EU Policy Makers Urged to Cut Pollution from Shipping

first_imgzoom Environmental experts are ringing the alarm bell and calling upon European policy makers to urgently adopt policies that effectively target the environmental performance of shipping.From emissions in ports to scrapping on South Asian beaches, European shipping companies pollute and put people’s health and lives at risk, NGO Shipbreaking Platform said in light of the ongoing European Shipping Week.“Every year approximately 50,000 people in the EU die prematurely because of air pollution from ships. While all land-based sources have been gradually regulated in recent years we still face a lack of effective emissions control measures for ships,” Daniel Rieger, from NABU, said.Burning heavy fuel without any exhaust gas aftertreatment systems is still standard practice on open sea, despite both regulatory and technical means at hand to limit the threat to human health, environment and global climate caused by such shipping emissions.“The EU must take a lead by designating all its waters as emission control areas for ship born sulphur, nitrogen and particle emissions,” the Platform said, adding that the EU must also back the growing calls for an international ban on the use of heavy fuel oil by Arctic shipping by 2020.Environmental NGOs welcomed the recent decision made by the European Parliament to include shipping in the EU Maritime Climate Fund/ETS from 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) fails to deliver on a global deal.Furthermore, a new EU law aims to ensure that EU-flagged ships are recycled in EU-approved facilities. However, in a system where owners can swap the flag of their ship and where all vessels sold to South Asia pass through the hands of cash-buyers legislation based on flag state jurisdiction will be easy to circumvent, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.last_img read more

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Standardisation to Drive Shippings Digital Transformation

first_imgzoom Standardisation can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability in the maritime industry, a new paper by classification society DNV GL shows.The position paper sets out the importance of standardisation in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry.Whether for operational optimization, model calibration for digital twins, design optimization or other applications, the maritime industry is exploring the opportunities offered by digital technologies. The first demonstration and pilot projects are already well underway and the industry is asking what is needed to transform these into fully scalable products. The answer could be a greater emphasis on standardisation.“Standards are used in many industries to advance efficiency, safety and environmental performance,” Pierre Sames, Group Technology and Research Director, DNV GL, said.“With the rise of the Internet of Things in shipping, we believe that many stakeholders can benefit from developing a standardisation strategy to take advantage of a more digital maritime industry,” Sames added.DNV GL’s new position paper discusses the need for standardisation in six key areas: Ship data models, sensor naming and referencing, maritime taxonomies and code books, sensor metadata, shipboard data recorder, as well as sensor quality and reliability. However, as future technologies develop, there may be a need for new standards to support other applications, such as model-based simulations and autonomous ships.“Standards are a key factor in removing barriers and enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry and we hope this study will inspire others to invest in the development and adoption of standardisation,” Sames concluded.last_img read more

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PSA Wraps Up Acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based port group PSA International has completed the acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada.The facility was bought from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), which acquired Halterm back in 2007.As informed, the completion follows formal approval by the relevant regulatory authorities from the USA and Canada.The parties have not disclosed the value of the transaction, which was unveiled in May this year.Halterm is the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels. It operates three container berths covering more than a kilometer of quay length with a depth of up to 16 meters.The terminal is currently undergoing further berth expansion, including the delivery of a fifth super Post-Panamax quay crane, which will enable Halterm to handle two mega container vessels concurrently in 2020.“We are excited to welcome Halterm into PSA’s global family of ports, as PSA’s first coastal terminal in Canada. We look forward to working alongside the Halifax Port Authority, customers, staff and the local community, as well as key stakeholders like the International Longshoremen’s Association and Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to further enhance Halterm’s capabilities and connectivity to serve the needs of shippers in the greater hinterland of Canada and beyond,” Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, commented.In Canada, PSA also operates Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility located approximately 300 kilometers east of the Port of Vancouver.The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries and generating CAD 2 billion in annual economic benefit from a diverse cargo and cruise business. Offering a natural, deep harbor and world-class infrastructure, the Port of Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, roll-on roll-off cargo and project cargo.last_img read more

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Scottish Govt to Nationalize Ferguson Marine Shipyard

first_imgzoomSource: Geograph – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license; Image by: Thomas Nugent The Scottish Government has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.The deal will enable completion of the two ferries being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).It will also ensure work continues towards delivery of the other vessels currently under construction and secure a future for the yard through continuity of employment for the workforce, the government explained.The latest development follows two years of extensive discussions with partners to try and find a workable commercial solution.visited the yard this morning to speak to the workforce and outlined the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for the yard.“Public control will provide much-needed continuity of employment now and ensure the completion of the CMAL ferry contracts at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer. It is absolutely essential that the outstanding contracts to build these two ferries are completed in order to sustain the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network and provide vital support for the economies of our island communities,” Derek Mackay, Scotland’s Economy Secretary, said.“We are now working to put in place a management team which will refocus all efforts on completing this vital government contract. We will also be working closely with staff and the trades unions – as well as suppliers and customers – to achieve the best possible outcome for the yard,” Mackay added.last_img read more

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Lab Lease Supports Nova Scotia Business

first_imgCompanies that rely on environmental testing laboratories toprepare their products for export can still get those productsassessed in Nova Scotia. Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage announced today, Sept.17, that EADS Composites Atlantic of Lunenburg will lease theassets of InNOVAcorp’s Environmental Simulation Laboratory (ESL)in Woodside. Composites holds the option to buy the equipment atthe end of three years and renew the lease on the building. “This transaction will help small- and medium-sized businessesgrow and will help them export,” said Mr. Fage. “A private sectorpartner that has access to broad markets will also make ESL amore viable operation for the province.” ESL is a multi-purpose testing lab that recreates and controls avariety of extreme environmental conditions such as temperature,humidity, vibration and corrosion. Industry relies on this kindof testing to ensure that products will perform in their intendedenvironments. The agreement allows Composites Atlantic to enhance its servicesto the aerospace sector and increase sales. Composites Atlantic is a leader in the design and manufacture ofadvanced composites for aerospace, space and defence industries.The company, which is a subsidiary of the French aerospacecompany EADS, serves global markets and employs more than 170skilled workers. The National Research Council operated the lab in Woodside underan agreement with InNOVAcorp between 2001 and 2003. InNOVAcorpoperated the lab directly until 2001, when it divested itself ofapplied-development activities to focus on its goal of helpingearly-stage Nova Scotia technology companies commercialize theirproducts. InNOVAcorp undertook a North American search for apartner to keep the lab operating.last_img read more

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Orchard Renewal Agreement Signed

first_imgNova Scotia apple growers will replace older apple trees with a new variety thanks to a $235,000 annual investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Waldo Walsh, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association, signed a five-year agreement today, Nov. 3, that will see about 240 hectares (600 acres) of new apple trees planted. “We are pleased to support the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association and their vitalization strategy for the apple industry through this orchard renewal program,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recognizes that this is a great opportunity to help sustain this important Nova Scotia industry in rural communities.” About 240 hectares (600 acres) of honeycrisp apple trees will be planted over the life of the agreement. The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association will administer the program. “Our vitalization strategy is a long-term, integrated plan that allows the apple industry to remain sustainable for many years to come,” said Mr. Walsh. “We are pleased that the Nova Scotia government is sharing our vision of a successful industry through this investment.” There are 115 members in the association with a farm gate value of $13 million.last_img read more

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Flags Will be Lowered at Province House for Corporal Megeney

first_imgFlags at the legislature will be lowered to half mast out of respect for Cpl. Kevin Megeney, a reserve member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders, who succumbed to a gunshot wound earlier today, March 6, while serving at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. “Our sympathies go to Cpl. Megeney’s family during this difficult time,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. The premier also extends sympathies on behalf of the government and the people of Nova Scotia to Cpl. Megeney’s comrades — the men and women of the Canadian Forces who are deployed to Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission. -30-last_img

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Students Perform Well in First Junior High Literacy Assessment

first_img FOR BROADCAST: Grade 9 students are performing well in both reading and writing based on the results from Nova Scotia’s first provincewide Junior High literacy assessment. Ninety-one per cent of students in English school boards met expectations in writing, while 89 per cent met the standard in reading in the 2007 Junior High Literacy Assessment. Francophone students at Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) also did well, writing both the Junior High Literacy Assessment and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire (ARLS). Eighty-four per cent of CSAP students writing the French assessment met expectations in reading, compared with 77 per cent in writing. In the English assessment, 92 per cent of francophone students met expectations in both reading and writing. Acting Education Minister Jamie Muir said the investment the province has made into literacy is paying off. The 2007 English and French Junior High Literacy Assessments were administered to more than 10,661 Grade 9 students last May. Individual student results will be going home to parents this week. The assessment is the first formal follow-up evaluation of Grade 6 students who wrote Nova Scotia’s first Elementary Literacy Assessment in 2003. -30- Students performed well in both reading and writing in Nova Scotia’s first provincewide Junior High Literacy Assessment. Ninety-one per cent of Grade 9 students in English school boards met expectations in writing, while 89 per cent met the standard in reading in the 2007 Junior High Literacy Assessment. Francophone students at Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) also did well, writing both the Junior High Literacy Assessment and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire (ARLS). Eighty-four per cent of CSAP students writing the French assessment met expectations in reading, compared with 77 per cent in writing. In the English assessment, 92 per cent of francophone students met expectations in both reading and writing. “We have put a great deal of emphasis on reading and writing in our classrooms over the last five years, and that focus on literacy is paying off,” said acting Minister of Education, Jamie Muir. “There is still work to do in grades Primary through 12, but the investments we have made in our Literacy Success Strategy are definitely benefiting our students.” Since 2004-05, the department has invested more than $8.5-million to support students who struggle with reading and writing in junior high school. Schools now provide an hour of language arts instruction for students in grades 7 and 8 every day. Elementary students receive a minimum of 90 minutes of language arts instruction daily, including at least one hour focussed on reading skills. Active Readers, Active Young Readers and Writers in Action initiatives, have also benefited more than 110,000 students and their teachers. The results will help teachers and boards improve classroom instruction and strategies to benefit all students, especially those requiring additional support. “This assessment is giving us valuable information that will help teachers and school boards better support students who are not yet meeting expectations,” said Mr. Muir. Schools were provided detailed student results in early January. Parents and guardians will receive their child’s individual results soon. The 2007 English and French Junior High literacy assessments were administered to 10,661 Grade 9 students last May and were scored in July and August. The expectations for the assessment reflect what is considered functional literacy by the end of Grade 9. It evaluated student understanding, comprehension and analysis of informational texts, visual media, literary prose, poetry and song. The Junior High Literacy Assessment and the ARLS are the first formal follow-up evaluations of Grade 6 students who wrote Nova Scotia’s inaugural Elementary Literacy Assessment in 2003. More information on both the Junior High Literacy Assessment website and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire website can be viewed at jhla.ednet.ns.ca and arls.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Adult Learners Ready for More Education Workplace

first_imgThanks to support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, 73 metro-area adults are a big step closer to a better career. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is an initiative of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development. Since its inception in 2001, more than 2,700 Nova Scotians have graduated with a high school diploma for adults. More than 400 will graduate this year. Students are graduating from Nova Scotia Community College campuses throughout the metro area. There are 50 graduates at the Akerley Campus, 18 at Institute of Technology Campus on Leeds Street, and five from the Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth. “Expansion of the program to accept students at the new Waterfront Campus this year is indicative of how the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning responds to the real needs of Nova Scotian adults,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Graduates of the school have improved their education, which prepares them for greater success at home, in the community and in the workforce. “I congratulate all adult learners who return to learning to upgrade their skills. They are making a better life for themselves and their families, and, ultimately, they are contributing to the continued prosperity of our province.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their literacy skills or complete their high school diploma. Programs are tuition-free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne and community-based learning organizations. Students graduating from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning at the Akerley and Institute of Technology Campuses attended Nova Scotia Community College convocation ceremonies today, June 17, while the Waterfront Campus convocations take place Wednesday, June 18, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur le virus H1N1 grippe porcine chez lêtre humain

first_imgAucun nouveau cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) n’a été confirmé dans la province depuis le 14 mai. Les Néo-Écossais sont avisés que l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada ne recommande plus que les Canadiens remettent à plus tard toute visite non essentielle au Mexique. Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Si vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe, restez à la maison et minimisez le plus possible les contacts avec les membres de votre famille. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut consulter un médecin ou visiter une clinique sans rendez-vous. Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril, est de 66. Tous les cas sont bénins et les personnes atteintes se sont rétablies ou sont en cours de rétablissement. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca. -30-last_img read more

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July Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed 1,142,400 visitors in the first seven months of the year, up three per cent compared with the same time last year. In July, the number of visitors decreased by one per cent compared with an exceptional July 2009. Room nights sold in July were the same as last year and one per cent higher between January and July. Road travel to Nova Scotia increased by two per cent in July, and by five per cent during the first seven months of the year. Air travel is down by 11 per cent in July and four per cent year-to-date. “Achieving July numbers that are almost on par with last year’s outstanding showing means that we are definitely holding our own so far this year,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We look forward to seeing the numbers for August and the fall, which is a very important time for tourism in Nova Scotia.” Between January and July, domestic travel to the province showed three per cent growth. Visits from Ontario and Quebec are up two per cent while visitors from Atlantic Canada increased five per cent compared with last year. Western Canada visitors are down eight per cent year-to-date. While total overseas visitors decreased three per cent during the first seven months and United Kingdom visitors fell by nine per cent, visits from Germany increased four per cent. Visits from the United States decreased by one per cent in the same time period. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/tourism/facts-figures.aspx .last_img read more

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Province Funds Community Groups Municipalities to Support Seniors

first_imgNova Scotia seniors are getting more help in staying safe, healthy and becoming more involved in their communities. Minister of Seniors Denise Peterson-Rafuse announced today, Jan. 24, about $397,000 for 71 community initiatives from the Age-Friendly Communities Program, the Positive Aging Fund, and the Senior Safety Grants. “We’re reaching seniors where they live and supporting activities that encourage positive aging and continued community involvement,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This investment is helping to make life better for our seniors and their families.” The programs and activities, which include social networking opportunities, exercise and fitness, healthy eating programs and financial abuse workshops, are delivered by non-profit organizations, municipalities and local police. “The Bay Shore Community Club will use this funding to host exercise classes and to provide a relief program to caregivers in the community,” says club secretary Dorothy Hadley of Pembroke, Yarmouth County. The Age-Friendly Communities Program improves physical and social environments that allow people to fully participate in their communities and remain in them. This year, for the first time, many municipal partners will use their Age-Friendly Communities funding to apply age-friendly thinking to their long term plans. “This partnership will help us ensure that the needs of seniors in our own community are heard, considered and included as part of our municipal planning.” said Allen Webber, Warden for the Municipality of Chester. “Achieving a safe and welcoming age-friendly community will benefit our district and be an investment in our future.” The Positive Aging Fund helps non-profit community organizations create projects that advance the health, well-being and community participation of seniors and an aging population. Successful applicants can receive up to $10,000 for projects through the Fund. Seniors at risk of financial, emotional, physical, and other forms of elder abuse will be safer and more informed thanks to Senior Safety Grants of up to $20,000 per year for local seniors safety programs. These grants are co-funded with the Department of Justice. The Department of Seniors received nearly 120 applications for funding under the 2010-2011 grant programs. There will be another opportunity to apply in the spring. More information on the program and full lists of grant recipients is available at www.gov.ns.ca/seniors.last_img read more

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Jails Construction

first_img On July 3, the province awarded the construction tender for the project to Bird Construction. This is the third and final phase of the project. Pine Breeze Logging Services, a Mi’kmaq firm, cleared the trees and prepared the land for construction in September 2011. Then, over the winter, Nova Construction Co. completed site preparation work, which included installing sewer, storm and water lines. The Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of the County of Pictou also worked to bring water, storm and sewer infrastructure to the site. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just/Corrections/NENS.asp . A new correctional facility in Pictou County will inject millions into the provincial economy during its construction and create scores of good jobs in the years ahead. At an official groundbreaking ceremony today, July 16, Justice Minister Ross Landry was joined by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, local MLA Clarrie MacKinnon, Pictou County Warden Ronnie Baillie, community representatives, law enforcement and correctional services and sheriffs staff. “This is an exciting time for Pictou County and the justice system,” Mr. Landry said. “This facility will create many good jobs for the area. I look forward to watching the facility take shape, knowing that we will soon have a safer, more efficient correctional system.” The new facility, which replaces two ageing jails, will make the correctional system in Nova Scotia safer and more efficient by reducing capacity pressures at other facilities. “On behalf of the County of Pictou, we appreciate this investment in infrastructure of the jail that will provide long-term benefits to the county through construction, full-time jobs and services,” said Mr. Baillie It is expected to be complete in mid-2014. There will be more than 100 jobs at the facility, 70 of them new positions. Key features of the facility include: 81,000 square feet in size 200 beds six day rooms health and dental suites electronic drug detection systems state-of-the-art closed-circuit TV monitoringlast_img read more

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Pension Changes Will Protect Jobs

first_imgPension funding rule changes announced today, Feb. 13, are protecting jobs and preserving benefits for thousands of private-sector workers. The recent recession left many defined benefit pension plans underfunded, putting financial pressure on employers to top up the plans. Today’s changes give plans up to 15 years to be fully funded. “People deserve and need their pension benefits to be there when they retire,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “If we didn’t relax the rules around defined benefit pension plan funding, employers could be forced to lay off workers or reduce benefits. “These changes give more employers breathing room to recover from the recession and low interest rates,” said Ms. More. When a defined benefit plan has enough assets to deliver the promised benefits if the plan closed immediately, it is said to be solvent. Pension plans grow from a combination of employer and members’ contributions, and the interest earned by investing those contributions. The recession that began in 2008-09 cut return on investments drastically, leaving many plans underfunded. The indicators that are used to determine whether a plan is solvent have dropped significantly since 2011. When a plan was underfunded, the employer had five years to make the plan solvent. Some employers said it would take so much money to make their plans solvent, the company might need to close. Today’s changes give those employers up to 15 years to get their plans back to full funding. “This announcement comes when many organizations and employee groups are trying to determine the right pension approach for their circumstances in an evolving pension environment,” said Derek Gerard, principal with Eckler Ltd., a leading financial consulting organization. “Allowing plan sponsors to spread solvency shortfall payments over 15 years, instead of five, will help tremendously during an expected period of transition for pension plans.” Employers that want to move to 15-year recovery must notify plan members, working and retired. If more than one third of plan members do not write a letter to the employer to object, funding is extended. If more than one third of the members object, the employer must fund the plan within five years. The extended funding would be available to plans that were found to be underfunded between 2011 and 2014.last_img read more

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Premier Extends Condolences to Family Friends of Alistair MacLeod

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is extending his condolences to the friends and family of writer Alistair MacLeod. The celebrated writer, who set many of his stories on Cape Breton island where he grew up, died at the age of 77. “Our thoughts are with Mr. MacLeod’s friends and family during this difficult time,” said Premier McNeil. “Alistair MacLeod brought the island and people of Cape Breton to the rest of the world through his stories. His novels and writings will continue to be read for generations to come.” Among his many works, Mr. MacLeod’s novel No Great Mischief, which follows the trials and troubles of a Cape Breton family, received wide-spread critical acclaim and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s greatest novels. It won a number of awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, recognized as one of the richest in literature. -30-last_img read more

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Premier Recognizes Excellence in Public Service

first_imgEach year the province honours the exceptional efforts of public servants who deliver high-quality programs and services to Nova Scotia families, communities and businesses. Premier Stephen McNeil recognized 21 outstanding public servants today, June 9, with the Premier’s Award of Excellence. “I am so impressed by the remarkable work being done every day by public servants,” said Premier McNeil. “Today, we celebrate and thank some outstanding employees who are doing great things. Their work is making positive differences in the lives of our friends and neighbours across the province.” This year’s recipients are: The Premier’s Award of Excellence is the most prestigious award a government employee can receive. It symbolizes the outstanding contributions of employees and teams in five criteria: Ron Follett, Health and Wellness, a programmer analyst who developed innovative software to make it easier for elderly Nova Scotians to apply for long-term care The MyPATH team, seven employees from Labour and Advanced Education, who developed an online tool that allows Nova Scotia students to apply for financial assistance anytime, anywhere The Diversity Planning Committee, 13 employees from various departments across government, who organized the first Public Service Diversity Leadership Conference to educate public servants on the importance of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and how we deliver services to Nova Scotians every day management and career excellence innovation and creativity client service delivery relationship building and partnering healthy workplaces A selection panel evaluated 12 nominations. “This award is a high honour and recognizes some of the impressive achievements of our skilled and dedicated public servants,” said Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “The recipients of the Premier’s Award of Excellence are truly inspirational.” For more information about the award, this year’s recipients and their work, visit www.novascotia.ca/pae .last_img read more

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New School for Bible Hill Replaces 60yearold Buildings

first_imgStudents and teachers in the Bible Hill area will benefit from a new state-of-the-art school for students in Primary to Grade 4. “We are proud to continue our strong support for education,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This new school provides students with modern classrooms and will support them to achieve their goals.” The minister joined students, teachers and staff today, Nov. 14, to celebrate the official opening of the Bible Hill Consolidated School. More than 200 students are attending the school, which replaces the Bible Hill East Court Road and the Bible Hill Central Elementary, both more than 60 years old. Students will benefit from a learning centre and a sensory room for students with special needs. Government invested more than $14.5 million and worked closely with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and the community to build the school. Bible Hill Consolidated School is located at 103 Pictou Road, Bible Hill.last_img read more

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Body Scanners Purchased to Protect Inmates and Staff

first_imgBody scanners will soon be used in adult correctional facilities across the province to help protect inmates and staff from drugs, weapons and other contraband. “Safety and security within our correctional facilities is our top priority,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. “These body scanners will enhance security, protect inmates and provide safer environments for our Correctional Services staff.” The tender for five body scanners was awarded Wednesday, Jan. 31. In the coming months two will be in place at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Halifax Regional Municipality), and one each at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Pictou County), Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Yarmouth County), and Cape Breton Correctional Facility (Cape Breton Regional Municipality). Body scanners have been proven to detect drugs, weapons and other types of contraband that is attempted to be smuggled into facilities. The cost of the five body scanners is about $1 million. The purchase of the body scanners supports Nova Scotia’s Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, which was put in place in 2017 to tackle the immediate impacts and long-term effects of opioid use and overdose in Nova Scotia. Naloxone kits are also available in all correctional facilities. For more information about the framework visit www.novascotia.ca/opioid.last_img read more

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Three Partnerships Qualify to Bid on Highway 104 Twinning Tender

first_imgThe prequalification phase for Highway 104 twinning request for proposals is complete. Atlantic Safelink Partners, Dexter Nova Alliance and Osprey Transportation Solutions have qualified to bid on the Highway 104 twinning project. “The 100-series highways are the backbone of our transportation system, carrying people and goods from one end of the province to the other,” said Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines. “This project will make that portion of highway safer and benefit generations to come.” A request for proposals will be issued to the three successful partnerships in the coming weeks for construction and maintenance. Thirty-eight kilometres between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish will be twinned as well as the construction of new interchanges and bridges. The department is using a P3 model in which the responsibilities for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the highway is given to a single firm through a bidding process. It allows for the firm to control the schedule of the project and helps reduce the timeline and associated risk. While the province is using a P3 approach for Highway 104, it is not considering the implementation of any tolls to finance the project. The department expects to announce the winner in early 2020. The twinning of Highway 104 is to be completed by the end of 2023.last_img read more

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