zoom Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai Lines has decided to terminate a shipbuilding contract for eight feeder vessels, ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Naikai Zosen.The deal was cancelled due to changes in newbuilding rules and environmental regulations, Wan Hai said in a stock exchange filing. The company added that the decision was made in mutual agreement with the shipyard.Under the agreement, reached in June 2016, the shipbuilder was expected to construct eight 1,900 TEU containerships. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships were valued at around USD 21 million a piece, bringing the total order value to around USD 170 million.At the time of the contract signing, Wan Hai informed that the order was worth between USD 212 million and USD 326 million.The new containerships were scheduled to join the company’s fleet starting from January 2018.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Tank storage company Vopak has introduced a new concurrent bunkering services at its Sebarok terminal in Singapore.With the service, vessels calling at the company’s Sebarok terminal can receive bunkers from bunker barges while loading or discharging at the terminal, eliminating the shifting time to anchorages for bunkering and making the scheduling of bunker supply more predictable.Vopak said that the move is in line with Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore’s directive to improve port efficiency. Prior to the service, vessels were required to sail to the anchorage to receive their bunkers.“This new concurrent bunkering service is a continuation of Vopak’s strategy to help unlock logistical value for our customers, enabling seamless, safe and efficient logistics processes in the entire supply chain,” Tan Soo Koong, Vopak Terminals Singapore’s Managing Director, said.The bunkering service, introduced through a collaboration with BW Pacific, Sinanju Marine Services, and Unicore Fuel, will be expanded to Vopak’s other terminals in Singapore, according to the company.Located close to the Eastern anchorage where a large part of the bunkering activity takes place, Vopak’s Sebarok terminal is a strategic hub connecting the supply of bunker fuels and the flow of oil products.
zoom Netherlands-based SBM Offshore and its US subsidiary have agreed to resolve criminal charges involving bribes in five countries and pay a criminal penalty of USD 238 million.According to the US Department of Justice, the penalty was set in connection with schemes involving the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). SBM USA pleaded guilty on November 29 in connection with the resolution.“This corrupt scheme involved some of the highest-level executives within the company, spanned five countries, and lasted for more than a decade,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.SBM entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with a criminal information filed on November 29 in the Southern District of Texas charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA. In addition, SBM USA pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a one-count criminal information charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.Pursuant to its agreement with the Department, SBM agreed to pay a total criminal penalty of USD 238 million to the United States, including a USD 500,000 criminal fine and USD 13.2 million in criminal forfeiture that SBM agreed to pay on behalf of SBM USA.According to the companies’ admissions and court documents, beginning by at least 1996 and continuing until at least 2012, SBM conspired to violate the FCPA by paying more than USD 180 million in commissions to intermediaries, knowing that a portion of those commissions would be used to bribe foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.SBM made these payments in order to influence those officials, for the purpose of securing improper advantages and obtaining or retaining business with state-owned oil companies in the five named countries. SBM acknowledged that it gained at least USD 2.8 billion from projects it obtained from these state-owned oil companies.The Justice Department resolution follows guilty pleas by two former SBM executives. On November 9, Anthony Mace, the former CEO of SBM and a former member of the board of directors of SBM USA, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. On November 6, Robert Zubiate, a former SBM USA executive, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Mace and Zubiate are awaiting sentencing.In 2014, SBM settled with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office over related conduct and paid the Netherlands a total USD 200 million in disgorged profits and a USD 40 million fine. SBM has paid a combined worldwide total in criminal penalties in excess of USD 475 million.
zoomImage by WMN In just one week, the Who’s Who of the maritime industry will meet in Hamburg, Germany for the biennial SMM maritime trade fair, taking place on September 4 – 7, 2018.SMM will open its gates next week to welcome 2,289 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors from more than 124 countries, displaying and discussing the latest developments in maritime technology. The four-day event is preceded by an inaugural international conference, the Maritime Future Summit (MFS), on September 3, 2018, one day before the exhibition opens.Under the motto of “Trends in SMMart Shipping”, the event will occupy 13 exhibition halls of Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) and focus on all the top items on the industry’s agenda.For the first time there will also be a special exhibition on 3D-printing for the maritime industry, as well as a new theme route for the Cruise & Ferry segment. A comprehensive conference programme will accompany the four-day fair, with Smart Shipping and Industry 4.0 taking center stage.As appropriate for the age of the digital revolution and the maritime energy turnaround, this year’s SMM will put its main emphasis on digitalisation and the environment.Novelties at the event will include 3D printing, Cruise & Ferry Route, future-looking topics, cybersecurity, job exchange, new countries and ship-owning companies with the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum taking place at SMM for the first time.World Maritime News team will also be attending this year’s SMM event. For more information please contact:Dzenita Cama, WMN Account Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org and Erna Penjic, WMN Editor, email@example.com.
zoomImage Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company’s previous statements that did not favor the technology.Namely, to become compliant with the 0.5 percent sulphur content rule as of January 2020, shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology.Maersk Line’s representatives said earlier that the company was not “on the scrubber team” due to operational concerns, as the technology has not yet proven itself on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.This in particular relates to open-loop scrubbers, which have been deemed by many industry players as a short-term solution due to the wash water-related issues and the looming ban on its release in certain geographical zones. Closed loop scrubbers, on the other hand, pose another type of challenge related to space constraints on board needed for the installation of the systems.It its latest announcement, Maersk said it will invest in “a limited number of scrubbers”, but information on the type of scrubber systems or ships to be fitted with the systems was rather sketchy.Scrubbers are gaining in popularity as numerous owners from various shipping sectors reveal investments in the technology, including most recently Hapag-Lloyd, DHT Holdings, Maran Tankers, Safe Bulkers, and Star Bulk.The cost of installing a scrubber system on a vessel currently stands at around USD 2 million, and many owners are looking to entice the charterers to pay for the installation costs. Ships eligible for installation are those larger in size, such as Capesizes, VLCCs or ULCVs, due space availability, economy and cost efficiency.When approached by World Maritime News for a comment, Maersk Line provided us with a statement from Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, saying that scrubbers would be “a small part of – and just one of several elements in – our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time.”As part of the plans, Maersk is also looking into LNG and compliant fuels, the latter being the more prominent option for the company’s fleet come January 2020.“As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels. While we will continue to explore how to best comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, we still believe the best solution remains with compliant fuels from refineries on land. It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame,” Lindergaard’s statement reads.The new compliant fuels are expected to push the container shipping industry’s fuel bill by USD 15 million, with Maersk Line alone having to pay USD 2 billion more for fuel on annual basis. Hence, diversification and pursuing of cost-efficient investments, including scrubbers, is a sound strategy given the fast-approaching deadline for the enforcement of the new rules.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has entered into commercial agreements for the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on fifty percent of its Capesize fleet.Namely, the company has signed deals to equip five of its Capesize bulk carriers with scrubbers before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulfur emission cap regulations.The vessels in question are the M/V Partnership, M/V Lordship, M/V Premiership, M/V Squireship and M/V Championship.Upon completion of the installations scheduled for the second and third quarters of 2019, the bulkers will commence index linked period employment with three leading dry-bulk charterers ranging in durations between three and five years, Seanergy Maritime explained.The company has secured the scrubber equipment from Korean manufacturer Hyundai Materials and has reserved retrofitting slots at a dry-dock facility in China. The total investment, to be covered by the charterers, is expected to exceed USD 12.5 million, including equipment and installation costs.“This significant investment by our charterers, in combination with innovative charter agreements, is expected to increase the market value of the subject vessels without our Company incurring additional debt or diluting our shareholders,” Stamatis Tsantanis, Seanergy’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that, upon implementation of the new IMO regulations, “all of Seanergy’s fleet will be fully compliant with the new rules.”Under the charter agreements, Seanergy’s M/V Partnership and M/V Lordship would be chartered out to a European utility company for a firm period of 33 to 37 months plus one additional period of 11 to 13 months at charterer’s option.M/V Premiership and M/V Squireship received deals to work for a multinational commodity trading and mining company for a firm period of 36 to 42 months plus two additional periods of 11 to 13 months at charterer’s option. While Seanergy signed a sale and leaseback and a five year time charter with a large international commodity trading company for the M/V Championship, for a firm time-charter period of 60 months plus an additional 18 month period at charterer’s option.As part of the time charter agreements, the charterers will cover 100% of the equipment and installation cost for retrofitting the vessels with scrubbers.
zoomImage by WMN Cheniere Energy Partners has entered into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement with Petronas LNG, a unit of Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company, Petronas.Under the agreement, Petronas LNG would purchase around 1.1 million tonnes LNG per annum from Cheniere’s subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction on a free on board basis.The deal is for a term of 20 years following the date of first commercial delivery for the sixth natural gas liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass liquefaction project.“This 20-year agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction continues our momentum on Train 6, where early engineering, procurement, and site preparation activities have recently commenced ahead of a final investment decision. We expect this SPA to support our continued progress toward a final investment decision in 2019,” Jack Fusco, Chairman, President and CEO of Cheniere Partners, said.The SPA is subject to certain conditions precedent, including but not limited to Sabine Pass Liquefaction making a final investment decision to construct Train 6 of the SPL Project.
Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores will not be openedSunday, Oct. 5. The announcement was made today, Oct. 3, by NSLCacting president Ken Barbet. “The intent of the government’s decision is to allow stores to beopen this Sunday to help Nova Scotians who are recovering fromthe effects of Hurricane Juan, to allow them to replenishnecessary supplies including food and equipment rather than toeffect a general Sunday store opening,” noted Mr. Barbet.”Therefore, the NSLC will not be opening stores this Sunday.” -30-
N.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION–New Venture Financing ProgramAvailable to Nova Scotia Companies Companies in Nova Scotia have a new way to access venture capitaland become listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The new CapitalPool Company Program was announced today, March 23, by the NovaScotia Securities Commission and the TSX Venture. It becomeseffective on Thursday, March 24. “We believe the introduction of the Capital Pool Company Programin Nova Scotia will help encourage small- and medium-sizebusinesses to investigate the public venture capital route,” saidLes O’Brien, chair of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “Itshould translate into exciting new opportunities for our localentrepreneurs.” The program will be of interest to entrepreneurs, angelinvestors, businesses, directors and officers who haveconsiderable experience with junior public companies. It allowsexperienced directors and officers to work with junior publiccompanies to form a capital pool company. The group wouldtypically raise between $200,000 and $1.9 million in an initialpublic offering. This amount is used to seek out an investmentopportunity in assets or a business with growth potential. Capital pool companies were the most popular method for joiningTSX Venture in 2004, with 87 having been launched. Linda Hohol, president of TSX Venture Exchange, said it is anexciting alternative for emerging companies. “The Capital PoolCompany Program enables private entrepreneurs to access thepublic venture market and provides local investors theopportunity to invest in early stage companies.” Since its inception, the program has helped more than 1,500companies across Canada raise money to build and enhance theirgrowth strategy. The program had its start in Western Canada inthe mid-1980s and moved to Ontario and Quebec in 2002. With the approval in Nova Scotia, the program now has roots fromcoast to coast. “This approval helps TSX Venture become a truenational venture capital marketplace. We certainly hope thatinvestors in Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada embraceemerging companies as they grow to be future large, nationalCanadian companies,” said Ms. Hohol. There are currently 17 Nova Scotia-based companies on the TSXVenture Exchange (one per cent of the total). These companieshave a combined market cap of $297.2 million.
About 50 elementary and junior high teachers are back in school this week to learn how they can coach and support other teachers to help more students to succeed. The teacher mentor initiative for grades primary to nine is part of the province’s $3-million investment this year that will see more resources and support for students and teachers in literacy and math. “The math and literacy mentor initiative is a chance for Nova Scotia’s teachers to learn from one another,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “It’s an opportunity to learn what they can do to help more of their students get the solid foundation they need in math and literacy. I applaud all teachers who get involved in mentoring. They truly are striving to be the best they can be for their students.” Mentors are teachers who are trained to provide one-on-one or group support to other teachers. They help other teachers identify how they can improve their teaching practices to help more students understand the instruction. A mentor will assist teachers in a variety of ways, observing and coaching in the classrooms as well as consulting on the appropriate resources to use. In addition, mentors will collaborate with teachers on lesson planning, shared strategies and situational issues that arise. Stephen Jamieson, a Grade 3 teacher at Newcombville Elementary School in Bridgewater, is one of 16 lead teacher mentors in the province. He has been a literacy mentor for almost four years, providing one-on-one training and working with teachers in their classrooms. “I really enjoy being a mentor to other teachers and helping them improve their teaching practices,” said Mr. Jamieson. “Giving teachers access to one-on-one support is important and I’m pleased to see that the department is investing more resources in this initiative.” There are currently 50 teachers in the province who are mentoring on top of teaching full-time. More than $1 million will be provided to school boards to expand mentoring this year. With this investment, the Department of Education is moving toward full-time mentors supporting all elementary and junior high schools in the province. Over four years, the department plans to provide enough funding to support up to 60 full-time math mentors and 50 full-time literacy mentors. Math mentors for grades primary to nine started their work in 2003. Literacy mentoring is new this year. In May 2005, the Department released Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. This new plan will see a $21.4-million investment in the public school system in 2005-06.
La Nouvelle-Écosse reconnaîtra et appuiera sa relation de longue date avec les Forces canadiennes en nommant un ministre responsable des relations militaires. Le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 octobre, que Murray Scott sera le ministre nommé à ce nouveau poste. « Les forces militaires canadiennes ont une énorme importance historique, sociale et économique en Nouvelle-Écosse », souligne le premier ministre. « Ce nouveau poste sera notre lien direct au ministère de la Défense nationale, et au personnel militaire dans notre province. » Le ministre sera responsable du Forum provincial sur la défense, un comité interministériel d’employés du gouvernement provincial qui font la promotion des relations avec le ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces canadiennes. Les objectifs du forum sont les suivants : bâtir la capacité de la Nouvelle-Écosse à aborder les enjeux et les possibilités militaires, maintenir une relation solide avec les Forces canadiennes et le ministère de la Défense nationale, et aider les Néo-Écossais à travailler en vue d’assurer une plus grande présence militaire dans la province. « Les hommes et les femmes de nos forces armées jouent un rôle important au sein de nos communautés, que ce soit par les combats actifs outre-mer ou par leur contribution pendant une situation d’urgence, par exemple l’ouragan Juan ou la période qui a suivi la tragédie de la Swiss Air », affirme M. Scott. « C’est un honneur pour moi d’occuper ce poste et d’avoir l’occasion d’appuyer nos soldats et leurs familles. » La Nouvelle-Écosse est la première province canadienne à nommer un ministre responsable des relations militaires et à organiser un Forum sur la défense formé de représentants du gouvernement provincial. « J’accueille favorablement toute initiative qui appuie nos marins, nos soldats et nos aviateurs qui travaillent si diligemment chaque jour pour assurer la sécurité du Canada et de sa population, ici comme ailleurs », déclare le général Rick Hillier, chef d’état-major de la Défense. La Nouvelle-Écosse compte environ 14 500 membres du personnel militaire, réservistes et employés civils. Les Forces canadiennes dépensent plus d’un milliard de dollars par année sur les salaires, les opérations et les installations en Nouvelle-Écosse.
Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 from Paradise Lane to Mount Hanley Road will have one-lane closures for culvert and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HANTS COUNTY (WEST HANTS): Trunk 14 Trunk 14 to the Lunenburg County line will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Lane Closure Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 104 from Exit 12 at Masstown for about 17 kilometres to the Mines Bass River Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, to allow for patching and surface treatment. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, until Sunday, Sept 30 for concrete repairs, waterproofing and repaving. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Kempt Shore east to Sherman Lake Road will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Trans-Canada 104 Trans-Canada 104, from Broadway Overpass east to Exit 29 at Barney’s River Station for about 8.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 31 for repaving. Motorists will follow a pilot vehicle through the work zone. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 from the intersection of the Oak Park Road to the intersection of Route 330 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists should expect delays and speed reduction in work zone. Cyclists should use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat, north for 4.5 kilometres toward D’Escousse to allow for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Sept. 7. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-5454 Fax: 902-424-4306 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one-lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some work make take place on Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. HANTS COUNTY: Route 354 Route 354 from Findley Road to Route 215 will have one-lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 and Shore Road Route 252 from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Mabou, east for 10 kilometres, and Shore Road from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Judique north for 3.2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work is taking place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles will help guide drivers safely through the construction areas. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, Highway 102 will have a lane closed in each direction at the intersection with Highway 101 at Exit 4, between Bedford and Sackville. This will allow work on the overpass that carries Highway 101 over Highway 102. Work hours are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will continue through Thursday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Drivers should slow down and drive with extra caution during construction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207 from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 QUEENS COUNTY: Lake View Bridge Trunk 8 – Wide Load Detour Traffic on Lake View Bridge on Trunk 8, one kilometre north of Caledonia is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Vehicles with loads wider than three metres will be required to use a marked detour route on Hibernia Road and Old Harmony Road. Traffic at the bridge will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day during construction. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the tracks near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres south, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Westville Road and Trunk 4 Traffic on the Westville Road (Route 289) will be reduced to one lane from Exit 23 of Highway 104 for 2.5 kilometres southwest to the Westville town line. Traffic will also be reduced to one lane on Trunk 4 (Truro Road) from the intersection of the Westville Road (Route 289) for 2.5 kilometres to the west. The reductions will allow for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion on Sunday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 from the West Dover ball park for eight kilometres to Blind Bay at the intersection of MacDonalds Road will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30, to allow for repaving. Work will take place between sunrise and sunset. Traffic will be controlled signs and traffic control persons. NEW WORK 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 signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY (EAST HANTS): Trunk 14Trunk 14 from Cheese Factory Corner (Route 202) to Beaverbank Road (Route 354) will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights ConnectorTruro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Traffic on Trunk 19 from north of MacLean Street in the Town of Inverness north for about 8.3 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Sunday Sept. 30, to allow for road improvements and repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River Overpass on Highway 102 southbound, south of Exit 4A, will have a left-lane closure for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Work is expected to continue until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to traffic for construction of an underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to take an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from the Victoria/Inverness county line, west for about 3.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for clearing and repaving until to Friday, Aug. 31. Pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Traffic on Aylesford Road from the intersection of Dalhousie Road, north for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY (EAST HANTS): Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Uniacke Mines Road west to Lakelands South Rawdon Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road from Route 316 east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road north to Church Street will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16 east to MacPherson Lake Road will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from two kilometres east of Exit 15, west to the Lunenburg-Queens county line, will have alternating lane closures for micro-surfacing until Friday, Aug. 31 Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, a flashing light unit and barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Northfield Road, from Silver Road to McKeen Road at Upper Northfield Osborne Road, from Lower Branch Road in New Germany to end of chip seal Zwicker Mill Road, from Route 208 to Trunk 10. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Arhibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights starting early-to-mid July. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road south for six kilometres until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2827 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Paving Projects Paving has started on three sections of road in Lunenburg. Sections being paved are: Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306, for about 4.5 kilometres, from Acres Road southeast to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to be cautious while travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads Motorists are advised that there will be a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333 from Mills Road in Goodwood, south to Brookside Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352
The province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy strategy and create a climate change action plan. Public workshops will take place in Sydney, Cheticamp and Port Hawkesbury on Nov. 26, 27 and 28. Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier will facilitate the sessions. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed Whites Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The Cape Breton workshops, which are among 12 similar sessions being held around the province, will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m The Sydney session will take place Monday, Nov. 26, at the Delta Hotel, 300 Esplanade, Sydney. The Cheticamp session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Senior Citizens Hall, 15108 Cabot Trail. The Port Hawkesbury session will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury. The province has created two documents to help inform public discussion. The first, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy, deals with broad energy policy; the second, A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, with climate change — especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents are online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse-gas reduction until Dec. 19. Information gathered from the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
The Highland Village Museum will celebrate Christmas in the spirit of the Gaelic past with Céilidh Na Nollaig (The Christmas Visit). An open house hosted by costumed animators will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Traditionally, the Scottish way of celebrating Christmas in Cape Breton focused on the significance of the holidays by attending church services and socializing with family and neighbours. In keeping with the Gaels’ celebration of the season, Highland Village will bring old Christmas to life with two afternoons of good fellowship, music and song, in its historic buildings at Hectors Point. This all-age event will feature Gaelic singing, music and food, which was typical in Gaelic homes at the time of An Nollaig (Christmas). Visitors will be able to sample bonnach (bannock), arain mhilis (sweet breads) and candies at MacLeod’s General Store. Hot cider will also be served. Highland Village will also accept donations for the Barra Food Bank instead of an admission fee. For more information, call Highland Village at 902-725-2272
A analysis of the province’s Industrial Expansion Fund shows it created or maintained an estimated 11,000 full-time jobs during a six-year period ending in March 2007. The analysis shows a return of $1.89 for every dollar invested from the fund. “It is important that government play an active role in creating new jobs, especially in a time of economic challenges,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “We know we are having an impact when the number of manufacturing jobs in Nova Scotia has actually increased despite the ongoing economic challenges facing this sector.” About two thirds of the fund’s investments were for the manufacturing sector. The latest information from Statistics Canada shows that while manufacturing jobs have been declining on a national basis, Nova Scotia’s manufacturers experienced an increase of an estimated 2,000 jobs in February. During the six-year period of the analysis, the Industrial Expansion Fund invested $146 million in 40 private businesses, crown corporations and economic development agencies. A number of those organizations received more than one investment. The analysis shows that the fund helped generate $7.2 billion in sales, including exports, $1.7 billion in household income, and $213 million in provincial tax revenues. It directly contributed $688 million to Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product, or 2.4 per cent. Nova Scotia Business Inc. did an analysis covering the same time period. Together, the agency and the fund created or maintained 22,700 full-time jobs. The number rises to 39,300 when spinoff jobs are included. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business development agency. It proactively attracts foreign direct investment and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The Industrial Expansion Fund does not actively seek out investment opportunities but responds to situations as they occur. NSBI and the department play distinct and complementary roles in the province’s overall economic development efforts. The analysis of the fund was conducted by Collins Management Consulting & Research Ltd. of Dartmouth at a cost of $16,000. The analysis is available on the department’s website at gov.ns.ca/econ/IEFreport/impacts07 . The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method provincial government uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.
Another case was added to the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program today, July 10. The Department of Justice will offer a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the following case: — Tanya Jean Brooks of Halifax, homicide. “Ms. Brooks was last seen two months ago today,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We are hoping that by releasing Ms. Brooks’ photo and offering a cash reward, it will trigger memories and prompt people to come forward with information that could help solve this case.” Tanya Brooks, also known as Tanya Lynch, was last seen leaving Halifax Regional Police Headquarters on May 10, 2009, at about 8:20 p.m. Ms. Brooks was known to frequent the Gottingen Street area. At 2 p.m. the following day, May 11, Ms. Brooks’ body was discovered in a basement window well of St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School in Halifax. It was determined that Ms. Brooks died of unnatural causes. An investigation ensued but no criminal charges have been laid. Although the case remains unsolved, the investigation is still ongoing. “Investigators believe there are people who know what happened to Tanya Brooks and we are imploring them to come forward,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “We are also asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary around St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School after 9 p.m. on May 10 to come forward. “Ms. Brooks was someone’s daughter, mother and sister and we require the public’s assistance in the investigation into her untimely death.” At the time of her death, Ms. Brooks was 36-years old and a mother of five children. Ms. Brooks was an Aboriginal female, associated with the Millbrook First Nation. Anyone with information about this case can call the Department of Justice toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are now 57 cases in the program. NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo of Tanya Jean Brooks is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2009/Jul/brooks-tanya.jpg .
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 east bound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection will have periodic lane closures for traffic signals installation, patching and paving until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4, north to Cenotaph Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, for repairs. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road River John Road, from Trunk 6 for about one kilometres east of Hamilton Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road, at Stillwater Brook, Debaie’s Cove will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Detour signs are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Friday, Sept, 21, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30 for road improvement work. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Raynardton Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road west of Gavelton in Yarmouth County is closed to be replaced. Drivers should use alternate routes. The work is scheduled to be completed Friday, Nov. 20. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed during replacement of the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed on Sunday, Sept, 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road at Victoria Junctions east for about three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Chegoggin Marsh Bridge Chegoggin Marsh Bridge on Main Shore Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 7. Barriers are in place and a detour is available on Peterson Road to Dayton Road. -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, west of Lawrencetown, will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Friday, Sept. 7. A detour is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125 between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Sept. 21. Traffic control signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice.Traffic signals are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Eskasoni Highway Eskasoni Highway, Route 216, about seven kilometres west of Trunk 4 westerly for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.
Les parents, les tuteurs, les enseignants et les élèves peuvent tous contribuer aux nouvelles normes par rapport aux devoirs grâce à un sondage en ligne lancé aujourd’hui 19 mai. Le sondage en ligne permettra l’élaboration de la nouvelle politique ministérielle sur les devoirs pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année. La politique entrera en vigueur en septembre. « J’encourage toutes les personnes qui s’intéressent au succès de nos élèves à prendre le temps de répondre au sondage, a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Vos commentaires sont essentiels pour nous permettre de faire en sorte que les devoirs enrichissent l’apprentissage des élèves, soient adaptés à l’âge et aux besoins des élèves et soient conçus pour assurer la participation des familles à l’apprentissage des élèves. » Le sondage pose des questions à l’intention des parents et des tuteurs, des enseignants, des élèves, des membres de la communauté et des administrateurs scolaires. Les questions incluent des sujets tels que la quantité de devoirs, si les devoirs doivent servir à terminer un travail attribué en classe, le rôle des parents, la responsabilité des élèves et l’objectif général des devoirs. Le sondage se déroule du 19 mai au 12 juin, et il peut être rempli au https://eapps.ednet.ns.ca/educationSurveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=880In5l . La nouvelle politique ministérielle sur les devoirs est l’une des 21 nouvelles initiatives qui seront présentées dans les écoles en septembre dans le cadre du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation. Le plan met l’accent sur des changements fondamentaux visant à renouveler, à réorienter et à rebâtir le système d’éducation pour la première fois en toute une génération. Le plan d’action peut être consulté au http://www.ednet.ns.ca .
À compter du 1er octobre, la Nouvelle-Écosse lancera un projet pilote dans six localités afin d’améliorer l’accès entre les pistes pour véhicules hors route. Le projet pilote permettra aux conducteurs d’utiliser l’accotement des routes et, au besoin, la route elle-même, afin de circuler en toute sécurité dans certains secteurs pour aller d’une piste à une autre ou pour utiliser des services. « Ce projet pilote de trois ans améliorera l’accès entre les pistes de même que les possibilités connexes de tourisme hors-saison tout en nous offrant l’occasion d’étudier davantage la question, de dire Lloyd Hines, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Des facteurs comme la liaison entre les pistes, le volume de la circulation et la vitesse sur les routes ont été pris en compte pour choisir les localités où se déroule le projet pilote. » Seuls les véhicules hors route immatriculés, assurés et munis d’une plaque d’immatriculation peuvent circuler sur l’accotement, ou sur la route, dans ses six localités tant que le conducteur a un permis de conduire valide. Les conducteurs munis d’un permis d’apprenti conducteur ne sont pas autorisés à participer. Un passager sur un véhicule qui circule dans la région du projet pilote ne peut pas avoir moins de neuf ans. Les six localités choisies pour le projet pilote sont : Porters Lake, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax; New Germany, comté de Lunenburg; Weymouth, comté de Digby; Walton, comté de Hants; Sherbrooke, comté de Guysborough, et Gabarus, Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton. « Nous sommes heureux que le gouvernement ait rempli son engagement de faire avancer ce projet, précise Barry Barnet, directeur général de l’association des VTT de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce projet contribuera grandement à soutenir notre travail qui consiste à bâtir un réseau de pistes reliées les unes aux autres à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse et à diffuser le message de l’utilisation sûre et responsable des véhicules hors route. » Pour plus d’information sur les règles de la circulation dans les six localités du projet pilote, consultez l’adresse https://novascotia.ca/ohv-pilot/ . (en anglais seulement)
Nottingham: West Indies kicked-off its World Cup 2019 campaign on an impressive note after thrashing Pakistan by seven wickets at Trent Bridge, here on Friday. After bundling out the Green Brigade on a paltry 105 runs, the Caribbean opener and self-proclaimed Universe Boss Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball half century while unbeaten Nicholas Pooran contributed with 19-ball 34 runs to ensure their side reach home safely. Chasing the meagre target, Windies openers — Gayle and Shai Hope (11 off 17) started on a cautious note, putting 32 runs in the first four overs. Just when the partnership looked developing, Mohammad Amir gave Pakistan some respite as he packed back Hope in the fifth over when the Windies were at 36 runs. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunIncidentally, Gayle broke the record for most sixes hit in the history of the World Cup. Gayle, with 40 sixes, now has the record for the most World Cup sixes. AB de Villiers, with 37 sixes, is second. While Gayle continued to rotate the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking, Amir once again came with a breakthrough as he dismissed new comer Darren Bravo (0), leaving West Indies at 46/2. Pooran and Gayle were then involved in a 31-run partnership, inching Windies closer towards the target however, Amir cut short the latter’s stay in the 11th over. With West Indies needing another 29 runs for victory, Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer (7 not out off 8) denied the Green Brigade any further onslaughts as the duo comfortably steered West Indies to an easy win in 13.4 overs. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upEarlier, overcast conditions and some quality bowlers in the team saw West Indies skipper Jason Holder have no hesitation in winning the toss and bowling first and the result was Pakistan folding up for just 105 as Oshane Thomas (4/27) and Holder (3/42) ran through the Pakistan batting line-up. All-rounder Andre Russell played perfect second fiddle to the frontline pacers as he finished with figures of 2/4 from his three overs. This is Pakistan’s second lowest total in the World Cup. Taking strike in overcast conditions, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had spoken about the need to play out the first few overs cautiously. But that wasn’t to be as Imam-ul-Haq (2) was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell in the third over of the innings. Brief Scores: WI 108/3 in 13.4 overs (Gayle 50, Pooran 34 not out; Mohammad Amir 3/26) beat Pak 105 all out (Babar Azam 22; Thomas 4/27, Holder 3/42) by 7 wickets.