zoom With an aim to drive improvements in the dry bulk shipping industry, the Australian mining giant BHP Billiton said it plans to focus on a future that is much more automated.The company would focus on “the right kind of partnerships, leadership and standards” in order to work on automation and remote-operations, as it believes autonomous vessels offer significant opportunities to improve safety by removing people from dangerous tasks and more data-driven decision-making.“Safe and efficient autonomous vessels carrying BHP cargo, powered by BHP gas, is our vision for the future of dry bulk shipping,” Rashpal Bhatti, BHP Billiton Vice President, Freight, said, adding that the company believes “that future could manifest within a decade.”Besides more automation, the mining giant said that additional improvements could be made concerning safety, the industry’s environmental performance and using technology to improve business.“We continue to seek out world class strategic partners who share our vision of a dry bulk industry that is at the forefront of technological change while defining the frontier in marine safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability,” BHP Billiton said.In 2016, the company procured freight for close to one quarter of a billion tonnes of iron ore, coal and copper, conducting over 1500 voyages.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Daniel Norris on Unsplash. Norwegian shipping company Belships ASA has issued new Belships shares to two European companies to complete the acquisition of a 63,000 dwt bulker. In April this year, Belships entered into an agreement to buy the Ultramax vessel M/V Sofie Victory.As informed, a total of 10,710,220 new shares have now been issued to Norway-based company EGD Ultra Eco AS and Cyprus-based Blossom Shipmanagement, sellers of the abovementioned ship.Following the issuance, there are 204,261,050 shares outstanding in Belships, each with a nominal value of NOK 2 (USD 0.23), the company said.The share capital increase relating to the share issue was registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises on July 4, 2019. The newly registered share capital of the company is NOK 408,522,100.The agreed vessel purchase price was USD 24.15 million, of which approximately USD 14 million was debt. The parties earlier agreed that, of the net consideration of approximately USD 10 million, USD 2 million was to be paid in cash, with the remaining amount to be settled through a proposed issue of new Belships shares.Belships currently has a fleet of 17 Supramax and Ultramax bulk carriers. Furthermore, the company expects to take delivery of one newbuilding in the first half of 2020.
CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 There will be periodic lane closures on three kilometres of Trunk4 near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Workwill take place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hillin Middle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. HALIFAX COUNTY: Cobequid Road There will be lane closures on the Cobequid Road from SackvilleDrive to Memory Lane between Monday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Sept. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104 from the CobequidPass toll plaza extending 11.6 kilometres west until Friday, Aug. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local area office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have intermittent lane closures for repavinguntil Thursday, Sept. 30. Work is being carried out west of Exit17, near Valley Cross Roads and easterly to the Manganese MinesOverpass. Traffic in eastbound lanes will be affected and lanewidths will be reduced in the Exit 17 area. Work will take placebetween 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while travelling in this area. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305, Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closuresuntil Thursday, Sept. 30 while the Leitches Creek Bridge isreplaced. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Traffic control persons will be in place when necessary. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, west of River Denys Mountain Road and extending fourkilometres east, will have one-lane closures for repaving untilSunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic control will consist of traffic controlpersons. Motorists are asked to use caution while travelling through thework site. Delays may be experienced. An alternate route shouldbe used if possible. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons, signs andbarrels. Repaving work will be carried out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.weekdays. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, between Boylston and Guysborough, will haveintermittent lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River,will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 1. Road crews will becarrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30p.m. daily. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. The closures will affect traffic in the westbound lanes only and there will be one lane open at all times. Local area office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 There will be one-lane closures on Trunk 6, between the town lineat Amherst East and Ripley Loop, until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Repaving work will be carried out between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.weekdays. Traffic control persons will be in place. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsignage. Repaving work will be carried out between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Gulch Bridge Lower Gulch Bridge, on the Mines Bass River Road, will be closedfrom Wednesday, Aug. 25 to Thursday, Sept. 30. The bridge islocated 900 metres west of the Westchester Mountain Road. Bridge rehabilitation work will be carried out between 7 a.m and7 p.m daily. A signed detour will be available and trafficcontrol persons will be in place. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 395 Route 395, north of West Lake Ainslie Road to Trout Brook Bridge,will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31 for repaving andbridge work. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, north of River Denys Mountain Road to north of SandyGillis Bridge, will have occasional lane closures for repavinguntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.Traffic control will be in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104, Port Hastings Rotary The Port Hastings Rotary on Highway 104 will have lane closuresuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Road crews will be carrying out repavingwork between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. Traffic control personswill be in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling in northbound laneswill be affected periodically while repaving work is carried out.Work will take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section one begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section two begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while driving in these areas. Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Brook No. 1 Bridge The Mill Brook No. 1 Bridge on the Leville Road in New Ross willbe closed to loads wider than 3.5 metres (11 feet) until Friday,Aug. 27. One lane will also be closed. Road crews will be carrying out bridge rehabilitation between 7a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 The speed limit at the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 is reducedto 80 km/h until further notice, while bridge and roadconstruction takes place. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., until September 2004. Botheastbound and westbound motorists may experience short delays.Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 There will be periods of one lane closures on Route 347 betweenThorburn Road and MacPherson’s Mills Bridge until Thursday, Sept. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on Trunk 7 fromuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. The closures will be in effect from 1.3kilometres west of Liscomb River to the MacKinley Point Loop Roadat Spanish Ship Bay. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 -30-
InNOVAcorp’s newest tenant is hip-hopping its way to success. Wetsand Animation Inc. of Dartmouth recently signed a contractwith Headstart Entertainment of Studio City, California, toanimate two episodes of an urban-lifestyle cartoon based on hip-hop culture. “I’m very pleased for this young company,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “Their growth has beentremendous since they moved into InNOVAcorp’s technologyinnovation centre.” “We’re really excited about working on this great project,” saidBrian Finlay, Wetsand founder. “This is one in a series of DVDcontracts that we’ll be doing between now and 2006.” The hip-hop cartoon, called Da Jammies!, follows the dailyadventures of two groups of young children who want to succeed inthe hip-hop business. Mr. Finlay said the cartoon’s message issocially positive. The cartoon is a direct-to-DVD project and may lead to atelevision contract. Wetsand Animation was founded in the fall of 2003 to producehigh-quality animation combining classical techniques with state-of-the-art technology. The company’s portfolio includes work onthe Warner Brothers TV series Mucha Lucha, and CD-ROM games forSpongeBob Square Pants and Shrek. Wetsand moved into the technology innovation centre in Junebecause it provided the company with the flexibility to expandquickly and take on larger projects. InNOVAcorp helps companies succeed in their early stages ofgrowth and development by promoting innovation andcommercialization of new products and technologies. It’s making asignificant contribution to the rapidly growing technology andlife sciences industries of Nova Scotia through venture capitalinvestment, mentoring, and incubation facilities and services.
People in Cape Breton will be a step closer to being injury-free,thanks to the dedication of health and injury preventionprofessionals. Twenty-seven professionals are participating inthe Canadian Injury Prevention and Control Curriculum beginningWednesday, Sept. 29, in North Sydney. “This curriculum is a valuable resource to Nova Scotia’s injuryprevention practitioners because it’s developed for Canadians,using Canadian content and data — the first curriculum to doso,” said Julian Young, co-ordinator of injury prevention andcontrol with the Office of Health Promotion, and instructor ofthe curriculum. “By enhancing the skills of Nova Scotia’s injuryprevention practitioners, we can be more effective and strategicin our prevention efforts.” Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1-44,killing 450 Nova Scotians each year. The curriculum focuses onthe epidemiology of injury; principles of injury control; basicinjury data systems; applied research and planning methodologies;and methods of program development, implementation andevaluation. Mary Musgrave, a public health nurse and nurse manager fordistrict health authorities 7 and 8, participated in the firstcurriculum in June. As a result of her experience, she encouragedher colleagues in Cape Breton to participate, and several areregistered. “As public health professionals, we’re in the homes, schools andcommunities and are in a good position to decrease injury and theimpact of injury, knowing that it’s one of the most pervasivehealth issues we’re faced with,” said Ms. Musgrave. “This courseprovides an excellent foundation of knowledge to help us helpothers.” This is the second of five three-day courses to be offeredthroughout the province this year, training more than 125 peoplein total. It will help establish a common language andunderstanding of injury prevention among all areas of injuryprevention across Nova Scotia and throughout the country,improving the ability to work together to address this epidemic.Participants will be better equipped with the knowledge todevelop injury prevention programming specific to theircommunity’s need. Child Safety Link, the Atlantic Network for Injury Prevention,and several other organizations have partnered with the Office ofHealth Promotion to help deliver the curriculum in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the only province with a provincially funded andendorsed Injury Prevention Strategy, with a $350,000 investmentthis year. Preventing falls, motor vehicle crashes and self-inflicted injury are the strategy’s three priority areas. For more information on the curriculum see the website athttp://www.canadianinjurycurriculum.ca . The Injury PreventionStrategy is on the Office of Health Promotion website atwww.gov.ns.ca/ohp/injuryprevention.html .
The province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union have reached a tentative contract agreement. Negotiators with the province and the NSTU, representing 10,000 public school teachers, reached the agreement late Friday, Feb. 6, after three days of conciliation. The union’s bargaining team will recommend to its provincial executive that the contract be accepted. The provincial executive will meet next week to discuss the tentative agreement before making a recommendation to members. “We are pleased we have reached a tentative agreement,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “I congratulate both parties for working hard to reach an agreement without any disruption to student learning.” “We believe this tentative agreement recognizes the importance of retaining qualified teachers and will enable all parties to work together to meet the challenges of providing a quality education to our students in these challenging times,” said NSTU president Alexis Allen. The teachers’ contract expired on July 31, 2008. There were 20 bargaining sessions since April 2008, plus three meetings this week with conciliator Charles Weir. Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the agreement is considered by union members.
A new tool to provide Nova Scotians with up-to-date information about air quality in their communities was launched by the departments of Environment and Health Promotion and Protection during Clean Air Day, today, June 3, in Kentville. Deputy minister of Environment Nancy Vanstone announced the implementation of the Air Quality Health Index in four communities, including Kentville, Greenwood, Halifax, and Sydney. Other communities including Port Hawkesbury and Pictou will be added in the coming months. “The index provides local air quality and health risk information on an hourly basis which will tell us when we might be affected by air quality and need to adjust our activities,” said Ms. Vanstone. “It will tell us when the health risk is low, and we can enjoy getting outdoors and being active which is most of the time in Nova Scotia.” “Seniors, children, people with heart and lung conditions, those who spend a lot of time outdoors and health-care providers are just a few of the groups that will benefit from having this information,” said medical officer of health Dr. Richard Gould. The index is presented on a scale from one to 10 with associated health messages to help Nova Scotians understand what the air quality means to their health. It can be of particular use as a preventative health measure to groups considered to be at higher risk to air pollution. Forecasted index levels are also provided to help people plan their days. The index is calculated based on the risks of a combination of common air pollutants which are known to harm humans. It was funded and developed by a national team led by the government of Canada, and included the departments of Environment and Health Promotion and Protection. It is now available in 40 locations across Canada. “The Air Quality Health Index will provide information about the health risks from air pollution and be particularly valuable for people with lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” said Louis Brill, president and CEO, Lung Association of Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled to partner with the departments of Environment and Health Promotion and Protection on this exciting initiative.” Implementation of the index in the province will address a commitment in the Climate Change Action Plan that states Nova Scotians must be provided with better information about the quality of air. For information on air quality in the province, visit www.airhealth.ca .
The Provincial Library and Libraries Nova Scotia are looking for feedback from library users who take advantage of the province’s Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere service. University, college, and public library users can provide feedback about the program by filling out a short survey online during November and December. “The Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program helps put books and learning resources in the hands of Nova Scotians,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “The survey is a way for the province to improve library services to better serve families in every region of the province — particularly those who travel to find the books they want to read.” Since September 2009, Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere has allowed Nova Scotians to borrow materials from any university, college or public library in the province and return the materials to the library of their choice. “Library users are thrilled with the convenience this initiative provides,” said Robert Campbell, librarian at Cape Breton University and co-chair of Libraries Nova Scotia. “It’s like every citizen of Nova Scotia having a library in their own backyard.” The survey is available at librariesns.ca/content/borrow-anywhere-return-anywhere-bara .
Hockey player Ryan Falkenham of Halifax and Judoka Whitney Lohnes of Bridgewater will have the distinction of serving as Team Nova Scotia captains and proudly carrying the flag during the opening and closing ceremonies at the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games. “Selecting the flag bearers was not an easy task as any of our athletes and artists would be a perfect fit for various reasons,” said Frank Garner, Chef de Mission for Team Nova Scotia. “Ryan and Whitney are exceptional young athletes and, most importantly, they value community and embody great leadership qualities and will represent Nova Scotia proudly.” All coaches and managers of Team Nova Scotia were asked to nominate flag bearer candidates. A small committee from the mission staff evaluated the nominees based on athletic and academic accomplishments, community work and character. Ryan will carry the Nova Scotia Flag during the Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 11, and Whitney will hold the flag during the closing ceremonies Feb. 27. Ryan, 15, plays major midget hockey for Halifax. He has been a team captain at every level of hockey he’s played. to date. Ryan has also represented Nova Scotia at the National Lacrosse Championships in 2008 and played in the baseball provincials in 2004. Ryan also excels academically and holds a 93.3 per cent average in Grade 9. He also volunteers as a coach for various hockey camps. “I’m extremely proud to be representing my province at home during the Canada Games,” Ryan said. “We’ve all trained hard to get here and I know we’ll all give our best for the hometown fans.” Whitney, 18, won gold at the 2010 judo nationals and bronze at the Junior Pan Am Championships. She has been competing for more than 11 years and shares her passion for the sport by coaching. Whitney has also been an honour student throughout junior and senior high school. “I’m honoured to be a captain of Team Nova Scotia and carry my province’s flag during the games,” Whitney said. “I’m so proud of all the athletes, artists, coaches and managers that make up Team Nova Scotia and can’t wait for the competition to begin.” Team Nova Scotia has more than 200 athletes and artists competing in 20 sports and various cultural events during the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 11-27. Team Nova Scotia has a number of partners and sponsors, including Sport Nova Scotia, the Department of Health and Wellness and Support4Sport, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Karbon, Scotian Gold, The Westin Nova Scotia, CTV, The Chronicle Herald and 101.3 The Bounce. Follow Team Nova Scotia for the latest news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamns , Twitter @teamnovascotia or visit www.teamnovascotia.ca. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About, 3,500 athletes, artists, coaches and managers will gather in Halifax to compete in more than 20 sports.
More than 300 Grade 3 students will try their hands at being farmers for a day at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm today, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26. Farmer for a Day gives students from elementary schools in Halifax Regional Municipality a chance to explore modern-day farming through activities and interaction with the farm’s animals. “Farmer for a Day supports the school curriculum by giving young students a hands-on experience that will help shape how they view agriculture as they grow older,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “It’s one of many ways that we help support Nova Scotia’s vibrant agriculture industry.” Students will learn about how food is produced and how far it travels from the farm to the plate. Other activities include seeing chicken eggs incubating, learning about clean water and making wheat-seed bracelets they can watch germinate in the classroom. “It is so important for farmers to share our experiences and promote our industry,” said Beth Densmore, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Having this opportunity to connect with students is a great way to share our message with our future consumers on the importance of agriculture.” The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is owned and operated by the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society. The farm has been in operation continuously for more than 200 years. “The farm is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour’s agricultural history, while developing an understanding of plants, animals and farming today,” said Janice Kirkbright, the society’s executive director. “Its proximity to the urban core keeps a rural connection on the city’s doorstep.” The event is supported by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and affiliated commodity groups. The aim is to raise awareness about agriculture and interest in agri-food careers.
The government is following through on a commitment to make u-vint and u-brew operations legal. Consultations with the industry will begin this week to develop regulations and set standards for ferment-on-premises businesses. Adjustments to the legislation are expected to be introduced during the next legislative session. New regulations will follow. “We want to eliminate barriers for small businesses and make it easier for them to grow, hire, and help our economy,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act. “These changes will bring public demand for this innovative service and support for a growing industry in line with the law.” Since the initial commitment to develop regulations, provincial officials have looked at existing u-vint models across the country. Stakeholder input will be used to create a regulatory framework that gives Nova Scotians more choice and creates a stable, clear and competitive business environment. “It is important for government to hear the views of the industry and work together to create socially responsible regulations that will grow businesses,” said Ms. Whalen. Consultation kits are being sent to owners and operators across the province for input. The deadline is Feb. 10. For more information, or to provide input, visit www.novascotia.ca/finance .
Nova Scotians across the province are recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness month, which was proclaimed today, April 1. “Sexual assault has a devastating impact on the lives of many Nova Scotians,” said Minister responsible for the Status of Women Joanne Bernard. “Eliminating sexual assault and sexual violence from our society is not a task for one government, one community, one organization or one individual. “We must work together, throughout this month and every day throughout the year, to take action in preventing sexual assault and to ensure we have the appropriate supports and services in place to help those who have been impacted.” Last fall, the government announced that it would develop the province’s first sexual violence strategy. Preliminary planning on the strategy began in February. The three-year strategy will focus on prevention and services for victims. The public engagement phase will begin later this spring. “Sexual assault and sexual violence impacts Nova Scotians, directly and indirectly, from all walks of life throughout the province,” said Ms. Bernard, who is leading the development of the strategy. “There has been great work done to date across community and government sectors. The sexual violence strategy is the next step to ensure we do everything we can to decrease these crimes and ensure victims and their families get better supports.” Service providers, community organizations, partners, and citizens will help to identify actions as to how this strategy can move us forward together. “Sexual violence is a serious crime often under-reported by victims. Women are eleven times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences,” said Verona Singer, co-ordinator Halifax Regional Police Victim Services. “We have to begin conversations about what is going on here.” This month will include the launch of a joint video campaign by the Halifax Regional Police, RCMP and Halifax Regional Municipality, entitled Be More Than a Bystander. The campaign was initially introduced in 2012 by the Halifax Regional Police. This year, the RCMP and HRM joined as partners and new messages were added from Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage and the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Sexual Assault Investigation Team. This April, Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn, share information and have critical conversations about sexual assault through a series of events being organized by women’s centres, sexual assault centres, and other community groups and leaders. Information about events planned throughout the province for Sexual Assault Awareness Month can be found at http://women.gov.ns.ca/ . “I invite all Nova Scotians into join in the discussion on how we can support resiliency, to provide a space to help to give a voice to those who have been impacted, and work together to do more to prevent sexual assaults from occurring in the first place, as well as ensure we have the right supports in place to help victims,” said Ms. Bernard. “Today, and every day, we are sending a clear message that Nova Scotia does not tolerate sexual assault or sexual violence.” An official launch event at Province House in Halifax has been postponed and will be rescheduled later this month. More information on where people can turn if they need help is available at http://novascotia.ca/help/ .
All Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s (NSLC) retail stores will be closed on Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 5, in honour of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. NSLC retail stores will have normal business hours on Saturday, April 4, and Monday, April 6. For more information on NSLC store hours, please visit myNSLC.com and click on Store Locator. -30-
Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences after a man died in Hants County today, Apr. 16. “This is a tremendously tragic day for this man’s family, friends and loved ones,” said Ms. Regan. “I want to assure them that our investigators are onsite to help find out what happened, and I hope that, in some way, this helps to provide them some comfort.” RCMP are investigating. A safety officer and investigator from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education are also on site, and will assist in any way they can. This is the seventh workplace fatality this year. In 2014, 19 Nova Scotians died at work or as a result of a work-related illness.
Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, Colchester Co., near Tatamagouche, will host woodworking workshops this summer with renowned Nova Scotia furniture maker Jonathan Otter. For the second year, the museum is offering a variety of workshops that are almost entirely hands-on using hand tools and traditional methods. “Sutherland Steam Mill is an excellent backdrop to share the experience of furniture making with Nova Scotians who want to explore their creative nature through such a beautiful and functional art form,” said Mr. Otter. “It is a pleasure to teach people new skills to help them work on projects of their own.” The first workshop is Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can take their projects home when they are done. “The work of artisans contributes to our culture as Nova Scotians,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The workshops at Sutherland Steam Mill are an excellent opportunity to learn an interesting skill from an award-winning artisan.” Sutherland Steam Mill Museum is located at 3169 Highway 326, Denmark. For details and a complete list of courses go to http://sutherlandsteammill.novascotia.ca/woodworking-workshops-jonathan-otter For a sample of Mr. Otter’s work, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bK0G4dVI9Y .
The province is waiving the $1,000 deductible for people applying to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program as a result of the Oct. 10 storm. “We understand how difficult this situation is for people and how disruptive it is in their lives,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We hope that by waiving the deductible it will make it easier for residents to complete repairs and rebuild their lives.” The program helps homeowners, small businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations recover from emergencies. It also provides support for municipalities. In recognition of the extent of damage and hardship being experienced, the program will cover up to $200,000 per household which is an increase from $80,000. Applications are available online at http://novascotia.ca/flooding and at several locations, including Access Nova Scotia Centres, MLA offices and town halls. For assistance, call 1-866-424-5620 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org . Residents are asked to continue to assess damage, keep all receipts, take pictures and video, and work with their insurance companies. Government continues to post updates on the flood at www.novascotia.ca/flooding .
New Delhi: The Delhi University has formed a committee to look how the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota can be implemented for PhD and MPhil admissions.This year, the varsity has effected a 10 per cent increase in seats for the EWS in undergraduate and postgraduate admissions. The EWS category was not reflecting when candidates wanted to apply for MPhil and PhD admissions, leading the students to query the admission official. “A committee has been constituted to look how the EWS criteria can be implemented for MPhil and PhD. The seats for MPhil and PhD are not fixed and vary depending on the number of supervisors we have and the number of candidates who apply,” said a varsity official. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe university started registrations for postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses on June 3. Till now, 19,442 students have registered for MPhil and PhD courses and 4,308have made payments. Out of the total number of payments made, 2,205 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 1,026 from other backward classes, 779from scheduled castes and 298 from scheduled tribes. Till now, 1,02,745 students have registered for postgraduate courses and 65,088 have made payments. Out of the total number of payments made by candidates, 36,620 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 13,729 from other backward classes, 10,069 from scheduled castes, 3,369 from scheduled tribes and 1,301 from the EWS category. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe varsity had begun the registration process for undergraduate courses on May 30 which will end on June 14. The first cut-off list is likely to be released on June 20. Till now, 3,20,907students have registered and 2,11,424 have made payments, the varsity said. Out of the total number of payments, 1,27,569 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 42,859 from other backward classes, 28,779 from scheduled castes, 5,902 from scheduled tribes and 6,315 from the economically weaker section (EWS), it said.
Detection of malaria infection could become more accurate soon. A team of researchers from Indian Council of Medical Research’s Jabalpur-based National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH) has identified a genetic sequence in the body of malaria parasite that promises to help develop a more sensitive diagnostic test for the disease. Currently, tests used for diagnosing malaria are based on a gene, Histidine-rich Protein 2 (HRP2), replete with amino acid Histidine. However, studies have shown that this gene is often absent in some strains of the malaria parasite. Consequently, significant levels of malaria infection were going undetected. Scientists across the world have been searching for new biomarkers that would be more effective. Also Read – A special kind of bondScientists at NIRTH think an enzyme called glutamate dehydrogenase could offer a solution. “Our study provides scientific evidence for the conserved nature of glutamate dehydrogenase sequences in Indian isolates which can be used as a potential biomarker for diagnosis of malaria,” said Praveen Kumar Bharti, leader of the research team. There are several specific genes in every parasite that can be targeted to identify or kill it. However, these genes are not present in equal measure in all the strains of a parasite. While identifying the genes or proteins for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, scientists choose a gene or protein that shows the least variation across different regions so that it can be used in as wide an area as possible. In scientific terms, such a gene is considered to be well conserved. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the present study, scientists looked at three genes: Glutamate dehydrogenase, lactate dehydrogenase and aldolase of Plasmodium falciparium, a variety of malarial parasite that is the deadliest. For this, they collected 514 blood samples of malaria-infected patients from the eight malaria- endemic states in the country, isolated DNA from them and amplified the three genes. The genes were then sequenced and nucleotide composition of the samples was compared. Among the three genes, nucleotide composition of glutamate dehydrogenase was almost the same across the samples. Analysis of the protein structure of this gene revealed that it folded into similar protein structure across the samples, confirming that it could be a potential biomarker for malaria. “We are planning to correlate the level of parasites with that of expression of glutamate dehydrogenase gene and their antigen levels in peripheral blood samples of malaria patients. We will then validate the sensitivity and specificity of the test,” Bharti told India Science Wire. (Courtesy: India Science Wire. The research team included Amreen Ahmad, Anil Kumar Verma, Sri Krishna, Neeru Singh (National Institute of Research in Tribal Health) and Anjana Sharma (Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur). The research findings have been published in the journal PLoS One)
New Delhi: Widening the scope of investigation into the multi-crore seeds scam, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has handed over the probe in the case to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the state police. The scam was allegedly committed during the tenures of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav and relates to fake sale and purchase of seeds on a very large scale. With the EOW now taking over the investigation from the local police, a more specialised probe can bring trouble for top bureaucrats and politicians who allegedly turned a blind eye to the financial bunglings in the Agriculture Ministry. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! A preliminary inquiry has indicated that quintals of seeds meant for distribution to poor farmers were purchased and supplied, merely on paper by officials of the Uttar Pradesh government. Signatures of officials and the seal of the government were blatantly used in ‘forged purchase receipts’ to siphon off funds. The inquiry has revealed that forged receipts worth Rs 16.56 crore were traced. The scam was unearthed last year when the state seeds corporation sent its bills to the Agriculture Department for payment. During routine verification, a few bills worth Rs 99 lakh were found to be forged. Later, a department inquiry was initiated to probe the scandal. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Sources said that during Mayawati’s tenure as Chief Minister (2007-2012) and later when Akhilesh Yadav was the Chief Minister (2012-2017), bills amounting to Rs 16.56 crore had been found to be forged. The inquiry, which was focused on the Kanpur warehouse, revealed that receipts belonging to two series bearing numbers 9080 and 7188 had been forged. A few key officials and lower rung employees of the store purchased and supplied seeds only on paper. Later, the forged bills were endorsed by senior officials and payments were made. Earlier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had instructed secretaries of important ministries that have large expenditure to focus on internal audits and ensure that the government runs efficiently. The Chief Minister has already suspended several corrupt officials in the Animal Husbandry and Chakbandi departments which have become dens of corruption. Important cases related to corruption like the Gomti River Water Front Project and mining scam were earlier handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Chief Minister.
Kozhikode (Kerala): Wayanad Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has assured all help to the people of his flood-hit constituency rebuild their lives. “We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people. You don’t have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives,” said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady. He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Today is Eid and though I know that the people are distressed, I take this opportunity to wish all of you ‘Eid Mubarak’. We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering,” said Gandhi. Incessant rain and the consequent floods have caused widespread damage in Kerala. In Wayanad, the flood fury has resulted in 18 deaths and displacement of over 40,000 people, who have taken shelter in over 200 relief camps. Having arrived in Wayanad on Sunday, Gandhi visited some relief camps at Malappuram and Kavalapara, where a mudslide on Friday wiped out an entire village. Over 50 people are still feared trapped under the debris. He also took part in a review meeting called by the Malappuram District Collector. Gandhi will tour Wayanad on Monday and will return to Delhi on Tuesday.