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Diana Shipping Finds Work for Newcastlemax Newbuild

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping, Singapore, for San Francisco, one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels which is currently under construction in China.The gross charter rate is USD 11,750 per day for a period of minimum twelve months to about sixteen months, with the charter expected to commence on January 6, 2017.The firm said that the employment of the 208,500 dwt ship is anticipated to generate approximately USD 4.23 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Apart from San Francisco being built by Chinese shipbuilder Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industries, Diana’s fleet is currently comprised of 46 dry bulk vessels. The company said it also expects to take delivery of one newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulk carrier during the first quarter of 2017.As of December 9, 2016, the combined carrying capacity of Diana’s fleet is around 5.2 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.13 years, the shipowner said.last_img read more

Florida Ports Working to Reopen as Irma Moves to Georgia

first_imgzoom PortMiami’s Seaboard Marine container terminal will open on Tuesday, September 12 upon approval by the United States Coast Guard, the port authority said in an update.The approval is anticipated in the morning hours, allowing for truck and gate operations to resume.Truck and gate operations will be closed on Tuesday, September 12 for Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company (POMTOC) and APMT’s South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) container terminals.The port will remain closed to marine traffic at least through 4 pm today, as the port authority is pending the conclusion of side sonar underwater inspections by NOAA of its navigational channels.Port reopening is conditional on the inspection findings.Separately, the Port of Palm Beach said it would re-open for cargo business only, on Tuesday at 6 am.The port remains closed to vessel traffic until the USCG decides otherwise.Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, was 50 miles south-southeast of Albany, Georgia, moving north-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH, as of September 11. Irma will continue to move over southwestern Georgia, and move into eastern Alabama Tuesday, the US Department of Energy informed.Ports in eight port sectors in the Caribbean, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina are either closed or open with restrictions.Specifically, Everglades, Miami, Palm Beach, Savannah, Panama City,  Jacksonville, Canaveral, Tampa, Port Manatee and all ports in Key West are closed.Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said that it was spared from any damage from the Irma, adding that further damage assessments are underway.“Hurricane straps installed on our empty containers and ship-to-shore cranes prevented any cargo, crane or other infrastructure damage,” the port authority noted.GPA’s critical workforce will be returning on Tuesday morning to prepare the terminal for cargo operations.“As of now, we expect truck gates to resume operation Wednesday morning,” GPA noted.Petroleum pipelines and terminals in the path of Irma are implementing hurricane preparedness procedures and many have shut down in advance of the storm.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Latest Delivery Pushes Eagle Bulks Fleet to 47 Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license Connecticut-based owner of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk Shipping has further expanded its fleet, as it took delivery of a 2014-built Ultramax.The SDARI-64 vessel, renamed M/V Hamburg Eagle, was acquired in July, for USD 21.2 million.The ship was constructed at Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd, the same yard as the M/V Singapore Eagle.Eagle Bulk funded the acquisition by cash on-hand and new debt equating to USD 12.8 million.The new loan represents an upsize to the existing Eagle Bulk Ultraco LLC loan facility which carries an interest rate of LIBOR plus 2.95% and has a maturity of October 31, 2022.With the addition of the M/V Hamburg Eagle, the company’s fleet is now comprised of 47 vessels, including 13 Ultramaxes acquired over the last 24 months.last_img read more

KickStart Your Career in Maritime Offshore Sectors

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Navingo Everyone who is interested or curious about a career in the maritime, offshore and energy sector can register for free as of February 19 to visit the Navingo Career Event that will be held on May 23, 2019.At the Navingo Career Event, career and development in this innovative sector come together. Visitors meet leading employers, participate in case studies, discuss the latest developments in the sector, receive career advice and partake in several experiences.Register for free at www.NavingoCareerEvent.com.Career possibilities in a dynamic environmentNavingo Career Event, previously called the Maritime & Offshore Career Event (MOCE), is organized for the thirteenth consecutive year, this year on Thursday May 23, 2019. It will take place at a new and dynamic location in the center of the sector: RDM Rotterdam – Onderzeebootloods.Where submarines were traditionally built and launched in the water, visitors can now meet and greet companies such as Damen Shipyards, TenneT, Jan De Nul Group, Royal IHC, Multraship, Austal, and many more key players to have conversations about career possibilities in this innovative sector. The sector urgently needs new and motivated (young) professionals at every level.Discover, experience, discussVisiting the Navingo Career Event is also interesting for those who are curious about the sector or keep him of herself up-to-date about the latest developments. Visitors can attend several talk shows and have conversations with experts about subjects such as autonomous shipping, the energy transition and the opportunities of software.Additionally, several professionals will go on stage to share information with their audience about their daily tasks. Finally, visitors can also ask their career questions, participate in various experiences in and around RDM Rotterdam – Onderzeebootloods. Last but not least, they can network during the after party.The Navingo Career EventThe Navingo Career Event is organized for the thirteenth time and will take place at RDM Rotterdam – Onderzeebootloods on May 23, 2019. Last year more than 3,000 visitors visited the event where more than 100 companies presented themselves. This is what makes Navingo Career the biggest career event in the maritime, offshore and energy sector of Europe.For more information about Navingo Career Event, go to www.NavingoCareerEvent.com or follow the social media channels @navingocareer.last_img read more

Two Insurance Reports Released

first_img The study on property and casualty insurance makes 23recommendations to government and industry to deal with theaffordability and availability of insurance products. The studyon gender recommends that gender not be used as a factor inestablishing auto insurance rates. Ron Russell, Minister responsible for insurance, said governmentwill now take time to review the findings. He said it would seekresponse and feedback from affected groups and individuals beforemaking any decisions. The studies were required by government as part of thelegislative and regulatory reform to the province’s autoinsurance system, implemented in the fall of 2003. The studies are available under the reports category on theboard’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsirb . the rates and availability of fire, other property, casualty, and liability insurance for homeowners, tenants, non-profit organizations and small business; and the use of gender as a risk classification factor in determining automobile insurance rates. The studies were prepared for government by the Nova ScotiaInsurance Review Board and address two topics:center_img Government released two reports on insurance topics today, Nov.last_img read more

Habitat Conservation Projects Approved

first_imgProjects that will help restore plant and flora habitat and help protect the roseate tern and river otter are among the 14 wildlife conservation projects approved for a total of almost $106,000 in funding under the province’s Habitat Conservation Fund this year. The fund — which is generated through the required purchase of a $2 wildlife habitat stamp on all hunting licenses in Nova Scotia — is designed to help finance projects that protect and enhance wildlife habitats. Projects can receive up to 75 per cent on a cost-shared basis, to a maximum of $25,000, but must fall into one of four categories: purchase of land for the benefit of wildlife, habitat improvement, wildlife habitat research and related education programs. “Hunters in Nova Scotia support this fund, that is used to sustain our wildlife and wildlife habitat,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. “All of the funds collected are used directly for habitat conservation.” Since the program was initiated in 2001, almost $500,000 has been directed to wildlife conservation. The project applications are reviewed and recommendations are made by an independent board of directors consisting of members from hunting, naturalist and academic associations. The fund has been getting more requests each year and many worthy projects go unfunded. As a result, the fund’s board of directors requested an increase in the fee for the wildlife habitat stamp from $2 to $3. The change will be effective for this fall’s hunting season. Applications for the 2006 Habitat Conservation Fund can be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, wildlife division, between Dec. 1, 2005 and Jan. 31, 2006. Submission guidelines and application forms can be obtained from any Department of Natural Resources office or on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund . Information on the 2005 recipients and on past projects is also available on this website. Successful projects and recipients of funding for 2005 are: Small Marsh Restoration in Annapolis Valley, Ducks Unlimited Mercury in River Otter, Sarah Spencer Mahone Bay Roseate Tern Habitat Recovery Project, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation Woodcock Habitat Enhancement Project, Woodcock Conservation Society Coastlines Natural History Column, Ecology Action Centre Habitat Friendly Farming, Clean Annapolis River Project Plants on the Edge: Securement and Stewardship of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Habitat (Phase 2), Nova Scotia Nature Trust Kings County Riparian Fencing Project, Friends of the Cornwallis River Society Wildlife and forage-quality benefits of a late-maturing hay cultivar, Soren Bondrup-Nielsen Conservation of critical lakeshore habitat in the Tusket River watershed, Sara Good-Avila Community Education Through Awareness, Cape Sable Important Bird Area Committee The utility of eastern pipistrelles as indicators of landscape level change at large spatial and temporal scales, Hugh Broders Adopt-A-Class Wetland Education Project, Ducks Unlimited Role of Riparian Buffers in Forest Bird Conservation, Cindy Staicer.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 RICHMOND COUNTY: Point Tupper Industrial Park Point Tupper Industrial Park Road, from Nova Scotia Power to the entrance of the new Anadarko LNG facility, will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 has a one-lane closure for repairs on the Sporting Mountain overpass over Morrison Road at Exit 47. Work takes place 24 hours a day and continues until Saturday, Oct. 8. Traffic control consists of temporary traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dollar Brook Road Bridge The Dollar Brook Road Bridge on Wyse Road in Meaghers Grant will be closed from Monday, Sept. 26, until Friday, Sept. 30 for bridge repairs. Detour available on routes 212 and 357. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from about 3.7 kilometres west of Exit 4 to the west end of Indian March Bridge (Sky River), will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial-lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-227-7449 Fax: 902-625-0763 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 211 Route 211, between Clooney Hill Road and Indian Harbour Lake, will have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Motorists are advised that some Sunday work may be necessary. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 There will be a one-lane closure from the Trunk 2-Route 302 intersection in South Hampton to Athol Road until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 (Old Guysborough Road) Route 212 from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road, will have a one-lane closure for asphalt and concrete repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Rawding Road Rawding Road in Black Rock will have a one-lane closure for paving and repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Johnson Road and Route 305 Johnson Road, from Highway 125 to Scotch Lake Road, will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Route 305 north, from Little Pond Bridge to just west of Alder Point Road, will also have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Onslow Road, Route 311 Onslow Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 (Old Sambro Road) Route 306 will have intermittent one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, Sept 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Catalone Bridge The Catalone Bridge on the Louisbourg highway may have a single-lane closure for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-541-5693 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom), for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, westerly, along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres, and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Summerside Road Summerside Road, from Bayfield Road to Trunk 4 at Tracadie, will be reduced to one-lane for patching and repaving from Monday, Sept. 26 until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Friday, Sept. 30, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows: Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 DIGBY COUNTY: Mavillette Bridge The Mavillette Bridge on Trunk 1, about nine kilometres west of the Meteghan connector, will be closed for bridge replacement until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Eastbound traffic is to detour on C. Boudreau Road and westbound traffic is to detour on John Doucette Road or Cape St. Mary’s Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic will be stopped in both directions during blasting until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs, cones and barriers. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information on blasting activities call 424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 will be closed from Exit 4, at Highway 111, to Exit 13 at Highway 107, on Sunday, Sept. 25, while a temporary structure is being built over the highway. Traffic control will consist of a detour sign. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to noon. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1, New Minas Lane closures may be required as construction continues until Monday, Oct. 31 on Trunk 1 in New Minas from Bonavista Avenue west to Cornwallis Avenue. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes when possible. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crows Mill Road The Crows Mills Road will have alternating lane closures until Monday, Oct. 31 for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Nine Mile River The Nine Mile River overpass structure northbound on Highway 102 in Elmsdale will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Wide loads are to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Glendale, Victoria and Rough Brook Bridges The following bridges near Kingsville in Inverness County will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30: Glendale Bridge on Highway 105, for about 2.4 kilometres east of Exit 2; Victoria Bridge on Highway 105, for about 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 2; and Rough Brook Bridge on Highway 105, for about 3.5 kilometres west of Exit 2. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from about 1.6 kilometre west of Taylors Road easterly to the Pomquet River Road, will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 13A and Highway 104, will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Truck 19, from Mabou Harbour Bridge southerly to Port Hood, will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Bergman Bridge Bergman Bridge, located on Trunk 1, about 1.3 kilometres east of the Hants-Halifax County line, is closed for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then reopened to traffic. A one-way, temporary bridge is in place with crossing controlled by traffic lights during construction. A detour is available on Highway 101. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bayport Culvert Bayport culvert, on Route 332 about two kilometres east of Feltzen South Road in Bayport, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, Sept. 26, until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 am. to 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Kates Brook No. 2 Bridge Kates Brook No. 2 Bridge, on Loch Lomond Road, will be closed from Monday, Sept. 26, until Friday, Oct. 7 for repairs. Detour signs will be posted via Westside Loch Lomond Road and Northside Loch Lomond Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5676 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh Bridge The Nappan Marsh Bridge on Trunk 2 will be closed until Friday, Oct. 14. Traffic control consists of signs and a detour sign is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge, located on the Marydale-Caledonia Road in St. Andrews, will be closed to traffic for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale-Caledonia Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Arichat There will be intermittent one-lane closures on three sections of road in Arichat, for a total of 6.6 kilometres until Friday, Sept. 30. Section one is on Lower Road, from Babin’s Hill to the Petit-de- Grat intersection. Section two is on the various streets connecting Lower Road to High Road, including Bay Lane, Benets Lane, Upton Lane, Connies Lane, and Godfreys Lane. Section three is on Service Road, from Evanston Road to the second entrance of the Strait Richmond Hospital. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259last_img read more

Infrastructure Program Invests in Queens Water Project

first_imgAlmost 1,200 households in Liverpool and surrounding area will receive improved drinking water, thanks to funding through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The project includes the construction of a new water treatment plant. Almost 1,100 households currently connected to the municipal water system and 100 other households will have improved drinking water, which will meet the Nova Scotia drinking water regulations. The project will also improve fire protection and will decrease the amount of water lost through leakage and inefficient plant operations. Federal and provincial funding of $4.5 million was announced today, May 12. The Region of Queens Municipality will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval. “This project represents what’s important to Nova Scotians — safe, healthy and vibrant communities,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Economic Development, on behalf of Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are pleased to support these important projects because they are initiated by the people who live in those communities and who know best what’s needed to enhance and improve the quality of life for the residents.” “Our government recognizes that modern municipal services are a fundamental part of a community’s effort to grow and prosper,” said Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament, speaking on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “We are committed to working with our provincial and municipal partners, in this region and across Canada, to build infrastructure and make our communities a better place to live, work and raise our families.” The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management. “The Region of Queens is ecstatic with the approval of this funding package by the provincial and federal governments,” said John Leefe, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The result will be a first class water treatment plant providing the most basic element of life, clean, clear, safe drinking water. Without the generous assistance of our provincial and federal partners this just simply would not be possible.” The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the management committee.last_img read more

Tentative Labour Agreement Applauded by Minister

first_imgHealth-care services are one step closer to normal now that one of the unions in a labour dispute has reached a tentative agreement with district health authorities, Health Minister Chris d’Entremont said today, Nov. 1. “We are pleased to hear that a tentative collective agreement has been reached today with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and 3,300 health-care workers will remain on the job,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Employers are still at the bargaining table with the Canadian Auto Workers and we must respect that and encourage them to work just as hard to reach a fair settlement with the employers.” Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations, on behalf of the district health authorities, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees returned to the bargaining table Monday, Oct. 30, once the major stumbling block on pensions had been resolved. Details of the new collective agreement will be shared by the union with its members through the ratification process. Mr. d’Entremont congratulated the two parties for their hard work. “I do know, from monitoring the situation closely, that many people worked very hard to find a resolution on this contentious issue. I believe all involved are to be congratulated for their goodwill.”last_img read more

Nova Scotia Pleased with Proposed Fisheries Act Amendments

first_imgProposed amendments to the Canada Fisheries Act is good news for Nova Scotia’s fishery. “We need modern legislation to manage our modern fisheries,” said Ronald Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “The proposed bill would bring more transparency to allocation decisions, which the province has been requesting for many years. It will also establish a stronger administrative process to help get violators out of the fishery faster. “Under the present system, all fisheries cases go through the courts and penalties are not strict enough to be a deterrent.” Bill C-32, tabled in the House of Commons last week, would allow the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to harmonize a number of regulatory activities that they share with provinces. The proposed act would also enable the federal government to work with fishing sectors to establish co-management plans so government and industry can determine the best methods of managing issues within the fishery. The text of the new act has been changed to address concerns expressed when the bill was last introduced. After receiving second reading in Parliament, the bill will be scheduled for the federal law amendments committee, where suggestions for further changes can be made. “I encourage everyone involved in Nova Scotia’s fishery to review the proposed legislation and be part of the discussion, so the new act will reflect industries’ needs,” said Mr. Chisholm.last_img read more

New Investment Opportunities for Homegrown Companies

first_imgNova Scotia businesses can now access performance-based financing as they increase competitiveness in the global market and retain or attract workers. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), has expanded its payroll rebate terms. The rebate can now be used as an incentive for companies to invest in competitiveness with technology improvements, product diversification or expanded export markets. “In the global marketplace, our companies must continue to invest in their facilities, their people and their product innovation,” said Angus MacIsaac Minister of Economic Development. “Expanding the eligibility of the payroll rebate demonstrates the province’s commitment to continued partnerships with businesses.” The payroll rebate may be used as an additional investment for companies that are committed to using their own funds for at least 20 per cent of project costs. Eligible companies would earn the rebate incrementally as they achieve performance measures and payroll targets. “We are investing in the future,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We need to continue to invest in our people and support these companies as they make crucial investments in technology and equipment and export into new markets.” Projects should retain or create at least 20 jobs. This minimum was recently lowered from 50 jobs, increasing NSBI’s ability to work with more companies across the province. Companies that create or retain fewer than 20 jobs may be considered when there is a high strategic value or strong economic benefit. “This expanded focus of the payroll rebate is good news for our membership,” said Ann Janega, vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Nova Scotia Division. “CME will continue to work closely with NSBI to identify opportunities for Nova Scotia manufacturers to improve productivity and export capability” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Province Supports Growth Operational Greening for a Rural Company

first_imgNu-Air Ventilation Systems Inc. in Windsor, a leader in energy efficiency and technology, will have greener operations and create new jobs with an investment from the province. Today, June 13, on behalf of the Minister of Economic Development, Angus MacIsaac, MLA Chuck Porter announced a $1.5-million investment and a forgivable incentive of $500,000 at the facility in Windsor. The investment is through the Industrial Expansion Fund. The earned investment incentive, over a five-year period, is based on the company creating up to 78 new jobs, which will result in new payroll of more than $2 million and tax revenue to the province of $140,000 each year. “The government will continue to support innovative companies that contribute to making this province one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world,” said Mr. Porter. “This investment will help a rural company secure its leadership in the industry, remain competitive, reduce costs and create quality jobs for Nova Scotia.” Over its 16 years in operation, Nu-Air Ventilation, a leading manufacturer of residential and light commercial heat-recovery ventilators, has grown from a small made-to-order shop into a manufacturing facility. The company’s innovative heating, hot water, ventilation, and air-conditioning integrated system, Enerboss, was used for a green housing project in Alberta. Its partnership with the government of Canada, through the Climate Change Action Fund, provided the framework to develop a line of products that meet efficient design and technology requirements. “This investment from the province will help us to acquire the automated equipment necessary to meet the growing market demands for Enerboss,” said Nu-Air president Earl Caldwell. “We will also grow our operations and provide an enhanced level of sustainable employment within our local community.” The Industrial Expansion Fund (IEF) is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovation and technology and contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The IEF has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

Gaelic Language Information Sessions

first_img Antigonish, Monday, Nov. 16, at the Lions Centre, 13 Highland St. Ext. Mabou, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at An Drochaidh, Route 19, Main St. Sydney, Wednesday, Nov. 18, Cape Breton University, 1250 Grand Lake Road, Room CE 265, in the Great Hall (Student Cultural and Heritage Centre). To find the hall take the first entrance into the university at the lights on Grand Lake Road. Baddeck, Thursday, Nov. 19, Knox Presbyterian Hall, Grant Street. Halifax, Monday, Nov. 23, Fort Massey Church Hall 5303 Tobin St. New Glasgow, Tuesday, Nov. 24, Àite na Gàidheal, second floor, 174 Archimedes St. Port Hawkesbury, Thursday, Nov. 26, KOC Hall Next to St. Joseph’s Church, 138 Granville St. The Office of Gaelic Affairs will be holding information sessions on its Gaelic Language in Community Program across the province in November. The sessions are designed to provide information on the new funding program, advice on project planning, proposal writing and to answer questions on the program. The sessions, which all begin at 7 p.m., are open to everyone. They are being held in:last_img read more

Program Helps New Farmers Start in Business

first_imgNew farmers in Nova Scotia now have a resource to help them start their business. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell launched the new THINKFARM initiative today, Aug. 25, which provides information on available programs and services. “We have been getting frequent requests for information and support from new entrants in the agriculture sector, so we focused on providing resources to meet their needs,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Our agriculture industry is in a state of transition and we are encouraging new farmers to be diversified, market-focused and profitable so that we can create good jobs and grow the economy.” Department of Agriculture staff developed a four-year project funded through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial agriculture initiative. “This is a tremendous initiative that will help new farmers get the resources they need to start a farm business,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “We are pleased to partner with Nova Scotia to make these kinds of smart investments that will help beginning farmers get off on the right foot and also make the agriculture industry stronger for the future.” The THINKFARM program includes a co-ordinator working on resources for new farmers, a guidebook, resource fact sheets and a website www.gov.ns.ca/thinkfarmthat provides a one-stop location for all information. “Department staff are excited to have a program dedicated to working with beginning farmers from a variety of backgrounds,” said Kevin Bekkers, agricultural resource co-ordinator with the Department of Agriculture. “The people getting into agriculture now are not the same people we saw 10 or 20 years ago. The THINKFARM program allows us to respond to the current needs of the industry and support this new group of farmers who are crucial to the continued viability of the farming sector in Nova Scotia.” “As new farmers, we were impressed by the program and it helped us immensely in pursuing our small farm dream,” said Greg and Melissa Ross, of Millville, Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Department staff continue to work to identify additional programs and services that meet the needs of new farmers.last_img read more

Province Invests in Good Jobs Strong Rural Communities

first_imgThe province is helping to create hundreds of good jobs and strengthen the economy in rural Nova Scotia through an important capital investment in Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Premier Darrell Dexter announced in Shelburne today, June 21. “This investment represents a tremendous opportunity for southwest Nova Scotia, and the entire province,” said Premier Dexter. “This is about helping mothers, fathers and young people. Today we are creating good jobs that families in communities can count on. This is about creating opportunities for young people to put down roots and make a better life in these communities.” The provincial investment includes a $16-million interest-bearing loan and a $9-million forgivable loan through the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund and jobsHere. Four million dollars of the $16-million interest-bearing loan can be forgiven based on research, development, and commercialization of innovation in the aquaculture industry, helping it maintain stability in the long term. Cooke also plans to invest $150 million in the expansion, which is already underway. Cooke Aquaculture has the largest salmon farming operation in Atlantic Canada, employing about 140 Nova Scotians. With this investment, the company will create more than 400 more jobs in rural Nova Scotia. It allows Cooke to grow its operations in Shelburne and Digby, with 120 jobs, build a new salmon hatchery in Digby with 20 new jobs, expand a feed mill in Truro with 30 positions and open a fish processing facility in Shelburne, which will employ an estimated 320 people. “With this investment, we can continue to build on the innovative, science-based and sustainable practices that our family company has developed in Atlantic Canada,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Aquaculture. “In our commitment to meet the world’s growing demand for healthy fish — fish that are farmed right here in Nova Scotia — we are grateful for the community support we have received since we began our operations here, and we look forward to growing the Cooke employee team.” “We are very pleased to hear about this investment as it means a lot to our rural area,” said Al Delaney, Mayor of Shelburne. “We are very supportive of Cooke Aquaculture. They understand our rural area and we look forward to working with the Cooke family to help make their business a success in Shelburne.” Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing sectors in the fishing industry and has strong growth potential in Nova Scotia. Half of all seafood consumed is farmed. Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry employs more than 750 people, primarily in rural areas, and contributes more than $57 million to the provincial economy. Cooke is a significant exporter in the industry, processing and selling more than 160 million pounds of Atlantic salmon and four million pounds of trout each year. “The release of the aquaculture strategy was an important step to help ensure aquaculture development is conducted in a way that protects the environment and the traditional fisheries,” said Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sterling Belliveau. “This significant investment announced today further demonstrates government’s commitment to developing a sustainable industry that will create jobs throughout our rural communities and grow the economy.” The Nova Scotia Jobs Fund pursues investment opportunities for communities in transition, industry sectors, regional support, small businesses programs, infrastructure and large industrial ventures.last_img read more

Adult Learners Prepare for Good Jobs Opportunities

first_imgLisa Francis beamed with pride as she watched three of her adult children cross the stage to receive their high school diploma from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL). Gordon (21), Danny (20) and Meikka Francis (19) are among 17 Nova Scotians who received their high school diploma at a ceremony in Liverpool today, June 26. Six-hundred Nova Scotians graduated from NSSAL this month, and are now better prepared for good jobs and more school or training. “These dedicated people have committed to making life better for themselves, their family and their community by completing their high school education,” said Leonard Preyra acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Through the NSSAL, people are taking the necessary steps to prepare for good jobs all across the province that are awaiting them.” Ms. Francis recalled her own decision to return to school as an adult back in 2007. “I was struggling to raise three kids on my own, and in order for me to make the best life possible for myself and my kids, I knew I had to get my high school diploma,” said Ms. Francis, now a licensed practical nurse. “Once I completed my high school, I had the bug, and I went on to become an LPN. The diploma was the first step in helping me get a good job, and build a better life for my family. “I wanted to set a good example for my children, and it looks like I have. I could not be more proud as I see my kids taking the first step to a better life. That really is what the diploma will do for them.” Through NSSAL, the province offers more than 150 tuition-free programs across the province, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), regional school boards, Universite Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations. The programs help Nova Scotians improve their literacy and employability. Gordon and Danny Francis have both applied to NSCC and hope to begin post-secondary studies this fall. “Gordon wants to be an electrical engineer, and Danny wants to do diesel mechanic. Meikka is exploring a career in child studies,” said Ms. Fraser. “None of this would have been possible without their diploma.” More than 5,800 Nova Scotians have received high school diplomas through NSSAL, since it began in 2001. For more information about the Nova Scotia School for Adult learning call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or visit www.goNSSAL.ca .last_img read more

Public sector banks recover 12 lakh cr from NPAs in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Public sector banks (PSBs) have recovered close to Rs 1.2 lakh crore from stressed assets during the financial ended March, primarily helped by resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), an official said. During the first half of the previous fiscal, banks recovered Rs 60,713 crore from bad loans.”Due to non-resolution of some big accounts referred under NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal), PSBs could not achieve the resolution target of Rs 1.80 lakh crore. But, these accounts should be resolved in the current financial year,” the official said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsBanks recovered close to Rs 55,000 crore from the NCLT resolution, the official said. “Compared to Rs 74,562 crore in 2017-18, the recovery in the previous financial year nearly doubled to Rs 1.2 lakh crore,” the official said. Two large accounts of Essar Steel and Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd are still pending to be resolved. It is expected that these two accounts should be resolved in the next few months and recoveries from these could be around Rs 50,000 crore. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefJSW Steel had revised its offer from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 18,000 crore and later to over Rs 19,000 crore, whereas Tata Steel’s last offer was at Rs 17,000 crore after it had refused to revise its bid. ArcelorMittal has made a bid of Rs 42,000 crore for Essar Steel. According to the official, consolidation among public sector banks and higher recoveries by state-owned lenders will be on the government’s agenda in the current financial year. Referring to the liquidity crisis in the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), the official said that there are issues with both solvency and liquidity in these companies.last_img read more

Yuvraj calls time on intl career

first_imgMumbai: Eight years after he prevented cancer from dictating his life choices, a tearful Yuvraj Singh Monday brought the curtains down on a roller-coaster international career, the pinnacle of which was his exploits in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.Tall, willowy and ethereal, his unlimited talent and charisma made him a limited overs legend, but he will walk into the sunset feeling he has not done enough in Tests. The Punjabi southpaw, though, tried repeatedly to turn back time before calling it quits. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,” the 37-year-old said addressing the media in the extravagant interiors of a star hotel that quite resembled his flamboyant batting. “I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” he added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe explosive batter said he now wants to “enjoy life” and pursue a freelance career in T20 leagues internationally, pending BCCI permission. But he will no longer be seen in the Indian Premier League. Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed the most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list and seventh among Indians.last_img read more

Criminal shot dead in Chinsurah

first_imgKolkata: A notorious criminal was shot dead at Chinsurah in Hooghly on Saturday night. It is alleged that the deceased identified as Prabir Hela alias Haat Kata Munna (38) was planning to kill local Trinamool Congress leader Bijoy Kahar.According to sources, on Saturday night, a few members of Azad Hind Club in Chinsurah were having a chat. Kahar was also present there. At that moment, Hela and his associates, including another person Manik Sardar, arrived there and started threatening the club members and Kahar. When club members protested Hela and his few associates started assaulting them. All of a sudden someone fired a bullet which hit Hela’s chest. When the bullet hit him, other miscreants fled the scene. Hela was rushed to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to locals, Sardar and Hela used to work as muscleman for CPI(M) during the Left regime. After 2011, they had fled the area and were out of Chinsurah since eight years. Sources claimed, Sardar and Hela came back in Chinsurah to spread terror and they were targeting Kahar. Sleuths are trying to identify the person who had fired the bullet. Several club members and locals have been questioned. Till Sunday night none was arrested. Local Trinamool leadership alleged that the BJP was behind the attack as they were using former CPI(M)-backed goons to dominate the area. Kahar claimed that a few days ago he was threatened by some anti-socials to hand over the charge of the club to them by taking the name of the BJP. But the BJP has denied the allegations.last_img read more

UK Man stabbed 18 times in front of 14yearold son over train

first_imgLondon: A man was stabbed 18 times in front of his 14-year-old son after a “heated argument” over blocking the aisle on a London-bound train in January, a UK court was told. Lee Pomeroy, 51, was attacked by Darren Pencille, 36, five minutes after boarding the train at Guildford, Surrey, on January 4, the Old Bailey was told. The defendant’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Chelsea Mitchell, is also on trial and denies assisting the offender, the BBC reported. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonProsecutor Jacob Hallam told the court that Pomeroy was killed the day before his birthday. He said the victim and his son boarded the train at London Road Station at 13:01 GMT and within five minutes, he had been stabbed by Pencille. “That wound to the neck was the first of 18 wounds with a knife that Pencille inflicted on Pomeroy that day,” he told jurors. “A little over an hour after he boarded the train, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services who rushed to save his life, Pomeroy was dead.” Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe prosecutor told jurors the events surrounding the killing were captured on CCTV and witnessed by other passengers. Pomeroy and his son had boarded the same carriage as Pencille and made their way down the aisle, the court heard. Hallam suggested they may have been “blocking” Pencille’s way and the defendant had said: “Ignorance is bliss.” “That prompted Pomeroy to respond and ask what it was he meant. An argument began between them. It was an argument that became heated and became heated pretty quickly.”last_img read more