Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites has reiterated the call for parents to place greater emphasis on the nutritional needs of their children. Speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Eastern St. Andrew’s family night activities held at the Altamont Court hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (November 13), Mr. Thwaites said data shows that over 30 per cent of all Jamaican children attend school without breakfast in the mornings. He pointed out that nutrition is an essential part of the learning process, and that poor nutrition often affects the learning ability of many youngsters. “Nutrition is very important to successful education… so when the results don’t come out (how you would like them), you can’t beat the (child) and call them dunce,” he stated. Mr. Thwaites is therefore imploring parents to make a greater effort to ensure that their children are fed properly before attending school, noting that this can be done in spite of their socio-economic background. “Don’t give the child money to go and buy cheese chips and bag juice. That can’t help the child’s brain. You can get up in the mornings and boil a little porridge or make a sandwich,” he advised. Earlier this year, the Education Minister informed that the government was conducting a review of the national school feeding programme, in an effort to improve the nutrition of students, particularly those at the early childhood level. He stated that the review of the programme would be a gradual process, the results of which will be announced during the 2013/14 academic year. Rev. Thwaites pointed out at that time that one of the main concerns was the levels of imported foods that were being fed to students under the school feeding programme in some schools, noting that more local produce should be served.
Story Highlights Training Coordinator/Engineer at Wigton Wind Farm, in Manchester, Sanja Simmonds, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, recently, said that for the course, it would be good if the trainees had some previous experience. Wigton Wind Farm photovoltaic system design training being held from June 18 to June 22 is open to anyone. Wigton Wind Farm photovoltaic system design training being held from June 18 to June 22 is open to anyone.Training Coordinator/Engineer at Wigton Wind Farm, in Manchester, Sanja Simmonds, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, recently, said that for the course, it would be good if the trainees had some previous experience.However, he explained that it was actually designed “so that the layman could come in, have no idea what a photovoltaic is, but be able to go out and do a full installation by himself when he finishes the five days of training”.He said that the course will cover aspects of photovoltaic, including the angling, orientation and mounting of the panels, a trouble area for many persons.Mr. Simmonds pointed out that the panels are generally designed to stay on roofs during hurricanes, sustaining no damage if installed correctly, which persons should learn with the training.The Coordinator shared that for the wind and hydro aspect of the training, Wigton teaches persons how to do a wind resource assessment. “We will show people how to analyse wind data,” he said.Project Manager at Wigton Wind Farm, Michelle Chin-Lenn, said that in addition to the specifics of the course, participants will get the understanding of what the technology is and how it works.She highlighted that the trainers for the programme teach at local tertiary institutions and were all trained through the Renewables Academy Germany (RENAC), through a train-the-trainer programme.The five-day course is available for $90,000.00.Additionally, the wind farm offers customised group courses with varying durations.For access to courses, interested persons may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Wigton Wind Farm Limited opened its Renewable Energy Training Lab in Rose Hill Manchester in November 2016.Training in wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy, energy efficiency and energy management is currently offered. The five-day course is available for $90,000.00.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport yesterday pledged a scholarship worth 50-thousand dollars for a student at Gaynstead High School as well promised to have lights and a stand installed at the newly built netball court at the school. Story Highlights Speaking at a ceremony at Gaynstead High held to mark the start of the new school year, Miss Grange, a past head girl of the school, said, “The scholarship will be for a student excelling in sport and of course doing well academically also.” With regards to the netball court, the Sport Minister said, “When I spoke at the Graduation ceremony at Gaynstead in 2016, I promised the school a netball court and here it is. Now I am committing to see that lights are installed at the court and a stand be built as well. These things will be done.” The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport yesterday pledged a scholarship worth 50-thousand dollars for a student at Gaynstead High School as well promised to have lights and a stand installed at the newly built netball court at the school.Speaking at a ceremony at Gaynstead High held to mark the start of the new school year, Miss Grange, a past head girl of the school, said, “The scholarship will be for a student excelling in sport and of course doing well academically also.”With regards to the netball court, the Sport Minister said, “When I spoke at the Graduation ceremony at Gaynstead in 2016, I promised the school a netball court and here it is. Now I am committing to see that lights are installed at the court and a stand be built as well. These things will be done.”“Also I am going to get an architect and an engineer to carry out an examination of the school plant as start of the process to restore the school building which is in need of repairs and expansion.”Miss Grange, who cut the ribbon symbolically opening the netball court for play, said how pleased she was with the progress that Gaynstead continues to make in the sport of netball, “which as you know is the leading team sport, not just in Jamaica but in the entire English-speaking Caribbean.”She congratulated two of the students, Latanya Wilson and Kelsey Jonas, who have represented Jamaica teams, the Under-16 and the Sunshine Girls.“Even more pleasing is that Gaynstead is also doing very well academically. Let us congratulate and applaud the Board of Directors, Principal, Dr. Boyd-Vassell, her hardworking staff and of course the students whose work has consistently made the school proud.”“I am calling on all my colleague past students to come forward for our alma mater. Let us give back more than we have ever done before for the continued development of our school, which has emphatically demonstrated that it is fully deserving of our support,” Miss Grange concluded.
Cathelco Seafresh, February 10, 2014 My location zoom Cathelco Seafresh, the UK specialists in reverse osmosis desalinators, achieved a dramatic rise in sales during 2013 when a total of 61 units were sold to customers around the world.This is more than double the output for 2010, the year in which Seafresh Desalinators were acquired by Cathelco Ltd who manufacture a range of equipment for the shipping market.“Cathelco have a well established global agent network and this has been a major factor in selling our desalinators in markets as far apart as Ireland, Singapore, Dubai, China and the USA,” said Chris Bell, general manager of Cathelco Seafresh.Since the takeover, the company have re-designed and extended their range of ‘Ton’ desalinators which originally had the capacity to produce between 10 and 25 cubic of freshwater per day, although higher outputs could be achieved by using multiple units. The output range is now from 8 tonnes to 35 tonnes and will soon be extended to 50 tonnes.Two of the most recent orders have come from the Irish Navy for desalinators which will be installed on the L.E. Orla and L.E. Ciara, coastal patrol vessels measuring 62.6 metres in length with a top speed in excess of 25 knots and a crew of 39. This follows the successful installation of a desalinator on the L.E.Eithne in 2012.The vessels will be installed with ‘Ton’ units with the capacity to produce 12 tonnes of freshwater per day. With touch screen control and a full range of diagnostic systems including an hour meter, digital water quality and plant operating status, the units are easy to control and monitor.Seafresh are also supplying a series of desalinators for Sovereign Global Maritime, the Dubai based maritime security services company which operates a small fleet of vessels.The M.V.Mura, M.V. Aladin and M.V. Sultan will each be installed with ‘Ton’ units capable of producing up to 12 tonnes of potable water on a daily basis. Last year, the M.V. Suunta and M.V.Mirvak were fitted with H2016 units producing 6.5 tonnes of fresh water.“Our desalinators are ideal for military and maritime security vessels as they are compact and provide excellent reliability whilst making very little demand on crew time”, Chris Bell commented.Another order has come from Teekay Offshore Partners who are converting the Navion Clipper, formerly a shuttle tanker, into an FSO which will be operated by Salamander Energy plc in an oil field off Thailand. The FSO will have two ‘Ton’ units each producing up to 35 tonnes of freshwater per day.In China, Guangxin Shipbuilding will be installing ‘Ton’ units on two 78 metre platform supply vessels (PSVs) which are currently under construction. This follows the supply of H2012 desalinators for 14 vessels in 2013.“During the past year, we have introduced a new medium duty range of ‘Ton’ desalinators with 8-16 tonne daily capacities which have been built to a new space saving design”, Chris Bell explained.This has been achieved by optimising the components and their layout so that the new models have a footprint which is 50% smaller than the original designs. Another important factor is the use of a high pressure pump which is smaller and more closely matched to the requirements of the system within the output range. It also has the advantage of lower power consumption – 5.5kW instead of 7.5 kW.Since acquisition by Cathelco, Seafresh Desalinators have relocated their production facilities to Chesterfield. Cathelco are best known for their range of marine pipework anti-fouling systems and ICCP hull protection systems which are installed on naval vessels, commercial ships and offshore platforms worldwide. Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has announced a two-year partnership with the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).Engaging with the global marine industry topped NOC’s reasons for partnering the Institute –which counts 15,000 maritime professionals from more than 100 countries among its members.The association will allow NOC to share its expertise and have input into the institute’s highly-regarded Special Interest Groups (SIGs).Steve Hall, from NOC’s International & Strategic Partnerships said: “NOC values being able to work with a highly regarded international professional body to jointly address the great challenges facing the ocean, to benefit from a closer working relationship with marine professionals in industry, and to encourage more people to consider a future in marine science, engineering and technology. IMarEST also provides an opportunity for our staff to seek accredited professional status, which will improve their career prospects and their understanding of the requirements of the broader marine sector.”The partnership will build on NOC’s existing work with IMarEST which sees them consulting on both government and international bodies including the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO), he said.IMarEST’s Chief Executive, David Loosley, said: “We are pleased to be working closely with the National Oceanography Centre. A partnership such as this enables us to further enhance the IMarEST’s global technical voice by increasing relevant technical expertise for our Special Interest Groups for the benefit of all of our members and corporate marine partners around the world.”The partnership will also encourage the professional development of a number of NOC’s staff within the marine industry. May 22, 2014
Print Close zoom Italy’s RINA Services has been awarded a contract to provide design review and third party certification services for a USD 1.5 billion Turkmenbashi International Port, currently being built by Turkey’s Gap Insaat on the Caspian Sea coast of Turkmenistan.The port complex is due for completion in 2017 and will include four terminals, road and rail links, and a ship-repair yard. Freight throughput is expected to reach 25 million tonnes by 2020.A major pipeline is already being built to link Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field, the world’s second-largest natural gas deposit, to Turkmenbashi.The port complex will export oil and gas products and textiles and facilitate trade between Europe and the Middle East and Asia.”The State Service of Maritime and River Transportation of Turkmenistan intends that the new port will be built from the outset as part of a multi-modal network linking road, rail and water transportation in an environmentally-friendly way,” Michele Francioni, CEO, RINA Services, said.”We know about ports, we know how to manage environmental issues, we know Turkmenistan, we understand what they want and we have good experience of working with Turkish construction companies on major infrastructure projects.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom Dutch-headquartered container terminal operator APM Terminals, part of Maersk Group, and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.), have signed a joint venture agreement to jointly manage and operate Compas S.A.’s existing multipurpose Cartagena Terminal.APM Terminals and Compas S.A. will jointly invest over USD 200 million in upgrading and expanding the Cartagena Terminal, including state-of-the-art terminal equipment. The upgrade is expected to triple annual throughput capacity for the terminal to handle the larger vessels transiting the widened Panama Canal.While Compas S.A. will continue to be the concession holder, APM Terminals will hold a 51% majority share in the joint venture that will run the facility.”Colombia represents one of the most promising investment opportunities in the region and we are pleased to participate in the country’s ongoing economic growth and development. Cartagena has enormous significance in South America ports and this JV underlines APM Terminals growth and investment plans,” said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer.The Compas S.A. Cartagena Terminal has an annual throughput capacity of 250,000 TEUs and 1.5 million tons of general cargo. It becomes the sixth operational Latin American facility within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, which includes interests in operating port facilities in Callao, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santos, Pecém, and Itajaí, Brazil. APM Terminals’ Latin American interests handled an overall combined container throughput of 2.1 million TEUs in 2014.Cartagena, located at the northern tip of South America on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, was the second-busiest container port in South America in 2014, and the fifth-busiest in the Latin American/Caribbean Region, with a throughput of 2.23 million TEUs, trailing only Balboa and Colón, Panama; Santos, Brazil and Manzanillo, Mexico in container volume.The Port of Cartagena’s annual container volume growth rate was 13% from 2013 to 2014. Total Colombian port container throughput was 3.35 million TEUs in 2014, ranking third, after Brazil and Chile.APM Terminals has two new deep-water terminals under construction in Latin America at Moin, Costa Rica, and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.The company today reported a profit of USD 161m (USD 223m) for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The underlying profit was USD 159m (USD 211m).
zoom Singapore-flagged containership MV Spirit of Hamburg suffered an incident while transiting the Panama Canal on its southbound voyage, earlier this week, German carrier Hapag-Lloyd informed.As a result the vessel has been ordered to anchor for further investigation. The crew, the vessel and all cargo on board are reported to be safe.The company did not disclose further details on the type of the accident.According to the latest information received from the vessel operator the extent of damage requires an immediate repair at Panama.The repairs are estimated to last up to seven days.Based on the vessel’s latest AIS data, the boxship is anchored off Panama Canal. The 2007-built containership is owned by German carrier Hamburg Süd.
zoom The former chief engineer of the 40-year-old cargo ship El Faro said that, although the vessel had a number of mechanical issues, it was overall safe for its journey, the WMTW reported citing US Coast Guard’s hearing findings.The chief engineer, James Robinson, who left El Faro a couple of months before the ship sank, was questioned on preventive maintenance and practices aboard the vessel, and discussed the maintenance history of its boilers and additional pending maintenance.Among the repairs needed were deteriorating brackets holding the steam pipes in place, leaks in superheated steam lines, and failing retaining walls in front of the boiler.When asked about the vessel’s loss of propulsion, the former chief engineer said that it could not have been related to the vessel’s detoriating boilers, which were scheduled for maintenance at a later date, instead it would have been an issue with the ship’s turbine.Furthermore, the panel heard the Coast Guard Capt. Todd Coggeshall, Chief of Incident Response for the El Faro sinking, who said that the coast guard’s response to the vessel’s calls for help was complicated by a lack of available resources and the storm conditions.The nearest coast guard cutters were a couple of days away in ideal sea conditions, while the agency’s helicopters were not flying due to the Hurricane Joaquin, Coggeshall added.Previous hearings revealed that El Faro, which sank off Crooked Island, Bahamas in a water depth of 15,000 feet, was on the USCG’s list of vessels to be watched for problems.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Russian state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot and its compatriot oil major Rosneft have signed an agreement for the construction of five liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled Aframax tankes.Under the deal, entered into on September 25, the tankers would be constructed at Russia’s Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in cooperation with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The 114,000 dwt tankers are scheduled to start joining the fleet in 2021. They will feature an ice class of 1A/1B to ensure safe year-round operations in areas with challenging ice conditions, including the Baltic Sea and subarctic seas.To be owned by Rosneft, the tankers will be operated by Sovcomflot. SCF would also supervise their construction and later provide a range of services to ensure the effective and safe management of these ships.LNG will be the primary fuel for the ships, reducing their environmental impact and ensuring compliance with incoming emissions legislation.As they were designed taking into account international restrictions on emissions of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases, which will enter into force in 2020, the tankers will be primarily fueled by LNG, thereby cutting their environmental impact and emissions.World Maritime News Staff
Pressing for the re-opening of the United States’ border to thetrade of live animals will be the priority when Nova ScotiaAgriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont attends theannual meeting of the National Association of State Departmentsof Agriculture (NASDA) on Sunday, Feb. 22 and Monday, Feb. 23 inWashington, D.C. “We will exchange views on the BSE situation here in Canada andin the U.S. and will press for the early resumption of trade inlive animals,” Mr. d’Entremont said. “The huge costs resultingfrom the single cow incident in Alberta have shown that betterscience-based international guidelines are needed for re-openingtrade in such cases.” Canadian provincial ministers of agriculture were invitedspecifically to participate in NASDA’s Animal and PlantIndustries Committee’s consideration of the U.S.’s positionregarding BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cowdisease) control measures and trade. Five other provincialagriculture ministers are also expected to attend. While in Washington, the Canadian delegation will also be holdingmeetings with officials and representatives of the USDA, theHouse Committee on Agriculture, industry associations and withtrade consultants including former U.S. Trade RepresentativeClayton Yeutter. “Our message will be that by working together Canada and the U.S.can demonstrate international leadership and help discourageirrational trade barriers by adopting policies that are inaccordance with science and high standards regarding foodsafety,” said Mr. d’Entremont. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Minister To Attend U.S. AgricultureMeeting in Washington
The average retail margin on a litre of gasoline is between four and five cents; The decline of gas stations in Nova Scotia has been consistent with declining numbers across Canada over the past 10 to 15 years; Nova Scotians are purchasing more and more of their gasoline at urban stations and in towns, instead of at rural stations; Regulating the gasoline market in Nova Scotia may help retailers, but the increased margin would have to come from consumers, wholesalers or a combination of the two; Rural areas are unlikely to lose all gasoline service, but the Nova Scotia retail gasoline market will continue to rationalize as it has for the past 10 to 15 years. The Nova Scotia government has received the Gardner-Pinfold report on the Nova Scotia gasoline market. The report was commissioned this summer to provide information about the declining numbers of retail gasoline dealers in rural Nova Scotia. The main findings of the report include: The report presents three options for consideration: regulating the wholesale and/or retail price; regulating the structure of the retail gasoline business; and leaving the market as it is today. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet said government has shared the report with stakeholders and will consider their feedback before making any decisions. The report can be viewed online at www.servicens.ca .
Drivers on a major route to the Noel Shore, Hants Co., should soon have smoother ride because of a road-paving tender called by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called for tenders to repave Route 354 from the intersection of Findley Road for about 7.7 kilometres to the intersection of Route 215 in Noel. “Route 354 is one of the major access routes to the Noel Shore, one of Nova Scotia’s unique and uncrowded shore lines,” said Ron Chisholm, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Visitors here will find a wealth of wildlife, lighthouses, trails, plant life and history.” The project is scheduled for completion this fall. 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 district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
may be significant infrastructure costs; study said further experience and study required system stability and costs will depend greatly on how the system evolves in the next several years, particularly Nova Scotia’s interconnections to neighbouring regions factors influencing stability and costs will include: location of new projects system upgrades 2008 to 2013 regional interconnections (including N.B., N.L., and U.S.A.) back-up supply issues technological innovation Get ready for more green energy in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Wind Integration Study says Nova Scotians are going to be using more renewable electricity over the next five years. Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt said the study estimates that Nova Scotia’s green electricity is expected to jump to 22 per cent, from about 10 to 12 per cent today. Wind power is expected to make up most of the increase — and wind turbines are expected to grow from 60 units to more than 300 in 2013. “The more we move away from fossil-fuel-generated electricity, the more we protect our environment — a key priority for this government,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “This study gives us confidence that with appropriate management techniques, wind can help meet most of our 2013 renewable electricity targets.” “We believe that wind energy will play a key role in Nova Scotia’s energy future,” said Sean Whittaker, vice-president, policy, Canadian Wind Energy Association. “This study indicates that new wind capacity between now and 2013 can be integrated at a reasonable cost while providing a host of economic and environmental benefits to the province.” Mr. Hurlburt said Nova Scotia is expected to produce up to 581 megawatts of renewable electricity by 2013 — the equivalent of green electricity for about 175,000 homes, or taking about 240,000 cars off the road. The study looked at the possible impacts of integrating large-scale wind power into Nova Scotia’s electric power system, for the 2010, and 2013, time-frames set by the province’s renewable energy standard. The standard requires renewable energy increases of five per cent to the total supply by 2010, and 10 per cent by 2013, on top of renewables already in the electricity system as of 2001. While the targets will be met, the study found there will be challenges as well. To compensate for wind’s variability, grid operators will need to consider techniques, such as importing electricity, use of backup power sources and potential wind curtailment, to meet the 2013 target. “There will be some challenges as Nova Scotia approaches higher and higher levels of wind,” said Robert Griesbach, study manager for Hatch Ltd., the consultant hired to lead the study. “Right now, Nova Scotia’s electricity system has limited interconnection with neighbouring provinces, and limited quick-response ability. “This gives Nova Scotia less flexibility to deal with large amounts of wind energy.” Some of the study’s key findings were: 2010 estimates: renewable supply target can be met, but possible transmission upgrades and new operational demands may increase costs 22 per cent total electricity supply from renewables 581 megawatts of wind supply (about 175,000 homes) 1,300 kilotonnes emission reduction (equal to taking about 240,000 cars off road) greater system demands, requiring actions such as: imports of electricity, starting and stopping slow-response thermal units (units may take days to shut down and re-start), management of interruptible load, and curtailment of wind generation renewable supply target can be met without significant concerns 311 megawatts of wind supply (about 90,000 homes) 550 kilotonnes emission reduction (equal to taking about 100,000 cars off road) 2013 estimates: “Nova Scotia has tremendous wind potential, and the next few years will see that potential realized in a significant way,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “This study gives us confidence that we can effectively manage the wind farms coming onto the system by 2010,” said Mike Sampson, Nova Scotia Power’s system operator. “Looking out to 2013, Nova Scotia Power is adding roughly 580 megawatts of variable wind power on an electrical system that will only total around 2,500 megawatts. “That is a lot of wind energy, and its full implications won’t be clear without more study, and more operating experience.” The report is on the Department of Energy’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy . Beyond 2013 estimates:
The province is working to connect more aboriginal and Mi’kmaq Nova Scotians with employers and career opportunities. This is one of the topics being discussed in workshops across the province today, Oct. 8. Workshop locations include Bridgewater, Coldbrook, Dartmouth, Truro and Sydney. Other topics include apprenticeship, adult literacy and labour market information. Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent will open the Truro workshop, where he will comment on workforce demographics, challenges and solutions. “Aboriginal and Mi’kmaq Nova Scotians are a tremendous asset to the workforce in this province, but unfortunately, their skills and talents are under used,” said Mr. Parent.”By working together more effectively, we can help connect youth to exciting and rewarding career opportunities that will fuel the economic growth of our province.” The workshops provide the opportunity for government to talk with aboriginal leaders and others about ways to help young aboriginals find meaningful careers in the workforce. These discussions will help form an Integrated Labour Market Strategy to focus on bridging gaps in initiatives, programs and service delivery for aboriginal people. “While Nova Scotia’s overall population is aging and in decline, the Mi’kmaq community is young and growing quickly, with 50 per cent of the population under the age of 25,” said Mr. Parent. “These youth are a significant part of the future of the workforce in this province. “By developing closer working relationships with employers and government, we can ensure aboriginal youth both on and off-reserve get the information they need about training and employment opportunities here at home.” The workshops are hosted by the Department of Labour and Workforce Development in partnership with the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement Holders, Aboriginal Peoples Training and Employment Commission, and the Mi’kmaq Employment/Training Secretariat.
Small- and medium-sized businesses now have a more convenient option to help develop innovative ideas and increase their productivity. Beginning today, Nov. 24, the Department of Economic Development will accept applications from business for the Productivity and Innovation Pilot Program. The program awards eligible businesses with vouchers of up to $15,000 to help purchase services and expertise to expand their businesses. The program offers businesses a wide range of services and support. For example, vouchers can be used for investing in new technology, product design and prototypes, research and development, audits, and managing intellectual property. “This program builds on government’s commitment to create lasting economic benefits by stimulating business innovation and increasing productivity,” said Economic Minister Angus MacIssac. “It meets the unique needs of small- and medium-sized businesses by providing them the flexibility to choose the expertise they need in a way that fits their schedule.” The Department of Economic Development will issue the vouchers directly to qualifying businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once approved for a voucher, a business will choose from an approved list of service providers to arrange for the specific work to be done. “Innovation is vital to the lifeblood of any business,” said Chris Pelham, executive director for the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship. “We are excited to be part of a program working closely with businesses to help give their products and services a competitive edge.” Funding for the pilot program was allocated in the 2008-09 provincial budget. For more information on the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program and list of service providers, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ .
Amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter will give HRM increased authority to protect trees in serviced areas and forested areas surrounding bodies of water. The amendments tabled today, May 5, by Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, exclude land for forestry and agriculture. In addition, the amendments allow HRM to require a water supply evaluation for proposed larger subdivisions outside the water-service area. The changes will also incorporate conservation properties amendments to the Municipal Government Act into the charter as well as minor housekeeping items. “These changes continue to ensure that HRM has the appropriate legislative framework in place to better serve its citizens,” said Ms. Jennex. “This reflects our commitment to make life better for Nova Scotia families.” Halifax Regional Municipality was granted its own charter in 2009, to better respond to its unique needs as the largest municipality in Atlantic Canada. The conservation property section will be retroactive to Feb. 17, 2009.
Thousands of truckers across North America will take advantage of free brake checks during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Awareness Week. Nova Scotia will hold its check on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Kelly Lake Vehicle Inspection Station on Highway 102, near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Vehicle inspectors from the three Maritime provinces will provide free checks for truckers who stop in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Out-of-adjustment air brakes and brake system defects are the major reasons for commercial vehicles being placed out of service,” said Raymond Beaton, area coordinator of vehicle compliance for Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “By having inspectors from all three Maritime provinces on hand, we’re emphasizing that an inspection in Nova Scotia is the same as a trucker will receive in New Brunswick, P.E.I. and throughout North America.” There will be a mechanic available to make free brake adjustments if necessary and inspectors will show drivers how to adjust air brakes and check for other brake-related defects. Safety literature and refreshments will also be provided. Similar events are being held in New Brunswick and P.E.I. For more information on Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, visit www.cvsa.org/programs/op_airbrake.aspx .
On demande aux Néo-Écossais d’utiliser le moins possible les routes situées le long des côtes et de composer le 511 pour connaître les conditions routières locales avant de se déplacer. On leur rappelle également de rester loin des régions côtières puisque les conditions sont imprévisibles et dangereuses. Le BGU demande aux gens qui sont isolés par des inondations de demeurer à l’intérieur de leur maison jusqu’à ce que les eaux se retirent et que les autorités locales déterminent qu’il est sécuritaire de sortir. En cas de situation d’urgence, les gens doivent composer le 911. Les responsables du ministère des Ressources naturelles évaluent les dommages aux sentiers et aux routes sur les terres de la Couronne dans l’est de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils demandent au public de faire preuve de prudence puisque certaines de ces routes peuvent être impraticables. Les conducteurs de tous les véhicules, y compris les véhicules hors route, doivent respecter les affiches indiquant les fermetures de route. L’entreprise NewPage Port Hawkesbury a annoncé que son réseau de chemins forestiers dans le comté d’Inverness est fermé en raison de dommages. De nombreuses routes sont dangereuses et impraticables. Les plages des parcs provinciaux font l’objet d’une inspection afin de cerner tout problème de sécurité et d’évaluer les dommages aux installations. Les Néo-Écossais qui habitent dans les régions côtières le long du détroit de Northumberland et du Cap-Breton ont été avisés que les risques d’ondes de tempête et d’inondations seront présents jusqu’au vendredi 24 décembre. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences affirme que les résidents qui habitent sur des îles ou dans régions vulnérables aux inondations où les routes sont susceptibles à un emportement par les eaux doivent surveiller de près les conditions, même s’ils peuvent emprunter d’autres routes pour accéder à leur domicile. « Nous demandons aux gens de faire preuve de jugement, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Prenez des décisions raisonnables. Si votre région est vulnérable, considérez quitter la région temporairement ou du moins assurez-vous d’avoir suffisamment de provisions pour deux ou trois jours. » Alors que les conditions météorologiques se sont améliorées ailleurs en Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui, les régions de l’est sont toujours affectées par cette tempête. Environnement Canada prévoit des vents forts du nord et du nord-est aujourd’hui jusqu’à jeudi soir dans la région du Cap-Breton. Des averses de pluie sont également prévues avec des accumulations de 30 à 40 millimètres dans l’est de la Nouvelle-Écosse et sur la rive Nord. Les précipitations abondantes combinées aux vents forts du large entraînent des risques d’ondes de tempête et d’inondations. Une baisse graduelle de la température est prévue et apportera de 5 à 10 centimètres de neige dans les régions plus élevées des comtés de Cumberland et de Colchester jeudi. On demande aux personnes qui voyageront pendant les fêtes d’écouter les prévisions météorologiques et de se préparer en vue des conditions hivernales. La situation à 15 h était la suivante : La route vers Big Island dans le comté de Pictou a été emportée par les eaux et est impraticable. Six familles sont isolées dans cette région. Les planificateurs des mesures d’urgence de la région ont communiqué avec ces familles et sont prêts à offrir de l’aide, au besoin. Les responsables du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure évaluent la situation. Au Cap-Breton, plusieurs routes rurales et rues ont subi des dommages ou sont fermées à Sydney. Cross Road à Ingonish Beach est fermée. Deux résidents sont isolés mais les responsables de la gestion des urgences ont communiqué avec eux. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse est en contact avec les responsables de la gestion des urgences dans chaque région de la province. Marine Atlantic a temporairement mis hors service tous ses bateaux à leur arrivée au port le 21 décembre, pendant une période d’environ 72 heures.
To better recover the cost and ensure consistent delivery of important government programs and services, the province will increase user fees and charges by two per cent. The increase, which reflects the cumulative rate of inflation, (-0.2 per cent in 2009 and +2.2 per cent in 2010) will take effect April 1. “User fees help provide important services that Nova Scotians count on,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “I can assure Nova Scotians that we continue to look for cost-effective ways of delivering these services to them.” The increase will apply to most fees for services, licensing and regulatory functions by departments. Fees for government service organizations, such as school boards and health authorities, will not be affected. Some fees will not increase at all, including ambulance services, electrical charges in senior and family public housing, laundry fees in senior public housing, as well as requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A small number of fees will increase by more than two per cent, including: Natural Resources, camping trailer sewage disposal fees from $5.34 to $6.00 (first increase since 2007) Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, single trip ferry tickets from $5.00 to $5.25 (two per cent increase rounded to the next quarter to reduce small change) There are about 1,400 fees charged by government departments. This increase will generate about $3.4 million in additional revenue. The last fee increase, at three per cent, was in April 2009. Some increases will be implemented at a later date because of notification and system requirements. A detailed summary of user-fee increases, including effective dates, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.