Posts for October 2019

TORMs Newbuildings to Feature Scrubbers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Danish shipping company TORM is turning to scrubbers in an effort to prepare for the upcoming 2020 sulfur cap.Namely, the company said that it has “decided to install scrubbers on 14 of our vessels to prepare for the expected consequences of the IMO sulfur emission directive.”The vessels in question include all units currently on order and the three LR2 vessels that were delivered earlier in 2018. These vessels have a scrubber-prepared design and there are no changes to the delivery schedule.As of today, TORM’s scrubber program covers four LR2s, two LR1s and eight MRs.The company unveiled the plans as part of its second quarter 2018 financial report. EBITDA for the period was USD 29.4 million, compared to USD 35.7 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier. The loss before tax amounted to USD 8.6 million, against a loss of USD 1.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2017.“Despite healthy end-user consumption, the product tanker market remained under pressure in the second quarter of 2018. Nevertheless, I am pleased to see TORM outperformed commercially when comparing to relevant benchmarks and peers,” Jacob Meldgaard, Executive Director, said.“We have continued to take steps to further renew and optimize our fleet by taking delivery of one LR2 newbuilding in the second quarter and exercising newbuilding options for three MR vessels. In the second quarter of 2018, TORM achieved TCE rates of USD 12,944 per day, down from USD 13,841 per day reported a year earlier. In the second quarter of 2018, product tanker freight rates started out at levels close to the levels seen in the first quarter of 2018, but the rates started to slide towards the end of the quarter.As of 30 June 2018, 15% of the remaining total earning days in 2018 were covered at an average rate of USD 16,323 per day.last_img read more

DFDS Seaways Ferry Suffers Engine Issues in Baltic Sea

first_imgOver 300 passengers aboard a DFDS Seaways’ ferry are reported stranded in the Baltic Sea after it experienced engine room issues off the coast of Kaliningrad.The ferry Regina Seaways, with 335 people on board, was sailing from Germany’s Kiel port to Klaipeda, Lithuania when reportedly suffered a fire in the engine room.At the time, the ship was some 135 km away from Kaliningrad, according to local media. There were no reports of water pollution nor injuries to the passengers or crewmembers.The fire was soon extinguished and the passengers were reportedly moved to a safe part aboard the ship. The vessel is allegedly drifting in the area while it waits for assistance.The Russian Baltic fleet and a number of Lithuanian vessels, as well as helicopters from both countries, have been deployed to help the ferry. Media reports suggest that it could take the rescuers several hours to reach the troubled vessel.World Maritime News contacted the vessel operator for confirmation and more details on the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

LNG Bunker Vessel MV Kairos Christened in Hamburg

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement MV Kairos, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel, was officially christened in a ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8.Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the ship departed South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in October 2018 and arrived in Germany in December.Chartered by LNG provider Nauticor, the bunker unit will serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn, Sweden.MV Kairos is equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0) which, according to the owners, eliminates the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations.With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply ship. It features a ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels.Video Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagementlast_img read more

Assistant Chef de Mission Named for 2005 Games

first_img FOR BROADCAST: A Halifax physical education teacher and school athletics director has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef de mission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Saskatchewan. Susan Beazley will help lead the team of athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. She’s been leading students at Armbrae Academy in physical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She also competed at the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s field hockey team, and went to the 2001 Games on the province’s mission staff. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald says Ms. Beazley has dedicated her life to sport and will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help the athletes succeed. Ms. Beazley will also prepare during the 2005 event to be the chef de mission for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon. -30- A Halifax physical education teacher and school athleticsdirector has been named Team Nova Scotia’s assistant chef demission for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Sask. Susan Beazley will help chef de mission Russell MacDonald ofGroves Point, Cape Breton lead the team of athletes, coaches,managers and mission staff to the Games in August 2005. Ms. Beazley will also use the experience to prepare for assumingthe chef de mission position for the 2007 Canada Winter Games inthe Yukon. “Susan has been a valuable member of Team Nova Scotia both as anathlete and as mission staff,” said Health Promotion MinisterRodney MacDonald. “She’s dedicated her life to sport and I knowshe will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this job to help ourathletes succeed.” Ms. Beazley has been leading students at Armbrae Academy inphysical education and amateur sport for 26 years. She competedat the Canada Games in 1973 and 1977 on Nova Scotia’s fieldhockey team. She went to the 2001 Games on the province’s missionstaff. “I know how important and encouraging it was as an athlete tohave the full support of my mission staff,” said Ms. Beazley.”Now it’s my turn to lead mission staff in giving our athletes,coaches and managers all the support they need to have anexceptional experience at the 2005 Games.” Ms. Beazley and Mr. MacDonald will lead the country’s only fullyvolunteer mission staff to the Games. They will prepare andcoordinate about 450 athletes, coaches, managers and artists onTeam Nova Scotia for the two-week event. Mission staff are now being recruited for the upcoming CanadaSummer Games which will take place from Aug. 6 to 20, 2005.Application information is at www.ns.canadagames.ca . Thedeadline for applying is Dec. 19, 2003.last_img read more

Public Hearings Begin on Insurance Issues

first_img The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board wants to hear from NovaScotians over the next four weeks on two important insuranceissues. The board is tasked with conducting studies on two insurancetopics and reporting back to government by Nov. 1. The board willexamine: — the rates and availability of fire, other property, casualty,and liability insurance for homeowners, tenants, non-profitorganizations and small business; and– the use of gender as a risk classification factor indetermining automobile insurance rates. The Insurance Review Board was appointed in December 2003 as partof the government’s auto insurance reforms designed to protectconsumers. The new board will review rates and rules and willmonitor the system to ensure reforms are working for consumers. Hearings have been widely advertised and are taking place acrossthe province from May 13 to June 2. They will be held in PortHawksbury, Sydney, New Glasgow, Amherst, Liverpool, Yarmouth,Middleton, Truro, and Halifax. Presenters are encouraged to pre-register by contacting theInsurance Review Board. Registration will also take place beforeeach hearing session on a first-come, first-served basis only.Written submissions can also be sent to the board by e-mail atnsirb@gov.ns.ca, by fax at 902-428-5781, or by mail to the NovaScotia Insurance Review Board, P.O. Box 697, Halifax, N.S., B3J2T8. For more information or to register, contact the board by phoneat 902-424-8685 or by e-mail at nsirb@gov.ns.ca . N.S. INSURANCE REVIEW BOARD–Public Hearings Begin on InsuranceIssueslast_img read more

Funding for Cancer Care

first_imgNova Scotians will receive enhanced cancer care closer to home as a result of $1 million the government is investing in a new medical oncology satellite in Kentville and expanded services for Inverness, Antigonish, New Glasgow and Yarmouth. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont and representatives from Cancer Care Nova Scotia announced the new funding today, March 21, to further support satellite cancer services for rural Nova Scotia. The money includes payment for new positions such as nurses, pharmacists and clerical support as well as physicians’ costs to provide more services in the districts. “This investment will help make it easier for rural patients to receive care closer to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Together, our government, Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the district health authorities are committed to high quality cancer treatment and care.” The Department of Health is able to invest in additional services in Kentville next month because an Annapolis Valley physician has just completed the medical oncology residency program at Dalhousie University and is returning to her hometown to help local cancer patients. “We’re very fortunate to have retained Dr. Julia Petrie as a medical oncologist and welcome her in her new role with Annapolis Valley Health,” said CEO Janet Knox. “This investment will build on the chemotherapy services we are offering and help patients across our district.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Maureen MacIntyre, who will chair the newly established provincial satellite oncology oversight and advisory committee, said there will be a standardized approach to ensure quality care at the satellite medical and radiation oncology clinics in Nova Scotia. “All planning has and will continue to be based on the principle of providing patients with safe, high quality, standardized cancer care as close to home as possible,” she said. All referrals for cancer services will be managed by the two provincial cancer centres: the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney, and the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax. A committee led by Cancer Care Nova Scotia will monitor the clinics for the next 12 to 18 months to address any issues. “We’ve all worked together on the planning of this. Our goal is to make sure that patients and families using satellite clinics have access to the same standard of care as they would at a cancer centre,” said Vickie Sullivan, director of Capital Health’s cancer care program. “Being able to receive this care closer to home will minimize travel for some patients and reduce some of the stress associated with that,” said Mona Baryluk, director of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.last_img read more

Application No Longer Needed for CAP Program

first_imgEffective immediately, eligible Nova Scotia property owners will no longer need to apply for the Capped Assessment Program (CAP). New regulations announced today, June 15, remove the application process for property owners who qualify for the CAP. The province established the CAP program in 2004 to protect Nova Scotia property owners from dramatic increases in the market value of properties by capping the annual taxable-assessment increase. “In addition to making it easier for eligible property owners to be covered by this program, eliminating the application process will make implementing the program more efficient and cost effective,” says Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The regulations will ensure all Nova Scotia residents who own eligible residential or resource properties will receive the CAP. The annual cap rate will be tied to the Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index. For more information on the eligibility of the CAP program, visit www.nsassessment.ca .last_img read more

Safer Exit at Highway 118 Fall River

first_imgImprovements at Exit 14 on Highway 118 in Fall River, will reduce backups on the highway and give motorists a safer way off the ramp. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews will begin the installation of traffic signals at the end of the Exit 14 ramp this week. The new signals will allow the department to assign right-of-way to ramp traffic and permit motorists to make the left-hand turn on Perrin Drive on a green light, without having to come to a full stop. Motorists will see further improvements at the intersection of Perrin Drive at the southbound on-ramp to Highway 118. The intersection will have a new traffic island to create a separate lane for right-turning traffic headed for the signals at Trunk 2. Currently, drivers must come to a full stop at the intersection. This change will allow vehicles to make the right-hand turn without having to stop. Both improvements will have video detection systems installed to enable a signal controller to assign additional green-light time for motorists during peak hours. “The intersection improvements will address the immediate problems drivers are experiencing with traffic backing up on Highway 118,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “This solution should be completed by early December and give drivers in this area a much safer drive to and from work.” Traffic volume in the Fall River area is increasing and tie ups that occur at nearby locations have compounded traffic problems at Exit 14. “These improvements will provide a short-term solution to the traffic-congestion problem experienced at this interchange,” said Mr. Scott. “The department will continue to investigate long-term solutions to deal with traffic capacity issues at the interchange.”last_img read more

Student Contests Focus on Law Democracy

first_imgStudents from Primary to Grade 12 have a chance to display their creative talents and win great prizes, including gift certificates, cash and a special Democracy 250 gift package, with three contests that focus on law and democracy. The elementary student poster contest, junior high photo contest and high school speech contest are sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association of Nova Scotia and Democracy 250, and are part of Law and Democracy Week, April 14-19. Democracy 250 co-chair Russell MacLellan said one of the key objectives of Democracy 250 is to get more young people thinking about the value of democracy and the importance of voting. “This is a fun way to remind them they live in a great country where their freedoms, peace and security are protected by our laws and democracy,” Mr. MacLellan said. Canadian Bar Association of Nova Scotia president Julia Cornish said “CBA-NS is pleased to extend its annual Law Day celebrations to include a week-long program of events marking Law and Democracy Week in recognition of the 250th anniversary of Canada’s first parliamentary democracy. “It is a natural fit for CBA-NS and Democracy 250 to team up and reach out to students in a way that appeals to them and teaches them about how our laws and democracy are inter-connected.” Other events planned for Law and Democracy Week include a flag-raising ceremony at Province House, mock trials and a Celebrity Quiz Show on law and democracy. Additional information on contest themes and contest rules are available by visiting the bar association website at www.cba.org/ns . Entry deadlines are March 31.last_img read more

Lunenburg accueille le flambeau des Jeux

first_imgLe flambeau des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax est arrivé à Lunenburg aujourd’hui, en ce 10 mai, à bord du NCSM Glace Bay. Le flambeau a été porté par dix jeunes de la région locale à travers les rues de Lunenburg pour célébrer la première de quatre cérémonies de lancement communautaire qui auront lieu en Nouvelle-Écosse cette semaine. La cérémonie officielle de l’illumination du flambeau a eu lieu à Ottawa lundi dernier. Les étudiants furent les premiers à porter le flambeau des Jeux du Canada parmi plusieurs porteurs à venir. En continuation de la tradition des Jeux du Canada, le programme du flambeau des Jeux de 2011 célèbre, au cœur des communautés qui la constituent et la définissent, la culture unique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’objectif de la tournée du flambeau est de sensibiliser les gens de chaque région en générant l’excitation pour les Jeux. « Même si les Jeux du Canada de 2011 se tiendront dans la MRH, l’esprit des Jeux se fera ressentir partout dans la province. » a affirmé le premier ministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse Darrell Dexter. « Des événements communautaires tels que celui-ci aideront tous les néo-écossais à enflammer l’esprit des Jeux. » Le premier ministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse Dexter; le maire de Lunenburg Laurence Mawhinney; le président du conseil d’administration des Jeux, Jean-Paul Deveau ainsi que l’olympien et ancien des Jeux du Canada Richard Dalton se sont rassemblés avec les résidents de la rive sud pour accueillir le flambeau. Un groupe musical local, Slow Cooking Cover, était sur place pour faire bouger les gens en attendant l’arrivée du flambeau. « Le flambeau des Jeux de 2011 porte non-seulement la flamme mais également un message de fierté culturelle, d’esprit communautaire et d’amour pour le sport » a déclaré M. Deveau. « Nous sommes ravis d’être la première communauté à accueillir le flambeau » a mentionné M. Mawhinney. « Participer à cette célébration est un événement excitant et significatif dans l’histoire unique de notre ville. » Les autres lancements communautaires du flambeau se tiendront à Yarmouth ce mercredi; Chéticamp jeudi; et Amherst vendredi. Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront le plus important événement multisports jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. Du 11 au 27 février 2011, plus de 2 700 athlètes seront sur place pour prendre part à des compétitions dans plus de 20 sports attirant ainsi des milliers de visiteurs, de dignitaires, d’officiels et de membres des médias.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Terence Bay Bridge Traffic on the Terence Bay Bridge, on River Road near the intersection of the Terrence Bay Road, will be restricted to five tonnes. Lane widths have also been reduced. Materials to repair the bridge have been ordered and work is expected to begin by the end of the week. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-June. All drivers should use extra caution in construction zones. -30-last_img

Government House Launches Public Event Series

first_img discussion with Dominique Ducharme, head coach of the Halifax Mooseheads, Tuesday, Sept. 17 vocal and drumming performance by Eastern Eagle, Tuesday, Oct. 8 performance by singer/songwriter Mo Kenney in association with Halifax Pop Explosion, Tuesday, Oct. 22 lecture by Sara Iverson, The Ocean Tracking Network: Insights Marine Animals Can Give Us Into Ocean Ecosystems and Change, Tuesday, Nov. 5 lecture by A.J.B. Johnston, Louisbourg and the Twists of Time, Tuesday, Nov. 19 Performance by Xara Choral Theatre, Tuesday, Dec. 3. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant is celebrating civic and cultural excellence with a new event series entitled, Evenings at Government House. This exciting initiative will feature diverse presenters and performers from a range of communities across Nova Scotia including musicians, authors, scientists, sporting figures and more. Several of the events will be presented in collaboration with community partners including the Halifax Mooseheads and Halifax Pop Explosion music festival. “Mrs. Grant and I invite Nova Scotians, particularly those that have never visited Government House before, to join us in enjoying the exceptional talents of those that enrich civic and cultural life in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. The series will be held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. All events will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance registration is required to attend. Registration for each event will open two weeks before the event and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Special registration process will apply for Mo Kenney’s performance on Oct. 22. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca for details on registration process for all events. Scheduled events for the series include:last_img read more

Remaining Western Seasonal Road Gates To Open

first_imgAll remaining gates on seasonal roads on the province’s western Crown land will be opened Monday, May 12, at noon, for motorized vehicle access. The province has already opened seasonal road gates in the St. Margarets Bay and East River areas because roadbeds there had hardened enough to accept the weight of vehicles. Now, all seasonal roads in the western region are ready. There may still be wet sections, so caution is advised. Gates leading to protected wilderness areas will stay closed. A map of the seasonal forest roads on western Crown land showing opened and closed gates is available at www.novascotia.ca/natr . The road gates on all western Crown lands formerly owned by Bowater were closed to motorized vehicles in April to protect the roadbeds and as a safety precaution to protect vehicle drivers. Damage can be expensive to repair and vehicles can get stuck in remote wooded areas where cellphone coverage is weak and personal safety could be at risk.last_img read more

Changements au système déducation à venir en septembre

first_img Le travail est en cours pour préparer les autres changements qui entreront en vigueur en septembre, soit : L’année scolaire prend fin le mardi 30 juin mais le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance continuera de préparer les changements au système d’éducation qui entreront en vigueur en septembre. « Je souhaite à tous les élèves, à tous les enseignants et à tout le personnel de soutien des écoles de passer un bel été en toute sécurité, a déclaré Karen Casey, la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le Ministère, quant à lui, continuera de préparer les changements au système d’éducation qui seront en place dès septembre. » Dans le cadre du Plan d’action en matière d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Ministère procédera au renouvellement, à la reconstruction et à la réorientation du système d’éducation au cours des cinq prochaines années, et il commencera à appliquer certains changements dès le mois de septembre. Le plan est basé sur les commentaires de plus de 19 000 Néo-Écossais, dont des enseignants, des élèves, du personnel de soutien des écoles et des gens des conseils scolaires, des universités et du milieu des affaires. Depuis l’annonce du plan en janvier dernier, le gouvernement a : créé un programme simplifié qui met l’accent sur les mathématiques et la littératie pour les élèves de la 1re à la 3e année; rédigé un code de conduite qui s’appliquera à toutes les écoles et à tous les conseils scolaires; mis fin aux directives sur les devoirs et mené un sondage sur de nouvelles normes pour les devoirs; réaligné la structure du Ministère sur le plan d’action; établi un Centre d’excellence en apprentissage en mars dernier dans le cadre du réalignement du Ministère; ajouté plus d’activités d’apprentissage pratique pour développer des habiletés en technologie, notamment les Labos créatifs; fourni une aide financière ciblée aux conseils scolaires pour des mentors en mathématiques; fourni une aide financière pour appuyer l’intervention précoce auprès des élèves de la 1re à la 3e année; fourni une aide financière aux programmes d’intervention précoce pour résoudre le problème des listes d’attente. la création d’un forum ministériel sur l’excellence en enseignement, la création d’une chaire interuniversitaire de recherche, la création d’un conseil de liaison avec le milieu des affaires, la création d’un groupe de travail de transition composé d’éducateurs des écoles publiques et de représentants des universités et du NSCC. L’une des mesure du plan sera modifiée. Les évaluations provinciales en littératie et en mathématiques pour la 3e et la 8e année continueront pour pouvoir évaluer les changements au programme à l’échelle de la province. Ce changement s’appuie sur les commentaires des enseignants et des administrateurs. « À chaque étape de l’implantation, je continue de demander “Est-ce que c’est dans le meilleur intérêt des éléves?” Si ce n’est pas le cas, nous modifierons la mesure à prendre. Dans le cas des évaluations provinciales, nous croyons qu’il est important de les maintenir pour l’instant afin de voir dans quelle mesure le nouveau programme aide les élèves », a déclaré Mme Casey. Pour voir la mise à jour de juin sur les progrès accomplis dans le cadre du plan d’action, allez à http://novascotia.ca/education.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route, Salmon River Road, Exit 32 Hwy. 101 to Exit 31. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill/Truro Main Street from Pictou Road to Park Street is reduced to one lane, for paving until Friday, Oct 16. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Expect delays. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Golf Course Road, Chester Golf Course Road in Chester, from the intersection of Pig Loop Road south for half a kilometre, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Middle River Bridge Middle River Bridge, Highway 105 at Nyanzya, is reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Tuesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control signals are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Italy Cross Road Italy Cross Road, from the intersection of Route 331 for 1.8 kilometres toward Petite Riviere, has alternating lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Auburndale Road Auburndale Road, from Route 325 to Upper Branch Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Road Varner Road, from the intersection of Trunk 10 for about half a kilometre to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road, from Ventura Drive to Lancaster Crescent, is closed to install culverts until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. There is an alternate route via Masstown Road, Trunk 2 and McElmon Road. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Road Conquerall Mills Road, from the intersection of Trunk 3 for about four kilometres toward Conquerall Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to be complete by the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Monk Road Monk Road, from Route 325 for 4.4 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrading until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from west of Soldiers Cove Road westerly for 5.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crouse Bridge The Crouse Bridge on Bruhm Road is closed for replacement until Saturday, Oct. 31. A marked detour route is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, Exit 10, has alternating lane closures for bridge repairs, including concrete and asphalt, and installing new bridge rails, until Saturday, Oct. 31. Temporary traffic lights are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Green Bay Road Green Bay Road, from the intersection of Route 331 for 1.8 kilometres to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 16. Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes -30- QUEENS COUNTY: Labelle Road Labelle Road, from the intersection of Route 210 for 4.4 kilometres to the end of the existing pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Expect stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sarty Road Sarty Road, from Crouse Settlement Road to Camperdown Road, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrading until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road Chester Grant Road, from Trunk 12 to Trunk 14, is reduced to one lane for resurfacing and upgrading. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Saturday, Oct. 31 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake is closed for replacement until Sunday, Nov. 15. Use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane to install rumble strips until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

Khandaani Shafakhana will make people think

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Sonakshi Sinha says her forthcoming project Khandaani Shafakhana will make people think why sex still remains a taboo in the society. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, Khandaani Shafakhana depicts the journey of a young girl who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab. “On hearing the film’s one-line pitch – ‘story of a girl who inherits a sex clinic’ – I was like why would they even approach me for such a film,” Sinha said. “But when I heard the full story, I said I must do this film because it’s a very relevant and important subject that should be discussed,” she added. Does she feel the film will take away the taboo around sex? “I don’t know that, but it will definitely get people to start thinking. It’s a step in that direction.”last_img read more

Infantino rejects colonialism criticism

first_imgCAIRO: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has rejected comments that the global soccer body has taken a “colonialist” attitude towards African football and its governing organisation CAF (Confederation of African Football). FIFA last month took the unprecedented move of announcing it would jointly administer African football with CAF and would send it its Senegalese secretary general Fatma Samoura on a ninth-month secondment to overhaul the African body. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe move followed corruption allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad which he has denied. Some African officials have opposed the move while former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in a recent interview with the BBC, described it as a “new aspect of colonialism”. Blatter has been banned from football for six years for ethics violations during his presidency. He denies wrongdoing. “I have heard about colonialism, that FIFA is colonising Africa again,” Infantino told CAF’s general assembly on Thursday, adding that he was “puzzled” by the remarks. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”What does it mean, colonialism? I don’t know. It’s not part of my vocabulary. “I know what it means to work, to team up, to roll up your sleeves, to go on the pitch and help and that is what we are doing,” he added. “(Samoura’s) heart is beating for Africa and we all suffer when we see what is going on here.” Infantino said that it was important that African football had competitions where “people trust the organisation, where the stadium is secure and it is safe, where matches are not manipulated, where people trust the referees — these are some of the issues that African football is facing.”last_img read more

Calcutta HC dismisses PILs on Biswa Bangla

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court dismissed two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) on Thursday, seeking an investigation by the Central agencies into the controversial “Biswa Bangla” trademark.The division bench, headed by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan dismissed the Public Interest Litigations and gave clean chit to Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and the national president of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress, who submitted an affidavit on the directive of the court. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe petitioners had alleged wrongful usage of Biswa Bangla trademark and that Abhishek had incurred unlawful gains. It was further alleged that the unlawful usage had amounted to draining of the public exchequer. The issue came before the high court after Mukul Roy kicked up a controversy over the Biswa Bangla trademark at a rally held in Kolkata on November 10, 2017, by alleging that the Chief Minister’s nephew was the real owner of the most identifiable mark of the state government.last_img read more

Aviation scam CBI quizzes Praful Patel

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Thursday questioned former Civil Aviation Minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel for over six hours, in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam the agency is investigating.Patel arrived at the CBI headquarters here at around 10:30 am and was deposed by probe officials with regards to several profitable air routes that were awarded to foreign and domestic private airlines, thus causing losses to the national carrier. The agency had just days ago taken custody of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar to interrogate him about the same case. He was in judicial custody at the time and was remanded to seven days in CBI custody. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe CBI’s action against Talwar came after the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating money-laundering allegations pertaining to the same case, had filed a chargesheet, alleging that Patel was a close associate of the lobbyist. The ED has also alleged that foreign airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, and Qatar Airways had paid Talwar up to Rs 272 crore in exchange for securing certain profitable air routes for them. See P6last_img read more

Gurugram continues to be risky for pedestrians

first_imgGurugram: The state government on its part may be spending crores in an amount to revamp the major roads of Gurugram. On average, there are eight deaths and thirty accidents occurring daily in Gurugram.For a city that is witnessing about 48,000 vehicle registrations in a year, deadly accidents continue to be a major challenge in the city. In the recent past even as a lot of work has been done by Gurugram police in improving the road infrastructure, lack of facilities for pedestrians continue to make the most vulnerable. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPedestrians and two-wheelers lead among the number of casualties due to accidents. According to an official date in the last three years from 2016-2018, there have been 545 deaths of pedestrians. In 2018 168 people who were walking on the roads lost their lives. In a city where eight people on an average die daily due to road accidents, a major complaint about long has been that how facilities like footpaths and foot over bridges are not being set up by the urban planners. The Gurgram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has tied up with the School of Planning and Architecture to design a comprehensive mobility plan for the city. Improving road designs that can aid in reducing the number of accidents will also be mulled over in the proposal.last_img read more