Government Introduces Offhighway Vehicle Action Plan

first_img enforcing mandatory registration with a dedicated enforcement unit; making training and certification programs mandatory; restricting off-highway vehicle use among youth and limiting the engine size of vehicles used by young people; and strengthening legislation to better protect private and public lands, wilderness and ecologically sensitive areas. An action plan for the use of off-highway vehicles in Nova Scotia that addresses issues such as enforcement and protection of property was introduced today, Oct. 12. The plan is based on the recommendations of a Voluntary Planning Task Force report on off-highway vehicle use. Thirty-seven of the task force’s 39 recommendations — which focused on public safety, prevention of environmental damage and protection of property rights and wilderness areas — have been accepted by government. In some cases they are being acted upon exactly as proposed. Other recommendations will be modified before they are implemented. “We recognize the need to ensure a balanced approach to the use of off-highway vehicles,” said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Our action plan addresses the enforcement, safety, protection of property, and environmental concerns of Nova Scotians.” Key areas to be implemented include: Work is already underway on many of the recommendations, with the others to be implemented within two years. The two recommendations that are not being accepted at this time are: larger licence plates and stickers on off-highway vehicles; and the display of two plates or stickers, versus the one currently required. They will be reviewed again once all other recommendations are in place. Off-highway vehicles include four and three wheelers, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles. There is a large and growing number of off-highway vehicles being used in Nova Scotia, with 37,040 registered in the province as of Dec. 31, 2004, compared to 32,407 in 2003. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 60,000 off-highway vehicles in use in Nova Scotia, and 5,000 new vehicles are sold each year. In March 2003, the province asked the Voluntary Planning Board to hold consultations, conduct research and make recommendations on the use of off-highway vehicles. In November 2004, the task force presented its findings, including 39 recommendations to government. An interdepartmental committee representing nine government departments was then set-up to review each recommendation and the potential impacts. Details of the province’s action plan can be found on the Department of Natural Resources website at read more

Summer Adventure for Nova Scotia Youth

first_img For BROADCAST USE: A group of Nova Scotian teenagers are on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing from Mystic, Connecticut to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the nineteenth century schooner, La Amistad. Three fifteen-year-old African Nova Scotians (Shacawn Clayton, Ryan States and Jeremy Tolliver) were choosen to fly to Connecticut, board the Freedom Schooner Amistad and sail back to Halifax. The youth are part of the Freedom Schooner Amistad’s educational sailing program which promotes improved relationships between races and cultures. During the sail, students participate in twenty-four-hour watches, ship routines and educational activities. The youth will return to Halifax on Sunday, (July 30th). -30- A group of Nova Scotian teenagers are on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing from Mystic, Connecticut, to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the nineteenth century schooner, La Amistad. Three 15 year-old African Nova Scotians, Shacawn Clayton, Ryan States and Jeremy Tolliver, were choosen to fly to Connecticut, to board the Freedom Schooner Amistad and sail back to Halifax. They joined the Sankofa Sail program, an educational initiative inspired by the Amistad incident. In 1839, fifty-three Africans were illegally kidnaped aboard La Amistad. They revolted, took over the ship, and after a historical U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the survivors won their freedom. “This is an amazing opportunity for our young people,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The schooner is a floating history lesson. It keeps the legacy of the Amistad incident alive, which at its heart is a story about diverse groups working together through adversity to accomplish a common goal”. The program’s mandate is to create and encourage dialogue on issues of human rights and diversity by using the Amistad’s history as a teaching point for lessons of freedom, justice perseverance, cooperation and leadership. The education programs focus on the youth and promote improved relationships between races and cultures. “The Amistad is a gift and responsibility. Looking at what happened in 1839 makes us look into ourselves,” said Eliza Garfield, captain of the Freedom Schooner Amistad. “We don’t just remember the past, we inspire young people to overcome difficult personal circumstances. It’s a character building experience.” During the sail, students participate in 24-hour watches, ship routines and educational activities. After the first few days of sailing, students are expected to take on responsibility for the ship until they are ready, just as the original Africans, to sail the ship overnight. The three youths will return to Halifax on Sunday, July 30. They communicate daily with their friends and family using the internet. “This is my second day on the ship. It seems to be going by really quickly, and I am really starting to get use to it. Although some of the tasks are hard to understand, and do. For the most part everything they asked I am willing and able to do,” said Shacawn Clayton, in an excerpt of his online journal. “It’s a great learning experience for the boys. Shacawn was ready to go. He read all about the Amistad and watched the film, he was ready to sail,” said Pamela Clayton, Shacawn Clayton’s aunt. “I spoke to him and read his journal on the website he seems to be enjoying the adventure.” To follow the journey of Shacawn, Jeremy and Ryan see the Sankofa Sail website at . Marcus James, a youth coordinator at the Halifax North Memorial Library on Gottingen Street in Halifax, accompanied the boys to Connecticut and he sees the trip as a great opportunity for the teenagers to put African Nova Scotian history into context. “There is a strong link between the Amistad and African Nova Scotians, this is part of their heritage. They will definitely have stories to tell when the come back,” said Mr. James. “I told the boys, it’s a big trip for them and I know it’s hard for them being away from home for the first time but if they can succeed at this they can succeed at anything.” The Freedom Schooner Amistad will visit Halifax from Sunday, July 30, to Monday, Aug. 7. Once the schooner docks in Halifax, others will be able to take part in a series of daily youth discussion forums on racial diversity and leadership. There will also be a limited number of spots available for youth to tour the ship and go on sailing excursions. When Amistad America, Inc., the owners of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, decided to sail to Halifax Habour, they were determined to connect with the African Nova Scotian community. The schooner’s first stop is the site of the former African Nova Scotian community of Africville, now Seaview Park. The schooner will arrive and anchor off Seaview Park in the afternoon and be welcomed by former residents of Africville and the African Nova Scotian community. The park is located off Barrington Street in Halifax, on the shores of the Bedford Basin. The Amistad will dock at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, located at 1675 Lower Water St. in Halifax. For a copy of the program of events see the website at and click the program of events link. For information on daily tours contact 902-424-1839.last_img read more

2006 Flu Campaign Begins

first_img “When you get a flu shot, you protect not only your own health, but the health of the people around you,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “If we increase the number of people who are immunized, particularly those in high-risk groups, we will keep people healthier, which is our ultimate goal.” Because health-care providers are often in frequent contact with those at risk of contracting the flu, it is important for them to get flu shots as well. “As front line health-care providers, it is important that physicians have a flu shot each year,” said Dr. Rhonda Church, president of Doctors Nova Scotia. “It protects our patients from the possibility of catching the flu from us, and also protects us and keeps us healthy so we can provide quality care to our patients.” Flu tends to appear in Nova Scotia in December, and flu season can run until April, sending thousands of Nova Scotians to their doctor. Many people mistake the flu for other respiratory or stomach illnesses. Flu symptoms usually include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Proper hygiene such as hand-washing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing are also important in preventing the spread of influenza and many other infections. For more information on the flu, or to find out where flu vaccine clinics are across the province, visit people over age 65 people living with, or caring for, those over age 65 adults and children with chronic heart and lung problems and other chronic diseases pregnant women with chronic conditions infants age six months to 23 months all health-care workers and students in health-care educational programs police officers and firefighters. Public health officials are reminding Nova Scotians that immunization is a simple, safe and effective way to save lives and prevent serious illness this flu season. “The flu vaccine changes each year to protect against the changing strain of flu virus, so I urge Nova Scotians, especially those at high risk, to get a flu shot,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medical officer of health. “It is our best defence in protecting people, young and old, from the flu.” The Department of Health Promotion and Protection is providing free vaccine at doctors’ offices and community clinics across the province for the following groups:last_img read more

Nova Scotians Rally Around Military

first_imgNova Scotians sent a clear message of support to the men, women and families of the Canadian Forces today, Nov. 8, at a Military Appreciation Rally in front of the provincial legislature. “Our young men and women in the Canadian Forces make our communities strong, and they help make our world safer so that people can remain free,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, host of the event. “Each and every day, they stand ready to deliver. Our duty is to never take for granted the men and women who are willing to take the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, on our behalf.” The Military Appreciation Rally was an outpouring of pride, featuring Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Shearwater Pipes and Drums, Glace Bay High School Marching Band and remarks from Premier MacDonald; Rear Admiral Dean McFadden; Murray Scott, Minister responsible for Military Relations; Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality; military mother Carol Eisnor; and George Aucoin president of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “We have many reasons to be proud of our contribution to Canada’s military,” said Mr. Scott. “We are proud of Cpl. Jason Lamont of Greenwood and his Medal for Military Valour. We were proud when the crew of HMCS Fredericton sailing off the coast of Africa assisted in preventing more than 22 tonnes of hashish from reaching Canadian streets. We are proud to bring safety to the Afghan people so they can enjoy simple freedoms like sending their kids to school.” Most Nova Scotians have family and friends who are attached in some way to the more than 14,000 Nova Scotians who are military personnel, reservists, or civilian military employees of the armed forces stationed in Nova Scotia, in Canada, or abroad. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Reserves carry out difficult work that calls on them and their families to make sacrifices. Nova Scotians recognize all that they do and want to continue to show support.last_img read more

Sydney Firm Has Designs on Sustainable Growth

first_imgThe province is partnering with a national venture capital management company to help an innovative design and manufacturing company build a better box. Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, July 9, a $1.2 million loan to help Protocase Incorporated expand its technology-based operations and create up to 139 new jobs over the next five years. The province is partnering with GrowthWorks, one of Canada’s leading retail venture capital fund managers, on the $2.65 million project. Sydney-based, Protocase specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality customized metal enclosures and mounting fixtures for the electronics industry. The company has a three-day turnaround from design to finished project, which is unique to the industry. Export sales account for over 90 per cent of their revenues. “Protocase is the perfect example of the ingenuity and creativity that can flourish in the right business climate,” said Premier MacDonald. “The province is proud to help this company realize their full potential as they succeed in helping us create a new Nova Scotia.” Following six years of strong sales, Protocase now needs a larger facility to meet customer demand. The company is undergoing a $2.6-million expansion with the construction of a 900 sq. metre (10,000 sq. foot) building. The company is considering various sites in the Sydney area. “Protocase has found very solid and willing partners in the provincial government and GrowthWorks Canada that will allow us to rapidly expand our base of over 1,000 customers,” said Steve Lilley, president of Protocase Inc. “We are excited to showcase the innovative nature of Cape Breton’s economy. Together, we are turning the corner and heading for a prosperous Nova Scotia built and owned by Nova Scotians.” Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt said the company is now poised for even greater growth and job creation in the coming years. “Protocase has taken a relatively simple concept and, through innovation and hard work, redefined their industry,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Their approach to business and superior customer service has paid off.” GrowthWorks has invested $1.1 million in Protocase through its managed fund. “As an active investor in Atlantic Canadian companies, we are very pleased to invest in Protocase,” said Thomas Hayes, president and CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund. “Protocase is an excellent example of the types of innovative companies and experienced entrepreneurs ripe for investment opportunities here in Atlantic Canada.” Since 2001, Protocase has provided its customers with quality products manufactured to precise design specifications. In 2005, the company designed and released Protocase Designer, a free downloadable enclosure design software tool. It allows clients without 3D modelling experience to design custom enclosures from a design template. The expansion will help the company become more globally competitive and attract new business. The investment will be used for sales and marketing initiatives, research and development as well as working capital. The province’s $1.2 million loan is provided through the Industrial Expansion fund and is repayable over ten years. The fund offers a variety of financial assistance to help the province’s economy. Over the past two years, it has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province and has a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent.last_img read more

Mikmaq Language Instruction Attracting Nonnative Students

When Melody Martin-Googoo was a child, she didn’t have the option of hearing her mother tongue spoken in school, let alone taught. Things have certainly changed since then. Now, Melody, who holds a master’s degree in education, is sanctioned by her school board to teach the Mi’kmaq language. Although the Mi’kmaq Language Program is not as well funded as the established French program and the curriculum is still being developed, Melody’s Mi’kmaq language classes are full. This year she’s teaching about 75 eager students at Truro Junior High; students who in grade six were given the option of studying either Mi’kmaq or French. Surprisingly, quite a number of non-Aboriginal students choose Melody’s class. “They’ve grown up surrounded by the Mi’kmaq culture,” she says, referring to the nearby Millbrook Mi’kmaq community. “They’re curious, they want to learn.” Melody grew up in Millbrook. Her mother, Patsy Paul Martin, was also a teacher and passionate about the revitalization of the Mi’kmaq language. As a result, she strongly encouraged Melody to speak her language and Cape Breton relatives were under strict instructions not to speak English when young Melody visited. Five years ago, when Melody graduated and was offered the opportunity to teach Mi’kmaq with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, it was a no-brainer. Teaching at Truro Junior High has also given her the chance to educate the students of her own community. “I really felt that my community had supported me in my education,” she says. “They were so excited that I had become a teacher and I really wanted to give back to them.” For Melody, a 32-year-old mother of two, passing on her language is intensely personal. “I’m not just sitting in a classroom delivering a curriculum. I know how crucial it is for people to learn the language. I know how significant it is to our identity and to our being.” With only a tiny fraction of her community still able to speak Mi’kmaq, Melody sometimes wonders if it’s already too late. “I think we’re so used to speaking English, that we don’t realize we’re not even speaking our language to each another anymore,” says Melody. “I think people have forgotten it’s our mother tongue. We need that back. We need grandparents speaking to their grandchildren. We need to see our young people not afraid to speak it, to be proud to speak it.” In fact, Melody’s master’s research revealed a disturbing stigma associated with speaking Mi’kmaq. She found that there is a wide-spread myth, even among her own people, that someone who studies French as their second language is going to end up smarter than someone who studies Mi’kmaq. “Parents think if their kids take the Mi’kmaq language, over French, then their kids aren’t going to do as well in school.” Sister Dorothy Moore is a Mi’kmaq educator who has been recognized by both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. She was directly involved in the development of the Mi’kmaq language curriculum when she served as Director of Mi’kmaq Services at the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Like Melody, Sister Moore feels strongly that the loss of the Mi’kmaq language is tied to the loss of their unique culture and she applauds Melody’s passion for reviving the language among junior high students. “As an educator, Melody has the persuasive power to stop the continued erosion of the Mi’kmaq language and to reinstill the beauty of the language in the minds and hearts of youth.” Each year, Melody starts her Mi’kmaq classes with a poem – I Lost My Talk – written by the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people, Rita Joe. Melody engages her class in a discussion about the emotional ramifications of losing your language and how they can stop that from happening. “I try to get them to realize how important and how significant it is that they are in my class, learning the Mi’kmaq language. I applaud them for taking the first steps and making the effort.” As the only teacher hired by her school board to teach Mi’kmaq, Melody dreams of a day when Mi’kmaq immersion programs are available for all Mi’kmaq students. Currently, the only other school board that has Mi’kmaq language curriculum is in Eskasoni, Cape Breton. The teachers there have freely shared both their knowledge and guidance with Melody and the developing program at Truro Junior High. In Melody’s mind, the time is now – this is the generation that has to make an effort to revitalize and to regain the language. “It’s almost like we’re in an emergency state,” she says. “Running around trying to fix the wrongs of the past and to let our people know how important it is to learn this language.” When she sees her students practicing and speaking Mi’kmaq together, it gives her hope. “By the time they leave grade nine, we look at our journey together and realize there is much more to learn,” she says. “I’ve given them the tools and now they need to go out and build what they can with those tools. It’s up to them to encourage others to speak the language back to them.” One of the tools that Melody uses to get the Mi’kmaq language out into the mainstream is the “Speaking Mi’kmaq” component of the Truro Daily News. She records a Mi’kmaq word and its English translation once a week on their website, Melody is heartened by the fact that the general public is becoming more appreciative of the role of the Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. “It’s so different now. I’m teaching Mi’kmaq and I’m being supported by the people around me – my peers, my co-workers, my administration, the parents. We’re in this together. It’s not about you and me anymore. It’s about us. Welta’sultetis kinu Kikmanaq – our ancestors would be proud.” -30- read more

New Offshore Oil and Gas Land Open for Bidding

first_imgInterest in Nova Scotia’s offshore has been heating up this year, and the Canada – Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is stoking the fire by releasing new real estate to potential explorers. The board has called for bids on two deep water parcels located about 160 kilometres southwest of Sable Island. The combined potential resource in the two parcels is estimated at between 3.3 to 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in place. “This call builds momentum for new oil and gas exploration in offshore Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We have seen renewed interest in our resource this year, and we want to keep that interest growing.” In July, U.S. firms Ammonite and Catheart won the rights to explore two parcels near ExxonMobil’s Sable Project. Two weeks ago, the board announced successful bids for two industry nominated parcels in offshore Nova Scotia. The board’s current call continues a new policy that offers companies more flexible, lower entry cost exploration licences that reward early activity and encourage a broader range of companies to explore and invest. “Nova Scotia’s new policies were designed to attract more customers to our offshore,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “This industry is a big contributor to the provincial economy, creating jobs and generating royalties that help pay for hospitals, schools, and roads. It is important that we continue to stimulate activity.” Recent highlights of Nova Scotia’s offshore include: a resource potential of more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas potential and 2 billion barrels oil potential the Sable Offshore Energy Project producing about 400 million cubic feet of gas per day EnCana’s development of Deep Panuke natural gas field (first gas targeted for 2010) the new work expenditure bid has been cut by 50 per cent to $500,000 with 150 per cent credit on the first three years of exploration costs four firms winning exploration rights in offshore Nova Scotia this yearlast_img read more

Fatality Inquiry to Open Feb 18

first_img date, time and place of death circumstances under which the death occurred cause of death manner of death any other matter which may arise from the inquiry An inquiry looking into the November 2007 death of Howard Hyde will open at Halifax Provincial Court on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with a review of applications for standing. The bulk of the inquiry is scheduled for April 22 to Aug. 14. “It’s important that any party who believes he or she has standing at this inquiry be given an opportunity to make a case for that standing,” said Dan MacRury, chief Crown attorney for the Cape Breton Region and counsel appointed for the inquiry. “The inquiry is asking that any applications be submitted in writing prior to Feb. 18.” Provincial court judge Anne Derrick has been appointed to conduct the inquiry and to make recommendations on: The fatality inquiry was ordered by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Cecil Clarke last September. In conducting a fatality inquiry, Judge Derrick has all the powers of a commissioner appointed under the Public Inquiries Act, which includes the authority to hold public hearings and hear witnesses. Applications for standing may be submitted to Mr. MacRury at Commerce Tower, Third Floor, 15 Dorchester St., Sydney, N.S., B1P 5Y9. Applications can also be made by telephone at 902-563-3530; fax at 902-563-0506 or e-mail at . Inquiry dates will be April 22, at the Halifax Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road, and July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, August 4-7 and 10-14 at the Halifax Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St.last_img read more

Amendments to Education Act Take Effect

first_imgElected school boards can now more effectively manage the conduct of their members after amendments to the Education Act. The amendments give more authority to elected school boards to discipline board members. They also clarify the Minister of Education’s authority when responding to the conduct of school board members. “Nova Scotia has a long tradition of community-based school boards,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “Their work is valuable, and we look forward to strengthening the working relationships within school boards and among all education partners. “These legislative changes ensure that board resources are well-managed, relationships are respectful, and the best interests of the province’s students are considered in all decisions.” The Department of Education consulted with school boards over the past year to establish regulations to support the amendments, introduced in November 2008. Under the legislation, school board members will be required to take an oath of office agreeing to adhere to the prescribed code of ethics. Individual boards may add their own items to their code of ethics as long as they include the standard items. Boards will also be required to adopt standardized procedures for the conduct of meetings. Board members must inform the chairperson in advance if they wish to leave a meeting, to ensure the board has the proper quorum. The new regulations also prohibit board members from disclosing confidential information. Boards will have authority to censure individual members for violating the board’s code of ethics. It includes the power to suspend a member for one to three months, or to recommend to the minister to vacate a member’s seat. A censured board member will have the right to an appeal. The minister will retain authority currently under the act to replace an entire board, but with the ability to appoint one or more individuals to act as the board. The legislation also defines how school board vacancies will be filled. Vacancies less than six months before a school board election will remain vacant. For vacancies six months to two years before an election, the Minister of Education will appoint a person in consultation with boards. Special elections will be called to fill vacancies more than two years before a school board election.last_img read more

Port Hood Land Registration Office Closed

first_imgThe Port Hood Land Registration Office, 275 Main St., is temporarily closed due to a power outage. The office is expected to re-open at 11:30 a.m. today, Dec. 31. For inquiries, call 1-800-670-4357 or access available online services at . -30-last_img

Province Marks Municipal Awareness Week

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey is encouraging Nova Scotians to show their appreciation for their communities and the people behind them during Municipal Awareness Week Oct. 20 to 26. “I invite all Nova Scotians to celebrate all that our communities have to offer,” said Mr. Furey. “Municipal Awareness Week is a chance to showcase the uniqueness of our communities and celebrate the special places and people that make our province great.” Municipal Awareness Week promotes the importance of municipal government in people’s daily lives, and encourages participation in council meetings, public hearings and committees. It also celebrates the dedicated mayors, wardens, councillors and staff who are essential to the effective governance of municipalities. As part of Municipal Awareness Week, Mr. Furey is challenging all Nova Scotians to share photos of their favourite places in their communities on social media using the hashtag #municipalawareness. The challenge has been extended to all 54 municipalities. “During this coming week, I encourage all municipalities to get involved in the celebration by offering tours of municipal facilities, conducting presentations at local schools, or offering other fun activities for residents,” said David Corkum, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. For information on activities visit . To join the photo challenge, Nova Scotians can post photos on Twitter by tweeting @dma_ns and using the hashtag #municipalawareness, and/or post to Facebook at Follow the challenge on Twitter or by liking the Department of Municipal Affairs Facebook page.last_img read more

Premier Responds to Commission Report

first_img development of an online treaty education resource for all educators in Nova Scotia integration of aspects of treaty education, including Mi’kmaw language and culture, into the newly streamlined grades primary to three curriculum with more integration to come as the streamlining process continues distribution of 3OO education kits entitled 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada to all high schools in the province signing of a memorandum of understanding on treaty education The final report of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released today, Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Nova Scotia will answer its call to action. “The suffering caused as a result of the residential school system in Canada is felt across generations and throughout our country,” said Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “Acknowledging what took place is an essential first step in beginning to right these horrific wrongs. Nova Scotia is committed to continuing to work hand-in-hand with our aboriginal partners as well as our federal, provincial and territorial colleagues to answer the call to action from the commission.” The commission was established in 2009 to learn the truth about what happened in Canada’s residential schools, inform all Canadians and identify actions. The commission recommended that curriculum on residential schools, treaties, and aboriginal history be developed and made mandatory. There are opportunities for progress to be made in Nova Scotia. Work already started includes: The province will review the comprehensive report and continue to work with Mi’kmaq leaders to understand local priorities. To read the full report visit .center_img For Broadcast Use: Premier Stephen McNeil says Nova Scotia will answer the call to action of the final report of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was released today (December 15th). The commission was established in 2009 to learn the truth about what happened in Canada’s residential schools, inform all Canadians and identify actions. Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, says acknowledging what took place is an essential first step in righting horrific wrongs. The province will review the comprehensive report and work with local Mi’kmaq leaders to understand priorities. -30-last_img read more

Queensland Beach Closed During Construction

first_imgQueensland Beach Provincial Park near Hubbards, Halifax Regional Municipality, will be closed starting Thursday, June 21 to allow for road construction and parking lot improvements required following damage caused during a winter storm. The closure affects Conrads Road from Trunk 3 to Queensland Lake Bridge. A signed detour will be in place for vehicle traffic. Both the roadway and beach will be closed to pedestrians as well. Queensland Beach Provincial Park is expected to re-open after construction is complete on Saturday, June 30. -30-last_img

Round the clock drill to get direct throws right Kohlis friendly offbreaks

first_imgSouthampton: Indian team has always been considered as a safe “catching unit” but fielding coach R Sridhar now wants improvement in the conversion rate for direct throws in the upcoming World Cup. Save Ravindra Jadeja, some of the younger Indian players in the current squad, despite their supreme fitness and agility, are not able to get their direct throws on target, a crucial aspect during close games. Trying to beat the monotony, fielding coach Sridhar introduced a new fielding drill ‘Round The Clock’, wherein fielders at six different positions will take a shy at the non-striker’s end. While the drill seemed to be like ‘old wine in a new bottle’, the players seemed to be enjoying the session, which is the key during a big tournament. “We had an interesting fielding session today. The theme of the session was direct hit. The focus was on boys getting it right from different angles at the non-striker’s end. Initially, we started with a drill called ‘Round the Clock’, where there were six different fielding positions from where they had to hit the stumps 20 times,” Sridhar told after the session. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunAfter a brief session where the fielding coach spoke about the importance of having a “correct arm-path” in order to get the execution right, he arranged for a competition where the ‘last man standing’ was certainly not the ‘best man standing’. “Then we introduced a game where those who get a successful direct hit is out of the session and those who fail have to come back again and finally there was only one guy who was left in the end. The boys were rolling on the floor laughing,” Sridhar said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThe other notable aspect was skipper Virat Kohli trying a bit of off-spin at the nets but the batsmen facing him had no problems dispatching the friendly tweaks. With no off-spinner in the squad and Kedar Jadhav hardly bowling with his dodgy hamstrings, it seemed like it was more about Indian captain providing a bit of knocking for the other batsmen. Meanwhile, the unpredictable English weather and some quality cricketers looking to showcase their skills on the biggest stage, the 2019 edition of the World Cup couldn’t get any better.last_img read more

SL collapse vs Afghanistan before rain intervenes

first_imgCardiff (United Kingdom): Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi ran through a panic-stricken Sri Lanka top order in the World Cup on Tuesday with an astonishing spell before rain stopped play. Sri Lanka came out of the blocks quickly under leaden skies in Cardiff, reaching 144 for one before the halfway point of their innings and were on course for a morale-boosting big score against their unfancied opponents. But Nabi, who had earlier removed captain Karunaratne for 30, turned the match in the Welsh capital on its head, with three wickets in five balls as Sri Lanka slumped to 146-4. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunShell-shocked Sri Lanka kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, with extras the second top-scorer when rain stopped play after 33 overs. The turning point of the match was the dramatic 22nd over. Nabi bowled Lahiru Thirimanne for 25 before having Kusal Mendis caught by Rahmat Shah in the slips for two runs. Angelo Mathews was next to go, for a duck, also caught by Shah. Fast bowler Hamid Hassan then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for nought by Mohammad Shahzad to leave Sri Lanka in deep trouble. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThisara Perera was run out for two before Isuru Udana was bowled by Dawlat Zadran for 10. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan joined the party, having opener Kusal Perera caught behind by Shahzad for 78. Rain then intervened, forcing the players from the field, with Sri Lanka 182-8 after Nabi had taken four for 30 in nine overs. Earlier, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat, hoping to take advantage of the favourable conditions for bowlers. But openers Karunaratne and Kusal Perera settled quickly as they shared a stand of 92 for the out-of-form side.last_img read more

Karnataka steel industry body seeks fresh ore mines auction

first_imgNew Delhi: Fresh auction of iron mines must be conducted to provide a level-playing field between captive and merchant miners, a Karnataka-based steel and iron ore industry body has demanded. The industry body also claimed that the concerns raised by merchant miners over the possible supply shortage post expiry of mining leases in March 2019 are “baseless” and “unfounded”. In a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, Karnataka Iron and Steel Manufacturers’ Association said, “In order to provide a level-playing field between captive and merchant miners, it is crucial that fresh auction of iron ore mines conducted and both be given a fair and equal chance to participate in the auction, considering that of all the iron ore mines allotted till date majority belong to merchant miners.” Merchant miners have cited possible shortage of iron in the market post expiry of mining leases in March and have appealed for extension of leases up to 2030, it mentioned. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsKISMA said the extension as sought by merchant miners, if granted, will be a huge setback due to loss in the premium revenue for the government as the auction of mining leases have historically generated extraordinary premium for the government. “We would like to bring this to your kind attention that the concern of these merchant miners… is unfounded and baseless,” it added. According to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act 2015, licences of mines expiring will not be renewed and the mines will be allotted on the basis of fresh auction. According to a report by rating agency India Ratings (Ind-Ra), licences of 288 merchant mines, of which 59 mines are under operations, will expire by March next and if the auction of the mines is delayed it could significantly affect the steel production. In the letter which has also been sent to the NITI Aayog, KISMA said, “merchant miners were given reasonable transition time of five years from induction of the amendment in the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act 1957 to make mines ready for auction.”last_img read more

WhatsApp may not be as bad as you think

first_imgGood news for the people who spend most of the time on social media, as researchers have found that spending time on digital platforms such as WhatsApp, is good for our well-being. The study, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, found that the text-based messaging app, which offers users group chat functions, has a positive impact on psychological health. The research found that the more time people spent on WhatsApp per day, the less lonely they were and the higher their self-esteem as a result of feeling closer to friends and family. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”There’s lots of debate about whether spending time on social media is bad for our well-being but we’ve found it might not be as bad as we think. The more time people spent on WhatsApp, the more this related to them feeling close to their friends and family and they perceived these relationships to be good quality,” said Linda Kaye, Professor at Edge Hill University. “As well as this, the more closely bonded these friendships were and the more people felt affiliated with their WhatsApp groups, the more this was related positively to their self-esteem and social competence,” Kaye said. According to the researchers, group affiliation also meant that WhatsApp users were less lonely. It seems that using WhatsApp to connect with our close friends is favourable for aspects of our well-being.last_img read more

As world slows India grows from 2 tn to 275 tn economy

first_imgNew Delhi: The size of Indian economy has grown to $2.75 trillion in 2018-19 from $1.99 trillion in 2015-16 even as global economy has faltered, according to the Economic Survey 2018-19. When the world economy and emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) are projected to slow 0.3 and 0.1 percentage points in 2019 respectively, growth of Indian economy is forecast to increase, said the Survey, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Crucially, India forms part of 30 per cent of the global economy, whose growth is not projected to decline in 2019,” it said. According to data from the World Bank, India surpassed France and emerged as the world’s sixth-largest economy in 2017, and is likely to overtake the UK in the world’s largest economic rankings in 2019. The five economies ahead of India are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. According to the pre-Budget document, the contribution of the Indian economy to the gross domestic product (GDP) of EMDEs and the world economy has increased consistently over the years. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In a span of less than a decade, India’s contribution to EMDEs GDP has increased by around 1.3 percentage points and to the world economy by around 0.7 percentage points,” the Survey said. India’s share in GDP of EMDEs stood at 8 per cent in 2018. Noting that among EMDEs, India and China are the major drivers of growth, the Survey said, “The global economy — in particular the global growth powerhouse, China — is rebalancing, leading to an increasing role for India.” Hence, India’s contribution has become much more valuable to the global economy, it added. According to the Survey, India continued to remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world in 2018-19, despite a slight moderation in its GDP growth from 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 to 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. On the other hand, the world output growth declined from 3.8 per cent in 2017 to 3.6 per cent in 2018, it said. The slowdown in the world economy and EMDEs in 2018 followed the escalation of US-China trade tensions, tighter credit policies in China, and financial tightening alongside the normalisation of monetary policy in the larger advanced economies, the Survey noted. It pointed out that the average growth rate of India was not only higher than China’s between 2014-15 and 2017-18, but was much higher than that of other top major economies as well.last_img read more

China plans to launch 100 satellites by 2025 Official

first_imgBeijing: China plans to launch about 100 satellites into space by 2025 adding to the more than 200 that are already in orbit, an official at the China National Space Administration said. China, which is investing heavily in space technology with plans to build its own space station by 2022, reported to have about 280 satellites currently in space against India’s 54 until November last, according to World Economic Forum Data. With 830 satellites in space, US leads the satellite race. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping China had developed the fundamental and proper environment to accelerate the space economy with breakthroughs in space technologies, Yu Qi, an official at the China National Space Administration, was quoted as saying by state-run Global Times. China broke a record in 2018 by conducting 39 launch missions, ranking the first in the world and accounting for one-third of all launches worldwide, it said. Gaofen satellite series, being launched by China since 2010, have been widely used by more than 20 industries around China, playing important roles in environmental protection, forestry, agriculture and mapping, Yu said. By the end of this year, the Gaofen-7 satellite will be launched, which will mark the completion of the Gaofen series. The focus will then shift to the practical use of the system, Yu added.last_img read more

Woman killed in mobile phone explosion

first_imgKolkata: A 22-year-old woman from Durgapur succumbed to her burn injuries at a hospital, after her mobile phone exploded while talking on it. It has been learnt that the victim, identified as Deshbandhunagar resident Riya Banerjee, was talking on her mobile phone when it was charging. The mobile phone suddenly exploded and she was set on fire. The incident occurred when her mother, an anganwadi worker, was away from home. Some local residents later rushed the victim to the nearby Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital, where the doctors said that the victim had suffered over 80 percent burn injuries. She died in the hospital later.last_img