which publicinstitutions are obligated to provide services in the Frenchlanguage. “The Acadian and Francophone community has played and continuesto play, an important role in Nova Scotia, through contributionsto the economic, social and cultural landscape of this province,”said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “The French-language Services Act will continue to promote the development ofthe community for generations to come.” Under the proposed act, the Minister of Acadian Affairs will:last_img read more

Broadband Service Providers Invited to Get in the Zone

first_img Colchester and Pictou Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Victoria and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants With a successful broadband pilot project nearing completion, the province is ready to take the next step to make Nova Scotia the most connected area in all of North America. The province issued a request for proposals today, June 21, inviting qualified service providers to bring broadband Internet service to all unserved areas of Nova Scotia. “The success of the pilot has shown that we can deliver reliable service to rural areas of the province at a reasonable cost,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “The next step is to get service providers involved so Nova Scotians get quality service at a price comparable to areas that already have broadband access.” With the lessons learned from the pilot and by investigating best practices from around the world, a business approach was developed, which will now be adapted for use across the province via the request for proposals process. To ensure the request for proposals offers a competitive opportunity to companies, the province has been broken down into seven zones, made up of one or more counties. Each zone is based on the number of unserved civic addresses. Zone one includes Cumberland County and the original pilot area. As permitted in the initial request for proposal for the pilot area, the province will enter into negotiations with the current service provider, Seaside Communications, following the provincewide request for proposals to provide broadband service to zone one. Zone seven includes 45 rural communities within Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). This zone has been awarded under a separate procurement process managed by the municipality. The province will work with HRM to ensure that anyone without broadband will have access by the end of 2009. Zones two through six make up the balance of the province and include the following counties: Companies submitting proposals have the opportunity to bid on one, some or all zones. Rollout of broadband service across zones one through six will begin at the same time starting this fall. Rob Laceby, an innkeeper located outside Amherst, was part of the pilot project and said access to broadband has made life much easier. “Our online reservation system is more efficient; we can get back to people faster,” said Mr. Laceby. “It’s awesome. If we weren’t able to get this, it would be harder and harder for us to compete for business.” Originally from Tennessee, and with a thriving business in Florida, Brenda Atherton lives four months of the year in the Port Howe area. “My husband and I have been coming to Nova Scotia for over 21 years; well before there was even dial-up service,” said Mrs. Atherton. “Now, with access to high-speed Internet, I can stay in close contact with my clients and still enjoy all that Nova Scotia has to offer. It has helped immensely.” The request for proposal is available through the public tenders office at 6176 Young St., Halifax, by calling 902-424-3333 or going online at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders . The closing date is Tuesday, July 31. High-speed Internet service is available to 78 per cent of the population in Nova Scotia. The expansion project will see the remaining areas of the province served by the end of 2009. Anyone not connected to broadband service is encouraged to submit their civic address. For more information on the province’s broadband expansion project and to register a civic address, go to www.gov.ns.ca/econ/broadband .last_img read more

Panel Makes Recommendations on Natural Resources

first_imgNova Scotia is another step closer to having a new strategy that will protect its natural resources, while supporting jobs and the economy. Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell received a report today, May 7, that recommends how the province should manage its parks, minerals, forests and biodiversity. The report, A Natural Balance: Working Toward Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Strategy, was prepared by the minister’s steering panel, and gives direction to write a new strategy to manage natural resources. Forest policies will be developed by late summer, the rest of the strategy will be completed before the end of year. In receiving the report, the minister said a new natural resources strategy supports government’s commitment to make life better for Nova Scotians in every region. “This report provides us with the evidence we need to develop a new strategy, one that will protect our natural resources for generations,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The new strategy will ensure families can continue to enjoy our parks and trails, and our forests and minerals can continue to support and create good jobs and grow the economy.” The submission of the report completes the second phase of a three-phase process to develop a new natural resources strategy. The first phase incorporated information collected through public consultations held in 2008, and culminated in a report written by the Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee supported by Voluntary Planning. The final phase is writing the strategy. “We have proposed a vision of a Nova Scotia in which healthy diverse natural resources are nurtured and sustained for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of all Nova Scotians today and in the future,” said Constance Glube, steering panel chair. “We have asked Minister MacDonell to direct his department to use our report as the framework for the natural resources strategy document.” “It’s time to define a new legislative relationship with nature,” said Joe Marshall, steering panel member and executive director, Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Hundreds of years ago, the Mi’kmaq were a nomadic people. Biodiversity was our lifestyle. But, now, Nova Scotia’s biodiversity is at risk. Biodiversity needs an act, a home, and accountability within government.” Mr. MacDonell has asked the steering panel to review the forthcoming strategy to ensure it accurately reflects what was heard in the first two phases. “As we write the strategy, the values of Nova Scotians will be become the touchstones for the department,” said Mr. MacDonell. “When we implement our strategy, the five citizen values identified during phase one – sustainability, diversity, collaboration, transparency, and informed decision making – will guide department policy and program decisions in the future.” The report contains the advice of technical experts who spoke with dozens of stakeholders to closely examine the diverse issues concerning Nova Scotia’s natural resources. The report and information about the natural resources strategy is available on the Department of Natural Resources website, www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cumberland Co Highway 104 Cobequid Pass

first_imgMotorists are advised that both sides of the Cobequid Pass are blocked with vehicles trying to get up the hill to the toll plaza. Tractor trailors are blocking the approaches to the toll plaza on either side, preventing other vehicles from proceeding. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to take a different route. Transportation staff on on the scene to help remove the vehicles.Empty, high-sided vehicles are encouraged to take Trunk 4 due to high winds. Check 511 for updates. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Starting Monday, March 4, Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until the end of March. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Bridge Work, Brookville Road Work is taking place on two bridges over McLellans Brook on Brookville Road in Pictou County so vehicles can carry oversized loads of wind turbine components to Irish Mountain. Work has begun on the bridge near the intersection of Brook Road. It will continue to have two-lane traffic, but delays are possible. Work on the bridge near the intersection of Willard Fraser Road has begun. Traffic will be limited to one-lane and controlled by traffic signals. Work on both bridges will be finished by Sunday, March 15. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road, and Ward Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

Queens Counsel Appointments Announced

first_imgTen lawyers can now add the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation to their list of accomplishments. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Diana Whalen announced the Q.C. appointments today, Jan. 20. “I congratulate this year’s appointees,” said Ms. Whalen. “They have made great contributions to the practice of law and to their communities throughout their careers.” The appointees are: An independent advisory committee makes Queen’s Counsel recommendations to cabinet. Criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law. Gregory Barro, Yarmouth Catherine Benton, Bridgewater Tara Erskine, Halifax Paul Festeryga, Halifax Kate Harris, Halifax Jennifer MacLellan, Halifax Clyde Paul, Halifax Michael Pugsley, Halifax Mark A. Scott, Halifax Michael Taylor, Bedford last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 from Bridgeville Road east for about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Head Lake Bridge Head Lake Bridge on Failte Lane in Lochaber is closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 26. Detour in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Monk Point Road Monk Point Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bruhm Road Bruhm Road from Trunk 10 to Lower Branch Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Wakeup Hill Road Wakeup Hill Road from Trunk 3 to Trunk 14 has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Salmon River Road Salmon River Road from Trunk 4 for about seven kilometres to the east end of Valley Crossroads, is reduced to one lane for road repairs until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Indian Path Road Indian Path Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Waterloo Road Waterloo Road is closed for repairs to the culvert and installation of an overflow pipe until Friday. Aug. 26. Detour signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Marble Mountain Road Marble Mountain Road, from the intersection of Cenotaph Road east for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: INVERNESS COUNTY: Hatchery Bridge Hatchery Bridge on Hatchery Road, Margaree, is closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 26. Detour signs are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road As part of the construction of the new roundabout in the Town of Pictou, crews will be working on the installation of new storm drains on West River Road off of Highway 106 at Exit 3A, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. The centreline will be adjusted during construction. Use caution and reduce speed. The roundabout is expected to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about six kilometres west to Marshall Road, are reduced to one lane for upgrading, including paving, slope stabilization, and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Gully Bridge Repairs on Gully Bridge, Route 289, Brookfield Dean Road will continue until Thursday, Sept. 1. One lane will be open. A traffic light is on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Naugler Road Naugler Road from Route 325 to Pine Grove Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Old Mines Road Old Mines Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash Village The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in the village of Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre COLCHESTER COUNTY: Alton Road Alton Road, from Trunk 2 to 650 metres south of the Cloverdale Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mersey Road, Highway 103, Exit 6 The Mersey Road culvert under Highway 103, about 5.3 kilometres west of Exit 6, is closed for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 23. A temporary access road has been built from Highway 103 to the Mersey Road Connector to allow access to properties on the Mersey Road Connector. Detour signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Spencer Point Road Spencer Point Road is reduced to one lane during paving and other improvements from Trunk 2 for 1.4 kilometres. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. The project is expected to be finished Wednesday, Aug. 31 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road is reduced to one lane from Purdy Loop for 2.5 kilometres to Blue Sea Road during paving and other improvements. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. The project is expected to be finished Wednesday, Aug. 31. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening, and the installation of rumble strips and a guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slow down in construction zones, and be prepared to stop. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Silver Point Road Silver Point Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Rockwell Drive Rockwell Drive has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Bridge on Marc Comeau Road will be closed for repairs from Monday, Aug. 22 until Monday, Sept. 19. Detour route in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337 Sections of Route 337, from Malignant Cove for about 6.5 kilometres south towards Georgeville, are reduced to one lane for road work until Saturday, Aug. 20. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trunk 1, from Duffy Road west to Meteghan River Bridge during paving and culvert repairs. The project is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 16. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

Déclaration du ministre Zach Churchill

first_imgAujourd’hui 26 mars, la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation a publié son rapport intitulé « Nos élèves, notre avenir ». Il s’agit de la première fois en vingt ans que le modèle de l’intégration dans les salles de classe est évalué. Le rapport est réfléchi et complet, et il démontre clairement que les membres de la commission s’étaient engagés à trouver un modèle d’intégration qui accorde la priorité aux élèves. Tout comme les membres de la commission, le gouvernement s’est engagé entièrement à adopter une approche axée sur les élèves envers l’éducation, ainsi qu’un modèle d’intégration dans les salles de classe qui est efficace. La commission a souligné que nous devons adopter une approche basée sur les besoins pour pouvoir offrir un modèle qui favorise réellement l’intégration dans l’éducation. Dans le cadre de ce modèle, nous offrirons un plus grand soutien et davantage de perfectionnement professionnel aux éducateurs et du financement supplémentaire pour les spécialistes en matière de comportement, de santé et d’éducation afin d’aider les élèves et les enseignants. La commission nous a demandé de travailler avec nos partenaires dans le système d’éducation et au sein du gouvernement pour unifier notre système et notre approche afin d’assurer la réussite de tous nos élèves, peu importe leurs besoins. Nous acceptons les grands objectifs du rapport et nous devons maintenant collaborer avec nos partenaires pour examiner les recommandations de plus près et mettre en place des changements d’ici septembre. Notre travail a commencé par le programme de prématernelle, qui donne aux éducatrices de la petite enfance une occasion de déterminer quels enfants ont besoin de soutien et quelles mesures de soutien sont nécessaires avant le début de la vie scolaire des enfants. Nous adopterons également les recommandations du rapport de Mme Avis Glaze intitulé « Relever la barre » qui offre un plan pour des bases plus solides sur lesquelles on peut miser pour apporter d’autres changements proposés par la Commission pour l’intégration dans l’éducation et le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe, au profit de tous les élèves. Le rapport de la commission et le rapport de Mme Glaze mettent le système d’éducation au défi de s’unifier pour atteindre un objectif unique, soit d’aider tous les enfants à réussir, peu importe où ils sont dans la province et peu importe leurs besoins. Le gouvernement a prévu 15 millions de dollars dans le budget de cette année pour créer un nouveau modèle d’intégration dans l’éducation afin d’appuyer les nombreux changements qui sont en cours. Nous allons maintenant lire le rapport plus attentivement et nous collaborerons avec nos partenaires du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse et au sein du gouvernement, y compris le comité sur les programmes et les services d’éducation spéciale, les directeurs généraux des écoles, les directeurs d’école et le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe afin de déterminer les prochaines étapes. Je remercie sincèrement la Dre Sarah Shea, Monica Williams et Adela NJie pour leur travail ardu, leur professionnalisme et leur expertise sur cette question sensible et importante qui touche la vie des élèves et de leurs familles. -30-last_img read more

Will take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent Trump

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 election race, after years of denying Moscow helped him win office. Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice, as well as several similar and ongoing efforts in Congress. The Russia issue has consumed the Trump presidency for the past two years, and his new remarks suggested he still sees nothing wrong with a US political candidate accepting help from a foreign power. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”I think you might want to listen… there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a US election. “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong,” Trump said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMueller’s report on his investigation stated that while there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with criminal conspiracy, he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said that Trump was “welcoming” foreign interference in US voting. “This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy,” Biden said on Twitter. Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, seized on Trump’s comments to repeat her strident calls for him to be impeached. “The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation,” Warren tweeted. “Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.” Democrats in Congress continue to seek testimony and information as they press the president with multiple investigations — mostly related to Russia meddling, obstruction and the 2016 election — and are debating among themselves whether there is enough evidence and political space to pursue impeachment. The president’s remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Jr was grilled by US senators about his contacts with Russians. The younger Trump likely faced questioning about his role in arranging meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 that included his father’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information. Some Democrats suspect Trump Jr may have lied in previous testimony in 2017 about what he and his father knew about the now-infamous meeting, as well as other connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Trump team had initially tried to cover up the meeting, providing conflicting stories about its purpose and what happened. Mueller’s report detailed how the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr may have told his father about the meeting. The president has denied knowing about it ahead of time.last_img read more

Rohits record 5th century in single World Cup takes India to cakewalk

first_imgLeeds: Rohit Sharma Saturday became the first batsman in the world to score five hundreds in a single World Cup with a magnificent 103 against Sri Lanka here, eclipsing former Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara’s earlier record of most centuries in a single edition. Rohit hit a 94-ball 103 for his fifth century of this World Cup from nine matches, which took him one more than Sangakkara, who has four hundreds to his name during the 2015 edition. “He (Rohit) has done something for others to follow. He is still hungry for runs,” Sangakkara said while commentating for the match. The stylish Indian opener also equalled Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar in the total number of World Cup hundreds. Both the Indians have six hundreds to their names. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe 32-year-old Rohit is likely to go past Tendulkar in the highest number of runs in a single World as he has already scored 647 runs from nine matches, just 26 short of the record 673 in the name of Sachin Tendulkar during the 2003 World Cup. K L Rahul too slammed a brilliant century as India won their last World Cup league fixture, defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Leeds. Chasing 265, Sharma and Rahul gave India a flying start and demolished the Sri Lankan attack scoring runs all over the ground. Sharma fell to Kasun Rajitha as Sri Lanka got the first breakthrough after a 189-run opening stand, the highest in this tournament, in the 31st over. Rahul then scored his maiden World Cup ton as India secured an easy victory. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCIndia finished the league round with 15 points as they won seven matches and lost one while the game against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. Earlier, Angelo Mathews rescued his side from a top-order collapse and slammed a powerful century as Sri Lanka posted 264/7. After electing to bat, Sri Lanka were reduced to 55/4 by the Indian bowlers. But Mathews (113) and Lahiru Thirimanne’s (53) solid fifth-wicket stand kept India at bay and powered Sri Lanka to a challenging total.last_img read more

Brian Lara predicts England will win Ashes

first_imgNew Delhi: Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara has predicted that World Cup winners England will beat Australia in the ongoing Ashes series. Along with the winners, Lara also predicted that England skipper Joe Root will end up as the leading run-scorer by the end of the five-Test series while Chris Woakes will be the leading wicket-taker. “My predictions for the Ashes 2019, winners: England; most runs: Joe Root; most wickets: Chris Woakes,” he tweeted on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh On Thursday, Steve Smith scored a brilliant hundred to single-handedly drag Australia out of a hole and help them post 284 before being bowled out in the fag end of the opening day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Woakes picked up three wickets while Stuart Broad scalped five during the course of the Australian innings. At Stumps, England were 10 for no loss and were still 274 runs behind.last_img read more

Ayodhya SC commences hearing for 10th day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday commenced hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case for the 10th day, with counsel for the one of the original litigants seeking enforcement of his rights to worship at the disputed site.A five-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the title dispute.Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the original litigants, commenced arguments before the bench.Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.Babri Masjid was demolished by right-wing activists on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya, leading to a protracted legal battle.last_img read more