zoom Board of directors of the Greek owner of dry bulk vessels Diana Shipping has approved the acquisition of three vessels, the company said.The approval follows closing of the company’s previously announced underwritten public offering of a total of 20,125,000 common shares, par value USD 0.01 per share, at a price of USD 4 per share.The offer includes the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to 2,625,000 additional common shares. Following this offering, the company has 106.1 million common shares outstanding, par value USD 0.01 per share.As part of the offering, entities affiliated with Simeon Palios, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, executive officers and certain directors, purchased an aggregate of 5,500,000 common shares at the public offering price.The gross proceeds from the offering were USD 80.5 million, all of which is expected to be used to fund the acquisition costs of additional dry bulk vessels, including two 2013-built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels and one 2013-built Kamsarmax bulker.Any net proceeds from the offering not used for the vessel acquisitions will be used for general corporate purposes, the company added.As of April 26, 2017 the company’s fleet consists of 48 dry bulk vessels, featuring a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.9 years.
zoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has signed the main terms for the financing of the outstanding commitments for its three Suezmax newbuildings.Under the terms, reached with a major international financial institution, the commitments are due on delivery of the ships, scheduled to join their owner during the latter part of 2018.“We expect the agreement to be fully executed about mid-November 2017 at which time the full financing of the newbuildings will be completed,” NAT said.In August 2017, the company informed that an amount equivalent to 30% was paid cash on contract signature, while the balance of USD 116 million for the three ships will be paid at the time of delivery.At the time, NAT has under review a financing arrangement for the three newbuildings.
zoom European shipowners (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have called for easing the administrative burden that seafarers and ship operators are now facing.“Crews and companies face a worse situation today than before. Rather than having a single European window, diverging national solutions were developed and even at Member States’ level there is very often no single solution in place,” ECSA said during Digital Transport Days in Tallinn.The organization added that this led to an increase of the administrative workload and the risk of seafarer fatigue, to the detriment of job satisfaction and smoothness of operations.The European Commission has now fully grasped the problems around the Reporting Formalities Directive and the urgency to address these. An Impact Assessment on a European Maritime Single Window (EMSW) environment has beeen launched and an ambitious proposal is scheduled to be presented in spring 2018.“We have the unique chance now to not only rectify things but to improve the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General, said.“We urge all parties to have an open mind. Surely there are reporting requirements that can be dropped, information that can be re-used better and responsibilities of the various actors that can be clarified better. If this assessment is thoroughly done, this will result in a huge reduction of the administrative burden on crew and companies,” Philippe Alfonso, Political Secretary at ETF, concluded.
zoom Petronas LNG (PLL), a subsidiary of Petronas LNG Sdn. Bhd (PLSB), signed a two-year service agreement with Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan, Malaysia.The ship-to-ship transfer is the transfer of LNG between two vessels positioned alongside each other.“This ship-to-ship transfer service agreement is Petronas’ first collaboration in providing flexible delivery solutions that goes beyond the conventional selling and delivering of LNG,” PLL’s Chairman, Ahmad Adly Alias said.“LNG ship-to-ship transfer services is an emerging trend to cater to the needs of small scale LNG requirements,” he added.As disclosed, combining Argo and Eastport’s shipping expertise with Petronas’ LNG portfolio, the partnership will enable PLL to respond to new market requirements in the changing LNG industry landscape which includes LNG shipping solutions.Argo has vast experience in LNG shipping operations supported by a network of technical personnel in the LNG shipping industry, while Eastport has expertise in handling bunkering and ship-to-ship operations, in addition to possessing the sole license to provide LNG bunkering and ship-to-ship services at Brunei Bay, Labuan.Separately, PLL has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB), a subsidiary of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad (BPHB), for the provision of marine services to support PLL’s Gassing Up and Cooling Down (GUCD) services at the Bintulu Port for a period of three years.The GUCD is a specialized service to bring the storage tanks on LNG carriers, after dry-docking, to natural environment and later cool it down to cryogenic temperature (minus 160 degrees Celsius) before loading its next cargo.The services at the Bintulu Port will commence in 2018, making Bintulu as one of the few terminals in the world to offer this facility. The LNG for gassing up services will be supplied from the Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu.As explained by Adly, this is the first GUCD services in Malaysia at the Bintulu Port.“This collaboration is expected to enhance Petronas’ portfolio of services in the integrated (LNG) value chain,” he added.For the nine-month period ended 30 September 2017, Petronas Group recorded a 15 percent increase in revenue at RM 161.8 billion (USD 39.3 billion), mainly due to the impact of higher average realized prices and the impact of foreign exchange rate.Cumulative profit after tax was RM 27.3 billion compared to RM 12.5 billion in the same period last year, primarily due to lower net impairment on assets and well costs.
zoom Owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers Dorian LPG has reached a sale and bareboat charter arrangement for its 84,000 cbm carrier Concorde.The company entered into the USD 70 million deal that closed on January 31, 2018, resulting in net cash proceeds of USD 56 million. Out of the amount, USD 35.1 million was used to repay a portion of the outstanding principal on the USD 758 million debt financing facility that Dorian LPG entered into in March 2015.Under the arrangement, the Concorde was delivered to its undisclosed buyer upon completion of the transaction and, on the same day, the company entered into a 13-year bareboat charter for the vessel.Dorian LPG has a purchase option to re-acquire the Concorde from the third anniversary of the commencement of the bareboat charter through the end of the bareboat charter. The company said it would continue to technically manage, commercially charter, and operate the vessel.The bareboat charter carries a 4.9% fixed interest rate for the duration of the contract and has a 17.3-year loan profile.The Concorde Japanese Financing has a mandatory buyout in 2031 with early repurchase options from January 31, 2021 and carries a fixed interest rate of 4.9%.Dorian LPG unveiled the transaction as part of its third quarter fiscal year 2018 report, in which it said that its net income stood at USD 1.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to a net income of USD 5 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company said that its net loss reached USD 16.9 million, widening significantly from a net loss of USD 3.4 million reported in the same period of the previous year.Revenues for the quarter increased to USD 44.5 million, compared to USD 35.7 million seen in the previous year’s quarter. For the nine-month period ended December 31, 2017, Dorian LPG’s revenues were at USD 120.3 million, increasing from USD 119.8 reported a year earlier.
zoomImage Courtesy: USCG A 54-year-old man was medevaced from the bulk carrier Manitowoc off Michigan after experiencing severe abdominal pains, according to the US Coast Guard.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a report on the crewmember’s condition from the 612-foot vessel on June 1.A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphine helicopter flight crew was sent to assist the vessel, which was some 15 miles off Harbor Beach.The man was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe, Michigan in good condition, the USCG informed.The US-flagged bulker was on its way to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada at the time.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Following last week’s cyber attack, COSCO Shipping Lines informed that its network applications in the Americas have been totally recovered.“All communication channels including telephone, email, and electronic data exchange have been restored. There has been a further increase in our service response. We are working at full stretch to process all the service requests received previously, and the service response is expected to be back on track within this week. “Global networks of COSCO Shipping Lines are safe and stable, and our global business operations are steady and orderly,” the company said in an update.Initially, it was reported that the customer service platform at COSCO’s terminal at the Port of Long Beach was targeted by hackers. Nevertheless, the company later said that the network breakdown affected offices across the American continent.The network failures affected areas included the United States, Canada, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. However, the company’s ships were not affected and continued operating as normal.Commenting on the cyber attack, Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela said that the incident was very worrying.“While COSCO shut down its connections as a precautionary measure, we have to emphasize that ships are not islands, they are not self-contained units. This is a mistaken belief. Shore- and ship-operations are cyber-connected,” he said.“If shore-based and ship-based IT systems are linked, it could open a gateway to the COSCO ships, leaving them highly susceptible to an attack. Vessels do not need to be attacked directly but an attack can arrive via the company’s shore-based IT systems and very easily penetrate the ships’ critical OT systems.Although COSCO has been quick to respond to this hack, the virus may have been dormant for some time, so I would not be surprised if other systems – shore- and ship-based systems – have been breached.This kind of attack could spread through the entire fleet and its consequences might be devastating, and certainly costly, especially in terms of insurance. We strongly recommend to whoever discovered the attack, to thoroughly verify the breach has been contained and has not infected any ships in the COSCO fleet.This cyber-attack, like the Maersk attacks last year, will no doubt send shockwaves throughout the industry and encourage board members to take immediate, effective protection. Regulators need to implement workable rules and guidelines to help this vitally important global industry defend itself properly.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited delivered Hanseatic inspiration, the second ship in a new series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.With its close to 16,000 gross tons and 139 meters long, the newly built unit follows sister ship Hanseatic nature, delivered in April by Vard Langsten in Norway. The third vessel in the batch, Hanseatic spirit, is scheduled for completion in 2021.Each ship is tailored to allow passengers to access remote regions, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Amazon.Hanseatic inspiration features seven passenger decks, with 120 cabins accommodating a maximum of 230 passengers.“The vessel, like the others of the series, mixes quality with environmental care alongside energy efficient hull design and technology,” the shipbuilder said.
A $269,880 contract for the rebuilding of the seawall that protects the Cape John Road in Pictou County has been awarded by the province. Balodis Inc. will place large armour rock along the Cape John Road to repair the seawall that protects the road. “This project will protect the pavement along the Cape John Road,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The erosion has reached the edge of the shoulder and needs to be stopped.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
From a seven-day rug-hooking tour in Cheticamp to a living black history program in Birchtown, there are a dozen new and enhanced experiences awaiting visitors to Nova Scotia. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 2, that $218,079 will be provided to support the development of a dozen tourism projects across the province. “Developing new or existing destinations throughout the province not only attracts visitors,” said Mr. MacDonald, “it enhances their experience in Nova Scotia. It also helps us to stay competitive in today’s tourism market.” The Pomquet Development Society in Antigonish County will receive $23,000 for its Chez Deslauriers Project. The funding will support several property enhancements at the restored Acadian home, including the creation of a trail system, an enlarged parking lot, and building of a new interpretive centre and staging area for festivals and events. “We’re very excited about the opportunities this new funding offers,” said Jackie Knocton, vice-chair, Pomquet Development Society. “By expanding our facilities, we will be able to offer more services and better accommodate our visitors.” Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society will receive $25,000 for the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. The funding will enable the society to enhance its interpretive services on local culture and heritage from a horticultural perspective, as well as develop new orientation materials and more accessible facilities. “These enhancements will enrich our visitors’ experiences by providing more information on our local culture and heritage in unique and innovative ways,” said Trish Fry, manager, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Other organizations receiving support include La Société Saint-Pierre in Inverness County — which will receive $5,000 to develop a seven-day learning vacation focused on the Cheticamp hooked rug experience — and the Black Loyalist Society in Shelburne County, which receives $4,714 to develop a script and deliver a living history program on the Life of Evan at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown. “These tourism projects will help us build on our strengths and create new or enhanced experiences for visitors to the province,” said Charley Clerk, chair, Tourism Partnership Council. “The projects meet our strategic priorities and will assist the province in realizing its full potential as a world-class tourism destination.” The Tourism Development Investment Fund has invested more than $692,826 in 47 projects across Nova Scotia over the last year. Information on the Tourism Development Investment Fund is available from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage by calling 902-424-3908 or by visiting the website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/tourism . The next deadline for applications is Sept. 9.
A provincial tender called for paving in the Chester area of Lunenburg County will result in a smoother, stronger road for local motorists. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders to pave East Wind Drive, from the intersection of Haddon Hill Road at Robinsons Corner to the intersection of West Wind Drive. The project is being co-funded by the province and the Municipality of Chester. “The department is working closely with municipalities to determine paving priorities,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This co-operation helps us deliver top-notch road improvements for Nova Scotians.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The program has started in Cape Breton and will expand throughout the province over the next year. The Independent Living Support Program expansion and other new services for people with disabilities were announced in December 2004, following extensive community consultation. The services include, Direct Family Support, implemented in 2005, that provides financial assistance to people who care for a family member with a disability at home and the Alternative Family Support Program, which will be implemented this spring and will offer a family-like setting in the community. These new programs complement existing supports and services already in place. Residents of Cape Breton with intellectual and physical disabilities or long-term mental illness will be living more independently with the help of a new provincial program and service providers. Three Cape Breton service providers have been approved to assist individuals requiring up to 21 hours of support per week under the Department of Community Services Independent Living Support Program. “This program will help Nova Scotians with disabilities who need a minimum level of assistance learn daily life skills,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “We are offering a level of support that will allow people to live with greater independence, in their own homes, and improve their quality of life.” The program will offer support to about 25 eligible Service for Persons with Disabilities clients and help them develop skills in everyday activities such as maintaining a household, laundry, shopping, banking, preparing meals and community access. The successful service providers are: Cape Breton Community Housing Association serving Sydney and area; Supportive Living Society serving Sydney and area; Regional Occupational Centre Society Association serving Inverness and Richmond counties.
les niveaux de participation à l’intérieur du Commonwealth; les standards de performance réalisés par les athlètes du Commonwealth; l’équité entre les hommes et les femmes; l’attrait en termes de marketing; et les coûts pour la ville hôtesse et les pays participants. Le Comité de candidature d’Halifax 2014 a annoncé aujourd’hui, 16 février, quels sports seraient inclus dans son dossier de candidature en vue de la tenue des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. L’un des éléments les plus importants de l’ensemble du dossier de candidature, le programme sportif maximisera l’héritage des Jeux et les bénéfices pour Halifax, la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Canada et le Commonwealth. Si le Canada réussit à remporter le concours international, le programme des sports d’Halifax 2014 comprendra : l’athlétisme, le badminton, le basket-ball, le boulingrin, la boxe (hommes), le cyclisme, la gymnastique, l’haltérophilie, le hockey sur gazon, la lutte, la natation, le netball (femmes), le rugby à 7 (hommes), le squash, le tennis de table, le tir et le triathlon. « Notre programme sportif est basé sur la tenue de Jeux qui reflètent ce qui revêt de l’importance pour l’ensemble des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth, tout en développant les programmes de l’héritage des Jeux », a déclaré Fred MacGillivray, président du Conseil et président d’Halifax 2014. « Ces programmes contribueront au développement du sport à travers la Nouvelle-Écosse et dans l’ensemble du pays longtemps après la tenue des Jeux de 2014. » La nouvelle d’aujourd’hui est conforme aux directives formelles énoncées par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth et résulte d’une vaste consultation et d’une planification approfondie. En élaborant le programme, le comité de candidature a intégré les avis de la communauté sportive ainsi que les réactions recueillies auprès des nations et territoires du Commonwealth. « Halifax 2014 a retenu des sports individuels et des sports d’équipe dont la présentation est réalisable sur le plan opérationnel, qui vont susciter l’intérêt des spectateurs et fournir des occasions d’utilisation après les Jeux tout en constituant un héritage pour la Nouvelle-Écosse », a ajouté M. MacGillivray. Basé sur les directives de la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth, le programme a été élaboré en tenant compte d’autres facteurs déterminants, dont : « La publication du programme sportif d’Halifax 2014 marque un jalon important du cheminement en prévision du vote final au Sri Lanka en novembre prochain », a déclaré Thomas Jones, chef de la direction de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada. « Cette étape démontre notre engagement à offrir des Jeux qui répondront pleinement aux besoins et aux attentes de nos partenaires du Commonwealth. » « La tenue des Jeux à Halifax signifiera beaucoup plus que les seuls 10 jours de compétitions spectaculaires en 2014 », a déclaré Scott Logan, le chef de la direction d’Halifax 2014. « Cela signifie des infrastructures améliorées, une capacité d’accueil et une expérience accrues en vue de devenir un centre d’entraînement de classe mondiale pour les sports d’été dans Canada. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont une manifestation sportive et culturelle qui a lieu à tous les quatre ans et à laquelle participent des athlètes des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, Halifax s’est mérité le droit d’être la ville candidate du Canada en vue des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Les principaux partenaires d’Halifax 2014 comprennent Jeux du Commonwealth Canada, le gouvernement du Canada, la province de Nouvelle-Écosse et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Les partenaires corporatifs fondateurs de la candidature incluent la brasserie Alexander Keith’s et The Daily News/Transcontinental Media. En compétition contre Glasgow, en Écosse, et Abuja, au Nigeria, le Comité de candidature d’Halifax 2014 se concentre sur l’élaboration d’un dossier de candidature gagnant. La Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth choisira la ville hôtesse des Jeux de 2014 le 9 novembre prochain au Sri Lanka.
The quality of drinking water in more than 550 households and nearly 140 businesses in Truro will be improved thanks to a Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund investment. Federal and provincial funding of $868,802 was announced today, March 5, by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The Town of Truro will fund the balance of the project costs upon formal acceptance of the agreement. The project includes the design and installation of a new water main between Wade Road and Robie Street, with a connection to the Lower Truro Road water main. Along with improved drinking water, the households and businesses will also have increased fire protection and improved service reliability. “The real value of this investment goes far beyond its dollar amount,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “By investing in projects such as today’s infrastructure project, we are helping to improve the quality of life through safe drinking water and reliable water systems.” “Canada’s government is pleased to invest $434,401 to improve Truro’s water distribution system”, said MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Over the past year, we have demonstrated our commitment to getting things done for all Canadians, including people here in Truro.” The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid-waste management. “This announcement is great news for our town,” said Bill Mills, mayor of Truro. “This investment will have a great impact on the well-being of our town and will help ensure that residents will continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.” 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 program management committee.
Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has caused the closure of two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The sections are at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for almost one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 to St. Anns Trunk 30, from the intersection of Highway 105 north for five kilometre to St. Anns, will have one lane closures for gravelling, paving and guardrail installation until Friday, June 20. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the end of existing twinning east about 9.8 kilometres to Exit 27A, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving from Monday, June 2 until Monday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co., is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, July 18. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Friday, Aug. 1. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, south from Exit 7 (Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech,) including ramps, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, June 20. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Sherman Lake Road to Hiltz Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert work, patching and paving until Thursday, July, 31. Traffic controls consist of traffic control people and signs. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Louisbourg Highway Traffic on sections of the Louisbourg Highway (Trunk 22), between Landry Crescent and Albert Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, July, 31. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic Control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for cold planing, repaving and shouldering until Friday, June 27. An alternate route is available at Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 7 from Hubbards to East River. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 105 Route 105, for about a half-kilometre east of Northside River Denys Road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Little Pond Road Little Pond Road at the Intersection of Route 305 (Florence Corner) to Schoolhouse Road for 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing from Monday, June 2 to Monday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358 There will be a one-lane closure until Friday, Oct. 31 to repave Route 358 from Route 341 (Canard Street) north for three kilometres to Route 221 in Canning. Also, repaving will take place on Route 358 from Route 221 (at the town monument) north for three kilometres to Woodside Road. Traffic-control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 QUEENS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from the intersection of Route 210 to the intersection of Chapel Hill Drive, near Middlefield, Queens Co., will have alternating lane closures for paving and shoulder work until Friday, June 6. Traffic control consists of cones, a barrier, a flashing light and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road, from the intersection of Route 242 north toward Minudie, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333 – from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, for about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound, will be closed between Exit 20 and Exit 19 near Saltsprings for bridge repairs on the West River East Side Road Underpass structure until Saturday, June 28. A detour route is available via Trunk 4. Temporary traffic signals will be operating at the intersection of Trunk 4, Pleasant Valley and Patterson Hill intersection for the duration of the detour. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Alder Point Road Alder Point Road, from the train tracks to the end of the road, about 7.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing from Monday, June 2 to Monday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 331 Route 331 from LaHave to West Dublin will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, paving and shouldering until Friday, June 6. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, flashing light unit and pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route No. 348 in Pictou County will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge for replacement of the bridge until Tuesday, Aug. 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 321 Route 321, west from the intersection of Wyvern Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Section 1: Highway 107, Exit 19 to Exit 21 east (outbound), including ramps at Exit 20 and William Porter Connector, will be reduced to one lane for 8.4 kilometres for patching and repaving. Section 2: East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane for 3.8 kilometres for repaving. Work takes place until Thursday, July 31. 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The first films created through the Film Nova Scotia bachelor of fine arts Film Production Fund are set to debut on the big screen Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Park Lane Cinema in Halifax. The fund provided five fourth-year students with a $2,500 production grant to assist with their undergraduate thesis films. The students recognized through the 2009 program are Joel McLeod for the film Ghost Vase, Chantale Reid for the film Porcelain, Heather DiPinto for the film Insert Colour, Heather Young for the film Dog Girl and Tiffany Westwood for the film Belly of the Whale. The short films will screen as part of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design annual screening of undergraduate thesis films. “We are proud to have partnered with the college on this initiative,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and chief executive officer of Film Nova Scotia. “Investing in the training and development of emerging film- makers helps ensure the growth of our local industry.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic Development. Film Nova Scotia provides a wide range of programs and services to increase the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. Find out more at www.filmnovascotia.com .
This season, visitors to Nova Scotia’s provincial parks can take part in numerous events that promote a healthy, active lifestyle. The Parks are for People program highlights the parks’ educational opportunities and many possibilities for outdoor adventure. The 21st season of Parks are for People includes more than 150 events from May 15 to March 31. Events take place in more than 55 provincial parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves and Crown land locations throughout Nova Scotia. Events include natural or cultural history education, activities such as paddling and astronomy, and even outings to keep communities green like a beach sweep and nature art. There will be attractions for all ages and activities for everyone, from the observer to the experienced outdoors person. Various events are scheduled for the Parks are for People opening weekend. On Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m., an historic hike will take place at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park in Queens County. Participants will learn what life may have been like 1,500 years ago on a guided walk along the beautiful shoreline of Port Joli Harbour. Mira River Provincial Park in Cape Breton County will once again host Come Walk Our Park on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. The Friends of Mira Park Society will hold a day of nature walks, wildlife displays, family events and children’s games. The Parks are for People program is a co-operative effort by government agencies, recreation clubs, community organizations and interested individuals, and is co-ordinated by the Department of Natural Resources. Most events are free and some require advance registration. For more information and updates on Parks are for People events, call the information line at 902-424-4321 or visit www.novascotiaparks.ca .
Le médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la province, le Dr Robert Strang, appuie les principes directeurs proposés publiés aujourd’hui 16 septembre par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada au sujet des personnes qui devraient recevoir le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain). Même si l’approche au niveau national a toujours été d’offrir le vaccin à tous les Canadiens, les principes directeurs de l’Agence de la santé publique énumèrent les groupes qui tireront le plus grand avantage du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1. Ces groupes incluent les personnes de moins de 65 ans qui souffrent de maladies chroniques, les travailleurs de la santé, les femmes enceintes et les enfants de moins de cinq ans. « Je suis heureux que ces principes directeurs aient été publiés. Ils sont essentiels à la planification des cliniques de vaccination et au choix des publics cibles pour les messages d’information au sujet du vaccin, » a dit le Dr Strang. Il souligne que la Nouvelle-Écosse a commandé environ 1,4 million de doses du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1. Selon les plans actuels, le vaccin devrait être disponible au début novembre. La priorité est de s’assurer que tous les Néo-Écossais qui veulent le vaccin ou qui ont besoin du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) le recevront en temps opportun. L’approche adoptée pour l’élaboration des principes directeurs est basée sur les meilleurs renseignements scientifiques et techniques disponibles et les connaissances les plus récentes. À mesure que la compréhension du virus H1N1 et de l’efficacité du vaccin évolue, la situation pourrait changer. « Au cours des prochains mois, nous nous attendons à une deuxième vague de cas de grippe H1N1. Le moment exact et l’ampleur de l’épidémie, ainsi que la gravité de la maladie sont difficiles à prévoir, » a dit le Dr Strang. Il souligne que les Néo-Écossais doivent continuer de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour minimiser la propagation du virus. La mesure la plus importante que les Néo-Écossais doivent prendre est de rester à la maison s’ils présentent des symptômes de la grippe, c’est-à-dire la fièvre ou la toux accompagnée d’une fatigue inhabituelle, d’un mal de tête, de douleurs musculaires et articulaires ou d’un mal de gorge. On encourage aussi les gens à prendre les précautions suivantes pour prévenir les maladies : Lavez-vous les mains souvent avec du savon et de l’eau, particulièrement après avoir éternué ou toussé. Si vous n’avez pas facilement accès à de l’eau et du savon, il est acceptable d’utiliser du désinfectant pour les mains à base d’alcool. Couvrez votre bouche avec votre bras ou votre manche pour tousser et éternuer. Si vous utilisez un mouchoir, jetez-le immédiatement et lavez-vous les mains. Évitez de vous toucher les yeux, le nez et la bouche. Ne partagez pas votre verre, bouteille d’eau, cigarette, protège-dents ou vos cosmétiques ou ustensiles. Si vous croyez avoir besoin de conseils ou de soins médicaux, communiquez avec le service Info-Santé 811. Comme dans le cas de toute autre maladie, si vos symptômes s’aggravent, consultez votre médecin ou visitez une clinique sans rendez-vous. Pour consulter les principes directeurs au sujet du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1, consultez le site Web de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada à l’adresse www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-fra.php .
Nova Scotians will have access to more land for outdoor recreation, trails, hunting and fishing thanks to a Nova Scotia company. W.M. Fares Group is donating about 22 acres of land in Upper Tantallon to the province. The land is behind the Lawton’s plaza in St. Margaret’s Square. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker announced the donation today, Aug. 7. It adds to a large area of Crown land in the St. Margarets Bay area. “This generous donation from W.M. Fares Group means even more land in the St. Margarets Bay area will be kept in its natural state,” said Mr. Parker. “The province will ensure this land will benefit all Nova Scotians, supporting outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.” The land has a river running through it, and is an important habitat for brook trout and other wildlife, including some species at risk. “We’ve been happy to work with the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association to help them protect this piece of land for the community,” said Wadih Fares, president and CEO of W.M. Fares Group. “Donating this land to the province will allow the community, and all Nova Scotians, to have trail access from Tantallon Village into the existing wilderness area.” The land borders the Five Bridge Lake Wilderness area, which is designated under the province’s Wilderness Areas Protection Act. It will provide a vital watershed link between the East River, to the south and east from Ash Lake and the Duck Pond. Wilderness areas protect nature and help ensure future generations have the opportunity to experience, learn from, and enjoy our province’s outdoors. The land is valued at $27,000 and is about half the size of Shubie Park in Dartmouth. “It’s exciting to see the donation of this land to the province,” said Ella McQuinn, board member and past chair of the association. “Now more residents and visitors will be able to experience this fantastic wilderness area with improved access from our community. “Working together with the community, business and government can achieve great things.”