JS Ineos Invention, the final of eight Dragon Class vessels ordered from China’s shipyards by Danish shipping company Evergas, has been delivered to its charterer INEOS.Back in 2013, Evergas ordered four identical vessels from the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering shipyard in Qidong, China. The order was further expanded to eight vessels.Six ships from the batch were built at Sinopacific, while the remaining two, namely, JS Ineos Invention and its sister vessel JS Ineos Intuition, were constructed at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard in China.The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gasses and LPG.Each of the eight ships is 180 meters long and 27 meters wide, with a draft of approximately 9 meters.“With the delivery of … JS Ineos Invention to INEOS earlier this week, the first milestone of the project has been completed and all vessels are now in full operation and transporting Ethane from the US to Europe,” Evergas said.
zoom Japanese Sojitz Corporation has acquired Spanish First State Regasificadora (FSR), changing the company’s name to Sojitz Regasificadora (SR).SR owns a 15% stake in Regasificadora del Noroeste (Reganosa), whose assets include the LNG terminal located in Mugardos in the northwest of Spain. With this move, Sojitz is making its entry into the LNG terminal business in Europe.Reganosa commenced operations at the Mugardos LNG Terminal in 2007. LNG delivered to the Mugardos LNG Terminal is not only supplied to the domestic market in Spain but also reloaded and delivered to Asia as well as other parts of the world. Reganosa also has plans to use the terminal as an LNG bunkering station for ships using LNG as marine fuel, Sojitz explained.“Sojitz will contribute its LNG expertise and other businesses experience … to support the further development of the Mugardos LNG Terminal,” the company said in a statement.Involved in LNG business in Japan, Sojitz also has investments in Indonesia and Qatar.“Sojitz will continue to develop its global LNG business with a focus on LNG receiving and liquefaction terminals, and will look at expanding its LNG receiving terminal business into ASEAN and other countries in South Asia, and to also develop its LNG liquefaction business to help create a stable energy supply for Japan,” the company added.
zoom Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has hired France-based Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT) to design liquefied natural gas tanks for two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs).The contract is related to two dual purpose vessels, which are capable of operating as efficient LNG carriers and FSRUs, which are under construction at Shanghai, China. The vessels are being built for LNG transportation company Dynagas and are scheduled to be delivered in 2021.Under the deal, GTT will design the LNG tanks of both units, each with a capacity of 174,000 m3. The French marine engineering firm said that the membrane cryogenic containment system NO96 GW, with glass wool insulation, will be used for the LNG storage on board. Currently, 14 vessels in operation and 42 on order use this technology.“We are pleased to once again accompany the ship-owner Dynagas in its continued development in the LNG industry and to contribute to the very first FSRUs built by our Chinese partner Hudong-Zhonghua. This new order highlights the trusting relationships GTT maintains with this shipyard, which is part of the biggest shipbuilding group in China,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has signed today a contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for three very large gas carries (VLGC).The three 84,000 cbm LPG carriers are expected to start delivery in 2019.The deal is said to be worth USD 213.3 million, KUNA news agency reported, with KOTC paying around USD 71 million per ship.The order is part of KOTC’s fleet renewal plan.Based on its website data, KOTC currently has a fleet of 28 ships, comprising 12 very large crude carriers (VLCC), ten product carriers, four LPG carriers and two bunker vessels.The contract signing comes as HHI reveals a 52 percent increase in value of new shipbuilding orders in 2017 when compared to the figures from the previous year.However, it should be noted that the 2016 baseline was pretty low taking into account that the year was very difficult for the shipbuilding industry due to low ordering activity.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German Oldendorff Carriers is renewing its fleet with two more bulker newbuilds, the company spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News.The two 209,000 dwt bulk carriers have been ordered from Chinese Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries.The Tier III compliant newbuilds are set for delivery in 2020, data from Asiasis shows.Hantong Ship Heavy is already building seven Sdari Kamsarmaxes for the German dry bulk shipping major, set for delivery between 2019 and 2020. Originally, the series comprised ten units, however, three were resold to another company.The order emerges on the back of Oldenroff’s contract for two more Kamsarmax bulkers ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding.Oshima Shipbuilding will deliver the two 100,000 dwt units, along with another three 62,000 dwt Ultramaxes, during the first half of 2020.The shipowner has 6 Ultramaxes under construction at NACKS and DACKS scheduled for completion in 2019 and three more Handysize bulkers at Chinese yards. In total, 23 eco bulkers are set to join the company’s fleet by the middle of 2020.World Maritime News Staff
An International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s longshoreman has lost his life in fatal incident in Los Angeles, U.S.The worker passed on May 15, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation.The incident occurred at the Fenix Marine Services at Pier 300 in the port, and it also critically injured a second worker.“Any loss of life is one too many and we will continue to dedicate our work to ensure every worker must return home safety and that if deaths are caused by employer or regulatory negligence those responsible need to go to jail,” ITF said.
More women, in all their diversity, running for elected office.That’s the point of Votes for Women, a new guide produced by theNova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The advisorycouncil launched the guide today, May 17, at Province House inHalifax. “If women are not at the table, their experiences andperspectives may be missed,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson,Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We must seizeopportunities to be active in decision making about legislation,policy and programs.” She said that decisions about foreign policy, economicdevelopment, sustainable communities, health care and family law,among other areas, directly affect women and their families. Yetwomen are not fully represented in the decision-making process. The guide was developed to help women who are interested inpolitics get involved in the process so that they can influencethose decisions. It contains tips on fundraising, campaigning anddealing with the media. It is one avenue the advisory council has taken to increasewomen’s participation in politics. The council has also hostedsix workshops on women’s political involvement in communitiesacross the province during the past two years. This fall, theywill hold a non-partisan campaign school for women. Women now have some influence in legislative and policy decisionsin Nova Scotia. Six women were elected to the House of Assemblyin the 2003 election, more than at any other time in thisprovince. However, that figure represents only 12 per cent of theseats. A critical mass — at least 33 per cent — is needed to ensurethat women’s perspectives are adequately represented, and halfthe seats should be held by women to achieve full politicalequality. Women’s political involvement in Nova Scotia has grown slowly. Itbegan with Gladys Porter, a former town councillor in Kentville,who became the first woman in the province to win a seat in thelegislature in 1960. Since then, the number of women winningprovincial seats has fluctuated from election to election. More women campaigned for seats in 1999 than in 2003, when morewomen won seats. The guide is available by calling the Advisory Council on theStatus of Women toll-free at 1-800-565-8662. It will also beavailable on the website, www.gov.ns.ca/staw , beginning on May18.
The priorities for health-care services in Nova Scotia have been confirmed with the approval of eight district health authority(DHA) business plans by the provincial government. In total,funding to all DHAs and the IWK Health Centre has increased by$78.5 million this fiscal year over the previous year. “The introduction of multi-year funding has helped supportimproved financial planning for the districts and that,ultimately, is very good news for everyone who makes use of thehealth-care system,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “As our population ages, as new technologies and drugs becomeavailable and the expectations of patients increase, the demandson the whole health-care system are growing dramatically. That’swhy this planning process is so important,” added Mr. MacIsaac. “Stable funding and rigorous planning are enabling the districtsto respond to local priorities — to invest in areas that havethe greatest impact on patient care. The new Women’s andChildren’s Health Centre in the South Shore District HealthAuthority and expansion of rehabilitation service at the IWK aregood examples of planning at work.” Business plans have been approved for the IWK Health Centre,South Shore District Health Authority, South West Nova DistrictHealth Authority, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority,Cumberland Health Authority, Pictou County Health Authority,Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority and the CapeBreton District Health Authority. Discussions are still underwaywith Colchester East Hants Health Authority and Capital Health tofinalize their business plans. Over the last fiscal year, a number of changes have been made tothe base funding to recognize the growing cost pressures on theDHAs. An additional $28 million was added to the base for theDHAs’ budget — $9 million to cover benefits increases and $19million for costs associated with overtime and oncology. DHAsalso received an increase of seven per cent for non-salarybudgets — the second year of a multi-year funding commitment. The budget for 2004-05 also includes annualized funding for newprograms announced in the past year, including $5 million for the cardiac catheterization lab at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, $719,000 for operating costs for the new MRI in Cape BretonDistrict Health Authority and $4.4 million in additional fundingfor expansion of orthopedics. These initiatives are part of the government’s priorities for health care outlined in Your Health Matters, its health strategyreleased in 2003. These priorities include health promotion,improving access through shorter wait lists, seniors’ care andhealth services in communities. At $1.1 billion, the budget for the DHAs, accounts for almosthalf of the Department of Health’s 2004-05 budget of $2.3billion. In addition to direct funding to DHAs, an additional $125.1million spent directly from the Department of Health’s budget onemergency health services, long-term care and home care,physician services and Pharmacare programs provides healthservices to Nova Scotians across the province. “We have an integrated health-care system where all thecomponents — district health authorities, provincial programsand Department of Health — contribute to improving the healthcare of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Mr. MacIsaac credited the development of the business planningprocess over the last four years with contributing to theprogress in budgeting. “However, we recognize that, in order to fund more new andexpanded programs, we need to secure sustainable funding from thefederal government,” said Mr. MacIsaac. District Health Authorities’ Business Plans Approved
A new Internet site launched today, June 16, will make it easierfor people to find high quality Nova Scotia geographic data. The GeoNOVA web portal was launched during a one-day workshop inHalifax, that explored the future of the geomatics industry inAtlantic Canada. Geomatics, the gathering, storage, analysis and use ofgeographically referenced information, is an important industryin this region. This information has a variety of uses, includingmapping, municipal planning, transportation infrastructuremanagement, business planning, natural resource stewardship andagriculture. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations deputy minister GregKeefe unveiled the new web portal (www.geonova.ca) to about 100workshop attendees. “The offerings are a mix of free information and web-basedsubscription services like Property Online,” said Mr. Keefe. “The general public will find the site a good resource, as well,”he added. “For example, one can order all sorts of maps online;topographical maps for hikers, navigation and coastal charts forsailors and aeronautical charts for pilots.” A cornerstone of the province’s GeoNOVA program, the portal linkscollections of information held by federal, provincial andmunicipal offices across the province and groups them into easyto search categories. The GeoNOVA portal is a 50-50 cost-sharing partnership betweenthe government of Nova Scotia and Natural Resources Canada GeoConnections program. The Halifax and Cape Breton regionalmunicipalities are also important GeoNOVA stakeholders andsupporters. “GeoNOVA is another example of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations commitment to online services,” said Mr. Keefe. “Fromrenewing vehicle registration to accessing high end geographicinformation, we’re delivering the services people want, online,when and where they want them.” SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–New Website Puts Data on theMap
Nova Scotia has not asked doctors to delay preschool vaccinationsfor four- to six-year-old children until next year, Dr. JeffScott, chief medical officer of Health for the province saidtoday, Aug. 20. “We are not asking doctors in Nova Scotia to delay the preschoolvaccine,” said Dr. Scott. “We’re actually telling doctors tocontinue providing preschool vaccinations as long as they havevaccine in stock. However, some doctors may run out sooner thanothers, so parents should call ahead to their doctor to ensurethey have vaccine in stock before booking an appointment to havetheir child vaccinated.” The statement is intended to clarify media reports suggestingthat the province is delaying the preschool vaccine until newsupply arrives in November, or as late as 2005. Dr. Scott said that information received from physiciansindicates that there should be enough supply overall in theprovince to last until late October, and the manufacturer hasindicated that new supply will be available in early November. “In situations where doctors have run out of the preschoolbooster, we are asking them to record the names of children whoneed the vaccine so that they can receive it promptly once newsupplies are available,” he said. “It’s important to note that itis perfectly safe for children to get the preschool boosteranywhere between four and six years of age, which are therecommended guidelines.” Agreement has been reached by Health Canada and all provinces andterritories to ensure that all babies receive their vaccinationson schedule.
Nova Scotians young and old, from all walks of life, are finding heartfelt, innovative ways to mark the Year of the Veteran in Nova Scotia, Premier John Hamm said today, Nov. 10. “This has been an extraordinary year for paying tribute to our veterans and how they sacrificed so that future generations could live in a free society,” said Premier Hamm. “I urge all Nova Scotians to continue that spirit every day of every year, and in particular on Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 11, by pausing for a few moments to reflect on the sacrifice and heroism of our veterans.” Premier Hamm said all Nova Scotians should be proud of the way veterans are being honoured this year. He praised the Via Rail workers who came up with the idea of the Remembrance Day Train, which left Halifax on Wednesday, Nov. 9, bound for Ottawa, carrying hundreds of veterans and their families for Friday’s ceremonies in the nation’s capital. All along the train’s route through the province, Nova Scotians gathered to wave signs and show their support for the veterans. Also on Wednesday, Nov. 9, veterans were honoured in a ceremony at Province House as the former cabinet room was renamed the Veterans Room. “To further honour the memory of our veterans, all flags on provincial buildings will fly at half-mast on Remembrance Day, from sunrise to sunset,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. “The Year of the Veteran has been tremendously rewarding for our veterans. I am certain that Nova Scotians will continue their efforts to pay fitting tribute to these national heroes.” Veterans themselves have recounted how they have benefited from simple acts of kindness when people noticed their veterans’ license plates. From a child approaching a veteran to help with groceries, to a neighbour mowing a veteran’s lawn all summer long, Nova Scotians are honouring their veterans. Earlier this year, Premier Hamm and Mr. Clarke sent a letter to all schools, encouraging teachers to have students sign their names in praise of veterans for an official book of remembrance. The response has been overwhelming: so far, schools have sent in more than 2,000 sheets of students’ signatures and the book of remembrance has now become two overflowing books of remembrance. “Teachers have been at the forefront of this effort, by teaching their students about the importance of veterans’ sacrifices and nurturing their students’ interests in veterans,” said the premier. More than 7,300 certificates bearing the signatures of the premier and the minister have been presented to veterans or their surviving families, recognizing their valour, honour and sacrifice. All 136 legions in the province have received a special Red Ensign flag and plaque to commemorate the Year of the Veteran. Every MLA in the province has helped support Year of the Veteran events in their ridings.
ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cribbons Point Road Cribbons Point Road, at the intersection of Route 337, east for about 1.7 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 214 Route 214 from Park Road, to Trunk 14, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic will be directed through the site on a temporary bridge regulated by traffic lights until the replacement is completed. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 Route 302 at the intersection of Trunk 2/Route 320 running westerly to Trider road will have one-lane closures for road work until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111, eastbound and westbound, from the Windmill Road overpass to Lake Micmac and Lake Banook will have lane closures at various locations until late July for construction. Two travel lanes will remain open for commuters from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Halifax bound, and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dartmouth bound. At least one travel lane will remain open at all other times. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the work site, and be prepared for delays. Traffic is controlled by traffic control people, signs, cones and barrels. Work is expected to take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (some weekend work may take place). DIGBY-YARMOUTH COUNTIES: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Darling Lake, Yarmouth Co., to Salmon River, Digby Co., will be reduced to one lane for a paving project until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, about 2.6 kilometres north of the Antigonish-Guysborough county line for about 8.3 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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. 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. KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road and Route 221 The intersection of Victoria Road and Route 221 will have one lane closures for repaving and shoulder work until Friday, June 29. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 8 to Exit 7, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, a flashing light, barrels, cones and traffic control people. A detour is available on Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 9, between Hubbards and Chester Basin. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Trans-Canada 104 Trans-Canada 104, from Broadway Overpass easterly to Exit 29 at Barney’s River Station for about 8.10 km will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31 for repaving. Motorist will follow a pilot vehicle through a 2-km work zone. Wide load detour signs to be posted. Motorist are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through construction zone. Traffic control persons on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Groves Point Road Groves Point Road, from Highway 105 to Groves Point Beach Park, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour is St. James Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 105 from one kilometre east of the Highway 125 interchange (before Ed’s Playland), easterly to the bridge near the Marine Atlantic Terminal, for ditching, pipe work, and repaving. The work is scheduled to be completed Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour is available on Gannon Road. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 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: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 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 Tuesday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of signals. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) 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. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 NEW WORK 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. 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 from Monday, June 25 to Friday, Aug. 31. Pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Barronsfield Road Barronsfield Road at the intersection of Route 242/Barronsfield Road in River Hebert northerly six kilometres will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control persons are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 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 Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route is available via Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Addington Forks, west for 6.5 kilometers, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Tuesday, July 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: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-3732 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour will be closed to replace the bridge from Monday, June 25 until Thursday, Aug. 23. Detour route at Long Beach Road and Baxters Harbour Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CONTINUING WORK 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: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 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. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 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 persons. The project is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 INVERNESS COUNTY: MacEachern Bridge Traffic on MacEachern Bridge on Trunk 19 near Campbellton Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, June 29, for bridge repairs. Traffic will be controlled by 24-hour traffic signals. Wide loads will be restricted to 3.55 metres. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Oak Island Road Oak Island Road between West Brooklyn Road and Avonport will be closed to build a wall until Friday, June 29. A detour route is available via West Brooklyn Road. 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 until Sunday, Sept. 30. The detour is Keltic Drive. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road Closed West Branch Road in Pictou County is closed between College Grant Road and Black River Road to allow for bridge repairs. The road will be closed 24 hours a day until Friday, June 29. 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 Saturday, June 30. 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: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 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. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brickton Bridge The Brickton Bridge on Mount Hanley Road will be closed to traffic for repairs and painting until Friday, Aug. 17. Detour route at Trunk 1 to Lawrencetown Lane to Middle Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 -30-
The Nova Scotia government is investing almost $19 million to renovate the Riverview Residential Centre and build three new community homes in Pictou County. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Community Services Minister Judy Streatch announced the renovation and new construction today, Aug. 7, in Riverton. The premier also announced a replacement home in Mabou, Inverness Co., will open this summer and plans have begun for a new home in Plymouth, Pictou Co., near New Glasgow. The Riverview Adult Residential Centre will undergo a major renovation that will transform the centre into a modern setting to better meet the varied needs of residents. Along with renovations to the existing building, a new 24-bed wing will be constructed, as well as three smaller community homes, which will allow residents to live more independently. “Families can rest assured their loved ones are going to be receiving care in a good home for a long time to come, in this community and others,” said Premier MacDonald. “I’m also pleased to share good news for two other communities. We are building replacement homes in Mabou and in New Glasgow to better meet the needs of the Nova Scotians who rely on this type of care.” Ms. Streatch said, “I’ve seen first-hand the staff’s commitment and dedication to the residents. It’s easy to see that this is truly a home, where the highest level of care is lovingly provided.” She said the three new community homes will allow those residents to live in a more independent and less structured environment, close to their families and communities. “Today’s announcement will ensure there is a strong continuum of care for individuals with special needs whether they live in the community or require 24-hour intensive care and support, said Nancy Clarke, CEO of Riverton Home Corporation. “The project will provide modern equipment and an updated environment that will facilitate greater responsiveness to client needs as they change over time” When completed, Riverview will have private rooms for 83 residents. The three new community homes will each be home to eight people. The Riverview Adult Residential Centre provides support to individuals who require supervision and assistance with daily activities, 24 hours a day. The centre employs 86 people.
A rejuvenated forest will start to take shape at Graves Island Provincial Park after unhealthy white spruce trees are felled to make room for more diverse and longer-living species. About 10 to 12 acres of dead or dying white spruce will be cut as part of an ecological restoration project that begins at the Lunenburg County park on Tuesday, Oct. 9. “The majority of the forest on Graves Island is dead or dying,” said Art Lynds, a provincial park ecologist at the Department of Natural Resources. “We have done a full vegetation management review of the area and determined we need to take drastic action to not only restore the ecological balance, but also to ensure public safety.” While downing the trees will change the look of the park, it will help reduce the risk of forest fire and of falling limbs or trees. It is also a necessary first step to restore some of the area’s natural beauty and establish a more natural mix of tree species. Mr. Lynds said the island was once used as agricultural land. When it was allowed to grow back, white spruce quickly filled it in. “But white spruce are a short-lived species and, as they age, they are more subject to rot and to infestations by bark beetles. That can become even more of a problem in an area where there isn’t a healthy mix of tree species. That is what has happened at Graves Island,” said Mr. Lynds. The felled white spruce trees will be left on the forest floor where they will decompose, offering nutrients to the soil and habitat for area wildlife. To help ensure that the new forest is more diverse, and better represents the naturally occurring Acadian forest, the department will supplement natural regeneration by planting white pine, red oak, sugar maple and yellow birch — trees that would have been part of the natural forest in the area. “The cutting and some planting will take place over the next several weeks but this is a long-term project,” said Mr. Lynds. “We may not see the benefits of this work for several years but, in the end, it will provide a diversified, healthy forest for the park.” The provincial park will be closed for the season by the time work begins. Still, officials are asking people who like to walk in the area to respect the Danger and Do Not Enter signs that will be posted on the site during restoration work.
PICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Shore Road at Waterside is closed at Waterside general bridge for repairs until further notice. Please use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 -30-
A former Crown prosecutor will lead the province’s new independent investigation unit, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, Sept. 27. Ron MacDonald has been appointed as the first director of the Serious Incident Response Team, which will investigate incidents involving police. “Ron MacDonald’s extensive background, along with his personal integrity, will make him an excellent first director of the Serious Incident Response Team,” said Mr. Landry. “The director is a key piece as we create an independent unit that will give Nova Scotians utmost confidence in the investigation of serious incidents involving police.” A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie law school, Mr. MacDonald has been a Crown prosecutor, a defence lawyer and a leader in the legal community. He joined the bar in 1985 and became a Crown prosecutor in 1991. He was named a Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He has been president of the Canadian Federation of Law Societies and the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. Most recently, he was seconded to the Department of Justice as its criminal law policy advisor. His five-year term begins today. “This is a new phase in policing in Nova Scotia, and I am very pleased to be a part of it,” Mr. MacDonald said. “SIRT will earn the trust of Nova Scotians with its thorough, transparent and independent investigations of police.” The team will investigate matters such as death, serious injury, sexual assault or other public-interest concerns involving police. It can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. The team will have a director, two civilian provincial investigators, seconded police officers as required and administrative support. Decision-making authority will reside with the civilian director. It is expected to be operational early next year.
281 millions de dollars dans les routes 158 millions de dollars dans les bâtiments 57,2 millions de dollars dans la technologie de l’information 13,1 millions de dollars dans les véhicules et l’équipement 87,9 millions de dollars dans les subventions d’investissement 12,8 millions de dollars dans l’achat de terres Le gouvernement provincial investit 610 millions de dollars dans plus de 150 projets qui permettront de créer des emplois directs correspondant à 4 500 emplois à temps plein dans les communautés de la province. Graham Steele, ministre des Finances, a présenté aujourd’hui 9 décembre le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations de la province. Le plan présente les dépenses en immobilisations de la province pour l’exercice financier 2012-2013, et met l’accent sur la création de bons emplois et la croissance de l’économie, l’amélioration des soins de santé et l’amélioration de la vie des familles de toute la province. « Le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations prévoit des investissements dans les projets qui sont les plus importants pour les Néo-Écossais, notamment des salles d’urgence, des écoles, des routes et du matériel hospitalier, tout en assurant de bons emplois dans toutes les communautés de la province, a dit M. Steele. Les Néo-Écossais veulent que leur gouvernement fasse preuve de souplesse par rapport aux conditions économiques, et c’est pourquoi les dépenses en immobilisations cette année sont clairement axées sur la création d’emplois et sur l’infrastructure. » Les retombées du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations devraient aussi créer 3 100 emplois supplémentaires pour les Néo-Écossais. Les investissements prévus dans le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations sont les suivants : 1,5 million de dollars pour les rénovations à l’hôpital régional South Shore afin de réduire le surpeuplement et améliorer le déplacement des patients 2,25 millions de dollars pour la réparation de l’extérieur de l’édifice Dominion, qui abrite la Galerie d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse, afin de préserver un édifice historique antérieur à la Confédération au centre-ville d’Halifax 79 millions de dollars pour la construction, la mise à niveau et la modernisation des écoles vieillissantes dans une douzaine de collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse telles que Glace Bay, Baddeck, Weymouth, Dartmouth, New Glasgow et Liverpool Plus de 2 millions de dollars pour améliorer la sécurité des palais et centres de justice à Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby, Halifax, Kentville, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Truro et Yarmouth 6,8 millions de dollars pour financer des mises à niveau de l’infrastructure hospitalière afin d’établir des centres de soins d’urgence concertés dans un plus grand nombre de collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, par exemple à Annapolis Royal Il s’agit de la deuxième fois seulement dans l’histoire de la province que le gouvernement annonce des renseignements détaillés sur les dépenses en immobilisations avant le budget du printemps. Les intentions du gouvernement provincial sont donc très claires pour l’année à venir, ce qui permettra au secteur privé de mieux se préparer en vue des projets à venir, assurant ainsi une plus grande efficacité et des économies pour la province. Le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations peut être consulté (en anglais seulement) au www.gov.ns.ca/treasuryboard. « Au cours des trois dernières semaines, mes collègues se sont déplacés dans la province pour présenter les détails du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations aux gens de la province, a dit M. Steele. Les Néo-Écossais ont appris de première main quels sont les investissements de leur gouvernement dans des projets qui sont judicieux et stratégiques et qui permettront à un plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais de demeurer dans la province et d’y bâtir leur vie. » Les éléments du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations qui ont déjà été annoncés incluent :
PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be traffic interruptions for 24 hours a day, including lane closures, on Highway 104, east of Exit 27, Sutherland’s River, until Friday, July 6, during construction. Traffic control on site. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 -30-
Les feux de forêt ont un impact sur la qualité de l’air, ce qui peut affecter la santé des gens. Les symptômes incluent l’irritation des yeux, l’augmentation de la sécrétion de mucus dans le nez ou dans la gorge, la toux et des problèmes de respiration pendant l’activité physique. Communiquez avec le service 811 pour toute question liée à la santé. -30- Les conditions météorologiques continuent de causer des difficultés pour les équipes sur place. La route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, n’est toujours pas maîtrisé, mais il a été retenu par les équipes de pompiers et couvre toujours 240 hectares. L’équipement utilisé pour lutter contre cet incendie inclut neuf camions à incendie, six pièces de machinerie lourde, deux hélicoptères et six bombardiers à eau, incluant les deux bombardiers qui sont arrivés du Québec aujourd’hui. Le feu de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, est toujours maîtrisé à 80 % et couvre environ 10 hectares. Un nouveau feu de forêt a été signalé à West Dalhousie, dans le comté d’Annapolis. Une enquête est en cours. Le feu de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maîtrisé. Le feu de Greenfield, dans le comté de Queens, est maîtrisé. Le feu de Collingwood, dans le comté de Cumberland, est maîtrisé. Des vents soutenus continuent de souffler du nord-ouest. Les conditions météorologiques prévues sont les mêmes que celles d’hier. Depuis midi aujourd’hui 9 août, toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour des mises à jour : www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr. Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le mardi 9 août à 16 h.
Government has approved special warrants of $168 million for capital projects. Until a budget is passed, the Finance Act allows departments and entities to spend up to 50 per cent of their previous year’s approved budget. Special warrants grant an appropriation to allow expenses to be incurred if they are expected to exceed that amount. With this approval, $168 million in previously announced capital projects can proceed, including road and school construction projects and planned upgrades to the 911 system. Some projects have contractual obligations and others have required timelines to qualify for federal funding. The warrants ensure the continuity of government-funded projects, and provide certainty and stability to contractors and communities until a budget is passed. -30-