Month: October 2019

Ulstein Verft to Build the Worlds Largest Hybrid FerryUlstein Verft to Build the Worlds Largest Hybrid Ferry

first_imgzoom Norwegian ferry operator Color Line has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with compatriot shipyard Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest hybrid vessel.Planned to be deployed on the Sandefjord-Strömstad service from summer 2019, the new ferry is a plug-in hybrid, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship’s generators.The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry will be 160 metres long and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars.“This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line,” Gunvor Ulstein, Ulstein Group CEO, said.The vessel, with the working title Color Hybrid, will have almost double capacity as M/S Bohus, which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation.Color Hybrid will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord, Ulstein said, adding that it will therefore “not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area.”last_img read more

Navios Bulk Carrier Catches Fire at UKs Immingham DockNavios Bulk Carrier Catches Fire at UKs Immingham Dock

first_imgImage Courtesy: Humberside FireA bulk carrier with 19 crew on board suffered a fire while it was moored at Immingham Docks, UK in the afternoon hours of April 16, according to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).The vessel in question is the 76,602 dwt Navios Orbiter, owned by shipping company Navios Maritime Partners, according to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic and a tweeted image from Humberside Fire.World Maritime News contacted the company for confirmation and more details on the incident.Members of the Coastguard Rescue Team based at Cleethorpes liaised with services on shore at the scene until the fire, which was reported in the ship’s accommodation block, was confirmed as having been extinguished.The relevant authorities launched an investigation into the incident.All crew members were safe and accounted for and there were no reports of injuries at the site.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

GSI Delivers Final Newbuilding to Navig8 Product TankersGSI Delivers Final Newbuilding to Navig8 Product Tankers

first_imgzoom Petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has taken delivery of the Navig8 Gratitude, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI).The Navig8 Gratitude is the last of eight vessels contracted at GSI, formerly CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) Company Limited, to be delivered to the company.The newbuilding is also the eighth and last vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (CSSC) announced on June 25, 2015.Following delivery of the Navig8 Gratitude by GSI to CSSC under the terms of the novated shipbuilding contract, the Navig8 Gratitude was then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter. The Navig8 Gratitude will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Alpha8 commercial pool, the company informed.The tanker owner and operator has taken delivery of twelve LR1 and fifteen LR2 product tanker newbuildings to date and has now completed the delivery of its full 27 eco-design product tanker newbuilding fleet.last_img read more

New Measures to Improve Seafarers Working ConditionsNew Measures to Improve Seafarers Working Conditions

first_imgzoom The European Commission is proposing to incorporate an agreement between social partners to improve the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels in EU law. The proposal will ensure that seafarers are better protected against abandonment in foreign ports in the future, and will strengthen their rights to compensation in the event of death or long-term disability due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard.“Maritime transport remains crucial for Europe’s economic development. Today’s proposal will strengthen seafarers’ protection and underpin fair competition in the maritime sector,” Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said.“Improved working conditions will also make the shipping sector more attractive for young Europeans. This proposal is an excellent example of how social partners support the Commission in keeping EU law fit for purpose,” Thyssen added.Additionally, the proposal will improve seafarers’ protection in the event of abandonment, including when the ship owner fails to pay contractual wages for a period of at least two months, or when the ship owner has left the seafarer without the necessary maintenance and support to execute ship operations.“This will not only benefit seafarers themselves, but also all EU port authorities, as it will result in fewer problematic cases of abandonment,” the European Commission informed.Furthermore, the proposal will also improve the mechanisms by which compensation is provided. This will make the payment of claims quicker and easier, which will help avoid the long delays in payment and red tape that seafarers or their families frequently encounter in case of abandonments or in case of death or long-term disability.last_img read more

Konecranes Awarded Khalifa Port Automation ContractKonecranes Awarded Khalifa Port Automation Contract

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Konecranes UAE’s Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has selected Konecranes to supply an automated stacking crane (ASC) system for the second construction phase of its container terminal in Khalifa Port.The second phase of the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) involves a large expansion of the terminal area, infrastructure, container handling capacity, and the delivery of 54 Konecranes automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes.Konecranes earlier provided 52 ARMG cranes for the first phase of KPCT container terminal.The latest crane order will be similar to the equipment delivered in the first phase. The new cranes will have a lifting capacity of 40 tons, stacking 1-over-6 containers high. Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven-wide.They will be equipped with automation controls and Konecranes’ Active Load Control (ALC) system, which combines advanced sway control and horizontal fine positioning.Inaugurated in 2012, KPCT is the region’s first semi-automated port and one of the most technologically advanced terminals, according to Abu Dhabi Terminals.last_img read more

Investing in Roads in Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityInvesting in Roads in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Investing in Roads in Cape BretonRegional Municipality Motorists in Cape Breton Regional Municipality will soon havesmoother travels. Two contracts, worth more than $3 million, have recently beenawarded for road improvements in Cape Breton RegionalMunicipality. “Better roads equal a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell,Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Safer and moreefficient roads mean improved access to goods and services in ourprovince.” One contract, worth almost $1.5 million, is for Little Pond Road,from Route 305 to Mine Site. The project will involve repairingand repaving about 4.5 kilometres of road. The contract wasawarded to Municipal Ready Mix Ltd. The work has started and isexpected to be complete by Friday, Oct. 31. The second contract involves repaving for two sections of road:Alder Point Road, from Highway 105 to the end at Alder Point,about 6.2 kilometres; and Highway 125, near Exit 5 westerly,about 1.5 kilometres. This contract, awarded to DexterConstruction, is worth over $1.7 million. Work has started andwill be complete by Friday, Oct. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Hog Producers Get Loan Support ProgramHog Producers Get Loan Support Program

first_img Nova Scotia pork producers will get provincial government loansupport to help them during the current decline in market price,Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont said today,Dec. 5. The program will be administered through Pork NovaScotia. “The loan program shows government’s continued commitment to thehog industry, particularly during this difficult time,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “We anticipate this loan program will provide porkproducers with an opportunity to restructure their industry.” The industry has identified more than $3.5 million in potentiallosses due to declining market prices this year. Pork pricesrecovered temporarily during the summer months but have sincedeclined to levels below the cost of production. Prices areexpected to recover in spring 2004. Business Risk Managementprograms have been established to assist the industry with low-income years and producers have begun to receive that funding. “Pork producers are experiencing stress and financial hardship asa result of low commodity pork prices,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Other Maritime provinces have indicated that their pork industryis also being hurt by this decline in prices.” “We are pleased that the minister has acknowledged the plight ofthe pork situation in Nova Scotia and we look forward todeveloping a program that will work for our industry,” said HenryVissers, executive manager, Pork Nova Scotia. The program, available to Nova Scotia pork producers, will bebased on market prices until those prices exceed $145 per hog oruntil the $3.5 million dollar loan capital has been utilized.Details are expected to be worked out with Pork Nova Scotia andthe pork industry next week. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES -Hog Producers Get Loan Support Programlast_img read more

New Logo IntroducedNew Logo Introduced

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC)unveiled a new,colourful and stylized corporate logo, today, Dec. 1. “The NSLC is extremely proud to be able to present a newcorporate identity that better reflects the changing nature ofour company,” said Ken Barbet, NSLC president and CEO. “Our newlogo, combined with the dramatic changes we are making to ourretail stores, are part of our ongoing efforts to improve theshopping experience for our customers.” The colouring of the new logo reflects the Nova Scotia heritageand the key products NSLC sells. Purple, green and gold represent beer, wine and spirits. The blue and gold represent the province.Overlaying the letters NSLC is a multi-coloured wave reflectingthe community’s maritime heritage. When used in signs and other retail applications, the new logo isaccompanied by the words “Beer Wine Spirits” to ensure allcustomers understand the nature of the NSLC’s business. Over the NSLC’s 74-year history, the organization has had acorporate logo and a separate brand for the retail stores. Boththe current boat and wheel corporate logo and the current “LiquorStore” signs will be replaced with the one new logo. Additional sub-brands, such as the recently announced NSLC WineBasket, will also carry a modified version of the new logo. NSLC provides world class selection and service of beveragealcohol through the operation of 104 retail and eight agencystores throughout the province. By providing superior customerconvenience and service, the NSLC returns substantial revenue tothe provincial government while ensuring the responsibleenjoyment of beverage alcohol in Nova Scotia. Detailed copies and applications of the logo are available on theNSLC website at www.nsliquor.ca .last_img read more

Nouveau nom pour luniversité francophoneNouveau nom pour luniversité francophone

first_imgLe ministre de l’Éducation, Jamie Muir, a présenté aujourd’hui le20 avril une loi qui permettra de modifier le nom de l’UniversitéSainte-Anne — Collège de l’Acadie à l’Université Sainte-Anne. « Nous sommes heureux de répondre à la demande du conseil desgouverneurs de l’Université Sainte-Anne — Collège de l’Acadie, »affirme M. Muir. Le conseil des gouverneurs a approuvé le changement de nom le 17janvier 2004, et la demande officielle pour la loi nécessaire aété présentée le 6 octobre 2004. -30-last_img

Minister Applauds New Health Promotion Focus in OntarioMinister Applauds New Health Promotion Focus in Ontario

first_imgRodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion sent congratulations today, June 30, to Ontario for naming a Minister of Health Promotion. The new portfolio is similar to the Nova Scotia Health Promotion model. Premier John Hamm created Nova Scotia Health Promotion in December 2002 to improve the health of all Nova Scotians now, and for future generations. “In Nova Scotia we have seen how effective a health promotion portfolio can be in creating new opportunities for helping people live healthier lives across the province,” said Mr. MacDonald. “I am pleased to see Ontario make health promotion a priority and send my personal congratulations to Minister Jim Watson on his appointment. I look forward to sharing our own experiences and offering any assistance necessary to the new minister.” Jim Watson, member-of-provincial parliament for Ontario, was appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as part of a cabinet shuffle. Since the creation of Nova Scotia Health Promotion, smoking rates have dropped from 30 per cent to 22 per cent. This year’s priority areas are healthy eating and physical activity, especially among young people. As a result of new government investments, school boards will have new supports for breakfast programs, following guidelines outlined in the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia Strategy. Participating school boards will also have a sport animator for the next school year. Sport animators will link schools with community sport programs and will provide more opportunities for children to be active. Together these programs help create environments that will allow children to grow into healthy adults. Nova Scotia Health Promotion has six priority areas focusing on physical activity, injury prevention, addiction prevention, healthy eating, healthy sexuality and tobacco control.last_img read more

NSAC Offers Assistance to Students Affected by KatrinaNSAC Offers Assistance to Students Affected by Katrina

first_imgFive students displaced by Hurricane Katrina will get a break on their residence and tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) this year. “We felt it was important to share our expertise and our facilities in an effort to help these students continue their studies and minimize the disruption to their academic lives,” said Philip Hicks, president of NSAC. “We have the capacity to help students studying in the field of life sciences and will work with them to make the transition as smooth as possible.” The college will provide five students with free residence accommodations and will waive the international student tuition differential. “The strong historic and cultural ties between the Acadian community in Nova Scotia and the southern United States means we have a desire to help out during these difficult times, however we can,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister of Acadian Affairs. “I am pleased that the NSAC has the capacity to join with other Nova Scotia universities in making this offer to our neighbours to the south.” Although classes have already begun at NSAC, school officials say students from the area still have time to register and complete the semester if they arrive in the next few weeks. Students interested in applying for one of the five positions can visit the NSAC website at http://nsac.ca to see what programs are offered and can contact Judy Smith, dean of student services, at 902-893-7915 or by e-mail at jsmith@nsac.ns.ca, for information and details.last_img read more

Province Invests in Climate Change Education ProgramProvince Invests in Climate Change Education Program

first_imgNova Scotia Energy Minister Bill Dooks spoke to Grade 10 science students at Eastern Shore District High School today, March 6, at a screening of the Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. “Climate change is real and we need to deal with it,” said Mr. Dooks. “Everyone needs to take action to reduce our carbon footprint — government, industry and the public. And this film is a stirring call to action.” The Nova Scotia government has given $10,000 to the Ecology Action Centre’s Movie Series Education and Outreach Project. The funding supports provincewide screenings of films about global warming, peak oil and climate change. One of the films, An Inconvenient Truth, is widely credited with helping shift U.S. public opinion around global warming. “This project is a great way to engage Nova Scotians of all ages in a discussion about energy issues and climate change,” said Andrea Flowers of the Ecology Action Centre. “We hope that this project will encourage Nova Scotians to come together and take action in combating climate change in our province.” Public screenings are scheduled to take place provincewide at high schools, universities, libraries, and other community organizations until the spring. Viewers will also have the opportunity to participate in an open, post-film discussion. A complete list of upcoming screenings and information on how community organizations can get involved in the project is available on the Ecology Action Centre website at www.ecologyaction.ca .last_img read more

Agent 009 Arrives at Public Libraries Just in Time for SummerAgent 009 Arrives at Public Libraries Just in Time for Summer

first_imgAmateur sleuths and novice detectives will crowd local libraries this summer to participate in crafts, games and other fun activities as the TD Summer Reading Clubs kicks off across Nova Scotia. This year’s theme, Agent 009 – Super Sleuth, encourages children age five to 12 to discover whodunits and unravel mysteries by reading novels, picture books and non-fiction titles over summer vacation. “Reading over the summer months, even if it’s as few as four or five books, increases a child’s literacy skills,” said provincial librarian Jennifer Evans. “The goal of the Summer Reading Club is to get children actively reading and to curb the achievement decline that tends to occur over the break.” Many libraries will also offer reading games, discussions, book-related crafts, author visits and story-telling sessions. Each reading club participant will receive a colourful poster, stickers and an activity book as a part of their free reading kit. Last year, nearly 12,000 children participated in summer reading clubs hosted by Nova Scotia’s public libraries. Families can contact local library branches to find out more about kick-off celebrations, program registration and other special events. The program will run until the end of August. The Summer Reading Club is a national initiative organized by TD Bank Financial Group in co-operation with Library and Archives Canada, and is implemented annually through public libraries. In 2008, almost 270,000 children across Canada participated in TD Summer Reading Club related activities.last_img read more

Bluenose II Restoration Sets Sail With Contracts AwardedBluenose II Restoration Sets Sail With Contracts Awarded

first_imgNova Scotia’s sailing ambassador Bluenose II is closer to a planned restoration with the announcement today, Dec. 17, that contracts have been signed with a project manager and design consultant. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris announced the awarding of the project management contract to MHPM Project Managers Inc. following a request for proposals which closed on Oct. 5. Mr. Paris also announced that Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. would provide design consultation by developing detailed plans and specifications to be used during the construction phase of the refit project. The firm was selected from a number of proponents who bid on a second request for proposals earlier this fall. “The refit of Bluenose II is welcome news because of the jobs it will create during these challenging economic times,” said Mr. Paris. “It also assures Nova Scotians that this national icon will continue to represent our proud spirit and heritage to the world for many years to come.” The Atlantic region office of MHPM Project Managers Inc. has provided leadership to a number of private and public sector projects. The firm has offices across Canada and has also been involved with projects in Africa and the Middle East. “Bluenose II’s legacy is well known across Canada and in many parts of the world,” said Stephen Vaslet of MHPM Project Managers Inc. “We are proud to be leading a project that will ensure its legacy remains secure for the people of Nova Scotia.” Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. has more than 25 years of experience as a naval architectural and marine engineering firm and has designed a wide range of vessels including yachts, pilot boats and offshore and passenger ships. They are based in Dartmouth, and have an office in St. John’s, N.L. “Helping to maintain Bluenose II’s proud role as Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador is truly exciting,” said Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. “We look forward to contributing to Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage as part of the project.” The province and the government of Canada committed up to $7.2 million each toward restoring Bluenose II as part of the federal infrastructure stimulus program. Under terms of the federal program, projects must be completed by March 31, 2011, to qualify for matching funding. Bluenose II will be out of the water during the 2010 sailing season for the refit to proceeds. Tendering for the construction phase will begin shortly with a request for expressions of interest to identify qualified bidders.last_img read more

Annonce du legs des Jeux de 2011Annonce du legs des Jeux de 2011

first_imgOn estime que les Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax vont générer 125 M$ en activité économique en léguant un héritage d’installations sportives nouvelles et modernisées, des bénévoles qui auront reçu une formation, de développement communautaire, culturel et sportif. Aujourd’hui le 14 octobre, la Société hôtesse des Jeux du Canada annonce la création de plus de 900 emplois dans la province dont 600 dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Ces emplois fourniront un total de 36 M$ en salaires. « Les Jeux auront lieu dans la MRH mais en fait, c’est tous les Néo-Écossais qui profiteront de cet événement aujourd’hui et pour les années à venir » dit le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. « Les Jeux vont non seulement aider à la promotion de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur le plan national mais ils laisseront des installations, de l’équipement et du financement qui faciliteront l’accès aux sports et aideront nos jeunes athlètes dans leur préparation aux futures compétitions.» « L’accueil de compétitions sportives telles que les Jeux du Canada entraînent de nombreux avantages pour tous les Canadiens. C’est pourquoi notre gouvernement est heureux d’investir dans ces compétitions, a expliqué M. Scott Armstrong, au nom de l’honorable Gary Lunn, ministre d’État (Sports). Nous savons que notre investissement se traduira par un héritage sous forme d’entraînement, d’expérience de compétition et d’infrastructure sportive. Cet héritage profitera aux athlètes de demain alors qu’ils chercheront à se tailler une place au sein de nos équipes nationales et de prendre part à des rencontres sportives d’envergure internationale. » Une entente sera conclue avec les 13 sites des Jeux qui formulera clairement la façon dont chaque site maintiendra le legs des Jeux en terme de développement des sports et d’accès pour la collectivité. Cette entente contiendra également l’accès à l’entraînement pour les futurs athlètes des Jeux du Canada, l’admission gratuite pour la collectivité à des événements divers et l’intégration des arts et de la culture par le biais de leur progammation ou par des expositions sur chaque site. « Nous serons témoins du legs des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax dans nos installations, dans notre culture et surtout dans nos gens, » a déclaré Chuck Bridges, vice-président des Jeux et président du comité du legs. « C’est un jour de très grande fierté pour notre ville » Cinq milles Néo-Écossais auront reçu une formation pour accueillir les Jeux, formation qui leur permettront d’accueillir d’autres événements dans le futur. Une partie de l’inscription offre aux bénévoles l’occasion de s’inscrire auprès d’Events Nova Scotia pour profiter d’autres possibilités de bénévolat. Plus de la moitié se sont déjà inscrits. « Les résidents de la MRH ont redoublé les efforts pour la préparation de ces Jeux » a dit Peter Kelly, maire de la MRH. « En échange, nous bénéficieront d’un héritage durable d’installations nouvelles et modernisées, de bénévoles formés et d’une communauté engagée.» Une partie du legs des Jeux, soit 1,1 M$ ira à la création du Programme Apport-O-Sport pour l’équipement sportif des Jeux du Canada. Ce fonds fut constitué avec la contribution d’un million de dollars de la part du Programme Apport-O-Sport de la Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation et Sport dont Nova Scotia sera le gestionnaire. Il sera utilisé pour fournir des subventions aux organismes de sport communautaires en vue de faire l’achat d’équipements sportifs. Ce montant s’ajoute au million de dollars en équipement sportif qui sera utilisé pendant les Jeux et qui sera remis aux organismes communautaires. La Société hôtesse fournira également 50 000 $ à l’école Citadel High d’Halifax pour achever la construction du Spatz Theatre. De jeunes artistes de partout au pays participeront au Programme national des artistes des Jeux. Ils seront les premiers à monter sur scène au cours des deux spectacles de type gala les 25 et 26 février. 25-26. Les modernisations des intallations sportives existantes au coût de 15 M$ sont pour ainsi-dire complètes en plus du tout nouveau Centre des Jeux du Canada de 42 M$. Les Jeux de 2011 visent à être les plus inclusifs possible en embauchant une main d’oeuvre diversifiée et en prenant contact avec le plus grand nombre de communautés que possible par le biais de ses programmes du flambeau et des mascottes. L’entrée sera libre à plus de 25 % des événements sportifs. Le patinage de vitesse sur longue piste, le ski de fond, le biathlon, le ski alpin, le surf des neiges, le ski acrobatique ainsi que les spectacles en soirée sur le site des festivals des Jeux à Grand Parade seront des activités offertes gratuitement pour permettre au plus grand nombre de personnes de faire l’expérience des Jeux. Les Jeux du Canada de 2011 seront les Jeux qui accueilleront le plus grand nombre d’événements sportifs pour les athlètes qui vivent avec un handicap en présentant le basket-ball en fauteuil roulant, le ski alpin, le biathlon et le ski de fond. Des athlètes vivant avec un handicap intellectuel se présenteront aux événements de patinage artistique. Les Jeux de 2011 seront un des événements le plus viable de l’histoire sur le plan environemental. La gérance environmentale est la clé de cet effort, avec l’implantation d’un plan moderne de transport qui comprend le covoiturage, une politique stricte d’arrêt du moteur ainsi que les services de Metro Transit offerts gratuitement aux participants. La Société hôtesse est la première à participer à un processus approfondi de transfert de la connaissance qui offrira aux futures sociétés hôtesses une archive documentée avec de l’information concernant les modèles, les chartes de projets, les budgets et les outils de planification. Plus d’information sur le legs des Jeux se trouve au www.canadagames2011.ca/legs . Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront le plus important événement multisports jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. Du 11 au 27 février , plus de 2 700 athlètes prendront part à des compétitions dans plus de 20 sports attirant ainsi des milliers de visiteurs, de dignitaires, d’officiels et de membres des médias. Organisés tous les deux ans, alternant entre l’été et l’hiver, les Jeux du Canada sont un événement capital pour le développement des jeunes athlètes du pays en les préparant à devenir les champions de demain, que ce soit au plan national, international ou olympique.last_img read more

Games Enhance Online Mobile ExperienceGames Enhance Online Mobile Experience

first_imgAdd a Games toque and scarf to your profile pic, check out Games results on your smartphone, or tag your tweets. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society today, Feb. 7, unveiled more tools for fans to get in the Games online. As of today, fans accessing the Games website on a mobile device will be redirected to a mobile application where the user will be more easily able to access medal standings, results and schedules. The application was built specifically for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices. The Official 2011 Games Facebook application is also available online. Fans of the Games can add one of several Games-branded images to profile photos in support of the Games. The mobile application was created and developed by Nova Scotia companies Norex and Sheepdog, while the facebook application was designed and produced by LXI Software Solutions of Halifax. The 2011 Canada Games will also be the first Games to engage roving social media reporters to showcase the event over a number of different online applications. This volunteer “blog squad” will be in the stands and on the ground, covering the action live and sharing their unique experiences before, during and after Games events. Spectators, fans, and participants are encouraged to tag tweets, photos and videos with the official Games hashtag #2011canadagames, or with sport/discipline specific tags all listed online at www.canadagames2011.ca/live . As tweets, posts, photos and video clips are uploaded and tagged, they will be simultaneously posted on social media feeds on Canada Games sport web pages and the “live” page. Halifax 2011 Canada Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games.last_img read more

Minister Officially Opens École des BeauxMaraisMinister Officially Opens École des BeauxMarais

first_imgStudents and families from Porters Lake, Chezzetcook, and other Eastern Shore communities are celebrating their new French first-language school today, Jan 28. Acadian Affairs Minister Graham Steele, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex, was joined by students, teachers, parents, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) and the Acadian and francophone community for the official opening of École des Beaux-Marais in Porters Lake. “This is the twenty-first school in the CSAP system,” said Mr. Steele. “The CSAP is a powerful force in the Acadian community, and this school recognizes the Acadian roots in Chezzetcook and the Eastern Shore.” The new school has been open since September and has 27 students. The school is home to a Grade Primary class, and the Grandir en français program for four-year olds. The school will add a grade level each year so that in six years, it will be a full Primary-6 elementary school. The long-term plan for the school could include adding additional grades earlier depending on the enrollment needs of the area. “It has always inspired me when groups such as the Acadian community of Chezzetcook want to revive their culture and language,” said Kenneth Gaudet, president of Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. “What better way to get back to your francophone roots than to have a French-language school. This community is rallying around their school to bring out their Acadian identity. We are seeing proof of that here today.” École des Beaux-Marais was established in the same building as the former Lakeview Consolidated Elementary school.last_img read more

Fire Update Wednesday Aug 17 4 pmFire Update Wednesday Aug 17 4 pm

first_imgFollowing is a provincial wildfire update for Wednesday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m. all of the wildfires received at least 35 millimetres of rain. All four remain 100 per cent contained the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is under control the fires at and Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. and Perch Lake, Pictou Co. are being patrolled, but there is no fire activity all of the wildfires will be reassessed this evening the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that has been closed since last week is now open but drivers are urged to be cautious due to emergency vehicles still along the highway restrictions on travel in woods have been lifted for all of Nova Scotia but people are asked to continue to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more wildfires campfire and brush burning in the province is now permitted today, in every county, until 8 a.m. The latest information on burning restrictions is posted daily at 2 p.m. at “http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfire -30-last_img read more

Statement from PremierStatement from Premier

first_imgThe following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil: “We have closely monitored the storm and it is clear now that conditions will not improve before this evening’s sitting of the legislature. After updates from the Emergency Management Office and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, it is clear the speaker cannot ask staff to report to the legislature this evening. I fully support this decision, made in consultation with senior government officials and emergency management staff. EMO officials continue to closely monitor the storm as it develops and moves across the province. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has plows out in communities throughout Nova Scotia. First responders are on alert. We owe our thanks to the hard-working employees today as they keep us safe. Tomorrow we will proceed with our plans so the lives of students and their parents can return to normal as soon as possible.” -30-last_img read more

Watergate scandal figure Dean details TrumpNixon parallelsWatergate scandal figure Dean details TrumpNixon parallels

first_imgWashington DC: John Dean, the White House lawyer who helped bring about the Watergate downfall of Richard Nixon, has told Congress that there are “remarkable” similarities between the former president’s illegal behaviour and alleged acts of obstruction by Donald Trump. Dean told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the Mueller report, which outlines 10 possible acts of obstruction by Trump, is equivalent to the famous “road map” that prosecutor Leon Jaworski delivered to Congress in 1974, sparking impeachment proceedings against Nixon and forcing his resignation. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”In many ways the Mueller Report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate roadmap… was to President Richard Nixon,” the 80-year-old Dean told the House Judiciary Committee. There were “remarkable parallels” between the two, especially related to obstruction of justice, said Dean, who as Nixon’s White House counsel was deeply involved in illegal efforts to stifle the Watergate probe. One of those parallels, Dean noted, was the primary role in Trump’s alleged obstruction efforts of former White House counsel Don McGahn, a main source for the Mueller investigation. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaMcGahn, who has been prevented by the White House from testifying to Congress, “is the most prominent fact witness regarding obstruction of justice cited in the Mueller Report,” Dean said as he himself was 46 years ago. Dean’s testimony came as congressional Democrats debate impeaching Trump for his interference in the special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia meddling investigation. It sparked an angry attack from Trump, who has struggled in vain to put the Mueller probe behind him. On Twitter he called Dean a “sleazebag attorney” in a Democratic effort to “redo” the probe. “Can’t believe they are bringing in John Dean, the disgraced Nixon White House Counsel who is a paid CNN contributor. No Collusion – No Obstruction! Democrats just want a do-over which they’ll never get!” Trump tweeted. Trump told journalists separately that Dean has “been a loser for many years.” Asked if he thought he could be forced to step down like Nixon, Trump replied: “I don’t leave.” “You can’t impeach somebody when there’s never been a thing done wrong,” he added. Dean was the top lawyer for the Nixon’s White House in 1972 when the president sought his help to cover up his staff’s involvement in the break-in of Democratic offices at the Watergate complex.last_img read more