SSA Ben Line Agencies Form New Ship Agency

first_imgzoom Two port agencies, the UAE-based Sharaf Shipping Agency (SSA) and Singapore’s Ben Line Agencies, have joined forces to establish a new global agency company for the wet and dry bulk shipping and commodity markets, WaterFront Maritime Services.To become operational on April 1, 2017, WaterFront Maritime Services is equally owned by SSA and Ben Line Agencies but will operate as an independent corporate and commercial entity.The move comes as the two companies intend to “set a new standard in port agency.”WaterFront will be headquartered in Dubai with offices in Singapore and Miami as well as operational hubs in Jakarta and the United Arab Emirates.The company will focus its services on ship owners and operators, charterers, managers and traders involved in the movement of coal, grains, iron ore, minor bulks and project cargo as well as crude oil, clean and dirty products, chemicals and gas.“By specializing in particular commodity trades and offering solutions tailored for each individual customer, WaterFront will provide end-to-end control over the shipping supply chain through a single point of contact,” WaterFront said in a statement.last_img read more

MISC Wins FSO Charter Contract in Vietnam

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: MISC Berhad Malaysian shipping group MISC Berhad (MISC) has received a time charter contract from Idemitsu Kosan (IKC) for the provision of a floating, storage and offloading (FSO) vessel in Vietnam. Secured through Malaysia Vietnam Offshore Terminal (L) Limited (MVOT), its 51%-owned joint-venture with PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC), the contract represents the expansion of MISC’s footprint in providing offshore solutions in the ASEAN region.The contract, secured through an international competitive bidding process, is valued at around USD 176 million. Under the deal, MVOT will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, lease and operations of the FSO.Upon its conversion, the FSO will be deployed for the Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet Development Project in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c, offshore Vietnam and it will be leased for a duration of seven years. The contract and the charter is expected to commence by mid-2020.last_img read more

MacDonald Hall Construction Set to Begin

first_imgConstruction is set to begin on a new group home to replaceMacDonald Hall in Inverness County, Tourism and Culture MinisterRodney MacDonald announced today, July 30, on behalf of CommunityServices Minister, David Morse. “The new MacDonald Hall has been designed to meet residents’needs and will be an important addition to our community,” saidMr. MacDonald. “This new centre will ensure that MacDonald Hallresidents will not only be able to stay in their home communitybut live in the comfort of a brand-new home, with family andfriends close by.” The new home will be built adjacent to the existing MacDonaldHall and will offer enhanced accessibility, home-like comfortsand ample green space for residents. The estimated capital costsare about $600,000. The home will accommodate residents currentlyat MacDonald Hall. MacDonald Hall is funded under the Community Supports for Adultsprogram, which provides a wide range of services for adults withdisabilities who need support to live in the community. Thoseservices include group homes, small-option homes, adultresidential centres, supervised apartments and adult servicecentres. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 On lane on Highway 105 will be closed to traffic from 1.8 kilometres east of Whycocomagh Provincial Park easterly for five kilometres, due to construction. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until June 17. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 between Exit 13A and Highway 104 will have intermittent lane closures on both north- and south-bound lanes due to cleanup, from Monday, June 13 to Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. The lane reduction is necessary for the repaving of these sections and is required until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANTIGONISH – Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104 will have occasional one-lane closures for repairs until Friday, June 17. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Lamont Road Overpass Lamont Road overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway 104, between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River, will have a one-lane closure 24 hours per day until Sunday, June 19, for installation of traffic signals. Traffic control consists of traffic signal lights. A detour for loads more than 4.7 metres wide will be established and signed for Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The Highway 302/Trunk 2 intersection towards Springhill has a one-lane closure for paving until Wednesday, June 22. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12, and section two in the northbound lane between exit 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223, from 200 metres east of Scotchlake Road, westerly 2.4 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325 in Lunenburg County will have alternating lane closures until Monday, June 13. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1 while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. HANTS COUNTY: BrooklynBrooklyn Dyke Bridge will be closed until Monday, June 13 for repairs. Detour available by turning left on Mantua Road, proceeding to the intersection of Lawrence Road and turning right. Proceed on Lawrence Road, turning right on Route 215 and then right on Trunk 14. Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327, from the turn off to Grand Mira Road South, northerly 4.1 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Oldham Road and Old Post Road Intersection Oldham Road and Old Post Road intersection will have a one-lane closure for intersection improvements until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of control persons. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines Town line, Easterly 4.1 kilometres will have a partial lane closure until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to 1 kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving.Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. 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 traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ogilvie Brook Bridge Ogilvie Brook Bridge on Route 357 will be closed for maintenance and repairs until Friday, June 17. A detour route is available via Wyse Road and Cole Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Monday, June 13. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure including ramps at Exit 10 for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 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: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Road until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control persons are in place. A detour is available on Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 will be closed on Monday, June 13 for about 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., near the Coxheath Road for the removal of a temporary bridge. An alternate route is available via Route 305 (Keltic Drive). Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A,(near Mount Thom) eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk until Monday, Oct. 31. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane, from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure, including ramps at Exit 10, for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road, Morden Road and Victoria Harbour Overpass Marshall Road Overpass, Morden Road Overpass and Victoria Harbour Overpass — all located over Highway 101 — will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, July 27. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. The lane reduction is necessary for the repaving of these sections and is required until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway will occasionally be reduced to one-lane of traffic until Tuesday, July 26. Speed will be reduced to 50 kilometres through the detour. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines town line, easterly for 4.1 kilometres, will have a partial lane closure until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 13A and Highway 104, will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes due to cleanup until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1 while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres, and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be intermittent one-lane closures between Guysborough and Halfway Cove for asphalt paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482center_img Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic until Monday, Oct. 31 for repairs. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale Caledonia Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 16 to 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 17E, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive The Burnside Drive underpass structure on Highway 111 will have periodic lane closures for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and barrels. Speed will be reduced to 60 kilometres on Highway 111. Work takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102, from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax International Airport Underpass Structure The Halifax International Airport underpass structure at Exit 6 on Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Aug. 5. Traffic control consists of barricades. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near Exit 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the month of July. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 NEW WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from three kilometres west of Exit 17 near Kingston to the overpass at Route 362, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash, from Monday, July 25 to Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to one kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: TRUNK 28 Trunk 28 at Arnold’s Brook will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Aug. 28 to reconstruct the Arnold’s Brook bridge. A posted detour will be available via the Lingan Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 – Old Sambro Road There will be a one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, July 29. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 in Greenwood will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 8. Work takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two is on the northbound lane between exits 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 traffic signals. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 between Springside Cross Road and Route 336 will be closed to traffic, except for local traffic, until Monday, Oct. 31 for installation of culverts. Traffic control will consist of barricades and traffic control persons. A detour will be available via the Springside Cross Road and Route 336. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will have a one-lane closure from North Greville Road, six kilometres easterly toward Parrsboro, from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until Friday, July 29. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom) for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherland’s River, and French River — a distance of about 6.5 kilometres — until Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherland’s River, the alternate is Trunk 4. The detour for the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27 is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road Interchange via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons.Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 -30-last_img read more

Three Road Improvement Contracts Awarded in Antigonish County

first_imgThe province has awarded three separate contracts worth $2.4 million for road improvements that will help traffic roll smoothly and safely in Antigonish County. The first contract is for repaving on Highway 104, from west of the intersection of Taylors Road east for 7.2 kilometres to the intersection of Pomquet River Road. The winning contractor was Cumberland Paving & Contracting Ltd. with a bid of $1,498,450. Also awarded was a contract for the replacement of the bridge over the Clydesdale River, south of Clydesdale on the Clydesdale Road. The winning contractor was Laredo Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $508,012. The third contract is for gravelling, crack filling, and coating on Lower West Road for 2.3 kilometres from the intersection of Trunk 7, and on Ohio East Road, west from Trunk 7 for 5.1 kilometres. The winning contractor was Industrial Cold Milling Limited with a bid of $391,350. “Highways are a major economic driver for the province,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Projects like these help smooth the way for Nova Scotia’s economy.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Amendments to Optometry and Dispensing Opticians Acts Introduced

first_imgDispensing opticians and optometrists will have improved support for their industries thanks to new legislation introduced today, Oct. 17, by acting Health Minister Rodney MacDonald. A new Dispensing Opticians Act will improve the complaints and discipline process for dispensing opticians, and create a College of Dispensing Opticians responsible for governing the industry. Unlike the current regulatory board, whose members are appointed by government, the majority of the college’s board will be elected. A second piece of legislation, the Optometry Act, clarifies how legislation defines the optometrists’ scope of practice. It also creates a professional college for that profession that will now have responsibility for regulating that industry. “The government is pleased to support these two professional bodies which want to update their acts,” said Mr. MacDonald. “The Department of Health is able to introduce needed legislation respecting the two acts due to the collaborative effort and hard work of optometrists and opticians.” John Butler, chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Dispensing Opticians, said the most important provision for opticians is a more modern complaints and discipline process that allows them to deal with concerns from the public more efficiently and effectively.”These updates will ensure our profession is current and in line with other self-regulating health professions,” he said. Dr. Jeff Sangster, president, Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists, welcomed updates to his group’s scope of practice. “Nova Scotians will also benefit from improved accountability as the regulatory process is moved from the association to a professional college.” About 180 opticians are licensed under the Dispensing Opticians Act and about 80 optometrists are licensed under the Optometry Act. Both professions have been working with the Department of Health to amend their acts since 2001. Optometrists and dispensing opticians are the latest in a series of self-regulating health professions that have updated their acts in recent years. Other groups that have updated their legislation include psychologists, dentists, chiropractors and licensed practical nurses.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 The east bound lane of Highway 107 will be closed to traffic today, Jan. 3, until Friday, Jan. 5. A detour is available on Exit 14, Monique Road. Traffic must cross Monique Road to the exit ramp back to Highway 107. Both ramps are controlled with stop signs. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-5454 -30-last_img

Moose Draw Deadline Approaching

first_imgProspective moose hunters have less than a week to apply for one of the 345 moose hunting licences. The application deadline is midnight on Saturday, May 31. “We want to remind hunters of the deadline because the Cape Breton moose hunt is a unique experience that is very popular in the hunting community,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “We have already received about 7,000 entries, and we expect 3,000 to 4,000 more before the deadline.” Last year there were 10,366 applications for the three hunting seasons. Hunters have been very successful in recent years, with 76 per cent getting a moose in 2007. There are four moose management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. There are three 2008 hunting seasons. The first season is Sept. 29 to Oct. 4. The second season is Oct. 6 to Oct. 11. The third season, which is limited to zone one only, is Dec. 9 to Dec. 11. Mr. Morse reminds prospective hunters to carefully consider their choice of one of three hunting seasons and one of four zones. “Terrain, access, available guiding services and abundance of moose differ considerably from one moose management zone to another. Even the weather can differ considerably from the higher elevation of the northern-most zone to the more southerly zones,” said Mr. Morse. Applicants can call 1-900-565-3337. Applicants who choose not to apply by phone can download and complete a mail-in application. Mail completed applications, with the fee of $10 plus HST ($11.30), to: Moose Draw, HMC Communications Inc., 2829 Agricola St., Halifax, N.S., B3K 4E5. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 31. No applications will be accepted after this date. Applicants must have a Wildlife Resources Card to enter the draw. The draw will begin at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall, 39 Lions Ave., St. Peter’s, Richmond Co., on Tuesday, June 17. This will be the only occasion when winners will be publicly announced. Winners will also be notified by mail shortly after the draw. Applicants can use their wildlife resource card number to check individual draw results online or by calling a local Department of Natural Resources office. Detailed information on the Cape Breton moose hunt is available at local Department of Natural Resources offices and on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/ .last_img read more

Province to Study New Job Opportunities in Green Economy

first_imgNova Scotia’s aggressive renewable energy goals will create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth, and the province wants local contractors and suppliers to take full advantage. Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks announced today, May 6, a new study to assess the business and research opportunities in the renewable energy sector, including wind, tidal and bio energy. “Our goal of 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 will put Nova Scotia in a position of global leadership,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “This initiative will make Nova Scotia companies more aware of the opportunities for them as we strive to meet our goal.” Nova Scotia’s interim target of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 is expected to generate 5,000 to 7,500 person years of employment in construction, supply, manufacturing and maintenance. The $87,700 study, will help government and industry understand the capabilities, capacity and competitiveness of local companies working in the renewable energy sector. The study will evaluate Nova Scotia companies against regional, national and international standards and help identify any knowledge and capability gaps. Halifax-based SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. will conduct the study, one of 14 bidders for the project tendered Jan. 19. The company has worked in the renewable energy and supplier development fields, locally and internationally. The study is expected to be completed late this year. BROADCAST COPY: Nova Scotia’s aggressive renewable energy goals will create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth, and the province wants local contractors and suppliers to take full advantage. Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks announced a new study today (May 6th) to assess business and research opportunities in the renewable energy sector, including wind, tidal and bio energy. Mr. Estabrooks says the study will make Nova Scotia companies more aware of the opportunities for them. -30-last_img read more

Access Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles Land Registration Offices Closing

first_imgAccess Nova Scotia, Registry of Motor Vehicles and Land Registration offices in Yarmouth, Digby, Weymouth, Liverpool and Bridgewater are closed today, Feb. 2, because of weather and road conditions. Some services are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/online-services.asp . -30-last_img

Planifier pour une province en meilleure santé

first_imgIl est encore temps pour les Néo-Écossais de répondre à un questionnaire en ligne pour suggérer des façons de faire de la province l’endroit au Canada où il est le plus facile de grandir en bonne santé. Le questionnaire est en ligne jusqu’au 15 octobre sur le site Web « La croissance et la santé » à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/growinguphealthy/fr. Le site contient également un cadre de discussion et des liens à des ressources. « Nous souhaitons tous créer un avenir plus sain pour nos enfants et nos petits-enfants, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Merci aux centaines de personnes, de groupes et d’organismes qui ont soumis leurs idées et suggestions sur la façon de faire de la Nouvelle-Écosse un endroit plus sain. J’encourage les autres à participer au projet et à répondre au questionnaire. » Le projet fait partie du plan du gouvernement provincial visant à améliorer la vie des familles en favorisant l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique et en prévenant l’obésité juvénile. Il contribuera également à la gestion et la prévention de toute une gamme de maladies chroniques. En Nouvelle-Écosse, un jeune sur trois âgé de 2 à 17 ans est en surpoids ou obèse. La mauvaise alimentation et l’inactivité chez les jeunes peuvent entraîner des maladies chroniques et d’autres problèmes de santé. Le gouvernement provincial formulera des recommandations sur la prévention de l’obésité juvénile au cours des prochains mois, après avoir considéré les commentaires du public ainsi que les conseils des partenaires et d’autres parties intéressées.last_img read more

La Province appuie des organismes de transport accessible

first_imgUn plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais auront plus facilement accès à un moyen de transport sécuritaire, abordable et accessible dans leurs communautés, grâce à l’appui financier provincial annoncé aujourd’hui 28 août. Dans le cadre du Programme d’aide au transport accessible, le gouvernement provincial investit plus de 270 000 $ pour permettre aux organismes de transport en commun des régions rurales de faire l’achat de véhicules accessibles. « L’accès à un moyen de transport est une nécessité pour les gens qui doivent se rendre au travail ou à l’école, faire l’épicerie, participer aux activités communautaires ou se rendre chez le médecin, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités.Le financement cette année aidera sept organismes communautaires à faire l’achat de nouvelles minifourgonnettes et de nouveaux minibus. » Le programme offre jusqu’à 50 pour 100 du coût total, jusqu’à concurrence de 50 000 $ pour l’achat de nouveaux véhicules et de 10 000 $ pour l’achat de véhicules d’occasion. Danny MacGillivray, superviseur des opérations de l’organisme Central Highlands Association of the Disabled (CHAD) de Pictou, souligne que la subvention de 50 000 $ servira à l’achat d’un nouvel autobus à 18 places accessible en fauteuil roulant. « Cette subvention, en plus des activités locales de collecte de fonds, aideront CHAD Transit à demeurer au service des résidents du comté de Pictou d’une façon sécuritaire, fiable et efficace, a dit M. MacGillivray. CHAD Transit continue d’aider les gens de la communauté qui ont le plus besoin d’aide, leur permettant ainsi de vivre une vie plus heureuse et plus saine. »last_img read more

Stronger Than Steel Officially Opens

first_imgGrab your lawn chair, hat and sunscreen and get ready to celebrate Sydney’s past, present and future this long weekend. Stronger Than Steel’s official opening ceremony took place today, Aug. 30, in Open Hearth Park, Sydney. Stronger Than Steel marks the completion of one of Canada’s largest environmental cleanups and sets the stage for a new beginning with Open Hearth Park, which now sits on the former tar ponds and coke ovens site. “Open Hearth Park represents a new start for our community and sets the stage for a brighter future,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, who is also Minister responsible for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “This will be a memorable weekend for all of us. “Not only are we celebrating the successful remediation of the tar ponds and coke ovens site and all that we have accomplished since the steel and coal industries anchored our community more than 100 years ago, but we have a community-based park that will benefit many generations to come and remind us of just how resilient we are.” Stronger Than Steel will feature some of the province’s most talented musicians, a multicultural festival and a Mi’kmaq cultural village this weekend. Details on the event can be found at www.strongerthansteel.ca . As part of the opening ceremonies, Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, on behalf of Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley and Mr. Smith signed a ceremonial land transfer agreement between the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia. The lands are expected to be officially transferred in the fall. “With a focus on jobs and growth, this cleanup project has not only improved the environment, but has also helped build a stronger economy for the people of Cape Breton and Atlantic Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “This site remediation has provided local residents with jobs, training and experience, and revitalized the community for current and future generations.” Cleaning up the site took about 10 years. It involved solidifying and stabilizing close to one million tonnes of contaminated soils and sediments. The project is now finished six months earlier than expected, and within budget. The initiative helped build a stronger economy and future for Cape Breton, putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy, and employing hundreds. “Over the past nine years, the Citizens’ Liaison Committee has witnessed not only a transformation of the physical landscape of Sydney, but also a transformation in the minds of the people,” said Alistair MacLeod, chair of the Community Liaison Committee. “There is a renewed sense of pride about our history, there is optimism about the present and there is growing hope for the future.” Open Hearth Park features a new football field, a playground area, skating area, bike and walking trails and more. The new park is expected to be completed in the coming months.last_img read more

Changes Prevent Creation of New Towns Villages

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey introduced amendments today, April 23, to prevent the creation of new towns or villages in the province. The change to the Municipal Government Act follows several policy reviews that recommend structural change and less government. “The amendments give us the foundation for governance structures that are strong and viable, and promote regional thinking,” said Mr. Furey. “We need to look beyond our backyards and recognize current trends and realities to ensure our municipalities are sustainable.” The change does not dissolve any existing towns or villages, it prevents towns from becoming villages and vice versa. “Over the past year, I have met with all municipal governments and the topic of structural change has been part of those discussions,” Mr. Furey said. “We will not force dissolution or amalgamation, but we do support governance structures that result in efficiencies and the long-term viability of municipalities.” Nova Scotia now has 28 towns and 22 villages. Many are facing financial challenges such as aging infrastructure, declining tax base, road and maintenance costs, increasing costs of services and a declining and aging population.last_img read more

Thomas v Halifax Regional Water Commission Complaint Dismissed

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Mark Thomas v. Halifax Regional Water Commission (HRWC) has concluded with the dismissal of a complaint of discrimination. Mr. Thomas had alleged that he was discriminated against on the basis of his race and disability while employed by Halifax Regional Water Commission. His employment was terminated Oct. 31, 2008. In his decision, board chair Dennis James explained that Mr. Thomas did not file his complaint within the prescribed one-year window. “In absence of any evidence from the Complainant or the Human Rights Commission I find that there is no evidentiary basis to suggest discriminatory conduct by HRWC after October 31, 2008,” wrote Mr. James. “The implication of this finding is that if there was discriminatory conduct as alleged it had to have occurred before October 31, 2008, which means Mr. Thomas’ complaint had to be filed by October 31, 2009. Given these findings I find that the complaint filed by Mr. Thomas was not filed in the time limit prescribed by Section 29 (2) and must be dismissed.” To read the full decision in this matter and other human rights boards of inquiry, please visit humanrights.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

Celebrate Nova Scotias Forests

first_imgWoodland owners and Nova Scotians interested in the outdoors are invited to enjoy the province’s forests through a series of field days, beginning Saturday, Sept. 17, to help celebrate National Forest Week. “I invite families and individuals to take part in the field day activities and to learn, explore, and enjoy the forests,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines National Forestry Week runs from Sept. 18 to 24. The field days, held Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., will be hosted by a different 2016 Woodland Owner of the Year each week. Visitors to the woodlots can enjoy family-friendly activities, experience trails and learn about forests and being a woodland owner. Lunch will be available for purchase. The award winners were recognized earlier this year as outstanding woodland stewards who encourage sustainable woodland management and increase public awareness of the importance of private woodlands. Award presentations will begin around 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: — Sept. 17, eastern region recipients Frank and Lelia Machnik will welcome visitors to their woodland in Bayfield, Antigonish Co. — Sept. 24, central region and provincial recipients Matthew and Bonnie Harrison and family will host a field day on their property in Lynn Mountain, Cumberland Co. — Oct. 1, western region recipients Larry and Greta Goodwin of Hillgrove, Digby Co., will share their woodland with visitors To be eligible, nominees must own 20 to 2,000 hectares of woodland in Nova Scotia. Nominations are evaluated by a committee of foresters, wildlife specialists, industry representatives, previous winners and environmental or forestry students. Evaluation criteria include integrated resource management with an emphasis on wood production, commitment to sustainable goals, wildlife habitat protection, enhancing recreation opportunities, forest knowledge, and their woodland’s health. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/woodlandaward.last_img read more

Kennedy v Strait Regional School Board Board of Inquiry Adjourned

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Brendon Kennedy, Inverness County, v. Strait Regional School Board, Port Hastings, scheduled to begin on today, Oct. 3, has been adjourned. New dates have not been set but will be announced if the board chair determines the hearing will resume. -30-last_img

Securing the island nations

first_imgWith the “neighbourhood first” policy on the mast, India’s ship sailed to the two Indian Ocean nations in quick succession in Prime Minister Modi’s maiden foreign visit post-re-election. India has been assertive in its stance of comprehensive development in the region. The SAGAR doctrine – Security and Growth for all in the region – clearly demonstrates the idea India wants to pursue under Modi. Evident right from the swearing-in ceremony where cordial invitations to BIMSTEC members was extended in a bid to implicitly state the regional importance of nations on India’s radar that conveniently discounted Pakistan and China owing to strategic and geographical differences. The recent visits to Malé and Colombo have served one glaring purpose – reinvigorating relationship with pro-Indian dispensations of both countries. This was evident through the “India-first” stance put forward by heads of both the countries who also acknowledged the historical relationship that has been maintained between them and India. The Maldives and India signed a slew of agreements between them in areas such as defence, tourism, economic cooperation, health and connectivity. Beside the pacts, financial assistance of $1.4 billion as budgetary support and $800 million Line of Credit for “people-centric and socio-economic projects” already exist to highlight the growing bilateralism between the nations. India has also extended grant assistance of $5.5 million for the implementation of “High Impact Community Development Projects” as well as a cash grant of $6.9 million for implementation of community infrastructure, access to education and environmental protection. The extended arm of aid from India should not be surprising at all since Maldivian President Solih himself acknowledged India’s assistance to the Maldives in recent decades – right from foiling a coup threatening to topple the then Maldivian government in 1988 to rendering help to the then government in Malé after the December 2004 Tsunami, and airlifting gallons of drinking water supplies to the Maldives after a fire crippled a desalination plant in the country in December 2014. Also Read – Securing nutritionHowever, the crux of the bilateral tie has to be the maritime security and surveillance that both nations will together undertake in a bid to secure the strategic Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The joint statement read how both nations will deliver maritime security through coordinated patrolling and aerial surveillance, exchange of information, and capacity building. Announcement of the joint effort of Maldives and India in combatting piracy, terrorism, organised crime, drugs and human trafficking will reverberate across the region influencing BIMSTEC nations to join the fray as India desires in the first place. And, if not outrightly join, then definitely be influenced to do so. Modi’s Majlis speech included the condemning of terrorism and specifically state-sponsored terrorism which he felt was an issue to be best tackled by a global consortium of the international community. Of course, Modi was hinting towards the Easter bombings besides India’s own adversity of cross-border terrorism. Modi’s visit to Colombo spoke more on that front as he paid his tribute to the victims of the horrific carnage that shocked the island nation on an Easter Sunday. Modi’s visits signify interest but they also highlight the fact that these neighbours are valued and it is a collective effort which will ultimately bring down the growing threat of terrorism while allowing India to strategically keep a tap on China. Both these countries have also been under the hand of China who, through subterfuge, took one of the ports of Sri Lanka. Hambantota Port – handed over to China on a lease of 99 years – is strategically important for China as it looks forward to its dream of modern-day silk route both maritime and inland. The dispensations of both Maldives and Sri Lanka have reinstated faith in India after being briefly influenced by Chinese machinations – both countries fell in the Chinese debt trap. As India secures Maldivian interest from Chinese influence, it also realises the Chinese advances that have been made in IOR. India and China are yet to hold Wuhan-styled talks in order to get to the common ground regarding their respective ambitions. The upcoming SCO meet will be dramatically important for both the countries to draw plans for a meet while India will continue with its SAGAR doctrine and ‘neighbourhood first’ policy, striving to bring all neighbours into the developmental fray. The first chapter has been initiated with visits to island nations in order to achieve that.last_img read more

Ram Vilas Paswans LJP splits in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has split with senior party leader and General Secretary Satyanand Sharma, along with several other party office-bearers resigning and forming a new party — the LJP (Secular). Sharma has accused Paswan of promoting only his family members in the party and said the LJP has been turned into a family fiefdom of Paswan. “Paswan’s family has been dominating over the party, there is no internal democracy in the party.” Bharatiya Janata Party ally LJP won all the six seats it contested in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. Of its six MPs, three are family members of Paswan — his son and two younger brothers.last_img read more