zoom The expected expansion of the chemical shipping fleet in 2017, driven by the large number of orders placed in previous years, will continue “squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years,” shipping consultancy Drewry said.Time charter rates weakened in 2016, especially for larger tankers, and freight rates on major long-haul routes dropped. Although the trade volume from the US to Europe and Northeast Asia surged in 2016, the appearance of speculative vessels brought rates down.Although the fleet will continue to expand, growth will be subdued compared to 2015-16, Drewry informed. While deliveries and ordering have reduced in 2016, there are still many ships scheduled to be delivered in the next five years because of heavy ordering during 2014 and 2015.More demolitions are expected because of new regulations that will come into force in 2017. Coupled with the implementation of the Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in September 2017, the adoption of the global 0.5% sulphur cap may potentially accelerate the rate of vessel demolition towards the end of 2020. However, “this is likely to have little impact on fleet supply,” as most of the older ships are of less than 10,000 dwt, and thus, the capacity that can be scrapped will be a small percentage of the total fleet.“We expect fleet oversupply to persist in 2017 and time charter rates for larger ships, especially MRs, to decline because of stiff competition. However, rates for vessels in the smaller categories are likely to remain stable in 2017,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“The chemical fleet grew by 5.2% in 2016 and is expected to expand by 3.3% to the end of 2017, which will continue squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years. New orders and deliveries are also expected to decline further because of the depressed market and financial woes of shipyards,” Qing added.
zoom The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set out aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to cut harmful air pollution from all port-related sources to ultimately achieve zero emissions for trucks and terminal equipment.In a draft document titled 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update the ports revealed detailed steps to be undertaken.“These ports are going where no port has gone before,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.“Based on what we’ve already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we’re ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead.”According to a preliminary analysis the cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP rages between USD 7 billion and USD 14 billion. Given the magnitude of the investment, the draft plan calls for the ports to intensify their funding advocacy and increase collaboration with their partners to finance the new strategies.The ports claim that the draft 2017 CAAP ushers in a new era of clean air strategies that seek to reduce harmful emissions from port-related sources: ships, trucks, cargo handling equipment, locomotives and harbor craft.Furthermore, the document is said to be in line with local, regional, state and federal standards and regulations, and anticipates clean air regulations under development by the California Air Resources Board.The 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The plan carries over previous 2023 targets for cutting other primary pollutants aimed at reducing diesel particulate matter (DPM) 77 percent, sulfur oxides (SOx) 93 percent, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) 59 percent below 2005 levels.The most recent emissions inventories show the ports have surpassed the 2023 DPM and SOx reduction targets and are within striking range of the NOx target. The 2017 CAAP identifies the tougher measures needed to ratchet down harmful emissions to zero or near-zero levels, the statement further adds.The document’s release kicks off a public review and comment period that extends through Sept. 18.The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach handle approximately 40 percent of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports.
zoom Miami-based cruise company Carnival Corporation has held a keel-laying ceremony of the first ship of its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) generation, AIDAnova, which will be delivered by Meyer Werft Papenburg in fall 2018.The 180,000 gross ton AIDAnova, which will be the 13th member in AIDA’s fleet, will be traveling Madeira and the Canary Islands for seven-day cruises from December 2018 in its first season. German cruise line AIDA Cruises ordered the ship in summer 2015, as part of a deal for two next-generation cruise ships.With the ceremony, held at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, the company officially launched the construction of its seven next-generation cruise ships that will be fully-powered by LNG.“Today marked a significant milestone in the construction of this next-generation of Carnival Corporation ships featuring our ‘green cruising’ design, which will be the most environmentally friendly ships in our company’s history,” Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, said.Pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels, these new ships will be the first in the cruise industry that can use LNG to generate 100 percent of their power both in port and on the open sea. The ships, with delivery dates between 2018 and 2022, will be built by leading German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku.Following the introduction of AIDAnova in 2018, Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises brand will debut the industry’s next cruise ship that can be powered completely by LNG on the open seas in 2019 – the first steel-cutting ceremony for this ship is scheduled at the Meyer Turku shipyard in the coming week.LNG-powered ships for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises (UK) will follow in 2020. Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will each receive an additional LNG-powered ship in 2021, followed by an additional LNG-powered ship for Carnival Cruise Line in 2022.
zoom Ontario-based Algoma Central Corporation has reached a tentative agreement with the navigation and engineering officers at Algoma Tankers Limited, thereby ending a strike that began on October 21.Vessels tied up as a result of the strike will commence operations as soon as arrangements are made to return the crews to the ships, the company informed.Canadian Merchant Services Guild represents 54 employees of the company’s domestic product tanker fleet.Algoma Tankers Limited previously operated two foreign tankers carrying cargo in Canadian waters, both of which were crewed by foreign workers.Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU Canada) earlier urged the company to “cease illegal strike breaking” as Algoma Tankers Limited temporarily employed foreign workers in Canada, thereby conflicting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program rules which state that foreign workers cannot be used to replace striking Canadian workers.In its financial report for 2016, the company said that navigation and engineering officers are represented by six separate bargaining units of the Guild. Four of these agreements expired on May 31, 2016, and two other agreements on July 31, 2016.
zoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgian tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has secured USD 173.6 million credit facility for its Ice Class Suezmax quartet set to be delivered this year.The loan was signed at the end of March with Kexim, BNP and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment bank.The financing deal coincides with the delivery of the company’s first Suezmax from the batch, the Cap Quebec, from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The 156,600 dwt newbuild has started a seven-year contract with an unnamed refinery player. When taking delivery of the ship, the company paid USD 45.5 million and a total of USD 12.4 million worth of installments to support the construction of the three remaining Suezmaxes, to be handed over by September this year. The remaining capex for these vessels is USD 130 million.Euronav has also secured a USD 220 senior secured credit facility with TI Asia and TI Africa. The facility consists of a term loan of USD 110 million and a revolving loan of USD 110 million, which will be used for refinancing Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) duo.The company said that it retained around USD 817 million of liquidity as at the end of March 2018.Q1 PerformanceThe lingering difficult market conditions in the tanker sector have pushed Belgian tanker company further into a net loss in the first quarter of 2018.The company booked a loss of USD 39.1 million in the first three months of this year, a major drop when compared to the corresponding period in 2017 when it posted a profit of USD 34.3 million.Proportionate EBITDA for the same period was USD 30.7 million, also down from last year’s USD 106.1 million.“Oil demand has been consistently upgraded over the past six months which along with increased levels of recycling (21 VLCC YTD) are encouraging developments for all tanker operators. However, the rebalancing of the tanker market requires further affirmative action in reducing primarily older tonnage, restraint from contracting and a supportive oil price structure. “Freight rates will remain under pressure until this process of rebalancing is much further advanced. Euronav retains both now and going forward substantial balance sheet capacity and fixed income visibility to navigate through such periods and remains confident on the medium-term trends for the crude tanker market,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.
Finance Minister Michael Baker announced today, March 21, that he will be taking intermittent time off from his duties to continue treatment for cancer that was first diagnosed last year. He intends to bring down the provincial budget on Friday, March 23, and continue in his role as finance minister and as the MLA for the constituency of Lunenburg. “Cancer is a serious illness that affects so many of our families. I ask for the understanding of members of the House, and all Nova Scotians, that I will not be able to attend the House as much as I might wish in the coming weeks,” said Mr. Baker. Mr. Baker underwent surgery last year just after delivering Nova Scotia’s 2006-07 budget. The surgery was to remove a tumour caused by a form of skin cancer. -30-
The province released its annual financial statements today, Aug. 9, showing a higher surplus than expected for the 2006-07 fiscal year. The public accounts for the fiscal year ended March 31 reports a surplus of $182.4 million, $109.0 million higher than budget. This is the sixth year in a row that the province has brought in a balanced budget and recorded a surplus at year end. “These are solid results for Nova Scotia, further evidence of our commitment to careful management of the province’s finances,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “It takes a lot of effort to produce a surplus each year, and we must continue that focus.” Total 2006-07 revenues from all sources were $8.3 billion, $420.1 million higher than 2005-06, mainly because of higher revenues from petroleum royalties and income taxes. Total expenses from all sources were $8.1 billion, $476.5 million higher than 2005-06, as the government addressed rising costs in health care, education and universities. Financial results of the consolidated fund for 2006-07 showed a marginal overall increase in revenue of $88 million compared with budget, because of small changes in a number of revenue categories. Departments and public-service units in the consolidated fund stayed close to budget, as net program expenses ended up only $4.8 million, or 0.1 per cent, higher than budget. Nova Scotia’s net direct debt — the difference between the province’s liabilities and financial assets — increased as planned because of higher spending on provincial roads, schools and other infrastructure. The government spent $74.7 million more than budgeted on tangible capital assets, for a total of $433.1 million. As of March 31, net direct debt was $12.4 billion, $118 million higher than the previous year, but $18 million less than budgeted. The net direct debt is scheduled to drop in 2007-08 under the province’s debt reduction plan. “We made a deliberate choice to invest more in Nova Scotia’s infrastructure this year, while keeping within our debt reduction targets,” said Mr. Baker. “Roads, schools, and other infrastructure are vital to our economic development.” Nova Scotia’s economy performed well overall in 2006, with a real Gross Domestic Product growth of 2.0 per cent, 4.4 per cent personal income growth, and a 2.7 per cent increase in exports, despite the higher exchange rate. Although overall employment levels dropped slightly (0.3 per cent) to 441,800 jobs, unemployment also dropped to 7.9 per cent, compared with 8.4 per cent in 2005. The March 31, 2007 financial statements are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Nova Scotia’s auditor general has provided an unqualified auditor’s report that is included in Public Accounts Volume 1. “We are pleased to release the public accounts seven weeks earlier than last year,” said Mr. Baker. “This provides financial results to Nova Scotians in a more timely way.” The province also released its first budget forecast update for 2007-08 today, indicating little change from the budget estimates released in March.
Les ministres de l’énergie et de l’environnement du Canada ont conclu, aujourd’hui 4 novembre, une conférence réunissant les provinces et territoires ainsi que des experts en matière d’efficacité énergétique afin de discuter de façons d’aider les Canadiens à utiliser moins d’énergie grâce à la conservation et à l’efficacité énergétique. La conférence sur l’efficacité énergétique, commanditée par le Conseil de la fédération, a permis aux provinces et territoires d’apprendre au sujet des meilleures pratiques et des programmes d’efficacité énergétique fructueux qui ont été mis en place à l’échelle du pays. « Nous nous préparons en vue d’un autre hiver canadien imprévisible, et les provinces et territoires explorent des façons de sensibiliser les gens aux moyens d’économiser de l’argent par l’utilisation d’une moins grande quantité d’énergie, ce qui inclut le mazout domestique, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald, hôte de la conférence. « Les frais de chauffage domestique constituent réellement un problème pour de nombreux Canadiens, et les provinces et territoires prennent des mesures innovatrices afin d’aider les résidents à réduire le fardeau sur leur budget et sur l’environnement. » Le premier ministre MacDonald a partagé certains succès et meilleures pratiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse, plus particulièrement l’engagement législatif de la province d’avoir l’un des environnements les plus propres et les plus durables au monde d’ici 2020, pris dans la loi sur les objectifs environnementaux et la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act). La loi, proclamée en juin 2007, établit 21 objectifs ambitieux pour la province, variant de la réduction des émissions atmosphériques à l’adoption de nouvelles normes d’efficacité énergétique pour les édifices. Ces objectifs incluent la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre à un niveau inférieur d’au moins 10 pour cent aux niveaux de 1990 d’ici 2020 et l’adoption de normes concernant les émissions de nouveaux véhicules d’ici 2020. La Nouvelle-Écosse a mis en place plus de 50 programmes et initiatives sur l’efficacité énergétique par l’entremise de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse, notamment les programmes Heat Smart qui aident les gens à utiliser une moins grande quantité d’énergie pour le chauffage domestique, le programme REAP (Residential Energy Affordability Program) et un programme de remise pour le chauffage solaire. Les provinces et territoires ont partagé des meilleures pratiques dans plusieurs domaines variés, des maisons et édifices éconergétiques aux campagnes de sensibilisation du public. Des exemples d’initiatives fructueuses en matière d’efficacité énergétique domestique incluent les programmes pour maisons écologiques du Yukon, le programme d’efficacité énergétique domestique « Share the Warmth » de la Saskatchewan et les prêts pour l’efficacité énergétique à l’intention des clients à faible revenu de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Le programme Climate Change Central de l’Alberta vise à sensibiliser les gens au sujet de l’efficacité énergétique et d’autres enjeux environnementaux clés. La présentation de l’Ontario a décrit la façon dont la conservation occupe une place prioritaire dans la planification pour les besoins futurs de la province en matière d’électricité. Plusieurs provinces et territoires ont offert des renseignements au sujet de programmes qui mettent l’accent sur le secteur industriel et sur l’efficacité énergétique au travail. Les meilleures pratiques incluent les bonnes pratiques de construction pour les installations du Grand Nord des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, la mise aux normes des édifices gouvernementaux du Nunavut, le gouvernement neutre en matière d’émissions de carbone de la Colombie-Britannique, la politique sur les édifices écologiques du Manitoba et le programme industriel du Nouveau-Brunswick. Le Québec a offert une présentation sur les succès de l’équipe d’efficacité énergétique de la province, alors que Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador a partagé sa stratégie visant l’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique dans les édifices financés par le gouvernement par le biais de son partenariat en matière de conservation et d’efficacité énergétique. Une contribution sera versée à une agence de Centraide, au nom des présentateurs de la conférence, afin d’effectuer des mises à niveau visant à améliorer l’efficacité énergétique. Lors de la réunion du Conseil de la fédération qui a eu lieu à Québec en juillet, les premiers ministres canadiens se sont engagés à atteindre une augmentation de 20 pour cent de l’efficacité énergétique d’ici 2020 dans leurs provinces et territoires respectifs. Les premiers ministres ont adopté un plan d’action en cinq points pour atteindre les objectifs du pays en matière d’efficacité énergétique, notamment : Le premier ministre MacDonald fera rapport au Conseil de la fédération au sujet des meilleures pratiques partagées lors de la conférence et des progrès effectués relativement au plan d’action en cinq points au nom des ministres responsables de l’efficacité énergétique. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les programmes d’efficacité énergétique en Nouvelle-Écosse, composez le 1-800-670-4636, numéro sans frais de la ligne ÉnerInfo de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse, ou consultez le www.conservens.ca. Améliorer de 25 pour cent le Code modèle national de l’énergie pour les bâtiments d’ici 2011; Ajouter l’efficacité énergétique comme cinquième objectif de base du Code national du bâtiment du Canada; Augmenter le nombre de produits consommateurs d’énergie sujets aux normes minimales de rendement énergétique; Adopter des politiques sur les bâtiments écologiques pour la construction de nouvelles installations financées par le gouvernement, y compris des lignes directrices sur l’approvisionnement durable pour la consommation d’énergie et d’eau; Mettre en œuvre un mécanisme public ou privé permettant aux propriétaires de maisons d’avoir accès à des évaluations de l’efficacité énergétique de leur domicile et à de l’aide en ce qui a trait aux améliorations visant à augmenter l’efficacité énergétique.
Drivers in Nova Scotia, and those who repair their vehicles, will be better protected thanks to new regulations that require motor vehicle body repairers to obtain a certificate of qualification. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development was asked by the collision repair industry to implement compulsory certification in the trade. The move will improve workplace and public safety by helping ensure Nova Scotia’s motor vehicle body repairers are aware of current safety practices and are trained to a high industry standard. “Motor vehicle body repairers work on the vehicles that travel on the roads of this province every day,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “We want to be sure proper and current technical and safety practices are being followed when repairing these vehicles, to better protect the repairers and the public.” Motor vehicle body repairers fix, restore, replace and refinish structural and non-structural parts on vehicles. They also repair some mechanical and electrical components, and restraint systems on vehicles damaged only in collisions. The change in status to a compulsory certified trade means only people with a certificate of qualification, a valid temporary permit or registered apprentices, will legally be permitted to work in the trade. To build the number of journeypersons in the trade, and in preparation for compulsory certification, the department began waiving fees in October 2007 and provided examination preparation courses for those who qualify to write the exam. Since that time, 101 motor vehicle body repairers have written the exam, with an 88 per cent pass rate. The fees will continue to be waived until Aug. 4, 2011. Enforcement will not begin until then, so those in the profession have time to write the exam. Practical exams are being developed for those who may have difficulty with a written exam. “In addition to increased safety, certification could lead to better employment opportunities and increased wages,” said Ms. More. “With a large number of tradespeople expected to retire over the next several years, this move will better equip industry and the province to meet the labour force needs of the future.” “Implementing compulsory certification in this trade is all about increasing safety for the motoring public in this province,” said Lindsay Gates, executive director, Collision Repair Association of Nova Scotia. “We are in full support of the move to specify this trade as a compulsory certified trade.” For more information about compulsory certification, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lwd .
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 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 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Wentzell Bridge Wentzell Bridge on Branch LaHave Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for repairs from Monday, May 7 until Friday, May 11. Detour is via Bruhm Road. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 PICTOU COUNTY: Welsford Bridge Welsford Bridge, 100 metres from the West Branch Road on the Old Pictou Road, will have day closings until Friday, May 11, for repairs. A detour is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 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 RICHMOND COUNTY: Grand River – Forks Bridge Forks Bridge on Soldiers Cove Road will be closed for repairs until Monday, May 14. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 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 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 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 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, June 30, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 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 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east erly to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane to pave and install a curb until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 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 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road, and Belmont Road Underpass will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, ditching, paving and guardrail work until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 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 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. NEW WORK 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 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-
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for 5.6 kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and paving until Saturday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 -30-
“These inspections give us the opportunity to connect face-to-face with employers and workers to make sure they know their responsibilities when it comes to safety,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. The department routinely conducts workplace inspections as part of its efforts to improve workplace safety. Officers have already reached the total number of targeted inspections conducted last year, more than 630 at over 500 workplaces, issuing 763 orders and 1,108 warnings. Occupational Health and Safety officers are making safety a top priority for landscaping workers this summer. Officers conducted unannounced inspections of more than 35 landscaping job sites across the province last week sharing information, raising awareness and checking compliance with workplace safety rules. Highlights of the blitz include: 37 inspections 88 orders issued for infractions including not using required personal protective equipment and lack of first-aid training 51 warnings for concerns like not having the proper first aid kit on site
Families in a Yarmouth neighbourhood are getting help to fix the exterior of their homes and revitalize their community. Housing Nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard was in Yarmouth today, Aug. 11, to announce more than 180 homes in the south end of town are eligible for grants to improve curbside appeal. The program is part of Housing Nova Scotia’s Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. “People need to feel good about their surroundings. It is key to building vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods and it’s more than bricks and mortar,” said Ms. Bernard. “We are committed to working with our partners to create innovative solutions, and this is a great example of building healthy, vibrant communities.” The improvements will complement work by the Town of Yarmouth. Homes within the designated area — Williams and Forbes streets to the east, Kempt Street and Marshall Lane to the south, Water Street to the west, and Haskell and Albert streets to the north — may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for projects such as landscaping, exterior painting and some repairs. Landlords may qualify for $2,000 grants per unit, which they have to match. The municipality has helped bring vibrancy to the neighbourhood with improvements such as new decorative lighting on South Main Street, underground services and paving. It also plans to: “The Town of Yarmouth is thrilled to welcome and support this program,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “The process of revitalization goes so much deeper than beautification, it brings communities together, instills a sense of pride and generally enhances the quality of life for residents. We’re excited to see the outcomes on every level.” Partnerships with private developers help draw on the strength of the community. Andrew Cameron and his father Gordon have built two developments with Housing Nova Scotia, creating eight units. “It’s important that everyone has access to a home — a place they are safe in, they feel proud of and they can afford,” said Mr Cameron. “The south end is a historically significant part of the town and I believe this partnership will be the turning point that will help reinvigorate this neighourhood.” Denise Vacon is a public health promoter with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and a member of CHOICE, a group of community members committed to improving safe, accessible and affordable housing options in Yarmouth County. “We are very excited to hear that the Town of Yarmouth will be benefiting from the Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. Improving physical infrastructure is a key factor to quality of life, health and social well-being,” Ms. Vacon said. “This initiative will enhance an already strong sense of community pride, create momentum and engage residents to be part of a project that will have many positive impacts.” Housing Nova Scotia staff will deliver applications over the next few weeks to homes in the area. They are also available online at —–www.housingns.ca . add box culverts on Argyle Street at Broad Brook to handle increased runoff from storms introduce an updated sign bylaw to help create a more historical downtown feeling to the commercial area approve a new public parking lot in the south end, across from the Red and White store
LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103, Camperdown Highway 103, from Camperdown School Road to Camperdown Road, Camperdown, have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: North River Route 311 from Stewart’s Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound from East Mountain for about seven kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31 Work takes place from dawn to dusk. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103, Herring Cove Brook Bridge Herring Cove Brook Bridge, between Exits 18 and 19, Highway 103, has alternating lane closures for bridge repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Temporary traffic lights are set up for 24 hours per day. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill Vimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug.31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Brookside Farnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Brookfield to Truro, the northbound right lane will be closed for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Princeport Riverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form daylight to dusk. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Aug. 31. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for bridge replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 near Liverpool between Exit 18 and Exit 19 has alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound from about one kilometre east of Exit 24, Stellarton to Exit 21, Westville, about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, eastbound from Onslow for about five kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31 Work takes place from dawn to dusk. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Pubnico Route 3, Pubnico, from Ye Old Argyle Road to Route 335 has alternating lane closures for patching and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control signs and personnel are in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Judique Trunk 19, from about one kilometre north of Joe Effie Road, northerly for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for drainage improvements and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control persons and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou Landing Route 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Kentville Town Line to the Wolfville Town Line is reduced to one lane at night for paving. Work will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Friday, July 20.Residents in the area are advised that there may be an increased level of noise at night, during the construction hours. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River Road Route 348, East River Road, is reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.
New Delhi: The national capital Friday sweltered under heat wave conditions with the mercury rising to the season’s high of 44.8 degrees Celsius. The city recorded a low of 28.4 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 20 and 59 per cent. The weather stations at Ayanagar and Palam recorded the mercury at 46 and 46.2 degrees Celsius respectively. Private agency Skymet Weather showed the maximum temperature touched the 47-degree mark in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. “Heat wave at many places. Severe heat wave at isolated pockets reported in the Delhi-NCR region,” the India Meteorological Department said. The city is likely to record a high of 45 degrees Celsius and a low of 29 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Any relief from the scorching heat is unlikely in the next four-five days, a MeT official said. The MeT department on Friday issued a “red-colour” warning for the national capital. The IMD has four colour-coded messages — green, yellow, amber and red. Green indicates normal conditions while red denotes extreme weather situations. However, IMD’s regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastav said from June 2, the maximum temperature may drop by one or two notches due to wind activity. “The wind direction will change from June 2 onwards. Easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will travel to Delhi-NCR via Uttar Pradesh. It will lead to dust storm or thunderstorm in the national capital and nearby areas,” he said. Overall air quality in Delhi remained in the “poor” category with PM10 being the major pollutant “due to local dust lifting and increased heating”, government-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said. “The maximum temperature is likely to rise further over major parts of northwest India during the next 48 hours. Due to this high temperature, ozone pollution will increase further and ozone AQI is predicted to enter the higher end of moderate to poor (category) for the next two days which is very rare for Delhi,” it said.
New Delhi: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) on Thursday said it has installed country’s largest reactor at its Visakh refinery in Andhra Pradesh as part of the refinery modernisation project. As a part of the Visakh Refinery Modernization Project (VRMP), India’s largest full conversion hydrocracker unit (FCHCU) with a capacity of 3.053 million tonnes per annum is being set up. The licensor for this unit is Universal Oil Products (UOP) and the Project Management Consultant is Engineers India Limited (EIL), the company said in a statement. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHPCL is expanding the Visakh refinery capacity from present 8.33 million tonnes per annum to 15 million tonnes a year at a cost of Rs 20,928 crore by July 2020. “The first and second stage reactors are the heart of this unit. The First Stage Reactor which is heaviest in India, with an erection weight of 1,646 tones (1,858 tones including internals), has a wall thickness of 254.5 mm and stands 55.6 meters tall. The Second Stage Reactor weighs in at 454 tonnes, has a wall thickness of 184.5 mm and stands 28.5 meters tall,” it said. Both the reactors, supplied by Larsen and Toubro Ltd were shipped via barge from vendor’s workshop at Hazira in Gujarat on March 22 and received at Vizag on April 24. “The second stage reactor was successfully erected on June 11, 2019. The first stage reactor with an erection was successfully erected on June 18. This is one of the heaviest reactors erected in a single piece in the Indian oil industry,” the statement added.
Kolkata: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) is planning to take out 500 processions at more than 1,500 locations in West Bengal as part of its efforts to celebrate Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, later this month. The three-day celebrations will be held from August 23 to 25 across the state, VHP state unit spokesperson Sourish Mukherjee told IANS. Janmashtami, one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, falls on August 24. “We will organise ‘puja’ at over 1,500 places. This is more than double the figure last year when the religious rituals were held at 700 locations,” said Mukherjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja As against the 200 processions brought out last year, this time the number would go up to 500. The focus will be on the villages this time, according to the spokesperson. “Our functionaries will fan out from village to village. The festival has been organised to unite the Hindu ‘samaj’ (society) irrespective of economic, political differences. “This festival is important for the VHP from the viewpoint of expanding and strengthening the organisation and ensuring security of the next generation,” said Mukherjee. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The VHP decided to celebrate the occasion in a more high profile manner than the previous years also because of the “prevailing situation in Bengal”. “There is so much of minority appeasemet, and jihadi attacks. We will also highlight the impact of infiltration from across the border,” the spokesperson said. The VHP has drawn up an elaborate programme that includes bringing out processions, organising religious meetings and cultural functions. “At every venue boys and girls will take part in the festivities dressed like Lord Krishna.A There will be competitions on colouring the lord’s picture, devotional songs will be rendered. Well decorated tableaux will also Abe taken out,” Mukherjee added.
Hailakandi (Assam): The Hailakandi district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the entire district, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said on Tuesday. The decision was made following reports that some elements and groups are trying to disturb the peace in the district, Jalli said. The deputy commissioner’s order banned assembly of five or more persons in public places, carrying of weapons or fire arms, holding public meetings or rally until the order is withdrawn.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government Thursday approved a proposal under which people will be able to avail free WiFi facility within the next three to four months.Announcing the Cabinet’s decision at a press conference, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said people will also be able to use up to 15GB free data every month. As per the plan, 11,000 hotspots will be set up across the city in the first phase, he said. All the 70 assembly constituencies will have 1,000 hotspots, he said, adding 4,000 hotspots will be set up at bus queue shelters. The Delhi cabinet also approved a proposal to install 1.4 lakh more CCTV cameras in the national capital. The CM said the process of installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across all 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi is already underway. Two thousand cameras are being installed in each constituency, he told reporters.See P3
New Delhi: Gulf carrier Etihad, which holds 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, on Monday said it has decided not to reinvest in the airline due to unresolved issues concerning liabilities. Jet Airways, which shuttered operations on April 17, is undergoing insolvency proceedings and at least three entities have put in initial bids for the carrier. In a statement, Etihad said it declined to lodge an Expression of Interest (EoI) to reinvest in Jet Airways because of unresolved issues concerning the airline’s liabilities. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe deadline for submission of EoIs was August 10. While noting that it was “neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet Airways at this time, Etihad asserted that the decision does not affect its commitment to India. “Since then, Etihad has consistently and constructively sought and advanced solutions to help resolve Jet’s issues. But as a minority shareholder, Etihad has had limited capacity to secure required changes,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe national carrier of the UAE picked up 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways in 2013. Earlier this year, Etihad said it made a conditional expression of interest to reinvest in the Indian airline as a minority stakeholder, with an agreed partner, but unfortunately this did not materialise. “Etihad remained engaged in the process, but despite the endeavours of everyone involved, there remained very significant issues relating to Jet’s previous liabilities,” the statement noted. “Regrettably, in these circumstances, it was neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet at this time. This decision is unrelated to and does not affect Etihad’s continued commitment to India, the airline’s largest single market, and one which it has served for 15 years,” it said. According to the statement, Etihad flies between Abu Dhabi and 10 destinations in India, and is continually increasing the frequency of its flights, the size of its aircraft, the quality of its product and the international route connections it offers beyond its hub in Abu Dhabi.