zoom Monaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers has entered into a a loan facility with Nordea Bank Finland Plc, New York Branch, in an effort to refinance indebtedness on up to 20 product tankers and provide finance for the company’s general corporate purposes.Signed on August 30, the loan is for up to USD 372 million, comprising a USD 200 million term loan, a USD 100 million revolving credit facility, as well as an uncommitted incremental credit facility of up to USD 72 million, according to international law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW).WFW said that ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland Plc, New York Branch and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) acted as mandated lead arrangers and Nordea Bank Finland Plc, New York Branch acted as agent and security trustee.In early July, Scorpio Tankers received the approval for a loan of up to USD 300 million from ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB.The company planned to use the loan to refinance the existing indebtedness on 16 MR product tankers.Scorpio Tankers’ net income for the second quarter of 2016 stood at USD 3.8 million, against a net income of USD 57.5 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.The company saw its vessel revenue for the period drop to USD 137.2 million from USD 188.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2015.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Desgagnés Canadian shipping company Desgagnés christened and launched on April 17 the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. “Desgagnés is very proud to have achieved another world first in only a few short months,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, the company’s president and CEO, stated, recalling that last May, Desgagnés named the M/T Damia Desgagnés, the very first dual-fuel asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker.The 135-meter-long Mia Desgagnés is the second in a series of four new product carriers ordered by the company at Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.As informed, the vessel represents an investment of over CAD 50 million, including nearly CAD 9 million for the addition of dual-fuel/LNG motorization.“This is a very significant investment in line with our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint,” Beaulieu added, thanking the Quebec government for its financial contribution of CAD 700,000 under its program to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (PETMAF).The Mia Desgagnés has several sustainable development certifications, including “CLEANSHIPSUPER” and “GREEN PASSPORT”. The tanker is able to run on three different types of fuel, including liquefied natural gas (LNG).With a deadweight capacity of nearly 15,000 tons and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17,000 cubic meters, the Mia Desgagnés will be transporting refined petroleum products or chemicals.The ship, with its double hull and Polar 7 certification, can navigate in ice-laden waters. It is equipped with a variable pitch propeller as well as bow and stern thrusters. Its generators’ power output of over 3 megawatts allows the vessel, through its generator/motor integrated in the propulsion shaft, to reach a cruising speed of up to 7 knots without using the main engine.
zoomImage Courtesy: Ulstein Scorpio Group, owned and controlled by the Lolli-Ghetti family, has taken control of Nordic American Offshore (NAO), via a private placement into company’s shares worth USD 5 million.Emanuel A. Lauro, Chairman and CEO of Scorpio Tankers and Scorpio Bulkers, took over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda-based owner and operator of offshore supply vessels.In addition, Robert Bugbee, President and Director of Scorpio Tankers, has been appointed to the company’s board and to the office of President, Cameron Mackey has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Filippo Lauro has been appointed Vice President.As a result, the founder and CEO of NAO, Herbjørn Hansson, resigned from the board of directors and Marianne Lie resigned from the office of Executive Vice-Chair, but will remain a director.“Though near-term challenges of the offshore market exist, I believe NAO has all the necessary attributes to succeed in the longer-term: high caliber people, high caliber assets, and strong relationships with key stakeholders, first among them its lenders and its shareholders. My focus in the coming weeks will be to ensure that this great enterprise can appropriately position itself for the improving fundamentals to come,” Lauro said commenting on the deal.Lauro commended Hansson for his close engagement and support during the process, adding that NAO is a platform with a promising future. New York-listed NAO owns and operates a fleet of 10 harsh environment offshore supply vessels.
Nova Scotians are being encouraged to uncover treasures,exceptional objects and the unique stories that are part of theirheritage this weekend, June 12 and 13, as more than 40 museumsacross Nova Scotia engage in the fun and hands-on activities ofMuseum Weekend. “It’s encouraging to see the variety of high quality museums inNova Scotia,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “The benefits of these museums are felt incommunities throughout the province and this weekend there’ssomething for all ages and interests.” Take a heritage hike, make a kite like Alexander Graham Bell,learn a new heritage skill or how to preserve treasured familyphotos during the ninth annual Museum Weekend. Participants maydiscover amazing facts about life at sea, hear the music of thepast, sample old-fashioned recipes, take in a new exhibit, orseek out answers in a heritage hunt. Nova Scotians can also get a new perspective on history throughmuseum displays of local students’ drawings. The artwork reflectsheritage in the students’ communities as part of the MuseumWeekend I Spy Heritage contest. Annual Museum Weekend events highlight the province’s richheritage and the significant role museums play in preserving andinterpreting local culture and natural history. “It’s our heritage,” said Mr. MacDonald. “This weekend is a greattime to experience it.” For event details and museum listings see the website athttp://museum.gov.ns.ca/museumweekend or call 1-800-565-0000.
A 48-hour roadside inspection blitz of heavy trucks this week has helped to make Nova Scotia highways safer. More than 88 per cent of randomly selected heavy trucks passed tough on-road inspection standards during the international Roadcheck 2005. That’s up three per cent from the previous year. “Vehicle compliance-officers enforce safety standards and protect the health and well-being of Nova Scotia road users everyday,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Roadcheck highlights the importance of this work, and the high standards to which truckers must aspire.” Provincial officers conducted inspections around the clock from Tuesday, June 7, to Thursday, June 9, at the Amherst inbound scale house, while mobile patrols inspected commercial vehicles travelling on other provincial highways. The inspections include items related to vehicle, driver, and cargo safety. “Most vehicles showed a high level of mechanical fitness and passed inspections,” said vehicle compliance manager Don Evans. “Inspectors are seeing improvements in the quality of vehicles on the road, which can be attributed to the National Safety Code and stringent Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on-road inspection procedures.” Of the 176 trucks and trailers randomly selected on Highway 104, 21 were placed out of service for various defects. Roadcheck is held annually throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Les Néo-Écossais profiteront d’un meilleur accès à des audiences bilingues grâce à des modifications apportées à la loi sur la Cour provinciale (Provincial Court Act), annoncées aujourd’hui 8 novembre. Les modifications permettront la nomination d’un juge de l’extérieur de la province pour procéder à l’audition d’une cause en Cour provinciale, une option particulièrement importante dans le cas d’un procès qui se déroule en français. « Nous devons nous assurer que tous les Néo-Écossais ont droit à un procès équitable, que ce soit en anglais ou en français, devant la Cour provinciale de la Nouvelle-Écosse », a affirmé le ministre de la Justice, Murray Scott. À l’heure actuelle, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et le Nouveau-Brunswick ont des lois semblables. La magistrature de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été consultée au sujet des modifications proposées. « Ces modifications nous donnent une plus grande flexibilité et permettent au système de mieux répondre aux besoins de la population », a souligné M. Scott.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ron Chisholm is offering his condolences to the family of Gerald and Gerry Blackburn, whose bodies were recovered today, May 28, off Prospect. The two fishermen were reported missing yesterday after they failed to return home. “This is a tragedy and loss for our fishing industry and communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blackburn family and friends,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Nova Scotia fishermen face difficult conditions as they carry out their activities on the ocean.” Mr. Chisholm wishes to express his thanks to the local fishing boats, the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP divers, helicopter crews and the ground search and rescue volunteers for their quick response, as well as everyone in the community who supported the search efforts.
The province is making progress to ensure Nova Scotians get faster access to health care. “We are approaching a turning point and starting to see important wait time reductions,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. “We have made significant investments in this area and it is very encouraging to see that the strategies we are implementing are paying off.” Provincially, average waits for long-term care beds have fallen by nine per cent, or two weeks, since January. Wait times for residential care facilities have dropped 13 per cent since January and the number of Nova Scotians waiting for home support has dropped 33 per cent from one year ago. These shorter waits are the result of efforts under the 10-year Continuing Care Strategy to open new long-term care beds, train and introduce hundreds of continuing-care assistants and launch initiatives like the Adult Day Program to provide seniors with the extra support they need to stay in their homes longer. Patients are also experiencing shorter waits for cardiovascular surgery, bone density scans, barium enemas and upper gastro-intestinal tests. The province’s efforts to take action on some of Nova Scotia’s most challenging wait times are also producing results for patients. Through the Scotia Surgery Demonstration Project, 250 orthopedic patients had received publicly funded surgery and seen improvements in the quality of their lives by the end of September. Patients report a 99 per cent satisfaction rate with this service. Nova Scotia’s ability to provide more patients with diagnostic tests has also increased as a result of $100 million invested in new equipment. The province’s patient-to-MRI ratio — one machine per 117,000 residents — is the best in Canada. Nova Scotia’s breast cancer screening rate also remains among the best in the country with the purchase of eight new digital machines. This past summer, the province added its first PET scanner, allowing Nova Scotians to get the potentially lifesaving test closer to home. Patients struggling with chronic pain have more options after six additional clinics opened this fall. In addition to two existing clinics, they are providing patients with comprehensive care closer to home. Capacity is also being increased for patients requiring emergency care. Work on the new $17-million emergency department at the QEII Health Science Centre in Halifax, as well as the replacement hospital in Truro, has started. Nova Scotians continue to have better access to doctors than anywhere in Canada. Nova Scotia has the highest number of physicians per population in the country, and the lowest percentage of people without a regular family doctor. “We’re building the right foundation and we’re seeing wins, but we’re not stopping here,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Access to care in a timely fashion is important to all Nova Scotians. I’m confident that if we continue with a comprehensive approach that tackles wait times on a number of fronts, Nova Scotians will continue to see results.” Reducing wait times is one of the government’s five immediate priorities for improving the economic and social well-being of Nova Scotians.
–July 2. David Francey will perform in concert with Craig Werth in the Malagawatch Church. Francey received three JUNO awards and the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. Admission is $20 with general seating. Prepaid reservations are required. The concert begins at 7 p.m. –July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Every morning from 10 a.m to noon is spòrs or fun. Games will be played that focus on language, song, dance, and other aspects of Gaelic life. Children can learn Gaelic vocabulary and phrases through interactive games. Spòrs is for children 5-10 years old. –July 7, 14, 21, 28. Làithean Sona or Happy Days. Children are invited to take part in a special living history program focusing on language, song, dance, and other aspects of Scottish heritage. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language, and song. Costumes are provided. This program occurs every Wednesday for the month of July. Làithean Sona runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $30 per child. Prepaid reservations are required. –July 8 and 22. Na Deugairean or The Teenagers. Young people are invited to participate in this special living history program to get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language, and song. Costumes are provided. Admission to this program is $30. Prepaid reservations are required. Na Deugairean is from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. –July 15 and 29. Candlelight Tour is an intimate evening storytelling tour of the site under a Cape Breton sunset. The tour runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students, and $28 per family. Prepaid reservations are required. –July 17. Codfish supper. Come satisfy your taste buds with a feed of salt cod, potatoes, and all the trimmings of a traditional codfish supper. Hot dogs are also available. The supper is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, and hot dogs are $2. This will be the only codfish supper in July. –July 22. Celebrate the music of Washabuck fiddler Michael Anthony MacLean with a concert in the Malagawatch Church. Admission is $15 with general seating. Prepaid reservations are required. The concert begins at 7 p.m. –July 24. Margaret Bennett will present the 2010 Joe Neil MacNeil Memeorial Lecture. Following the lecture Ms. Bennett will hold a book signing for her new book, Dìleab Ailein: The legacy of Allan MacArthur- Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the book signing at 3 p.m. in the Tuning Room. Admission is free. –July 25. The River and Lakeside Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada hosts its annual anniversary church service in the Malagawatch Church. The service starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For information or to register for any of these events call 902-725-2272 or 1-866- 4GAELIC (42-3542), e-mail email@example.com, or visit http://www.highlandvillage.ca July 1. Canada Day Open House to celebrate the founding of our country. Admission is free. Once again the Highland Village Museum in Iona, Victoria County, is full of fun and exciting activities for both young and old this July. The outdoor living history museum, with a breathtaking view of the Bras d’Or Lakes, offers visitors the chance to explore period buildings and walk among Gaels. Events and programs in July include:
Four green business leaders are making a name for themselves and Nova Scotia by being recognized for their sustainable business efforts. Raymond Cote, Marty Janowitz, Charles Cartmill and Thomas Rankin have been named to Delta Management’s Clean50 list of outstanding contributors to clean capitalism. Delta Management is an executive search firm with a focus on clean technology, corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals. “These entrepreneurs, executives and financiers show all of us that we can protect the environment while creating jobs and economic success,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “By investing in clean technology we are creating the good jobs that Nova Scotians deserve.” “I would like to congratulate these four remarkable individuals,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and their significant contribution to Nova Scotia’s clean technology sector, which is gaining both national and international recognition.” Mr. Cote has been called Canada’s father of industrial ecology for his 40 years of work as an activist, public servant and professor pursuing sustainability. Mr. Janowitz has worked with governments, corporations and communities to advance a variety of progressive initiatives. As vice-president of sustainability with Stantec, a global professional services organization, he leads by example for the company’s 11,000 colleagues. Mr. Cartmill is the founder and CEO of LED Roadway Lighting. He was recognized for creating energy efficient street lighting, and his activity with industry associations that advocate environmental and economic sustainability. Mr. Rankin works with the province as an investment manager at Innovacorp. He was selected for creating funding for clean technology investments, including the $25-million Nova Scotia Cleantech Fund and the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have each committed $15 million toward the creation of a new venture capital fund which will invest in companies from the clean technology, life sciences, information technology and other high-growth sectors throughout Atlantic Canada. For more information visit www.clean50.ca .
Two people and two organizations are being recognized for their work promoting human rights in the province with the 2012 Human Rights Award. The Human Rights Commission is presenting the awards Monday, Dec. 10, at the International Human Rights Day Event at Millwood High School in Halifax Regional Municipality. The theme is, Voice It! Change It! The award categories are individual, organization and youth. People submitted nominations to the commission and the winners were chosen by the commissioners. The winners in the individual category are Jake MacDonald of Wolfville and Christine Porter of Sydney. The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax is the recipient in the organization category and receiving the youth award is No Glory Productions, a group of students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. “It is because of the tireless and committed work of the award recipients that all of us have a better life,” saidHammonds Plains-Upper Sackville MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “Their desire to talk about improving lives and then turning those words into actions is an inspiring example of voicing it, and then changing it.” Mr. MacDonald, a survivor of a brain injury, is the past president of the Annapolis Valley Chapter of the Brain Injury Association in Nova Scotia from 1999 to 2011. He was chosen for his work to educate the public and health-care professionals about brain injury prevention with initiatives such as Operation Headway, Noggin Knowledge and In-Roads. Christine Porter is the executive director, AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton/Sharp Advice Needle Exchange. She is being recognized for her commitment and dedication to injection drug users, people living with mental illness and addiction. She educates health professionals and health institutions about the needs of people living in these hard circumstances. For 29 years, the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has offered support, education, counselling and advocacy for women who have experienced sexual violence. The centre also provides education programs raising awareness of sexual abuse, social injustice such as sexism as well as developing community resources. “The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has fought for women’s rights for over 30 years,” said executive director Irene Smith. “Though women’s rights are guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, women still face barriers to justice. We are honoured to receive this award and it encourages us to continue our efforts.” No Glory Productions, who with the support of a teacher, and student support worker, created a video on racism. It is a powerful, courageous and honest message of marginalization. “Protecting and promoting human rights is a passion I share with the recipients,” said David Shannon, CEO and executive director of the Human Rights Commission. “Having their dedication and insight as part of the cause makes it very rewarding.” International Human Rights Day celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948. It is credited with shaping human rights around the world. A Canadian, John Humphrey, drafted the original document. For more information go to www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ .
Le gouvernement provincial poursuit ses efforts visant à éduquer les Néo-Écossais sur les effets de la cyberintimidation par la publication, aujourd’hui 27 mars, d’une nouvelle fiche d’information sur l’utilisation responsable du téléphone cellulaire. Le fait de fournir aux gens des renseignements sur l’utilisation responsable d’un téléphone cellulaire lorsqu’ils signent un contrat a été déterminé comme une mesure à prendre dans le plan d’action du gouvernement provincial contre l’intimidation. Le plan, publié en février, examine les causes profondes de l’intimidation et de la cyberintimidation. « Nous savons que l’intimidation existait bien avant les téléphones cellulaires et les médias sociaux, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous ne devons pas oublier que la cyberintimidation n’est qu’un nouveau véhicule pour un problème de longue date. » « Il est important de savoir comment être des cybercitoyens responsables qui comprennent les effets de leurs décisions et de leurs comportements sur les autres dans le monde numérique. » La fiche d’information fait partie des modifications à la loi sur la protection du consommateur (Consumer Protection Act) concernant l’équité dans les contrats de téléphone cellulaire et l’utilisation responsable d’un téléphone cellulaire qui ont été présentées à l’Assemblée législative au printemps 2012. « La protection des Néo-Écossais ne s’arrête pas à l’équité des contrats de téléphone cellulaire, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. La cyberintimidation est l’un des plus grands dangers pour le Néo-Écossais dans le monde numérique. » « La promotion de l’utilisation responsable du téléphone cellulaire est une autre façon dont la Province contribue à protéger les consommateurs en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les téléphones cellulaires permettent aux gens de rester anonymes lorsqu’ils transmettent des messages. C’est en raison de ce sentiment d’anonymat que les gens sont plus portés à dire des choses blessantes qu’ils ne diraient jamais à quelqu’un en personne. « Comme fournisseur de service Internet et de service sans fil évolué, Eastlink prend très au sérieux le problème critique de la cyberintimidation et ses impacts sur la vie d’un si grand nombre de Canadiens, a dit Lee Bragg, directeur général d’Eastlink. Nous sommes d’avis que les fournisseurs de services de télécommunications peuvent jouer un rôle clé en aidant les Canadiens à comprendre les technologies des communications et à les utiliser de façon sécuritaire et responsable. » « La fiche d’information préparée par le gouvernement provincial contient des renseignements importants à cet égard, et nous sommes ravis de la fournir à nos clients et sur notre site Web. Nous avons également hâte de collaborer avec le gouvernement sur les futures initiatives en matière de lutte contre la cyberintimidation. » Pour obtenir un exemplaire de la fiche d’information « Non à la cyberintimidation : Soyez un cybercitoyen responsable » ou pour télécharger le plan d’action « Élevons la voix! Plan d’action pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation », consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca ou le www.unlikecyberbullying.ca/fr. Les fournisseurs de services de téléphone cellulaire seront tenus de fournir à leurs clients la fiche d’information, disponible en français et en anglais, à compter du 1er mai.
Les conseils scolaires seront invités à présenter des soumissions pour l’expansion du programme au printemps 2014. Les sites du programme ÉcolesPlus offrent des services à plus de 135 écoles et se situent dans les huit conseils scolaires de la province. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le http://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). « Nous sommes ravis que le programme ÉcolesPlus sera bientôt offert à Sackville, a dit Karla Wolfe, directrice de l’école élémentaire Hillside Park. Le programme offrira davantage de possibilités de soutien et de participation, et comblera les écarts qui existent parfois lorsque nous tentons de diriger les familles vers le soutien et les services appropriés. » Deux autres sites du programme ÉcolesPlus ont été approuvés en 2014-2015 dans les régions suivantes : Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Windsor Elementary School, qui offre des services à la famille d’écoles de West Hants. Tri-County Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Barrington Municipal High School, qui offre des services à ses écoles nourricières, avec une expansion possible dans le comté de Shelburne. Strait Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école St. Andrew Junior High School, qui offre des services à cinq autres écoles. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, avec des sites dans les régions du sud-ouest et du nord-est du conseil scolaire. Les nouveaux sites et les sites améliorés seront ouverts à l’automne. Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école Glace Bay High School, qui appuiera six autres écoles. Chignecto Central Regional School Board, avec un site à l’école New Glasgow Junior High, qui appuiera quatre écoles. L’expansion du programme ÉcolesPlus aidera des centaines d’élèves et de familles supplémentaires à accéder à des services de santé, des ressources d’apprentissage et des programmes parascolaires. Les élèves et le personnel de l’école élémentaire Hillside Park de Lower Sackville se sont joints à Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, aujourd’hui 19 juin, pour annoncer six nouveaux sites du programme ÉcolesPlus. Ce programme aide les élèves à obtenir le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour bien réussir à l’école. L’un des nouveaux sites sera dans la famille d’écoles de l’école Sackville High. « Le programme ÉcolesPlus est un modèle fructueux qui aide les élèves, les familles et les collectivités à obtenir une gamme complète de services de soutien en plein cœur de leur communauté, c’est-à-dire dans les écoles, a dit Mme Jennex. Grâce à ce programme, les élèves ont accès à des cliniciens en santé mentale dans les écoles, à des clubs de devoir et des services de mentorat, et à des programmes parascolaires qui n’étaient pas offerts auparavant. » Chaque école est différente, mais les écoles du programme ÉcolesPlus travaillent ensemble pour coordonner et offrir plus d’une centaine de services et d’activités à l’échelle de la province. « Je crois que nous sommes enfin sur la bonne voie pour combler l’écart entre la maison, l’école et les services, a dit Lori Andrews, parent et travailleuse communautaire pour Juniper House, à Digby. Le programme ÉcolesPlus répond aux besoins réels des enfants et des familles. J’en ai fait moi-même l’expérience lorsque ma fille éprouvait des difficultés à l’école. Le programme ÉcolesPlus a offert un endroit sûr et du soutien. » L’étude externe du soutien offert à Rehtaeh Parsons par le Halifax Regional School Board et le plan d’action du gouvernement provincial « Élevons la voix! Plan d’action pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation » recommandaient tous les deux une expansion du programme ÉcolesPlus. Le gouvernement provincial continue d’établir de nouveaux sites du programme chaque année. Le programme ÉcolesPlus, offert dans le cadre du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, encourage la collaboration entre le gouvernement, les conseils scolaires et les organismes afin d’offrir aux élèves un endroit où ils peuvent obtenir de l’aide, dans un environnement familier. Le programme réunit toute une gamme de services de santé mentale et d’autres programmes de santé, ainsi que des services de mentorat, d’aide avec les devoirs, de travail social et de justice qui sont offerts dans les écoles, où les enfants, les jeunes et les familles y ont facilement accès. Les autres sites du programme ÉcolesPlus approuvés pour l’année 2013-2014 sont les suivants :
Negotiations began today, Oct. 21, between government and the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. The two parties met to exchange proposals, which included government’s proposed wage offer. Information regarding the negotiations can be found at novascotia.ca/psc/public-service-sustainability-mandate/ . The collective agreement being negotiated represents about 7,600 unionized civil servants. -30-
implement key elements of the province’s new electricity plan to create a future with predictable and stable rates for Nova Scotians extend the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and drilling on Georges Bank to Dec. 31, 2022, which will protect the area of important fishing grounds put children’s interests first when families break up and implement guidelines that families must follow when a parent or guardian wishes to move away with their children reduce regulation, cut red tape and position the province to be more competitive through the joint office of the Maritime provinces, Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness make it easier to vote in municipal and school board elections enhance protections for employees who make inquiries or provide information to Labour Standards officials increase public safety by making paramedics a self-regulating profession allow the use of Segways and other personal transporters on sidewalks Government continued with its commitment to make tough choices to protect the services and programs that are important to Nova Scotians, during the second session of the 62nd general assembly, which wrapped up today, Dec. 18. “Change is not without challenges and making tough decisions,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Government is committed to a fiscal plan which will lead Nova Scotia into a strong and prosperous future.” Legislation was introduced to provide public sector employers with a wage framework that respects collective bargaining rights, is affordable to taxpayers and consistent with government’s fiscal plan. It also ensures newer, lower-paid public sector employees receive larger pay increases, protects pensions, benefits and vacation time. Government also introduced legislation to: “I look forward to building on what we have accomplished this session,” said Premier McNeil. “We have to continue to make the tough decisions to achieve long-term benefits for our province.” For a complete list of bills passed this session, visit http://nslegislature.ca .
-30- In Nova Scotia, we are passionate about how our health care is delivered, accessed and managed. Yet, until recently, the fax machine has been the most common way for doctors to share information with each other, and patients still keep pieces of paper to keep track of important health information. In the meantime, text and email has become second nature in how we communicate with family and friends and online banking has become routine. It’s time to look at new ways of working in the health system too. We are ready to innovate and have taken that first step. We have introduced MyHealthNS, a secure online tool that connects doctors and patients. In doing that, we will increase access and convenience for patients, and put health care back into the hands of Nova Scotians. We are the first in Canada to offer this online tool provincewide. Right now, Nova Scotians can sign up at MyHealthNS.ca to keep track of personal health information like immunizations, blood pressure, medications and allergies. Feedback from patients is that this is an easy and convenient place to keep their health information organized, secure and accessible anytime from anywhere. Once you are registered online you will be ready for new features as they become available. The first major feature that will be available across Nova Scotia in early 2017 is eResults. This will allow family doctors registered with MyHealthNS to send their patients lab and diagnostic imaging results electronically. Patients who are also registered will be able to review the results online any time they need to, saving them a trip to the clinic to get the results. This will give people more control over their own health information and greater convenience overall. If the doctor feels that a test result is best shared in person, the clinic will call to ask the patient to come in for an appointment. The health information systems at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the IWK Health Centre, and other hospitals in the Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas are now set up to provide electronic results on MyHealthNS. From young families with busy lives, to seniors who are now on the go more than ever, MyHealthNS is a convenient alternative to a doctor’s visit. It is simple and easy to use. Thirty-five doctors and more than 6000 patients took part in the three year evaluation. Patients say you don’t have to be tech savvy to manage your account. Doctors see the benefits as well. Those involved in the pilot said sharing test results electronically is valuable or extremely valuable to their patients. Ninety-eight per cent of the patients who took part said they wanted to keep receiving their results online. I am excited to see Nova Scotia taking the lead on e-health in this way, and I am pleased this will help Nova Scotians manage their own health care on their own time, and on their own terms. As we continue to roll the system out across the province, I encourage all Nova Scotians to register for this exciting new tool. You can do so by visiting http://myhealthns.ca
Government is looking into an incident of damage to an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne Co., after a major winter storm earlier this month. The company reported damage to one of its pens to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in accordance with the province’s aquaculture regulations, and has continued to provide regular updates. It is believed some of the salmon were released from the damaged pen. The operator has been engaged in harvesting all of the fish at the site and the remainder of the fish from the damaged pen. “Our new aquaculture regulations require an operator to notify us of a containment breach as soon as they know about it and that is what happened in this case,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Our departmental staff have been in contact with the operator and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure they are taking the appropriate actions to secure their site.” Conservation officers with the Department of Environment are following up on the situation with the operator. Information on the province’s aquaculture regulations is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture. To report a concern about an aquaculture site, contact the Department of Environment at 1-800-565-2224. FOR BROADCAST: Government is looking into an incident of damage to an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne County, after a major winter storm earlier this month. The company reported the damage to one of its pens to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on Wednesday, February 15th, in accordance with the province’s aquaculture regulations, and has continued to provide regular updates. It is believed that some of the salmon were released from the damaged pen. To report a concern about an aquaculture site, contact the Department of Environment at 1-800-565-2224. -30-
Every election in India is unique and significant in the historical and evolutionary process of Indian democracy. Our democracy indicates its vibrancy, maturity and sobriety. Despite small drawbacks and inadequacies, 2019 electoral process went down very well. Conducting election in a country of 1.2 billion people, with extreme differences, disparities, and inequalities, is not an ordinary task. It cannot be compared with any country in the world. It is massive and managing the massiveness of the electoral processes and procedures is a great achievement. Also Read – A staunch allyThe political parties have displayed their full energy, enthusiasm, and efforts during electioneering by affirming faith in the constitutional electoral machinery in mobilising people for the political task of casting votes. In this process, voters have been apprised about the issues that are afflicting the country and solutions to be found out through the new regimes of different political fronts. Based on the perception, image, the knowledge they have gained and hope, people have given a dear mandate of the country’s governance to BJP. Also Read – Cuban pathosWhile voting, people give a collective message regarding their priority and preference in selecting the party to be in power. Political parties, both the victor and the vanquished, have to understand in perspective and act further. The intelligence of the political parties lies in understanding the exact mood of the people. BJP and Modi have projected that they stand for India’s pride, security, integrity, unity, and development. Further, BJP has given a signal that it looks at the whole scheme of development through Hindutwa framework. BJP has got a strong leader to do that job and there is no schism either in the party or on the front. On the other hand, the opposition parties joined only to submit a petition and remove Modi. They come together to bring allegations against Modi and not to act cohesively to combat his power. They have not joined together to project themselves as a force to govern the country with a common plan of action. Huge promises are present in the manifestoes of the Indian National Congress and opposition parties, not in BJP’s. Yet people gave priority to BJP and Modi even though rich promises are in the manifesto of the opposition parties. It is easy to comprehend that BJP and its leaders gave a notion to the people that they have credibility, they are united and highly disciplined to deliver what they promised. But the opposition parties criticised Modi and BJP and they criticised each other contemptuously. It gives a sense to the people that BJP and Modi always talk about the country, security, patriotism, and nationalism. The opposition groups have not touched such emotive and sensitive issues. They have given a feeling to the people that for the opposition, nation and national security are not priorities, the prime minister position is the sole aim and every party is interested in increasing their tally to increase their bargaining power during the government’s formation. So opposition parties are interested in strengthening their own position rather than evincing interest in the national issues. Every party in the opposition felt that people have suffered during demonetisation and GST and thereby, they would vote the opposition parties. There is no doubt that people have suffered and yet they rely on the credibility of Modi, not the opposition because the credibility of the opposition parties has been questioned by Modi through the past records. Many of the regional parties suffered set back because of the corrupt image of leaders. This has been effectively used by Modi in the past five years and he continued the same attack during this election also. A very comprehensive, deliverable manifesto has been brought out by the Indian National Congress but it has not reached voters as they have organisational inadequacy. Congress is not clear in its role and hence they have not declared their position on the post of prime ministership. Rahul Gandhi was proposed only by DMK and not by Congress. While taking the decision Congress or other regional and national opposition parties, the Modi factor has to be in the backdrop but not to attack Modi. The opposition parties have to introspect and further act competitively with the government led by BJP. India enters into a new era which is totally market-driven and in market-driven politics, democracy takes a backseat as it has not delivered substantial economic goods to the poor. Many parties have come to stagnation. Hence, political parties need introspection and appropriate action. (Dr. G Palanithurai is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Manchester: Chasing India’s mammoth 336, Pakistan were staring down the barrel at 166/6 after 35 overs when the heavens opened up. They were 86 runs behind under the Duckworth Lewis system at the time of the stoppage. Earlier being put in to bat, Rohit Sharma pulverised a pedestrian Pakistan attack with a stylish hundred to lead India to a challenging 336 for five in a marquee World Cup encounter here Sunday. Despite heavy rains and overcast conditions during the past few days, the pitch had very little moisture and turned out to be a batting beauty which Rohit and the other Indian batsmen exploited to the fullest. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe Indian vice-captain scored his 24th ODI hundred – 140 off 113 balls while KL Rahul (57) played the perfect second fiddle in an opening partnership of 137 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli switched gears effortlessly during his 77 off 65 balls and also became the quickest to 11,000 ODI runs, eclipsing a 17-year record held by iconic Sachin Tendulkar. Mohammed Amir (3/47) pitched the ball up and maintained discipline despite a couple of official ‘warnings’ for running onto the pitch while Wahab Riaz (1/71) and Hasan Ali (1/84) bowled short consistently. Courtesy Amir, Pakistan did manage to pull things back in the final few overs as India managed only 38 runs in the final five overs. Vijay Shankar (15 off 15 balls) struggled with his timing, failing to read Amir’s cutters.
Taunton: Jason Holder says the West Indies face a tough task to reach the World Cup semi-finals after their dismal seven-wicket defeat against Bangladesh on Monday. Holder’s side fell victim to the second highest run chase in World Cup history as Bangladesh reached 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare at Taunton. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Holder after they had posted a solid 321-8, only to implode with a combination of woeful fielding and sloppy bowling. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe West Indies have lost three of their five matches and, with four games left, captain Holder conceded there is only a slim chance they can make the semi-finals in the 10-team tournament. “It’s looking tough at this present moment, but it’s not impossible. We have to play every game here now as a final,” Holder said. “We’ve got to win every game left to give ourselves a really good chance.” New Zealand and India, both in fine form, are the West Indies’ next two opponents and they must beat both to remain in contention. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”If we want to go through into the semi-finals we’ve got to beat the best teams,” Holder said. “We’ve got to back ourselves and be more clinical with the ball. “A few top edges didn’t go our way, but we didn’t help ourselves as well. “We’ve also got to score more runs because we haven’t got a batsman with a hundred yet. “I thought with the pitch dimensions we could have got 365-375 but we were well short, 40 or 50 runs.” Meanwhile, West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick urged his side to stick together and come back stronger after suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the World Cup here. “Stop looking for excuses and start finding solutions,” he said. “If you look at it, I thought we were 60 runs short on that pitch and on that size field. We then didn’t take the opportunities that came our way. We were always behind Bangladesh once they got through to 70/1,” said Estwick after WI lost its third match on the trot in five games. “The big players didn’t kick on but saying that we made 321 runs and should have been able to defend that. But we can stand here, saying ‘if this’ and ‘if that’ — we didn’t play well, we’ve lost the cricket game and that’s that.”