Gibson MR Segment Sees Positive Developments

first_imgzoom Although the overall performance in the product tanker market remains disappointing, some positive dynamics have been seen in the MR segment, according to a report from Gibson Shipbrokers.MRs have fared somewhat better than larger product carriers in recent months despite the continued weakness in spot earnings. Since November 2016, average MR earnings for representative voyages both in the East and in the West have been above those for LR2 and LR1 tankers trading on benchmark trades in the East.The support has come primarily from the Atlantic Basin. Typical delays and disruptions during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere provided opportunities for temporary firming in rates, while the market has also been aided by robust Former Soviet Union (FSU) clean petroleum exports and strong chartering demand into West Africa.The anticipated pick up in US gasoline demand in summer due to the driving season could aid domestic gasoline production and seaborne imports into the US Atlantic Coast. However, stocks remain at very high levels, potentially limiting tanker trade, according to Gibson Shipbrokers.In the US Gulf (PADD3), both gasoline and distillate stocks are also at or close to their five year high for this time of the year. In contrast to the developments on the Atlantic Coast, high inventories in the US Gulf could translate into strong product exports out the region, with gasoline mainly flowing to Latin/South America and distillate heading both to Latin America and to Europe. Distillate exports to Europe, in particular, tend to be stronger during the summer.“If the same trend continues this year, it could support MRs trading out of the US Gulf but at the same time could lead to a build up of tonnage in the UK Continent and the Mediterranean, particularly if the gasoline trade from Europe to the US Atlantic Coast remains weak,” Gibson informed.The North West European market could also be threatened by the fact that Russian clean petroleum products exports tend to slow over the summer/early autumn and there is no indication that this year will be any different. Furthermore, indications are that there will be an increase in LR stems out of the Baltic at the expense of MR cargoes in the months ahead.Although these potential developments do not look positive for MRs trading in Europe, strong product demand into West Africa could prevent or at least reduce the risk of building up tonnage availability.“Besides, there is also a wild card – the US hurricane season. It is impossible to predict how active this year’s season will be but potential disruptions to transatlantic trade in either direction and thus the risk of a temporary spike in rates should not be ignored,” Gibson Shipbrokers said.last_img read more

Stena Line Lays Keel for New RoPax Ship

first_imgChina’s shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard has held a keel-laying ceremony for a new RoPax vessel being built for Swedish ferry company Stena Line.The traditional maritime event, which took place on February 2, 2018, marks the start of the construction phase of the hull and the exterior parts of the vessel.“This is an important milestone in our exciting new ship building project,” Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line, said.Stena Line’s new RoPax vessels will be deployed on the Irish Sea. The new vessels, which will be 50% bigger than today’s standard RoPax units, have a planned delivery timetable during 2019 and 2020.“Our overall target is that these vessels will be the absolute state-of-the-art when it comes to energy efficiency, flexibility and customer service. In particular, we are placing heavy emphasis on developing a range of exciting new digital features which will provide our customers with unique additional services connected with their journey as well as developing a new, integrated digital onboard experience,” Mårtensson added.Featuring a length of 214.5 meters and a breadth of 27.8 meters, the new ships are capable of carrying 1,000 passengers.Image Courtesy: Stena Linelast_img read more

Amurskaya Neftebaza Orders Six Bulkers from Yangzijiang

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Amurskaya Neftebaza Russia’s transportation and logistics firm Amurskaya Neftebaza has placed an order for six bulk carriers with Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.According to the agreement between the parties, which was unveiled on April 20, the new vessels will feature 120,000 dwt.The units are scheduled for delivery to their owner in the second half of 2019, data provided by Asiasis show. The parties did not reveal any financial details related to the order.In late March, the Russian company placed an order for a 4,500 cbm small clean tanker at China’s Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry. The unit, which is scheduled for delivery in May 2019, was priced at USD 7.1 million.For Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the order comes on the back of a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed for the construction of up to twenty LNG-fueled bulk carriers for Forward Maritime, a part of Arista Shipping Group.The Kamsarmax vessels, which would feature 84,000 dwt, would join the fleet between 2020 and 2023, provided that Forward Maritime signs firm contracts for the units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Worlds 1st Ocean Cleanup System Launched

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The Ocean Cleanup The Dutch non-profit organization, The Ocean Cleanup, launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay on September 8.The cleanup system, named System 001, is heading to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher, provided to the project by Danish Maersk Group and DeepGreen, its current charter holder.The system consists of a 600-meter-long U-shaped floating barrier with a three-meter skirt attached below. The system is designed to be propelled by wind and waves, allowing it to passively catch and concentrate plastic debris in front of it. Due to its shape, the debris will be funnelled to the center of the system. Moving slightly faster than the plastic, the system will act like a giant Pac-Man, skimming the surface of the ocean.The Ocean Cleanup’s first cleanup system, System 001, is now on route into the Pacific Ocean. Follow our progress over the next months as we head to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. pic.twitter.com/jvWg1PDHDw— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) September 8, 2018 The system will be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics. Situated halfway between Hawaii and California, the patch contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, and covers an area twice the size of Texas.The Ocean Cleanup said that it the first plastic could be collected and returned to land within 6 months after deployment. This will mark the first time that free floating plastic will have been successfully collected at sea. After returning the plastic to land, The Ocean Cleanup plans to recycle the material into products and use the proceeds to help fund the cleanup operations.Once successful, and if the funding is available, The Ocean Cleanup aims to scale up to a fleet of approximately 60 systems focused on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next two years. The Ocean Cleanup projects that the full fleet can remove half of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years’ time. This is in line with The Ocean Cleanup’s ultimate goal: reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans by at least 90% by 2040.last_img read more

Maran Gas Pens LNG Carrier Charter with Japanese JERA

first_imgGreece-based shipping company Maran Gas Maritime, a subsidiary of the Angelicoussis Group, has concluded a time charter contract with Japan’s JERA for one LNG carrier newbuild.Maran Gas signed the agreement with LNG Marine Transport Limited (LMT), a unit of JERA, in late March 2019.Starting from late 2019, the charter period for the vessel is 12 years firm, according to JERA.As informed, Maran Gas’ ship, as well as another LNG carrier newbuild owned by GasLog, will be used for transportation of LNG produced from the Freeport LNG Project in Texas, USA, in which JERA participates.The 173,400 cbm vessel is currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.Formed in 2003, Maran Gas, the LNG division of Angelicoussis Group, has a fleet of 28 LNG vessels in operations, with 12 more on order plus one FSRU.JERA plans to increase its LNG fleet to 25 vessels by 2025 in association with an increased ratio of ‘free on board’ (FOB) contracts.last_img read more

Port Esbjerg to Expand with New MultiTerminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Denmark’s port of Esbjerg is to expand its eastern port area as it plans to construct a new, 40,000-m2 multi-terminal in response to increased demand.The new terminal is expected to be completed by the end of the year, the port said, adding that it can see increasing demand for areas with access to quays and cranes.The new multi-terminal would be set up west of the existing multi-terminals in the eastern port. It would have direct access to the three ramps already established at the quay, the port informed.“We can see increased demand for sites for the storage and shipping-out of cargo, cars and, containers, as well as components for the wind turbine industry. The new terminal is intended to meet that demand, giving our customers the best possible conditions for running and developing their business,” Dennis Jul Pedersen, Port Director at Port Esbjerg, said.The costs of establishing the terminal are expected to run to a total investment of around DKK 15 million (USD 2.26 million).An invitation to tender for the construction of the new terminal will be announced during the new few weeks.The terminal is expected to be completed in November 2019 and will be located adjacent to the two existing multi-terminals at the port, which are operated by Blue Water Shipping and Scandinavian Auto Logistics.In 2018, Port Esbjerg handled 4.4 million tonnes of cargo, as a hub for RoRo traffic, with six fixed liner services and connections to more than 25 ports.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Antigonish County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Pinkie Town Bridge Pinkie Town Bridge on the Ohio East Road will be closed forrepairs from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Friday, Sept. 19. Trafficcontrol will consist of signage. A detour is available on OhioLake Road.center_img ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio East Road Ohio East Road from Trunk 7 westerly, approximately 4.8kilometres, has a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Sept. 30.Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes placefrom 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img

Traffic Advisory Highway 103

first_img Road crews will be carrying out repaving work between 6 a.m and 9 p.m. -30- Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunits, barrels and traffic cones. Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 12 and the Northfield overpass will havealternating lane closures from Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, Julylast_img

Tender Called for Paving Project in Colchester County

first_imgMotorists on Trans-Canada Highway 104, near Kemptown, will enjoy smoother, safer travel thanks to a paving project scheduled for completion this summer. Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for repaving on the westbound lanes of the highway, from the Pictou/Colchester county line west for about 4.7 kilometres to south of Kemptown. Also included is repaving of the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. “Trans-Canada Highway 104 is a major route across Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This is one of several projects scheduled this season to keep it in top shape.” The tender will close on Friday, May 27. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Province Extends External Review Process To Culture Funding

first_imgGovernment will extend the use of independent juries and review panels to all of its arts and culture funding programs and prizes by April 1. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher said today, Feb. 19, the decision came at the recommendation of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, an advisory body to government. “We asked the partnership council how we could improve the way in which arts and culture funding is administered,” said Mr. Goucher. “They came back to us with a recommendation for a fair and open process that would involve the arts and culture community to an even greater extent.” Based on the processes already in place for several funding programs and prizes, the partnership council developed an external assessment panel model and recommended that it be adopted for the remainder of the department’s culture funding programs. The peer jury process used for arts funding programs and prizes is based on the model used by the former Nova Scotia Arts Council and it will not be changed. Juries will continue to be made up of three peers — all from the arts community — who make independent decisions respecting arts funding. External assessment panels will be similar to peer juries. They will be made up of three members, two from the arts and culture community and one staff person from the department. They will be responsible for making recommendations on culture funding for groups and organizations. The department will also begin releasing the names of jurors and panel members shortly after funding recipients are announced. “This is an innovative process that combines increased transparency with greater input from the arts and culture community,” said Mr. Goucher. “It is just one more way we are trying to strengthen the arts and culture sector in our province with the help of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council.” Anyone interested in learning more about the jury or panel process is encouraged to visit the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_funding.asp for complete criteria and guidelines. A form for becoming a jury or panel member is also available online or by contacting the department at 902-424-4510. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage administers more than $6.2 million annually through its arts and culture funding programs.last_img read more

Ombudsman Office to Hold Outreach Clinic in Digby

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the Digby area on Thursday, Sept. 25. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the complaint process, ask questions, and meet with an Ombudsman representative. The outreach clinic will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Isaiah Wilson Memorial Library, 84 Warwick St., Digby. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency that addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session, call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail ombudsman@gov.ns.ca or see their website at www.gov.ns.ca/ombu .last_img read more

Applications for New Home Rebate Now Available

first_imgApplications for the province’s new home construction rebate are now available at Access Nova Scotia Centres and online. “The new home construction rebate will help to keep skilled tradespeople at home and boost the home-building industry,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. Up to 1,500 people who build or purchase a new home will qualify for this one-time rebate. The rebate is equivalent to 50 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST, to a maximum of $7,000. Following consultations with industry, the province has moved the municipal building permit eligibility date to Jan. 1, 2009. This balances industry concerns while keeping the goal of the program to stimulate the economy. In addition to meeting the municipal building permit criteria, applicants must demonstrate that the home will be a primary residence for themselves or a relative. Applicants must have completed construction or closed the sale by March 31, 2010. “The Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association is very pleased to partner with the government on this important initiative,” said association president Andrew Holley,. “Hammer-ready projects are a key step in keeping our tradespeople working here at home to strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy.” The program applies to homes constructed by the owners, homes purchased from a contractor and manufactured homes on leased property. “We know that the housing market is going to pick up again,” said Linda Smardon, president of the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS. “We need to keep our workers here and working to ensure we have the resources readily available to accommodate future growth.” The application is a two-stage process. The first or preliminary application form is now available. This establishes that applicants have the basic documentation, and the home construction falls within the right time lines to be considered. It does not guarantee that the applicant will receive the rebate, just a place on the eligibility list. Final application forms will be sent to the first 1,500 applicants whose projects meet the preliminary criteria. The second phase will determine if all of the program requirements have been met in order to be eligible to receive the appropriate rebate amount. There is only one rebate per homeowner, and the rebate cannot be paid to the builder. “We are pleased to be moving forward on our commitment and improving the life of today’s families,” said Premier Dexter. More information on the rebate is available online at www.getyourrebate.ca, or by calling 902-424-5200 (Halifax region) or 1-800-670-4357 toll-free.last_img read more

Province Announces Almost 900000 for Clean Air Projects

first_imgThe province will announce an investment of almost $900,000 over the next several days in projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement today, Sept. 11, in Lunenburg, where he announced about $85,000 for six projects along the South Shore. “We want Nova Scotia to be one of the cleanest and greenest places in the world,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The projects announced today will each play a part in helping us achieve that goal.” The funding for the six projects is provided under the municipal program of the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. The fund supports projects that reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollutants. One of the projects announced today was a $40,834 grant for an energy-savings project by the Town of Lunenburg. The town will reduce energy consumption in seven of its buildings through improvements in energy-efficient lighting, insulation, and building system and heating system operations. The buildings include the Town Hall and the Lunenburg Auditorium. “The Town of Lunenburg is committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutants through improvements to infrastructure,” said Laurence Mawhinney, Mayor of Lunenburg. “We believe the energy and cost savings realized through this project will be of great benefit to the town.” Funding will also allow the Dayspring and District Fire Hall to be fitted with solar panels and Lockeport, Mahone Bay and the town and municipality of Shelburne to conduct an energy inventory and audit of municipal infrastructure. The Dayspring project will receive $8,694, while Lockeport will get $4,160, Mahone Bay $10,000, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne $9,487 and the Town of Shelburne $9,930. EcoNova Scotia also provides funding through its Environmental Technology Program to businesses or institutions that adopt or develop innovative environmental technologies. The ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change is supported by a $42.5-million federal grant for projects that reduce air emissions and create a cleaner, healthier environment. Projects and initiatives under the fund started rolling out in 2007 and applications for funding will be accepted until early 2010. The projects supported by ecoNova Scotia will bring the province closer to meeting its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, and improve air quality. Including this morning’s announcement, 56 projects have been announced to date. Information on programs, deadlines and applications is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econovascotia .last_img read more

Personal Directives Act Takes Effect

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to create their own personal directive to outline their wishes for care decisions if they are unable to make them. The Personal Directives Act takes effect Thursday, April 1. The act allows people to put their personal care wishes in writing and to appoint a delegate to make decisions on their behalf. Instructions will be followed when the person may no longer be capable of making the decisions because of illness or injury. “The Personal Directives Act will make a difference in the lives of many Nova Scotians,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “This act can help patients, their loved ones and health-care professionals, by removing doubt, conflict and uncertainty during difficult and emotional times.” This new law makes it easier for all Nova Scotians to express their wishes and to appoint someone they trust to make decisions regarding their health and personal care. Health care, nutrition, residence, clothing, hygiene, safety, comfort, recreation andsupport services are examples of matters that can be expressed in a personal directive, without requiring the assistance of a lawyer. “Many of us can relate to the unfortunate experience of having a loved one reach a state where they have to rely on others for assistance in making key decisions,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Before we reach that point, a personal directive can assist all of us. We should all take the initiative to prepare for a time when we may become vulnerable.” The legislation also provides instruction on the choice of a substitute decision-maker for health care decisions, if a personal directive has not been created. “It is a sad fact of life that sometimes illness or injury occurs suddenly and without warning,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “This legislation will allow people a further measure of control at a time when they may otherwise unable to communicate their wishes and values.” Nova Scotians can find the instructions and forms necessary for preparing a personal directive at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Amendments to Public Utilities Act

first_img The maximum amount a public utility can spend before applying to the Utility and Review Board for approval will be increased from $25,000 to $250,000. “This amount better reflects the reality of the costs of capital projects for water and electrical utilities in Nova Scotia,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This helps to better streamline the investment process, which will help create jobs and grow the economy.” Changes will also allow all public utilities, not just Nova Scotia Power, to submit annual expense plans to the UARB for prior approval. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities was consulted about the amendments. —————————————————————Amendments to the Public Utilities Act introduced today, May 6, will make it easier for public utilities in Nova Scotia to proceed with capital projects. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Amendments to Public Utilities Actlast_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial reçoit le rapport Levin

first_img M. Levin est professeur et titulaire de la chaire de recherche du Canada sur le leadership et le changement dans l’éducation à l’Institut d’études pédagogiques de l’Ontario, et ancien sous-ministre de l’Éducation en Ontario et au Manitoba. Il est un expert en matière de réforme de l’éducation à grande échelle et du rôle de la politique gouvernementale en éducation. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a un système d’éducation publique solide qui a été avantageux pour sa population, a dit M. Levin. J’espère que les idées présentées dans mon rapport peuvent contribuer à son succès continu malgré les changements dans la société et les nouveaux défis. » Conformément aux recommandations de M. Levin, le gouvernement entamera une consultation pour obtenir les commentaires de tous les partenaires au sujet du rapport. « Nos enfants constituent notre ressource la plus précieuse, et il est essentiel de continuer de concentrer nos efforts sur la meilleure éducation possible pour nos jeunes, a dit Mme Jennex. J’encourage les Néo-Écossais à se faire entendre et à transmettre leurs idées lors de cette importante consultation. » Le questionnaire de consultation et le rapport peuvent être consultés en ligne à l’adresse www.ednet.ns.ca. Le sondage peut être rempli jusqu’au 15 juin. Un rapport publié aujourd’hui 5 mai par Ben Levin offre des conseils et des recommandations à la Nouvelle-Écosse sur la façon de créer un système scolaire novateur, efficace et durable qui permettra d’améliorer les accomplissements et les résultats d’apprentissage des élèves. « Ma priorité a toujours été et continuera d’être l’éducation de nos élèves. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement s’est engagé à embaucher Ben Levin, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Il s’agit d’un bon rapport qui intègre l’innovation à des conseils pratiques, stratégiques et judicieux qui nous aideront à améliorer un système d’éducation déjà solide. » Dans son rapport, M. Levin cerne cinq domaines à privilégier pour le ministère de l’Éducation : Réduire l’échec dans l’ensemble du système scolaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse en offrant du financement ciblé pour aider les élèves à réussir, y compris les élèves à besoins spéciaux. Améliorer les pratiques courantes liées à l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et l’évaluation en déterminant les meilleures pratiques et en collaborant avec les parents pour trouver des façons plus efficaces d’aider les élèves. Considérer davantage de choses comme un apprentissage dans le but d’obtenir des crédits, par exemple des programmes qui développent les connaissances et les compétences par l’apprentissage indépendant. Renforcer le soutien et la participation du public en établissant quelques objectifs et en faisant rapport sur les résultats. Mieux utiliser les installations et les ressources en fermant les écoles qui sont sous-utilisées.last_img read more

NSLC Retail Stores Closed on Labour Day

first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s (NSLC) retail stores will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in honour of Labour Day. NSLC retail stores will resume normal business hours onTuesday Sept. 6. For more information on NSLC store hours,please visit myNSLC.com and click on Store Locator. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the largest single banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning more than $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,500 Nova Scotians, offering over 7,000 products from aroundthe globe through 159 retail outlets, and 2,100 licensees. The NSLC is driven to be a sustainable and community focused organization helping to make Nova Scotia an even better place to live. -30-last_img read more

Premier Encourages Nova Scotians to Have Energy Efficient Holiday

first_imgThe province is encouraging Nova Scotians to save money and conserve energy by using energy efficient LED lights over the holiday season. Premier Darrell Dexter will attend the inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cole Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26, where representatives from Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia will be on hand to swap traditional holiday lights for the newer, more energy efficient LED lights. “The holidays are a joyous time of year for families everywhere, but for many it can also be a very expensive time,” said Premier Dexter. “Heating and decorating our homes during the winter months can add up quickly. Using energy efficient LED lights on the Christmas tree and outside is a quick and easy way for Nova Scotians to conserve energy and cut back on energy costs. “I want to thank Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia for once again offering the LED Holiday Light Exchange, which makes it even easier to enjoy a more energy efficient holiday season.” Participants in the Cole Harbour area are asked to bring two sets of traditional holiday lights to Rona, 1000 Cole Harbour Rd., between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. For every two sets of lights turned in, participants will receive one free set of LED lights, which use 90 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and last at least 10 times longer. “The exchanges are an easy and fun way to make the switch to energy efficient lighting during the holiday season,” said Robin McAdam, executive vice-president of strategic business and customer services for Nova Scotia Power. “We’re excited to bring this energy-saving program to Nova Scotians for the seventh season.” Roughly 156,000 people have taken part in the LED Holiday Light Exchange since it began in 2005. The program has saved enough electricity to power more than 100 average households and has also helped remove 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the environment. “Switching to LEDs is one of the easiest ways to save energy over the holidays,” said Allan Crandlemire, CEO of Efficiency Nova Scotia. “For a household that uses 10 sets of incandescent bulbs, they would pay about $41 to run those lights during the season. If that same household switched to LEDs, they’d spend only 41 cents.” For more information on LED Holiday Light Exchange events across Nova Scotia visit. www.holidaylightexchange.ca .last_img read more

Cape Breton Moose Hunt Applications Available

first_imgOnce again, hunters will have an opportunity to harvest a Cape Breton moose by submitting applications for the annual moose hunting licence lottery. Selected hunters can participate in one of five hunting seasons. “The Cape Breton moose hunt is popular and the annual moose draw provides a simple, fair way to manage the number of selected hunters per zone,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We wish all hunters a safe and successful hunting season.” A total of 345 licences will be available again this year. Last year, about 11,000 applicants entered the draw. There are five moose management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. Hunters applying for the draw must pick the zone and season they want to hunt in before they apply. There are two types of moose hunting available this year. Hunting using motorized vehicles to access and remove moose will be permitted in seasons one and two, in zones one to four and in season five, in zone one. A non-motorized moose hunt is available in seasons one to four, in zone five. Hunters can apply to either or both hunts. If one name is drawn for both, the hunter must choose one. Motorized vehicles are prohibited in zone five. The hunting zones are described online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw . The first four moose hunting seasons will run consecutively, Monday to Saturday, beginning Sept. 24. The fifth season will take place Dec. 11-13. The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications. The deadline is Saturday, June 16. For $7.40, plus HST, people can apply online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw . Hunters can also apply by calling 1-900-565-3337. They must have their Wildlife Resources Card number available and call from a landline, not a cellphone. The application fee will be charged to the phone. Applications, can also be made by mail with a fee of $12.31, HST included, to Moose Draw, Wildlife Division, Department of Natural Resources, 136 Exhibition St., Kentville, N.S., B4N 4E5. The draw will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Winners will be notified by mail and their names will be announced at the draw. Applicants can also check draw results online or by calling a local Department of Natural Resources office. More information on the moose hunt is available at Department of Natural Resources offices and online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/ .last_img read more

Les jeunes apprennent à gérer les relations les conflits

first_imgLes jeunes à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse apprennent de nouvelles façons de gérer les relations et les conflits en réfléchissant à la façon dont leurs gestes affectent les autres. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, et Mat Whynott, adjoint ministériel pour la jeunesse, étaient à l’école élémentaire Sycamore Lane de Lower Sackville, aujourd’hui 24 octobre, pour annoncer, au nom du ministre de la Justice Ross Landry, l’expansion des approches réparatrices dans les écoles. La Nouvelle-Écosse sera la première administration canadienne à lancer une approche réparatrice à l’échelle de la province. « L’école est une partie importante de la vie des jeunes, et ce qui se passe à l’école peut les guider dans l’établissement de relations saines et dans la résolution de conflits dans tous les autres aspects de leur vie, a dit Mme Jennex. Les approches réparatrices auront également un impact direct sur l’intimidation et d’autres comportements répréhensibles, et elles auront des répercussions dans leur foyer et leur communauté. » Cette approche aide les élèves à comprendre les relations et les conflits, et leur donne les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour les gérer efficacement. Les avantages de cette approche incluent une réduction des conflits dans les écoles, une augmentation du temps d’enseignement, une amélioration du moral des élèves et un lien plus fort entre les élèves et leur école. « Les écoles qui ont utilisé cette approche ont remarqué une importante diminution du nombre de renvois au bureau du directeur et de suspensions, a dit M. Whynott. Les élèves sont plus respectueux envers les autres, et le personnel des écoles a remarqué que les élèves sont plus calmes. » L’approche utilise un certain nombre de méthodes, y compris des cercles en classe où les élèves discutent de l’impact des comportements ou partagent quelque chose à leur sujet qui les aide à établir des relations avec leurs camarades de classe. Les élèves peuvent également éviter les préjugés liés à un renvoi au bureau du directeur ou à une suspension. Ils apprennent plutôt à faire face aux comportements avec leurs camarades de classe et leurs enseignants. « Je n’étais pas certaine des approches réparatrices au début, mais maintenant je vois de nombreux avantages, a dit Eva Clement, enseignante de 4e année à l’école Sycamore Lane. Mes élèves trouvent leur voix. Ils commencent à reconnaître les enjeux auxquels ils doivent peut-être faire face dans leur vie quotidienne à l’école, à la maison et dans la communauté. Il s’agit d’une expérience d’apprentissage pour nous tous. » Un programme panprovincial sera élaboré selon le programme adopté dans les 27 écoles qui utilisent déjà une forme quelconque d’approche réparatrice. Une approche réparatrice dans les écoles appuie les efforts de prévention du crime du gouvernement provincial. Ce dernier investit dans des programmes qui appuient la prévention du crime et la sécurité communautaire, notamment le programme Phares, le programme d’ajout d’agents de police et les tribunaux de la santé mentale et de la violence familiale. Une approche réparatrice dans les écoles appuie également le plan du gouvernement provincial Priorités aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, qui vise à aider chaque élève à réussir. Pour en apprendre davantage sur les approches réparatrices dans les écoles, consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca ou le www.novascotia.ca/just (en anglais seulement).last_img read more