Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä/Heiner LohmannThe image above shows Genting Dream, the first ship being built for Asian Dream Cruises line, equipped with an external lighting system by Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä. Built at German Meyer Werft shipyard, the 151,300 gross ton ship features a length of 335 meters and a width of 37.9 meters.The Dynamic Exterior Lighting concept provides a “stunning visual effect” to the ship’s exterior profile. It has been engineered and installed by Wärtsilä Funa in cooperation with the owner and the shipyard.“This lighting concept will change the way people see a cruise ship arriving or departing the harbours of the world,” Frank Meyer, Project Manager, Wärtsilä Funa International, said.On September 18, the river conveyance of the Genting Dream officially started from Meyer Werft shipyard, marking the start of the ship’s journey to Guangzhou, China, where it will begin service on November 13, 2016.The Genting Dream is the first of two cruise vessels being built for Dream Cruises, a part of Genting Hong Kong. It will be able to accommodate 3,400 passengers and 2,000 crew. Its sister ship, the World Dream, is scheduled for delivery in late 2017.
zoom Wesfarmers’ EVOL LNG has carried out the first Australian commercial LNG bunkering operation, the company said.Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refuelled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on 23 January at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier.Siem Thiima is owned by Norwegian company Siem Offshore Australia Pty Ltd and is the first LNG‐fuelled platform supply vessel in Australia.Another milestone was achieved on 19 February 2017, when the first LNG bunkering was carried out at Fremantle Port. With this move Freemantle and Dampier join the growing global LNG bunkering network which includes major ports in Europe, North America, Qatar, Singapore, Japan and Korea as well as more than 40 other ports around the world which currently, or plan to, bunker LNG.EVOL LNG’s Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning.“Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long‐term strategy that recognises environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel,” said Rea. “With growing demand for lower emission fuels over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of LNG‐ fuelled ships in operation worldwide increase steadily from a handful to more than 75, with an additional 80 expected to be built in the next three years.” Rea further added that growth had largely been driven by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations and the introduction of emission control areas in Europe and North America. In addition, China has introduced emission control areas around its three major ports.“LNG is a cleaner fuel than marine diesel, emitting 25 per cent less carbon dioxide, less nitrogen oxides and almost zero sulphur oxides and particulates, which largely addresses emission concerns for the shipping industry and avoids expensive and complicated scrubbing systems .”As explained, the company would like to expand its offering, “particularly as truck‐to‐ship LNG bunkering can be achieved relatively inexpensively with existing logistics assets.”Furthermore, Rae pointed out that if other ports express interest, EVOL LNG would obtain licences from other major Australian and regional WA ports to conduct LNG bunkering operations, and look at investing in infrastructure to meet the market’s needs.EVOL LNG secured its second major Australian port bunkering licence from Pilbara Ports Authority, permitting LNG bunkering at King Bay Supply Base and transport through the Port of Dampier. This followed its first licence from Fremantle Ports in July last year.Initially LNG will be delivered from EVOL LNG’s Kwinana plant.
zoom Indian sub-continent shiprecycling destinations have seen another negative week of pricing following the release of the 2017 budget announcements, according to GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.The Bangladesh Shipbreakers Association (BSBA) submitted an official appeal to the finance minister in order to try to reduce, or reverse the punitive duties and taxes imposed on the domestic shiprecycling sector by the budget.However, there has been no positive outcome and it does seem as though prices will soften by about USD 40 – 50/LDT going forward, especially if the full conditions of the budget come into effect.“The extent of the falls witnessed over the last month or so have indeed been rather unexpected and shocking to the industry overall,” GMS said, adding that at least USD 50/LDT have come off prices ever since the markets came to within inches of touching the USD 400/LDT mark during the first quarter of the year.Despite the firming levels at that time, supply remained relatively stagnant, especially when compared to the corresponding period last year. The markets have witnessed a sharp reduction in the number of containers and bulkers heading to the beaches this year with only a marginal increase in the number of tankers proposed so far, GMS informed.Given the recent negative ongoings, declining prices and bad budgets, “end buyers across the sub-continent markets remain extremely conservative and cautious with their pricing.”Considering that vessel prices had recorded a remarkable increase of over USD 100/LDT during the peak this year, even with the recent declines, levels today “are strong and remain about USD 50/LDT above those from January 1, 2017.”GMS said that it therefore expects the summer months to remain modest in terms of pricing and activity as cash buyers and sellers wait for some added stability and aggression to buy while the markets adjust to the new ‘lower’ prices on show.
zoom German provider of engines and turbomachinery MAN Diesel & Turbo has pledged a EUR 2 million (USD 2.35 million) discount to shipowners for ten retrofits to liquified natural gas from existing heavy fuel oil engines.The announcement was made by Wayne Jones, OBE, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo last week while speaking at ‘Our Ocean 2017 Conference’ in Malta.The company has just completed the retrofitting of Wes Amelie, a 1,036 TEU feeder containership, owned by Wessels Reederei, with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine.The project involved the retrofitting of the ship’s MAN 8L48/60B main engine to a multi-fuel, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit that enables dual-fuel operation – the first such conversion of its type the world has ever seen.Launched on August 23, the ship was undergoing the conversion at the German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven since May 2017.The project was supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. “MAN Diesel & Turbo believes that it is time for what we call a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean solutions for seaborne trade and transportation,” Jones said.“Just recently, my company set a new benchmark with the world’s first conversion of a container ship from conventional fuel to gas operation. In order to encourage more ship owners to follow this example, MAN Diesel & Turbo is pledging a 2 million Euro discount for 10 such LNG-retrofits to convert existing HFO engines into modern, clean, efficient gas-engines. In doing so, we hope to play our part in moving the world’s fleet towards the clean technology our industry and our oceans deserve,” Jones concluded.
zoom Marubeni Corporation and PTT Public Company Limited started a joint feasibility study with an aim to launch LNG bunkering at Thailand’s largest industrial port.The study has a goal of implementing LNG refueling to ships in Laem Chabang Port, which handles more than 8,000 ships annually.A third expansion plan is being carried out with the demand for LNG bunkering expected to grow in this area due to increased exports and the tightening of environmental regulations from 2020.The joint study will verify the feasibility of an LNG bunkering project that utilizes a fuel supply ship that is compatible with an existing PTT managed LNG receiving terminal in Map Ta Phut, located in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in Thailand.
zoom Hong Kong-listed Cosco Shipping Development expects to see a 2017 full-year profit increase of 252 percent when compared to figures from the previous year, reaching RMB 1.3 billion (USD 205.4 million).The company’s full-year net profit for 2016 was RMB 368.6 million (USD 58 million).The company said that the estimates were based on preliminary review and that final results would be released in March 2018.The increase in the net profit was attributed mainly to the completion of the company’s restructuring in 2016 that included disposal of container shipping business, which was badly hit by the downturn in the sector and was bleeding red ink.Furthermore, the container leasing and manufacturing markets have gradually recovered as a result of the improvement of the global economy and the international shipping markets since the fourth quarter of 2016, positively impacting the profitability of the company’s container leasing and container manufacturing segments.COSCO Shipping Development added that its overall profitability continues to grow following the expansion of the leasing and investment businesses of the company.The profit alert comes in the wake of the company’s plans to establish a shipping fund with China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd.The move is being pursued in line with the company’s investment in the financing sector of the shipping industry.Initially, the fund will dispose of a total of USD 154 million and Cosco plans to take a 49.95 pct in the fund or an investment worth approximately USD 77 million (RMB 500 million).As disclosed, the shipping fund will be used for financing of ship assets including non-performing assets and restructuring programs.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based bulker owner Diana Shipping has inked a time charter contract with Singapore’s ST Shipping and Transport for one of its Panamax vessels.As informed, the gross charter rate for the 2013-built Maera is USD 11,750 per day for a period of about seven to maximum nine months.The charter commenced on July 4, 2018.This employment of the 75,403 dwt is anticipated to generate USD 2.29 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, according to the company.Maera previously worked for Unico Logistics from Seoul at a slightly higher charter rate of USD 11,900 per day, Diana’s data shows.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 50 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 8.88 years.
zoomImage Courtesy: MV Werften Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong (GHK) has launched the construction of the second Global Class cruise ship at German shipbuilder MV Werften.The steel cutting ceremony for Dream Cruises’ 342-meter-long vessel was held on September 10 in Rostock-Warnemünde, almost a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series.The 208,000 gross ton cruise ship, Global 2, is identical in construction to its sister ship Global 1, which is due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.Production work on the new vessel with the yard number 126 is being divided up among all three locations of MV Werften. Up to 30 large sections are being built in Stralsund for subsequent final assembly in Wismar, where a 125-meter-high crane, purchased specially for the Global project, is currently being installed at the outfitting quay.The keel laying of the ship is planned for December 9, 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2022.The vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 9,500 passengers and a crew of 2,200. Global Dream and Global 2, the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons, are intended for the fast-growing Asian market.
More than 700 foster families in Nova Scotia are being thankedthis week for their dedication and commitment to children inneed, as the province celebrates Foster Family Appreciation Weekfrom Oct. 19 to 24. “A strong and supportive family life is essential to a child’shealthy development,” said David Morse, Minister of CommunityServices. “Foster parents provide that nurturing environment forour children and youth. It’s because foster parents care that ouryoung people have safe and loving homes to welcome them in theirtimes of need. I encourage all Nova Scotians to join me inthanking our foster families for the love and support they giveevery day.” Foster Family Appreciation Week was launched on Sunday, Oct. 19,at the Dartmouth Sportsplex’s Pirate’s Cove. The family fun dayenabled foster families — including foster parents, biologicaland foster children — to celebrate the accomplishments of fosterparents across the province. Mr. Morse joined foster families tokick off the week-long series of events with the theme BecauseYou Care. The theme was also at the heart of this year’s selected entryfrom the Foster Care Children’s Art Contest. The drawing byShauna, age 14, features the words Because You Care and depicts ahelping hand that represents the support and guidance fosterparents provide to children and youth in-care. Shauna’s drawingis featured in newspaper advertisements thanking foster families. All foster parents attend comprehensive training on a variety ofsubjects, including sensitivity and non-violent crisisintervention, to prepare them to help the child or youth in theircare. Experienced foster parent trainers and social workersdeliver the Parent Resource for Information, Development andEducation (PRIDE) training, which the department, the federationand experienced foster parents deliver together. Foster parentsalso receive per diem monetary compensation to assist with costsassociated with helping a child or youth in their care. “Foster families are the backbone of our child-protectionsystem,” said Jill Wilson-Kingston, provincial foster careservices co-ordinator. “They work as part of a professional teamto ensure children and youth receive the encouragement andsupport they need to overcome challenges that life has presented.It’s important for Nova Scotians to recognize foster parents’role in ensuring that children have a safe, loving and nurturingplace to go in times of need.” Information about foster care, including how families can takethe first steps towards fostering, is available via a 24-hourtoll-free number at 1-800-565-1884.
Nova Scotia has become a centre of excellence in stop-motionanimation thanks to a blue-haired little boy named Poko and atelevision series that will air on CBC next month. When Salter Street Films began development of the program forpreschoolers three years ago, its creators ran into a stumblingblock. They wanted Poko, his dog, Minus, and his stuffed monkey,Mr. Murphy, to be the product of stop motion animation. Stop motion uses three-dimensional puppets and a form ofanimation that breaks action into short, subtle movements thatare digitally photographed, frame by frame. The process isarduous, taking between 15 and 20 movements of the puppet tocreate just one second of animation, 30 movements if the motionrequires fast action. However, the result is a fluid range ofmotion that when played makes the puppet appear to magically cometo life. To make matters even more complicated, Canadians had littleexpertise in the craft. Salter Street explored other options. Then, in a twist of fate,the solution to their quandary was delivered by a visitor to NovaScotia. A guest speaker at the Atlantic Film Festival suggestedthat Poko producers contact Tom Gasek, a British stop motionanimator associated with such big-budget films as Chicken Run. With the assistance and guidance of Mr. Gasek, Salter Street setits sights on creating a fully self-sufficient stop motionanimation studio here in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the support of the CBC — which was committed to addingPoko to its Get Set for Life lineup — and the backing of theNova Scotia Film Development Corporation, that goal has alreadybeen reached. The Poko series doesn’t air until Dec. 1, but the CBC is soconvinced it will be a hit that it has ordered a full secondseason. That will provide steady employment to a crew of 48artists, animators, designers, musicians and others who doeverything from building the puppets to completing thepainstakingly slow stop motion process. “The ability of local members of the production community tolearn a brand new skill and take it to the degree of success thatwe have achieved in Poko speaks to the level of talent andpassion in Nova Scotia’s film and television industry,” says JeffRosen, creator, co-executive producer and writer of the program. The program has already meant concrete change for people likeDylan Edward. A theatre graduate from Dalhousie University, Dylanhad been working as a graphic designer and children’s entertainerwhen a friend told him about work being done on the Poko show.He presented himself to producers. “We were amazed at Dylan’s ability in his testing to conveyemotion with inanimate objects,” says line producer KatrinaWalsh. “We took a chance on him and he exceeded any expectationswe had. His work is brilliant.” That, says Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation CEO AnnMacKenzie, is the kind of success story that makes a project likePoko so worthwhile. “We’re pleased to be able to enable projects like this thatprovide opportunities for Nova Scotia youth to use skills theyacquired through various forms of training. In many instancesthis training is being obtained at Nova Scotia’s communitycolleges and universities,” she says. As labour-intensive as the process is, its creators say Poko isalso a labour of love. “It truly is magical,” says creative producer and writer CherylWagner, who adds the program’s strong curriculum and humour willkeep preschoolers, and their parents, coming back for more. The episodes will focus on the emotional life of young children,mirroring their real life frustrations in trying to conquer suchchallenges as opening the door. “Our hope is that the audience will feel that their world isacknowledged, recognized and respected, and we would be delightedif the children adopted some of the coping skills presented,”says Ms. Wagner. Coping with a challenge is something the people at Poko knowwell. -30-
NATURAL RESOURCES–Province Accepts Proposals for Surface CoalResources The province has accepted proposals from three companies toexplore, develop and reclaim four areas, or claim blocks, in theSydney coalfield. The successful companies are Thomas Brogan and Sons ConstructionCompany, Coastal Construction and Excavating Limited and PioneerCoal Limited. Thomas Brogan and Sons and Coastal Construction are now entitledto apply for exclusive mineral rights to coal lying within theBirch Grove and Boularderie Island claim blocks, respectively.Pioneer Coal is eligible to pursue exclusive mineral rights tocoal within both the Point Aconi and Broughton resource blocks. “These companies have demonstrated that they are technically andfinancially able to conduct their proposed projects and havecorporate experience in the local area,” said Natural ResourcesMinister Richard Hurlburt. “We look forward to working with themas they move to the next steps.” “Cape Breton still has significant coal resources, which canprovide important economic benefits to our communities andcompanies such as the Cape Breton Central Nova Scotia Railway,”said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “These proposals support ourcommitment to develop these valuable resources in a responsibleway – a commitment we made to Nova Scotians in our energystrategy, Seizing the Opportunity.” In addition to making applications for the mineral rights, thecompanies must also obtain land access rights and adhere to allregulatory requirements, which include securing industrialapprovals and environmental assessments. Several of these sites require reclamation work to restore landsimpacted by decades of underground mining operations. Six companies responded to a call for proposals issued inDecember 2003.
Ashley Briggs of Dartmouth Michael Chatfield of Truro Stephane Goosens of Cheticamp, Inverness Co. Steven Hines of Carrolls Corner, Halifax Regional Municipality Kaitlyn Jollimore of Dartmouth Tyler Kent of Eastern Passage Kristen McCaffrey of Dartmouth Theresa Yuill of Truro In preparation for the event the team will continue with their regular flexibility and fitness training, as well as maintain their practice schedule of two to three practices a week. Each athlete trains for eight to ten hours a week. Coach Joe Fisher and manager Sheila Fisher of Middle Musquodoboit will accompany the team to Whitehorse. “The team is very dedicated,” said Mr. Fisher. “I think we have a chance for a medal and a new team best.” Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at http://ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Eight Nova Scotia table tennis players hope to backhand the competition in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team was selected after a year of competing and training for points. Tournaments accounted for 60 per cent of the athlete’s totals and the remaining 40 per cent was divided among the athlete’s participation, physical fitness and potential for future development. The team consists of:
Nova Scotians remember and pay tribute to 22 workers who lost their lives on the job in 2006 at the annual ceremony to mark the National Day of Mourning. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, and Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, were in attendance at Province House to honour those who died and were injured on the job in Nova Scotia. On April 28 every year, government and labour leaders join friends and family members to remember those workers killed or injured on the job and to renew their commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers in Nova Scotia. “Today, we gather to remember those employees who paid the ultimate price,” said Mr. Parent. “We must always remember that workplace accidents have tragic consequences for workers and their families. We must also be committed to working harder to put an end to all workplace accidents.” “As we gather today to pay tribute to workers who lost their lives we must also use this day to commit to taking steps and measures to make our workplaces safe and healthy,” said Mr. Clarke. “If we hope to see a cultural change to improve workplace safety and health, it is up to government, employers, business and labour to take up the challenge and work together to make it happen.” According to the Workers Compensation Board, 31,810 employees reported getting injured on the job in Nova Scotia and 8,274 of them lost time from work because of their injury. Health and social services, manufacturing and retail industries had the most lost-time accident claims in 2006. “Although Nova Scotia is making strides at reducing workplace injuries, more work needs to be done,” said Mr. Parent. “The Department of Environment and Labour is committed to working with employers and employees throughout the province to make Nova Scotia one of the safest places in Canada to work.” The Day of Mourning was started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 as a day to honour the dead and remember the living. The ceremony and has since spread across Canada to more than 80 countries around the world. For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and how to protect yourself at work, see the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/healthandsafety .
NEW WORK 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 from Monday, Aug. 13, to Sunday Sept. 30, to allow for road improvement and repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 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 people. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 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. 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 Monday, Aug. 20. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres to the 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. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Kempt Shore easterly 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. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads. Motorists are advised that a one-lane closure will take place at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou Roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Public is advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 in Cape Breton Regional Municipality from Exit 2 to Exit 4 will be reduced to one lane for re paving until Friday, Aug. 3. A detour route is available via Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang–Cabot Trail There will be a one lane closure for construction of approaches for the temporary bridge at Grand Etang until Friday, Aug. 17. Work takes place from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2827 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 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. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Victoria/Inverness county line westerly 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: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Port Maitland Bridge Port Maitland Bridge on the Main Shore Road is closed for replacement until Friday, Aug. 17. Traffic control consists of detour signs and traffic control people. There is a detour on Main Shore Road and Quaco Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres 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: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16 easterly 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 with occasional Saturdays. 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. This will allow concrete repairs, waterproofing, and repaving of the bridge deck. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. 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, Aug 17. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 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. 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. 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: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Paving Projects Paving has started on three sections of road in Lunenburg. Sections being paved are: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306 from Acres Road southeasterly to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro, 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, a pilot vehicle and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to be cautious while travelling through marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 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. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road northerly 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. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 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 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 during 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. PICTOU COUNTY: Trans-Canada 104 Trans-Canada 104, from Broadway Overpass easterly 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 a two-kilometre work zone. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through construction zones. Traffic control people will be on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road,to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wed, Aug 22. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge will be closed due to bridge repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 15. Detour route to be clearly marked. Bridge is closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to traffic for construction of a new underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to take an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 Fax: 902-883-8732 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. 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. 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. HANTS COUNTY (EAST HANTS): Trunk 14 Trunk 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: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about 6 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. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some possible work on Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 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. 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 (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. 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. 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. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed until Wednesday, Aug. 15. Traffic will be directed through the site on a temporary bridge regulated by traffic lights until the replacement is completed. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour will be closed to replace the bridge until Thursday, Aug. 23. Detour route at Long Beach Road and Baxters Harbour Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 17, for repairs. Traffic control consists of signals. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brickton Bridge The Brickton Bridge on Mount Hanley Road will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for repairs and painting until Friday, Aug 17. Detour route at Trunk 1 to Lawrencetown Lane to Middle Road. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 south and northbound lanes will have intermittent one-lane closures between Exit 11 (Stewiacke) and Exit 13A (Power Centre) for repaving until Friday, Aug 17. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 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 Monday, Aug. 6. 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 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Lane Closure Traffic on Highway 101 from Coldbrook west for about 4.3 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 17, to allow for surface treatment. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 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. 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 until Wednesday, Aug. 22. 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. 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. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 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, to allow for repaving. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 -30-
Amendments to the Public Service Superannuation Act were introduced today, Nov. 30, by acting Finance Minister Angus MacIsaac. “These changes have been made largely to bring the legislation up-to-date to ensure fairness for all public servants within the plan, and to make our plan more consistent with other related plans,” said Mr. MacIsaac. The legislation now better defines the term spouse, recognizing common-law and same-sex unions. It will give credit for years lived common-law, directly before marriage, in the event of a marriage breakdown. It also allows plan members to designate a beneficiary. The updated legislation also clarifies that all employee contributions be matched by the employer, whether it is the province or otherwise. The amendments have no affect on members’ contribution to the pension plan or benefits. The Public Service Superannuation Act governs the Public Service Superannuation Plan (pension plan), which is administered through the Nova Scotia Pension Agency. For more information about these and other changes, visit www.novascotiapension.ca or contact the Nova Scotia Pension Agency at 902-424-5070 or 1-800-774-5070.
Nova Scotia’s vibrant creative community is being celebrated with several well-known provincial arts and culture prizes and awards. The prizes will be awarded at the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala on Oct. 24 in Yarmouth. “Communities across Nova Scotia benefit from the creativity of our artists and performers,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It is important that we recognize their creative excellence and acknowledge that they make our province a better place.” Nominations are being accepted for: — Portia White Prize, deadline Wednesday, July 15: It is the province’s largest and most prestigious cultural award and recognized as one of Canada’s major awards in the arts. The recipient must be an established artist, born in Nova Scotia or a resident for the past four years. The $18,000 prize includes the opportunity to name an emerging Nova Scotian artist or cultural organization for a protégé prize of $7,000. — Prix Grand Pré, deadline Saturday, Aug. 15: It is an annual award of $2,000 for an established creative or interpretive Acadian Nova Scotian artist. It recognizes artists in performing arts and film, visual arts and crafts, and literary arts, whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions, while demonstrating excellence and originality. — Community Arts and Recognition Award, deadline Tuesday, Sept. 15: It is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to a community that demonstrates the value it places on arts and culture in community life. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, the award has a cash value of $10,000. — Established Artists Recognition Award, deadline Tuesday, Sept. 15: It is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to five artists considered to be in mid-career. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, each award has a cash value of $5,000. “By recognizing those who contribute to the development of our arts and culture sector, we encourage others to pursue excellence, too,” said Joella Foulds, chair of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. “That plants the seeds of future creativity and accomplishment.” For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, visit www.gov.ns.ca/tch or contact Peter Kirby at 902-424-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A report by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) highlights the commitment of institutions to quality, and aims to help universities improve quality assurance practices and procedures. Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures in Maritime Universities, released today, Feb. 18, is the first report of its kind in the Maritimes. “It is exciting to see the progress of so many universities in the area of quality assurance,” said Mireille Duguay, CEO of MPHEC. “In order to build upon existing strengths, the next step for many of the region’s universities will be to build into their policies more of a focus on student-learning outcomes.” The commission recently completed the first cycle of its quality-assurance monitoring process, which reviewed each university’s quality-assurance policies and procedures to ensure they are adequate. The report provides an overview of the challenges faced by Maritime universities to find ways to enhance and measure quality and provides recommendations. Highlights from the report include: Some of the universities have a long history of quality assurance activities, although they vary in focus and scope Several universities did not have a quality assurance policy at the outset, but developed one in response to the commission’s monitoring process Universities are actively working to improve their policies Most policies tend to focus on faculty and resources The report presents elements essential to the design of successful quality assurance policies and stresses the principle of placing the quality of teaching and learning at the centre of the process. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. Its 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. Universities involved in the commission’s monitoring process include: Acadia University, the Atlantic School of Theology, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Saint Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier University, St. Thomas University, Université de Moncton, Université Sainte-Anne, the University of King’s College, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Prince Edward Island.
A busy intersection in Sydney will be safer with the installation of new traffic signals on Yolanda Drive at Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4). A tender for the traffic signals was issued as part of ongoing efforts to improve safety in Kytes Hill subdivision. Once the tender is awarded, work will begin as soon as weather permits, with the full installation of the signals expected by June 30. Other safety improvements include speed limit reduction, improved signage and visibility at the intersection, the installation of overhead flashing beacons, and the elimination of driveways. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7. Tender details are available at novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. -30-
Istanbul: Ankara and Moscow are again facing an escalation of violence in Syria’s last rebel-held territory, a development that puts their cooperation to the test even as they support opposing sides in the eight-year war that has devastated Syria. An all-out offensive by Syrian government forces to capture Idlib in northwestern Syria from insurgents could unleash an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, for the area is home to 3 million people. Turkey, which is already hosting more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees, is facing strong pressure from Syria, Iran and Russia to deliver on its pledge to control the armed rebel factions in Idlib. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’But Turkey also needs Russia to rein in Syrian President Bashar Assad to prevent a massive outflow of refugees and to keep Turkish soldiers on the ground safe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin “have an incentive to cooperate and ensure that nobody’s interests are totally trampled,” says Aaron Stein, the director of the Middle East program in American think-tank Foreign Policy Research Institute. In September, the two leaders brokered a cease-fire for Idlib in the Russian resort of Sochi, preventing a bloody onslaught, despite the fact that Russia has firmly backed Assad and Turkey supports opposition forces. Nine months later, the truce has failed. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe agreement called for a 15-to-20 kilometer (9-to-12 mile) demilitarized zone free of insurgents and heavy weaponry and for two key highways crossing through Idlib to be reopened. The demilitarized zone has been breached and the highways are at the center of the current government offensive. Syrian ground forces have been advancing from the south of the rebel stronghold under the cover of Syrian and Russian airstrikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 291 civilians and 369 fighters have been killed since April 30 in the rebel stronghold. In the same period, 269 government troops and 22 civilians were killed in government areas by rebel fire. The U.N.’s children’s agency said more than 130 children have reportedly been killed. Already, more than 200,000 people from the stronghold have been displaced, according to the UN, with some seeking safety near the border with Turkey while others crammed into already crowded camps in Syria. Turkey has accused the Syrian government of violating the cease-fire and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the country has told Russia “the regime must be controlled.”
Switching to cleaner fuels has been identified as one of the viable options to curb vehicular emissions that profusely contribute to the poor air quality of cities like New Delhi. Infamous for having a significant number of poor air quality days, New Delhi must spearhead the transition to cleaner/alternative fuel. Having announced the addition of 1000 electric buses to its public transport fleet, and proposed a draft electric vehicle policy, Delhi is set to undergo various changes to remedy its poor air quality. With an enormous number of vehicles registered, Delhi, at this pace, will choke in a matter of years. Winters have reminded us that we cannot afford such poor air quality days. Summers, too, have not been great. Afforestation is a great move but hardly counters the grave damage to air caused by persistent vehicular emissions. Banning diesel gen sets and cars, to some extent, is also not a full-proof viable option due to an absurdly large number of diesel vehicles in the city. Construction of eastern peripheral highway as no doubt reduced heavy cargo footfall within the city area but is hardly a remedy. In such cases, electrification of transport remains a likely alternative. The Draft Delhi Electric Policy 2018 is the first step. This has to be followed by the construction of charging stations which are again preceded by India’s plan to come up with indigenous standards for charging stations for its emerging electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem. It cannot be overruled that a lack of charging stations is proving to be the biggest hurdle to adoption of electric mobility and hence, development of indigenous standards will give impetus to the transition besides reducing the cost of developing related infrastructure. Defining electric mobility down to the grassroots for Delhi will be highly beneficial in the long run. It also augurs well for the plans Delhi is looking forward to implementing in the interest of reducing air pollution. Delhi government’s scheme to promote EV use by delivery services is a step that will provide a sizeable impact on advancing green mobility and curbing air pollution. And, delivery services have become an integral part of the consumer market today. From food to groceries to even services, Delhi has everything been delivered at door-step and hence, green delivery service has the potential to be a game-changer. Setting EV targets for car manufacturers is also one of the decisions which India will have to take in the near future but for now, the country look set to order cab companies to go electric. It certainly cannot be an overnight transition. Cab companies such as Ola, Uber, etc., will have to set targets for slow but effective transition into electric mobility of their fleet. India, to this end, must profusely develop infrastructure supporting electric mobility in order to facilitate the transition and ensure sustainable development.