South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has laid keel for Teekay’s first shuttle tanker newbuilding intended for the East Coast Canada (ECC) project.The milestone marks the end of the block building period as well as the beginning of the next phase – completion of the newbuilding with all its systems.The shuttle tanker, the Beothuk Spirit, is expected to be delivered in August of 2017.This shuttle tanker is the first of three newbuildings to be provided for loading crude at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.Construction on all three shuttle tankers has commenced with the first vessel now 65% complete and construction on the third vessel just underway.These three vessels, which have a total cost of approximately USD 375 million, are scheduled to deliver during the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018.They will replace two in-charters and one owned vessel currently servicing this 15-year, plus extension options, contract with a consortium of 9 oil companies.
zoom Chinese shipyards have experienced a 31.5 percent decline in newbuilding order intake reaching 9.86 million dwt in the first five months of this year when compared to the corresponding figures from last year, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said.At the end of May, the orderbook backlog came at 85.15 million dwt, a drop of 30.7 percent year-on-year and down 14.5 percent in comparison to the end of 2016.However, the completion volume of new ships saw a steep growth. Namely, during the said period, the country’s shipbuilders completed 22.93 million dwt of newbuilding tonnage, up by 78.8 percent year-on-year.According to CANSI, the country’s 53 key shipbuilders completed 19.57 million dwt equivalent of new ships, up by 63.5 percent. Nevertheless, when it comes to new orders, the key shipbuilders had secured 8.74 million dwt of new tonnage, which is down by 37 percent year-on-year. At the end of May, the yards’ orderbook reached 80.61 million dwt, dwindling by 31.6 percent.The figures have been announced as the country’s shipbuilders launch its largest ship yet – the first 20,000 TEU containership COSCO Shipping Taurus. World Maritime News Staff
zoom Norway-based shipping company Songa Bulk ASA is contemplating a tap issue in order to use the net proceeds for the acquisition of additional dry bulk vessels.The target amount is USD 18 million in the senior secured bond Songa Bulk ASA 17/22 FRN USD C, with a maturity on June 13, 2022.The current outstanding amount is USD 120 million and the borrowing limit is USD 150 million.Following a successful tap issue, the company said it will not carry out any additional tap issues.The company revealed it is also in the process to dispose of one of its Supramax vessels. When concluded, the sales proceeds will be used for further vessel acquisitions, Songa Bulk said.Songa Bulk has recently bought a number of second-hand vessels, prompted by attractive prices in the dry bulk sector. Earlier this week, Songa Bulk entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax. The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based bulk ship operator Belships Group has secured a USD 140 million loan facility that will enable the company to add further Ultramaxes and Supramaxes to its fleet. As informed, the new loan replaces the group’s current senior debt of USD 105 million.The new loan will be available in two tranches. An initial tranche of USD 110 million will replace Belships existing loan and strengthen the group’s working capital.An accordion tranche of USD 30 million will be available for fleet expansion, Belships said.Following the merger with Lighthouse Group in December 2018, Belships currently owns twelve Supramax and Ultramax dry bulk vessels. In addition, the group operates three Ultramaxes on time and bareboat charter with purchase options.An Ultramax newbuilding being delivered next year will bring the fleet to a total of sixteen vessels.What is more, Belships said it is actively pursuing an expansion strategy and expects to acquire additional Supramax and/or Ultramax vessels going forward.
zoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries will provide a five-year subordinated loan of SGD 2 billion (USD 1.47 billion) to strengthen Sembcorp Marine’s financial position.The loan, agreed amidst the current downturn in the global offshore and marine industry, would be used by Sembcorp Marine to retire around SGD 1.5 billion of borrowings, and the balance SGD 500 million for working capital and general corporate purposes.Sembcorp Industries, Sembcorp Marine’s largest shareholder, will issue SGD 1.5 billion of bonds to DBS Bank as sole lead manager and initial purchaser through a private placement. The investors of the bonds include Temasek.Assuming the SGD 2 billion is fully drawn as at March 31, 2019, Sembcorp Group’s gross debt-to-capitalisation ratio would increase from 56% to 58%.Since 2009, Sembcorp Marine has made substantial strategic investments in yard and engineering capabilities, and acquired new technologies which allow it to offer diversified solutions across the offshore, marine and energy industries.However, The company’s current financial performance and position have been affected by the prolonged and severe downturn of the global offshore and marine industry.
Maritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Compassionate Care Legislation Coming IntoEffect Nova Scotians will have more time to spend with and care forloved ones who are gravely ill with new legislation that comesinto effect on Jan. 4, 2004. Changes to the Labour Standards Code provide up to eight weeks ofunpaid leave to employees who wish to provide palliative care toa parent, child or spouse. “This new legislation ensures informal caregivers have thesupport and protection they require to care for family membersduring their time of need,” said Environment and Labour MinisterKerry Morash. “This valuable and compassionate benefit allowsinformal caregivers to spend time away from work without fear oflosing their jobs.” In January 2003, the First Ministers’ Accord on Health CareRenewal outlined a federal initiative that would allow a six-weekcompassionate care benefit, available through the EmploymentInsurance program. The Feb. 18 federal budget announced theestablishment of the paid benefit, which will come into effect onJan. 4, 2004. Nova Scotia’s Compassionate Care Leave legislation supports thespirit of the First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal(February 2003) and complements the federal government’s six-weekcommitment. It also adds two additional weeks of unpaid leave foremployees. For more information on the compassionate care legislation call1-888-315-0110 or see the Environment and Labour website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla/labstand.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Amendments to Improve Traffic Safetyand Efficiency Improving highway safety and promoting public transit are two keyamendments to the Motor Vehicle Act introduced today, Sept. 23,by Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. With the changes, more commuters will be encouraged to use publictransit. “We are changing the Motor Vehicle Act to support HalifaxRegional Municipality’s bus rapid transit project,” said Mr.Russell. Cole Harbour and Sackville have been identified as two prioritytransit corridors to and from downtown Halifax. New signaldisplays will be installed and special lanes designated to givebuses top priority along specific routes and intersections. Mr. Russell said that giving buses priority lanes andintersections will make public transit faster and more efficient,as well as help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The province is also proposing news rules of the road which willsee traditional rotaries become modern roundabouts. The amendmentmakes it clear how roundabouts will operate in the future. “Roundabouts are safe, economical and save drivers’ time,” Mr.Russell said. “As we tackle new highway projects, roundaboutswill be considered where and when it makes sense.” The Motor Vehicle Act currently states that drivers entering arotary must merge one-on-one with traffic. In the future, driverswill have to yield and wait for a gap in traffic before enteringa roundabout. Several administrative amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act willhelp make Nova Scotia roads safer by targeting unsafe drivers.These include ensuring that pending suspensions of drivers inother provinces are recognized in Nova Scotia, and allowing theRegistrar of Motor Vehicles to suspend the driver’s licence of anindividual who has received a conditional or absolute dischargefor specific criminal offences. These offences include dangerousoperation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer,failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and criminalnegligence causing death or bodily harm. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations is responsible foradministering and enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act as it relatesto drivers and vehicles. Transportation and Public Works isresponsible for establishing highway safety rules under the MotorVehicle Act. Mr. Russell also introduced an amendment to the Highway 104Western Alignment Act to enhance accountability. The Highway 104Western Alignment Corporation’s current practice of producing anannual report and sending it to the minister of transportationand public works will now become mandatory.
Avec l’arrivée du beau temps et l’augmentation du nombre de Néo-Écossais et de Néo-Écossaises souhaitant sortir en plein air pour profiter des forêts et des parcs, il est important de rappeler les précautions à prendre pour éviter de se faire piquer par les tiques à pattes noires (tiques du chevreuil), qui sont susceptibles de propager la maladie de Lyme. La maladie de Lyme est une infection bactérienne transmise par les tiques à pattes noires qui sont elles-mêmes infectées. Le premier symptôme est l’apparition d’une éruption cutanée de forme circulaire à l’endroit de la piqûre. On peut également avoir d’autres symptômes : fièvre, fatigue, douleurs musculaires et maux de tête. Du moment qu’on dépiste la maladie assez vite, il est facile de la traiter à l’aide d’antibiotiques et d’assurer la guérison du patient. Plus rarement, si on ne la traite pas, la maladie peut entraîner des symptômes plus graves : affaiblissement des muscles du visage, troubles cardiaques et problèmes articulatoires chroniques. La guérison de ces symptômes est également possible grâce aux antibiotiques. « Le risque d’attraper la maladie de Lyme est faible dans la plupart des régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse et d’ordre semblable aux autres régions du Canada », déclare Richard Gould, médecin conseil en santé publique. « Il est malgr é tout important de prendre les précautions appropriées, en particulier dans la région de Lunenburg et dans le secteur du parc Admiral’s Cove à Bedford, où nous savons qu’il y a des tiques porteurs de la bactérie qui cause la maladie. » Il y a eu huit cas confirmés de maladie de Lyme en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2002. Les tiques à pattes noires peuvent aussi transmettre des bactéries entraînant l’anaplasmose granulocytaire humaine (AGH). Cette infection cause généralement des symptômes semblables à ceux de la grippe et disparaît parfois d’elle-même sans traitement particulier. Les personnes âgées et les personnes souffrant d’une déficience immunitaire risquent cependant de développer une forme plus grave de la maladie et nous leur recommandons de consulter leur médecin si les symptômes persistent. L’AGH peut être traitée et guérie à l’aide d’antibiotiques. Aucun cas d’AGH n’a été signalé en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le docteur Gould indique qu’il est recommandé aux gens de continuer à profiter des activités en plein air, mais de prendre les précautions suivantes, en particulier dans les secteurs où l’on sait qu’il y a des tiques à pattes noires porteuses de la maladie de Lyme : — porter une chemise à manches longues et un pantalon de couleur claire (afin de mieux voir les tiques s’il y a lieu), des chaussettes de couleur claire et des chaussures fermées lorsqu’on travaille ou qu’on joue en plein air ou qu’on se promène dans les bois — rentrer les extrémités du pantalon dans ses chaussettes et rentrer sa chemise dans le pantalon — vaporiser les vêtements et les parties exposées de la peau à l’aide d’un insectifuge contenant du DEET — vérifier les vêtements et les parties exposées de la peau après avoir travaillé ou joué dehors ou dans les bois pour s’assurer qu’on n’a pas attrapé de tique; enlever toute tique attachée à la peau — ne pas utiliser le DEET pour les animaux domestiques; vérifier cependant régulièrement les animaux domestiques pour s’assurer qu’ils n’ont pas attrapé de tiques, en particulier dans les secteurs où l’on sait qu’il y a des tiques à pattes noires porteuses de la maladie de Lyme — tondre la pelouse régulièrement pour réduire le risque que les tiques s’établissent dans votre propri été. Il est très important de vérifier qu’on n’a pas attrapé de tiques. Les tiques à pattes noires ne peuvent transmettre l’infection bactérienne que si elles sont attachées à la peau depuis environ 24 heures. En enlevant les tiques aussi vite que possible, vous éliminerez ou réduirez le risque d’infection. Il existe de nombreux types de tiques en Nouvelle-Écosse mais seules les tiques à pattes noires transmettent la bact érie responsable de la maladie de Lyme. Les tiques à pattes noires se distinguent des tiques du chien par leur taille et par leur couleur. Les tiques à pattes noires sont de couleur brune à rougeâtre, n’ont pas de marques blanches sur le dos et sont nettement plus petites que les tiques du chien. Vous trouverez des images de tiques à pattes noires, des instructions pour enlever les tiques et des renseignements d’ordre général sur la maladie de Lyme sur le site Web www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/ocmoh/lyme.htm . Nous encourageons vivement les gens à envoyer les tiques qu’ils trouvent sur eux-mêmes ou sur leurs animaux domestiques au Musée d’histoire naturelle d’Halifax ou à les déposer auprès du bureau du ministère des Ressources naturelles de leur région. Mettez les tiques dans un flacon vide et indiquez sur une étiquette la date et le lieu où vous les avez trouvées.
Partners for Human Rights and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are looking for nominations for the 2009 Human Rights Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “Protecting and promoting human rights is not just the job of the commission, but a shared responsibility of all Nova Scotians,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There are people throughout the province that have really embraced this notion because they care about their communities and want to make the province a better place. The award is about recognizing their contribution and thanking them for it.” African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris received the award in 2005, in recognition of his work promoting respect for difference in sports and adult education and efforts to eliminate barriers to participation in communities for persons with disabilities in sport, learning and creating businesses. “It was a proud moment for me to realize my contributions to Human Rights were recognized and appreciated,” said Mr. Paris. “Everyone should consider individuals they know in their community who have made a contribution and nominate them.” Nominations should relate to this year’s International Human Rights Day event theme Stand Up for Hope. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 30. For nomination forms, visit the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/ . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to email@example.com or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Indian Brook School, near Shubenacadie.
When life’s challenges present themselves, it can be difficult for youth to know where to turn for help. Youth Health Centres in Nova Scotia are one option and an evaluation report released today, June 2, shows these centres are providing much needed support to youth. Youth surveyed say the centres are a place where they feel safe, secure and can have their issues and concerns addressed in a respectful and confidential manner. “We cannot underestimate the positive impact these centres have on the lives of our youth,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Investments that support youth have a ripple effect on families, schools and communities. Youth Health Centres truly make life better for families in every region.” The centres are focused on youth involvement and engagement, health promotion and clinical services, community development and partnership, and also reach out to engage diverse or marginalized youth. Through these centres, youth have access to youth-centred services in 52 schools and communities across Nova Scotia. Grade 12 student Chrissy Maine leads the Youth Advisory Committee that governs the Youth Health Centre at Springhill Junior/Senior High School. Ms. Maine said since she became involved with the Youth Health Centre, she wonders about the what ifs. “What if our school didn’t have a Youth Health Centre? What if experienced professionals weren’t so easily accessible and willing to listen?” said Ms. Maine. “Students are afraid to go to hospitals and counselling, especially in such a small town where everyone knows everyone. This sadly makes us put our health at the bottom of our lists.” The provincewide evaluation measured the impact Youth Health Centres have on the health of youth, and examined how the centres engage diverse or marginalized youth in their programs and services. The evaluation revealed that Youth Health Centres: “More than 86 per cent of youth in schools with Youth Health Centres are aware of them, and more than half of them have accessed them,” said Ms. MacDonald. “That alone shows these centres are an important resource for youth in our communities.” A copy of the evaluation is available on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection website at http://gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/HD-Youth Health Centres in NS – Evaluation 2009.pdf . provide youth with access to health services impact personal health practices and coping skills create supportive social environments and support networks reach and engage diverse and/or marginalized youth work with partners for change to support diverse and/or marginalized youth
Les Néo-Écossais intéressés à siéger aux commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels sont invités à faire parvenir leurs demandes au gouvernement provincial. Les commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels, qui ont des fonctions quasi-judiciaires, jouent différents rôles et servent des intérêts divers, et sont établis par une loi ou un règlement. Les membres des conseils examinent la preuve, formulent des constatations en fait et en droit, et prennent des décisions qui ont une incidence sur la liberté, la sécurité ou les garanties juridiques d’une personne. Les membres des conseils doivent mettre en pratique les principes juridiques ainsi que les principes professionnels et techniques pour prendre leurs décisions. « Les Néo-Écossais qui sont membres des commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels contribuent au bon fonctionnement de la démocratie pour tout le monde, » a dit Frank Corbett, vice-président du Conseil exécutif. Les demandes sont évaluées en fonction des compétences et qualités des postulants, et des besoins de chaque commission, agence ou conseil. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les profils des postes à pourvoir au sein des conseils, les possibilités actuelles et la façon de présenter une demande, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/abc ou communiquez avec le bureau du Conseil exécutif au 424-4877 ou au numéro sans frais 1-866-206-6844. Le gouvernement provincial a adopté une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi, et nous invitons les demandes de personnes autochtones, afro-néo-écossaises et membres d’autres groupes raciaux visibles, des personnes handicapées et des femmes. Les personnes qui sont membres des groupes ci-dessus sont invitées à l’indiquer dans leur demande, leur lettre de présentation ou leur curriculum vitæ. La date limite pour la présentation des demandes est le 12 novembre.
Premier Darrell Dexter awarded four Nova Scotians with the medal of bravery today, Nov. 17, for putting their lives at risk to help others. “Today’s recipients are heroes in the eyes of their families, their friends, and all Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “When someone was in need, these brave Nova Scotians didn’t hesitate to risk their own lives to save someone else’s. Such a selfless act deserves our recognition and respect, which is why I am pleased to award this prestigious honour.” This year’s Nova Scotia Medal of Bravery recipients are: — Daniel Blinkhorn, Barrington: In June 2009, 15-year-old Daniel Blinkhorn escaped from his burning home, then returned to rescue his mother. Mr. Blinkhorn acted quickly and was able to get his mother out safely. — Colin Brownell, Pugwash: In May 2009, Mr. Brownell was travelling along Highway 6 in Linden, when he saw a vehicle off the road and on fire. Through his rearview mirror, Mr. Brownell noticed a hand pressing on the windshield from inside the car and stopped to help. He righted the vehicle and pulled the occupant to safety, before the vehicle burst into flames. — Jerome Tracey, Port Hawkesbury: In November 2009, Mr. Tracey was awoken by his son, who saw flames coming from a house across the street. Mr. Tracey ran into the burning home to wake his neighbours and get them to safety. He then realized the house next door was also on fire. Without hesitation, he ran to the second home and began banging on the door to wake up the family of five. They were able to escape and, within minutes, both homes were fully engulfed. — Steven Wilton, New Waterford: Twenty-one-year old Steven Wilton was travelling home in January on an Acadian Lines bus when it crashed through a bridge guardrail on Highway 104, falling almost eight metres into the icy Tracadie River. Only the front of the bus remained above water. Mr. Wilton swam to the front of the bus, escaped, and ran up a snowy embankment where he flagged down passing motorists, who called 911. Thanks to Mr. Wilton’s quick thinking, emergency personnel were able to rescue five passengers from the submerged bus. This is the third year for Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery. Recipients were selected by an advisory panel chaired by Constance Glube, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. The committee also includes the deputy minister of Justice, the provincial fire marshal, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, the director of operations from the Emergency Management Office, the commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, former Member of the Legislative Assembly Wayne Adams, and member-at-large Mr. John Cody.
The province won its inaugural court case under new legislation that helps make sure that crime doesn’t pay. The lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Sydney by the new civil forfeiture unit. It sought $5,725 that was seized Feb. 18, during a drug raid in Sydney Mines by Cape Breton Regional Police Service. “The success of this case sends a message that crime will not pay in Nova Scotia,” said Graham Steele, acting Justice Minister. “Government and police are collaboratively using this tool to deter criminal activity and help make our communities safe for families.” A Supreme Court judge in Sydney ruled in government’s favour Tuesday, Sept. 20. Law enforcement agencies refer cases to the civil forfeiture unit where there is evidence of wrong-doing but criminal charges are not laid, such as bootlegging or selling stolen property. The unit seeks civil court approval to have the property or cash from the wrong-doing turned over to the province. In cases where charges are laid, and property is not seized by an enforcement agency or forfeited by the criminal court, the unit can seize the property and ask civil court for it to be turned over. Revenues from the program will provide financial support for crime prevention and victim services programs, and also fund the civil forfeiture unit. The Civil Forfeiture Act and Assets Management and Disposition Act, the legislation that makes the process possible, came into force April 29.
The province’s fifth Collaborative Emergency Centre will open in Annapolis Royal, Health and Wellness ministerial assistant Gary Ramey announced today, Nov. 18. People living in the community and surrounding areas will soon have access to same-day, or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 emergency care. Creating the Collaborative Emergency Centres fulfills a key commitment of Better Care Sooner, government’s response to Dr. John Ross’s report. The centres help address issues of emergency department overcrowding and long waits to see family doctors. They will keep emergency departments open, reduce patient wait times and provide a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. “Residents of western Annapolis County were concerned about the care available to them in their communities. Today’s announcement will bring them peace of mind because CECs ensure faster and consistent health care,” said Mr. Ramey. “And more than anything else, Nova Scotians want peace of mind with regard to our health care. “We made a commitment to ensure better health care for Nova Scotians and their families, and by announcing our fifth collaborative emergency centre, we are fulfilling that commitment.” Services at the centre include access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, for 12 hours per day, seven days per week, while providing emergency care 24/7. “Annapolis Valley Health is committed to working with our community and the Department of Health and Wellness to develop the best centre for the area,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO of Annapolis Valley Health. “We want to create the best support for our citizens.” Nova Scotia’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre opened in Parrsboro in July. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner .
Navigate a starry sky, savour Nova Scotia’s seafood history, and sing some sea-faring songs, as part of Nocturne: Art at Night on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Museum of Natural History, the Nova Scotia Archives and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will offer special programs and exhibits as part of the sixth annual visual arts festival, taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight throughout Halifax. Admission is free at all sites. “Nocturne: Art at Night is an opportunity for Nova Scotians of all ages to experience Halifax’s visual arts scene,” said Laura Lee Langley, deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The amazing team at the Nova Scotia Archives, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History have put together some very interesting and interactive exhibits that will give people a chance to learn about the province’s heritage in a really fun and unique way.” Dozens of galleries, institutions and businesses throughout Halifax will host events during Nocturne. “The Nocturne board of directors is always pleased to work with galleries and institutions that come together year after year for Nocturne,” said Lorraine Plourde, Nocturne: Art at Night chair. “Dedicating special programming and staying open late for the night contribute to the magic of the night of our event.” The Nova Scotia Archives is looking back at Nova Scotia’s food industries, specifically the canning of lobsters. The archives will feature the exhibit What’s Cooking, a wildly colourful and artistic collection of canned seafood labels from more than a century ago. The exhibit features cannery labels used by Roberts, Simpson and a number of other commercial operations throughout the Maritimes. There will also be food to complement the exhibit. The Nova Scotia Archives will be open from 6 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will feature Nocturnal on Nocturne. In the 18th century, in the evenings under a star-filled sky, sailors used nocturnals to find their way through the vast and endless sea. Demonstrations using replicas of the nocturnal instrument will be held at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The museum will be filled with the sounds of traditional sea-faring songs and stories told by members and friends from the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, starting at 6 p.m. The museum will be open until midnight. The Museum of Natural History will host live shows on its Science on a Sphere every 30 minutes, about live weather, air traffic, earthquakes, Facebook connections and more. The museum will also host Celebrate The Common 250 as they project images of the Halifax Commons in the main Gallery. For more information, go to http://nocturnehalifax.ca .
Scotiabank Centre announced today, May 29, Centerplate will be its new concessions services partner as part of the facility’s plan to enhance customer experience. “We’re thrilled to partner with Centerplate as we take another exciting step in the evolution of our community facility,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages Scotiabank Centre. “We’re proud to be working with a partner who will help us meet the changing needs of our customers and pave the way for an exciting future.” Centerplate will introduce new options, including local food and healthy alternatives, while continuing to provide traditional favourites. The transition will take place over the summer with the launch set for the fall events season in September. “Centerplate is extremely excited to partner with leaders, guests, and local organizations to enhance the guest experience at Scotiabank Centre,” said Chris Verros, president and CEO of Centerplate. “We are energized by the community commitment and vision of the venue’s leadership, and look forward to making it better to be there.” A competitive procurement for food and beverage services at Scotiabank Centre evaluated approach to customer satisfaction, business value, facility renewal and commitment to the centre’s future success. Scotiabank Centre will also unveil facility enhancements in the fall, including new seats and renovated, expanded washrooms, all based on customer input. Centerplate is a global leader in live-event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 350 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues worldwide, including facilities such as MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, and BC Place Stadium.
Nova Scotia students will have more opportunity to further their studies in China, thanks to new scholarships announced today, Sept. 12, by Premier Stephen McNeil in Shandong province, China. Government and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will fund five $5,000 scholarships each year for the next three years. “For years, students from China have come to Nova Scotia to attend university, study, and conduct research,” said Premier McNeil. “These scholarships will offer Nova Scotia students the same opportunity in China, and will help strengthen the long-standing relationship between Nova Scotia and Shandong province.” The scholarships will help senior undergraduate and graduate students complete research internships at universities in Shandong province. “This partnership will encourage the exchange of research knowledge and innovation between Canada and China,” said Mitacs CEO and scientific director Alejandro Adem. “It will also provide new opportunities for graduate students and faculty from Nova Scotia’s universities.” Government will invest $45,000 in the scholarship program and Mitacs will invest $30,000. On Sunday, Sept. 11, Premier McNeil signed a twinning agreement with Governor Guo Shuqing, of Shandong province. This type of agreement between governments is an important step in building relationships and will help lead to increased opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses and institutions. Nova Scotia launched a China engagement strategy in April, with a vision to deepen and broaden Nova Scotia’s engagement with China by promoting and building mutually beneficial trade, investment, business, political, educational and cultural relationships. The strategy’s three major elements are to focus on our competitive strengths, to build and strengthen relationships in China and to coordinate activities at home and in China.
With renovations underway for the new Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), potential tenants and members are encouraged to contribute to its final design. A request for information was issued today, March 9, to learn from local, national and international businesses about their design needs for space, facilities and programming. COVE is a global centre for ocean innovation and collaboration being developed on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour at the site of the former Canadian Coast Guard Base. “At COVE, we’ll commercialize technologies to grow the ocean economy in Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region and the country,” said Jim Hanlon, chief executive officer of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises. “By seeking input on the final design, we’re ensuring this facility meets the needs of future tenants and members, and we’re encouraging businesses to become part of COVE. ” By providing shared facilities such as access to wharfs, fabrication shops, test facilities, and common business space, COVE will reduce costs and growth barriers for new and small ocean technology businesses. It will also help businesses grow through incubation, mentorship, programming, and access to global market connections. Renovations are underway at the centre as are stakeholder and industry consultations on the design of facilities and programming. The centre is being marketed and promoted through international industry conferences and events, presentations and tours for interested parties. “The process to design COVE is collaborative, like the facility will be,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO of the Waterfront Development Corp. “From early input, we know this will be a functional working space that can be reconfigured and customized to tenant needs, to meet high safety, security and technology standards, and to foster community. “The information we gather through this request for information will further shape COVE.” The request closes on April 21 and will be followed by a formal request for proposals for tenants and members this spring. COVE is scheduled to open in April 2018. For the request for information form and more information, visit www.coveocean.com.
Updates to regulations make it clear when stores will be required to close and when workers are eligible to receive holiday pay for Canada Day. “We understand there was some confusion around when stores should close when Canada Day falls on a Sunday,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “The changes to regulations clarify that retail stores required to close, will do so on the Sunday, July 1, and the holiday pay rules will apply on that day.” Previously, stores were required to close and holiday pay rules applied on the Monday, July 2. “I raised this concern with government and am pleased they understood our concern and made changes to the regulations,” said Jim Cormier, Atlantic director for Retail Council of Canada. “Retail businesses will now close their doors and join with Nova Scotians celebrating Canada Day on July 1. The province’s retailers will be open for business on July 2 when Nova Scotians are more likely to shop in their stores.” For more information on the changes, please go to, https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/canadaday.asp .