zoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has sealed the order for two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers with Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO).The shipbuilder said today in an exchange filing that it has signed a sales and supply contract with Teekay for the tanker pair.The contract, worth KRW 309.2 billion (USD 274 million), contains options for two additional vessels.SHI’s current orderbook value stands at KRW 10.4 trillion.The two ships are slated for delivery by January 2020.Earlier this month, Teekay said that, upon delivery, the 154,000 dwt vessels will provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil).As informed, the new vessels will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, including LNG propulsion technology.What is more, Teekay Offshore revealed plans to transfer its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers (ShuttleCo).World Maritime News Staff
zoom Canadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation has reached an agreement with American Steamship Company (ASC) to acquire four river-class vessels.The company is to acquire the 1978-built M.V. Buffalo, the 1973-built M.V. Adam E. Cornelius, the 1953-built S.S. American Valor and the 1943-built S.S. American Victory.“The availability of these vessels presented an opportunity to expand Algoma’s vessel fleet and capacity at extremely attractive values,” the company explained.Buffalo and Adam E. Cornelius will provide capacity for the river-class segment of Algoma’s domestic dry bulk market.American Valor and American Victory have the potential to be re-powered as motor vessels, converted to articulated tug barges, or have their forebodies mated with existing modern sterns, according to Algoma. However, no immediate plan for these two vessels has been confirmed.“Delivery of the vessels further solidifies our market position in the river-class segment where we see many opportunities,” Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma, commented.All four ships are former US flag lakers that will be transferred to the Canadian registry for service in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence trade.
zoom Hong Kong-based ship owner and manager Seaspan Corporation has signed definitive agreements with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited for USD 250 million of investment.In late December 2017, the company entered into a letter of intent pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through certain subsidiaries, will make the investment in exchange for the issuance of 5.5% interest bearing unsecured debentures and Class A Common Share purchase warrants.The parties informed that the transaction is expected to close before March 1, and Seaspan intends to use the proceeds from the investment to fund future growth initiatives, debt repayment and for general corporate purposes.“The Fairfax investment is a significant milestone that will better focus our efforts on leveraging our industry leading position to take advantage of accretive growth opportunities going forward,” Bing Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan, said.“We welcome the insights that Fairfax will bring to our board, while our extraordinary Seaspan team continues to provide the best solutions to our customers around the world,” Chen added.
zoomImage Courtesy: Baleària Baleària’s newest smart ship with LNG engines, Marie Curie, was floated out at Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy on November 28.The newbuilding is one of the company’s first two ferries fueled by LNG that will operate in the Mediterranean.Marie Curie’s sister vessel, Hypatia de Alejandría, is expected to complete its construction and commence sea trials in the coming weeks with both LNG and fuel. Hypatia de Alejandría will begin operating at the beginning of next year and Marie Curie a few months later, according to the company.As informed, the entire structure is finished on Marie Curie and work is being done to prepare the passenger and crew areas meaning more than 50% of the construction is now complete. Moreover, the LNG engines and tanks, as well as the primary equipment, are already onboard.With a length of 186.5 meters and a maximum speed of 24 knots, the two vessels have a capacity for 810 passengers, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 vehicles.Baleària has invested around EUR 200 million (USD 226 million) in these two smart ships.Recently, the company unveiled the construction of a fast ferry for passenger and cargo powered by dual-fuel LNG engines, described as the world’s first such ship. The Incat Crowther 125 design ferry will be the first to use dual-fuel reciprocating engines and will also be one of the largest fast catamarans in service once it is delivered in summer 2020.The project is part of the smart maritime concept developed by Baleària, consisting of the application of new technologies, Big Data and artificial intelligence.Baleària is also introducing LNG powerplants to its fleet, pioneering agreements with fuel and machinery suppliers.What is more, the company has embarked on a new project involving retrofitting of six of the fleet’s ships. Worth EUR 72 million, the project received a grant of EUR 11.8 million from the European Commission.Within the next three years, the company plans to have at least half of its fleet powered by clean energy and one hundred percent of the fleet within ten years.
zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk has acquired Vandegrift, a US-based customs house broker, representing the first acquisition of the year in the fast-growing logistics sector.The price and terms of the transaction, which closed on February 8, were not disclosed.The acquisition is expected to enhance Maersk’s commercial solutions pipeline and strengthen the logistics presence in the North America market.As explained, customs house brokerage is a key component in Maersk’s strategy to become an integrated container logistics company, providing end-to-end solutions to customers.“Customers have been asking us to simplify the complexity of their global supply chains and reduce their risk so we analyzed the North America market to see who had the best reputation in the brokerage/trade compliance industry and deliver immediate results to all vertical segments of our account base,” Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Global Logistics and Services at Maersk, said, adding that the company selected Vandegrift based on its findings.“Transportation costs and trade compliance risk management are a strategic issue for our customers. We believe we have an opportunity to better design a more holistic customs brokerage and trade compliance plan and overarching strategy for customers. This will set them up for long term success, improve their cost and risk structures and use our combined team expertise, digital tools and process improvement thanks to this acquisition,” Sejling added.Based in Clark, New Jersey USA, Vandegrift is a customs brokerage business established in 1951. The company also specializes in Trade Compliance with a team of former US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials as well as individuals with backgrounds in customs brokerage, retail and law.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) decided to withdraw from the ship financing sector as it looks for a fresh start with a capital injection of EUR 3.5 billion (USD 3.9 billion).Owing to the run down of bad loans from ship financing, Nord/LB set aside additional risk provisions of EUR 1.893 billion in 2018. Although all the bank’s other business segments remained profitable in 2018, expanding risk provisions for the ship financing portfolio led to a net loss for the year, as previously reported.Earnings before taxes for 2018 amounted to minus EUR 2.057 billion, while consolidated profit came in at minus EUR 2.354 billion. In financial year 2017 by contrast, the bank posted a pre-tax gain of EUR 195 million.“Such a heavy loss for 2018 is painful,” Thomas Bürkle, CEO of Nord/LB, said.“But ridding ourselves of bad loans from ship financing will give us a new start. We now have clarity regarding the bank’s future path. We will combine the strengths Nord/LB is known for as a financier of SMEs with particular expertise in structured financing.”Nord/LB will reinforce its capital ratio via a cash capital injection of EUR 2,835 million, in which two German federal states will participate, Lower Saxony with roughly EUR 1.5 billion and Saxony-Anhalt with roughly EUR 200 million. The Savings Banks Financial Group will provide EUR 1.135 million. Lower Saxony will also be contributing EUR 800 million in capital-relief measures, bringing the total capital to around EUR 3.5 billion.In financial year 2018, Nord/LB made good progress in stripping the bad loans from its ship financing. By the end of 2018, Nord/LB had reduced the entire portfolio to EUR 10.3 billion.Compared to the end of 2016, when the portfolio stood at EUR 16.9 billion, this amounts to a decrease of 39 per cent. The amount of non-performing loans (NPL) was equivalent to EUR 7.5 billion as at December 31, 2018. The NPL portfolio is to be run down as a matter of urgency.As part of a portfolio transaction, the first step will be to transfer a significant part of the portfolio, in the amount of approx. EUR 2.6 billion to a financial investor, Nord/LB said.In this context, Nord/LB set aside an extensive additional risk provision for the entire NPL portfolio, resulting in a total of EUR 1.8 billion for the ship financing segment for the 2018 financial year.The total existing loan loss provisions set aside for the ship financing portfolio amounted to EUR 4.9 billion as at December 31, 2018, equivalent to a core risk coverage of 65 per cent for the NPL portfolio.*EUR 1 = USD 1,12
Bangladesh has commissioned its second LNG terminal with the launch of operations of FSRU Summit LNG offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.According to Excelerate Energy, the FSRU completed commissioning of the LNG terminal, owned by Summit LNG Terminal, on April 29, 2019. The terminal has a send-out capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas.In August 2017, Summit entered into a 15-year charter agreement with Excelerate for the FSRU. In addition to providing the vessel, Excelerate acted as the owner’s Engineer for Summit in regard to the fixed infrastructure components of the terminal, which included a subsea plug, mooring system, and subsea pipeline.“The successful completion of the Summit LNG Terminal represents a significant positive change to Bangladesh’s energy supply – helping bolster local industry while benefitting the citizens of the country,” Steven Kobos, Excelerate’s Managing Director, said.In August 2018, Excelerate commissioned its Moheshkhali Floating LNG (MLNG) terminal – Bangladesh’s first LNG import facility. MLNG has so far imported 27 cargoes of LNG and delivered in excess of 70 million MMBtus of natural gas into the Bangladeshi market, which represents an increase in gas supply of over 10% during this period.
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 311Route 311, for 5.3 kilometres from Onslow Road to the StewartsBridge, has intermittent one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 31to facilitate ditching, culvert work, and repaving. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-893-2259 -30-
EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Emergency Preparedness forSeniors During a disaster, seniors can be among the most vulnerable.Being prepared can help reduce the fear, panic, and inconveniencethat surrounds a disaster and can make coping easier. Forseniors, being prepared takes some extra planning. Seniors who live independently have more responsibility forthemselves than do seniors living in special-care facilities.With a little awareness and preparation, all seniors can beprepared to protect themselves from the unexpected. Theunexpected may be a power outage, severe weather forcing them tostay in or an accident in the home. A few easy steps can make abig difference. Deborah Naugler, director of Occupational Safety and Protectionat Northwood, recommends having emergency phone numberstaped to the fridge or close to the phone. She says 911 should becalled first in an emergency where the ambulance, fire or policeare needed. “Seniors should also know the name and phone numberof a neighbour, friend or relative who lives close by and who canhelp in an emergency,” said Ms. Naugler. Seniors are also encouraged to contact their local fire or policedepartment administration offices to let officials know that theylive alone and to arrange for someone to check on them during anemergency. These phone numbers can be found in the white pages oflocal phone books. Having important information readily available is crucial andwill make communicating easier during an emergency. Informationsuch as name, next of kin, family doctor and all medicationstaken should be included. This information should be kept on apiece of paper either on the back of the door, near the telephoneor on the refrigerator. Seniors are encouraged to have a few extra items on hand, such asblankets, groceries and medication. A loss of power can mean lossof heat. Seniors, who are often cold, will need extra blankets tostay comfortable. To help plan for an emergency, seniors can ask themselves a fewquestions. Do I have enough medication to last another week or month? Could I survive a few days without power, based on what’s in my kitchen? Do I have someone to check on me in case my phone is down and I can’t leave my house? EMO offers some tips for all Nova Scotians to ensure that seniorsare safe when a disaster strikes: If you have home health-care service, plan ahead with your agency for emergency procedures; Teach those who may need to assist you in an emergency how to operate necessary equipment and be sure they will be able to reach you. “It’s really about neighbours helping neighbours duringemergencies,” says Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act. “With a little extra planning all NovaScotians can be better prepared for emergencies.” Mr. Fage encourages all Nova Scotians to have items on hand thatare useful in an emergency. These include a flashlight and extrabatteries, a battery-operated radio, a first-aid kit, a manualcan opener, bottled water and non-perishable food that doesn’thave to be cooked. “Everyone should work out a plan that fits their needs and thatis simple to implement,” says Mr. Fage. “Taking the time toprepare for emergencies can make a big difference.” “Even if you have physical limitations, you can still prepareyourself,” says Mr. Fage. EMO offers these tips: Finally, practice and review your emergency plan. You shouldpractice the plan at least two or three times a year. Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 2-8 withparticipation from every province and territory. This year’stheme is Prepare Now! Learn How! For more information on beingprepared, visit the Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization’swebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/emo/. -30- include seniors who live near by in your emergency plan; have their phone numbers and emergency contact numbers on hand; meet with them to discuss any medical issues that may be of importance during an emergency.
PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice for bridgeinspections. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge, between Margaree and Cheticamp on theCabot Trail, will have a detour for heavy trucks until furthernotice. The detour is available on Pembrooke Lake Road andCarding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between exits 3 and 4, near Ellershouse, will havelane closures for repaving until Saturday, July 31. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected intermittently. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Motoristsare advised to use Trunk 2 between exits 3 and 4 to avoid thework zones. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have intermittent one-lane closures untilThursday, Sept. 30. The closures begin 800 metres west of Exit17, near Valley Cross Roads and extend 5.5 kilometres easterly tothe Manganese Mines Overpass. Traffic in eastbound lanes will beaffected and lane width will be reduced to 4.5 metres in the Exit17 area. Road crews will be carrying out repaving and structuremaintenance between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while travelling in this area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 There will be one-lane closures on Route 209 from the Parrsborotown line to the Cumberland/Colchester County line until Friday,July 16. Road crews will be crack filling between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 -30- Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River,will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 1. Road crews will becarrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30p.m. daily. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Overpass The Highway 101 overpass at Exit 14 at Coldbrook will have one-lane closures until Saturday, July 31. Closures will be in effect24 hours a day as road crews carry out bridge repairs. One lanewill be open at all times. Traffic control will consist oftraffic signals. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 There will be alternating lane closures on Highway 103 betweenExit 12 and the Northfield Overpass until Friday, July 23. Roadcrews will be carrying out repaving work between 6 a.m. and 9p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunits, barrels and traffic cones. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2369 Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 There will be periodic lane closures on three kilometres of Trunk4 near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10. Realignment andrepaving work will be carried out from 6.7 kilometres west ofBreac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill in Middle Cape. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. A pilotvehicle will be used when necessary. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsignage. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling in northbound laneswill be affected periodically while repaving is carried out. Workwill take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section one begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section two begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while driving in these areas. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209, from North Greville Road westerly, will be reduced toone lane until further notice for ditching and repaving work.Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 There will be occasional lane closures on Route 305 (SeaviewDrive) until Thursday, Sept. 30 while the Leitches Creek Bridgeis replaced. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays andtraffic control persons will be in place when necessary. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424
A human rights board of inquiry hearing a complaint of sexualharassment filed by Jan Slauenwhite of Prospect Bay has changedits dates and the venue. The board of inquiry hearing will resume Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 9a.m. in Room 307 of the Dalhousie University Student UnionBuilding, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. The hearing willconclude on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Room 303 of the DalhousieStudent Union Building. The hearing session scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 has beencancelled. -30-
S&J Potato Farms is gearing up to expand its markets. The company, which has been operating since 1997, currently employs 25 full- and part-time seasonal workers to supply seed potatoes to the potato grower industry for regional and export markets. The province is investing $250,000 in S&J to upgrade equipment and ensure the operation remains competitive. The loan will enable the company to take advantage of opportunities to expand its markets. “We appreciate the support of the province,” said Steve Ellis, president of S&J Potato Farms Inc. “This loan will allow us to increase our efficiencies and grow the business.” The company manages 2,500 acres in the Amherst Shore area, where it rotates 750 acres of seed potatoes in a three-year rotation with grain and hay. -30-
Applications are being accepted for jobs at provincially operated visitor information centres throughout the province. The seasonal positions run from May to October. The application deadline for supervisor positions is Friday, Jan. 19. The deadline for all other positions is Thursday, Feb. 1. “Staff in our visitor information centres play a critical role in our industry as they welcome visitors to Nova Scotia and help them plan their stay,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “They’re our front-line ambassadors who encourage visitors to come to Nova Scotia and help create an experience that they remember forever.” More than 500,000 visitors used services provided at Nova Scotia’s 10 centres in 2006. Surveys show that nearly all visitors find staff knowledgeable and helpful at the centres. Fifty-eight per cent of visitor centre users learned about, and took part in, an event or attraction they had not known about before their visit. Seventy per cent said they would consider returning to the province. Also, travelers who visit a centre tend to stay in the province longer, which increases revenue for the economy. Candidates must have leadership, communication, customer service and sales skills. Tourism-related experience is an asset. Being fluent in other languages is an asset for some positions and a requirement for others. Job descriptions are available on the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/vicjobs. For more information or to apply, contact the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage at 902-424-2788, or by mail, Visitor Services, P.O. Box 456, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R5. The department’s visitor information centres are located in Amherst, Digby, Halifax, Halifax International Airport, Peggy’s Cove, Pictou, Port Hastings, and Yarmouth, as well as Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine. The department also provides visitor services on board most ferries to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s $1.29-billion tourism industry provides jobs for more than 33,000 Nova Scotians and is a significant source of export dollars.
The public is invited to respond to a report recommending improvements to the Department of Education’s Mi’kmaq service division. The report examines the structure, mandate and effectiveness of the division, which was created a decade ago to help address the unique academic and cultural needs of First Nations students. “There have been many improvements in the delivery of Mi’kmaq education over the years,” Education Minister Karen Casey said today, Oct. 5. “However, it is also important that we review our progress and look at what we need to do to continue to improve service to Mi’kmaq and other First Nations students.” Members of the Mi’kmaq community, including band councils and the Council on Mi’kmaq Education, provided input on the future direction of the division at four meetings last spring. The report makes recommendations in five key areas: communication, structure, policy, service delivery and curriculum. Members of the public can respond to the report by e-mail to email@example.com or by writing to the Department of Education, Corporate Policy, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9. Comments on the report will be accepted up until Nov. 9. The review was conducted by Theresa Meuse, a Mi’kmaq education consultant. A copy of the review can be viewed at http://mikmaq-services.ednet.ns.ca/
The Murrays Hill Bridge in Inverness County will reopen next summer. The bridge, which crossed the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, was recently removed because of damage sustained during flooding in September. “We recognize the importance of the bridge to the community,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I’ve asked the department staff to explore options to determine the most efficient way to get the crossing back in operation.” The bridge was more than 100 years old and was not used in the winter because of the steepness of the approaches. The crossing was not used by school buses, fire trucks or emergency vehicles.
The province will now pay travel and accommodation expenses for a parent or escort to accompany a child who must travel out of province to receive necessary medical care not available here. Gary Ramey, ministerial assistant to Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald, announced today, May 20, plans to expand the province’s Travel and Accommodations Assistance Policy to include increased support for families. The policy provides financial assistance to children and their families who have been approved for insured out-of-province medical care. “When your child or loved one is sick, there is nothing more important than being by their side,” said Mr. Ramey. “Today’s announcement will allow families to focus on the treatment and recovery of their loved one without the burden of worrying about travel and accommodation expenses.” Under the policy, transportation and accommodation costs will be covered for a parent or caregiver to accompany a child, 18 years of age or younger, who has been approved for out-of-province medical care. Transportation costs will also be covered for an escort for any patient, including those older than 18, if it is medically necessary. The Department of Health and Wellness provides a maximum of $1,000 per round trip, to a maximum of 12 trips a year, to assist with travel costs for approved clients. The department will also assist with accommodation costs. “This is a miracle,” said Shannon Price, mother of a Bridgewater child in need of brain surgery. “This financial support will allow me and my family to totally focus on my daughter’s needs, without the worry of how we are going to pay the bills. I’m also very happy that more families will benefit because of this.” To qualify, patients must be pre-approved for an insured medical service that is not available in Nova Scotia. An example would be a lung transplant. The new policy takes effect June 1.
Les artistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont mieux reconnus, reçoivent plus de soutien et contribuent plus que jamais à la croissance de l’économie de la création, et ce grâce aux mesures prises dans le cadre du plan en cinq points sur les arts et la culture. Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, était accompagné à la Galerie d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui, 27 février, par la présidente du conseil d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, Candace Stevenson, et le président du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, Ron Bourgeois, pour marquer le deuxième anniversaire du Plan en cinq points sur les arts et la culture de la Province. Le plan a été présenté en février 2011 et des mesures ont déjà été prises sur tous les fronts, y compris les mesures suivantes : « Les arts et la culture sont parmi les principaux moteurs de l’économie de la création, économie qui façonne l’avenir ici, chez nous, et partout dans le monde, souligne M. Preyra. Je suis certain que le travail que nous avons réalisé dans le cadre du plan en cinq points a contribué à développer davantage ce secteur et mettra la Province en position stratégiquement favorable pour bénéficier des retombées de l’économie de la création, et ce dans l’intérêt de tous les Néo-Écossais. » Les retombées économiques du secteur des arts et de la culture sont estimées à près de 1,2 milliard de dollars en Nouvelle-Écosse avec près de 28 000 emplois directement ou indirectement liés aux activités culturelles. « Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse a joué un rôle de premier plan pour aider la Province à concrétiser son plan en cinq points, indique M. Bourgeois. Nos 15 membres ont donné de leur temps pour aider à bâtir un secteur des arts et de la culture plus solide en Nouvelle-Écosse et c’est avec beaucoup de plaisir que nous aidons à marquer le deuxième anniversaire du plan. » Mme Stevenson a aussi présenté le premier directeur d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, Christopher Shore. Dans son nouveau rôle, M. Shore verra à la gestion d’environ 2,7 millions de dollars destinés à financer les artistes professionnels et les organismes artistiques de la province. « Nous sommes extrêmement heureux et nous avons bien hâte de commencer à travailler avec M. Shore, ajoute Mme Stevenson. Il a plus de dix-sept ans d’expérience dans la direction et la gestion de certains organismes culturels en Nouvelle-Écosse et puisqu’il est lui-même artiste, Christopher a une compréhension unique des défis que doivent relever les artistes. » Pour plus d’information sur Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, visitez le site novascotia.ca/cch/learning/boards/artsns/ (en anglais seulement). la mise sur pied d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse (ANE), un organisme indépendant chargé du soutien financier aux artistes; la création du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse (CLCNE), à partir du Conseil de partenariat des arts et de la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, pour conseiller le gouvernement en matière de politiques sur les arts et la culture et orienter l’élaboration d’une stratégie culturelle provinciale; l’adoption de la loi sur le statut d’artiste pour soutenir l’épanouissement des artistes en Nouvelle-Écosse; la préparation d’une stratégie de communication pour les arts et la culture, y compris de nouveaux sites Web pour ANE et le CLCNE; la création d’un comité interministériel pour coordonner les efforts de la Province en vue de soutenir et de financer le développement des arts et de la culture.
The province is recognizing four Nova Scotians for their powerful stories about how learning has changed their lives. The four winners of a Literacy Nova Scotia contest, read their stories at a UNESCO International Adult Learner’s Week event today, April 12, in Halifax. Nancy MacDougall of Sydney, who will soon graduate from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, said returning to school was one of the scariest things she’s done. “I dropped out of high-school at age 17 and I have regretted it ever since,” Ms. MacDougall said. “What a great feeling of accomplishment I carry with me now. I will walk across the stage this year to graduate with my head held high. As it turns out, it was not scary at all.” “A common theme among the contest winners is a determination to continue their education,” said Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra, on behalf of Frank Corbett, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Our adult learning programs are not only changing lives for the better, they’re preparing Nova Scotians for a better future.” Ariel Harper Nave, Rukhsora Sangova and Ryan Maisonneuve, all from Halifax, are the other contest winners. Jayne Hunter, executive director, Literacy Nova Scotia, said stories like those of the four winners are being told across the province. “Hundreds of adult learners participating in school, community or workplace education programs, talk about how improving their literacy and essential skills have given them a new confidence about their future. As champions of adult learning, they are an inspiration for all of us to be life-long learners.” Ms. Nave said the Older Wiser Labourforce Program is giving her exceptional training and preparation as she prepares to return to the workplace. “The adult learning program has been invaluable to me,” she said. “My confidence has been restored, my skills have been upgraded, and I feel ready to re-enter the world of work.” Mr. Preyra congratulated all of the contest winners. “These inspiring stories will serve to motivate others to follow in your footsteps and pursue new learning opportunities,” he said. “That will, in turn, improve their opportunity for success.” He also thanked Literacy Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and the many other community, seniors’ and workplace organizations dedicated to supporting adult learning. “Such efforts are helping Nova Scotians gain the skills they need to personally grow and succeed, and the skills our province needs to reach its full economic potential.” UNESCO’s International Adult Learner’s Week, April 6 to 14, celebrates the achievements of adult learners, the organizations that support them, and the value and rewards of life-long learning. For more information on adult learning in Nova Scotia, go to http://careers.novascotia.ca or call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725).
Une sculpture tout à fait unique a été érigée sur le terrain des Commons d’Halifax à côté de l’ovale Emera pour remercier l’ensemble de la population qui a fait des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax des Jeux parmi les plus réussis de l’histoire. Avec ses lacets de chaussures et de patins stylisés, Lacets représente des courbes aériennes qui suggèrent l’apesanteur et évoquent le sentiment de liberté que les gens ressentent quand ils empruntent l’ovale. « Les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, en particulier ceux qui vivent dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, ont complètement embrassé l’esprit des Jeux du Canada, a déclaré le président des jeux, Jean-Paul Deveau. Et le meilleur exemple de ça, c’est l’ovale. C’est avec fierté que nous offrons cette sculpture à la collectivité au nom des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des bénévoles et du personnel des Jeux de 2011. » Ilan Sandler est l’auteur du design de la sculpture qui a été fabriquée avec son équipe à Dartmouth. La sculpture se trouve du côté sud de l’ovale. Que ce soit en patins à glace, en patins à roulettes ou à pied, les gens ont tendance à faire des courbes elliptiques quand ils circulent sur l’ovale. Les arches de la sculpture invitent les gens à découvrir sa forme en se tenant debout sous la structure ou en s’assoyant sur les bancs qui ressemblent aussi à des lacets. « Je ne peux pas penser à une meilleure façon de célébrer l’héritage sportif et culturel des Jeux que d’avoir cette oeuvre d’art ici, a déclaré le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du patrimoine, Leonard Preyra. Au cours des prochaines années, sa présence réjouira les gens qui utilisent ou viennent voir l’ovale. » C’est avec plaisir que le maire, Mike Savage, a accepté la sculpture au nom des résidents de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. « Le souvenir des jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax restera vivant dans notre collectivité grâce à cette oeuvre d’art qui souligne le travail énorme accompli par les milliers de participants, de bénévoles, de partenaires et de spectateurs qui ont contribué à faire des Jeux un tel succès. » Les lacets seront illuminés le soir pour mettre en valeur la forme de l’oeuvre. L’ovale a été construit en décembre 2010 pour les épreuves de patinage de vitesse longue piste. Ouvert au public avant les Jeux, il est vite devenu une attraction pour les gens venant de partout dans la province. La Municipalité régionale d’Halifax a décidé d’en faire une installation permanente après les Jeux en 2011. Environ 130 000 personnes y viennent chaque année.
INVERNESS/VICTORIA COUNTIES: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry will be out of service Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hydraulic maintenance. Check 511 for updates. -30-