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.”
As the 2013 Canada Summer Games officially come to a close in Sherbrooke, Que., Team Nova Scotia has many reasons to celebrate, including surpassing its previous medal record and bringing home more than 50 medals. Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Aug.17, congratulated Team Nova Scotia athletes on their record-breaking performance at the games and thanked coaches, managers and mission staff for their support and commitment to the athletes. “I am unbelievably proud of Team Nova Scotia and everything they have accomplished at these games,” said Premier Dexter. “Our athletes had a great games experience, surpassing their previous record and bringing home 56 medals. It’s been an exciting two weeks for our athletes, as well as for their families and fans, culminating in a strong finish against some great competitors. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations, Team Nova Scotia. You’ve done a great job and had a record-breaking games. I hope you take some time to enjoy this moment.” Highlights of the 2013 Canada Summer Games include 10 medals in swimming, with five of those won by Pictou’s Timothy Ferris in the Special Olympics Category. The province’s paddlers built on the momentum from week-one athletes, with all members of the team receiving medals at the games. Team Nova Scotia also won medals in athletics, rowing and mountain biking. For a full list of medals and results, visit teamnovascotia.ca . “Team Nova Scotia has had a great competition,” said Chef de Mission Lynda Shoveller. “Not only did they make it to the medal podium, they broke our previous medal record, achieved personal bests, and made new friends and lasting memories. I couldn’t be more proud of what this team has accomplished.” Team Nova Scotia athletes achieved 16 gold, 18 silver, and 22 bronze medals, moving the province into a fifth place overall finish. The Canada Summer Games took place in Sherbrooke, Que., Aug. 2-17. The games featured more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports in 20 venues. Team Nova Scotia also takes home the prestigious Jack Pelech Award, which is presented at the end of the games to the province or territory that best combines competitive performance, sportsmanship, cooperation, and friendship. The province has received the award twice before, in 1987 and in 2011. Team Nova Scotia’s contingent consisted of more than 400 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place in Prince George, B.C., from Feb. 13 to March 1. For more information, visit canadagames2015.ca .
Nova Scotian hunters have until midnight, May 31, to apply for a coveted moose hunting licence. Applications can be sent by phone, online or mail. The draw will take place at 11 a.m., June 25 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and winners will be notified by mail. The draw is also broadcast on the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters website at www.nsfah.ca . “Moose hunting is very popular in Cape Breton and a boost for the local economy,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “The moose draw is an important part of our strategy to manage the herd and it gives every applicant a fair chance to win.” Moose hunting is only available in Victoria and Inverness counties, and for seven one-week moose hunting seasons between Sept. 29 and Nov. 8. A special three-day season in part of Inverness County, is scheduled Dec. 9-11. Moose hunting is not allowed on Sundays. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Nova Scotia, have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18 years old. Hunters who held a moose hunting licence between 2009 and 2013 cannot apply for a licence this year. Hunters can apply online at http://novascotia.ca/natr/ by following the Hunting key topic. Hunters can also call 1-900-565-3337 from a landline and the application fee will automatically be added to their phone bill. The phone option does not work with cellphones and it cannot be billed to a different phone number. It costs $7.83 (plus HST) to apply for a licence online or by phone. Applications can also be paid by cheque and submitted by mail, using a form from the Natural Resources website. It costs $11.35 (plus HST) to apply by mail. Cheques should be made payable to HMC Communications Inc. Each licence is valid for one season and in one geographic zone. Hunters must pick their season and zone when they apply. Detailed information about the seasons, the five hunting zones and restrictions on the use of vehicles, is explained on the website. In 2013, there were 10,827 applications for 345 licences.
Jusqu’à cinq vins d’établissements viticoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourraient être choisis pour recevoir le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’excellence des vins de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’appel de mises en candidature pour le prix de cette année a été lancé aujourd’hui, 24 avril. Le prix, créé en 2014 par l’ancien lieutenant-gouverneur, J. J. Grant, reconnaît la qualité exceptionnelle des vins produits ici avec des raisins cultivés localement. Il souligne aussi l’engagement et les compétences des gens qui travaillent dans l’industrie viticole en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le prix est administré conjointement avec la Winery Association of Nova Scotia et Taste of Nova Scotia. Ces organismes expliqueront à leurs établissements viticoles membres les critères de mise en candidature et la procédure à suivre. Chaque établissement viticole est invité à présenter un maximum de trois vins vendus sur le marché et faits avec des raisins provenant à 100 p. 100 de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les vins seront jugés par un groupe de 10 experts indépendants lors d’une dégustation anonyme. Les vins gagnants seront annoncés le 19 juillet au cours d’une cérémonie de remise des prix à la Résidence du gouverneur, à Halifax. « Ce programme de prix prestigieux soulignera, pour la cinquième année, l’incroyable travail que les vinificateurs font pour produire des vins de grande qualité et de renommée internationale, qui reflètent notre culture, notre cuisine et notre terroir, a déclaré Jerry White, directeur général de la Winery Association of Nova Scotia. L’industrie viticole continue d’être un catalyseur pour la croissance économique en milieu rural et une source de grande fierté pour les Néo-Écossais. » « Cela en dit long que nous ayons un prix vice-royal pour reconnaître la valeur de l’industrie viticole en Nouvelle-Écosse, a déclaré Emily Haynes, directrice générale de Taste of Nova Scotia. Quand vous avez cette reconnaissance à la maison, cela renforce la crédibilité de notre industrie sur les scènes locale, nationale et internationale. » En 2017, les gagnants étaient : Le Domaine de Grand Pré, à Grand Pré, pour son Riesling 2016 Le Domaine de Grand Pré, à Grand Pré, pour son vin de glace Muscat de 2016 Luckett Vineyards, à Wolfville, pour son Black Cab Mercator Vineyards, à Wolfville, pour son Mercator Sauvage de 2015
New Delhi: State-owned power producer NTPC is expected to generate higher operating profits in the current fiscal, says a report. “It expects NTPC Ltd (BBB-/Stable) to generate higher operating profits in the financial year ending March 2020 (FY20), partly driven by improvement in availability factors across most of its power projects, resulting in lower under-recoveries,” Fitch Ratings in the report said. The better availability will be based on higher coal procurement from the group’s new captive mines, imports and Coal India Ltd. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”An accident at the 1,550 MW Unchahar power project and the shutdown of the 705 MW Badarpur power project in FY19 resulted in under-recoveries, the difference between fixed costs and capacity payments of Rs 4.7 billion,” Fitch said. The company reported total under-recoveries of Rs 8 billion (around Rs 54,822 crore) in FY19, down from Rs 14.4 billion (around Rs 98,679 crore) in FY18. The annual under-recoveries were due to a few projects recording lower availability than the benchmark. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefHowever, the portfolio-level average plant availability rates in FY 2018-19 were 87 per cent for NTPC’s coal-based plants and 92 per cent for the company’s gas-based plants, it said. Fitch expects NTPC’s working capital pressures to continue because of delays in payments from the company’s counter-parties, which include financially and operationally weak state-owned distribution companies, and advances to Indian rail operators to manage coal transport. The company recorded late payment charges of Rs 13 billion in last financial year, mainly due to overdue receivables from its counter-parties. The company entered into agreement with Indian Railways to extend Rs 100 billion in 2018. NTPC has increased its standalone installed capacity to 47,325 MW in FY19 from 46,100 MW a year earlier. Its commercial capacity increased to 45,725 MW from 44,500 MW. The commercial capacity addition of 1,930 MW (1,225 MW net of the decommissioned 705 MW Badarpur power project) in FY19 was lower than the Fitch’s estimate of about 3.8 GW, likely because of project delays. The agency expects NTPC to commercialise about 4.6 GW of capacity in FY20 on a standalone basis. “We expect FY20 standalone capex to remain high, at around Rs 200 billion in line with management’s guidance, which will lead to negative free cash flow.” it added.
ITC Ltd today announced the inauguration of its new super-premium luxury hotel in Kolkata – the ITC Royal Bengal. Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the iconic hotel.The 456 keys ITC Royal Bengal is ITC Hotel’s 14th Luxury Collection hotel in India and is a befitting tribute to the timeless traditions and royal heritage of Bengal, which has been ITC’s headquarters for over a 100 years. Christened ‘One of a Kind’, the grandiose property is a mark of ITC’s confidence in the tourism potential of the region and serves as a true badge of honour that Bengal can proudly showcase to the world. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveBuilt with an investment of nearly Rs 1400 crore, the ITC Royal Bengal will redefine Kolkata’s hospitality landscape making it a preferred destination for global MICE tourism and other large events. From a sprawling 16400 sq feet pillar less magnificent ballroom, pre-function areas and outer courtyards attached to the Grand Ballroom together adding approximately another 33000 square feet, to exquisite arrival lobbies and huge lawns ideal for Kolkata socials, ITC Royal Bengal offers versatile banquet options for both the business meetings and events with total banquet and convention facilities covering an area of 61000 sq feet. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back pain A distinctive proposition of this new super-premium luxury offering from ITC Hotels lies in the fact that the composite properties – ITC Royal Bengal and ITC Sonar will be marketed together as one of the largest hospitality and MICE destinations in the region. The launch of ITC Royal Bengal adjacent to ITC Sonar, marks the unmatched offering of two world-class hotels complementing each other. Together, the two hotels will offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of banqueting space. In close proximity to the city’s largest convention and exhibition venues, the ITC Royal Bengal and ITC Sonar duo will offer the best choice for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director of ITC Ltd said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of iconic ITC Royal Bengal. This signature property will provide further impetus to transforming the tourism landscape in the state and will be an icon of repute on the world tourism map. This landmark investment from ITC is a part of the Company’s growing footprint in the State across all sectors, namely agriculture, manufacturing and services.” Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” ITC Royal Bengal – ‘One of a Kind’ Standing tall, at a height of 133 meters, the 30 storied ITC Royal Bengal’s magnificent and monumental edifice, inspired by regional history and culture, towers over Kolkata’s skyline and blends fine indigenous architecture with contemporary design. Conveniently located in the business district of the city, this 456 keys architectural marvel endeavours to celebrate the spirit of Bengal and the unique fervour of its people through its super premium offerings. The accommodation is characterised by an eloquently tempered expression of luxury, drawing inspiration from Bengal. An expression of an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and the distinct warmth of old world hospitality, the 14 suites offer pleasing contemporary décor and a bouquet of signature services to elevate the stay experience. Featuring finest Italian marble, timber floors, state of the art gym, elegantly designed furniture, The Grand Presidential Suite and The Presidential Suite are spread across a striking expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. A contemporary Indian ethos underscores ITC Royal Bengal’s architecture and design philosophy, manifest in the endeavours to enable a ‘sense of destination’ through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture matched by hi-tech accent on services to enhance guest experience. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. Built according to the highest standards of environmental excellence, ITC Royal Bengal is targeting to obtain USGBC LEED Platinum rating as well as GRIHA Five Star rating. The sprawling property symbolises the traditions of the region through culinary destinations that include the acclaimed Royal Vega, featuring the luxury vegetarian cuisine of India; Reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market is the Grand Market Pavilion, the 24*7 restaurant showcases Indian and Inventive international cuisines, with an exclusive showcase of the 7 sisters (the North-Eastern States of India). ITC Royal Bengal will also house Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand, and Darjeeling Lounge is a warm reminder of the city’s tea culture, and the culture of Adda, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world, single origin coffee and finest beverages paired with pre-plated comfort food. A lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room rings in the city’s fondness for music and good life. ITC’s Investments in West Bengal ITC’s journey towards making Kolkata a premium hospitality destination began with the launch of ITC Sonar nearly two decades ago. With its diversified business portfolio, ITC today has a growing presence in West Bengal across all three sectors of the economy –agriculture, manufacturing and services, supporting sustainable livelihoods for millions in the state. ITC has invested in building world-class assets for Bengal’s future.