zoom Cosco Shipping Specialised Carriers has exercised an option to order a third 62,000 dwt pulp carrier from China’s Cosco Dalian Shipyard.In late August 2017, the company ordered two pulp carriers at the Chinese yard, with an option for one more. The previous two vessels were ordered at a price od CNY 222 million (USD 33.6 million) a piece, the shipping firm informed in a stock exchange release.The first carrier from the batch is scheduled to be handed over to the company in January 2019, while the other two ships would be delivered later that year. The units will feature a length of 201.8 meters, a width of 32.2 meters, and will be able to reach a speed of 13.5 knots.The order was made on the back of a contract of affreightment (COA) signed with Brazil’s pulp and paper company Suzano Papel e Celulose in March 2017.Under the five-year contract, Cosco Shipping Specialised Carriers would deploy the new ships to carry Brazilian cargo to the Far East.A total of 300,000 tonnes of paper pulp are expected to be transpored on an annual basis, starting from the first quarter of 2019.World Maritime News Staff
Education Minister Jamie Muir introduced legislation today, Oct.1, to replace the act that now governs the Maritime ProvincesHigher Education Commission (MPHEC) and to strengthen regionalco-operation in higher education. The proposed Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission Actbetter reflects the commission’s renewed and refocused mandate.The commission has been operating under a new mandate since 1997when the three provinces signed a memorandum of understanding forregional co-operation. “Working together with the other provinces as a member of theMPHEC makes sense for our students, our universities and theprovince,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The MaritimeProvinces Higher Education Commission helps ensure our studentscontinue to benefit from quality programs and our universitieshave the solid information they need to help with long-termplanning.” MPHEC is an agency of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Under its current mandate, MPHEC has four core functions. It approves new university programs and monitors the quality ofexisting programs for continuous improvement. The approvals andmonitoring ensure quality programs are offered at Maritimeinstitutions and reduce duplication. The commission collects, maintains and distributes informationabout the post-secondary education system in the Maritimes. Italso conducts commissioned research. Projects include graduatesurveys and accessibility studies. These functions support publicaccountability and inform the development of effective post-secondary education policies, programs and initiatives. Finally, MPHEC facilitates the transfer of funds betweenprovinces for specialty programs such as medicine at Dalhousie,forestry in New Brunswick and veterinary science in Prince EdwardIsland. The new MPHEC legislation is one of many provincial initiativesunderway to enhance regional co-operation and post-secondaryeducation. The province is continuing to work with universitypresidents on a memorandum of understanding. The understandingwill provide three-year funding to help universities to minimizetuition increases and to help support long range planning. The province is also working with other Atlantic provinces on aproposal to the federal government to help universities addressthe cost of maintaining buildings. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission is funded bythe provinces and reports to the ministers responsible for post-secondary education. There are eleven universities in NovaScotia. As a result, the province to provides 52 per cent of theMPHEC funding. The province’s contribution was more than $580,000in 2004-05. Legislation to renew the MPHEC mandate was introduced andassented to in P.E.I. in 2002 and New Brunswick in 2003. It wasfirst introduced in the Nova Scotia Legislature in spring of 2002(Bill 104). It received second reading, but did not receive thirdreading. Proclamation of the legislation will be co-ordinatedamong the three provinces.
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has invited 15 well-known communitygroups to appoint delegates to a community liaison committee forthe cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council and the MembertouBand Council will also be invited to supply delegates to thecommittee. Alastair MacLeod, a Sydney dentist and community activist, willchair the committee, which will act as a sounding board forproject managers. “The selected groups have all made distinguished contributions tocommunity life in such fields as public health, environmentalprotection, education, community development, business, labour,and spiritual affairs,” said Frank Potter, director of operationsfor the agency. “Like everyone in Sydney, they share a stake ingetting this problem solved.” The organizations include the Canadian Cancer Society, the CapeBreton Black Employment Partnership, Local 1064 of the UnitedSteelworkers, ACAP Cape Breton, the Northend and Area CommunityAssociation, the Canadian Council for Human Resources in theEnvironment Industry, and the University College of Cape Breton. Other groups also asked to participate are: The Nova ScotiaCommunity College, the Joint Action Group, the Cape BretonDistrict Health Authority, the Metro Cape Breton Junior Chamberof Commerce, the Cape Breton Construction and Building TradesCouncil, the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, the GreaterCape Breton Partnership, and St. Andrew’s Church. “I’m delighted to be working with such a strong and forward-looking group of Cape Breton organizations toward our shared goalof getting the Tar Ponds cleaned up,” said Dr. MacLeod, who ispresident of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce and a formerpresident of the Centre Bras d’Or Association. Dr. MacLeod also holds a master of science degree from theHarvard School of Public Health. “We have an opportunity few cities ever get,” said Dr. MacLeod.”We are going to turn the ugliest parts of Sydney into useful,attractive spaces. Future site-use planning should be built intocleanup decisions at the earliest opportunity.” The community liaison committee’s terms of reference say thegroup “is to ensure the healthy, two-way flow of informationbetween the agency and the constituent organizations.” The Tar Ponds Agency will provide the committee with timelyinformation about project plans and activities. Committee memberswill provide a representative cross-section of community views,concerns, and ideas on project plans and activities. Mr. Potter said the committee is one of several ways of fosteringcommunity understanding and support for the cleanup. “The project will conduct an active communications and communityrelations program, including a project website, a publiclyaccessible project office and library, site tours, public opinionsurveys, newsletters, and open houses,” he said.
A long time Nova Scotian educator, who is leading the expansion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Nova Scotia schools, has won the IB North America Inspiration Award. John Messenger, of Halifax, received the award in Chicago on Sunday, July 15, from Laura Brock, chair of the Atlantic Council of International Baccalaureate Organization Schools. Mr. Messenger has had a distinguished 47-year career in education in Nova Scotia, across Canada and in the United States. He is currently the Department of Education’s provincial co-ordinator for the International Baccalaureate program. In that capacity, Mr. Messenger is expanding the program from two to 12 public schools in Nova Scotia. Previously, he was headmaster at Kings-Edgehill School in Windsor and the Halifax Grammar School. “I want to congratulate John on receiving this prestigious award and to thank him for his leadership role in the department and as an educator in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “His work will have a positive impact on students across our province for many years to come.” The award recognized the Department of Education’s tremendous commitment to the International Baccalaureate diploma program, which is a direct result of Mr. Messenger and his long-standing belief in the IB. “For five years, the International Baccalaureate has presented this award to individuals or organizations who have taken IB to new levels,” said Paul Campbell, head of outreach and volunteer services at IB North America in New York City. “In 2007, John Messenger was easily the most deserving nominee.” This fall, more than 400 students will begin the IB diploma program at 12 public schools throughout the province. The IB program is an internationally recognized, advanced liberal arts diploma designed for ambitious students in grades 11 and 12. It emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, writing and oral communication, philosophy, community service, athletics, and internationalism. IB graduates are highly sought after by universities eager for students who have met an international standard of excellence.
Increasing women’s participation in public decision-making, engaging youth, and creating a more inclusive society are some of the issues the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women will explore through a forward-looking lecture marking its 30th anniversary. Jennifer Corriero, an international leader in youth and technology, will present Women, Technology, and the Future of Work on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m in the Saint Mary’s University Sobey Building in the Scotiabank Conference Theatre. “Since the advisory council’s first meeting in October 1977, we have much progress to celebrate,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “In this country, where we are supported by the foundations of democracy and transported through new frontiers of technology, our future is wide open.” Ms. Corriero has developed one of the world’s most successful youth-oriented online communities and not-for-profit organizations, called Taking IT Global. With more than 160,000 users in more than 200 countries and territories, the website is a platform, resource and network for today’s youth who want to change the world. The advisory council and the Local Council of Women of Halifax present the Agnes Dennis Lecture every October to mark Women’s History Month. The series is named after one of Halifax’s feminist superstars, who used her position as wife of newspaper publisher William Dennis to further the causes she believed in. Also sponsoring the event are Saint Mary’s University and Democracy 250.
Nova Scotia canoe and kayak athletes will benefit for years to come from a $500,000 contribution from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection to Canoe ’09 for course upgrades and a new starting system. The contribution to the event, officially known as the 2009 ICF World Senior Canoe Championships, comes from the department’s B-FIT program. It will help the host organization improve the Lake Banook course and to buy state-of-the-art starting equipment. “Our contribution will help ensure the success of Canoe ’09 and make a lasting contribution to help residents of Halifax Regional Municipality be healthier and more active,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Nova Scotia has a proud canoeing and kayaking heritage. We are proud to support Canoe ’09 and its lasting legacies for sport and recreation in our province.” Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Helena Guergis, Secretary of State for Sport, announced a federal contribution of up to $2 million to host the championships. Chris Keevill, chair of Canoe ’09, said Nova Scotia is is well known as a host of international sporting events and Lake Banook is among the best natural race courses in the world. “Our investment will ensure that we maintain that reputation and enhance an already world-class venue where athletes can reach their full potential and shine in front of thousands of international and national visitors.” The province’s B-FIT program will invest $68 million over 10 years in the construction of sport and recreation infrastructure. This is in addition to the $3 million invested annually in recreation facility development grants.
Le vérificateur général Jacques Lapointe a publié, aujourd’hui 1er octobre, la deuxième partie de son rapport spécial sur la vérification de la catégorie « Économique » du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse. M. Lapointe affirme que le rapport, avec les résultats de la deuxième phase de son examen de certains aspects du programme d’immigration de la province, confirme les conclusions précédentes indiquant des lacunes considérables au niveau de la gestion et de la mise en œuvre du programme. Il dit qu’il a trouvé des faiblesses dans les processus de sélection des candidats et des mentors, et il ajoute que la vérification a également permis d’identifier des activités inappropriées et des sujets de préoccupation en ce qui a trait aux rôles des agents et des mentors, et aux déboursements du fonds en fiducie. « Au cours de notre vérification, nous nous sommes rendu compte de certaines questions qui semblaient non conformes et qui, selon nous, devaient être examinées de plus près, » a dit M. Lapointe. « Nous avons examiné ces questions dans une mesure raisonnable selon la portée de notre vérification. Toutefois, nous étions d’avis qu’une vérification plus approfondie de ces questions était nécessaire mais allait au-delà de la portée de notre vérification. « Sans porter de jugement sur ces questions, nous les avons transmises à la GRC aux fins d’évaluation, comme l’exige notre responsabilité professionnelle. » M. Lapointe indique qu’il ne fera aucun autre commentaire sur toute question transmise à la GRC. Le rapport intégral peut être consulté sur le site Web du vérificateur général à l’adresse www.oag-ns.ca. Vous pouvez également communiquer avec le Bureau du vérificateur général au numéro 902-424-5907 ou par courriel au firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-578-9679 Fax: 902-563-0540 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mosher Bridge Mosher Bridge on Shore Road East will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 21. A detour route is available on Shore Road East to Gate Mountain Road to Route 362 and then back to Shore Road East. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewart’s Bridge Stewart’s Bridge will be closed for borehole testing until Tuesday, Nov. 18. Detour route on West North River Road and Route 311 to Crossroad. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 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. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will have one-lane closures until Friday, Dec. 5 to install traffic signals at the entrance to Central Supplies and the Petro Canada station. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7094 Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 for 1.5 kilometres will have a one lane closure for upgrades until Aug. 31, 2009. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road, from Albert Walker Drive to Northwest Arm Drive, will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the Fire Hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres, will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour east for 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. 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. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound for about 500 metres to Exit 7, will have occasional one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 28 to install truck-weighing equipment. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres until Friday, Nov. 21. Traffic-control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road will be closed to remove the underpass near Thorburn Consolidated School until Wednesday, Dec 17. Motorists are advised to use the detour route adjacent to the Thorburn Road via Hollow Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. Detour on East Margaree Crossroad. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 and Bog Road Overpass The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It is being replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until the spring of 2009. A detour route is available on Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 and Exit 25 The Back Road, Trunk 1 and ramps at Exit 25 interchange on Highway 101 at Joggins Bridge will be closed to all traffic until Tuesday, Nov. 25. Detour routes are marked. Please obey signs and personnel, and travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road remains closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 22, for repaving. Signs and traffic-control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Dec. 19. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Nov. 28. There is a pilot vehicle, flashing-light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street The intersection of Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving from Monday, Nov. 17 until Sunday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. -30- VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Nov. 21 for paving. There are signs and traffic-control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Campbell’s Creek Campbell’s Creek Bridge on Route 305 will be closed for rail repairs on weekdays until Friday, Nov. 28. Detour on Route 239 and Northwest Arm Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Elections Nova Scotia has mailed more than 700,000 personalized voter information cards to people on the lists of electors. Registered electors should receive their voter information cards by Wednesday, May 27. “The voter information card tells registered voters where and when to vote,” said Chief Electoral Officer Christine McCulloch. “Take it with you to the poll and it can help speed the process.” Electors who do not receive their voter information card by May 27, or who receive a card with incorrect information, should contact the local Elections Nova Scotia returning office no later than 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, or call 1-800-565-1504 Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Electors who receive a card for a deceased person or someone unknown at that address should also contact the local Elections Nova Scotia office.
Volunteer fire departments and other emergency response organizations across the province are once again being encouraged to apply for funding through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. This $500,000 investment will help first responder organizations upgrade facilities and purchase equipment, such as pumps and hoses. “We are pleased to offer this assistance to volunteer fire departments and first response organizations to enhance safety in our communities,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The program will provide a maximum of $25,000 for eligible projects. Applications will be sent to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations. Applications are also available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf . The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 18.
Improvements to the Municipal Elections Act will make voting easier for Nova Scotians. The proposed amendments introduced today, Nov. 16, will update the act in time for 2012 municipal and school board elections. “The proposed changes will ensure that as many eligible voters as possible can participate in the election process, said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We’re updating the act to reflect the reality of today’s voters, ensure the voting process is fair and protect the interests of all Nova Scotians.” The act now says single students must vote where the family home is located. The proposed change would allow students to vote where they now live, as long as they meet the three-month residency requirement. “Allowing students to choose whether or not they vote at home or at school is a huge step forward for making young people full and valued citizens within their communities,” said Mark Coffin, executive director, Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations. “The old legislation made it very difficult for a young person to participate in local government. This legislation makes it much easier.” Another amendment, requested by the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, will broaden the provisions for electronic voting. Municipalities, if they wish, may allow for the use of electronic voting without the need for traditional ballots. However, the amended legislation will require municipalities to offer residents another method to vote if they go with Internet voting. “The Town of Windsor used e-voting in the previous municipal elections. E-voting is the way of the future,” said Paul Beazley, Mayor of Windsor. “Not only does it encourage younger people to vote but it allows those who are unable to get out to vote to do so by other means. We want to encourage as many people to vote as possible, in the ways most convenient to them.” Under another proposed amendment, village commissioners and municipal councillors would no longer be able to serve on both organizations at the same time. “We are pleased with the proposed change being brought forward as it will ensure fairness for everyone,” said Lewis Benedict, chair of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages. The province’s 21 villages are all part of rural municipalities, and the potential for conflict of interest exists when people hold both positions. Village commissioners would be required to leave their position before running for municipal council and the same would apply to municipal councillors.
YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge will be closed for deck repairs Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross. Traffic control people will be onsite. In case of rain, repairs will be moved to Thursday, Oct. 18. -30-
Breastfeeding families in Nova Scotia will have more support and encouragement with $250,000 in provincial grants for community projects that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. “We know that breastfeeding rates are highest in places where there are family and community supports, including workplace policies,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “These grants will enable more of those supports and help children and families thrive.” Local groups and organizations can apply for one-time grants of up to $15,000. The money can fund policy development, supplies, equipment, training, human resources, workplace and peer breastfeeding support, or the Baby Friendly Initiative. “Breast milk provides unequalled nutrition for babies and young children and helps protect against health problems in childhood and later in life,” said Rebecca Attenborough, co-ordinator, Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia. “Breastfeeding supports healthy growth and development and provides clear health benefits for children and mothers. We need to continue our work to make breastfeeding the norm in Nova Scotia.” Community grants to support breastfeeding are a government commitment through Thrive!, a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan addresses childhood obesity and preventable chronic disease through 34 actions focused on healthy eating and physical activity. The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by 4 p.m. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca.
The connection between diet and cancer is the topic of the next Cancer Answers lecture, on Tuesday, May 21. Organized by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the lecture will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St., Halifax. Simultaneous video conferences will be available at 19 sites across the province. The lecture, presented by Patricia Poulsen, a clinical dietitian with the Capital Health Cancer Care Program, is designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer care information. “Many people don’t realize the profound impact good nutrition and diet has on the prevention of new and recurring cancers,” said Ms. Poulsen. “Experts believe more than half of all human cancers are preventable if individuals make certain lifestyle choices such as following a healthy diet. During this lecture, I will discuss healthy eating guidelines, focusing on foods to include and limit, and the importance of achieving and maintaining healthy weight and its connection to cancer.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports healthcare professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing, such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.
Nova Scotians want more choices about how they are cared for as they approach the end of their lives. A new strategy, released by government today, May 6, sets direction to improve palliative care in the province. “We’ve heard from Nova Scotians who would prefer to spend their last days at home surrounded by family, if possible, rather than in a hospital,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We are investing $1 million for the first year of this strategy to move toward a more integrated approach with health professionals and community organizations, and to focus more on patients’ needs,” said Mr. Glavine. “These are first steps toward our ultimate goal of giving all Nova Scotians quality palliative care in the setting of their choice.” Palliative care aims to provide quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses. It can take place in various settings, including the patient’s home, long-term and residential care, hospital, or a residential hospice facility. The strategy includes establishing an advisory committee to guide implementation. It also includes hiring a provincial palliative care co-ordinator and additional palliative care team members in South Shore, Annapolis Valley and Capital district health authorities this year. The strategy recognizes that palliative care and planning need to start when a patient is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, and adjust as the patient moves through stages of the illness. Funding is going to the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association to begin educating Nova Scotians and care providers on advance planning. “Advance care planning is important because in order to respect the patient’s and family’s wishes for end-of-life care, we need to know what those wishes are,” said Colleen Cash, executive director of the association. “Addressing this will require education and support for health-care providers and the public, and our association is looking forward to working with the provincial government on this important component of the new provincial palliative care strategy,” said Ms. Cash. The strategy gives direction for more collaboration among health professionals and community support organizations. Dr. David Henderson is a palliative care physician at the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. “The health care of a society is framed by the need to provide safe, caring, competent, and timely care both when we are born and when we are dying. Yet, we haven’t focused as much on end-of-life care,” said Dr. Henderson. “This strategy will guide professionals in different parts of the health system and increase our capacity to work more closely together, and with patients, families and community organizations to provide the right kind of care, at the right time, and in the right place,” he said. The strategy is available at novascotia.ca/dhw/palliativecare .
Government is giving municipalities an important tool to help residents who are experiencing dry wells as a result of a historic water shortage. Amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter introduced today, Nov. 3, allow municipalities to create a program that would pay the costs of drilling or expanding wells upfront. These costs would then be applied to a property’s tax bill and repaid over a specific period of time. “The lack of rainfall over the past number of months has caused about 2,000 wells in southwest Nova Scotia to go dry. Drilling a new well can be expensive and residents need support to get water flowing again,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “This program will provide Nova Scotians with opportunities to improve their water situation without having to worry about paying right away. It will also give municipalities another mechanism to help property owners fund similar projects in the future.” This financing model is used throughout Canada and the United States to fund improvements on commercial or residential properties. It has also been used by some Nova Scotia municipalities to fund energy efficiency projects. Under these amendments, municipalities that wish to participate would create a by-law that lays out the details of the program. The program would be voluntary, may cover up to 100 per cent of the project’s costs, have financing terms of up to 20 years, and could be combined with other federal or provincial programs. If required, municipalities can secure funding from the Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation. “The past few months have been difficult for many of our residents who are struggling with dry wells,” said Eddie Nickerson, warden of the Municipality of the District of Barrington. “While our community has come together to offer help for those without water, these amendments will allow us to put affordable, long-term fixes in place to avoid these situations in the future.” The Province of Nova Scotia has been working with municipalities and community partners to help residents through this unprecedented water shortage by providing ongoing water delivery and direction to alternate shower facilities.
Kolkata: A man was arrested in Puruliya on Wednesday for posting a distorted picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the social media.According to a source, Joymal Bhattacharya, who is a member of Para Panchayat Samiti, recently lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar of Dhankidi village for allegedly distorting Chief Minister ‘s picture and posting it on his social media profile. Rajwar also allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the post. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBhattacharya lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar at the Para police station. On the basis of the complaint, police officers nabbed Rajwar on Wednesday. Sources informed that Rajwar is associated with the BJP but the party has denied the claim. “One person has been arrested in this regard and a probe is on,” said a police official of Puruliya District Police. According to police sources, Rajwar has been booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersEarlier this month, BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma was arrested in Howrah for allegedly posting a distorted picture of Banerjee on social media profile. On May 9, a Trinamool leader in Howrah lodged a complaint against her at the Dasnagar police station. After the complaint was lodged, the Cyber Crime section of Howrah Police took charge of the investigation. On Friday morning, Sharma was called for interrogation. After a few hours of questioning by the police officers, she was arrested for allegedly distorting Banerjee’s picture and posting it on social media. After her arrest, Sharma claimed that she has been framed and targeted. Sharma was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days after her arrest. While she was in judicial custody, Sharma, through her lawyer, appealed to Supreme Court for bail. Sharma was granted bail by the Apex court on May 15.
New Delhi: After a delay of a week, the Monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. “Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today (June 8),” said India Meteorological Department’s Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall. The news will augur well for the country as large parts have been witnessing agriculture distress and water levels in reservoirs in west and south India have dipped to low levels. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistMost of rural India depends on the four-month monsoon season, which accounts for 75 per cent of the annual rainfall, due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation. A good monsoon has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains the major contributor to India’s GDP. The north Indian plains, central India and parts of south India have been recording temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. Mercury has soared to over 50 degrees in parts of Rajasthan. On Thursday, IMD said the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. However, Skymet said it may take at least a week longer. The city is likely to receive normal monsoon. Northwest India too is likely to have normal monsoon. The IMD has made a forecast of 96 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) which falls on the border of normal and below normal rainfall.
Etawah: At least four people were killed and six injured in Uttar Pradesh when the Delhi-bound Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express ran over them near a railway station on Monday morning, a railway official said. The incident took place near Balrai railway station at 6.50 a.m. The victims were passengers of the Surat-bound Avadh Express that was stopped at the station to give way to the Rajdhani Express coming from Kanpur, the official told IANS. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Saifai.
San Francisco: With a new “Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature”, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time. “Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual product samples that work on a full range of skin tones. Currently in alpha, AR Beauty Try-On is available through FameBit by YouTube, Google’s in-house branded content platform,” Aaron Luber, Head of Branded Experiences, AR and VR, Google wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The company said it tested this experience earlier this year with several beauty brands and found that 30 per cent of viewers activated the AR experience in the YouTube iOS app, spending over 80 seconds on average trying on lipstick virtually. The feature splits the screen horizontally and while the top part shows the YouTube tutorial, the other part uses the front facing camera to let users capture themselves and try on AR filters and virtual makeup samples. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails M·A·C Cosmetics is the first brand to partner with FameBit to launch an AR Beauty Try-On campaign. “Using this new format, brands like M·A·C will be able to tap into YouTube’s vibrant creator community, deploy influencer campaigns to YouTube’s 2 billion monthly active users, and measure their results in real time,” Luber said. In addition, Google is also bringing three-dimensional assets to display ads with its first immersive display format called Swirl which is currently only available through Display and Video 360 which is a single, integrated tool that helps creative, data and media teams work together to execute end-to-end campaigns.