Month: October 2019

Nova Scotiamade Programs Receive Gemini NominationsNova Scotiamade Programs Receive Gemini Nominations


first_img Nova Scotia’s television industry earned an outstanding 40nominations for the 19th Annual Gemini Awards. “The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is delighted thatour producers, writers and crew will be getting the nationalrecognition they deserve for their incredible talent andability,” said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation. The mini-series Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion and theseries This Hour Has 22 Minutes lead the pack with ninenominations each. Shattered City received nominations in Best Direction in aDramatic Program or Mini-Series; Best Photography in a DramaticProgram or Series; Best Sound in a Dramatic Program; Best CostumeDesign; Best Achievement in Makeup; Best Visual Effects; BestOriginal Music Score; Best Performance by an Actor in a LeadingRole; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. This Hour Has 22 Minutes was nominated for Best Comedy Program orSeries; Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; BestWriting in a Comedy Series; Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety orPerforming Arts Program or Series; Best Production Design in aNon-Dramatic Program or Series; Best Costume Design; BestAchievement in Makeup; Best Individual Performance in ComedyProgram or Series; and Best Ensemble Performance. The series Snakes & Ladders was nominated for Best DramaticSeries; Best Writing in a Dramatic Series; Best Performance by anActress in a Continuing Leading Role; and Best Performance by anActress in a Guest Role. Trailer Park Boys received four nods including Best ComedyProgram or Series; Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series;Best Writing in a Comedy Series; and Best Ensemble Performance. Men of the Deeps is nominated in the Best Performing Arts Programor Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series; Best Directionin a Documentary Program; Best Photography in a DocumentaryProgram or Series; and Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety orPerforming Arts Program or Series. The lifestyle programs Chef at Large and The Food Hunter bothreceived nominations in the Best Direction in a Lifestyle Programcategory. Local entrepreneur and author Pete Luckett was alsorecognized for his hosting duties on The Food Hunter. The stop-motion animation series Poko was nominated in the BestPre-School Program or Series; and Best Direction in a Children’sProgram or Series. In addition, From the Heart: The Life & Timesof Janet Connors got the nod for Best Writing in a DocumentaryProgram or Series, and Made in Canada for Best EnsemblePerformance. Rounding out the list, the locally produced newsprogram The Docket was nominated in the Best News InformationSeries category; The Spirit of Annie Mae was nominated in theBest Biography Documentary program; and Street Cents wasnominated in the Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program orSeries. The Gemini Awards celebrate excellence in English-languagetelevision across 87 award categories. The Geminis will bebroadcast live on CBC on Dec. 13. N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Nova Scotia-made Programs ReceiveGemini Nominationslast_img read more


Legal Eagles and Legislators Take To The RinkLegal Eagles and Legislators Take To The Rink


first_img Forget the hallowed court rooms and legislative chambers; thelegal minds that usually populate them are taking it to the rink!The hockey rink that is. Nova Scotia Crown attorneys, criminal defence lawyers, judges andMLAs are facing off this weekend (April 16-17) at the HalifaxForum in the first annual Glube Cup Charity Hockey Tournament — a hockey tournament that promises to be like no other. Teams will battle to see who rules on the ice, with the winnertaking home the Glube Cup — named in honour of recently retiredNova Scotia Chief Justice Constance Glube. A non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Feed Nova Scotiais the cost of admission. “It’s all for fun and for a good cause,” says tournamentorganizer Frank Hoskins, Halifax chief Crown attorney. “We wantto take our spirit of collegiality and friendly competition anduse it to help others. “The only real winner here is Feed Nova Scotia. But, the judgesare rumoured to have the best bench,” he laughs. Last year in a one-game effort, Crown attorneys and defencelawyers faced off. The game ended in a tie but everybody had somuch fun they decided to expand the event into a weekendtournament. And next year, Mr. Hoskins says, the event will beeven bigger with a total of 10 teams on the slate. Spectators are welcome. The tournament gets underway at 6 p.m.Saturday, April 16, with judges and MLAs facing off. At 7:30 p.m.Crown attorneys play defence lawyers. On Sunday evening theconsolation game begins at 6 p.m. with teams vying for thirdplace. At 7:30 p.m. the championship game gets underway. TheGlube Cup will be awarded at the end of the game. PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICES–Legal Eagles and Legislators Take ToThe Rinklast_img read more


New Technology To Protect Provinces Archeological SitesNew Technology To Protect Provinces Archeological Sites


first_imgArcheological sites that hold the key to our past will soon be better protected thanks to a new investment by the province. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, announced today, Sept. 8, that the province will invest $13,300 in new mapping technology to identify areas with a high likelihood for archeological remains. “We are committed to identifying and protecting sites that will allow us to learn more about our cultural history and better understand where we came from,” said Mr. MacDonald. The new mapping technology identifies areas with a high potential for sites pre-dating European settlement in the 1600s. Specialized software searches coloured digital maps that indicate ideal conditions for a settlement, such as nearness to drinking water and transportation corridors. Although this technology exists elsewhere, this particular model was developed in Nova Scotia based on the province’s specific conditions and settlement patterns. “These sites have an important historical significance in our communities,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Early knowledge and awareness will ensure the sites are properly protected.” The new technology will be a valuable tool for planning agencies and developers who can identify areas of high potential for archeological sites in advance. This will help them prevent accidental damage to sites, potential delays and additional project costs. The new archeological mapping technology supports the Special Places Protection Act, which protects archeological sites and remains. There are currently close to 1,400 known sites in Nova Scotia.last_img read more


More Vessels Signon for Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007More Vessels Signon for Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007


first_imgFour more ships, a band of pirates and more than 1,000 crew members have come aboard Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. The Gorch Fock II of Kiel, Germany; the Sherman Zwicker and The Bowdoin, both from Maine; and the Royaliste of San Francisco, have been confirmed as part of Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. A complete list of Tall Ships participants will be presented at a launch event on April 25. Eric Thompson, chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation, describes the quartet of new entries as, “a diverse collection of world-class ships that we are happy to welcome and showcase as part of the largest gathering of Tall Ships in North America this year.” The Gorch Fock II (Kiel, Germany) was launched in 1958 and has hosted more than 10,000 cadets for sail training cruises as part of the German navy fleet. This barque is a sister ship to the American Coast Guard ship the US Eagle and is named in recognition of Hans Kinau, a popular German writer of sea stories who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock. The Sherman Zwicker (Boothbay, Maine) is a wooden, fishing schooner, built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. With a hull similar to the Bluenose, a sister ship, vessels of this type were used in the Grand Banks dory fisheries until the mid-1960s. The Bowdoin (Maine) is the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy sail training fleet, and the official sailing vessel of Maine. Built in 1921 to explore Arctic waters, it is one of the strongest wooden sailing vessels yet constructed. Between 1921 and 1954, it made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle. The Royaliste (San Francisco) is a replica of a 1755 ketch commissioned as a dispatch gunship. Quick under sail, the Royaliste is an exhilarating step into the past and today serves as host to crew of pirate re-enactors. Shoreside activities will also see pirates and re-enactors take centre stage at this year’s Festival. The pirate theme will extend to a kids’ pirate camp, as well as themed events and live entertainment. Festival director David Jones described the shore-side activities as “all encompassing.” “There is something for absolutely everyone at this year’s festival,” said Mr. Jones. Visitors can learn more about festival activities, keep up-to-date on ships and buy boarding passes online at www.tallshipsnovascotia.com . Early bird tickets are available for Halifax, now until April 30, for only $10 per day. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment, food, fun and adventure aboard the ships. A portion of all early bird ticket sales will support Rotary clubs in Halifax Regional Municipality. Volunteers can also apply online or by calling 902-405-7700.last_img read more


Tenders Called for Guysborough County Paving ProjectTenders Called for Guysborough County Paving Project


first_imgA scenic highway section around Chedabucto Bay will be smoother and stronger after the completion of a paving tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving of Route 344 from the intersection of Trunk 16 at Boylston for 6.6 kilometres east to the intersection of MacPherson Lake Road. Also included is repaving of Trunk 16 from the intersection of Larrys River Road for 2.5 kilometres northerly to Church Street. “Improving this connection to Trunk 16 will benefit residents and visitors alike,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s part of our aggressive plan to upgrade Nova Scotia’s roadways.” 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


Investor Alert Securities Commission Investigating Seisma OilInvestor Alert Securities Commission Investigating Seisma Oil


first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors who may be considering purchasing securities from Seisma Oil Research, Seisma Energy research, or related companies and individuals. A permanent cease trade order was issued against them in Saskatchewan, and they are listed as a potential scam in Australia and the United States. In December 2010, the Saskatchewan Securities Commission issued a permanent cease trade order against Seisma Oil Research, Seisma Energy Research A.V.V., Seisma Energy Research L.L.C., SXC Stock Exchange of the Carribean A.A.A., Seisma McKenzie Draw #1 Joint Venture (also known as McKenzie Draw Joint Venture), Justin Solomon, Peter Somers, and Victor Hedley, for unregistered trading activity in that province. The Australian Securities Commission has listed Seisma Oil, Seisma Energy and Seisma Energy Research on their Scams – Cold Calling blacklist. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil action against Seisma Oil, Seisma Energy and Justin Solomon, claiming they solicited investors by fraudulently offering units in an investment including the Seisma McKenzie Draw #1 Joint Venture. Enforcement staff of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission is currently investigating the unregistered sale of securities in relation to these companies and individuals in Nova Scotia, and felt it is in the public interest to issue an alert while the investigation proceeds. Contact 1-800-424-2499 or 902-424-4558 with questions or information about this matter. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province.last_img read more


Weekly Traffic AdvisoriesWeekly Traffic Advisories


first_img KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 6 north to Hants County, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 14. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 902-424-4670 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Upper Leitches Creek Road Traffic on sections of Upper Leitches Creek Road is reduced to one lane to allow for repaving from the intersection of Leitches Creek Road for about five kilometres until Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnenfant Road: Bonnenfant Road, Church Point, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 14. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Smith Road, Amherst Beginning Tuesday Oct. 11, a section of Smith Road between Trunk 2 and Southampton Road will be closed to replace a culvert. Work will take place until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Drivers should use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-3801 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31 to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the lower south river bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Road Cambridge Road, from Trunk 1 north to Brooklyn Street, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4166 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area will be reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Monday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Arisaig Point Road, west for about 3.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, culvert work and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser River, will be reduced to one lane for drain improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of on and off ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Meander Run Bridge on Route 202 will be closed from Tuesday, Oct. 11 until Saturday Oct. 15 for deck replacement. Detour routes: east and westbound traffic on Trunk 1 take Ardoise School Road, and east and westbound traffic on Trunk 14 take Route 202 to Ardoise School Road. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 4 The off ramp at Exit 4, westbound on Highway 125, will be closed to complete twinning construction until Wednesday, Oct. 26. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 3. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surettes Island Bridge, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 19, for repairs on weekdays from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Throughout the repair period a reduced load limit will be required on the bridge. This will affect large trucks but not standard passenger vehicles or school buses. The weight restrictions will be removed once repairs are completed. These restrictions will allow the repair work to be carried out quickly and minimize the inconvenience for bridge users. Local Office – 902-742-2416 -30-last_img read more


Weekly Traffic AdvisoriesWeekly Traffic Advisories


first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to 8.4 kilomesters west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Welsford Bridge Welsford Bridge, 100 metres from the West Branch Road on the Old Pictou Road, will have day closures until Friday, May 4, to repair steel through truss. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour structure is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Construction is expected to be finished Thursday, May 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consist of a signs and control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more


Province Seeking Another Tidal Energy PartnerProvince Seeking Another Tidal Energy Partner


first_imgNova Scotia is strengthening its commitment to be a world leader in tidal-power development with another invitation to test technology in the Bay of Fundy. The province is seeking proposals for a fourth developer to join the tidal test program at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in the Minas Channel. Energy Minister Charlie Parker made the announcement at the Ocean Renewable Energy Group’s 2012 annual conference in Halifax today, Sept. 13. “Our tidal energy test facility is a leading centre for research that is helping develop a technology that can withstand the most powerful tides in the world,” said Mr. Parker. “Now another developer will have an opportunity to test its technology and contribute to our understanding of how these devices interact with the marine environment.” The request for proposals is open to developers interested in testing a single device, or array of devices, up to five megawatts. The successful proponent will join Alstom, Atlantis and Minas Basin Pulp and Power. Sub-sea cables will transmit power from the four test sites to the province’s electricity grid. “This is an opportunity for technology developers unlike any other in the world: the most powerful test site, the largest electrical facilities, and an enormous resource potential,” said FORCE executive director Doug Keefe. “It’s really the ultimate proving ground for tidal turbines. Developers will also be assisted by our research to understand the site at a level of detail never seen before.” FORCE is a not-for-profit partnership that allows industry, government, scientists and academics to study the performance and interaction of tidal energy turbines with the Bay of Fundy. Tidal energy is an important part of the province’s long-term plan to reduce reliance on costly imported coal, meet federal coal and greenhouse gas emission reduction regulations, and diversity its energy mix. In May, the province released the Marine Renewable Energy Strategy, outlining its approach to commercial production of clean, safe renewable energy from tides and waves. The strategy will be part of the province’s Cleaner Energy Framework to be released this fall. The request for proposals can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders. The deadline is March 31, 2013. More information on the tidal project can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders or www.fundyforce.calast_img read more


Spring Road Weight Restrictions ComingSpring Road Weight Restrictions Coming


first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is monitoring air and road temperatures and expects spring weight restrictions to be put in place on Monday, March 10. Because the restrictions have a significant impact on the trucking industry, the department strives to provide as much advance notice as possible. The department works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine a date that will best protect road surfaces while giving sufficient notice to truckers. Weight restrictions are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. When weight restrictions are imposed, a list of roads that are exempt will be published in newspapers across the province.last_img


Social media under pressure US FBs use dips in native landSocial media under pressure US FBs use dips in native land


first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook’s efforts to crack down on misinformation and sensational content have reduced the time spent at the leading social network eroding, researchers said Tuesday. The average amount of time US adults spent at Facebook dropped by three minutes per day last year and will likely decrease by another minute next year, to a total of 37 minutes daily, according to the research firm eMarketer. The report suggests that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to focus on safety and remove divisive and hateful content could be having an economic impact. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Facebook’s continued loss of younger adult users, along with its focus on down-ranking clickbait posts and videos in favor of those that create ‘time well spent,’ resulted in less daily time spent on the platform in 2018 than we had previously expected,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson. “Less time spent on Facebook translates into fewer chances for marketers to reach the network’s users.” Money taken in from digital ads are the leading source of revenue at Facebook, which has 2.4 billion monthly active users around the world. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaA bright spot for Facebook is that daily US engagement is creeping up at its image and video focused social network Instagram, where eMarketer expected it to rise a minute this year to 27 minutes and then another minute per year through 2021. “Features like Stories, influencer content and video are all contributing to more engagement and a slow but steady uptick in time spent on Instagram,” Williamson said. Meanwhile, time people in the US spend at Instagram rival Snapchat has seemingly plateaued at 26 minutes daily, with an application redesign failing to boost engagement, according to eMarketer. A broader trend seen last year was for Americans to spend less time at online social networks, and the overall engagement was expected by eMarketer to remain unchanged this year at almost one hour, 14 minutes per day. “Gains in digital video viewing are putting pressure on social time, and gaming is also creating new competition for user attention,” Williamson said. “Though we can’t say there is a direct cause-effect relationship, these activities do at least threaten users’ engagement with social media.”last_img read more


Weve accepted all demands request junior doctors to rejoin work CMWeve accepted all demands request junior doctors to rejoin work CM


first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the junior doctors on Saturday to end their strike and resume work at the earliest as hundreds of patients await medical treatment, including children and the elderly.Claiming that the government has taken all measures for their safety and security, she reiterated that no action like promulgation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be taken against the agitating doctors. The reaction of the Chief Minister came after a representation from the junior doctors from NRS Medical College & Hospital did not turn up for talks at Nabanna on Saturday despite the former giving them time for a meeting with her. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”Healthcare is an essential service that cannot be stopped. I will appeal to them on behalf of the government to please join work on humanitarian grounds and restore normalcy by lifting the strike. I will not take any action against them. Let good sense prevail,” Banerjee said. She also reiterated that “one must show respect to the constitutional body”. “I have cancelled all my programmes and waited for them on Friday. I did the same today (Saturday) as the government is keen to resolve the impasse. I think the state Secretariat, Nabanna, is the highest place for holding talks on such matters. We have shown enough patience and have already adhered to all their legitimate demands. We are open to any other additional demands that may be put forth… But we want an amicable solution to this problem. I have spoken to the Governor and he is convinced,” she maintained. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister referred to a number of instances where other governments had taken strong action against the agitating doctors. “The BJP government under Narendra Modi in 2009 had imposed ESMA and arrested 150 doctors while they were on strike. The Tamil Nadu government had increased internship of the doctors from one to two years. However, I believe in democracy and my government is extremely sensitive to their demands. I don’t want to take any stern action against them as it will be a blot on their careers forever. Some junior doctors met me today (Saturday) and have said they want to join work. I am hopeful that soon more and more doctors will resume their duties,” she added. Banerjee mentioned that she had felt humiliated when the agitating doctors refused to speak to her the very next day when they had started their cease-work. Reacting to the Ministry of Home Affair’s advisory and demand of an urgent report on doctor’s strike in Bengal, she challenged the Centre to send an advisory to Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “First ask Modi government to send MHA advisory to Yogi’s government [on] how many people have been killed there in encounters”, she said. Five senior doctors led by Dr Sukumar Mukherjee who had mediated in opening a dialogue between the state government and the junior doctors went to Nabanna on Saturday and met the Chief Minister. “We have submitted a status report to the state Chief Secretary that we have been unable to bring the junior doctors to the discussion table,” Mukherjee said. This team of doctors had met Banerjee on Friday as well in an effort to resolve the impasse and a call was made to four members of the agitating NRS doctors to come for talks. The junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital stuck to their stand that the Chief Minister will have to come down to the hospital and listen to their grievances. Earlier in the day, Indian Medical Association president Santanu Sen held a meeting with the agitating doctors and administrative authorities and urged them to hold talks with Banerjee at Nabanna. Though the Out-Patient Departments remained closed, the Emergency services in all the state-run hospitals, including NRS, were functional on Saturday.last_img read more


Will fight BJP RSS with 10 times more vigour Rahul GandhiWill fight BJP RSS with 10 times more vigour Rahul Gandhi


first_imgMumbai: A day after publicly announcing his resignation as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi Thursday said he will engage in the ‘ideological fight’ with BJP and RSS with 10 times more vigour than he did during the last five years. Gandhi was speaking to reporters after appearing in a local court in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. “I am with the poor, farmers and labourers. This fight (against BJP and RSS) will continue,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefGandhi described the fight as a fight of ideology. “I will continue the fight with 10 times more vigour than I did during the last five years,” he said. “Aakraman ho raha hai, maza aa raha hai (aggression is happening and I am enjoying,” Gandhi said. He did not elaborate, saying he had said “whatever he had to say” in the four-page resignation letter he made public Wednesday.last_img read more


BJP launches membership drive in Delhi Haryanvi singerdancer Sapana Chaudhary joins partyBJP launches membership drive in Delhi Haryanvi singerdancer Sapana Chaudhary joins party


first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP’s membership drive was launched in the national capital on Sunday, with famous Haryanavi singer-dancer Sapana Chaudhary joining the party in the presence of senior leaders, including Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chaudhary had campaigned extensively for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in May but stopped short of joining the saffron party even though there was talk that she would contest the polls. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Earlier in March, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Raj Babbar had announced on Twitter that she had joined the party. Chaudhary, however, categorically denied it. Besides Chaudhary, seven others, including a specially-abled youth, a first-time voter, retired Army officers and bureaucrats and a street vendor, joined the BJP at the event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Chouhan, who is the national in-charge of the BJP’s membership drive, asked party workers to ensure its victory in the Delhi Assembly polls early next year by enrolling members from each booth and all sections of the society. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “According to the ‘Sarv Vyapi, Sarv Sparshi’ (covering all areas, touching base with all) slogan of the campaign, you have to work hard to ensure that new members come from each booth and each section of the society. With a large heart ensure that no section remains untouched,” he said. As against the target of adding 20 per cent members to the party, Delhi BJP has decided to bring 10 lakh people to the partyfold, said Kuljeet Chahal, campaign in-charge in Delhi. Chouhan asked party workers and leaders affiliated with Shakti Kendras (groups of polling booths) to devote a week’s time to the drive. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as a “movement”. Speaking about Amit Shah, Chouhan said the BJP president could produce “oil from sand”, citing the party’s success in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal. National general secretary (organisation) Ramlal asked party workers and leaders to make efforts to enrol 50 per cent new members from each of the over 13,800 booths in Delhi, with a special focus on those where the party strength is low. Tiwari assured senior party leaders that the membership drive will be an “unprecedented” success in Delhi and suggested that new members should represent all walks of life. He also lauded Modi’s leadership, saying he was appreciated by all world leaders. The BJP’s membership drive in Delhi will conclude on August 11. Members will be enrolled online as well.last_img read more


Reading between the linesReading between the lines


first_imgONE, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech on July 5, 2019, proposed to build 1.95 crore dwelling units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Gramin) — the prime minister’s rural housing scheme. It was a reiteration of the target to build as many houses in villages and 1.87 crore units in urban India. In the four years of the scheme’s implementation, some 70 lakh units have been completed under PMAY-G and 26 lakhs under PMAY-U (urban), according to the scheme’s state-wise progress stated by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. When the country is set to build dwelling units four times this number in the next three years, the expanse of the construction is going to be frenetic. The quality of that construction and its ability to drive the agenda of thermal comfort as mentioned in the India Cooling Action Plan is unclear. Also Read – A special kind of bondTWO, the carpet area for loans under Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) vertical of PMAY was increased to 160 square metres (sqm) for middle-income group I (MIG I) and 200 sqm (MIG II) in 2018. 200 sqm (2,150 square feet) is typically a dwelling unit size desirable for the higher-income segment. The country already has a stock of 11 million units vacant in the upper-income segment, according to Census 2011. Increased availability of finance will deliver units in the segment, which contrasts the segment constituting 96 per cent of the country’s shortage. Also Read – Insider threat managementTHREE, Sitharaman announced “An additional deduction of Rs 1,50,000 on interest on loans borrowed under affordable housing”. This subsidy follows the previous interest subvention of Rs 1.5-2.67 lakh under the CLSS vertical of PMAY. As an intervention to aide the demand side in housing sector, CLSS has remained the weakest vertical of PMAY, forming only 4 per cent of the total units sanctioned as of date. This move comes as a crucial way to mitigate the very weak ability of the poor to access housing finance. Economically weak and lower-income households who work in the informal sector, find challenges in producing the documentation required to avail of finance under the scheme. As a result, most housing credit went to segments with loan tickets of at least Rs 10 lakh and above. Loan disbursement in slabs of less than Rs 2 lakh, 2-5 lakh, and 5-10 lakh faced a decline by 18.71 per cent, 34.14 per cent, and 14.17 per cent in 2017-18 year-on-year, according to National Housing Bank. Loan amounts of up to Rs 2 lakh saw the highest growth in gross non-performing assets (NPA) at 11.33 per cent for public sector banks (PSB). Housing finance companies (HFC) also saw a sharp surge in housing loan NPAs in this slab. This is worrisome as more and more financing institutions (both PSBs and HFCs) are discouraged to lend to the lower-income rung—the primary target group of PMAY, forming 96 per cent of the country’s shortage. Other moves to streamline housing finance include the proposal to put regulation of housing finance scheme under RBI. FOUR, Sitharaman also announced that soon there would be reforms in the rental housing sector—thought to be put on the back-burner. The government recognises that current rental laws are archaic, as they do not address the lessee-lessor relationship adequately. Rental law is a tricky aspect in cities. Local laws are largely framed in the favour of tenants, with them paying rents frozen years ago. Currently, India is incubating its rental housing policy since the release of the draft Nation Urban Rental Housing Policy in 2015. It focuses on the supply of rental housing units. Another draft came in 2018 and highlighted three rental housing options Social rental housing for vulnerable groups, urban poor, economically weak/lower income Need-based rental housing for migrant labour, single men, single womenMarket-driven rental housing for private and institutional rental Odisha, Maharashtra, Chandigarh are few of the states and Union Territories to make efforts on rental housing recently. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has a public-private partnership model to develop rental housing. DOWN TO EARTH (The author is Programme Director, Sustainable Buildings and Habitat Programme, Centre for Science and Environment. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


OBC cuts MCLR by up to 10 bpsOBC cuts MCLR by up to 10 bps


first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has cut the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by up to 10 basis points (bps) for various tenors with effect from Thursday. MCLR for overnight and one-month loan tenor has been reduced by 10 bps to 8.20 per cent and 8.25 per cent, respectively. Earlier, MCLR for overnight and one-month tenor was 8.30 per cent and 8.35 per cent, respectively. Similarly, for three-month, six-month and one-year tenor loans, MCLR has been decreased by 5 bps to 8.45 per cent, 8.55 per cent and 8.65 per cent, respectively. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepEarlier, MCLR for three-month, six-month and one-year tenor loans were at 8.50 per cent, 8.60 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively. “This is to inform that the bank has revised MCLR for different tenors with effect from July 11,” the bank said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. Earlier this week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said he expects faster transmission of the three successive repo rate cuts totalling 75 basis points. On Tuesday, the State Bank of India had lowered its lending rates by 5 basis points across all tenors. After the 25 bps repo rate cut in the Monetary Policy review held in June, Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank and IDBI Bank had reduced their MCLR by 5-10 bps.last_img read more


RIL shares fall 1 ahead of quarterly resultsRIL shares fall 1 ahead of quarterly results


first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) fell by 1 per cent on Friday ahead of its quarterly results to be announced later in the day. The scrip declined 1.01 per cent to close at Rs 1,249 on the BSE. During the day, it fell by 1.48 per cent to Rs 1,243. On the NSE, shares went lower by 0.70 per cent to close at Rs 1,253. In terms of the traded volume, 3.22 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 74 lakh units on the NSE during the day. The company had informed BSE on July 10 that a meeting of the board of directors is scheduled to be held on Friday July 19 inter alia to consider and approve the standalone and consolidated unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30 2019.last_img


Sidhu vacates ministerial bungalow allotted to him in ChandigarhSidhu vacates ministerial bungalow allotted to him in Chandigarh


first_imgChandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Sunday vacated the official bungalow allotted to him by the Punjab government, a day after his resignation from the state cabinet was accepted by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.Sidhu, who has been avoiding the media for more than a month now, once again dodged questions posed by reporters as he vacated the premises here.”Have vacated the ministerial bungalow, handed it over to the Punjab Government,” Sidhu said in a tweet. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenOn Saturday, Amarinder Singh had accepted Sidhu’s “one-line” resignation and forwarded it to Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore who conveyed his acceptance of the same.The 55-year-old cricketer-turned-politician, who was at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh, was stripped off key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle on June 6.The chief minister had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Apart from Sidhu, the portfolios of other ministers were also changed.His refusal to assume the charge of the power department for more than a month also came as an “embarrassment” to the Congress as opposition parties attacked the Amarinder Singh-led regime over the issue.In Sidhu’s absence, Amarinder Singh has been monitoring the power department’s functioning due to the ongoing paddy sowing season and a rising demand for power because of the hot and humid weather in the state. On July 14, Sidhu had posted on Twitter his June 10 resignation letter addressed to then Congress president Rahul Gandhi, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed.On July 15, Sidhu sent his resignation letter to Amarinder Singh’s official residence here while the chief minister was in Delhi.While in the national capital, Amarinder Singh had on Tuesday said that he would take a decision after going through the letter’s contents once he reaches Chandigarh.Earlier this week, Amarinder Singh had said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, “there is nothing I can do about it”.The tension between the two had come out in the open in May when Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu for “inept handling” of the Local Government Department, claiming that it resulted in “poor performance” of the Congress in urban areas in the Lok Sabha polls. The former cricketer, however, said his department was being “singled out publicly” and asserted that he could not be taken for granted as he had been a “performer throughout”.Sidhu had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the Congress ahead of the 2017 Punjab assembly polls.last_img read more


42K Amrapali buyers get justice42K Amrapali buyers get justice


first_imgNew Delhi: Supreme Court’s verdict on the Amrapali Group vindicated nearly 42,000 buyers who had their hard-earned money stuck in projects the real-estate group had promised to finish by 2014, at the latest. More than half a decade later, the Apex court decision to cancel the group’s RERA registration, asking the NBCC to take up all pending work has led to all vested parties breathing a huge sigh of relief, with the highest judicial authority in the nation recognising their grief. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Till yesterday (Monday) we had no hope. From there to where we are today (Tuesday) is something amazing. There is now hope and not just that, we are confident that the court will monitor the situation to make sure we get our dues, “Shweta Bharti, General Secretary of the Noida Extention Flat Owners’ Association, which approached the Apex court in 2017, said, talking to the Millennium Post. The NEFOWA general secretary had purchased a flat in Amrapali’s Centurion Park in 2011 and was supposed to get delivery of the unit in December 2013. “Six years on and now we are living on rent and also paying our EMIs,” Bharti said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRitesh Singh, an advocate by profession who booked a flat in Amrapali Dream Valley in Greater Noida West said, “Its good that ownership has been taken from the Amrapali group and given to NBCC. Undoubtedly, SC’s judgment is a win-win situation for all home buyers. However, I am worried as home buyers have been asked to pay their remaining dues within one month.” “The verdict is out but as an advocate, I would say that it will take some more time to get clarity on the matter as the court would require time to complete the legal process. I personally believe, if all goes well then it will take at least six months to start work on the projects,” Singh concluded.last_img read more


To remove under performers rlys asks zonal offices to list employees aboveTo remove under performers rlys asks zonal offices to list employees above


first_imgNew Delhi: To cut flab and weed out under performers, zonal railway offices have been asked to compile a list of staffers who will be attaining 55 years of age or completing 30 years of service by the first quarter of 2020, sources in the ministry said. Those in this category found ineligible to continue in service would be offered premature retirement, they said. “Zonal Railways are, therefore, requested to furnish the service records of staff in an enclosed proforma, who will be attaining age of 55 years or will be completing 30 years of service qualifying for pension, whichever occurs earlier, in the first quarter of 2020 that is from January to March 2020,” the letter from the Railway Board to the zonal offices said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The letter, dated July 27, stated that the board has given August 9 as the last date for submission of the details. “This is part of a periodic review that we are undertaking in which employees whose performance is not up to the mark or have disciplinary issues will be offered premature retirement. This government is very serious about this,” a source said. The Lok Sabha was recently informed that the performance of over 1.19 lakh Group-A and Group-B officers across government departments had been reviewed between 2014 and 2019 in relation to premature retirement clause. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The sources said as of now, there are 13 lakh railway employees and the ministry wants to bring it down to 10 lakh by 2020. Zonal railway offices have been asked to access records related to an employees mental and physical fitness, attendance and punctuality. There is also a section in which it has been queried if the employee is cost conscious, how he deals with correspondence and his discipline are to be rated.last_img read more