zoom Houston-headquartered classification society ABS has joined the SEA\LNG coalition whose objective is to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.SEA\LNG brings together players from across the supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and original equipment manufacturers to address market barriers and transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel.“We bring to this organization more than 150 years of experience and a strong commitment to helping create a safer and more sustainable shipping industry. As a technology and innovation leader, ABS understands future energy demands and the environmental drivers of today’s dynamic markets and takes a forward-looking approach to helping balance those challenges with operational safety and performance needs,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. ABS classed the world’s first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959 as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964.The company also launched its Global Gas Solutions team in 2013 to support industry in developing gas-related projects.In June 2016, ABS joined forces with Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, Technigaz (GTT) and Wärtsila in the ‘Project Forward’ program to develop a dry bulk carrier concept that employs LNG as fuel.“ABS brings a wealth of industry expertise and perspectives that will greatly benefit SEA\LNG’s work to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel and promote its benefits as a clean, safe, practical and economically viable fuel for the shipping industry,” SEA\LNG Chairman Peter Keller said.
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has won a contract to build a liquefied natural gas floating storage regasification unit (LNG FSRU) for the Greece-based Maran Gas Maritime, part of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group.The contract includes the 173,400 cbm LNG FSRU and an option for the construction of two LNG carriers, and it carries the value of KRW 700 billion (around USD 590 million). The options could be exercised in 2017, according to DSME.The LNG-FSRU is 295m long and 46m wide and is the first LNG-FSRU to be ordered by the Angelicoussis Group. It will be constructed at the Geoje Okpo shipyard and will be delivered to the shipowner in the first half of 2020.The vessel’s design is based on the LNG-RV (LNG Regasification Vessel), which was designed for the first time by DSME in 2005.This is the second order DSME has received from the Angelicoussis Group this year. Back in June, the Greek shipowner ordered two LNG carriers, as well as two very large crude carriers from the South Korean shipbuilder.Currently, DSME is building 20 vessels for the Angelicoussis Group in South Korea and Romania.In total, the group has ordered 89 vessels from DSME since the first deal was signed in 1994.“We are grateful to Angelicoussis Group, which has decided to place order during such difficult times and showed unlimited trust in DSME,” said DSME President Jung Sung-lip. “We will do our best to win additional orders until the end of this year.”DSME has won contracts to build nine vessels and three special-purpose projects in 2016, with an overall value of around USD 1.55 billion.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has signed a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, Diana’s 179,362 dwt Capesize bulker Seattle would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 24,000 per day.The charter contract, which commenced on July 30, was agreed for a period of four to six months.The 2001-built ship was previously chartered to Koch Shipping at a rate of USD 11,700 per day.Diana Shipping informed that the employment is expected to generate some USD 2.88 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The company recently reported a net income of USD 2 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of USD 23.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Time charter revenues were USD 53.4 million for the quarter, up from USD 37.8 million recorded in the same period of 2017, mainly due to an increased in average time charter rates.Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018 amounted to USD 1.1 million, compared to a net loss of USD 50.3 million in the same period of 2017. Time charter revenues surged to USD 101.8 million for the period, from USD 69 million reported in the first half of 2017.
zoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping Ardmore Shipping Corporation, an owner and operator of product and chemical tankers, reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red.Namely, the net loss more than tripled when compared to last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.“While the fundamentals of the product tanker market remain sound, a number of unrelated short-term factors came together to put downward pressure on cargo volumes and charter rates, particularly in the Atlantic Basin. “Cargo flows from the US Gulf to Brazil and Mexico declined in the latter half of the second quarter as a result of domestic issues and consequent increases in local refinery throughput. Simultaneously, a significant build-up of West African product inventories during the first quarter further reduced cargo volumes and freight rates from Europe and the US during the second quarter,” Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said.However, Gurnee is upbeat on the market outlook, especially in anticipation of the changing regulations for bunker fuels in 2020, bringing a significant increase in seaborne volumes of refined products from mid-2019, and providing a further boost to tonne mile demand.On the supply side, ongoing scrapping and the record-low orderbook for MRs should result in net fleet growth of less than 1% in 2018 and 2019. This pairing of strong tonne mile demand growth and very limited supply growth creates the conditions for a rebound in charter rates, he added.“Meanwhile, we are focused on maintaining financial strength to ensure that the company can take full advantage of opportunities that may arise,” he continued.During the quarter, Ardmore completed refinancing of the Ardmore Endurance and Ardmore Enterprise, two 49,000 Dwt Eco-Design product tankers, with an undisclosed Asian financier. The agreement provides for the net proceeds of USD 10.3 million after prepayment of existing debt.The company has 28 vessels currently in operation, comprising 22 Eco MR tankers and six Eco-Design IMO 2 product / chemical tankers.
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Environmental Work Exchange in Costa RicaAccepting Applications Young Nova Scotians have the chance to participate in a workexchange program in Central America. The Environmental Leadership Program is building a team of youngNova Scotians and Newfoundlanders to help create a healthierenvironment in Costa Rica. The exchange program runs from lateApril to early September. Six Nova Scotia youth, ages 20 to 24, will join counterparts fromNewfoundland to work on environmental projects in Costa Ricathrough May and June. They will work alongside their Costa Ricancounterparts while being hosted by local families. The second half of the exchange program happens in July andAugust. The Costa Rican young people will return with their NovaScotia partners to work on environmental projects here. Curtis Young, Sydney, participated in a similar exchange lastyear. “Little did I know just how much I would take with me fromthis program,” he said. “I gained more from the exchange than Ihave from any other period in my life.” Mr. Young now works forNova Scotia Environment and Labour. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says Mr. Young isthe kind of candidate that’s needed for the exchange. “We’relooking for young people who want to learn more about theenvironment and increase their employment skills,” he said. Applicants should be good communicators and be comfortableworking as part of a team. The ability to speak Spanish is notrequired. The Environmental Leadership Program is managed by Nova ScotiaEnvironment and Labour. Partner organizations include the NovaScotia Youth Conservation Corps, Clean Nova Scotia, theConservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador, and TallerInternacional in Costa Rica. Anyone interested in the program should contact the Nova ScotiaYouth Conservation Corps at 902-424-4924 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Cover letters and resumes can be faxed to902-424-3571. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17.
A new ice rink project in Bedford is going to help localresidents skate towards a heathier future. A three-rink ice complex is now set to proceed on five hectaresof land near Duke Street and Highway 102. The province has soldthe land to a developer, Banc Development Limited. The project isexpected to be completed within a year. “The province is working with the community to create a wonderfulnew recreational facility, one that will contribute to ahealthier population,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works, today, June 30. “It’s great thatwe can help.” “This sale of provincial land will give children moreopportunities for recreation and will improve the health of ourcommunity,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald.”Across government departments, we’re helping communities provideopportunities for people to be active.” TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Province Moves Forward on BedfordIce Rink Project
Health Canada released an updated guideline for trihalomethanes (THMs) in chlorinated drinking water today, May 19. THMs are chemical compounds that may occur when organic material in water is mixed with chlorine. The health risk of THMs remains extremely low although some studies link them to health concerns if there is very long term exposure. THMs are not an issue for Nova Scotians who use private wells as they are a byproduct of the chlorination process. Chlorine is used in many municipal water systems. Municipalities in Nova Scotia with THM levels that currently exceed the updated federal guideline are: Louisbourg, Liverpool, Tatamagouche, Mahone Bay, Baddeck, Hayden Lake, Shelburne, Sydney River and Antigonish. The updated federal guideline reaffirms the existing acceptable level of total THMs at 100 micrograms per litre. But, for the first time, it sets a new guideline for bromodichloromethane (BDCMs) — a component of THMs – at 16 micrograms per litre. The guideline also notes that THMs can be absorbed by inhalation and skin contact during showering and bathing, in addition to being ingested. Studies in the U.S. and Canada have suggested that high THM levels in drinking water may be linked to stillbirths or miscarriages. Those studies however have not proved a definite connection. Other studies indicate that high exposure to THMs over a lifetime may increase chances of developing bladder cancer. As a precaution, public health officials in Nova Scotia are recommending that Nova Scotians minimize their exposure in Nova Scotia communities where THM levels are higher than the new federal guideline. “While the science linking THMs with stillbirths and miscarriages is not conclusive, our advice is that pregnant women and indeed anyone in affected communities should restrict their time in the bath or shower to as short a duration as reasonably possible,” said Dr. Ann Roberts, medical officer of health for Nova Scotia. “People in the affected communities can also reduce THM levels in their drinking water by installing activated carbon filters certified to remove THMs or use bottled water from a certified supplier.” The Department of Environment and Labour has worked with the municipalities to reduce the number of communities with unacceptable THM levels from 23, to the nine listed above. That work is continuing. “As part of Nova Scotia’s Drinking Water Strategy, we are helping municipalities ensure their drinking water meets current public health standards, including meeting the THM guideline,” said David Briggins, manager of Environment and Labour’s water and wastewater branch. “Municipalities are eager to make sure their drinking water quality is superior and we appreciate their ongoing efforts.” THMs are formed when chlorine reacts with organic materials such as dead leaves that naturally occur in surface water. Chlorine is used to treat drinking water to kill bacteria that can cause serious illnesses. Information about THMs in drinking water can be found on the Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water/thm.asp .
The province is forecasting a slim budget surplus for 2006-2007, as higher expenses for government pensions and labour settlements in the health care sector put pressure on the budget. The province’s second budget forecast update this year shows $3.3 million remaining in the unallocated surplus — the amount available to cover spending and revenue pressures for the rest of the year. The total surplus of $64.7 million — $8.88 million down from the $73.5 million budgeted — includes $57.4 million legislated for debt reduction, and a $4-million debt-reduction contingency. “The province continues to perform well overall,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “However, with a razor thin surplus, we will be taking a very prudent approach to managing our budget risks in the last quarter of the year. We must keep our expenses in line.” Total revenues are forecast to rise slightly, to $6.928 billion, including net income from government business enterprises of $340.3 million. Total expenses will go up $11.8 million to $6.917 billion, as higher program and pension expenses are offset by savings in debt servicing costs. Net program spending is forecast to increase by $21.3 million over the original budget, primarily because of an additional $23.7 million to cover the recent contract settlement with acute-care health-care workers. Costs related to government pension plans are also expected to rise, with a negative variance in the pension valuation adjustment of $35.8 million. The higher expenses are offset by a $45.3-million decrease in net debt servicing costs, to $830.9 million. The Department of Finance has revised its calculation for sinking fund interest earnings, and taken advantage of favourable market conditions for the refinancing of government debt. Net revenues, excluding government business enterprises, were down $900,000, with a number of significant changes in revenue categories. Nova Scotia’s own-source revenues are forecast to drop $12.5 million, with federal revenues $11.6 million higher than budget. Provincial and federal income tax revenues are forecast to be higher, offset by lower revenues for petroleum royalties and tobacco taxes. Mr. Baker said higher pension expenses are a significant risk for the last quarter, when new benefit and premium estimates are expected. Nova Scotia may also be hurt by income tax changes potentially coming forward in the federal spring budget. Details have not yet been announced. Nova Scotia’s real Gross Domestic Product for 2006 is forecast to be 2 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent in the budget. This is because of slowing economic growth in Canada and the United States. Mr. Baker said government departments will be asked to defer, or eliminate, non-essential spending to ensure that the province ends the year with the surplus required by the Provincial Finance Act.
The Access Nova Scotia centre in Antigonish closed at 1:30 p.m. today, March 6, to investigate possible water damage and air-quality issues. The office will remain closed for the rest of the week to allow a complete investigation. “Closing of the office is a precautionary measure,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The health and safety of our staff and customers are our first priority. The office will remain closed until we are assured it is safe for business.” An update on the office’s status will be provided on Sunday, March 9, in the afternoon. In the meantime, Antigonish residents can get services through the New Glasgow or Port Hawkesbury Access Nova Scotia centres. More information regarding specific services is available by calling toll-free 1-800-670-4357.
As the economy grows, the government has a greater capacity to service debt without sacrificing program delivery. -30- NOTE: For further 2009-10 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Stimulate the economy Government will undertake its largest infrastructure investment, Building for Growth. In the next three fiscal years, the province will increase capital spending to leverage federal dollars and stimulate economic growth. These infrastructure investments will cause debt to rise. The province of Nova Scotia will change its approach to debt management to respond to the current fiscal and economic circumstances. A new Debt Management Plan will be introduced as part of the 2009–10 budget. In the midst of a worldwide economic downturn, Nova Scotia’s revenue sources are declining, and additional funds are needed for core programs such as health, education, and social services. Under the new debt plan government will: The Provincial Finance Act will be amended to support the Debt Management Plan of 2009 and modify provisions of the 2005 Debt Reduction Plan that were enshrined in legislation. Government will set new debt reduction targets for the years ahead. The goal is to keep debt at a level that is affordable for the size of the economy and resume debt reduction once the economy improves. Debt Reduction Background Nova Scotia has implemented a number of financial measures in the last eight years, first to slow the growth of its debt and then to produce large enough surpluses each year to reduce it. In 2005, the government adopted the Debt Reduction Plan, placing debt management along with balanced budgets as a central priority of fiscal management. Some provisions of the plan were given force by amendments to the Provincial Finance Act. The act was amended to ensure that a payment of $830 million from the government of Canada for the offshore offset would be earmarked to go to debt reduction. The 2005 Debt Reduction Plan also included a policy commitment to have the debt decline beginning in 2007–08, which was met. Government later made a policy commitment to put funds received from the Crown share payment on the debt. Government has managed the debt portfolio prudently. Gross debt-servicing costs have declined, and after remaining U.S. dollar funds were hedged in 2007, the foreign currency exposure went to zero from 72 per cent in 1995. Debt Management Plan, Four Components The Province of Nova Scotia will introduce a Debt Management Plan in 2009 to replace the Debt Reduction Plan of 2005. It has four components: Maintain fiscal discipline Balanced budget legislation will continue. Government must take a very strategic and disciplined approach to keeping expenses down, while maintaining or increasing revenues to balance the budget in years ahead. As part of this discipline, government is choosing not to run an operating deficit to finance stimulus measures. A higher base of operating expenses continues into future years, is very hard to reverse, and makes debt reduction targets more of a challenge. Set debt-management targets The 2009 Debt Management Plan sets new debt management targets that are focused on keeping the level of debt sustainable and affordable for the Nova Scotia economy. Amend legislation The Provincial Finance Act will be amended to facilitate the introduction of the 2009 Debt Management Plan. borrow money in the next three years to pay for much-needed infrastructure and stimulate the economy use some specific funds previously earmarked for debt reduction to fund programs and services The Offshore Offset Revenue Expenditure Act changes Nova Scotia’s unique definition of deficit, which prevents offshore offset payments from being used as revenue to calculate whether the provincial budget meets the balanced budget requirements. The changes mean that offshore revenues may be used as revenue as they would normally be under standard accounting practice, and as they are in all other provinces.
Je remercie les membres de la Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales pour leur rapport intérimaire sur les limites des circonscriptions électorales de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il s’agit d’un processus important et indépendant, et la commission indépendante a soulevé des questions complexes aujourd’hui. Je demanderai à la présidente de la commission de me rencontrer pour discuter du rapport intérimaire. Je ne ferai pas d’autres commentaires publics à ce sujet avant d’avoir eu la chance de lire le rapport en détail et de discuter de certaines questions avec la présidente. La commission est un organisme indépendant qui a été nommé par un comité spécial de l’Assemblée législative le 30 décembre 2011. L’Assemblée législative a établi le mandat de la commission, dont le rapport final doit être soumis au plus tard le 31 août 2012.Le rapport final doit respecter le mandat établi par l’Assemblée législative. -30-
Des activités auront lieu à l’échelle de la province cette semaine pour célébrer les jeunes Néo-Écossais qui améliorent leur vie et qui font une différence dans leur communauté. Le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant et la ministre de l’Éducation Ramona Jennex se sont joints aux membres du conseil provincial du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg aujourd’hui 22 octobre dans le cadre d’une cérémonie de lever du drapeau à Province House pour lancer la Semaine du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg. La semaine, qui en est à sa 40e édition, est célébrée jusqu’au vendredi 26 octobre. « Il est important pour nous de reconnaître les jeunes qui font preuve d’altruisme et qui assurent des communautés fortes et dynamiques, » a dit le lieutenant-gouverneur Grant. « Ils montrent l’exemple en acquérant les compétences qui leur permettront non seulement d’améliorer leur vie, mais aussi de faire de cette province un endroit encore meilleur où vivre. » Pendant la semaine, les jeunes, les familles, les bénévoles et autres participeront à des activités diverses sous différents thèmes qui souligneront l’excellent travail effectué par les jeunes dans leurs communautés. « Nos jeunes sont impatients d’atteindre leur plein potentiel et d’être de devenir de bons citoyens, a dit Mme Jennex. Ils veulent contribuer au service communautaire, apprendre d’importantes leçons de vie et être en meilleure forme physique. Ce programme est l’une des façons pour eux d’atteindre ces objectifs. » Plus de 2 300 jeunes Néo-Écossais âgés de 14 à 25 ans participent aux programmes du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg chaque année afin de promouvoir le développement des communautés et du pays, tout en acquérant les compétences élémentaires qui mènent à la croissance et au succès personnels. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.dukeofed.org/accueil.
GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, Country Harbour Mines, will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching, installation of pipes, asphalt patching and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals, patching and paving until Monday, Nov. 19. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105, Little Bras d’Or Bridge Traffic on Highway 105, the Trans Canada Highway, is being detoured onto the new Little Bras d’Or Bridge, while work is being done on a water pipeline. When work is complete, traffic will return to the existing bridge until work is completed on the new bridge approach road. Drivers should travel with caution. The new bridge is scheduled to open at the end of November. QUEENS COUNTY: Potanoc Bridge Weather permitting, Potanoc Bridge will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 14. The detour route is via the Milton Bridge, about 1.5 kilometres south of Potanoc Bridge. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic on sections of Highway 1, from about one kilometre east of Annapolis Royal to about six kilometres west of Annapolis Royal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 340 Traffic on sections of Route 340, from the intersection of Townshipline Road, near Ohio, south for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Traffic on sections of Route 303, from the Digby town line to the Saint John Ferry Terminal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from St. James Road to Groves Point, will have one-lane closures for milling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Back Road Traffic on sections of Back Road, from the intersection of Landsdowne Road to Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clementsvale Road Clementsvale Road, from Princedale Branch Road to Clementsport Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Beaverbrook Bridge The Beaverbrook Bridge on the Cabot Trail, Middle River will be reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic signals in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Traffic on sections of Highway 10, from the Lunenburg County Line north to Ridge Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, Fletcher Hebb Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 will have stop and go traffic for installation of traffic signals, asphalt patching and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Friday, Nov. 30.Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow-moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge The Welshtown Bridge will have a five-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Vehicles over five tonnes can use Highway 203 known as the Ohio Road, Trunk 3, and Upper Clyde Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east for about four kilometres, to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to one lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. When work is complete, Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3 will be reduced to one lane. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Traffic on sections of Highway 3, from Exit 32A to the intersection of Route 308 at Tusket, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 16. -30-
the need for firm capacity commitments for a new pipeline into New England to help reduce the bottleneck at peak times natural gas storage in Nova Scotia to help manage price volatility during peak periods. The province has a better picture of the natural gas market and its challenges after a commissioned study released today, July 31, by Energy Minister Charlie Parker. The Future of Natural Gas Supply in Nova Scotia, looks at options to access natural gas from the U.S., and the costs and benefits to meet current and growing demand. “The study provides us with a better understanding of the market,” said Mr. Parker. “The spike in gas prices last winter highlighted that as our natural gas demand increases and our domestic production begins to decrease, we need to take steps to ensure continued access to competitively priced natural gas. “The study identifies possible ways to accomplish this over the medium and long term.” It examined supply and demand scenarios that could impact natural gas availability and cost, and identified ways that might bring more stable prices for Nova Scotia consumers. Industry representatives provided information and insights into the Maritimes gas market. The study found when demand is highest in winter, Nova Scotia is forced to purchase natural gas from the congested New England market, which inflates the cost to deliver natural gas to the province. To help combat this, the report identifies potential long-term solutions for the Maritimes, including: The Energy Department has met with most of the companies that provided information to the study, and continues to champion a regional approach to natural gas issues. At the recent Atlantic Energy Ministers’ meeting in Pictou, the provinces, their utilities, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency agreed to work together through the Atlantic Energy Gateway to develop a regional approach. to natural gas supply issues. “This study addressed longer-term solutions. Our utilities are working on strategies for the immediate challenges of accessing competitively priced natural gas,” said Mr. Parker. “Regional collaboration will also help to find solutions.” The study, prepared by ICF Consulting Canada, Inc., was awarded through a request for proposals. It is available at http://novascotia.ca/energy/publications/The-Future-of-Natural-Gas-Supply-for-Nova-Scotia.pdf .
Nominations are wanted for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award, a program that celebrates diverse and vibrant communities in the province. The annual award profiles achievements and increases visibility in communities through a formal recognition program. “Across Nova Scotia, people are working together to make their towns and cities happy, healthy and dynamic places to live,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “The Community Spirit Award is a meaningful way to recognize these collective efforts and to celebrate the unique character of each community.” The department of Communities, Culture and Heritage manages the award program that allows for up to four recipients each year. A selection committee reviews and selects the recipients that best fit the award’s criteria. “The diverse nature of our province is one of its greatest strengths,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “By sharing and recognizing community successes, we develop a deeper appreciation of all communities that make up the intricate fabric of Nova Scotia.” Communities selected for the award will be honoured at a community celebration in the spring and summer. Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend and present a handcrafted award that stays in the community. The recipients for 2013 were Wallace, Cumberland Co., Ballantynes Cove/Cape George, Antigonish Co. and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Antigonish Co. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 31. For award application and information visit http://communityspiritaward.ca.
Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard will join her colleagues from across Canada for a meeting of Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services on Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss common issues and areas for collaboration. The agenda will focus on three shared issues: Aboriginal children in care, services for persons with disabilities, and how social services departments across Canada can better share information and best practices to improve services to their clients. “I am looking forward to my first social services ministers conference and how the discussions can benefit Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Bernard. “For example, at the recent premiers meeting, Premier Stephen McNeil and his counterparts discussed the large and disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in care, and how they can work with their local Aboriginal communities to develop solutions to address the many complex social and economic factors that contribute to this situation. “I look forward to now expanding this dialogue with my counterparts across the country.” Alberta will host the meeting. This is the first meeting of social services ministers since 2006.
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. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. 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. 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, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. 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. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary 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: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. 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. 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. 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. 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-
Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, March 14. Documentary, Nostalgia, produced by Brewed Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $105,162 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $339,233.As funding commitments are approved, details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30- the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI.
New Delhi: Shares of Manpasand Beverages extended their losses for the second consecutive day, tumbling 36 per cent in two trading sessions after some of its officials were taken under judicial custody following search by the GST department. On the BSE, shares of the company plunged 20 per cent to lock in at its lower circuit limit of Rs 70.40. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the scrip tumbled 19.98 per cent to touch the lower circuit of Rs 70.50. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsOn Monday, the scrip dived 20 per cent to close at Rs 88 on the BSE. In a BSE filing on Saturday, Manpasand Beverages had said that the Commissioner of Central GST and Customs carried out search and seizure proceedings at various premises of the company on May 23 and further inquiry was conducted on May 24 at GST Bhavan office of Vadodara. “Mr Abhishek Singh, Whole Time Director, Mr Paresh Thakkar, Chief Financial Officer of the company and Mr Harshvardhan Singh are under judicial custody of Authority on May 24, 2019. The company is contesting these allegations in accordance with the due process of law,” it had said in the filing. In a separate filing on Saturday, it had said, “We would like to inform you that Mr Vishal Sood, Non-Executive Director of the company has tendered resignation from the post of Director with immediate effect i.e. 24th May, 2019. This resignation is mainly due to search from GST department.”
Mumbai: The team of “Chehre”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, completed its shoot four days earlier from the actual planned date. Directed by Rumi Jaffrey, the post-production stage will begin soon. After completing the shoot on Thursday, the film’s producer Anand Pandit said in a statement: “It has been an exhilarating experience and I would like to thank the legendary cast and my entire team for the successful completion. “Looking forward to the post-production and the release.” “Chehre” is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited. The film also stars Kriti Kharbanda, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav and Annu Kapoor. “Chehre” releases on February 21, 2020.