Port of Salalah Sees Surge in Container Volume

first_imgzoom Container throughput at the Omani Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period a year earlier.The surge was mainly attributed to an increase in capacity with the completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal in December 2015 as the facility handled around one million metric tons monthly.Some of the container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea, and its ability to accommodate the largest of the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) entering into the Asia/Europe trade lanes, according to APM Terminals. Around 90% of Salalah’s container traffic is transshipment cargo movement.“The largest vessels regularly calling Salalah are about 16,000 TEU capacity vessels which are normally deployed in the Asia/Europe trade lane, for which port calls are decided based upon the sustained ability to handle ULCS performance levels,” Port of Salalah CEO, David Gledhill, said.At present, the largest vessel calling Salalah is the MSC Zoe, which is also the biggest container ship currently in service worldwide, with a stated capacity of 19,224 TEUs.“We are seeing a trend of deployment of these large vessels on major trade lanes and we expect to see more of these calls in the near future,” Gledhill added.Around 30 container liner services call Salalah on a monthly basis, linking the Arabian Sea facility to all major ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, the US East Coast, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.The general cargo facility is currently handling 200,000 metric tons (MT) of limestone and some 550,000 MT of Gypsum monthly, among other cargoes. The new berths are used for discharging grain, loading bagged cement, berthing of the multi-national navies engaged in anti-piracy operation, and for cruise vessels.In 2015, Salalah’s volume reached 2.56 million TEUs. The facility also handled 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo in 2015.last_img read more

Panama Canal Expects Over 230 Cruise Ships in 201617 Season

first_imgzoom More than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.“We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal.Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line’s Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia’s Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.last_img read more

Court Denies Frontlines Restraining Order Request

first_imgzoom The Marshall Islands Court has rejected Frontline’s request for a temporary restraining order regarding matters relating to DHT’s acquisition of BW Group’s VLCC fleet, the court documents show.“The High Court issued its ruling denying Frontline’s request, which Frontline filed on April 27, 2017, after hearing arguments by counsel for Frontline, DHT and BW Group,” DHT said.However, the court has agreed to hear Frontline’s request for a preliminary injunction against DHT Holdings on May 17, 2017, the company said, after additional filings be submitted over the coming weeks.To remind, John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner is seeking an order requiring DHT to set aside its poison pill and what it describes as “other improper takeover defenses” of DHT.Namely, Frontline claims that DHT has pursued such strategies “to entrench itself and its management against offers by Frontline and other third-party bidders, aside from BW Group.”The company earlier said that its move to acquire very large crude carriers (VLCC) from LPG owner BW Group had nothing to do with Frontline’s failed attempts to acquire DHT.As disclosed, the fleet acquisition move is not targeted at “depriving Frontline of the ability to press its pending offer to acquire DHT and all but ensure control is transferred to BW”.“The mere fact that some of the 2 currency being used to acquire those vessels is stock does not entitle Frontline to block this beneficial transaction,” DHT stressed.The move comes following a related action Frontline brought in New York on April 18, 2017, where the court previously held it did not have jurisdiction over DHT or BW Group. The lawsuit was dismissed.Frontline has been trying to acquire DHT shares since March last year, but Marshall Islands-incorporated tanker owner and operator denied all the offers that came its way. The same fate is expected for the latest Frontline’s offer from just two days ago, which DHT said was “unimproved”.“We continue to urge the Board of DHT to negotiate in good faith with Frontline over its proposed offer, for the benefit of all DHT shareholders and consistent with the Board’s fiduciary duties. We will explore all available courses to ensure DHT shareholders receive equitable treatment,” Frontline said.last_img read more

UK Appeal Court Ever Smart Responsible for 2015 Collision

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The containership Ever Smart, which collided with the VLCC Alexandra 1 in February 2015, should bear 80% of the liability for the collision, the UK Court of Appeal confirmed.The ruling upheld the first instance decision of Hon. Mr Justice Teare on appeal following the collision that occurred in the narrow channel leading to the entrance of the port of Jebel Ali.On February 11, the vessels collided at the mouth of the exit channel from Jebel Ali port. At the time of the collision, Ever Smart was heading outbound from Jebel Ali port whilst the Alexandra 1, having its engines in low speed, was waiting in the pilot boarding area to embark the pilot who had just disembarked Ever Smart. As a result of the collision, significant damage was caused to both ships.The parties were agreed on the navigational facts. However, a substantial dispute arose regarding liability and applicability of the narrow channel rule and the crossing rule under rules 9 and 15 of the Collison Regulations (COLREGs).The owners of Ever Smart alleged that the crossing rule applied and so Alexandra 1 was obliged to give way to Ever Smart, while the owners of Alexandra 1 asserted that the crossing rule had limited application to questions of navigation in and around a narrow channel and did not apply to a ship in a narrow channel and a ship navigating towards that channel in preparation for entering it.In the court’s view, the crossing rule did not apply in the present case as in the interests of safety, which was the foundation of the COLREGs, the crossing rule could not have been intended to apply where one ship was navigating along a narrow channel and another ship was navigating towards that channel with a view to entering it.It followed that when Alexandra 1 approached the channel, it was not under a duty to keep out of the way of Ever Smart. As a matter of good seamanship, its duty was to navigate in such a manner that when it reached the channel it would be on the starboard side of the channel in accordance with rule 9 of the COLREGs.The fact that it had to embark a pilot did not discharge it from that duty. In any event, Alexandra 1 was not on a sufficiently defined course for the crossing rules to apply.In addition, it was held that, taking into consideration the unsafe speed of Ever Smart, it contributed far more to the damage resulting from the collision than the lower speed of Alexandra 1. It followed that Ever Smart’s fault was greater than that of Alexandra 1.The matter was appealed on two main issues: namely the applicability of the crossing rule in this scenario, and also whether the judge had erred in law in taking account of the extent of damage sustained by the ships when apportioning liability, according to The Standard Club.On the first issue, Lord Justice of Appeal Gross noted that the aim of the COLREGs was to ensure safety and accordingly he considered that a situation in which a mariner could be required to follow two rules requiring different actions at the same time would be unsatisfactory. He consequently agreed with the first instance judgment that the crossing rules did not apply to this situation. On the second issue, he concluded that a judge is entitled to take into account excessive speed in certain circumstances.The Court of Appeal upheld the finding of the Admiralty Judge that the narrow channel rule applied and the crossing rule did not apply, and dismissed each of the grounds of appeal raised on behalf of Ever Smart interests.last_img read more

Value for Money Assessments Show DHAs Well Managed

first_img development of a funding formula; development of a continuing care needs plan; improvements in the use of databases to improve quality decision making; targeted additional funding, when available, to CEHHA; improvements in financial reporting on costs and workloads. Financial assessments of two district health authorities (DHAs)show that they are well managed, and address efficiency issuesproactively. Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA) and Pictou CountyHealth Authority, agreed to Value for Money assessments last fallas part of an evaluation of their business plans. The plans werebeing evaluated due to projected deficits by each DHA. “We were pleased to have confirmed through the assessments thatthe investment we are making in the health-care system is beingmanaged wisely,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Thecommunities served by those districts should feel confident thattheir health-care needs are being met by well-run organizations.” The assessments did result in some recommendations for both DHAs,including: Mr. MacIsaac noted that the Department of Health has initiativesunderway to address some of the recommendations. Specifically,these initiatives include developing a strategic framework forcontinuing care across the province, and the rollout of the NovaScotia Health Information system which will establish anelectronic clinical information system — including electronichealth records. “We know the DHAs need larger budgets, that is why in the lastyear we have added millions more to the base budget — $19million for ongoing operational cost pressures and $9 million forwage and benefits increases. We have also guaranteed a seven percent increase in their budgets for hospitals and other serviceseach year for three years,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We have been able to accomplish a great deal in health care inthe last five years. The challenge we face is there are moredemands for services than the province can meet with the currentlevel of funding from the federal government,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “A long-term commitment to sustainable funding from the federalgovernment would allow us to address the fundingrecommendations.” The Value for Money assessments were conducted in the twodistricts from October 2003 to December 2003. The final report isposted on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/health underreports.last_img read more

Youth Conservation Corps Accepting Applications from Community Organizations

first_imgENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Youth Conservation Corps AcceptingApplications from Community Organizations Community groups in Nova Scotia are being offered a helping handwith environmentally friendly projects for the 16th summer in arow. The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps is once again lookingfor project proposals that will help community groups completeenvironmental projects while providing people between the ages of17 and 24 with valuable work experience from June 27 through Aug.26. Eligible projects can be sponsored by community groups,businesses, government agencies, industries, institutions orenvironmental organizations. Projects must fall into at least oneof six categories: watershed management, waste resourcemanagement, pollution prevention, environmental education andinterpretation, air quality management or climate change. “The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps and our communitypartners provide a great summer work experience for young NovaScotians,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”Last year youth corps members worked on environmental educationprojects with Clean Nova Scotia and water quality projects withthe L’Ardoise Economic Association of Development.” The youth conservation corps program will pay 75 per cent of thelabour cost of a two-, three-, or four-person crew — a value upto $8,032.50 — and provides up to $100 towards project expensesand $50 towards mileage per project. It provides administration,recruiting, and payroll services. It also trains workers inemergency first aid, occupational health and safety, workplacehazardous materials information system, and basic environmentalissues. Community partners are required to provide the remaining 25 percent of the cost of labour — up to $2,677.50 — and any otherexpenses. They are also responsible for specific project trainingand day-to-day supervision of the student workers. Additional information is available on the program’s website at: www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ycc/ . Potential community partners can also telephone 902-424-4924 foradditional information. Project proposals must be received no later than Friday, March 4.last_img read more

Foster Family Appreciation Week Oct 1622

first_imgFoster families across the province will be recognized for their dedication to young people during Foster Family Appreciation Week, Oct. 16-22. “Foster families provide safe and nurturing homes for children and youth during very difficult times,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “Nova Scotia’s foster families welcome young people into their homes with extraordinary kindness and compassion. I hope that all Nova Scotians take the time during Foster Family Appreciation Week to thank foster families in their communities for the care they provide to some of our most vulnerable children.” There are more than 700 foster families in Nova Scotia. Each year, the third week in October is set aside to recognize the love and support foster families provide to children and youth in care. The theme of this year’s Foster Family Appreciation Week is Open Doors, Open Hearts. As part of its annual celebration, the Foster Care program once again hosted an art and poetry contest for children and youth. The selected art contest entry was created by Joy, age 17 while the author of the selected poetry submission was Willow, age 8. Their entries can be viewed on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . Foster Family Appreciation Week was launched on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Agritech Park in Bible Hill. A family fun day was held to celebrate the accomplishments of foster families across the province. Certificates of recognition will also be awarded to foster families for every five years that they have been caring for young people. “Nova Scotians can be proud of the dedication and support foster families provide to children and youth in care every day,” said Jill Wilson Kingston, provincial foster care services co-ordinator. “Young people in foster care have diverse and sometimes challenging needs. Our foster parents are well-equipped to support them, with comprehensive training, a team-based approach, and caring and compassionate hearts.” All foster parents attend comprehensive training programs to prepare them to help the young people in their care. Training issues cover such varied topics as sensitivity, the developmental needs of children and non-violent crisis intervention. Experienced foster parent trainers share their knowledge and help deliver the Parent Resource: Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training with the Department of Community Services and the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia. Foster parents also receive support to assist with costs associated with helping the young people in their care. More information about foster care, including how families can take the first steps towards becoming involved, is available by calling the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-565-1884.last_img read more

Heating Season Best Time to Test for Radon

first_imgNow that heating season has arrived, Nova Scotians are encouraged to test their homes for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. In partnership with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division, the province will remind homeowners that it is “Time to Test” throughout the next several weeks. “By launching this public-awareness campaign, we continue to lead the country in addressing radon as a health issue,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, the lead agency for radon testing and awareness in the province. “The health risk of radon in indoor air is associated with long-term exposure,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer. “If you’re exposed to elevated levels over many years, you are at increased risk for lung cancer, especially if you are a smoker.” Long-term exposure to high levels of radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Testing during the heating season gives a more accurate measure of how much radon is accumulating in living spaces from soil underneath buildings because windows and doors are closed. Testing devices, including mail-in laboratory analysis, are available through major retailers, environmental testing companies or on the Internet for $40-$80. A new national guideline suggests reducing radon gas levels to 200 Becquerels per cubic metre, one quarter the level described in the old guideline. For more information on radon gas, testing, and the Health Canada guideline, call Environment and Labour at 1-877-9-ENVIRO (368476) or go to the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

Road Repairs Progress

first_imgSteady progress is being made to repair roads and bridges damaged by unusually heavy rainfall over the Labour Day weekend. Damage was most widely experienced around Pictou and Inverness counties. “Crews continue to work hard to complete repairs and have made significant progress in meeting the challenges presented by the extremely heavy rains,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “Many repairs are complete and we expect that the vast majority to be finished by the end of September.” In Pictou County, significant areas damaged by the storm include Route 347 which has been repaired to allow one lane to open. The other lane is expected to open in the next few days. Other damage includes road washouts and culvert damage on the Six Mile Brook Road, James Murray Road, Trunk 4 and Piedmont Valley Road. Repairs are underway and are expected to be complete by the end of September. Several sections of Trunk 19 in Inverness County had road washouts. More than twenty other roads had damage to culverts. Roads are open while repairs continue. Fourteen bridges also had some storm damage. Twelve are open, however the Jack Gillis Bridge and the Broad Cove Marsh Bridge remain closed, with detours available. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of the month. More than 20 roads in the Judique area had major or minor damage, mainly to culvert and shoulders. Some repairs have been complete, with all work expected to be complete by the end of September. There was a major culvert collapse on the Upper South West Mabou Road. Repairs are underway and are expected to be complete within the next few weeks. Roads are open while repairs continue. The Shore Road Bridge is closed, with a short detour available. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-September. Four roads in the Port Hawkesbury area had washouts and all work is either complete or expected to be finished by mid-September. The Upper Lameys Bridge had washouts but is open while repairs are underway. “I commend our highway workers for their quick and committed response to getting the roads repaired,” said Mr. Scott. “We ask that people on the road continue to use caution in these areas while we work on repairs, particularly with the potential for more severe weather from Tropical Storm Hanna.” The total cost of repairs is still being assessed but will be more than $1.5 million.last_img read more

Canso Causeway Closed Due To Severe Weather Conditions

first_imgCanso Causeway has been closed today, Jan. 1, to all traffic until further notice due to severe whiteout conditions caused by a high storm surge. A storm system continues to bring severe winter weather and whiteout conditions across the rest of Nova Scotia as well. Drivers are warned to keep off roads to keep themselves and others safe, as travel is extremely difficult. More information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. -30-last_img

Film Nova Scotia Welcomes Judy Steele to Board

first_imgJudy Steele, community leader and Emera Energy’s vice-president of finance, has been appointed to the board of directors of Film Nova Scotia. Ms. Steele is a chartered accountant and has worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Pier 21 Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Halifax Metro United Way. “Film Nova Scotia and the local film industry will benefit from the experience and knowledge that Ms. Steele will bring to the board of directors,” said Bonnie Kirby, the chair of Film Nova Scotia’s board of directors. “We are pleased to welcome her aboard.” Ms. Steele joins the board for a three-year term. The board includes representatives from across the province with diverse backgrounds. “Film Nova Scotia is pleased that a respected individual like Ms. Steele has expressed her commitment to Nova’s Scotia’s film industry by agreeing to join the board,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and chief executive officer of Film Nova Scotia. “We have an exciting and vibrant industry and we are confident that Ms. Steele will enjoy her term with the board.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

Change in Monitoring of H1N1 Human Swine Influenza

first_imgThe Department of Health Promotion and Protection is changing the way public health officials monitor and report cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) beginning today, May 22. “H1N1 is behaving like seasonal influenza, so we are making our clinical approach to this virus consistent with the way we normally manage flu,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for the province. “However, the outbreak of H1N1 in Nova Scotia is not over. That’s why we are enhancing our surveillance efforts. It is important to track community spread and quickly detect any change in severity.” The move is consistent with the approach taken by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and other provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada. The province will continue close communication with district health authorities, public health professionals and work closely with federal, provincial, and territorial partners. Many experts believe that the H1N1 virus could return in the fall. It is also possible the next outbreak could be more severe. “We have a strong health-care system with highly skilled and caring professionals. We are well-positioned to manage any issues that might arise,” said Dr. Ken Buchholz, senior physician advisor with the Department of Health. “We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, district health authorities and health-care professionals to ensure we are prepared.” Businesses large and small are also being asked to prepare for the fall flu season. All organizations are encouraged to ensure their business continuity plans are up-to-date with the most accurate information possible. Nova Scotians are reminded that everyone can help slow the spread of viruses through prevention. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces such as doorknobs and kitchen counters, and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fever, cough, severe fatigue, and head or muscle aches. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is 70. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

200910 Budget Overview

first_img Making Life Better for Families Nova Scotia’s capital plan for 2009–10 will leverage available federal dollars and stimulate the provincial economy. Government plans to spend a total of $796 million to build and repair roads and bridges, schools, health-care facilities, housing and more. $81.3 million will go towards funding for parks, land improvements and land purchases across the province. This will help meet the province’s land purchase requirements such as those contained in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Beginning Oct. 1, the provincial HST portion will be removed from basic home electricity. This initiative will put $15 million back into Nova Scotian households throughout the winter heating season. Up to 1,500 Nova Scotians who build or purchase a new home can qualify for The New Home Construction Rebate. The rebate is equivalent to 50 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST, to a maximum of $7,000. The Equity Tax Credit will be increased by $1 million. The rate of the tax credit will be increased from 30 to 35 per cent of the value of eligible investments made, starting in January 2010. This initiative is expected to return $7.9 million to businesses in 2010. To increase competitiveness, a 10 per cent investment credit will be provided to businesses in the manufacturing and processing sector. At an annual cost of $25 million, the program will begin in January 2010 and will help manufacturers boost productivity and create secure jobs for Nova Scotians. Those graduating with a degree who choose to stay and work in Nova Scotia will be able to deduct up to $2,500 per year over a six-year period — providing potential tax savings up to $15,000. Students with a diploma or certificate will be able to deduct up to $1,250 per year over a six-year period, potentially saving $7,500 in taxes. A $750,000 fund will be created to help families with accommodation costs when they must travel out of province to seek medical treatment. -30- NOTE: For further 2009–2010 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . The province of Nova Scotia is tabling a budget with a deficit of $592.1 million for 2009–10. Total revenues for 2009–10, including government business enterprises’ net income of $356.8 million, are projected to be $8.4 billion, a decrease of $54.1 million over the 2008–09 estimates. Provincial source revenues are estimated to be down $421.5 million, offset by a $368.8-million increase in federal source revenues. Provincial source revenues have decreased primarily as a result of decreases in income taxes of $141.2 million and petroleum royalties of $362.8 million, offset by increases in HST revenues of $30.5 million and a $30.9 million increase in tobacco tax revenues. Interest revenues are up $11.4 million. Despite equalization payments being flat, federal source revenues are up over the 2008–09 estimates due to increases in infrastructure cost-shared revenues of $62.8 million, the Crown Share Adjustment payment of $79.4 million, increases to the amount accrued for the Offshore Agreement of $74.2 million, and increases in the Canada Health and Social Transfers of $43.2 million. These increases are offset by a decline in other federal sources of $15.2 million. Total expenses for fiscal 2009–10, before consolidation adjustments, are budgeted at $9.1 billion, up $761.1 million from an $8.3 billion total in 2008–09. Major increases in spending for departments include assistance to universities, $225.3 million; Health, $216.3 million; Labour and Workforce Development, $98.4 million; Community Services, $33.2 million; Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, $45.7 million; Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, $23.5 million; and Education, $23.4 million. A Measured Dose of Stimuluslast_img read more

Province to Cut Red Tape for Hospitality Industry

first_imgThe government is partnering with municipalities and with the restaurant and accommodations industry to slash red tape and make it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Mark Furey announced today, Jan. 30, the formation of the Restaurant and Accommodations Industry Sector Bundle Project, marking the first time in Canada that business and government have come together to deliver a comprehensive bundle of specific services through a single online tool. “The regulatory burden is significant in the restaurant and accommodations sector today,” said Mr. Furey. “We know that cutting through the red tape and making business more competitive demands that we work hand-in-hand to find solutions.” The first step in the project is the creation of a Restaurant and Accommodations Industry Advisory Group, made up entirely of owner-operators across the province and representation from industry associations. The group will identify needed improvements in regulation and the delivery of services that will support businesses, improve their competiveness, and strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy. Government has already been collaborating with industry over the past few months, together with three pilot municipalities — Halifax Regional Municipality, the Town of Truro and the Town of Antigonish. Together they have identified a collection of more than 40 provincial and municipal licences and permits now required by accommodation providers and food service establishments in order to carry on business. A priority of the project is to find ways of eliminating needless duplication by using digital tools to allow businesses to satisfy multiple requirements with just one online stop. Gordon Stewart, executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, said his group is pleased to be part of the project. “This project will clearly lead to a reduction in red tape for new start-ups, small and medium size business operations. The harmonization of forms and information that can be transferred from department to department will make both government and industry more efficient,” Mr. Stewart said. Over the next year, the province will ramp up its engagement with other industry partners, identify opportunities and confirm the project’s priorities before designing and implementing the new online tools. “The project has the potential to make a significant improvement in the business environment across the province,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “Tourism operators are primarily small business and the administrative burden placed on them by many of these processes has traditionally been quite substantial. “We are delighted to be working with the provincial government to advance this and other projects and applaud them as they seek to streamline costs.” The project is part of Access to Business, the government’s initiative to make it easier for businesses in Nova Scotia to access government services. The Access to Business online service was launched in December 2012 and provides businesses in the province the opportunity to complete many different government transactions online, at their convenience. The province continues to respond to feedback from the business community, and expand the offering of this online tool.last_img read more

Students Build Careers in Ocean and Energy Sectors

first_imgTwenty post-secondary students across Nova Scotia are gaining invaluable work experience this summer in the energy sector through the Energy Training Program for Students. Several of the students are working in ocean-related industries. “The energy training program has allowed me to gain hands-on skills in a successful and vibrant work atmosphere, such as JASCO Applied Sciences,” said Carmen Lawrence, an ocean technology student at Nova Scotia Community College. “I have been able to interact with people working in the ocean technology field with a multidisciplinary approach. “I am very excited to have this opportunity, as it enables me to be mentored by industry professionals in all aspects of design, construction, deployment and processing of oceanographic data.” The program, in its 14th year of operation, has provided hands-on experience to more than 400 young people in Nova Scotia. This year, 18 employers are taking part including JASCO Applied Sciences Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., and the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the ocean technology sector. “The energy training program makes it possible for small-sized companies to bring in new graduates with fresh ideas and youthful perspectives, who already have an understanding of the energy sector,” said JoAnn Nippard, human resource manager for JASCO Applied Sciences Canada. The program provides eligible employers with a 50 per cent subsidy, up to $7.50 per hour, toward a student’s salary during a 12 to 17 week employment with the organization. Work terms are from May to August. “Nova Scotia’s offshore and tidal industries offer excellent opportunities for economic and employment growth in Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “It’s terrific to see young Nova Scotians have a real chance to start building careers here in innovative energy-related fields.” For more information on the Energy Training Program for Students visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .last_img read more

New Season of Public Events Celebrate Nova Scotia Heritage and Excellence

first_img jazz concert by the Vesuvius Big Band of the Halifax Music Co-op, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. presentation by Colonel (Ret’d) John Boileau on the history of the 25th and 85th Battalions, Canadian Expeditionary Force that deployed to the Great War in 1916, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. musical performance by Alana Yorke in association with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mi’kmaq storytelling presentation by Ursula Johnson, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. presentation on the 78th Highland Regiment by Rod MacLean, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. piano recital by 16-year-old, award-winning pianist Jade Ley, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Musical performances, historical lectures and Mi’kmaq storytelling are among the events featured in this fall’s Evenings at Government House, a public event series hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. “It is my pleasure to once again invite the public to the fall 2016 Evenings at Government House series, where they will learn about Nova Scotia’s rich history and sample the wonderful talent that exists in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “Mrs. Grant and I always look forward to welcoming guests to Government House, the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians.” The events are free and will be held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. People can register online at http://lt.gov.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-7001. Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca/news-events/evenings-government-house for more details. Scheduled events are:last_img read more

International Womens Day Focuses on Gender Equality and Women in Leadership Oped

first_imgI want to take this opportunity to wish everyone an impactful and engaged International Women’s Day! It is a time to celebrate our achievements and to take stock of our progress for women and girls in Nova Scotia. This year’s theme, #equality matters, is relevant to all Nova Scotians. Equality between women and men most certainly does matter. In fact, it is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We have made great strides in achieving equality, such as in women’s advancements in education and workforce participation, yet challenges remain. A community where women are safe and economically secure is a community that is thriving. Women and girls make up 51 per cent Nova Scotia’s population. Women are more likely to earn the lowest wages, have precarious employment and are at the highest risk of violent victimization throughout their lives. Addressing these challenges is a collective effort that all Nova Scotians should be committed to. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women in leadership. Looking back, our history is rich with examples of women leaders who have made a difference in achieving equality. One of these women is Viola Desmond, a business woman and community leader who stood up for her rights and changed history. She is the first Canadian woman to be featured on our currency. You can read more of Viola Desmond’s story in The Nova Scotia Nine, http://women.gov.ns.ca/ns9, a wonderful volume reflecting through art and text on nine impressive women from our province’s history. There are a number of events here and across the country to markInternational Women’s Day. I am honoured to participate in the National Indigenous Women’s Summit in Toronto with indigenous women leaders from across Canada. I am joined at this important national gathering by 11 strong Mi’kmaq women who care deeply about opportunities for indigenous women in Nova Scotia. Eleven young women from across the province are representing their communities at the Daughters of the Vote National Leadership Summit on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. These young women leaders are marking the historic achievement of women’s enfranchisement in Canada. We are also celebrating women’s advancement in the trades and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, known as the STEM fields, at the Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus. This International Women’s Day event will showcase the Women Innovating in Nova Scotia bursary and a new series of portraits, The Women of STEM, by Nova Scotia artist Joanne Napier. For more information, go to http://women.gov.ns.ca/content/iwd-wins-bursary-and-art-exhibit. It is particularly important to acknowledge the impact of Nova Scotia’s first ever Sexual Violence Strategy. Freedom from violence is a human right. Community leaders across the province are working very hard to prevent sexual violence and to build knowledge, especially around how we understand consent to sexual activity. All Nova Scotians, especially those in positions of influence, need to understand the devastating impact of sexual violence and the right of persons to freely consent. I believe survivors, and I am committed to making a difference in the prevention of violence against women and girls in all its forms. To learn more about the awareness campaign, go to https://breakthesilencens.ca/. Our province needs the talents of everyone – women, men, girls and boys – to truly reach its full potential. Gender stereotypes hold us back. This International Women’s Day, I challenge all Nova Scotians to make a commitment to gender equality and to show that #equality matters in our families, workplaces and communities. -30-last_img read more

Funding for Community Pool in Bible Hill

first_imgSeniors, students and children alike can enjoy healthier lifestyles with continued access to a community pool in Bible Hill. Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell, joined by Deputy Premier Karen Casey and members of the Scotia Pool Society, announced today, Sept. 4, $50,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Glen W. Smith Community Pool most commonly referred to as Scotia Pool. “The province is pleased to add our support to this community’s drive to provide ongoing opportunities for health promotion,” said Mr. Colwell. “I’m excited for the opportunities this newly renovated and renamed pool will create.” These funds will ensure the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society for $1 a year. Active volunteers fundraise for ongoing operational support. “The Scotia Pool is a valuable resource in our community that volunteers have been able to preserve for all to use,” said Glenda Bower, chair of the Scotia Pool Society. “This investment demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining the Scotia Pool in Colchester Co.” Swimming is a great low-impact activity that people of all ages can use to improve their health. It is especially important for our growing population of seniors. Aspiring tri-athletes, and children learning swimming safety, are also regulars in the five-lane 25-metre pool.last_img read more