zoom Monaco-based tanker shipping company Scorpio Tankers posted a net loss of USD 36.9 million for the third quarter of this year, further widened when compared to the net loss of USD 27.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the net loss surged to USD 116.7 million, switching from a net income of USD 4.8 million reported for the same period last year.The company plunged deeper into the red as it finalizes the integration of tankers acquired from Navig8 Product Tankers (NPTI).Through the merger, Scorpio has acquired an operating fleet of 27 eco-design product tankers, comprised of 15 LR2s and 12 LR1s with a weighted average of 1.2 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 2.6 million dwt.Based on the latest update, all of NPTI’s vessels acquired by Scorpio Tankers have exited the Navig8 pools in which they were operating.The ships have started operating in Scorpio’s pools and all of them will complete the transfer by the end of December this year, the company added.Scorpio has assumed NPTI’s aggregate outstanding indebtedness of USD 806.4 million as of the date of closing the acquisition.In October, Scorpio Tankers took the final of four MR product tankers that were under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, STI Donald C Trauscht, which joined its sister ships STI Leblon, STI La Boca and STI San Telmo that were delivered to the company in the third quarter.As part of these deliveries, the tanker owner and operator drew down a total of USD 83.3 million from its 2017 credit facility to partially finance the purchase of these vessels.In addition, in November 2017, Scorpio Tankers extended the time charter-in agreement for an MR that is currently time chartered-in for an additional six months at USD 13,250 per day effective December 2017. Scorpio also has an option to extend the charter for an additional year at USD 14,500 per day.Scorpio Tankers owns or finance leases 107 product tankers with an average age of 2.3 years and time or bareboat charters-in 19 product tankers. The company has contracted for two newbuilding MR product tankers, one of which is expected to be delivered before the end of 2017 and the other in the first quarter of 2018.
zoom Carnival Cruise Line’s latest ship Carnival Panorama will be homeported in Long Beach, Southern California, from December 2019.The company said that this will be the first brand-new ship deployed on the West Coast of the USA in 20 years.The 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, the third Vista-class ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, will offer seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach at the end of 2019.Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a keel-laying ceremony for the 133,500-ton ship in early January 2018 in Marghera, Italy.The vessel will join its sister ships Carnival Vista, which was handed over in April 2016, and Carnival Horizon, set to debut April 2, 2018.Apart from the Vista-class ships, Carnival Cruise Line has two more 180,000-ton vessels in its orderbook, scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.
The remaining campgrounds scheduled to open on Friday, June 18 include: Many of Nova Scotia’s provincially operated parks will open onthe Victoria Day weekend, Natural Resources Minister RichardHurlburt announced today, May 14. “It’s been a long winter and people are anxious to get out andenjoy nature and the environment,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Our parksprovide many opportunities, including camping, hiking, swimmingand picnicking.” Many of the parks will open on Friday, May 21. The Victoria Dayweekend traditionally kicks off the summer season in Nova Scotiafor many outdoor activities. Camping parks that open on May 21 include: “Some of our parks located in the Halifax Regional Municipality will have limited access and reduced facilities early in theseason as we continue to clean up and repair damages caused byHurricane Juan,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We have not been able to getall the work completed in time for the long weekend in May, butwe wanted to provide some access and opportunities for visitors.” The parks affected in HRM include Rainbow Haven Beach,Lawrencetown Beach, Martinique Beach, Cole Harbour Heritage Park,Crystal Crescent Beach, Oakfield, Dollar Lake, McNabs and LawlorIslands. McElmons Pond in Colchester County still has some trailclean up that needs to be completed. Most of the work will becompleted by the end of June, if not before. McCormacks Beach and Conrad Beach in HRM will remain closed untilrepairs are completed. Porters Lake Park, which was one of thehardest hit of the provincial parks, will not be open for the2004 season because of the considerable amount of damage itsuffered. “Porters Lake was devastated by Hurricane Juan,” said Mr.Hurlburt. “We have cleaned up the trees and brush and we arecurrently redesigning the campground and day-use area. Moreinformation will be coming in the next few weeks as we finalizedetails and set up an information session for the community.” A number of the province’s managed trails were also impacted bythe hurricane. Although some of the trails will be available foruse, it may be limited. More information and updates on thecleanup in our provincial parks will be provided on thedepartment’s website as it becomes available atwww.gov.ns.ca/natr . Fees in the 21 provincial campgrounds remain the same this yearat $14 for basic service and $18 for semi-serviced, whichincludes flush toilets and showers. Reservations can be made atall camping parks by calling the park of choice directly weekdaysbetween 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information on specificparks, call the Department of Natural Resources’ parks phone lineat 902-424-5937 or visit the department’s website atparks.gov.ns.ca . The Provincial Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie opens seven days aweek beginning May 15. Fees at the Wildlife Park are $4 foradults, $1.50 for youth aged 6 to 17, and those under 6 are free.Discounted group rates are available. Dollar Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality; Graves Island and Rissers Beach, Lunenburg Co.; Thomas Raddall, the Region of Queens Municipality; The Islands, Shelburne Co.; Cape Chignecto and Wentworth, Cumberland Co.; Five Islands, Colchester Co.; Blomidon, Kings Co.; and Ellenwood, Yarmouth Co. Salsman and Boylston, Guysborough Co.; Laurie, Halifax Regional Municipality; Mira River, Cape Breton Regional Municipality; Caribou-Munroes Island, Pictou Co.; Battery, Richmond Co.; Amherst Shore, Cumberland Co.; Smileys, Hants Co.; Valleyview, Annapolis Co.; Whycocomagh, Inverness Co.
From a hilltop workshop overlooking the beautiful LaHave River valley, George Rizsanyi crafts guitars destined for some of the world’s best known musicians, and reflects on life. “It’s stunning,” says Rizsanyi as he sweeps his hand out to proudly show off his river valley. “This is a place where you can find the Zen of this craft.” Seven years ago, Rizsanyi began an adventure and took to the Internet, searching for a Nova Scotia home to relocate his thriving guitar-making business. It didn’t take long before the former Ontarian and his family settled down near Bridgewater, on the province’s South Shore. Today, no one would ever know he wasn’t a Bluenoser. An unabashed promoter of his adopted province, Rizsanyi says it’s a proud moment when others describe him as their own. “It’s an open-arms kind of province,” the gifted craftsman enthuses. “The first time they said, ‘Nova Scotia’s own George Rizsanyi,’ it made me feel really good.” Recognized worldwide for the design and construction of his exquisite, handmade guitars, Rizsanyi’s clients have included the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, superstars Sting, James Taylor and Peter Gabriel. And being away from a major centre of commerce like Toronto hasn’t been mission critical for his business’s success. At this point, his accessibility comes by telephone and e-mail. Besides, Rizsanyi’s reputation means clients usually find him, whether it’s by word of mouth, or by his website www.rizsanyiguitars.com. Pretty well all of Rizsanyi’s sales are from outside Canada, and his goal is to capture a piece of the lucrative American market. That means eyeing places like California and New York City. His high-end guitars average $5,000 each and he makes about 25 a year. All of his guitars are crafted with hand-carved necks, bridges and inlays. He claims “a connoisseur’s dedication to playability, comfort and acoustic quality. Every guitar is strobe-tuned for note accuracy, tonal quality and precision harmonics.” And each offers a rich, full-bodied sound. Supporters point to the guitar’s note clarity, projection and sustainability as instantly recognizable when hearing a Rizsanyi guitar being played. There is no grand tradition of guitar making in the Rizsanyi family. It was fate and his own innate drive to live every adventure life has to offer, much like the attitude of folks in Nova Scotia, that launched the former labourer into the world of music. Rizsanyi started in the business by meeting a guitar maker (or luthier) at a party near Toronto. “The stars lined up,” he says. “He showed me some guitars, and needed a place to park his truck, so I offered my driveway.” That relationship led to other opportunities, and Rizsanyi apprenticed for several years before opening his own shop. “The whole thing has been one neat thing after another,” he says, with a fervour bordering on boyhood amazement at his own success. His initial introduction to celebrity clients began with an American superstar musician. “When I was starting out, I had this notion that I would build James Taylor a guitar.” After a year of trying to track down the legendary singer-songwriter, he turned on the television one day and heard he was in Toronto for a concert. Remarkably, the TV anchor announced his hotel. Rizsanyi picked up the phone expecting to leave a message; instead he was patched through to the singer himself. Rizsanyi says Taylor was very nice. However, he was afraid of offending Rizsanyi if he didn’t like the guitar being offered. Not a problem, Rizsanyi thought, so he made Taylor three guitars, to give the singer a choice. They were hand delivered the next time Taylor was in town. He loved them. Those types of experiences — mixing resourcefulness, creativity and innovation — are typical of Rizsanyi’s life. He has a knack for recognizing the right opportunity, making the right decision, and squeezing the most out of each moment. That’s good news for his community as Rizsanyi imagines the day he will reinvent his world again and open a guitar manufacturing plant in his neighbourhood. Ever the visionary, Rizsanyi foresees the day when his disciples and locals’ may help him make guitars on a grander scale. He sees his location as the basis of a dramatically expanded business. The abundance of indigenous woods — like black ash, cherry, butternut, yellow poplar, tamarac, birds-eye maple, hawthorn, and wild apple — on his property and the neighbouring hillsides and ravines each give their own exciting and thrilling sound, adding a unique tone to each instrument. It also means a ready supply of raw material. Rizsanyi also runs the Canadian School of Lutherie, a guitar- building school at his home, featuring courses and workshops. Around the world, his dedication to the craft of guitar making is well known. Each student, including dentists, lawyers and high-school students, make their own guitar that is strung and fully playable by the end of a four-week course. The students also get a full understanding of the process. But no matter how big the business gets, it seems Rizsanyi will never tire of telling the stories about each guitar and its client. Like the one on how he sold a guitar to Keith Richards. “I had met Noel Redding, who played with Jimi Hendrix, and he asked for a guitar. I delivered it to him in Boston and the guitar player in his band, Charlie Kemp, loved it.” At that point, Kemp said Keith Richards would like one too. Rizsanyi thought Kemp was joking, but a couple of months later Kemp called to say Richards was waiting for his guitar. Rizsanyi hand-delivered that one too, and ended up hanging out at Richard’s Connecticut house for the night. The banks of the LaHave River are a long way from the streets of New York and Los Angeles, but the master guitar maker says he is content to make the occasional trip abroad, and live a lifein his version of paradise. “Here, it is about being family-oriented. This place has the cleanest air, and you can see all the stars at night too.” For more Nova Scotia success stories visit www.novascotialife.com . -30-
Premier Rodney MacDonald wants Nova Scotians, and all Canadians, to send a strong and united message to Ottawa by signing a petition on Nova Scotia’s website. “I believe Canadians expect Ottawa to honour agreements made between all provinces and territories,” the premier said. “I have already signed on – and the more people who show their support for this message, the louder it will be heard in Ottawa.” The petition is part of a broader, continuing campaign to convince Ottawa to honour Nova Scotia’s Offshore Accord, signed in 2005 by the provincial and federal governments. The 2007 federal budget rips up the Accord, and breaks the deal made with Nova Scotians. The premier said, regardless of people’s position on the accord, this move should worry all Canadians. “If the federal government can rip up an agreement with Nova Scotia, are federal agreements with any province or territory safe?” The petition can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/accord . Nova Scotians without online access can call toll-free, 1-800-670-4357 to sign on. The premier will also be presenting Nova Scotia’s case to Ottawa when he appears before the Senate Finance Subcommittee, expected next week.
The province is amending the Police Act to allow the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) to have more flexibility to hire skilled investigators. The amendments introduced today, Dec. 2, by Justice Minister Ross Landry, will allow the investigators to be appointed by orders in council. “We want to have the best available investigators join the Serious Incident Response Team,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “This gives the director of SIRT more flexibility to do that and to ensure this vital agency is up and running as quickly as possible.” SIRT, an independent agency, will investigate serious matters such as death, serious injury, sexual assault or other public-interest concerns involving the police. SIRT will include a director, two civilian provincial investigators, seconded police officers, as required, and administrative support. Decision-making authority will reside solely with the civilian director.
People participating in a symposium in Halifax Oct. 17-19 will look at what causes racism and how to eliminate it so everyone is treated equally. Over the three days, people will share ideas and success stories on fighting racism to benefit people now and in the future. This will include panel discussions and workshops on celebrating differences, multiculturalism, education, employment, policing and treaty rights. It is the 7th Award of Excellence and Symposium and the theme this year is Race, Faith and Belonging: Strengthening Citizenship Engagement. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is partnering with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to present it at the Nova Scotian Westin Hotel. “By meeting and discussing human rights issues we can generate ideas that provide us with better understanding of why racism exists and strengthen our efforts to eliminate it,” said Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission Ross Landry. “Conferences like this educate all of us and provide wonderful opportunities to develop unique ways to address discrimination and improve the lives of people everywhere.” There will also be keynote addresses and presentations by Mr. Landry, Minister of Education Ramona Jennex, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Percy Paris, director and CEO of the Human Rights Commission David Shannon, Jean Augustine, Ontario Fairness Commissioner, and Senator Don Meredith. “The relationship between race, faith and belonging is the issue of the hour. It will stay with us for years to come,” said Canadian Race Relations Foundation senior executive vice-president Ayman Al-Yassini. “Our challenge is how to shape a Canadian identity that includes everyone, while recognizing our diversity. We will address this from the human rights angle, and participation by everyone. We will also celebrate the accomplishment of Canadians to fight racism.” The Award of Excellence, presented by the foundation, recognizes public, private or voluntary organizations whose efforts represent excellence and innovation in anti-racism in Canada. The six award recipients have been selected from 32 entries in the following groups: Aboriginal, Education, Community, Corporate, Government and Youth. The winners will be announced Thursday, Oct. 18. Other partners include the Atlantic Metropolis Centre, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. For more details go to www.crrf-fcrr.ca.
Students across the province will have a chance to practice their literacy and critical thinking skills as book reviewers when choosing the winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice 2013-14 Book Awards. The Hackmatack program provides students in grades 4 to 6 in Atlantic Canada with the opportunity to read from a selection of Canadian authors and vote for their favourites. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development delivered two sets of 2013-14 English fiction and non-fiction nominated titles to a group of students at Elizabeth Sutherland School in Halifax today, Sept. 25. Schools across the province will get the books over the next two weeks. “A solid foundation in reading is important for every student,” said Kim Wilson, principal of Elizabeth Sutherland School. “Hackmatack offers students a unique opportunity to celebrate Canadian authors and create a connection to literacy across the province.” Each year, the Hackmatack selection committee, made up of teachers, librarians and young readers, nominates a list of Canadian children’s books for young people to read. On April 1, they will vote for their favourite and winners will be announced in May. Every fall, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides elementary schools with two sets of the English titles selected for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards program. Schools in the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and schools that offer early French immersion will also receive two sets of the French titles.
Government is repealing the 1928 Blueberry Associations Act. The act has not been used in many years and is no longer relevant. All matters associated with it are now dealt with through other pieces of legislation. “Last year, growers exported $123 million worth of Nova Scotia wild blueberries and government announced $1.08 million over three years to increase the amount of land for the wild blueberry growing industry, so it is important to use modern legislation to protect the crop,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “We are cleaning up the legislation on record by removing this redundant and unused act.” The act was drafted in response to the problem of careless burning of wild blueberry fields on Crown lands. Protections against that activity are now set out in the Forest Fire Protection Regulations under the Forests Act. In addition, there are no active associations incorporated under the Blueberry Associations Act. Wild blueberries account for half the value of fruit production in Nova Scotia.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash Village The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in the village of Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trunk 1, from Duffy Road west to Meteghan River Bridge during paving and culvert repairs. The project is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 16. Signs and flag people are on site. 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. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Alton Road Alton Road, from Trunk 2 to 650 metres south of the Cloverdale Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening, and the installation of rumble strips and a guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Naugler Road Naugler Road from Route 325 to Pine Grove Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road As part of the construction of the new roundabout in the Town of Pictou, crews will be working on the installation of new storm drains on West River Road off of Highway 106 at Exit 3A, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. The centreline will be adjusted during construction. Use caution and reduce speed. The roundabout is expected to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Salmon River Road Salmon River Road from Trunk 4 for about seven kilometres to the east end of Valley Crossroads, is reduced to one lane for road repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Monk Point Road Monk Point Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slow down in construction zones, and be prepared to stop. HANTS COUNTY: Rockwell Drive Rockwell Drive has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Wakeup Hill Road Wakeup Hill Road from Trunk 3 to Trunk 14 has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Marble Mountain RoadMarble Mountain Road, from the intersection of Cenotaph Road east for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Silver Point Road Silver Point Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about six kilometres west to Marshall Road, are reduced to one lane for upgrading, including paving, slope stabilization, and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed for repairs until Monday, Sept. 19. Detour route in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Pictou RoadPictou Road will be closed between Vimy Road and Hillside Avenue for installation of an underground water main from Monday, Aug. 29 until approximate date of Tuesday, Sept. 6. Detour routes via Hillside Avenue, Bigney Avenue, and College Road. Message boards on Mainstreet and Vimy Road.After such time, road work will continue on Pictou Road until Monday, Oct. 31 with a shifted centre line with two way traffic. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 from Bridgeville Road east for about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31 INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bruhm Road Bruhm Road from Trunk 10 to Lower Branch Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road is reduced to one lane from Purdy Loop for 2.5 kilometres to Blue Sea Road during paving and other improvements. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. The project is expected to be finished Wednesday, Aug. 31. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Gully Bridge Repairs on Gully Bridge, Route 289, Brookfield Dean Road will continue until Thursday, Sept. 1. One lane will be open. A traffic light is on site. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Spencer Point Road Spencer Point Road is reduced to one lane during paving and other improvements from Trunk 2 for 1.4 kilometres. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. The project is expected to be finished Wednesday, Aug. 31 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Indian Path Road Indian Path Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Old Mines Road Old Mines Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset.
Nova Scotia will adopt an electronic public health system that will help public health officials in their work to keep more people from getting sick. Right now, public health officials track outbreaks of communicable disease on paper. One person with the measles, for example, could potentially infect over 100 people, and public health officials have to contact each of them to determine if they have been vaccinated. “This system will allow us to investigate disease outbreaks faster, to keep track of who has been vaccinated for what, and to notify people who might be at risk so they can take the steps they need to stay healthy,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “We do this now, but we do it using paper records. This tool will also let us know where we have gaps in vaccination programs, so we can better protect Nova Scotians.” Getting diseases like measles or the mumps can have long-term health consequences. Measles, for example, can cause ear infections and permanent hearing loss, pneumonia, or swelling of the brain. By using this new electronic system, Panorama, public health officials will be able to do their work faster and more efficiently, helping to contain the spread of disease and keeping Nova Scotians healthier. “Time is of the essence when we’re trying to limit the spread of diseases like measles or the mumps,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Public health officials work hard to let Nova Scotians know if they’ve been exposed to a communicable disease, but this system will help them to do their work more quickly and efficiently. That should help more Nova Scotians avoid getting serious illnesses.” Government will invest $7.1 million over the next two years to bring Panorama online. Of that total, Canada Health Infoway will reimburse the province $4.2 million over the next three years. Government will put Panorama in place over the next two years, beginning with the vaccine inventory and immunization components by the end of 2017. The communicable disease investigation and outbreak components will follow. Government will issue a tender Friday, March 3, for project management and professional services for Panorama. It will be available at novascotia.ca/tenders. The project will be complete by the end of December 2019.
Les changements à la loi qui ont pour but d’aider les enfants et les familles à recevoir les ordonnances alimentaires imposées par les tribunaux seront proclamés aujourd’hui, 29 mars. Les modifications à la loi sur l’exécution des ordonnances alimentaires (Maintenance Enforcement Act) et à son règlement, qui améliorent la perception des versements pour le soutien d’un enfant ou d’un conjoint imposés par le tribunal, ont été adoptées par l’Assemblée législative en 2016. « Une meilleure exécution des ordonnances signifiera une stabilité financière accrue pour les familles qui vivent l’éclatement familial, a déclaré le ministre de la Justice, Mark Furey. Nous nous sommes engagés à assurer une exécution efficace des ordonnances, à offrir un meilleur service à la clientèle et à améliorer les communications avec les familles. » Les changements augmentent la capacité de l’autorité administrative du Programme à exécuter les ordonnances, à trouver les débiteurs et à partager l’information. Les modifications proclamées aujourd’hui ont pour but : de permettre aux employés du Programme de révoquer, de suspendre ou d’empêcher le renouvellement des permis de conduire et des permis de véhicule par les débiteurs qui sont en défaut, et ce, sans préavis; d’améliorer l’échange d’informations entre les tribunaux et le Programme; de simplifier le processus pour traiter les paiements non réclamés; de transférer des cas à Service Nouvelle-Écosse quand des frais d’administration sont dus à cet organisme afin qu’il puisse les percevoir. L’introduction des modifications à la loi a été faite par étapes. La proclamation des changements dont il est question ici constitue la deuxième et dernière étape. Les changements proclamés lors de la première étape, en octobre dernier, comprenaient un processus de saisie-arrêt amélioré, des changements dans la terminologie utilisée et des améliorations pour le partage de renseignements. Le budget provincial de 2018-2019 continue de faire de la perception des ordonnances alimentaires une priorité. La disposition de récupération des versements d’ordonnances alimentaires pour les familles qui reçoivent de l’aide au revenu sera éliminée et le gouvernement investira 1,5 million de dollars en soutien technologique pour une exécution plus uniforme que par le passé et un service à la clientèle amélioré. Le Programme d’exécution des ordonnances alimentaires perçoit des débiteurs une somme d’environ 232 000 $ par jour, somme qui est ensuite versée aux familles. Il aide 14 200 familles en Nouvelle-Écosse. Environ 15 000 enfants comptent sur les versements perçus par le Programme. Environ 96 p. 100 de tous les bénéficiaires du Programme sont des femmes. Pour plus d’informations sur le Programme d’exécution des ordonnances alimentaires, allez à https://mep.novascotia.ca/en/resources .
Nova Scotians can reduce the risks associated with nuisance wildlife encounters in their neighbourhoods by following advice from experts at the Department of Natural Resources. “In many communities it is common to have wildlife sightings, however, wild animals can become a nuisance and possibly pose a risk to humans and pets,” said Bob Petrie, director of Wildlife at the department. “If a food supply is made available, animals such as bears, foxes, deer and coyotes can easily adapt to living in residential areas.” Residents should block access points under doorsteps, sheds and attics to reduce access to areas that could be used as dens. Residents can also reduce food sources. Pet foods left outside are often eaten by wildlife without the residents ever knowing. Even bird feeders can support a population of mice which attract foxes and other predators to people’s yards. If wildlife is creating a concern for destruction of property, human safety or an injured or diseased animal is found, the local Department of Natural Resources office should be contacted. A map and contact information for offices can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp . To learn more about living with wildlife and other topics, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/ .
New Delhi: State-run Power Grid Corporation Wednesday reported about 52 per cent jump in standalone net profit at Rs 3,053.56 crore in March quarter, mainly on the back of higher revenues. The company’s standalone net profit was at Rs 2,010.31 crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, a BSE filing said. Total standalone income of the company rose to Rs 9,610.24 crore in March quarter from Rs 8,098.93 crore a year ago. For financial year 2018-19, the company’s standalone net profit jumped to Rs 9,938.55 crore from Rs 8,244.65 crore in previous fiscal. Total standalone income also increased to Rs 35,618.07 crore in the fiscal from Rs 30,766.32 crore in 2017-18. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe company’s consolidated net profit rose to Rs 10,033.52 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 8,204 crore in previous fiscal. Total consolidated income was also up at Rs 35,661.32 crore in the fiscal from Rs 30,430.54 crore in 2017-18. The company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 2.50 per share (face value Rs 10 each). The total dividend (including interim dividend) for 2018-19 is Rs 8.33 per share. The company had paid an interim dividend of Rs 5.83 per share.
New Delhi: The Union Budget has allocated Rs 7,892.86 crore to the Delhi Police. Last year, the Delhi Police was allotted Rs 7,426.98 crore. According to city police data, out of the total amount allocated to the Delhi Police, Rs 7468.99 crore has been earmarked for direction and administration and Rs 412.78 crore for police schemes. Rs 11.09 crore has been set aside for safety of women (Nirbhaya Fund).Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the annual Budget on Friday. Last year Delhi Police was allocated Rs 7,426.98 crore for the next fiscal, an increase comparing the budget of 2017-18. City Police have also got Rs 19.75 crore for Nirbhaya Fund, which was Rs 28.90 crore in 2017-18. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn February, Delhi Police was allocated Rs 7,881.77 crore in the interim Union Budget for the next fiscal, an increase of more than Rs 550 crore from the last year’s Budget of Rs 7,426.98 crore. The major focus was given on the development of road safety cell and development of traffic communication network. According to Delhi Police data, the revenue section, which consists of the administrative section, road safety cell and development of traffic and communication network, was allocated Rs 7,334.28 crore, which was Rs 6,791.60 last year. “There is an additional allocation of Rs 542.68 crore for revenue section,” added the data. The Budget will help in the development of traffic and communication network in the Capital, upgradation or expansion of communication infrastructure, upgradation of training, induction of latest technology.
As soon as the government advisories which sought evacuation of pilgrims and tourists from the Kashmir Valley came into effect, the Valley effectively slid into utter confusion. The build-up of troops and the evacuation both were evidently accounted as preventive measures in the wake of anticipated security threat to Kashmir from terror outfits backed by Pakistan. However, the regional political parties of the Valley could not digest ambiguity and a delegation from NC led by Omar Abdullah met with Governor Satya Pal Malik. Governor’s remarks were not very convincing but, as matters stand, could not be any better. The Governor opined that though he has no knowledge of the fate of Kashmir’s special status, he was convinced that everything is normal as of now. But the Governor asserted one thing for certain that he has no clue what may come tomorrow. Therefore, his response, evidently, did not convince the National Conference leader Omar Abdullah who now seeks a response on apprehensions around Section 370 and 35A and trifurcation directly from the Centre. The security advisory created panic in the Valley as pilgrims and tourists had to make reservations for their unplanned return. The drastic rise in the footfall resulted in a surge of airfares amounting to Rs 11,000-18,000 from Srinagar to Delhi. The Civil Aviation Ministry intervened and asked the airlines to bring down airfares for pilgrims but pilgrims aren’t the only ones who may have to fly out of the Valley. In fact, the advisory also asked NIT students from Srinagar to leave and not return until further orders. With the additional deployment of troops to the Valley and security advisory in place, curfew has been activated on streets which saw locals rushing to gather groceries, food, petrol and other essentials for future. While this is not something new to Kashmir, the uncertainty that has befallen over the state has no trail of justification but the over-used expression of a “terror threat”. The anticipation of a Pakistan-backed terror attack on pilgrims is not out of question. It is well-understood that the Valley is at the edge and any such attack would cause massive damage which is best to be avoided. Without pilgrims and tourists, the ground is clear for any military engagement should there be a need but for the locals, it is the same old story. As the citizens dwell in confusion, having no clue about why security measures have been beefed up, regional political players like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti–who took a delegation of several parties to Governor on Friday–demand answers. The security advisory issued by the government had ripples reaching international waters as Britain and Germany warned their citizens against travelling to Kashmir. Home Minister held a meeting yesterday with top security officials of the country allegedly over the burning issue of Kashmir which has witnessed a lot of mobility in the past few hours, all based on the security advisory. The rumours are still floating whether all this is in the wake of Centre planning to do away with Article 35A that provides exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. Should any such move be initiated, intense protests will break out as Article 35A is one of the privileges that came with the accession of Kashmir to India. Additional troops could be instated to control the possible breakdown of public order in the wake of such a step but uncertainty does not let anything be corroborated enough at this stage. Under the President’s rule currently, Kashmir should be heading towards Assembly elections if anything but as matters stand, it looks more like a lockdown scenario. Though the presence of troops in numbers, security advisories as well as to and fro movement of the Army is something Kashmir is well accustomed to, however, combined with the evacuation of pilgrims and tourists, the situation has caused severe distress amongst locals. The status quo that Kashmir is in right now needs to be resolved soon, paving way for the resumption of normal affairs.
Sheila Dikshit, Delhi’s three-time Chief Minister who passed away on July 21, must be remembered for her politics of consensus and negotiated settlement. This is even more important in today’s age of highly polarised politics. It is also important if we consider that the objective of a government is to ensure delivery of development. And this is not possible without the ability to manage the contested realities and to seek a collaborative solution. For me, this is the real art of politics. Unfortunately, we seem to be losing this art as hate and loud noise takes over the airwaves and our world. Also Read – A special kind of bondMy encounter with Sheilaji (as she was known) began with a fight. In the late 1990s, we were in the Supreme Court, arguing that Delhi’s public transport must switch over to cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to combat its then deadly air pollution. This had become adversarial and contentious. The Union government was dead against it; the diesel lobby was arguing that CNG was explosive and untested. The Delhi government — then headed by Sheilaji — was dragging its feet to make the transition. Queues at petrol pumps were getting longer and longer as CNG was not being delivered; buses were being burnt to show how CNG wouldn’t work. In the Supreme Court, the then Solicitor General of India Harish Salve was hauling up the government for its deliberate inaction. The top court was getting more and more incensed and called for contempt proceedings to start against the Delhi Chief Minister. Also Read – Insider threat managementThen all this changed. Sheilaji walked into the court personally. She didn’t stand on ceremony; she didn’t join the acrimony. She just ensured that orders were to be followed. As they say, the rest is history. We worked closely with her government through this period of transition to CNG. She didn’t blink when the going was tough. She had the ability to make her bureaucrats deliver, not as sovereigns, but by including words and ideas from the “outside”. She joined worlds effortlessly and with grace. This is another art in politics we are losing. In the decade of 2000 attention shifted to public transport to reduce vehicles on the road, and so pollution. I distinctly remember that she came to one of our meetings where we discussed the second-generation reforms after transition to CNG. She didn’t hesitate to chide us. She disagreed that the city could move towards public transport at the scale needed. She didn’t think this was the way ahead. But she didn’t shut the door on us. We persisted and she listened. I believe it is we who failed her. Not the other way around. When she supported the now-dismantled Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), it was because she gave chance to seemingly impossible ideas. It is our collective inability to design a system for the complexity of Delhi, which would negotiate with the different road users and not antagonise needlessly, that made the system fail. But she again did not give up on the ideas. She dismantled the notorious Blue Line bus service, even though it was owned by many of her compatriots. She supported the purchase of a new generation of low-floor and air-conditioned buses — all new and all untested. She understood the need for massive investment in public transport — metro, bus, and cycle — to reinvent mobility. Again, it was her governance abilities combined with persuasive powers, without angst and without finger-pointing that brought these changes. I am writing this not to call out to the current leaders of my city or country. But to reminisce so that we can, perhaps for one moment, think of how politics of consensus will deliver. I know she lost the popular vote in 2013; I know that air pollution and many other problems of this ungovernable city with multiplicity of authorities, grew in her tenure. But the fact is that she never stopped trying. She never shunned responsibility. She mastered that elusive art of pushing for change without fuss. One of the last times I met her was when she called to ask what she could do about the growing pollution in the city. She had lost the election a few years ago. But she was concerned, even agitated. She wanted to know what more governments could do; what advice could she give. I told her frankly that she should not try. She would be attacked for not doing enough in her tenure. The blame-game machinery would go on over-drive. But she wrote to governments with her advice. I know, because she called to tell me, with some bemusement that she did not get any responses. What could I say? The courtesy of a response was old-fashioned; her fashion. It would be really unfortunate if we let the Sheila Dikshit way of politics go out of fashion.(The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: The RSS on Monday dismissed as “needless” the row over its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on reservation, asserting that he merely stressed on the need for mutual talks in harmony within society to address any issue.RSS’ ‘prachar pramukh’ (publicity head) Arun Kumar said in a tweet that his organisation has made it clear time and again that it fully supports reservation for Dalits, scheduled tribes, other backward classes and those getting it on to economic grounds. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”A needless controversy is being sought to be created over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s address at a programme in Delhi. He merely stressed on the importance of addressing issues in society through mutual talks in harmony and called for considering a sensitive issue like reservation in a similar manner,” Kumar said. Bhagwat had said on Sunday that there should be conversation in harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it. Opposition parties like the Congress and the BSP used it to hit out at the BJP and its ideological fountainhead RSS. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Bhagwat’s remarks had exposed “anti Dalit-backward” face of the RSS-BJP.
New Delhi: State-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) on Tuesday said customers can now avail home and vehicle loans at repo-linked interest rates starting from 8.35 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively. OBC has launched new variant of home loan and vehicle loan products linked to the Reserve Bank of India’s repo rate, the bank said in a release. “Customers will have the option to select between MCLR linked rate, which is indexed to the bank’s cost of funds or a repo rate linked to the external benchmark. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”With the new variant, home loans and vehicle loans will also be available at repo rate linked interest rate starting at 8.35 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively, thus passing on further benefit of 20 basis points and 25 basis points respectively to the current MCLR rated pricing,” OBC said. The new home loan and vehicle loan products will directly link interest rate to an external benchmark, which in this case is the repo rate and thereby build a direct link to ensure fair and transparent transmission of the monetary policy rate immediately to the customers, the Gurugram-headquartered lender said.