Rickmers Maritime Finally Wound Up

first_imgzoom Rickmers Trust Management, a trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, informed that the trust has been wound up.As the winding up of the trust has been completed, the units of the trust and the notes will no longer exist. Accordingly, the notes will also be delisted from the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGXST) with effect from 9:00 a.m. on August 30, 2017.The final distribution to the unsecured creditors of the trust was completed on August 15, 2017. The equivalent payments, representing a recovery of about 12.1% to all unsecured creditors of the trust, have been made.There will be no further distributions or payments, cash or otherwise, to the unsecured creditors of the trust, including the holders of the SGD 100 million 8.45 percent notes due 2017. The outstanding amount due on the notes has been paid to the notes trustee, DB International Trust (Singapore) Pte Limited. This represents the final payment on the outstanding notes to the notes holders and the trust has been wound up as of August 16, 2017, Rickmers said.The notes trustee will be making arrangements with CDP to credit the relevant distribution amount to each note holder based on the records of CDP.In April this year, Rickmers Trust Management submitted an application to the SGXST for the delisting approval. The company was forced to delist due to its inability to make a reasonable exit offer to unitholders. Further reasons included no prospects of a corporate rescue and the failed restructuring attempts.last_img read more

Supramax RSA Welcomes dAmico

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license d’Amico Dry Cargo, part of the Italian d’Amico Group, has become the latest member to join C Transport Maritime’s (CTM) Supramax Revenue Sharing Agreement (RSA).As informed, the first of d’Amico’s Supramax bulkers to join the RSA fleet will be M/V Medi Bangkok and M/V Medi Paestum.The 68,927 cbm Medi Bangkok and the 70,700 cbm Medi Paestum were built in Japan in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The vessel pair is part of d’Amico Group’s fleet which comprises around 120 vessels.According to CTM, the Supramax RSA is currently the largest Supramax pool on the market. In the RSA, all of the vessels are run together and the incomes generated are distributed to the members according to the revenue earning capabilities of their vessels within the agreement.Operations of the pool commenced in 2013, with five members and thirteen vessels increasing to over 60 ships today. The average age of the ships in the fleet is four years, with sizes of vessels ranging from 45,000 to 64,000 dwt.In 2018, tonnage carried by vessels in the RSA fleet amounted to a total of 21.961,031 tons.last_img read more

Expanded Services for Cape Bretoners with Disabilities

first_imgCape Bretoners living with intellectual and physical disabilities or long-term mental illness will soon benefit from more government services and support. The Department of Community Services announced today, Jan. 16, that the Independent Living Support Program will begin accepting referrals from the service for persons with disabilities division at the end of January 2006. “One of our main goals in developing our programs is meeting the person’s needs with the least intrusive service,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “This program will help people maintain their independence, while ensuring they have enough support to meet their daily needs.” The Independent Living Support Program serves people who are semi-independent and need a minimum level of assistance to live on their own in the community. It provides up to 21 hours of weekly support, including help maintaining health and wellness, household chores, and accessing services in the community. The expansion of services will begin in Cape Breton with the expectation of serving up to 25 participants. Over the next year the program will continue to expand throughout the province. The Independent Living Support Program expansion and other new services were announced in December 2004, following extensive community consultation. The services include: the Direct Family Support Program, implemented in 2005, that provides financial assistance to people who care for a family member with a disability at home; the Alternative Family Support Program, which will be implemented in spring 2006 and will offer a family-like setting in the community. These new programs complement existing supports and services already in place.last_img read more

Enforcement Unit Has Early Success Against Impaired Drivers

first_imgA new police unit in Southwest Nova Scotia is proving effective in the fight against impaired driving. The Integrated Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit is a joint effort of the RCMP, local police forces and the provincial government. Since its launch in December, the unit has stopped more than 21,300 vehicles at 114 checkpoints. Officers administered 193 roadside alcohol screening tests, laid 38 impaired driving charges and ordered 45 immediate 24-hour licence suspensions. “With our crime-prevention strategy, we’re working with law enforcement and other partners to help keep Nova Scotians safe on the road and in their communities,” said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “This partnership in Southwest Nova Scotia is an excellent joint use of resources and it’s producing concrete results.” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott said he is encouraged by the statistics. “Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in our province last year,” said Mr. Scott. “By taking impaired and unsafe drivers off our roads, we are preventing injuries and saving lives.” The unit is a one-year pilot project funded by the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Justice, Health Promotion and Protection, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The unit is based at the Chester RCMP detachment. Its officers patrol roads in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings counties. The RCMP is providing vehicles, office facilities and four traffic services officers. Bridgewater and Kentville police officers are also part of the six-member unit. Mark Mander, Kentville Police Service chief, said motorists should be aware that the unit is patrolling day and night to keep roads and communities safe. “We are sending a clear message to motorists that we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to impaired driving,” said Chief Mander. The unit is also effectively enforcing other motor vehicle infractions. Officers have charged 82 motorists for operating a motor vehicle without a licence, 147 for speeding and 66 for failing to wear seatbelts. Tickets for 329 other motor vehicle offences were also issued by the unit since December. Mr. Scott said the province will evaluate the pilot project before the end of the year to determine its impact on incidents of impaired driving and consider expansion throughout Nova Scotia. The project is one of several provincial initiatives to improve road safety, including a ban on hand-held cellphones, doubling fines for speeding in school and construction zones, legislation to combat street racing and new graduated driver-licensing rules. The project also supports government’s priority to keep communities safe.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223, east for 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Detour on Route 223 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road Starting Monday, June 8, sections of Shore Road from the intersection of Parker Mountain Road and the intersection of Hampton Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane to allow for road improvements. The work is scheduled for completion on Saturday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will guide motorists through the construction zone. Please drive with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Shinimicas Road Burns Bridge on Shinimicas Road will be closed for repairs until Tuesday, June 16. Signs are in place. Motorists should find an alternative route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road The Masstown Road, east of Exit 12 for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for replacing asphalt and repairs to the Highway 104 overpass, until Thursday, July 16. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line, about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Detour on Highway 125 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101 at Exit 8 near Hantsport will be reduced to one lane to allow for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, June 30. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road from the Amherst town line west to Route 302 about nine kilometres will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Section 2 of Trunk 19, for about a half a kilometre north of Blackstone Road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization, patching and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access 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. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 802-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329 from the Lodge Road, south to Boutlier Lane for about 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Friday, June 12. Pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Work completed by 5 p.m. on Fridays. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Hants County line to Princeport Road, about eight kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold milling, asphalt recycling and asphalt paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 west of Exit 22 about 11.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Oak Island Road (Avonport Roundabout) to Hantsport town line for eight kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 31 for paving. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road, about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 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. Traffic lights are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Highway) south of Hornes Road, for about six kilometers will be reduced to one lane for clearing, gravelling and paving from Sunday, June 7 until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Yarmouth-Digby County line west for about 4.1 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Tuesday, July 7. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Motorist are advised of delays. Use alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure Traffic on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Tuesday, June 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Drivers using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road easterly for 6.4 kilometres until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Point de Harve Road Point de Harve Road north about 8.3 kilometres to Cape Breton Highlands Park will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31 Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, June 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people are on site. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from Route 395 south will be reduced to one lane for cold planning, gravelling, pulverization and asphalt concrete patching and re-paving until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunet. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Lake Brook Bridge The Lake Brook Bridge on Shore Road will be closed for replacement until Monday, June 8. Detour from Trunk 1, to Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road back to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 between Exit 29 at Barney’s River, Pictou County to the Antigonish County Line will be reduced to one lane for road improvements until Tuesday, June 30. Delays are expected. Signs, flashing light units and traffic control people are on site. Work will take place from Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The outside lanes of the Cobequid Pass toll booths on Highway 104 will be closed until Wednesday, June 17, for renovations. Vehicles wider than 2.6 metres should exit Highway 104 at Exit 12 westbound, or Exit 7 eastbound, and travel on Trunk 4. Motorists are asked to follow posted signs. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 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. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. INVERNESS COUNTY: Broad Cove Marsh Section 3 of Broad Cove Marsh from Trunk 19 north for about one kilometre will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization, patching and repaving from Monday, June 8 until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road The intersection on Grand Lake Road, near Central Supplies, will be reduced to two lanes from four for traffic light installation until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. Detour on Prince Street is optional. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Officer: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound lane, from CNR overpass to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, about 2.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for asphalt cold planing and paving until Monday, June 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 10 and Exit 11 will have one lane closures for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from 318 overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road, between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for re-paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Spanks Bridge Spanks Bridge on the Larry’s River Road at West Cooks Cove will be out of service, local traffic only, from Monday, June 8 until Saturday, Oct. 31 for repairs. Detour via Mountain Road and Trunk 16. Users of the Trans-Canada Trail are advised that the Spanks Bridge is closed and are to use caution when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242 from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan West to Lower Maccan Road, about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1, through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and asphalt paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville is closed for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will be closed from Pine Grove Road to Route 331 at Cooks Bridge, to install a water main and level the road until Wednesday, June 17. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones will be on site. Detour signs will be in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 8 to the Pictou County line, will have a lane closure for cold milling, widening and paving until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 -30-last_img read more

Premier Dexter Express Sorrow Over the Death of Sergeant Taylor

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter, today Jan. 1, expressed sorrow over the death of Sergeant Kirk Taylor of Yarmouth. Mr. Taylor was a member of 84 Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, killed in action in Kandahar province on Wednesday, Dec. 30. “I want to offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Premier Dexter. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they cope with this tragic loss.” Mr. Taylor was serving with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. Premier Dexter said Mr. Taylor, like all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, will be remembered as a hero who fought for Canadian values like peace, freedom and democracy.last_img

Changes to Treasure Hunting Regulations

first_imgThe province is taking steps to preserve and protect Nova Scotia’s underwater cultural and heritage resources. John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources along with Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage announced today, July 13, that the government intends to repeal the Treasure Trove Act, amend the Special Places Protection Act and create the Oak Island Act. Government will introduce the legislation in the fall. Some outstanding licences will still be granted to applicants who meet policy guidelines for treasure hunting, but these activities will end December 31. Repealing the Treasure Trove Act follows a recommendation from the 2006 Voluntary Planning heritage strategy task force. It will also bring the province into line with practices in other Canadian jurisdictions and match the spirit of the UNESCO Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. “The government is making life better for Nova Scotians by taking these important steps to preserve our marine resources,” said Mr. MacDonell. The Treasure Trove Act was enacted in 1954 to govern treasure hunting activities on Oak Island. Its scope was later expanded to cover licensing of salvage operations involving shipwrecks off Nova Scotia’s coast. The repeal requires housekeeping amendments to the Special Places Protection Act to remove all references to treasure. The creation of the Oak Island Act will ensure protection for the heritage resources in that area. The province also released a report by Blackstone Corporation which contains research and input that helped government in determining the most appropriate options to manage Nova Scotia’s marine cultural heritage. The company was hired in 2005 to help with the decision-making process which included hearing from the salvage industry, government and heritage advocates. “Our approach follows the best practices from other jurisdictions and makes Nova Scotia a leader in conserving underwater cultural heritage,” said Mr. Paris. In 2005-06, Voluntary Planning struck a task force to review issues related to the protection of Nova Scotia’s many heritage resources and assets. During that process, discussion was devoted to marine heritage and whether or not private interests should be allowed to conduct salvage operations to recover artifacts from the marine environment. A copy of the Blackstone report can be downloaded at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial lance des appels doffres pour la technologie en classe

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial donne la priorité aux enfants et à l’apprentissage en offrant des ressources technologiques uniformes et rentables dans les salles de classe. Des appels d’offres ont été publiés pour toute une gamme de ressources technologiques, notamment des ordinateurs de bureau, des ordinateurs portables, des miniportables, des serveurs, des imprimantes, des scanneurs, de l’équipement de studio, des appareils GPS, etc. « Nos enfants méritent d’avoir la chance se préparer pour toutes les situations qui surviendront dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, à la fois pendant leurs études et leur carrière, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Le personnel des conseils scolaires et du ministère a travaillé en étroite collaboration pour offrir aux élèves les outils dont ils ont besoin pour réussir. » Le gouvernement provincial fait l’acquisition de ressources technologiques par un processus d’appel d’offres afin d’obtenir une ristourne et un meilleur soutien technique. « Nous nous réjouissons des ententes provinciales d’achat parce qu’elles permettent l’acquisition d’équipement normalisé ayant des capacités bilingues pour les élèves et le personnel francophones et anglophones, a dit Ginette Comeau-Gaudette, conseillère en informatique, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Les appels d’offres font en sorte que nos élèves reçoivent des ressources à la fine pointe de la technologie. » Les appels d’offres sont basés sur les programmes d’études et touchent les ressources technologiques nécessaires pour tous les projets à l’échelle de la province, de la maternelle à la 12e année. En plus de la mise à niveau des ressources, les appels d’offres incluent la construction de nouvelles écoles et les achats locaux pour l’enseignement et l’apprentissage. Les spécifications sont créées en collaboration avec les conseils scolaires par l’entremise des superviseurs en technologie dans les conseils scolaires, surnommés RoBoTS (Regional Board Technology Supervisors). La Division des services de technologie et des ressources d’apprentissage du ministère de l’Éducation travaille ensuite avec les RBTS pour évaluer les soumissions. Pour voir la liste des appels d’offres, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/tenders (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

New Life Sciences Research Institute Opens

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter joined researchers and academics in the life sciences sector to open the new Life Sciences Research Institute, today, June 21. The province helped fund the development of the institute with a contribution of $5 million. “Life sciences is a booming sector in Nova Scotia, with tremendous opportunities for growth,” said Premier Dexter. “The work of the Life Sciences research Institute will benefit Nova Scotia’s economic growth by attracting new business and a highly skilled scientific workforce.” The institute will focus its work on biotechnology, biomedical therapeutics, medical devices, innovative health care, and the education, financial and legal services that support this sector. The Life Sciences Research Institute will have the capacity to produce leading-edge research, and will feature enhanced clinical, educational and training experiences. It will work to strengthen and build life sciences in Nova Scotia and provide the infrastructure to support excellence in research. “The Life Sciences Research Institute is our jobsHere plan in action,” said the premier. “From opportunities for learning and innovation, to high-value jobs and global competitiveness, this institute exemplifies our plan to grow the economy and make life better for Nova Scotians.” Led by Dalhousie University, the institute was developed collaboratively with the Capital District Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre. Innovacorp has also relocated its BioScience Enterprise Centre to a facility near the Life Sciences Research Institute. It will focus on business development opportunities for the centre’s research.last_img read more

Province Invests in Equipment for Cape Breton Hospitals

first_imgThe province is improving quality and patient safety for people in Cape Breton with an almost $1-million investment in new equipment, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett announced today, July 16. “New technology and equipment are important in continuing to provide safe, quality health care services,” said Mr. Corbett, “This equipment will improve care and enhance safety for patients.” Investments at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital include $750,000 for a multi-purpose radiographic unit that will improve the quality and efficiency of diagnostic imaging. “This funding helps give our staff some of the best tools and technology available today so they can continue to deliver quality diagnostics and care to our patients,” said Jim Merkley, Cape Breton District Health Authority vice-president of operations and acting CEO. “Our staff is excited about being able to use state-of-the-art equipment and know that what they do has a direct benefit to patient care.” The district will also receive funding toward a $235,000 sterile processing department cart washer to enhance infection prevention and control. The equipment is used to wash and disinfect trays and pans used in surgical and ambulatory procedures. Under the cost-share formula for capital equipment, the Department of Health and Wellness will pay 75 per cent of the costs and the district will pay 25 per cent. The province’s investment is part of $15 million announced in December from its Jobs and Building 2012/13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to purchase or replace necessary equipment.last_img read more

Province Improving Dental Care for Children

first_imgThe province is teaming with the IWK Health Centre to more than double the number of Nova Scotia children who receive dental surgery each year, acting Health and Wellness Minister Leonard Preyra announced today, July 30. “This is the right thing to do for families and young children,” said Mr. Preyra. “Expanding the IWK’s dental surgery program will make life better for people by ensuring more children with serious oral health problems get the surgery they need, and get it faster.” The province and IWK will increase the number of pediatric dental surgeries for children 16 and younger by adding staff and equipment to the pediatric dentistry department. The expansion will give 600 more children in Nova Scotia the surgery they need to live a healthy life and help shorten wait times and reduce visits to emergency rooms. Mr. Preyra said all Nova Scotians helped provide the expanded surgery program. “A balanced budget is key to providing better care and support for the social programs that families depend on,” said Mr. Preyra. “This expansion of the surgery program is a direct result of the work all Nova Scotians did to balance the provincial budget.” Mr. Preyra said the expansion follows the province’s decision to reinstate dental coverage for children 13 and younger. This is a level of coverage that hasn’t existed since 1997, when the coverage was cut to children 9 or younger. The additional surgeries are expected to begin in the spring. “Last year, my son Samuel came to the IWK for dental treatment and had to wait for the procedure he needed,” said Iolanda Toma, of Truro. “While I’m very pleased with the care Samuel received, I’m happy other children won’t have to wait for the care they need.” Mr. Preyra also announced the Department of Health and Wellness will hire a chief dental officer. The officer, who will begin in January, will report to the chief medical officer of health, and work with dentists, public health staff and other partners to improve Nova Scotians’ oral health, with a focus on children younger than 5. “The IWK, its partners in care, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Dental Association are pleased that this government has recognized the effects of poor oral health on general health in infants and toddlers,” said Dr. Ross Anderson, chief of pediatric dentistry at the IWK Health Centre. “By providing care to these very young children in a timely fashion, we will not only reduce pain and suffering, but help each of these children achieve their full potential. “We are also excited about the appointment of a chief dental officer who will work on a provincial oral health strategy with all partners to reduce disease rates in this very young group of children. By doing this, we may be able to keep more of these children out of surgery.” The IWK’s pediatric dentistry department does specialized surgery for 700 patients each year from across the Maritimes. The problems range from painful and chronic dental infections to facial cellulitis, a serious bacterial infection that can be life-threatening. Many of these children also have other special health care needs.last_img read more

Five Cease Trade Orders Issued Against Nova Scotia Companies

first_img Mentor Networks Inc. Premiere Developments Limited Stonehedge Investments Limited Highhead Mountain Development Limited Foxgrove Exploration Ltd. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued temporary cease trade orders against the following companies: The companies, all Nova Scotia reporting issuers, violated Nova Scotia securities laws by not filing continuous disclosure documents. The executive director of securities has ordered people and companies to stop trading securities. The companies have until Sept. 4, to file all documents to avoid a permanent cease trade order. To view the orders, visit the Enforcement Section under the What’s New page at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/whats-new . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. -30-last_img read more

Pothole Repairs Underway

first_imgAs spring nears, provincial highway crews are turning their attention from snow clearing to repairing potholes. “The constant freeze and thaw cycle we’ve had this winter is a perfect recipe for potholes,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I encourage drivers to slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes.” Crews are currently performing temporary cold mix repairs. Cold mix is a temporary patch used until longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt becomes available when asphalt plants open up around the province in May. “The success we have against potholes right now depends on location and climate,” said Barb Baillie, executive director of maintenance and operations, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This has been the toughest winter we’ve had in years and in many areas our crews still have to deal with winter conditions even as potholes are forming.” Motorists can help provide information on problem potholes by calling the province’s toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233 or by tweeting @NS_TIR on Twitter.last_img read more

BJPs Pragya Thakur leading in Bhopal in early trends

first_imgBhopal: BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is leading in early trends received after counting of postal ballots in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal constituency. Thakur is contesting against former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh.Counting of ballots started at 8 a.m. in 51 district headquarters of the state’s 29 parliamentary constituencies. Some 9,000 security personnel have been deployed for the security of the vote count process in which around 15,000 government employees are involved. Counting of votes in the EVMs begins after postal ballot count.last_img

It was a tough job to take both workers out from tank

first_imgNew Delhi: For the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), it was a tough job to take out both the workers from the tank in North West Delhi’s Keshavpuram area. The DFS said that during the rescue operation, they had to crawl inside the tank to reach out to both the persons trapped over there.According to DFS official Ashok Kumar Jaiswal, when the fire personnel tried to get inside with their equipment, they get also stuck. “The tank was so small that with oxygen cylinder, fire personnel could not be able to get inside,” said Jaiswal. He further said that the whole rescue operation took more than one hour. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Later, with the help of equipment, we broke the tank wall. Once it was broken, some toxic gas was released,” said Jaiswal. He further added that with the help of oxygen masks, which they took from an ambulance, they went inside the tank. “It was a total risk for the fire personnel who was going inside. We tied belt on his waist to make sure if he get unconscious after inhaling poisonous gas inside they can pull him out quickly,” added the fire official. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe further said that at first, they tried to go inside wearing clothes in the face but it didn’t work well. “The rescue was very much tough just because there was confined space inside the tank. When the fire personnel went inside, he tied the rope on both the workers and they were taken out,” added the official. The DFS tried everything for the earliest rescue but the situation was not cordial. “We were seeing the victims lying unconscious but we were not able to get inside. The walls were made of concrete, it took time to break,” said Kumar.last_img read more

Since 2018 30 persons booked under MCOCA

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2018, the Delhi Police have arrested 30 persons under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The law enforcement agency has initiated 17 proposals under MCOCA.Police sources told Millennium Post that the Delhi Police Commissioner in the recent meeting reviewed the action taken by districts and units under MCOCA. The meeting was held in May. Sources further revealed that as many as 26 persons were nabbed in 2018 whereas till May 15, the city police arrested four persons. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”One of the units nabbed 19 persons last year under the act whereas two districts nabbed seven persons,” added sources. More than a dozen cases were registered by city police last year. Sources further stated that the law enforcement agency has identified four snatchers, 18 robbers and 13 other criminals who may be booked under MCOCA. As many as 17 proposals have been initiated against criminals. In a press statement, Delhi Police said that special cell, in order to curb illegal activities and to contain violence by criminals indulging in criminal activities in Delhi, has booked them under MCOCA in the recent past. “MCOCA was initially enacted by the Maharastra Govt in the year 1999 to contain the criminal activities of the underworld criminals, which was adopted in Delhi in the year 2002,” said Delhi Police.last_img read more

With Jet Airways being nonoperational opportunities narrowing in Indian market Star Alliance

first_imgSeoul: India is a big aviation market and Air India provides the important domestic network for our members but opportunities in the market are narrowing with Jet Airways being non-operational, Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said Sunday. Star Alliance is a grouping of 28 airlines, including Air India, which became a member in July 2014. Emphasising that Air India is an important representation for the alliance in the Indian sub-continent, Goh said the airline provides very important domestic network for its members to connect into. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “Indian market is a big market and is a very fast growing market… clearly things are changing very fast in the Indian market in connection with what has happened with Jet Airways. I think certainly to that degree possible, it will help (that)… Air India will have higher capacity and better yields because there is less capacity in the market,” he said here. Full service carrier Jet Airways, which had a significant number of international flights, temporarily suspended operations in April after running out of cash. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief To a query on whether there could be a second Indian carrier such as low cost carrier IndiGo as a Star Alliance member, Goh said the grouping is positioned for having a full member as well as a connecting partner model. “We also have the ability to integrate less traditional airlines whether they are hybrid, regional or low cost airlines. We are positioned to address both the situations. We are not closed for business, whether an airline in India is interested in full membership or connecting partner model. It is more a question of value proposition that you can bring to the network,” he said. Talking on the sidelines of an IATA (International Air Transport Association) event here, he stressed that an airline should prove its business case if it has to be a member or connecting partner. “The challenge obviously is that there is IndiGo but in the Indian market there isn’t such a credible portfolio of opportunities with Jet Airways not operating anymore… The market is narrowing in terms of opportunities but we are going to be convinced that if we have a member or another connecting partner they are bringing something that Air India doesn’t. “At this time, how fast the Indian aviation market is going to grow… We have got to be mindful how that market is trending and not integrate a member just for the sake of integrating,” he said. IndiGo is India’s largest domestic airline with a market share of nearly 50 per cent. Star Alliance was founded in 1997, with the aim to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to international travellers.last_img read more

Tughlakabad to get water from taps in a week CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water woes of the residents of Tughlakabad will go promised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. Delhi Chief Minister held a review padyatra at Tughlakabad area on Sunday to talk to the people about the development works and progress. The residents complained about the unavailability of tap water and the CM promised to deal the matter within a week. “Pipelines have been laid. You will get water in your taps within a week. There’s no need for water tankers now”, he said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarKejriwal Saturday kicked off a public outreach campaign, under which he will take out foot marches in all 70 Assembly constituencies in the national capital. The residents of Tughlakabad told the chief minister that though Delhi Jal Board water tankers reach them regularly, they would like to get water directly in their taps. The CM said that they will no more need to take water from the tankers as in a week’s time they will start getting water at their homes through the pipeline. He apprised the residents that the order for the same has already been given to the Delhi Jal Board. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceChief Minister undertook a padyatra in the Deoli assembly constituency on Saturday morning. He received complaints of unavailability of DJB tankers, private tankers mafia and theft of water through private bores during his interaction with the local residents. He took immediate action and directed the DJB officials to lodge FIR against the private tanker mafia and private borewell operators. He also ordered the DJB to start laying of pipeline in Deoli area and start the supply of Sonia Vihar water in Deoli within four months. On Saturday, CM Kejriwal told the residents of Deoli that they will get steady water supply through DJB pipelines in four months. “Once the pipelines are laid, you will start getting water from Sonia Vihar… I have got to know that DJB tankers don’t come here regularly and you have been buying water from private tankers,” the chief minister, who is also the utility’s head, had said. In the recent Lok Sabha poll, the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal witnessed an enormous defeat. Party sources said that after rigorous meetings with the top leaders and workers the party learned that to win the coming Vidhan Sabha poll in 2020 the party should reach out to the public in the older fashion which would be door-to-door with the presence of Arvind Kejriwal. According to the senior leaders, Delhi CM would continue such small padyatras what he used to do before the AAP came to power in Delhi.last_img read more

Prahlad takes charge as tourism minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday took charge of the tourism ministry and said his endeavour would be to take forward the work done in the sector in the last five years and break the stereotypes associated with Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh to promote it as a travel destination.Patel, a BJP MP from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, who has also managed the party’s affairs in Manipur, said more tourism opportunities are now opening up in Northeast region with “insurgency being reigned in”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe was interacting with reporters at his office in Transport Bhawan here, after taking charge as the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge). Asked what would be his priorities, Singh said, “I have just taken charge and will decide on that after assessing all the status of all the tourism circuits, religious or cultural, and then frame policies”. “But, as a minister I would endeavour to take forward the work done in the tourism sector by the previous Modi government and try to finish projects on or before stipulated time,” he said.last_img read more

Three held in Trinamool leaders murder case in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Three persons have been arrested following the recovery of a Trinamool Congress leader’s body from West Bengal’s West Midnapore district but there was no political motive behind the murder, police said on Wednesday. The body of Ganesh Bhunia, 40, a Trinamool block leader from Narayangarh, was found on Monday in a roadside bush and bore injury marks. “Three persons namely Sujoy Maity, 32, Janmenjoy Maity, 30 and Laxmikanta Maity, 45 have been arrested for beating Ganesh Bhunia to death and they are being produced before the court on Wednesday,” an officer of Narayangarh police station said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Refuting allegations of a political connection behind the murder, he said: “These people are related to the deceased and there was enmity between the families”. There was no political motive behind the murder, he added. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress had accused “BJP-backed miscreants” of involvement in the murder, while BJP leaders refuted the charges levelled against them and claimed that Bhunia was murdered due to infighting within the Trinamool leadership.last_img read more