zoom Continuing its commitment to stop the imminent extinction of the endangered vaquita porpoise, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro IV.The campaign will have Sea Shepherd’s M/V Farley Mowat back on active duty for the third consecutive year in the Gulf of California – the only waters on Earth which are home to this mammal. Joining the Farley for the first time on a Milagro campaign will be the M/V John Paul DeJoria.With Milagro IV, Sea Shepherd said it “will once again work with the Mexican government to address the urgent need to protect the elusive vaquita before it is too late.”Both the Farley and the JPD will protect the waters of the vaquita marine reserve, remove nets, patrol for poachers, document issues facing this endangered cetacean and continue to collect data to share with the scientific community. The campaign will run through May 2018.According to Sea Shepherd, the most recent statistics show the population of vaquita has dwindled to an estimated less than 30 individuals. The vaquita is particularly susceptible to population decline, with a slower rate of reproduction than that of other porpoise species. In addition, it has a comparatively short lifespan of approximately 20 years.Yet despite these vulnerabilities, the biggest threat to the vaquita’s survival are illegal gillnets fishermen put out to catch another endangered species: the totoaba bass. Similar in size to the totoaba, the vaquita gets caught in gillnets, suffocates and drowns. Meanwhile, the captured totoaba has its swim bladder removed and transported to China and Hong Kong where it sells for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market to be for unsubstantiated medicinal properties.“We must have a higher regard for ocean life if these species are to survive. Human greed and lack of respect for the oceans is responsible for near-wipeout of the vaquita. If it goes extinct, that’s another broken link in the eco-chain and one step closer to our own extinction. Sea Shepherd will not give up its fight to save the vaquita and the totoaba,” Jean Paul Geoffroy, Campaign Leader, pointed out.“Sea Shepherd is now taking on Milagro IV, our fourth year of the challenging task of preventing the extinction of the endangered vaquita. If not for the confiscation of hundreds of nets and our drone interventions in finding the poachers at night, the vaquita would now be extinct. There are some people who say this is a lost cause and that extinction is inevitable. We disagree. Increased patrols, increased interventions coupled with the courage and the passion of our volunteer crews can prevail,” Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Founder and CEO, commented.
zoomImage Courtesy: CRYO Shipping Bergen-based bunker supplier Cryo Shipping has received government grants for developing suitable infrastructure solutions for the supply of fully renewable energy as marine fuel.Although Cryo Shipping was established as a supplier of LNG, the company is now focusing on even greener energy sources such as biogas and hydrogen. It is developing hydrogen bunkering services optimized for the growing hydrogen bunker market in Norway.“Hydrogen as marine fuel is in an early phase, and … we still have a way to go with regards to developing suitable concepts, technical solutions, regulations and operational requirements,” Are Magnussen, Partner and project manager at Cryo Shipping, explained.The company said it is cooperating with major players in the hydrogen industry, initially serving Norwegian shipowners who are taking early positions as consumers of fully renewable marine fuels.As the maritime industry is slowly moving towards a clean and renewable future, Cryo Shipping said it “aims to take the lead in the future green energy development”.The company also strives to accelerate the development of LNG as a future marine fuel. Earlier this month, Cryo Shipping conducted its first LNG bunkering operation in Sweden with the cement carrier Greenland being supplied with this green fuel.Read more:Will Hydrogen Power Shipping’s Shift to Renewables?
On Monday, Sept. 1, Nova Scotians will join all of Canada inrecognizing working people, and the strength of Canada’s workforce. “Labour Day has been an important day for Canadians since it wasestablished as a national holiday in 1894,” said Premier JohnHamm. “It’s important for us to remember that it means much morethan the last long weekend of summer. It’s a day on which we needto reflect on the importance of partnerships and sharedresponsibility in the workplace.” Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash said that positive,co-operative relations between workers and management are vitalto safety, productivity and job satisfaction. “My experience as an occupational health and safety professionalhas taught me that when there is a shared vision for safety andjob satisfaction, the workplace is inevitably more productive.The Department of Environment and Labour will continue to workwith employers and employees to make sure we have healthy, safeand productive workplaces.” The minister said that Nova Scotia’s work force can compete withwork forces anywhere else in the world. “We should take pride in that, as we mark Labour Day. We shouldcelebrate our work force as being educated, flexible, motivatedand well able to meet the requirements of the modern workplace.”
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Nova Scotia Business Challenged to ReduceWaste Businesses that aggressively reduce waste can expect more profit,enhanced corporate reputation and new opportunities. Environmentand Labour Minister Kerry Morash delivered that message today,Oct. 22, at a breakfast meeting marking Waste Reduction Week. He told the audience of business leaders in Halifax that newbusiness models based on low or no waste are the way of thefuture. He said these models have been embraced by majorinternational corporations and are beginning to take root in NovaScotia. Mr. Morash cited the recent venture between Ocean NutritionLimited and Wilson’s Fuels to distribute a furnace fuel that’sbased on fish oil that used to be dumped. He said turning wasteinto opportunity takes “vision and creativity, and a willingnessto look beyond your current business model.” Mr. Morash said government is doing its part. The provincialenergy strategy commits government to incorporate energyefficiency into building renovations and purchases. Corporatefleet purchasing will also be influenced by energy efficiency. “Nova Scotians intrinsically value environmental responsibility,”the minister said. “They demand it of government and they expectit of business and industry.” Waste Reduction Week runs until Sunday, Oct. 26. It is sponsoredby the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation and Nova Scotia Environmentand Labour.
Bigger means better for students at the North Nova EducationCentre in New Glasgow. More than 900 students in Grades 10 to 12 attend the $21-millionhigh school which was officially opened today, Nov. 24, byPremier John Hamm and Education Minister Jamie Muir. “This is a wonderful school,” said Premier John Hamm. “It offersour students a much greater choice in course selection, andprovides excellent opportunities for them to learn and shapetheir future careers.” Prior to the opening of North Nova, students in the area attendedone of three schools, Trenton Middle/High School, East PictouRural High School or New Glasgow High School. Students could select from up to 60 courses at their formerschools. At North Nova they can choose from more than 120 courses. Amongthe newer courses and programs available are an enhanced finearts program which includes film and video production techniques. Also new to many students are enhanced core French and Frenchimmersion, and advanced courses in English, math, physics,biology and chemistry. The school also boasts an Occupational Preparedness Program inwhich students can study automotive care, food services, forestryand retail merchandising. “We’re now able to meet the needs of more students at a criticaltime in their lives,” said North Nova principal Eileen English. “The expanded course offerings, increased student population andmodern facilities offer some fantastic opportunities, bothcurricular and extra-curricular, for the students of North Nova.” A partnership of local community groups and individuals raisedabout $1 million dollars for enhancements, including a largergymnasium and the construction of a 350-seat theatre/auditoriumat both North Nova and the Northumberland Regional High School inAlma. Construction was completed in September 2003.
KINGS COUNTY: Greenwich Connector/Trunk 1 Intersection Motorists are advised that effective Monday, June 14 to Saturday,July 31 intersection improvements will be carried out at theintersection of Trunk 1 and the Greenwich Connector (Route 358),Greenwich. There will be intermittent lane closures and traffic control willconsist of traffic control persons. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Motorists mayexperience delays and are advised to use alternate routes wherepossible. Local area office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 -30-
The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, will get some extra attention this year. New Brunswick is joining forces with Nova Scotia’s tidal energy program to assess the potential impacts of the new technology on the Bay of Fundy. “We welcome New Brunswick’s involvement in tidal energy development,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “A lot of work needs to be done before demonstration turbines can be put in the water, and New Brunswick is helping us move that work forward.” “This is an initiative we are very pleased to take part in,” said New Brunswick Energy Minister Jack Keir. “This is an important step forward in developing future tidal projects which could benefit both of our provinces.” Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have committed to complete strategic environmental assessments of the Bay of Fundy. The assessments consist of two main parts; an environmental and socio-economic impact assessment report and extensive feedback and consultation with interested parties. Each province is investing up to $75,000 to complete the environmental and socio-economic report, which will look at issues such as marine-life impacts, energy security, energy cost, greenhouse gas levels, compatibility with other marine activities, and economic development. This work is being done through Nova Scotia’s Offshore Energy and Environmental Research association, and is part of Nova Scotia’s $250,000 commitment to complete the strategic environmental assessment. Research from the U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute identifies the Bay of Fundy as, potentially, the best site in North America for large-scale, grid-connected tidal-energy generation.
Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Nov. 28. There is a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring 2009. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. -30- Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3 will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place near the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive St. Margarets Bay Road, for about one kilometre, from Albert Walker Drive to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, upgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Nov. 28. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Campbell’s Creek Campbell’s Creek Bridge on Route 305 will be closed for rail repairs on weekdays until Friday, Nov. 28. A detour is available on Route 239 and Northwest Arm Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Nov. 28, for paving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road remains closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 and Bog Road Overpass The Bog Road overpass, above Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It is being replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 for 1.5 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for upgrades until Aug. 31, 2009. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection of Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres until Wednesday, Nov. 26. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will have alternating lane closures until Friday, Dec. 5 to install traffic signals at the entrance of Central Supplies and the Petro Canada station. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-578-9679 Fax: 902-563-0540 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Dec. 19. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. Detour on East Margaree Crossroad. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mosher Bridge Mosher Bridge on Shore Road East will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 28. A detour route is available on Shore Road East to Gate Mountain Road, to Route 362, and then back to Shore Road East. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7094 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 17, to remove the underpass near Thorburn Consolidated School. Motorists are advised to use the detour route adjacent to the Thorburn Road via Hollow Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound for about 500 metres to Exit 7, will have occasional one lane closures until Friday, Nov. 28 to install truck weighing equipment. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street The intersection of Vincent Way and Hawthorne Street will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving until Sunday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 and Exit 25 The Back Road on Trunk 1, and ramps at the Exit 25 interchange on Highway 101 at Joggins Bridge, will be closed to all traffic until Tuesday, Nov. 25. Detour routes are marked. Please obey signs and personnel, and travel with caution. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour, east for 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Wednesday, Nov. 26. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 29. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596
NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, April 14, for repairs. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, at Canso Causeway, will have night work for placement of armor rock along a 1.2 kilometer section from the canal bridge, westerly to the scale house, Sunday to Friday. The work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until Friday, May 21. Traffic control people and signage will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is open to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Traffic on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will have periodic lane closures from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Traffic control people will be onsite, but delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane in Shubenacadie for upgrades to the drainage system. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be completed Sunday, April 25. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-
The Department of Finance has posted an HST toolkit on its website to provide retailers with additional information on the HST restoration effective July 1st. “We are dedicated to getting our province back to balance,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “I’d like to thank Nova Scotian retailers for their understanding and cooperation while we take on the hard work to start living within our means.” The toolkit features high-resolution PDF signage that retailers can print and post in their stores, a checklist explaining the tax restoration and background information on the HST. On July 1st, the HST will be restored to 15 per cent, when the provincial portion of the HST increases from eight per cent to 10 per cent. The HST is expected to generate an additional $214.8 million in 2010-11, and $307.5 million in 2011-12. For more information on the HST restoration and rebates, visit the Department of Finance website at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/taxation/hstchanges/hstforbusiness.aspx
Nova Scotians and visitors will be able to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking in a unique Atlantic Canadian way. “As Atlantic Canadians, it’s part of our culture to lend a hand and help recognize the important moments in our history,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We encourage everyone to participate in the free, public events to commemorate the anniversary.” Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent will host Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells on Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 p.m. in the Grand Parade, Halifax. Known for his recent roles in the films Away from Her and The Shipping News and the television show Republic of Doyle, Mr. Pinsent grew up in Grand Falls, N.L., and became an officer of the Order of Canada in 1979. He was promoted to companion of the Order of Canada in 1998. The Marconi Company wireless station at Cape Race, in Mr. Pinsent’s home province of Newfoundland, received wireless messages from the Titanic and helped relay messages during the sinking and rescue efforts. Twenty-one performers and musical groups, including Laura Smith, Lennie Gallant, John Gracie, the Stadacona Band of the Maritime Forces Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, will perform at the event. A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time recorded when the last wireless messages from the Titanic were received. The Cape Race wireless station logged message times in Eastern Standard Time, an hour earlier than Atlantic time. Flares will be set off to symbolize the ship’s call for help. The timing of the event has been changed to more accurately reflect the Log of RMS Titanic Wireless Messages. George Jordan, actor, narrator, broadcaster and program producer, will host The Gathering on April 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the waterfront side of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. People will gather at that site before starting a walking, candle-lit procession to the Grand Parade to join the Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells event. From the museum, the procession will move along Lower Water Street, left onto George, left onto Hollis, right onto Prince, right onto Argyle and into the Grand Parade. Dave MacIsaac, Louis Benoit, the Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir and the RCMP Pipes and Drum band will perform at the Titanic Spiritual Ceremony on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax. Members of the Canadian Coast Guard will also attend. “All of the performers have really come together to mark the occasion,” said Ken Pinto, executive director, Titanic 100. “We extend our thanks to them and we look forward to hosting a series of memorable events in April.” A Canadian sugar maple tree will be planted at the cemetery as part of the interfaith memorial service. The tree symbolizes Nova Scotia and Canada’s role in the tragedy. The Canadian sugar maple leaf is the same leaf that appears on the Canadian flag. For a complete list of performers and more information on Titanic commemorative events, visit www.novascotia.com/titanic . To volunteer for events from April 7 to 15 in Halifax Regional Municipality, visit www.eventsnovascotia.com/nsvolunteertool .
Three new members of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council will help grow Nova Scotia’s creative economy with their knowledge and experience. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra announced the appointment of Gerald Gloade, Mary Jane Lamond and Jamie MacLellan, today, Sept. 14. “The arts and culture industry in Nova Scotia enhances our quality of life and brings important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Mr. Preyra. “This council provides a foundation for growth for the province’s creative economy. It will clearly benefit from the addition of these new members who bring with them a wide range of experience and enthusiasm.” The new members reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of the province: — Gerald Gloade, Millbrook, is a Mi’kmaw artist, carver, storyteller and cultural educator. Mr. Gloade is a program development officer with the Department of Education, member of the Tripartite Forum and program development officer with the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre. — Jamie MacLellan, Halifax, is a visual artist and public art facilitator with Halifax Regional Municipality. Mr. MacLellan is a former board member of the Khyber Arts Society. — Mary Jane Lamond, Glendale, Inverness Co., is a singer, interpreter of Gaelic songs and musician. Ms. Lamond is former co-chair of the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, active in the Gaelic community and received the 2010 Portia White Prize. They join current members Ronald Bourgeois, Paula Davis, Chris Ball, Terrilee Bulger, Fiona Diamond, George Klass, Maria Osende, Charlie Rhindress, Scott Simpson, Susan Tooke, and department staff representatives Marcel McKeough and Peggy Tibbo-Cameron. Outgoing members are Linda Ross, Devon Strang and Jim Morrow. “Although we say farewell to three valued colleagues who made their mark in the sector and on this council, it is with great pleasure that we welcome these talented and experienced individuals to our team,” said Mr. Bourgeois, council chair. “Together with our returning members, they will play an important role in representing the interests of our arts and culture sector here in Nova Scotia.” In consultation with the arts and culture sector, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council provides advice and recommendations to guide the department about strategy, policy and ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. Council members represent a cross-section of Nova Scotians with geographic and cultural diversity, and a broad range of experience in the arts and culture sector.
Vicky Doucette has been appointed a Crown attorney in Amherst. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment today, Nov. 28. “Ms. Doucette’s broad legal experience and her prosecutorial skills make her a welcome addition to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Edmundston, N.B., Ms. Doucette graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1999 with an honours bachelor of arts in psychology and in 2002 with a bachelor of laws. Ms. Doucette articled with the firm of Clark Drummie, now Cox and Palmer, in Moncton and in 2003 was appointed an associate focusing first on corporate and tax law and then turning to litigation. She has prosecution experience acting as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Ms. Doucette is fluent in both official languages. She volunteers as an instructor for New Brunswick bar admission courses and is active in the figure skating community as a volunteer official.
The deadline for feedback is Nov. 3. The final report is expected Dec. 31. To view the terms of reference for the review, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/adminreview. Ms. Glaze has extensive experience in system and school improvement. She has worked with educators in almost 50 countries. On behalf of consultant Avis Glaze, government is asking parents and members of the public to comment on the recently announced Education System Administrative Review. The review, by Ms. Glaze, is looking specifically at the education system administrative model, including governing school boards, central administrative offices and administration at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The goal of the review is to ensure the right administrative structure is in place that best supports student success. Ms. Glaze is looking for feedback on three questions available at https://novascotia.ca/adminsurvey/ what administrative changes would you propose should be made to the education system to ensure the focus is on the needs of students? what changes would you propose should be made to the Department of Education and Early Child Development? what changes would you propose should be made to the administration of school boards?
the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues an incentive agreement which can be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 21. Documentary TV series, These Woods Are Haunted, produced by Ocean Magic TV Inc. (Ocean Entertainment Ltd.), has been approved for a funding commitment of $461,675 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,565,000. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . Quick facts: To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30-
New Delhi: A military tribunal on Wednesday allowed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief on Friday as it deferred hearing on a petition challenging his appointment by nearly seven weeks.Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) here challenging the appointment of Singh as the next Navy Chief, overlooking his seniority. “The AFT posted the matter for hearing on July 17 as government sought more time for placing records relating to Vice Admiral Singh’s appointment before the tribunal,” Verma’s lawyer Ankur Chhibber said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said the AFT allowed Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief from incumbent Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31 and that his continuation will depend on the final outcome of the case. Verma is the senior-most naval commander. On May 22, the tribunal had directed the government to produce before it on May 29 all records and documents relating to selection of the new Navy chief. However, the government could not produce the records and sought more time. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsEarlier this month, the defence ministry issued an order rejecting Verma’s petition before it. Following the defence ministry’s order, Verma filed a fresh petition at the AFT challenging Singh’s appointment as well seeking quashing of the order by the ministry rejecting his plea against the selection. In its order, the defence ministry said Verma’s statutory petition dated April 10 against the appointment of Singh to the top post is devoid of merit and has been rejected in exercise of powers under Section 23 of the Navy Act 1957. On April 25, the tribunal directed the defence ministry to decide Verma’s petition within three weeks. Rejecting Verma’s plea, the defence ministry said a thorough selection process was conducted under which overall service profile of all the contenders for the top post was examined. It said specific parameters for selection were applied uniformly to all the contenders and, based on the assessment, it was found that Verma, though being the senior most eligible officer, was unsuitable to hold the post of the chief of the Naval Staff. In his petition to the defence ministry, Verma wondered why he was overlooked for the top post despite being the senior-most in the line of command, terming “wrongful” the government’s decision to appoint Singh to the post. While appointing the Army chief in 2016, the government did not follow the long-held tradition of going by seniority. Bipin Rawat was appointed Army chief superseding then Eastern Command Chief Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern Command Chief P M Hariz. Besides Verma, the other contenders for the Navy chief’s post included Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar and FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla. Singh, who is at present serving as the FOC-in-C of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, will be the first helicopter pilot to become chief of Naval Staff.
Calgary: Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap produced yet another stellar show to enter the men’s singles final of Canada Open Super 100 tournament, outplaying fourth seed Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei in a gruelling three-game encounter here. Kashyap, seeded sixth, came from a game down to pip Wang 14-21 21-17 21-18 in a hard-fought semi-final contest that last an hour and 10 minutes Saturday night. By virtue of this win, Kashyap, 32, has extended his head-to-head record against Wang to 3-0. He had defeated the World No 30 at the India Open in March earlier this year. The Indian will take on unseeded Li Shi Feng of China in the title clash of the USD 75,000 tournament. Feng had defeated Koki Watanabe of Japan 20-22 21-10 21-11 in the other semi-final. The last time Kashyap had reached the finals of an event was at the Austrian International challenger last year.
New Delhi: Rapper Badshah admits he “somehow managed” to get the audience’s favourite on-screen couple — Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol — together for a quirky video he posted on Instagram, with a little help from technology. The video is actually a lighthearted tribute to the hit pair. Badshah basically has morphed a dance shot of the two superstars from the song “Yeh ladka hai Allah” in Karan Johar’s “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” onto the beats of his latest record-breaking song, “Paagal”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot While the morphed video has left many rolling on the floor with laughter, Badshah now wants the real deal. Working with SRK, Kajol and Karan, he says, would be like being part of a “dream team” for him. “Isn’t it awesome? Kajol ma’am also liked it,” Badshah tells IANS of his morphed video. “Karan Sir is my lucky charm. He released the song (‘Paagal’) to the world. I would love to work with them, they are my dream team,” said the rapper, who has earlier sung for Karan’s productions such as “Kapoor & Sons” and “Baar Baar Dekho”. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Meanwhile, he is thrilled about setting a new world record with “Paagal”. The music video of the song crossed 75 million views in 24 hours on YouTube, and became the highest-viewed song in that span of time, dethroning the popular South Korean band BTS. “I knew I wanted to do something big with this song. I worked really hard, but didn’t know I could achieve this global feat. It’s just unbelievable. It feels humbling and proud to be an Indian to be doing it,” said the “Abhi toh party shuru hui hai” hitmaker. It is being loved by many, but some people have also criticised the song by calling it trash and that they are ashamed of it. “Haters will be haters, you gotta acknowledge them and move on as the ratio of love to hate is too high,” he said. Badshah is set to make his acting debut with “Khandaani Shafakhana”, also starring actress Sonakshi Sinha. Is he nervous how people will react to his acting skills? “I’m nervous, but also excited. I hope for the best. The film is funny but has a reality quotient about it,” he said. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, “Khandaani Shafakhana” depicts the journey of a young woman who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab.
New Delhi: The black waters of the Yamuna river on its Delhi stretch have been declared unfit for drinking and bathing purposes, but that did not deter 65-year-old newspaper hawker Ashok Upadhyay to do his bit in protecting the river from further pollution. On the last Sunday of every month, Upadhyay comes to the Chhath ‘ghat’ (steps) of the river near ITO to clear the waste accumulated on the banks. He is joined by about 100 other newspaper hawkers of the city who have taken upon themselves to be the change that they want to see. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Before setting up the ‘Maa Shri Yamuna Seva Samiti’ group of volunteers in October last year, who are also referred to as Friends of Yamuna, Upadhyay, while on his way to the newspaper centre every morning, used to go alone to pick up the trash on the riverside. He also planted saplings near the banks to make it look greener. Some of his family members and friends started joining him in the cleanliness drive and as the group grew bigger, they decided to devote at least three hours (between 8-11 a.m.) on the last Sunday of every month to the cause. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “After the death of my mother, I was broken up from the inside. One day I realised that Yamuna Ji is also our Goddess (‘Ma’) and I must take care of it and it is our duty to clean the river,” Upadhyay told IANS. “I felt that my late parents would be happy to see me serving Ma Yamuna. So I started doing the cleaning job at my level. I felt that the river, which we consider our Goddess needs to be saved,” he said. “We bring tools such as brooms and gloves from our own houses. We also do not want any monetary help from people or from any government. What we actually need is manpower and pure dedication towards cleaning the river,” he added. After collecting all the waste from the river banks, they dump the collected garbage in the dumpers provided by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. “We have plans to expand the drive once more people join us. The work on Chhath ghat is just the start and bigger things are coming. It is in our capable hands to make this change,” said B.N. Singh, a member of the group. According to Asha Chaubey, another member who has joined the cleanliness drive, it is very important for people to come forward and do their bit for the environment. “It really saddens me to see the conditions of our rivers. People have mistaken our water bodies as garbage dumping areas,” Chaubey lamented. “With the groundwater depletion in various parts of the country, keeping our rivers clean is the need of the hour and people should start taking it seriously before it is too late,” Chaubey told IANS. The newspaper hawkers are now planning to plant more trees on the banks of the Yamuna and their only appeal to people is not to throw any garbage into the river. Although the Yamuna river flows only for 54 km through Delhi, from Palla to Badarpur, the 22-km stretch from Wazirabad to Okhla, which is less than 2 per cent of the river length of 1,370 kilometres from Yamunotri to Prayagraj, accounts for about 76 per cent of the pollution level in the river, according to the findings of a committee. Though housands of crores have been spent to clean the river, the pollution levels have shown no serious signs of decline. The total expenditure incurred on river conservation under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) alone, introduced in 1993, has surpassed Rs 1,500 crore.
Hyderabad: England’s World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss will take over as the coach of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. The former Kolkata Knight Riders coach will replace Tom Moody at the helm. “After very careful consideration, the Sunrisers franchise has decided to take a different direction with the head coaching role and will be parting ways with Tom Moody. Trevor Bayliss, England’s 2019 World Cup winning coach, has been appointed head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Trevor has already won two IPL trophies with KKR and has also won the Big Bash League and Champions League T20 with Sydney Sixers. He is a proven winner and we feel that his successful track record will be ideal in taking Sunrisers Hyderabad forward. “We would like to thank Tom Moody who has made an enormous impact with the franchise helping us achieve five playoff appearances over the past seven years, including a much treasured championship in 2016. We would also like to thank him for his work ethic and leadership over our journey and wish him all the success moving forward,” SRH said in a statement.