The economic and trade relationship between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China is very active, with some 15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica with cumulative investments of US$2 billion.This was disclosed by Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Fan Jianghong, during a news conference regarding the sports cooperation programme with China, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on January 2.“The investments keep growing each month. The two-way trade has more than surpassed what it was in 2017. International development cooperation has reached a new high, as we saw more than 3,000 Jamaicans who have been invited to China on short-term training programmes, which cover a wide range of subjects that are key to Jamaica’s social economic development,” Mr. Jianghong said.Additionally, he cited the scholarships for academic degree programmes and the current three-year technical agreement on sport between both countries as areas of cooperation.Under the current technical agreement, more than 400 Jamaican athletes will travel to China for training over the next three years.The first batch, representing seven disciplines – Synchronised Swimming, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football and Women’s Basketball – completed 60 days of intense training at specialised facilities across China in the summer of 2018.Also, in January 2018, a contingent of Chinese coaches and administrators came to Jamaica to assess certain national teams and collaborate with local coaches and administrators.In addition, the Chinese government will donate equipment to the seven sporting disciplines.“We see the acceptance and the popularity [of the] programme in Jamaica over the past year. I would like to thank everyone who made this programme successful. As we welcome a new year of 2019, we are very confident that with a concerted effort and closer collaboration together, we can make a lot of things happen to benefit both countries and peoples,” Mr. Jianghong said.
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Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has lauded educators for their work in preparing the future leaders of Jamaica. “Teachers are the guardians of our society. I want to celebrate all our teachers simply because there is no society without the impact and influence of our teachers to ensure that successive generations are educated, inspired and empowered. I want to say a big thank you to all our teachers for all the work they continue to do to ensure the prosperity of Jamaica,” the State Minister said. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has lauded educators for their work in preparing the future leaders of Jamaica.Speaking with JIS News during his visit to St. Aloysius Primary School in Kingston on May 8 to celebrate Teachers’ Day, Mr. Terrelonge thanked teachers across the island for their dedicated service in empowering children.“Teachers are the guardians of our society. I want to celebrate all our teachers simply because there is no society without the impact and influence of our teachers to ensure that successive generations are educated, inspired and empowered. I want to say a big thank you to all our teachers for all the work they continue to do to ensure the prosperity of Jamaica,” the State Minister said.Mr. Terrelonge said the Ministry continues to collaborate with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to recognise the work that teachers have been doing.Meanwhile, Principal of St. Aloysius Primary, Althea Palmer, said working with children is her passion.“It is not a nine-to-five job. It calls for determination, dedication, passion and a love for children. It calls for somebody with a vision of where they would like to see their Jamaica and the kind of legacy you would like to leave behind,” she said.Grade-two Coordinator and senior teacher, Pancita Walker, who is trained in early-childhood education, told JIS News that her inspiration and motivation for teaching is seeing the progress of her students.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (centre), greets Grade Two Coordinator and Senior Teacher at St. Aloysius Primary School, Pancita Walker (left), on his visit to the institution to celebrate Teachers’ Day, today (May 8). At right is Principal of the school, Althea Palmer. Locally, Teachers’ Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday of May, during the first full week. Speaking with JIS News during his visit to St. Aloysius Primary School in Kingston on May 8 to celebrate Teachers’ Day, Mr. Terrelonge thanked teachers across the island for their dedicated service in empowering children. “What drives me and motivates me as a teacher is when I can move a child from point D to point A. I am fulfilled. There is no child that cannot reach his or her greatness,” Miss Walker, who has been employed at the school for 18 years, said.Grade-six student, Daniel Hall, told JIS News that he appreciates the work his teachers put in to make the subjects interesting for him. “Teachers help us to learn, so in the future we can be like them,” he said.Locally, Teachers’ Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday of May, during the first full week.Teachers’ Day is one of several activities to mark Education Week, being celebrated from May 5 to 11 under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location BMT, November 5, 2013 Print Close zoom BMT has completed a series of studies for the Port of Liverpool’s new Seaforth ‘Liverpool 2’ (L2) Container Terminal Construction, which promises to bring 5000 new jobs to the area. The new facility will provide capability for a further half a million containers, taking its total annual capacity to approximately two million TEUs.BMT subsidiary companies, BMT ARGOSS and BMT Isis were commissioned by Peel Ports to carry out a number of specialist studies to identify and assess the associated impacts of introducing larger vessels of up to 13,500 TEU to the proposed L2 development. This included analysis of the associated traffic and safety management issues, as well as the operability of the new terminal and to provide a conceptual design of the required mooring system. Manoeuvring simulations and studies into the wave and water level conditions were also carried out. Hugh Addison, Head of Design Liverpool 2, states: “BMT expedited the study on a short lead time and programme, to provide information fundamental to the detailed design of the Terminal. Liverpool 2 is subject to 10m tides and a wide range of vessels need to be accommodated in a defined footprint, but BMT overcame the technical challenges with enthusiasm and flair. Although the work was carried out remotely, their understanding of our requirements was absolute and the deliverables met the high standards that I have come to expect from working with BMT in different corners of the world.”BMT applied not only their extensive knowledge of ship behaviour but also a full range of AIS traffic analysis techniques and coastal engineering expertise in this project – from statistical analysis of wave buoy data, through to modelling of wave propagation over shallow banks and computation of overtopping rates. BMT also simulated the movements of the ship at the quay using REMBRANDT DMA (Dynamic Mooring Analysis).This software delivered a more advanced simulation of the moored ship’s response to all of the weather affecting it (wind, waves, currents, passing ships), providing Peel Ports with more reliable results and avoided the need for over-design because of the uncertainties often involved with a less advanced approach.Jan Onassis, Senior Maritime and Port Consultant at BMT ARGOSS explains: “The high tidal variation at Liverpool (more than 10m in extreme cases), combined with the range of vessel sizes expected to call at the terminal, presents particular design challenges. As the Seaforth terminal is located near the river entrance it means that, unlike the older Liverpool berths which are located in docks or well upriver, it will be subject to some wave action from the Irish Sea. As such, careful consideration was needed when designing the quay. On the one hand, it is favourable to make the quay high to avoid wave overtopping at high water, but a high quay can lead to mooring problems for the smaller vessels, particularly at low water.” Bob Hockham, Business Development Manager at BMT Isis explains: “For such a significant project like this, it was vital for Peel Ports to ensure that the proposed development could accommodate the larger, container vessels. Our dedicated traffic management team were able to provide assurance that although the larger vessels would have an impact on other vessel traffic, it could be manageable with the introduction of additional traffic management measures.”
zoom Human bone fragments were found inside the ill-fated Costa Concordia wreck during a search by salvage divers yesterday of the areas previously inaccessible to divers. The divers are reported to had discovered scull fragments, and once the analysis is complete, it will be known whether these posthumous remains belong to the last missing victim from the cruise ship that sank two and a half years ago.Bodies of 30, out of 32 passengers who died in the shipwreck have been recovered with one missing and one of a female believed not to have been recovered in its entirety.Relatives of both have been informed of the discovery.Costa Concordia wreck was towed to the Port of Genoa for scrapping on Sunday, July 27.The unprecedented towing operation was a historic achievement for salvage operators.World Maritime News Staff, August 7, 2014
zoom Order intake at Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä’s Marine Solutions sector reached EUR 407 million (USD 460.4m) for the quarter ended September 30, down 12% compared to EUR 463 million reported for the same period a year earlier.On the other hand, order intake for the recently acquired L-3 Marine Systems International (MSI) developed well, the company says.Within environmental solutions, orders included exhaust gas cleaning systems for three passenger vessels, as well as ballast water management systems for eleven container vessels.In the gas carrier segment, orders included two contracts to supply regasification modules to be installed on FSRU vessels owned by Höegh LNG from Norway.Gas carriers represented 37% of the third quarter order intake, while the conventional merchant segment accounted for 21%.The cruise and ferry segment’s share was 16%, special vessels represented 9% of the order intake, navy 6% and offshore 5%. Other orders accounted for 7% of the total.The overall outlook for the shipping and shipbuilding markets remains challenging, Wärtsilä says, as overcapacity continues to affect demand.Gas carrier contracting is expected to remain on a normalised level, and the outlook for the cruise segment remains positive thanks to an anticipated increase in Asian passenger traffic.The outlook for ferries is supported by signs of economic recovery in the USA and Europe. The importance of fuel efficiency and environmental regulations are clearly visible, the company says, as the regulatory environment is driving interest in gas as a marine fuel in the wider marine markets.Wärtsilä’s third quarter order intake totalled EUR 1.086 billion, a decrease of 17% compared to EUR 1.309 billion from the corresponding period a year earlier.The company recorded EUR 132 million profit before taxes, compared to EUR 129 million reported in 3Q2014.Looking ahead, Wärtsilä expects its net sales for 2015 to grow by 5-10% and its operational profitability (EBIT% before non-recurring items) to be 12-12.5%.This guidance includes the impact of the MSI acquisition. MSI is expected to contribute approximately EUR 250 million to net sales and EUR 9 million to the operating result during 2015. Excluding purchase price allocation amortisation, MSI’s operating result is estimated to reach EUR 16 million.
Teekay has shared a video of its LNG carrier Madrid Spirit that was the first vessel to discharge at the new Dunkerque LNG Terminal in France on July 8.With the arrival of the 2004-built LNG tanker, the terminal received some 130,000 m3 of LNG, originating from a liquefaction plant in Bonny, Nigeria.Built at South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), the vessel is 284.37 meters long and 42.5 meters wide.The 77,213 dwt Madrid Spirit has a gross tonnage of 90,835 tonnes.Following the Madrid Spirit, a second vessel is scheduled to arrive at the terminal in the first half of August, to carry out test runs of the whole system and performance tests. French utility company EDF Group said that the commercial operations could start at the end of September.The Dunkerque LNG terminal is France’s fourth such terminal. It is jointly owned and operated by EDF, Fluxys and Total. The construction of the terminal started in June 2011.
zoom Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has placed an order for two new freight ships (ro-ro) at China’s shipbuilder Jinling Shipyard. Scheduled for delivery at the beginning of 2019, the order is part of DFDS’ ongoing fleet renewal to accommodate freight growth, increase operational efficiency and reduce the environmental impact, according to the company.The investment in the two new ships totals around DKK 1 billion (USD 150.9 million) to be paid during the period from ordering to delivery.DFDS has options for four additional ships, each designed to carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.“The larger size of the new ships will significantly decrease unit costs as well as the environmental impact per transported unit,” DFDS said, adding that both newbuildings are planned to be deployed in the company’s route network on the North Sea.Equipped with scrubbers for the removal of sulphur, ballast water treatment systems and a number of energy efficiency initiatives, the ships represent a new generation of environmentally friendly ro-ro vessels as they comply with the latest environmental rules of the new IMO-standard EEDI (Energy Efficency Design Index), according to the shipping firm.
zoom Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility Prelude has officially entered into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class.Featuring a length of 488 meters and a width of 74 meters and displacing about 600,000 tons of water, Prelude is the largest floating offshore facility in the world.Last month, Prelude arrived at its operating location in the Browse Basin, offshore northwest Australia. It will be moored at a depth of 250 meters and will not be dry-docked for the first 25 years of its expected 50-year operational life.As explained, the facility required around 260,000 tons of steel to build and its turret is the largest ever built. It has been designed to withstand category five cyclones and its technology has generated over 150 patents.LR said it has been involved in the project from the start, helping to ensure the unit will operate safely by applying FLNG expertise through classification, equipment certification, validation and verification against performance standards.Prelude’s substructure and turret have been designed and constructed in accordance with LR’s Rules for Floating Offshore Installations at a Fixed Location and its topsides certified to an agreed set of industry codes and standards. LR also confirmed compliance of the facility with Shell’s design and engineering practices, where applicable, and the performance standards specified by Prelude’s safety case.The intended risk based classification scheme is expected to benefit from the use of the latest in remote inspection technologies to gather accurate and repeatable survey data to allow a predictive and focused approach, according to LR. The LR team in Perth will be welcoming colleagues from LR’s Geoje office in the coming months to assist in the transition from the yard through offshore commissioning to the operations phase.“By using the latest in ROV and AUV deployed equipment, we see big opportunities for improvement in the safety, accuracy and manner of offshore facility inspection in service and we anticipate that this will flow on to a new way of approaching classification,” Jeff Baker, LR’s Offshore Business Development Manager for Australasia, commented.
zoom A start-up company established in July 2017, 300cubits, plans to be the first to launch an actual blockchain application for the container shipping market, according to Alphaliner.The company aims to roll out a booking deposit system on June 15, 2018, which would use blockchain technology and a dedicated crypto currency to address the problem of cargo “no-shows” and “rollovers”.300cubits claims these are the key challenges in the container shipping industry as 25%-30% of the carriers’ bookings never show up and rolling always happens in the most inconvenient time, Alphaliner writes.The company plans to distribute its own crypto-currency, named “TEU tokens”, to industry participants as the first step in getting stakeholders to adopt the new system. The company started given out TEU tokens to the industry participants at no cost on February 1, 2018.“The container shipping industry has been slow in adopting new technology and widespread scepticism remains about the viability of such initiatives,” Alphaliner informed.Initiated by a Hong Kong-based company, 300cubits would provide the TEU token for the industry to use as booking deposit through Booking Deposit Module, a cloud-based system built on blockchain.
zoom TOTE Maritime Alaska, part of American marine transportation group TOTE, has completed the first of four conversion periods for the Orca class vessels, a process which will enable the ships to use LNG as fuel. TOTE Maritime’s North Star arrived in Anchorage on February 25, completing its first voyage after being outfitted with two LNG tanks immediately behind the ship’s bridge.In addition to the LNG tanks and accompanying infrastructure, the ship received engine updates necessary to utilize LNG as a fuel and underwent a standard regulatory dry-dock, the company said.In 2017, the company contracted MAN PrimeServ, a division of MAN Diesel & Turbo, to convert two roll on/roll-off (RoRo) ships to dual-fuel operation.This conversion is expected to reduce air emissions from the 65,314 gross ton ships, eliminating sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter while reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide.“We are excited to be the first shipping company in the United States to undertake this important environmental effort” Mike Noone, President of TOTE Maritime Alaska, noted.Over the next four years, three more conversion periods will be required to finalize the transition of TOTE Maritime Alaska’s vessels to LNG. Each of these conversion periods will take place in the winter. The conversion of both ships is scheduled to be complete in Q1 of 2021.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust has moved forward with the disposal of a 2005-built MR product tanker as part of its fleet renewal efforts.The company has executed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell the 47,496 dwt FSL Hamburg to an unaffiliated third party and has received the initial 10% deposit in escrow.FSL Trust said that the transaction is expected to be completed before end March 2019, at which time the net proceeds would be utilised for partial repayment of the company’s outstanding bank debt. The remainder, some USD 6.5 million, would be used for instalment payments for the newbuilding acquisition revealed in mid-December 2018.“In line with the Trust’s ongoing fleet renewal strategy, we are pleased to report this disposal, which will help fund the newbuilding acquisition, will reduce the outstanding bank debt thus improving the Trust’s risk profile while preparing the Trust to take advantage of the expected recovery in the sector,” Roger Woods, Chief Executive Officer of FSLTM, said.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Vehicles Asked to Remain Off RoadsFollowing Snowstorms The winter parking ban ended Monday, March 15, on provinciallyowned and maintained roads but drivers are asked to keep theirvehicles off the road during and after snowstorms. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is remindingdrivers that vehicles can be towed if they impede snowplows orwinter maintenance operations. The Motor Vehicle Act, Section 139, allows police officers anddepartment staff to tow vehicles at the owner’s expense. -30-
The plan changes and the additional funding — in either proposalA or B — would preserve the long-term health of the plan forteachers and stabilize pension costs for tax payers. Bothproposals require the government to add about $142 million to theplan to match the value of the indexing given up by teachers. Changes to plan governance are also recommended in each case.Instead of the minister of finance as the plan’s sole trustee,responsibility would shift to a new board of trustees on April 1,2006. As per the previous proposal, the pension plan changes would notaffect retired teachers who are currently receiving pensions.Teachers who retire before July 31, 2006, may choose to havetheir pensions paid under existing rules or the new rules. Teachers will cast their votes on Wednesday, March 9, with anadvance poll to take place on Tuesday, March 8. Nova Scotia teachers will choose between two revised proposals tostrengthen their pension plan in a vote scheduled for earlyMarch, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the government of NovaScotia announced today, Feb. 15. The Nova Scotia teachers’ pension partners board has developedtwo funding alternatives for the pension plan to address someconcerns raised by teachers and school boards about proposedpension changes. Those changes were narrowly voted down byteachers on Feb. 1. “Everyone understands that the teachers’ pension plan must beproperly funded,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie.”Government and the teachers agreed in 1993 to share thechallenge of a significant funding shortfall, and we continue towork jointly on a solution.” Proposal A has the same provisions as the Feb. 1 proposal,including a $142-million cash contribution from the province andvariable indexing tied to the level of the plan’s funding.However, the date by which teachers can retire under the currentpension rules is extended to July 31, 2006, to alleviate concernsabout teachers retiring part-way through the school year. Proposal B allows for more predictable indexing provisions thanProposal A. Both teachers and government will increase theirpension contributions by two per cent, effective Aug. 1, 2005, topay for indexing at 50 per cent of CPI, regardless of the planfunding level. Proposal B also gives teachers the option toretire under the current plan rules until July 31, 2006. “Teachers will be asked to choose from one of the two newproposals, as the status quo is not an option,” said Mary LouDonnelly,” president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. “Thelonger the pension plan remains underfunded, the harder it willbe to make up the shortfall. We feel strongly that we needed torevisit this issue right away.” Government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union agreed to meetvarious targets for the pension plan when it was restructured in Although the funding level had reached 81 per cent by 2003, the large number of retiring teachers and other factors were expected to cause the level to decline to less than 60 per cent by 2033, and even more rapidly after that.
Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from the intersection at Highway 111 northerly, toward the airport, will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Quoddy River Bridge, Trunk 7 Work to replace the Quoddy River Bridge on Trunk 7 is underway. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals and accommodated by a temporary bridge and detour adjacent to the existing bridge. Some delays may occur. Please drive with extra care in this area. The detour will be in place 24 hours a day until Friday, April 28. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Monday, May 15, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 Local Area Office: 902-893-5780 Fax: 902-893-2175 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. NEW WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at Exit 25, Joggin Bridge, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, April 21, for road work. Hours of operations are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-825-5388 Area: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local area office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cooks Mill Bridge The Cooks Mill Bridge on Cooks Mill Road will be closed for 24 hours per day starting Monday, April 3, until Friday, April 28, to carry out structural repairs. A detour is available on Highway 236 and Highway 224. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hydes Bridge, Route 277 The Hydes Bridge on Route 277 in Dutch Settlement will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays only from Monday, April 3, to Thursday, April 13, for bridge repairs. A detour is available on Trunk 2, Dutch Settlement Road and Old Trunk Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 -30-
LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service until further notice because of mechanical reasons. It stopped running at 11:30 a.m. today, March 7. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 Fax: 902-861-1911
A lecture to help Nova Scotians understand the benefits and challenges of including natural products as part of cancer treatment and care will be hosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The lecture, to be held in Halifax and by video conference at 16 sites across the province, will be presented by Debbie Saulnier, oncology pharmacist, Queen Elizabeth II Cancer Care Program. It is part of the Cancer Answers lecture series, designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. “Often, patients hear conflicting information about the value of natural products and potential benefits in fighting cancer,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Ms. Saulnier has a great deal of expertise in this area and will provide participants with information to guide them in making informed decisions about their use of natural products in combination with traditional cancer treatments.” The lecture will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St. Video conference sites are: Dartmouth General Hospital, Dartmouth; Hants Community Hospital, Windsor; St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish; Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston; St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre, Arichat; Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville; Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton; Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro; Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche; Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow; Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst; South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater; Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney; Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck; and Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.
Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 at Middle Melford will have lane closures to construct a detour bridge and approaches at Melford Bridge until Saturday, Jan. 31. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site. Drivers can expect delays, gravel on the road, and rough sections. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some weekends. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Oxford Junction The steel bridge on Jungle Road at Oxford Junction will be closed for repairs from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, Jan. 26 until Friday, Jan. 30. Local school buses and emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass over bridge. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 -30- Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer 2009 because of damage sustained during flooding. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 30 to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site.
The province is making it easier for families of people with disabilities to save for their loved one’s future by allowing them to use Registered Disability Savings Plans while continuing to receive income assistance. Similar to a Registered Education Savings Plan, the Registered Disability Savings Plan allows families and their children with disabilities to save money, tax-free, until it’s needed. “Many people worry about what will happen when they’re no longer here to provide care for a family member who is disabled,” said Community Services Minister Chris d’Entremont. “This will give families peace of mind by allowing them to plan a more financially secure future for their relative.” Community Services will fully exempt the Registered Disability Savings Plan contributions when calculating clients’ eligibility for income assistance. Clients will also be able to withdraw funds from the plan without affecting their income assistance payments. There are no restrictions on who may contribute to a Registered Disability Savings Plan and no annual contribution limit. There is a lifetime maximum of $200,000 per individual fund. The federal government recently announced that the 2008 contribution year has been extended to March 2, 2009.
Due to anticipated poor weather conditions because of Hurricane Bill, and with the safety of staff and the public in mind, Sherbrooke Village will be closed Sunday Aug. 23. It is expected the village will reopen at 9:30 a.m., Monday Aug. 24, weather permitting. The St. Mary’s Chowder Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30. -30-
The province is taking additional steps to protect the safety and security of staff and inmates at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, Aug. 11. Staff working at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, are now required to wear protective vests at all times where there is any chance of contact with an offender, while working in the Burnside facility. “During the past few days, there have been incidents where our correctional officers have been on the receiving end of violent behaviour exhibited by offenders,” said Mr. Landry. “In addition to our zero-tolerance approach, mandatory use of protective vests is another appropriate action to lessen the risk of incidents like these from happening again.” The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility is the largest of five provincial facilities and houses the province’s most dangerous offenders. The Justice Department is phasing in the policy. The majority of incidents occur in the north unit. To protect the safety and security of staff, it is now mandatory for those working in this unit to wear protective vests. The facility’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee has been consulted, and support the policy change. Through preliminary results of an internal investigation, a new standardized preliminary incident report, and communications training for staff will also be implemented. This will improve the timely, consistent and accurate flow of information from the facility to the department and, ultimately, the public. “We operate in an environment where criminal investigations and security intelligence can be of a confidential nature,” said Mr. Landry. “But we also understand that the public has a vested interest in the safe operations of our provincial correctional facilities. We want to provide quick, accurate information, whenever we can.”