Month: October 2019
Increasing investment in Jamaica will be one of the main areas of focus for the Jamaican High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) this year. High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has said there are plans to court potential investors with a view to creating more jobs for Jamaicans. She was speaking to JIS News on Saturday, February 2, after addressing a meeting of UK-based Jamaicans and business leaders at the High Commission in London. The High Commissioner disclosed that she is working closely with the trade and investment agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in developing a co-ordinated approach. “As a result of that, whenever I do an official visit to any area (representatives of) JAMPRO and the JTB accompany me and we hold meetings with potential investors as well as with tourism interests,” she said. She said representatives from both agencies will accompany her when she presents her credentials, this month, to the five other countries to which she is accredited as non-resident Ambassador. These are Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Mrs. Ndombet Assamba said the High Commission will be looking to strengthen relations with these missions, with the aim of raising Jamaica’s profile. There are also plans to increase Jamaica’s representation and influence in the multilateral arena in organisations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the international sugar, cocoa, and coffee bodies. The meeting at the High Commission was to outline the Mission’s plans for 2013, which include actively pursuing engagement with second, third, and fourth generation Jamaicans throughout the UK, so that they will maintain their affinity and connection to the island; supporting the activities of community organisations; promoting and showcasing different aspects of Jamaican culture, including the literary arts.
Story Highlights “You were able to treat others with grace. This country benefitted from your presence as the wife of a Head of State but more so, as someone who exhibited meekness. You have earned your rest and deserve to hear that divine benediction ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ Blessed are you Lady Cooke, your life was marked by humility, demonstrated in kindness,” Rev. Lalor said. Justice Cooke, in an emotional tribute, said his mother, who came from humble beginnings, always carried herself with poise and elegance. Jamaicans from all walks of life congregated at the East Queen Street Baptist Church, downtown Kingston, on Friday (June 30) to pay their final respects to the late Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of former Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke. Jamaicans from all walks of life congregated at the East Queen Street Baptist Church, downtown Kingston, on Friday (June 30) to pay their final respects to the late Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of former Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke.Among those in attendance at the official service of thanksgiving were: Their Excellencies, Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips; former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, and the Most Hon. Percival J. Patterson; President of the Senate, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson; members of the diplomatic corps, the Government, Opposition and Lady Cooke’s family, friends and well-wishers.The approximately three-hour long service included musical interludes and tributes from family members and close friends including her son Hon. Mr. Justice (Retd.) Howard Cooke; former Prime Minister Patterson; Dr. Tasha Cooke Davis; Rev. Dr. Roy Henry; Mrs. Elaine Salmon Brouers; and Dr. Simon Clarke.The first, second and third Bible lessons were read by the Governor-General; Prime Minister Holness; and Dr. Phillips, respectively.In his tribute, Mr. Patterson said Lady Cooke was a role model and inspiration for all who came within her path. Like her late husband, Lady Cooke was a teacher by profession and she made a major contributor in the field of child development.“She felt it was her duty to make sure that every student that passed within her path left equipped not only with knowledge but with the character that would contribute to building a better Jamaica,” Mr. Patterson said.He noted that as first lady she performed her role “with grace, with dignity and with decorum.” Justice Cooke, in an emotional tribute, said his mother, who came from humble beginnings, always carried herself with poise and elegance. “She was quietly an adornment at my father’s side as he steadily achieved high office. In fact, Mama’s presence complemented my father’s persona as he carried out his public duties but that did not mean she surrendered her independence of thought. She was no shrinking violet,” he said, adding that she was devoted to her family.He noted that Lady Cooke had a passion for music and was instrumental in starting the annual Christmas concerts at King’s House. “Mama never abandoned her roots and every year, she would send gifts to the needy in Montego Bay,” he said.In his sermon, Rev. Dr. Glenroy Lalor urged Jamaicans to emulate Lady Cooke by demonstrating the divine qualities of meekness and humility, she exhibited, and putting the interest of others above their own.He noted that while Lady Cooke was an official of State, she was never officious and did not use power or privilege in a domineering way.“You were able to treat others with grace. This country benefitted from your presence as the wife of a Head of State but more so, as someone who exhibited meekness. You have earned your rest and deserve to hear that divine benediction ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ Blessed are you Lady Cooke, your life was marked by humility, demonstrated in kindness,” Rev. Lalor said.Lady Cooke, born June 27, 1916, is survived by children, Justice Cooke; Richard Washington McDermott Cooke; Audrey Faith Cooke; grandchildren; other relatives and friends.Lady Cooke died on June 5 at the age of 100. Her final resting place is at the National Heroes Park, Kingston.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’. In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls. Story Highlights Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’.Several successful professional and entrepreneurial women were invited to hear of the success of one major output of the project, ‘Girls using Ubuntu, Respect and Love for Entrepreneurial Success’ (GURLES).Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”.In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls.Chairman of GURLES, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, said the group was established to support entrepreneurship, mainly among women in the WFE network, by supporting entrepreneurial growth and building sisterhood, incorporating love, respect and other core values embodied in Ubuntu. The highlight of the Big ‘Ooman Chat was the conversation about a new album, ‘Big Woman Tingz’.This album is being described as an artistic, eclectic and empowering body of music featuring 10 tracks from talented modern-day female artistes who are at varying stages of their careers.The objectives of GURLES are to facilitate female empowerment; to build a viable network of female entrepreneurs; to provide forums for both teaching and learning; to raise awareness about the complexity of issues affecting females; to assist in creating funding, organising and promoting events that are being spearheaded by females, and to promote unity and sisterhood amongst females.On May 21, 2015, the USAID signed a Cooperative Agreement to provide grant funding to UTech to execute a three-year national social-intervention project to expand a window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights of targeted socially excluded and vulnerable members of the Jamaican population. The project comes to an end on May 20, 2018.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement at the National GSAT Awards Ceremony, which was held at the National Arena on Thursday (June 21). “Two are from Emanuel Christian Academy and one each from Kensington Primary School, Stella Maris Prep School, Meadowbrook Prep School and St. Hugh’s Prep School,” Senator Reid said. Story Highlights Six students – three boys and three girls – scored 100 per cent in all subject areas of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which was conducted in March. Six students – three boys and three girls – scored 100 per cent in all subject areas of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which was conducted in March.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement at the National GSAT Awards Ceremony, which was held at the National Arena on Thursday (June 21).“Two are from Emanuel Christian Academy and one each from Kensington Primary School, Stella Maris Prep School, Meadowbrook Prep School and St. Hugh’s Prep School,” Senator Reid said.The six students were awarded at the ceremony, along with the other 994 top-performing students from all 14 parishes.“Today is a day of special celebrations as we say ‘Big up!’ to you, our top-1,000 students from across the island. We at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information want to do something special to recognise your hard work, dedication and success,” the Minister said.“We are also recognising the school administrators who were instrumental in the process. Of course, we celebrate with you parents as well, as we know the pride and joy you feel in your children doing well,” he added.Senator Reid encouraged the youth to continue striving for excellence at the secondary level, as it is their performance that will contribute to the growth and development of the nation.“Awardees, as you make the transition from the primary level to high school, I urge you to remain focused. The challenges you will face will be greater than those you have faced over the past six years,” he said.“I am confident, however, that in the same way you managed to overcome past challenges, you will also manage the new ones that lie ahead,” the Minister said.That was the last staging of the GSAT by the Ministry, as in the next academic year, the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will replace GSAT as the national examination that will determine grade-six students’ placement at the secondary level.PEP is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. It will comprise a Performance Task Test, an Ability Task Test and a Curriculum-based Test.The PEP will be rolled out on a phased basis beginning in September 2018, with students who are now in grade five as the first cohort. They will do only the Grade Six components in 2019.Students who are currently in grade four will do their Grade Five Performance Task in 2019, and in 2020 they will do the Grade Six components.Students who are currently in grade three will be the first cohort that will have a complete profile generated. This means that they will do the Grade Four Performance Task section in 2019, Grade Five Performance Task in 2020 and all Grade Six components in 2021.The PEP grades will be made available to schools in the third week of June every year.
Story Highlights The opportunity presented itself when Mr. Christian, who was elected to chair the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in his first official capacity, attended a reception on July 5 at the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, England, to welcome the Prince in his new role. He was also given the awesome responsibility of officially presenting the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, at a July reception held in the Duke’s honour as the Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. At 26 years old, Tijani Christian from Waterhouse in Kingston can boast of meeting Queen Elizabeth II on two occasions. At 26 years old, Tijani Christian from Waterhouse in Kingston can boast of meeting Queen Elizabeth II on two occasions.He was also given the awesome responsibility of officially presenting the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, at a July reception held in the Duke’s honour as the Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.The opportunity presented itself when Mr. Christian, who was elected to chair the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in his first official capacity, attended a reception on July 5 at the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, England, to welcome the Prince in his new role.Mr. Christian became the first Caribbean national to chair the CYC. He was elected in April 2018 during the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF), which was organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London, England.The CYF aims to promote cross-cultural connections and to achieve consensus among youth leaders on the policies required to address the challenges and opportunities facing young people.In his capacity as chairperson of the CYC, Mr. Christian will liaise with Prince Harry to strategically advance the role of young people, according to Article 13 of the Commonwealth Charter, which speaks to the important role youth play in the development of countries within the Commonwealth.The CYC, which is led by a nine-member Executive, acts as a coalition of national youth councils and other youth-led civil society and private-sector bodies from across member countries of the Commonwealth.The Council aims to further advance the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision-makers and youth-led development initiatives.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Christian says he is humbled by this important position that was bestowed on him, and vows to ensure that voices of the Commonwealth youth are represented and heard at the highest level.He will represent more than 1.2 billion youth from 53 member states of the Commonwealth.“I will be working very closely with Prince Harry to make sure that the voices of the young people are heard and strengthened throughout the decision-making process. He will be taking the issues and concerns to the highest level. Therefore, he will be the eyes and ears of the Monarchy, relating what is happening with the young people of the Commonwealth,” Mr. Christian says.The CYC works to mobilise the voices of young people and advocate for governments to meaningfully engage young people. It partners with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations with a focus on youth development.“As the chairperson of the CYC, I am first and foremost the representative voice/official spokesperson for the young people within the Commonwealth. I am representing their views, their opinions in decision-making, whether to heads of government, United Nations (UN) processes or global developing processes,” Mr. Christian tells JIS News.No stranger to leadership roles, Mr. Christian has also served as Jamaica’s Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth; Special Advisor to the National Youth Council of Jamaica (2014-2016); President of the University of the West Indies Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWISTAT) Vice Chancellor’s Ambassador Corps, Mona Chapter (2014); and member of the CARICOM Single Market & Economy (CSME) Spokesperson Bureau.He was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in the category of Leadership for 2013 and the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in the summer of 2016.Mr. Christian tells JIS News that he is intrinsically driven. “I just always want to do better, to effect change, to help as many people as possible to uplift themselves to be in a better situation, and I always want to give others, especially the youth, the opportunity to grow as much as I was able to grow,” he says.He is a graduate of Seaward Primary and Junior High School on Olympic Way, Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, where he pursued undergraduate studies in Social Policy and Development. He is presently the Events Coordinator at the National Integrity Action (NIA).The CYC was established in 2013 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Programme and endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at that year’s Summit in Sri Lanka as an “autonomous, youth-led organisation” to advocate on behalf of more than two billion young people in the Commonwealth.
zoom Polarcus has successfully completed acquisition of the Breagh multi-client project in the UK Southern North Sea five days ahead of schedule.The 840 sq. km RightBand(TM) project was acquired by Polarcus Naila towing an 8 x 75 x 6,000m spread and utilizing Polarcus’ infill management solution ensuring highly efficient production. Zero technical downtime was recorded during the survey.The data is being processed through a broadband workflow with final data products available in December 2014.The survey, supported by high industry prefunding, is designed to provide enhanced imaging of the Carboniferous Breagh field areas in UK Block 42/13 and extends the Company’s multi-client coverage in this prolific gas basin to over 5,400 sq. km of modern high-density 3D seismic data.June 5, 2014
zoom The CEO of the company that operated the ill-fated Sewol ferry got a seven-year prison sentence after a South Korean appeals court reduced his sentence from ten to seven years, AFP reports.The court upheld today manslaughter and embezzlement convictions against Kim Han-Sik, but reduced the sentence as his actions were directed by the company’s owner Yoo Byung-Eun who was found dead in July last year.Kim was sentenced for allowing the ferry to be routinely overloaded and illegally remodeling to increase its cargo load, which eventually lead to the ferry’s doom in April 2014, when the ferry sank killing over 300 people, mostly high school students.Prison sentences to other five officials of Chonghaejin Marine Co were upheld as well, with one jail sentence reduced, AFP added.Earlier this month, South Korea’s appeals court found the captain of the Sewol ferry, the 69-year-old Lee Joon-seok, guilty of homicide and sentenced him to life in prison.The sentencing comes over a year after the tragedy, with nine victims still unaccounted for.The country has approved plans to raise the wreck of the ferry as victims’ families urge for the recovery of the missing bodies.The government of South Korea has formed an official body which will choose a salvage company to raise the wreck.The salvage operation is expected to last for about one year and cost around USD 139 million.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, Shree Ram Vessel Scrap Pvt. Ltd and Leela Ship Recycling Pvt. Ltd have received Statement of Compliance from classification society ClassNK, verifying that the facilities are in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).ClassNK said that although the HKC has yet to enter into force, Shree Ram and Leela have both carried out substantial improvements to their facilities in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling as well as developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s certification according to the HKC.ClassNK reviewed the SRFPs prepared by Shree Ram and Leela, which comply with requirements of the HKC, and confirmed that their ship recycling processes follow their respective SRFPs in addition to conducting on-site inspections before issuing the SoC.The SoC are issued based on purely technical verifications of the facilities by ClassNK, which has so far done the same for ship recycling facilities around the world.
zoom Greek owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners has closed its common units offering raising around USD 100 million of fresh funds.The company said that the net proceeds of the 47,795,000 common units offering, placed at USD 2.10 per common unit, would be used for general working capital purposes, including vessel acquisitions.Following the closing, Navios Partners will have 147,436,276 common units and 3,008,908 general partner units outstanding.This includes the common units issued to Navios Maritime Holdings in connection with Navios Partners’ recent acquisition of financial assets. As a result, Navios Holdings owns a 20.9% interest in Navios Partners, which includes its 2% general partner interest in Navios Partners.Navios Maritime Partners ended the year 2016 in red with a net loss of USD 52.5 million, compared to a net income of USD 41.8 million seen in 2015, negatively affected by USD 27.2 million of impairment loss.Despite the drop in numbers, Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said: “I am pleased with the results for 2016, a year of many challenges.”“We actively managed our liquidity in 2016, generating about USD 151 million from the sale of vessels and securities. We also reduced long-term debt by almost USD 178 million and increased the collateral value of the Term Loan B by about USD 100 million. Overall, we are positioned to take advantage of a recovery in the dry sector,” Frangou added.
zoom CSSC Jiangnan Shipyard has secured an order for two very large gas carriers (VLGC) of 84,000 cbm from Oriental Petroleum.The contract was signed on January 16 and represents a first-time cooperation between the two parties.The ships meet the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) and will feature Tier III requirements, local media said.The duo, to be flagged in Liberia, will be chartered to Oriental Energy once delivered.The newbuildings will be classed by Lloyd’s Register and supervised by Anglo-Eastern.Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.Oriental Petroleum is part of Oriental Energy Co., based in Nanjing, China, which engages in the production of low pressure liquefied petroleum gas and trading of alkane resources.World Maritime News Staff
Four crew members are reported missing following a serious fire that broke out in a cargo hold of the Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam on Tuesday, March 6, at 15:20 GMT, the company informed.After being unsuccessful in their firefighting efforts, the crew sent out a distress signal and 23 of a total of 27 crew members were evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, which arrived at the scene around 18:30 GMT.” The fire onboard the Maersk Honam continues and the situation of the vessel is very critical,” Maersk Line said in a statement.Enroute from Singapore towards Suez, the vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman.@IndiaCoastGuard swiftly responded to major fire onboard MV Maersk Honam about 650 NM from Kochi on 06 Mar. MRCC Mumbai coordinated immediate rescue of 23 out of 27 crew through merchant vessels in area. ICG ship Shoor diverted for further assistance. @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/JyXJDhr3Gb— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) March 7, 2018“We’ve received the news of Maersk Honam and the four missing crew members with the deepest regret and are now doing our outmost to continue the ongoing search and rescue operations. This by rerouting our own vessels, with assistance of vessels in the area – most notably ALS Ceres that thankfully acted promptly upon our distress call – and the local authorities,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board, A.P. Moller – Maersk. The container vessels MSC Lauren, Edith Mærsk and Gerd Mærsk, all enroute in the Arabian Sea, have diverted their routes and are approaching the area with expected arrivals this morning local time. Weather conditions in the area are currently fair, Maersk Line said.Furthermore, Maersk Line is in the process of informing the relatives of all crew members of the incident.“The evacuated crew is obviously distressed, with two crew members currently receiving medical first aid onboard the ALS Ceres. We will offer crisis counseling for the seafarers signing-off and returning to their families and our thoughts and deepest empathy go out to the families of the crew members that are still unaccounted for. We will offer them all the support we can in this very difficult situation,” says Toft.The 27 crew members include 13 Indian seafarers, nine from the Philippines, one from Romania, one from South Africa, two from Thailand and one from the United Kingdom.The cause of the fire is currently unknown, Maersk Line said, adding that an investigation will be carried out into the matter in cooperation with all relevant authorities.The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam has a nominal capacity of 15,262 TEU, and is carrying 7,860 containers.Maersk Line said that all impacted customers would be contacted directly.
Image Courtesy: ONEONE Commitment, the first magenta-color Ocean Network Express (ONE) containership, has embarked on its maiden voyage.After repainting work, the 8,560 TEU set sail from Singapore on May 15, arriving at the Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) in China on May 24, 2018.Before arriving at the Port of Yantian, the Post-Panamax containership called at Laem Chabang, Cai Mep and Kaohsiung.Operated on THE Alliance’s Asia to North America PN2 service, One Commitment continued its journey to Tacoma and Vancouver.When returning to Asia, the Japanese-flagged boxship will call at Ports of Tokyo, Kobe, Kaohsiung and Singapore.The PN2 provides an eastbound service from South East Asia, South China, Taiwan to Pacific Northwest, and a westbound service from Pacific Northwest to Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.“ONE is excited to unveil our first magenta vessel and we would like to thank YICT on this monumental occasion. Her arrival is hailed as a significant milestone for ONE,” Shunichiro Mizukami, Region Head of East Asia, Managing Director, ONE (East Asia), commented.ONE, a joint venture of Japanese shipping companies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, commenced operations in April this year.The joint venture has about 230 vessels in its fleet totaling 1.44 million TEUs, making it the world’s sixth-largest container shipping line.The network includes a total of 85 services, calling at over 200 ports in 100 countries.
AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Students To Participate in AgricultureWorkshops Terrarium displays, dairy barns, sensory gardens and embryos aresome of the topics students will learn about during AgZone 2004,at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill, May 28 andJune 4. “These workshops give Nova Scotia youth the opportunity tounderstand and appreciate our agriculture industry,” said Chrisd’Entremont, Minister of the Nova Scotia Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries. The department’s agriculture awareness committee, in partnershipwith the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, will host the eventthat is set to attract more than 600 students and teachers. Thisis the second year for the program. This year, the event willshowcase five areas of agriculture: plant science, engineering,landscape horticulture, animal science and environmental science. Students will participate through interactive workshops, willvisit greenhouses and barns and learn about composting. They willalso learn how to make terrariums (sealed glass globes containinggrowing plants) and how to match seed types with plants. “The combination of lessons and hands-on experiences thesestudents receive will show them how science and agriculture playa role in the different aspects of their every day lives,” saidthe minister. The program takes place from 9:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and isopen to students in grades five and six. For more informationcontact the department’s Agriculture Awareness office at 902-893-6598.
-30- PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 is reduced to one lane in many areas today, Jan. 25, toallow for snow removal. Traffic will be detoured through RiverJohn Road. Traffic control will consist of signage. Local area office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049
Finance Minister Michael Baker today, June 30, announced he will introduce the 2006-07 budget in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 1 p.m. “This will be our fifth consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr. Baker. “We will continue to build a strong, competitive province with a diverse economy, and remain on course with our debt-management plan.” The minister said that, due to good fiscal management and an improved economy, the province is now in a position to make strategic investments to make life better for Nova Scotians. The main budget documents will be the same as those tabled on May 9, 2006. A new document has been prepared to indicate minor changes to budget schedules. The minister will deliver an update to his budget address of May 9.
setting and meeting sustainable goals for their land improving their knowledge or understanding of the forest land or the forest in general improving the condition of, access to, and health of their woodland using integrated resource management, with an emphasis on wood production considering values such as wildlife habitat protection and recreation The regional and provincial winners were named in June. For more information on the awards, the field days, and to learn how to apply for the 2010 competition, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/woya or call local Department of Natural Resources regional offices. Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn about natural resources management, view interesting demonstrations and enjoy the great outdoors when regional and provincial Woodlot Owners of the Year open their properties to the public in the coming weeks. “We’ve been presenting this award to responsible woodlot owners in this province for 20 years now,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “This is just a small way we can express our appreciation for their on-going contribution towards the sustainability of Nova Scotia.” The Woodlot Owner of the Year Award was developed by the Department of Natural Resources in 1990 to recognize and reward landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlots. To be eligible for the awards, individuals must own 20 to 800 hectares (50 to 2,000 acres) of property and practice sustainable woodlot management. The first field day will be Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Brian and Margaret Archibald and sons Donnelly and Daniel, winners of the eastern region title, host visitors in Aspen, Guysborough Co. The day’s events will include informative displays and interpretative walks. To reach the Archibald woodlot from Antigonish, take Highway 104 to exit 32, then follow Highway 7 for about 40 kilometres. To reach the Archibald woodlot from New Glasgow, take Highway 104 to exit 26, then follow Highway 347 towards Aspen for about 65 kilometres. Turn left on Highway 7 and drive for about one kilometre. George and Phyllis Cook and family will host a tour of their winning property in the central region, in New Annan, Colchester Co. The tour will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include demonstrations of a portable sawmill, selection management and wildlife habitat management. To reach the Cook woodlot from Bible Hill, follow Highway 311 towards Tatamagouche for about 38 kilometres to The Falls. Turn left onto Highway 256, drive about seven kilometres, then left at Mountain Road for about four kilometres to Maple Ridge Farm. The 2009 field days conclude on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Maplewood Maple Syrup and Christmas Tree Farm, property of Rex and Bonnie Veinot and children Ryan and Venessa in Maplewood, Lunenburg Co. The Veinots won the western region and provincial awards. Their 142-hectare property includes uneven-aged forests, plantations for specialty products and Christmas trees. To reach the Veinot woodlot from Highway 103, take Exit 11 and follow Cornwall Road for about 30 kilometres to the Parkdale/Maplewood Community Hall and Museum on the left. To reach the Veinot woodlot from Highway 101 take Exit 13 and drive 37 kilometres to New Ross Cross intersection. Turn right toward The Forties and drive about 16 kilmetres. Turn left and drive about 10 kilometres to The Parkdale/Maplewood Community Hall and Museum on your right. To encourage the educational benefits of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program, local elementary schools have been invited to visit winning woodlands in the days leading up to each field day. Landowners who compete for the woodlot owner awards are evaluated on effort and commitment to:
Nova Scotia welcomed 1,447,000 visitors from January to August, on par with visits compared with this time last year. In keeping with recent trends, the number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road, year-to-date, is up eight per cent, while air visitation is down 14 per cent compared with 2008. As of August, room nights sold are down five per cent compared with the same year-to-date period in 2008. In the month of August, 332,900 people visited Nova Scotia. This was a decrease of one per cent, or about 2,600 fewer visitors, compared with August 2008. Road visitation increased by three per cent, while air travel decreased by nine per cent, and room nights sold were down one per cent compared with August 2008. “Our tourism industry is working hard to face the global tourism and economic challenges this year,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We must continue to provide our visitors with unique experiences to keep them coming back in the future.” To the end of August, domestic travel showed growth of one per cent. Visits from Quebec were on par with year-to-date figures from 2008, while visits from Ontario and other Atlantic provinces were up three and two per cent respectively. Visits from Western Canada have decreased six per cent year-to-date. American visitors to Nova Scotia declined by three per cent year-to-date, while overseas visitors decreased by 10 per cent for the same period. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors, excluding Nova Scotia residents, at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/pubs/insights . Statistics for September are expected to be released later in October.
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 4, traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 -30-
An early round of winners will be chosen in the My Nova Scotia regional tourism campaign. The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism is searching for talented Nova Scotians to star in a television promotion, airing this summer in the Maritimes. A jury panel will choose a few lucky winning auditions for commercials that will begin airing May 9. To be considered for the early selections, entrants must upload their video to novascotia.com by March 28. Early bird auditions will have a chance to win an iPad. If people can not produce their own video, the campaign is coming to a venue near them. The My Nova Scotia audition bus will hit the road Monday, April 4 for the campaign launch in Yarmouth, and travel to 13 more destinations across the province. The judges want to see star power, and learn what people love most about this beautiful province. Twenty-one Nova Scotians will be featured in the campaign. The contest ends May 2. For more information, go to novascotia.com.
Les prédictions indiquant une autre saison d’ouragans intense dans l’océan Atlantique ont incité le Bureau de gestion des urgences à demander à tous les Néo-Écossais de prendre les précautions nécessaires dès maintenant. « Nous ne savons jamais exactement combien de tempêtes importantes se produiront, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Justice. Mais il n’en faut qu’une seule pour créer une catastrophe. Une seule tempête, comme Juan ou Igor, peut être dévastatrice. » Aujourd’hui 19 mai, le Centre canadien de prévision des ouragans à Halifax s’est fait l’écho des prévisions américaines indiquant que la prochaine saison d’ouragans, qui s’étend généralement du début juin à la fin novembre, sera plus intense que d’ordinaire. Il y a deux semaines, des experts de l’université Colorado State, reconnus pour leurs prédictions des tempêtes majeures depuis 28 ans, ont prévu 16 tempêtes nommées cette année, soit un nombre supérieur à la moyenne. La U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration est d’accord et souligne qu’il pourrait y avoir une augmentation de 20 à 30 % du nombre d’ouragans dans l’océan Atlantique cette année. La température de la surface de la mer dans l’Atlantique Nord est toujours à un niveau plus élevé que jamais, indiquant que la région est toujours dans une période d’activité intense en ce qui a trait aux ouragans. Cette période doit durer plusieurs décennies. Il est également peu probable qu’un courant El Niño se développe. Ce courant, causé par un réchauffement de l’océan Pacifique tropical, entraîne une configuration des vents qui élimine le développement de tempêtes tropicales dans l’océan Atlantique. Les prédictions concernant les tempêtes nommées dans l’océan Atlantique ne se traduisent pas nécessairement en tempêtes majeures qui touchent le Canada atlantique, mais le Centre canadien de prévision des ouragans recommande tout de même aux gens de faire preuve de prudence. Plus le nombre de tempêtes majeures est élevé, plus la Nouvelle-Écosse est susceptible d’être touchée par une ou plusieurs tempête pendant la saison. En moyenne, une ou deux tempêtes touchent directement le Canada chaque année, et deux ou trois autres menacent les eaux du large du pays. Le BGU demande aux gens de prendre cette menace au sérieux et de faire des plans à court et à long terme. « Nous savons qu’un autre ouragan ou une autre tempête majeure aura un impact considérable sur la Nouvelle-Écosse, mais nous ne savons pas à quel moment, » a dit M. Landry. Tous les Néo-Écossais devraient préparer un plan et une trousse d’urgence. La trousse doit inclure de la nourriture, de l’eau, des lampes de poche, une radio à piles et une trousse de premiers soins afin de permettre aux familles de vivre de façon autonome pendant au moins 72 heures. Un plan d’évacuation est également recommandé. Lorsqu’une tempête majeure s’annonce, les gens doivent écouter attentivement les avertissements météorologiques diffusés par les médias locaux. Les objets qui sont à l’extérieur, par exemple les poubelles qui peuvent être emportées par le vent, doivent être bien attachés, les voitures doivent être stationnées loin des arbres, les gens doivent se tenir loin des régions côtières et les interrupteurs électriques doivent être fermés pendant une panne d’électricité. « Soyons proactifs et préparons-nous afin de réduire les risques pour les gens, les animaux et les biens, » a dit M. Landry. Pour obtenir des renseignements détaillés sur la préparation en cas d’urgence, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse emo.gov.ns.ca (en anglais seulement). Le Bureau de gestion des urgences, une division du ministère de la Justice, vise à assurer la sécurité des Néo-Écossais, de leurs biens et de l’environnement en offrant une intervention rapide et coordonnée en situation d’urgence.