UASC, Burgan Bank Sign $190 Mln Facility

first_imgMay 26, 2014 zoom United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC) has announced the conclusion of a bilateral, USD 190 million facility with Burgan Bank’s Corporate Banking Group to finance the acquisition of two 14,000 TEU vessels.The facility is a part of UASC’s new building order of seventeen ships, among which are eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels.UASC has ordered these ultra large container ships from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. shipyard in South Korea. The giant box-ships, which are state of the art vessels capable of running on conventional fuel LNG, are scheduled for delivery starting in fourth quarter of 2014.Mr. Basil Al Zaid, Chief Financial Officer at UASC, said: “Our established strategic relationship with Burgan Bank, further cemented through this transaction, demonstrates the close co-operation between UASC and Burgan Bank.Burgan Bank has shown strong support for the project from the initial stages working alongside other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of UASC’s financial strategy and expansion plans to offer comprehensive and cost competitive shipping solutions to clients worldwide.”Mr. Raed Al-Haqhaq, Burgan Bank’s Chief Banking Officer – Senior General Manager, said: “We at Burgan Bank are committed to support a reliable partner such as UASC on their growth journey. Burgan Bank’s corporate banking group continues to expand its finance deals with its corporate clients to support them in executing their strategic plans at every stage of the business cycle.”last_img read more

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Jamaican Bunkering Market Has a New Player

first_imgzoom Approval has been given for the third bunkering company West Indies Petroleum (WIP) to commence operations in Jamaica. WIP now joins Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. and Petrotech Marine Petroleum Limited as the retail suppliers of bunker fuel to ships calling at Jamaican ports and transiting its waters.WIP owns and operates a tug and a 1384gt barge and will also be using tanker wagons to supply fuel at ports across the island.The “WIP Dependable” tug owned by West Indies Petroleum (WIP) shown along side. The company also operates the 1384 gross tonne “Bunker Jam 1” barge.A recent study commissioned by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) with the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, showed that 1.2m tonnes of bunkers were supplied in 2011 and the direct value added to the Jamaican economy was $6.8m.The study projects that bunker volumes will increase to 1.5m tonnes in the next five years provided the Government put in place the appropriate legal and administrative framework, including a code of practice for bunkering, petroleum free-zones and other ship-related services, to attract vessels to call at Jamaican ports.Bunkering and dry-docking are two of the elements of the Logistics Hub initiative being promoted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and it is expected that a fourth bunker supplier will enter the market in 2014.Press Release, July 4, 2014; Image: WIPlast_img read more

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Eimskip’s Containership Suffers Steering Glitch

first_imgzoom Eimskip’s containership M/V Lagarfoss experienced a malfunction on Wednesday evening while en route to Reykjavik, some 70 nautical miles south east of the Icelandic coast.The Icelandic shipping company said that the malfunction occurred in the vessel’s steering gear while under way.However, there was no danger to crew, cargo or the vessel as the weather conditions were favorable.The ship’s crew contacted the Icelandic Coast Guard to assist the containership to her destination under her own power.The Coast Guard vessel Thor met with M/V Lagarfoss in the morning of 22nd July to assist the ship to Reykjavik where M/V Lagarfoss is expected to arrive today.Based on the latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic the ship is under tow around 90 nautical miles from Rejkjavik.“During a recent guarantee dry-docking of the vessel in Hamburg the manufacturer of the steering gear decided to replace parts in the gear, which was upon their own decision making and demand.  It is highly likely that the malfunction is the responsiblity of the gear manufacturer and entirely their responsibility,” Eimskip said in a press statement. “Upon the vessel’s arrival repairs will immediately commence and we hope she will be on schedule again without much delay,” the company added.The 11,811-ton containership was built in 2014 and sails under the flag of Antigua Barbuda.last_img read more

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US Port Performance Act Would Not Cost an Arm and a Leg

first_imgzoom The implementation of the Port Performance Act, a program to collect statistical information on the largest 25 ports in the United States, would cost USD 9 million over the 2016-2020 period, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.The Act was drafted following the recent nine month labor dispute at 29 West Coast container ports, and is expected to provide earlier warning of disruptions to various sectors of U.S. economy.It requires the director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to establish a port performance statistics program and report annually to Congress on the performance and capacity of key U.S. ports. The U.S. port authorities that are subject to federal regulation or that receive federal assistance would report annually to BTS.The Act also requires the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Commerce, to report to Congress on a port’s performance before and after the expiration of maritime labor agreements to help indicate whether labor discussions have impacted operations, the estimated economic impact of such disputes and roughly how long it will take for shipments to return to normal.The legislation would also establish a working group to develop recommendations for specifications of port performance measures and determine what additional information would be needed.Based on information from the Department of Transportation and industry experts, some of the information is already collected by ports, and CBO expects that the cost of supplying that information to BTS would be small.Ports may incur additional costs to collect new information, but CBO estimates that the cost of collecting the additional information would not be substantial.Consequently, CBO estimates that the cost of the mandate would fall below the annual thresholds established in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) for intergovernmental and private-sector mandates (USD 77 million and USD 154 million in 2015, respectively).last_img read more

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Diana Shipping to Add Three Panamax Dry Bulkers

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has signed three Memoranda of Agreement to acquire three Panamax vessels from a related party for a price tag of USD 39.8 million. The agreements include a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,700 dwt MV Sunshine, a 2013 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,403 dwt MV Manzoni, and a 2013 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,901 dwt MV Infinity 9.The vessels, built by China-based Jiangnan Shipyard (Group), are expected to join Diana Shipping’s fleet by the end of March 2016.Consummation of the purchases is subject to the company obtaining bank financing from the sellers’ existing lenders for substantially all of the purchase price of the vessels.“Not only has the company been able to negotiate the purchase of these vessels at “distressed” prices not seen during the past 15 years, but we believe that our strong balance sheet and attractive credit risk will enable us to negotiate extremely favorable financing terms with the current lenders to finance 100% of the purchase price that will be non-amortizing for two years,” President of Diana Shipping, Anastasios Margaronis, said.“By preserving available cash, the company will maintain its strong balance sheet to weather the continuing downturn in the dry bulk market and to fund future vessel acquisitions throughout the eventual market recovery, consistent with the company’s long term strategy,” Margaronis added.Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels, excluding the three vessels, as well as one newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulker, a newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulker and a newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel expected for delivery by the end of 2016.last_img read more

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BIMCO Lowest Level of Newbuilding Contracts in 20 Years

first_imgzoom Shipyards become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to BIMCO.After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).BIMCO said that since then, shipyards have crashed, as the contracted CGT globally has reached its lowest level since on record.“Since the high contracting in 2013, BIMCO expected the shipyards could come under pressure. This expectation became a reality at the start of 2016, with Q1 contracting the second lowest CGT in 20 years,” Peter Sand Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, said.“A low level of contracting is exactly what the shipping industry needs in order to eventually restore the fundamental balance between supply and demand,” he added.Japanese and South Korean contracts down by 86%The shipyards in Europe were the only ones to see an increase in contracting in the first eight months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Europe contracted 2.52 million CGT, an increase of 45.3% compared to the previous year.Japan and South Korea have had the biggest decline in contracting, down by 86.7% and 86.5% respectively, compared to the same months the year before, while China contracted 49% less CGT in that period.“Globally, the tanker and container segments are the main reasons for diminishing new orders by percentage as well as in CGT in 2016. Combined, they were responsible for 67.7% of the total contracted CGT in the first 8 months of 2015. This year, tanker contracts are down by 80.1% and container contracts are down 84.1% compared to the same eight months last year,” according to BIMCO.Alarming order cover due to overcapacity at shipyardsThe effect of declining contracts and continuing shipyard overcapacity has put pressure on the shipyards order cover. The order cover is the number of years it will take to deliver the scheduled order book, based on the capacity of the shipyards. Therefore, a low order cover can be a result of high capacity at the shipyards, as well as a decreasing order book.Shipbuilding in South Korea is suffering the most, as they hold orders for less than two years of building. Europe continues the positive trend seen in contracted CGT, with increasing order cover. This shows that additional contracting orders are not being absorbed by new shipyards entering the market.“There is a declining trend for Japan, China and South Korea and with such low levels of newbuilding contracts being placed, this will look even more severe next year. However, the order cover could have been even lower, if capacity had been taken out due to shipyards cutting down on operations or closing entirely,” Peter Sand said.last_img read more

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USCG GoM Oil Spill Surpasses Initial Estimates

first_imgzoom The amount of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico a week ago may be around 16,000 barrels, almost double from the initial estimates, according to the United States Coast Guard.The offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore earlier informed that the oil released from a damaged pipeline at the Delta House floating production facility was estimated in the amount of some 7,950 to 9,350 barrels.The USCG and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have been coordinating with the responsible party and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate and respond to any oil that reaches the surface.Multiple daily over flights and remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections have been conducted with no recoverable oil detected.Skimming vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation also remain on standby.USCG informed that surface and subsea trajectory models calculated by the responsible party and NOAA indicate that any discharged oil will drift in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.Calculations indicate that the discovery of any recoverable oil is unlikely due to the depth and pressure at which the oil was released.The oil was discharged from a small crack in a pipeline that was pressurized to more than 3,000 psi and located some 5,000 feet under water, 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. This high-pressure discharge through a small opening likely caused the oil to be broken down into small particles and disperse into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.Water samples taken along the trajectory path at various depths have not detected the presence of oil, USCG confirmed.“While the reported discharge amount is very significant, we are confident in the calculations completed by the LLOG and NOAA scientists,” said Cmdr. Heather Mattern from US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Louisiana. “Additionally, the lack of any recoverable oil identified by over flights and subsea inspections conducted throughout the past week supports this explanation,” Mattern added.The flowline release began in the morning hours of October 11 from a fracture in a jumper pipe leading from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 to a manifold located on the seafloor.Once identified, the pipeline leak was isolated and stopped on Thursday morning, however, the incident was said to be the largest oil spill in the US since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, Bloomberg earlier reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.last_img read more

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HapagLloyd CEO Market Is Still Challenging

first_imgzoomRolf Habben Jansen; Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd managed to shrink its net loss in the first quarter of this year, however, market headwinds persist, the company warns.The company’s net loss for the period stood at EUR 34.3 million (USD 41 million), almost halved when compared to the last year’s loss of EUR 58.1 million.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached EUR 219.4 million, also up from last year’s EUR 135.3 million.However, as the figures for the quarter include the contribution from the United Arab Shipping Company Ltd. (UASC), which merged with Hapag-Lloyd last year, the comparison of the figures can be made on a limited basis, the company stressed.“We have had a solid start into the current year, but the market environment is challenging. Freight rates have been under pressure, bunker costs and trucking cost in some important markets were up and we faced a weaker US Dollar, whereas higher transport volumes and synergies supported the result. We expect a gradual improvement of the market throughout 2018 – but most of that will only hit the books in the second half of the year,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.Jansen’s mandate as the company’s CEO has been extended for additional five years.The company’s executive board said that earnings for the period were below expectations, primarily as a result of the significant increase in bunker prices and a changed cost structure due to the new service network.  Volatile freight rates and stiff competition are not making things easier moving forward.Growth has been reported in revenues and transport volume, with revenues increasing from EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 2.6 billion. Transport volume rose by 47.9 pct in the first three months of the year, particularly due to UASC, the company said.The average freight rate of 1,029 USD/TEU in the first quarter 2018 was in line with the last year’s freight rate of 1,056 USD/TEU, reflecting the competitive market environment.“Assuming that the general recovery of freight rates continues, Hapag-Lloyd’s average freight rate in 2018 is likely to be around the same as in the previous year,” the company said, adding that a clear rise in the average bunker consumption price is expected in 2018.“Provided that the expected freight rate is achieved and a significant portion of the synergies from the merger with UASC are realized, along with the expected improvement in the quality of earnings and the anticipated growth in volumes, Hapag-Lloyd is forecasting a clear year-on-year increase in its EBITDA and EBIT in 2018.”This also takes into account the one-off expenses of around USD 10 million resulting from the merger and integration.last_img read more

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IRClass Starts Issuing Electronic Certificates

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has started issuing electronic certificates to all of its classed vessels.As informed, the e-certificates are available on the IRClass website through a secure platform — giving ship owners, regulators and charterers a real-time access to the latest class and statutory certificates.Commenting on this initiative, Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass, said: “The implementation of IRClass e-certificates are expected to reduce administrative burden and document handling costs for ship owners, coupled with increasing operational efficiency.”The e-certificates have a digital signature and a tracking number for online verification purposes. This allows the user to determine the validity of the certificates — to ensure that they have not been falsified or tampered with. The authenticity, originality and traceability of the e-certificates can be verified through the IRClass Verification Portal, according to the classification society.“We have started issuing e-certificates (provided the flag state has approved its use) to all newbuilding vessels on delivery as well as existing vessels on completion of their upcoming renewal survey,” Arora explained.“We are looking towards stepping up on our digitalisation efforts in various other areas in the near future – as technological advancements continue to transform the industry at a rapid pace,” he further said.last_img read more

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DFDS Eyes Further Growth in 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS closed 2018 with an increase in its earnings, mainly driven by the company’s route expansion in the Mediterranean. For the full-year 2018, revenue rose by 10 percent to DKK 15.7 billion (USD 2.4 billion), while EBITDA increased by 11 percent to DKK 3 billion.In Q4, revenue increased 13 percent to DKK 4 billion, while EBITDA before special items increased 20 percent to DKK 688 million.“We reached a new all-time high result in 2018 and growth is set to continue in 2019 on the back of our recent expansion in the Mediterranean,” Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, commented.Freight ferry volumes developed through 2018 in tandem with European growth. Volumes increased in the first half-year and began to decline in the second half-year as visibility on Brexit and global trading was reduced, including lower trading between Europe and Turkey. For DFDS, volumes in northern Europe were 3 percent down in Q4 and flat for the year.Passenger volumes were more resilient as they increased 2 percent for the full year, although also with a declining trend in the second half-year.Last year, DFDS acquired U.N. Ro-Ro, Turkey’s largest operator of freight routes, to better use opportunities from the fast-growing transport market between Turkey and the EU. In addition, the company decided to expand both port terminal and route capacities in order to accommodate the volume increase of around 30 percent in the Mediterranean. DFDS will also increase vessel capacity by allocating further ships to this market.The company said it will be investing around DKK 2.5 billion in newbuilds and terminal expansion in 2019. DFDS has a total of eight newbuilds on order. In 2019, three freight ships are scheduled for deployment, with another three to be delivered in 2020. Two combined freight and passenger ferries are on order for delivery in Q1 and Q3 2021.“Timely investments in new freight ferry capacity will support our customers’ growth. We are well prepared to help them through any Brexit outcome,” Smedegaard pointed out.With regards to the outlook for 2019, DFDS said it can be impacted by political changes, first and foremost within EU and Turkey. Brexit is said to represent an important risk as well.DFDS has identified five key performance drivers that are expected to positively impact the growth in 2019. These include growth from Mediterranean expansion, preparedness for Brexit, new freight ferries, digital business projects to go live as well as improvement and efficiency projects.The group’s revenue is expected to increase by 10-12 percent in 2019.last_img read more

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Amendments to Environmental Assessment Regulations Proposed

first_img Changes are being proposed for Environmental AssessmentRegulations. “The proposed changes will make it easier for us to protect theenvironment,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”And they will allow potential developers to meet theirenvironmental responsibilities with less red tape.” Environmental assessment is a process that evaluates thepotential environmental effects of major developments before theycan proceed. Applicants are required to explain how they willminimize the environmental effects of their proposed development. The proposed regulatory changes are intended to add efficiency tothe assessment process, introduce innovation and implement someaspects of Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy. “I’m particularly enthused about how these proposals will improvepublic consultation,” Mr. Morash said. “Stakeholders have told usloud and clear that the regulations needed work in this area.” The proposed amendments were released today, Dec. 2, for publiccomment. “We need to be sure that stakeholders understand whatwe’re proposing,” the minister said. “And it’s important for usto hear from the public when we propose changes to regulations.” The public comment period ends on Jan. 19, 2004. The draftregulations and an explanatory brochure are available at anyEnvironment and Labour office. They can also be obtained throughthe department’s website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ea/ . ENVIRONMENT AND LABOUR–Amendments to Environmental AssessmentRegulations Proposedlast_img read more

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Environmental Assessment Board Holds Highway 104 Hearings

first_imgThe Environmental Assessment Board will hold public hearings on the proposed new section of Highway 104 at Antigonish on Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24. The hearings will take place at the Claymore Inn, Antigonish. Afternoon sessions will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and evening sessions will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hearings concern the environmental assessment of the proposed route, which was selected in May 2000. The tentative agenda is available on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/whatsnew.htmlast_img read more

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Cole HarbourEastern Passage Byelection Oct 2

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 28, that a byelection will be held in the riding of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage on Tuesday, Oct. 2. “Though it has only been a year since our last general election, it’s important that all Nova Scotians have representation in the legislature, so the people of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage will have an opportunity to elect their representative on Oct. 2,” said Premier MacDonald. The seat has been vacant since March. -30-last_img read more

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Woodlot Owners of Year to Host Field Days

first_img 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; and considering values such as wildlife habitat protection and recreation. Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to take interpretive walks in the woods, learn about Nova Scotia’s organic Christmas tree industry, view informative displays or simply enjoy the great outdoors when regional and provincial Woodlot Owners of the Year open their properties to the public during the month of September. “One of the exciting things about the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program, is that it includes field day events on the properties of regional and provincial winners,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “This is a sort of open house that gives Nova Scotians a rare opportunity to learn how hard some woodlot owners work to keep our woods and wildlife habitat healthy while making a significant contribution to our economy.” 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 between 20 and 800 hectares (50 to 2,000 acres) of property and practice sustainable woodlot management. The September field days begin on Saturday, Sept. 15, when Bob Bancroft and Alice Reed, winners of the title for the eastern region of the province, host visitors in Pomquet, Antigonish Co. The day’s events will include informative displays and interpretative walks. To reach the Bancroft-Reed woodlot, follow Highway 104 past Antigonish about two kilometres east of Exit 35 to Taylor Road. Turn left. Travel five kilometres to Monks Head Road and turn left again. Travel for another two kilometres and look for house number 15 on the left. Brian Brown will host a tour of his Windham Hill, Cumberland Co., winning property in the central region on Saturday, Sept. 22. Mr. Brown will discuss management of sugar woods, there will be demonstrations of vegetation management methods and visitors will have a spectacular view of a Christmas tree lot. To reach the Brown woodlot take Highway 104 west from Truro to Exit 6 (about 73 kilometres). Turn left onto Route 301 (River Philip Road). Travel 11 kilometres, turn right on Windham Hill Road. Travel seven kilometres. Turn left onto woodlot road and proceed to Brian Brown’s woodlot gate. The 2007 field days conclude on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Northfield, Lunenburg Co., property of Kevin and Susan Veinotte. The Veinottes won the western region competition and were later selected the provincial award winners. Their 170-hectare property includes uneven-aged forests and 12 hectares of organic Christmas trees. Special events will include demonstrations of horse and oxen logging. To get to the Veinottes’ take exit 12 from Highway 103. Turn right onto Highway 10. Travel 6.5 kilometres. Turn right on Mossman Road. Travel about seven-tenths of a kilometer and take the road on the right. Watch for signs. All field days will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This is a unique opportunity for families to spend some time together out in the woods,” Mr. Morse said. “I think in today’s hustle and bustle we sometimes lose sight of how much we can teach our children, just by going out for a walk and letting Mother Nature guide our discussions.” To further encourage the educational benefits of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program, elementary schools in the local areas have been invited to visit the winning woodlands in the days leading up to each field day. Landowners who compete for the woodlot owner awards are evaluated on their effort and commitment to: The regional and provincial winners were named in July. For more information on the awards, the field days, or to learn how to apply for the 2008 competition, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/woya or call the local Department of Natural Resources regional office.last_img read more

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Bons résultats en sciences en mathématiques et en lecture pour les élèves

first_imgLes élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse âgés de 15 ans se situent au-dessus de la moyenne internationale en sciences, en mathématiques et en lecture, d’après les résultats d’une évaluation internationale réputée. Les évaluations du Programme international pour le suivi des acquis (PISA) de 2006 portaient sur les résultats des élèves dans 57 pays, y compris le Canada et chacune de ses provinces. « Nos élèves ont une nouvelle fois prouvé qu’ils faisaient partie des meilleurs sur la scène internationale », déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Notre travail est maintenant de faire encore mieux. Il faut que nous en fassions davantage pour aider nos élèves à atteindre l’excellence. » Les meilleurs résultats de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont en sciences, où elle occupe le dix-huitième rang au monde sur les 67 pays et provinces ayant fait l’objet de l’évaluation. Si on prend en compte l’éventail des résultats dans chaque région, on note qu’il y a très peu de différences entre les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse et les élèves des autres régions du pays. Seuls quatre pays et trois provinces — l’Alberta, la Colombie-Britannique et l’Ontario — ont des résultats sensiblement supérieurs à ceux de la Nouvelle-Écosse en sciences. Ces résultats se retrouvent également en lecture et en mathématiques, où les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse se situent au-dessus de la moyenne internationale, mais en dessous de la moyenne canadienne. Treize pays et cinq provinces ont des résultats sensiblement supérieurs à ceux de la Nouvelle-Écosse en mathématiques, tandis que seuls cinq pays et trois provinces dépassent la Nouvelle-Écosse en lecture. En tant que pays, le Canada se place au troisième rang en sciences, derrière la Finlande et Hong-Kong. Les provinces qui obtiennent les meilleurs résultats sont l’Alberta, la Colombie-Britannique et l’Ontario, qui se situent au-dessus de la moyenne canadienne. Les élèves canadiens sont quatrièmes en lecture et septièmes en mathématiques. Dans les résultats de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’étude montre que les filles ont des résultats sensiblement supérieurs à ceux des garçons en lecture, tandis que les garçons ont des résultats sensiblement supérieurs à ceux des filles en mathématiques. Il n’y a pas de différence globalement significative entre les garçons et les filles en sciences. L’étude montre également que les écoles de langue française de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont des résultats sensiblement inférieurs à ceux des écoles de langue anglaise, aussi bien en lecture qu’en sciences, ce qui correspond à ce qui se passe dans les autres écoles de langue minoritaire ailleurs au Canada. « Cette différence est source d’inquiétude », déclare Mme Casey. « Nous allons prendre des mesures afin de trouver les causes de ces résultats et d’améliorer les résultats des élèves dans ces domaines. » Les résultats du PISA suivent ceux du Programme international de recherche en lecture scolaire (PIRLS), qui ont été publié la semaine dernière et qui concernent les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse en quatrième année, qui se situent à un niveau sensiblement supérieur à la moyenne mondiale en lecture. L’évaluation du PISA a concerné 2441 élèves dans 86 écoles en avril et mai 2006. Cette évaluation, organisée par l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, est décrite sur le site de l’organisme à www.pisa.gc.ca/ .last_img read more

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Additional Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamps to be Issued in Zone 2A

first_imgEligible Nova Scotian hunters who do not have an antlerless deer stamp can now receive one for Zone 2A. The zone is the coastal area from East River at the head of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co., west to the Medway River, Queens Co. “These measures are being taken to increase the harvest of deer in this area,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “We are committed to reducing the number of deer in this area and associated problems such as deer-motor vehicle collisions.” Hunters who have already been issued a 2008 antlerless deer hunting stamp for another zone, or who have already received their stamp for Zone 2A, are not eligible. Hunters who are issued an antlerless deer hunting stamp for Zone 2A, and take and register an antlerless deer, may apply for a bonus deer hunting stamp. This will authorize the holder to take a second deer of either sex. The bonus deer hunting stamps will be available at no cost at all hunting licence vendors in Lunenburg and Queens counties, and at all Department of Natural Resources district offices. Participating hunters are reminded to be respectful of landowners and aware of areas where hunting or the discharge of firearms is not permitted. Landowners in the area are encouraged to inform hunters of areas where hunting is possible. Beginning at 7 a.m. today, Sept. 22, hunters can call 1-900-565-DEER (3337) any day of the week, 24 hours a day, to apply. The line will remain open until midnight on Saturday, Oct. 11. A non-refundable application fee of $6.11 plus HST will be charged to the telephone bill of the phone that is being used. It is not possible to call this number from a cellphone. Applicants can also apply online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ for the same fee. A map and legal description of Zone 2A can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ddZones.asp .last_img read more

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Assist Others in Power Outages

first_imgNova Scotians living in areas that have been without electricity for a number of days are being asked to check in on their neighbours. “These have been a difficult few days for many people across our province, but Nova Scotians have been showing the true holiday spirit by helping out their friends, family and neighbours,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “It’s a time when communities come together and neighbours help neighbours.” Many retailers and services are closed this evening, Dec. 24 , Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25 and Boxing Day, Friday, Dec. 26, so Nova Scotians needing food or other supplies are advised to phone ahead to convenience stores, pharmacies, service stations, restaurants or other businesses before heading out. The Emergency Management Office also recommends that you pay close attention to local weather forecasts and road conditions. “We know that Nova Scotia Power crews have been working tirelessly to restore electricity,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “The Emergency Management Office has been monitoring the situation and working closely with Nova Scotia Power, municipalities, provincial departments and non-profit agencies to ensure that the safety of Nova Scotians is not at risk.”last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late August, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road – Londonderry Station Road, Londonderry, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Section 2: Highway 105 from about three kilometres west of Exit 11 for about six kilometres will be reduced one lane for paving. Section 3: Highway 105 from Exit 11 to Exit 12 for about four kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work is expected to end on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street Work on a section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will take place until Sunday, Aug. 7. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays caused by trucks leaving and entering traffic stream. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Portland Street Portland Street, from the second entrance to Penhorn Mall to Woodlawn Road, will have lane closures for a repair project from Tuesday, Aug. 2, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. The work will be done at night from sunset to sunrise. Some work will be completed in the day during off peak hours. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: William Porter Connector The William Port Connector will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Sept. 1, for road widening to install a turning lane into a new school. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Donaldson Bridge Donaldson Bridge, from 2.4 kilometres southwest of Trunk 6 on the Lake Road, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 12. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for about 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 12 Traffic on Highway 101, is reduced to one lane at Exit 12 (New Minas) for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 15. Drivers should expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about one kilometre west of French River Bridge east six kilometres to Broadway Bridge will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Lane Closure Traffic on the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane at Exit 5 (Tantallon) to allow for resurfacing. Some work will begin at 7 a.m. daily and the full lane closure will begin after 9 a.m. Delays are possible. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Aug. 15. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 Traffic signals at the end of the westbound off ramp of Exit 5 on Highway 103 are flashing red. The intersection should be treated as a four-way stop. Delays are possible. Please travel with extra caution in the area. The signals were damaged by lightning and are being repaired. Local Area Office: 902-424-4164 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 (Grand Lake Road) A section of Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4) will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Aug. 31, for repaving near the eastern entrance to Mayflower Mall. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and re-paving from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Parrasboro Blue Sac Road in Parrsboro will be reduced to one lane for culvert installation from Monday, Aug. 8, until Monday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: Rear Forks Baddeck Cross Road The Rear Forks Baddeck Cross Road, from Big Baddeck Road to West Side Baddeck Road will be closed for bridge repairs from Tuesday, Aug. 1, until Tuesday, Aug. 16. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 295-2700 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80 km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for crack filing and surfacing from Exit 6 east for about seven kilometres until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser Rive,r will be reduced to one lane for drainage improvement and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, eastbound lanes from Meadow Brook Road to Exit 4 for about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 22 west to Exit 20, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 – Springside Route 289 from Junction 336 (Springside) east for six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085last_img read more

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Improving Public Transit for Nova Scotians

first_imgMore Nova Scotians will soon have an easier time getting around their communities, thanks to provincial support for public transit. Through the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program, the province is investing more than $237,000 in feasibility studies, business plans and door-to-door services for transit in rural and unserviced urban areas. “We know many Nova Scotians need access to transportation to get to work, school, medical appointments, or to visit family and friends,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, on behalf of John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Having public transit is important to communities throughout the province. “This funding will allow 11 community organizations and municipalities to conduct feasibility studies, develop business plans and expand transit systems in their communities.” The program provides up to 100 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum grant of $50,000 for approved projects. “Our organization is pleased with the funding we are receiving from the province, which will help us move forward with our transit plan and put it into action,” said Jerome Grant, chair, Antigonish Community Transit. “I want to thank the Nova Scotia government for their support for transit in the Antigonish area.”last_img read more

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Canso Canal Closed for Repairs Starting Nov 1

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE The Canso Canal will be closed to marine traffic for an extended period starting November 1st to May 14th as work continues on the Canso Causeway swing bridge. The swing bridge is sixty-years-old and requires significant upgrades to ensure it continues to provide service to all transportation types including vehicular, marine and rail. Improvements to the Canso Causeway include upgrades to the swing bridge, a new operators’ building as well as structural, mechanical and electrical repairs. There will be a temporary detour bridge and temporary road approaches to help reduce vehicular traffic delays. -30- The Canso Canal will be closed for an extended period starting Nov. 1 to May 14, to marine traffic as work continues on the Canso Causeway swing bridge. The swing bridge is 60-years-old and requires significant upgrades to ensure it continues to provide service to all transportation types including vehicular, marine and rail. Improvements to the Canso Causeway include upgrades to the swing bridge, a new operators’ building as well as structural, mechanical and electrical repairs. There will be a temporary detour bridge and temporary road approaches to help reduce vehicular traffic delays. The Canso Causeway project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. The Canso Canal is owned by the Government of Canada and operated on its behalf by the Canadian Coast Guard.last_img read more

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