zoom The challenging market conditions in the container shipping industry continued to add pressure to Japan’s three major shipping companies, leading to more losses in the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 ended December 31.Of the three major shipping lines, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) reported the largest net loss for the nine-month period which amounted to JPY 226 billion (USD 1.98 billion), compared to a net profit of JPY 22.8 billion seen in the same period a year earlier. The result was largely due to an extraordinary loss of some JPY 200 billion comprised of an impairment loss and provision for losses related to contracts associated with container ships and dry bulkers.The shipping firm’s operating loss for the period stood at JPY 15.5 billion, compared to an operating income of JPY 47.1 billion seen in the nine-month period of 2015, while its revenue dropped by 19.9 percent to JPY 1.4 trillion from JPY 1.76 trillion in the respective periods.In the global shipping industry, spot freight rates rebounded in the container shipping market, however, the gap between supply and demand continued to widen as the steady production of new ultra-large container ships contributed to an oversupply of tonnage, NYK Line said, adding that, consequently, the market “is not projected to fully recover in the near future.”In the dry bulk shipping market, which has been undergoing an unprecedented slump, market conditions appeared to pick up from the beginning of autumn, largely due to increased volume of Chinese imports of coal and iron ore. Nevertheless, a full-fledged market recovery is expected to take time, according to NYK Line.Although it revised its full-year forecast, which now includes revenues of JPY 1.9 trillion and an operating loss of JPY 17.5 billion, NYK Line confirmed that it still expects to end the fiscal year with a net loss of JPY 245 billion.The company’s compatriot shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) concluded the nine-month period with a net loss of JPY 54.5 billion (USD 478.5 million), compared to a net income of JPY 9.2 billion seen in the same period a year earlier. The loss was mainly attributed by low freight rate based on the vessel supply-demand gap in the containership business, despite signs of a revenue pickup, such as improvement in the short-term freight market, particularly on East-West services.K Line’s operating loss for the first nine months reached JPY 34.6 billion, against an operating income of JPY 15.19 billion reported in the previous year, while its revenue decreased to JPY 760.9 billion from JPY 977.7 billion in the respective periods.The company’s revised outlook for the fiscal year 2016 shows that K Line expects its net loss to remain at JPY 94 billion, while its operating loss forecast was lowered to JPY 43 billion and revenues are forecast to reach JPY 1 trillion.Image Courtesy: Hamburg HafenThe final of Japan’s three major shipping lines Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) continued its earnings streak despite an operating loss of JPY 2 billion. Namely, the company ended the nine-month period with a net profit of JPY 19 billion (USD 166.8 million), up from JPY 13.2 billion reported in the same period a year earlier.MOL’s revenue however dropped to JPY 1.08 trillion from JPY 1.3 trillion seen in the first nine months of the previous fiscal year.Although some improvements in the supply and demand environment on Asia-North America, Asia-Europe and Asia-South America routes facilitated a recovery in the spot freight rates, “the market continued to be difficult overall due to significant falls in the one-year contract freight rates at the beginning of the fiscal year,” MOL said.The shipping firm revised its outlook for fiscal year 2016, completely slashing its earlier net profit forecast of JPY 7 billion. Although the revenue is expected to experience a slight rise and the operating loss would be cut to JPY 8 billion, the company expects to break even.*JPY 1 = 0.0088 USDWorld Maritime News Staff
Seven more foreign flagged vessels were detained in UK ports during June 2016 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.The new detentions included the Panama-flagged Reggae, Seccadi and Tahsin, Marshall Islands-flagged Toba, Malta-flagged Arucas, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged BBC Vela and Kaster.An inspection aboard the 1,567 gross ton Reggae unveiled nineteen deficiencies with four grounds for detention. The ship was subsequently arrested on June 27 at Leith. The 44,200 Toba was detained on June 19 at Liverpool after an inspection aboard the ship found sixteen deficiencies with three grounds for detention. The duo was still detained at the end of the month.Inspectors found twenty seven deficiencies with four grounds for detention aboard the 3,660 gross ton Arucas and the vessel was arrested on June 15 at Newhaven. This vessel was released from detention on June 28, 2017.BBC Vela, which had fifteen deficiencies with four grounds for detention, was taken into custody on June 19 at Aberdeen and released two days later on June 21. With eleven deficiencies with six grounds for detention, the 1,596 gross ton Seccadi was detained on June 20 at Runcorn. It was still detained on June 30, 2017.The 2,452 gross ton Kaster was arrested on June 7 at Sharpness with five deficiencies with two grounds for detention, and released on June 10, 2017.Finally, the 1,598 Tahsin, which had twelve deficiencies with eight grounds for detention, was placed in custody June 2 at Sharpness. It was still detained on June 30, 2017.During the month there was a total of eleven foreign flagged ships under detention in UK. Apart from the newly detained vessels, four ships remained under detention from previous months. These include Ana M, which was detained on May 30, Malaviya Seven, arrested in October 2016, Sea Trident, taken into custody in March 2010, and Cien Porciento, which is in detention since March 2010.MCA informed that a total of seven vessels remain under detention at the end of June.
zoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) first independently owned, built and operated floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), the MOL FSRU Challenger, was named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo shipyard in Korea on September 28.The MOL FSRU Challenger will provide storage and regasification services to a project in Turkey after delivery during October, the Japanese shipping company said.The operation is slated to commence within 2017.The Bahamas-flagged MOL FSRU Challenger has an LNG storage capacity of 263,000m3 and has LNG re-shipment and gas transfer capabilities.Its specifications allow for the re-export of LNG and supply of LNG to neighboring regions where the vessel is located.“MOL is moving boldly into the LNG secondary transport and LNG fuel supply businesses in Asia and Central and South America regions where it anticipates rising demand for LNG,” the company commented.MOL further added that due to the flexibility and mobility FSRUs offer it would continue to promote the FSRU business.The company is the only Japanese shipping company that owns and operates an FSRU.In addition to ownership and operation of the FSRU, MOL announced its decision to participate in an FSRU project in India reflecting its ongoing strategy to“pursue vertically integrated businesses that are not limited to transportation in the LNG business.”
zoomImage Courtesy: ICTSI Philippines-based port management company International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has increased its 2018 profit on the back of a six percent increase in TEU volume and inclusion of new terminals.Consolidated volume for 2018 rose to 9,736,621 TEUs, compared to 9,153,458 TEUs in 2017, the company said in its 2018 earnings report.In addition to volume growth, revenue from port operations increased 11 percent to USD 1.4 billion, as opposed to USD 1.2 billion in 2017.ICTSI’s net income rose to USD 249.8 million, up 20 percent from USD 207.7 in 2017.“I am pleased to report strong full year operating results for 2018,” Enrique Razon, Chairman of ICTSI, said.“Our drive in maintaining positive volume growth organically and through M&A, our focus on cost and operating efficiency, and the constructive global trade dynamics outside of the U.S.-China “trade war” combine to provide a case for cautious optimism in 2019.”The company said the increase in volume was mainly due to new contracts with shipping lines and services, and the contribution of new terminals in Lae and Motukea in Papua New Guinea, and Melbourne, Australia.Excluding new terminals, consolidated volume would have increased by three percent in 2018, ICTSI noted.The increase in net income was mainly due to strong operating income from organic terminals in addition to a decrease in the company’s share in the net loss at Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce, its joint venture container terminal project with PSA International in Buenaventura, Colombia. The joint venture project decreased from USD 36.8 million in the year of 2017 to USD 23.4 million for the same period in 2018 as the company continued to ramp-up container volume.The group’s capital expenditure for 2019 is expected to be approximately USD 380 million. The estimated capital expenditure budget will be utilized mainly for the ongoing expansion projects in Manila, Mexico and Iraq, equipment acquisitions and upgrades, and for maintenance requirements.
Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, is closed until further notice. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availablevia Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Tuesday, Nov. 30, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 Road crews will be carrying out shouldering work on Route 333,from Brookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Monday, Nov. 29.Motorists will experience only minor delays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104, on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 6. Larger blasts are planned for 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Delays of upto half an hour at these times could occur for both eastbound andwestbound motorists. Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may alsoexperience delays. Traffic controllers will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24-hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) The existing bridge at Exit 5 (Hammonds Plains Road) has beenremoved and work has begun on its replacement. Motorists crossingHighway 103 on Hammonds Plains Road (Route 213) are asked todetour, with caution, over a temporary structure. Efforts will bemade to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 -30-
Nova Scotians will be breathing easier as new air qualityregulations cut sulphur dioxide emissions in half by 2010. “Clean air is important to the health and safety of NovaScotians,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”With these regulations, we’re meeting our green plan and energystrategy commitments to make the air we breathe cleaner.” The new regulations take effect March 1. They will require a 25per cent reduction of sulphur dioxide by the end of 2005, and afurther 25 per cent reduction by the end of 2010. Reductions arefrom 2001 levels. The reductions will be achieved through a lower cap on emissionsfor Nova Scotia Power Inc., emission reduction plans for otherlarge emitters, and by reducing the sulphur content of heavy fueloil used in the province. “These regulations mean we’ll have about 36,000 fewer tonnes ofsulphur dioxide emitted each year,” said Mr. Morash. “That’scomparable to Nova Scotia Power shutting down one of its fivegenerating stations.” In addition, the power company will have a new limit on mercuryemissions. By 2009, it will also reduce its nitrogen oxideemissions by 20 per cent from 2000 levels. Mr. Morash noted that government, industry and individual NovaScotians all have a role to play in reducing air pollution. “Each one of us can make changes in our daily lives that reduceair pollution and save money, too,” he said. “I encourage allNova Scotians to seek opportunities for driving less andconserving more energy at home.” The air quality regulations are available by clicking on theWhat’s New section of the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
-30- Local Area Office: 902-527-7632 Fax: 902-861-1152 LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service until Monday, June 6 while it undergoing it’s annual refit.
Nova Scotia’s unemployment rate has dropped below the Canadian average for the first time in recent history. Year-over-year comparisons released by Statistics Canada today, Sept. 9, show Nova Scotia’s August unemployment rate has gone down to a historic low of 6.9 per cent, compared to a 7.1 per cent average for Canada. The unemployment numbers for Nova Scotia have not been as low since Statistics Canada started collecting and publishing comparable national data in 1976. Premier John Hamm said this is yet another indicator of our economic progress as a province. “This is a credit to Nova Scotia’s economic strength. It is a credit to the business people across our province whose entrepreneurial spirit is evident in these results,” said Premier Hamm. “Our role is to support them as they build their businesses. There are many, many Nova Scotia business success stories behind these numbers.” From July to August 2005, 5,000 more people were working in Nova Scotia, for a total of 462,000. At the same time, the number of unemployed fell 9.2 per cent to 34,400. Employment increases in August 2005 were mainly in business, building and other support services, and in transportation and warehousing. Adjusted month over month for seasonal variations, the Nova Scotia unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent in August, compared to Canada’s unchanged rate of 6.8 per cent. This is still down from 7.7 per cent in June, which at the time was the lowest since March 1976. The Halifax region is also seeing very low numbers, with a 5.3 per cent unemployment rate, the lowest east of Regina. In Canada, August 2005 over August 2004, the labour force increased 1.1 per cent to 17.8 million, employment increased 1.5 per cent to 16.5 million, unemployment declined 2.9 per cent to 1.3 million, and the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 7.1 per cent.
A second French high school planned for the Halifax/Bedford area means Acadian and francophone students in HRM will have more opportunities to complete their public school education in French. Education Minister Karen Casey made the announcement at École Beaubassin, a grades Primary to 8 school in Halifax today, May 15, during Acadian and Francophone Education Week. “I am very pleased to share this good news during this special week,” said Ms. Casey. “After this school opens, about 300 students from grades 6 to 12 will have a new school where French-speaking students can continue their education in their mother tongue.” The new school, which could be occupied in September 2009, reflects the province’s support for French first-language education in Nova Scotia. The school will be part of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), a provincewide school board that serves Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone communities. Enrolment in the Halifax-Bedford area has been increasing and the board has asked the Department of Education for a second high school to better accommodate local families. “The addition of another French first-language high school in HRM will accomplish many things,” said board chair Ken Gaudet. “It will make a high school education in French more attractive to students who are eligible to attend CSAP schools, especially those who live outside the metro core, and allow the CSAP to better meet its responsibilities towards all eligible families.” Currently, students from École Beaubassin and Dartmouth’s École Bois-Joli graduate to École du Carrefour high school in Dartmouth. “Building a new school will create new opportunities for Acadians and francophones studying in the Halifax metropolitan area,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “It is particularly fitting that we are making this announcement during Acadian and Francophone Education Week.” The province builds and renovates schools to provide students with safe and modern learning environments that prepare them for success and prosperity. School boards provide the Department of Education with construction and renovation priority lists, and a provincewide priority list is developed from the requests. There are several steps before a new school opens: The board will be asked to strike a site-selection team to recommend three potential locations for the new school. The Department of Transportation and Public Works will examine the sites to determine the most appropriate site for the proposed school. This process includes an environmental assessment. If the chosen site is not owned by the board, its purchase must be negotiated by the province. Tenders must be let and awarded for architectural design and construction. The school community will be consulted throughout the planning and construction process. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial schools in Cheticamp, Greenwood, Sydney and Truro are at various stages of multi-year renovation projects. In January 2006, the Department of Education announced a replacement for École de la Rive-Sud in Blockhouse.
Justice Minister Cecil Clarke has ordered a ministerial review into the use of Tasers in Nova Scotia. A 45-year-old man died at the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility early this morning, Nov. 22. A Taser had been used by police. “I have ordered Police Services officials in my department to immediately begin a review of policies and procedures regarding Taser use in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Clarke. “At the same time, RCMP are being called in to investigate the circumstances of the death at the correctional facility and I understand Halifax Regional Police will also have the RCMP conduct an external investigation into the death. “I also want to offer my condolences to the family at this difficult time.” The review will examine Taser practices of authorized users in the province, including law enforcement, corrections and sheriffs.
Drivers in Nova Scotia will soon be travelling on smoother, stronger roads because of three road-paving contracts awarded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The projects, with a total value of $5,778,978, are spread over three municipalities and involve 22.3 kilometres of paving. All three projects are scheduled to be completed this summer. The projects are: — Annapolis County: A $2,587,000 contract awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc., for repaving on Trunk 8 from the intersection of Highway 101, south for about 10.4 kilometres — Cape Breton Regional Municipality: A $1,672,398 contract awarded to Municipal Ready Mix Ltd., to repave Trunk 22 from the intersection of Landry Crescent, south for 6.3 kilometres to the intersection of Route 255 — Shelburne County: A $1,519,580 contract awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd., for repaving Highway 103 from the Clyde River Bridge, east for 5.6 kilometres to the intersection of Clinton Road “Our department staff are working hard to keep Nova Scotia’s highways in top shape,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Already this year, we’ve awarded contracts for more than 184 kilometres of road-paving throughout Nova Scotia.” These projects are part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The maximum number of full-time Utility and Review Board (UARB) members will increase from eight to 10 under amendments introduced by the province today, Nov. 12. “These amendments will ensure the necessary number of board members are in place to support the mandate of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board,” said Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the Utility and Review Board Act. The UARB has been given added responsibilities in recent years for regulating specific aspects of consumer protection, liquor control and auto insurance. The board currently has the maximum eight full-time members allowed under legislation. Once the amendment is passed, the board will recruit up to two new members as needed. The UARB is an independent quasi-judicial body with regulatory functions and adjudicative jurisdiction over a wide scope of areas. The UARB has an annual budget of $5.9 million, recovering $1.9 million from industry for regulatory activities.
Beef producers will be better able to stabilize the long-term viability of their industry with a $2-million Nova Scotia Beef Interest Pay-Down Program, announced today, Jan. 18. The program, delivered through the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, provides assistance to Nova Scotia beef producers to pay down loan interest from 2009 to 2011. It will support the beef industry in the short term and provide funding to ensure producers remain viable. “This program will address some of the current challenges facing beef producers, helping them move forward in their efforts to build a sustainable sector in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Working with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers since early last summer, I am confident that beef farmers will competitively position themselves in today’s marketplace.” Cattle producers have expressed a need to make changes in the industry. This program is a starting point to reposition it by investing in a profitable and sustainable plan. Producers will have the flexibility to focus on parts of the industry that strengthens partnerships, alliances and collaborations. Individuals will also have opportunity to invest in their needs. “Beef producers in Nova Scotia face serious short- and long-term challenges,” said Dave Oulton, chair, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers. “Today’s announcement ensures that some of the hardships faced by our farms, due to extremely low market conditions, can be addressed, and our board members will continue to be available to help clarify producer eligibility requirements and look forward to the quickest possible delivery of this necessary support.” “The federation recognizes this will be a significant investment in the Nova Scotia beef sector and will help producers with their goal of providing more high-quality beef for Nova Scotia consumers,” said Richard Melvin, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. The deadline to submit the 2009 application is March 31. The deadline for the 2010 and 2011 claim forms will be March 31, 2011 and 2012, respectively. To be eligible for the program beef, producers must meet specific criteria. For more details on the program, go to www.nsfa-fane.ca/programs_and_projects or call 902-893-2293.
Le Bureau de gestion des urgences rappelle aux Néo-Écossais de prendre les mesures nécessaires en prévision des pluies abondantes et des inondations possibles qui pourraient toucher plusieurs régions aujourd’hui 1er octobre et demain. Les pluies abondantes sont causées par deux systèmes météorologiques, c’est-à-dire une dépression importante qui se déplace déjà au-dessus des Maritimes, ainsi que le système lié à l’ouragan Ophelia. La trajectoire la plus probable de l’ouragan sera bien au large des côtes, mais le système entraînera davantage de pluies abondantes dans la province. Environnement Canada a modifié ses prévisions de pluies abondantes pour inclure une plus grande partie de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la région de Shelburne en direction nord-est au-delà de Truro, ainsi que dans les régions du sud-est de la Nouvelle-Écosse continentale et au Cap-Breton. Le BGU conseille aux gens qui habitent dans des régions vulnérables aux inondations d’être alertes et d’écouter les prévisions locales. Il est également possible que des routes soient emportées par les eaux, particulièrement où il y a des travaux de construction. Des renseignements détaillés sur la façon de se préparer en vue de pluies abondantes et de toute autre situation liée aux intempéries se trouvent sur le site Web du BGU au www.gov.ns.ca/emo (en anglais seulement). Des mises à jour et des prévisions météorologiques sont disponibles sur le site www.meteo.gc.ca/canada_f.html.
FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Thanks to a young Nova Scotian, people across the country are learning about epilepsy on the first national Purple Day today (March 26th). Cassidy Megan of Halifax was nine years old when she started Purple Day in 2008 to raise awareness about epilepsy. Support for the day has grown around the world, and a federal Purple Day Act was passed last year making it a nationally recognized day in Canada. Premier Darrell Dexter says Ms. Megan’s spirit and leadership have built global support and understanding so people living with epilepsy know they are not alone. Ms. Megan is asking people to watch her video at purple day dot org so she can get the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to raise more awareness about epilepsy. -30- Thanks to a young Nova Scotian, people across the country are learning about epilepsy on the first national Purple Day today, March 26. In 2008, Cassidy Megan of Halifax started Purple Day to raise awareness about epilepsy. Support for the day has grown around the world, and a federal Purple Day Act was passed last year making it a nationally recognized day in Canada. “Cassidy was just nine years old when she started Purple Day to help other people like her who live with epilepsy,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Her spirit and leadership have built global support and understanding so people living with epilepsy know they are not alone.” Premier Dexter today proclaimed March 26 as Purple Day in Nova Scotia. More than 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. It is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes seizures. “I’m really happy that Purple Day is now a national day and I hope that we can keep making it bigger to teach more people about epilepsy,” said Ms. Megan. “I want to thank the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and others for supporting this day, and to make sure people know what to do when a person has a seizure.” When a person has a seizure, bystanders should remain calm, move objects away and put something soft under the person’s head if he or she is convulsing. People should call for help if the seizure lasts more than five minutes. People should not hold the person down or put anything in his or her mouth. If there are no convulsions, someone should stay with the person and provide reassurance. Ms. Megan hopes to raise awareness about epilepsy through the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She is asking people to watch and share, like or comment on her video at www.purpleday.org to gain Ms. DeGeneres’s attention.
Top priorities for the government were outlined today, Nov. 28, during the opening of the First Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant resumed the session with the Speech from the Throne. In it, Premier Stephen McNeil outlined how the province will place the needs and aspirations of Nova Scotians at the foundation of its decision-making. “Putting Nova Scotians first begins with an open and accountable government, respecting taxpayers’ dollars, and creating a province where education and health care are recognized as requirements for societal well-being,” said Premier McNeil. The throne speech outlined the key priorities that will guide the government’s work, including: “The first piece of legislation will be the Electricity Reform Act,” said the premier. “This bill will permit consumer choice and competition, while laying the groundwork for consultation with Nova Scotians on our energy future.” Premier McNeil said the province must navigate a shift in direction to respond to the recent economic recession and other economic realities, including a decline in full-time jobs, static federal transfer levels and population decline. Government will direct more of its attention toward small- and medium-sized Nova Scotia businesses, encourage greater entrepreneurship and focus on innovative and sustainable economic development. Government has also set a target of reducing expenditures by one per cent and will identify appropriate areas for increased efficiency. Health care and education have been exempted. Government will also work to attract more talent to the province to strengthen the economy and improve the province’s finances. This will include establishing a new immigration advisory council. The government recognizes a need for greater transparency and accountability, particularly with taxpayers’ dollars. Several steps are underway to ensure this, including an independent review of MLA salaries, benefits, and expenses, legislation to increase transparency for economic development assistance, and legislation to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are protected from partisan advertising and signs. The government has a vision for education, starting with the first comprehensive curriculum review in 25 years. The province will restore funding and invest it in areas that will benefit the greatest number of children. The government will also ensure the health-care system puts patients first so all Nova Scotians get the care they need, when they need it. It will improve community-based decision-making by streamlining administration and investing in front-line health care. It will appoint a physician recruitment and retention action team to competitively recruit new doctors and keep the ones that are here. The government will review the Continuing Care Strategy to ensure it meets the long-term needs of seniors, at home and in facilities. It will also develop a multi-year strategy focusing on prevention and services to sexual assault victims. “Building strong, local communities is key to a strong, viable province,” said Premier McNeil. The government will partner with municipalities to support sustainable municipal government, and will seek opportunities to work collaboratively on important municipal initiatives. Recognizing the importance of diverse, vibrant communities, government will work with Nova Scotians to develop the province’s first culture strategy. Government will also introduce a new statutory holiday in February to honour cultural identity and quality of life. For more information or to read the full throne speech, visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/throne-speech/ . within government’s statutory authority over providing electricity, specific steps will be taken to ensure true consumer choice and fairness the needs of Nova Scotia’s entrepreneurs will be met through appropriate assistance, and there will be enhanced support for employee training and skills development a reinvestment in the school system will ensure that every student and educator has access to the classroom supports and modern curriculum needed to excel in a rapidly changing world health care will be realigned to place the needs of patients, families, and people first investments will be made in communities so seniors, people with disabilities, and those in need get the services and care they require
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its year-end results today, June 20, with a net income of $239.2 million on $611.8 million in total sales. For the period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, net income was down $2 million from the previous year and the total volume of beverage alcohol sold was down one per cent. Sales of Nova Scotia-produced wine, spirits, and craft beer all increased. A detailed news release can be found on the NSLC website at www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Announces-2017-Year-End-Results. -30-
Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Lena Metlege Diab will travel to Paris next week to promote Nova Scotia and build on historical ties between France and Acadie. The week-long visit, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, will include commemoration ceremonies in honour of Acadian soldiers involved with the liberation of France during the Second World War, meetings with government officials and participating in cultural events. “Our Acadian and Francophone community is a core part of Nova Scotia’s cultural identity,” said Ms. Diab.“The visit will be an opportunity to pay respect and homage to Acadians who died on the Normandy beaches in the liberation of their ancestral home and strengthen our long-standing relationships in the international Francophonie.” The ceremonies are part of the La Semaine Acadienne festival that recognizes the important contributions of Canadians, specifically Acadian soldiers. The minister will attend wreath laying ceremonies at Plage de Bernières-sur-mer and the Juno Beach Centre. Ms. Diab, who is also Minister of Immigration, will meet with government officials, including Ambassador of Canada to France Isabelle Hudon, to discuss potential avenues for immigration and future missions to the country for recruitment purposes.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for McConnell Gordon Estates Limited, also known as Benjamin Bridge Vineyards. McConnell Gordon Estates Limited is investing in an expansion of its winery operations to increase capacity. The Gaspereau, Kings Co.-based company is proceeding with a $5,359,125 total capital investment to develop its winemaking facilities with new automated equipment and infrastructure. With the expanded facility, and automated equipment, they can accept and fulfil new, bigger orders. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,317,375 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $5,269,500. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30- Quick facts: the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15,000,000 the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete
Over the past few days I have heard from concerned community members and recently received information that points to there being species at risk in the proposed harvest area between Dalhousie and Corbett Lakes in Annapolis County. As the Minister of Lands and Forestry it is my duty to ensure responsible management of forestry practices while protecting the province’s biodiversity. I have ordered Westfor to put a hold on the harvest until further investigation can be done. I take the feedback of staff and the public very seriously. We have an opportunity to engage further with community members as the department reviews evidence put forward. I will continue to ensure decisions are made based on science and evidence with a focus on ecological conservation and protecting the province’s wildlife. -30-