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first_imgClarksons: World Fleet Growth Returning to ‘Pre-Boom’ Levels?The pace of world fleet growth has slowed down with the fleet expanding by 3.1% over the last 12 months, representing the lowest level of monthly year-on-year growth reported since the early 2000s… Read More World Maritime News Staff CMA CGM Reshuffles Its ServicesFrench container shipping giant CMA CGM has decided to upgrade its WAZZAN service and reorganize PHOEX and BEX services… Read More HSH: Maersk Line to Operate Six of Hanjin’s BoxshipsSix container ships of the bankrupt South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping Co. will now be operated by Danish shipping giant Maersk Line, according to Germany’s HSH Nordbank… Read More OCEAN Alliance Receives Approval from FMCThe US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has concluded its review of the proposed OCEAN Alliance, allowing it to become effective on Monday, October 24, 2016… Read More Somali Pirates Release Naham 3 Crew after Four YearsThe remaining crew members of the fishing vessel Naham 3, which were hijacked by Somali pirates in 2012, were released from captivity on October 22, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP)… Read More last_img read more

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K Line Hit with Criminal Cartel Charges in Australia

first_imgzoom Japan-based shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) is facing criminal charges in relation to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between July 2009 and September 2012.Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said that the criminal charges have been laid against the company and that the matter was before the Downing Centre Local Court for a first mention on November 15, 2016.This is the second matter in which criminal charges have been laid against a corporation under the criminal cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.K-Line’s compatriot shipping firm, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), pleaded guilty to criminal cartel conduct in Australia’s federal court earlier this year.“This is the first criminal charge laid against a corporation under the criminal cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in July 2016.According to ACCC, the maximum fine for each criminal cartel offence will be the greater of AUD 10 million (USD 7.6 million); three times the total benefits that have been obtained and are reasonably attributable to the commission of the offence; or, if the total of the benefits cannot be determined, ten percent of the corporation’s annual turnover connected with Australia.ACCC said that its investigation into other alleged cartel participants is continuing.last_img read more

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Liberian Registry Starts with Cybersecurity Program for Crew

first_imgzoom The Liberian Registry has launched a Cyber and Ship Security Computer-Based Training (CBT) program as it believes that there is a need for both crew and shore-based staff to receive cyber security training. The program provides an overview of cyber-security issues, including concepts such as malware, network security, identity theft, risk management, and other common threats to maritime security.“Cyber-attacks have been identified as among the most serious emerging threats to the security of today’s shipping industry. Over 40% of crew members have reportedly sailed on a vessel that has become infected with a virus or malware – and only 1 in 8 crew members have received cyber-security training,” Jorgen Palmbak, Director of Maritime Security for the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, commented.“In recent years, it has become apparent that maritime companies, ships, and ports are not adequately protected against what is clearly a rapidly evolving threat. Furthermore, IMO has issued a resolution giving shipowners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber-risk management into their ship safety plans,” Palmbak added.“The CBT program also provides a comprehensive overview of common maritime security threats, including the risk of criminal activity, threats to ship security, port-based drug-trafficking risks, security roles and responsibilities on board, and an introduction to the ISPS code. It further covers issues relating to stowaways, about 2,000 of whom are discovered each year hiding on ships, and piracy attacks, of which there have been an average of more than 300 per year since 2009,” he further explained.The two-hour computer-based training program is divided into four modules. On successful completion of the training, a certificate is awarded.last_img read more

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Port of Oakland SSA Terminals Agree New Lease to 2027

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Oakland The Port of Oakland has reached an agreement with SSA Terminals (Oakland), its largest terminal operator, to extend its lease through 2027. The deal, which was approved on June 14, includes a 19-acre expansion at SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT); purchase of three new ship-to-shore cranes by the terminal operator for cargo handling; and options that would extend the new lease an additional 15 years (to 2042) if certain conditions were met.“SSA is an influential player on the waterfront worldwide, and a significant presence in Oakland,” John Driscoll, Port Maritime Director, said, adding that “this lease commitment demonstrates its belief in the port’s long-term prospects.”The new lease binds SSA to a list of environmental commitments in Oakland. Among them the compliance with state and federal laws and the port’s Maritime Air Quality Improvement Program. Under the agreement, the terminal operator will apply for government grants to reduce emissions from cargo handling equipment.SSA is the largest marine terminal operator in Oakland. OICT, the nation’s second-busiest marine terminal, handles about 60 percent of the port’s total containerized cargo volume. SSA also operates Oakland’s Matson Terminal, which is included in the new lease.last_img read more

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Costamare Orders Five Buys Two Containerships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Costamare has ordered five newbuild boxships and agreed to buy two secondhand containerships.The new ships, each of about 12,690 TEU capacity, have been ordered from China’s Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group.As informed, the ship quintet is expected to be delivered between the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021. Upon delivery, the vessels will commence a ten-year time charter to Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.The acquisition is expected to be financed with cash on hand and debt, according to Costamare.What is more, the company agreed in June 2018 to purchase two 2013-built, 5,000 TEU wide-beam containerships, the c/v Megalopolis and the c/v Marathopolis.Both vessels are expected to be delivered by September 2018 at the latest. Upon their delivery, the vessels will be chartered to Maersk Line for a period of seven years.The acquisitions are expected to be initially financed with cash on hand. Costamare said it is in “advanced discussions with a leading European financial institution regarding the financing of the vessels.”Commenting on the recently concluded agreements, Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, said: “We are pleased to expand our valued relationship with Yang Ming through the completion of our latest newbuilding transaction. At the same time, we are renewing our fleet with modern secondhand vessels backed by seven-year charters to Maersk Line.” “In aggregate, these new transactions provide us with additional contracted revenues of approximately USD 650 million and further extend our contract coverage to approximately 4 years,” Zikos added.Apart from the five newbuildings and two secondhand boxships to be added to the company’s fleet, Costamare currently has a fleet of 80 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 542,000 TEU.last_img read more

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HHLA Aims to Be Gateway to the Future

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: HHLA / Thies Rätzke German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) aims to be a gateway to the future, enabling containerships, trains but also data flow through the company’s terminals.“Our overarching objective is to help our customers to transport their goods and commodities safely, quickly and efficiently from A to B – also in the future. In doing so, HHLA aims to be the gateway to the future,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said.In September, HHLA hosted a conference focusing on the question of how logistical transport flows will evolve as a result of digitalization. At the event, it was concluded that containers will still be around for some time to come.However, HHLA said it needs to be prepared for change, in line with its strategic approach.“Containers will still be around for some time to come. Therefore, we must continue to invest in strengthening our core business so that we can meet the future needs of our customers. Equally important is our search for new, digital business fields,” Titzrath pointed out.As informed, more and more start-ups are discovering Speicherstadt historical warehouse district — where HHLA is located — as a location to transform their initial concepts into market-ready solutions. HHLA said it supports these innovation incubators. For example, HHLA has invested in a startup that specializes in software solutions for drones.“Drones are already being used at HHLA’s terminals… However, we also see further potential for these unmanned flying objects,” Titzrath said.According to HHLA Chairwoman, investments and partnerships are necessary in order to benefit from innovative developments as quickly as possible. The company also cooperates with the truck manufacturer MAN in the field of intuitive mobility as it wants to find solutions that will enable self-driving trucks to operate at HHLA’s terminals in the future.Image Courtesy: HHLA / Thies RätzkeHHLA continued its positive development in the current financial year, exceeding the previous year’s result in the first nine months of 2018. Group revenue increased by 2.3 percent to EUR 964.2 million in the first three quarters of this year, from EUR 942.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.In addition, group operating result (EBIT) rose by 0.6 percent to EUR 156.1 million during the January-September 2018 period from EUR 155.2 million posted in the same period last year.During the first three quarters of 2018, HHLA increased its level of investment in METRANS, Czech Republic, and now holds 100 % of shares in the company. HHLA also acquired 100 % of shares in HHLA TK Estonia AS, a terminal operator based in Tallinn, Estonia.Container throughput rose slightly by 1 percent year-on-year to 5,507 thousand TEU. This was mainly attributable to a sustained positive development in Far East volumes, as well as the takeover of the container terminal in Tallinn, according to the company.By contrast, there was a slight decline in container transport of 2.5 percent to 1,098 thousand TEU. This development is linked to the planned realignment of POLZUG activities and a decrease in road transport.HHLA expects container throughput in 2018 to be in the region of the previous year.  The container transport volume is also forecast to remain in the region of the previous year, as Polish intermodal traffic is being realigned in the course of its integration into Metrans.“HHLA remains on its successful course in the current financial year. We will safely reach the targets set for 2018, despite an ever-changing market environment,” Titzrath concluded.last_img read more

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Upgrading the Basic Skills of Older Nova Scotians

first_img Older Nova Scotians will have access to lifelong learningprograms and educational resources that better meet theirspecific needs and interests, thanks to a project initiated by acommittee of the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat. The Seniors for Literacy Committee of the secretariat releasedtwo publications today, Oct. 20, that will help CommunityLearning Networks upgrade the basic skills of older NovaScotians. “Older Nova Scotians represent a large part of our population,”said Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for the SeniorCitizens’ Secretariat. “If we want them to be able to upgradetheir learning skills, it is important to offer programs they areinterested in.” The first publication, a report entitled Enhancing the BasicLearning Skills of Older Nova Scotians – Context and Strategies,provides background information and statistics about older adultsand gives an overview of learning in later life. It outlines thebarriers to learning and suggests strategies to overcome them. Italso includes a list of resources that can be used with olderlearners. The second publication, Enhancing the Basic Learning Skills ofOlder Nova Scotians – A Resource Kit, is a binder of learningresources on topics of interest to older adults such asstorytelling, health, safety, hobbies and history, nutrition andfitness, information technology, personal finances, computerlearning and everyday math. Both publications will be provided to Community Learning Networksacross the province to help them design programs and effectivelearning opportunities for older adults. Currently, only 14 per cent of the people attending upgradingprograms offered by Community Learning Networks in Nova Scotiaare over the age of 50. The publications are the result of the Cultivating LifelongLearning Opportunities Project, sponsored by the Seniors forLiteracy Committee and funded by the National LiteracySecretariat of Human Resources Development Canada, in partnershipwith the Nova Scotia Department of Education. The publications support the province’s skills initiative, SkillsNova Scotia. Skills Nova Scotia involves partners in business,labour, industry, education and training and communities inprograms that narrow the skills gaps, and create a stronger,prouder, Nova Scotia. For a copy of the context and strategies report or to borrow aresource kit, contact the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat at 1-800-670-0065. SENIOR CITIZENS’ SECRETARIAT–Upgrading the Basic Skills of OlderNova Scotianslast_img read more

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Un plus grand nombre délèves peuvent profiter du programme coop

first_imgEnviron 330 élèves supplémentaires pourront faire le lien entre la salle de classe et le lieu de travail grâce à l’expansion du programme d’éducation coopérative de la Nouvelle-Écosse, qui connaît beaucoup de succès. Plus de 100 enseignants du programme coop assistent à un atelier à Halifax, aujourd’hui 10 octobre, afin d’apprendre comment offrir aux élèves du secondaire des possibilités d’apprentissage pratique chez des employeurs de la région. Un investissement de 220 000 $ par la Province a permis l’expansion du programme à 33 écoles supplémentaires. « L’éducation concurrentielle est une priorité du gouvernement, et ces nouveaux programmes coop aideront un plus grand nombre d’élèves à lancer leurs carrières, » a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « L’expansion du programme est une façon pour nous de remplir notre engagement visant à offrir à tous les élèves la possibilité de réussir en Nouvelle-Écosse. » L’éducation coopérative aide les élèves à planifier leur éducation et à acquérir de l’expérience pratique dans une carrière potentielle pendant leurs études secondaires. Les élèves effectuent 25 heures de préparation en classe avant leur placement de 100 heures auprès d’un employeur qualifié. Les élèves en tirent une expérience de travail réelle, de nouvelles compétences et une meilleure connaissance des pratiques de santé et de sécurité au travail. L’éducation coopérative est maintenant offerte dans 73 écoles secondaires de la province, y compris 43 écoles qui offrent le programme Options et opportunités. Cette année, plus de 3 000 élèves seront jumelés avec un employeur de leur communauté, selon leurs connaissances, leurs capacités et leurs intérêts, dans le cadre d’un programme coop.last_img read more

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Semiannual Report Issued

first_imgThe province can do a better job protecting members of private pension plans and people who ride buses, and providing home care to Nova Scotians, according to Auditor General Jacques Lapointe, who tabled his semi-annual report in the legislature today, Nov. 19. Mr. Lapointe said his office’s audit of the provincial pension regulation division concluded that its current processes are not a sufficiently effective safeguard for more than 102,000 Nova Scotian workers and retirees who are members of private sector, not-for-profit and municipal pension plans. He said in order to fulfill its self-proclaimed mandate to safeguard employee entitlements to benefits promised under pension plans, the division needs to verify whether pension plan investment policies are prudent and to verify the value of plan assets, rather than rely on information provided by pension administrators, who are often the employers. “In the current financial climate and in the context of waning investor confidence in markets, additional safeguards should be under active consideration,” said Mr. Lapointe. On the matter of bus safety, the auditor general said the Utility and Review Board’s Motor Carrier Division is trying to keep track of inspection and safety information on an outdated computer system that dates back to the early 1990s. In the past three years, 4,900 mechanical inspections on buses resulted in 3,100 vehicles being taken out of service until repairs were done. “That’s a 63 per cent fail rate which suggests a more robust system of safety enforcement is in the interest of bus travelling Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Lapointe. The province’s home health care program also came under scrutiny, and the auditor general concluded that the Health Department does not know whether Nova Scotians receiving health care at home are getting the services they should. He recommended that the government’s plan to transfer home care to the district health authorities by April 1 be put on hold until the province can develop a plan of action to address the many deficiencies. Mr. Lapointe said that the Health Department has no system to monitor compliance with the letters of understanding it signs with agencies that provide in-home health services. “Various strategies and plans from the Health Department cite home care as part of the answer to relieve pressure on other areas of the health care system. Yet home support providers are already citing staff shortages and an inability to keep up with demand,” he said. “Meanwhile, evidence suggests wait lists for in-home services continue to grow.” Deficiencies in information, information technology systems and in internal government controls, including financial controls, were recurring themes in the report. “Those types of problems were found in every audit reported, and are pervasive in outside audits into other government entities, said Mr. Lapointe. “The risk of error, fraud and financial loss is clearly increased as a result of a lack of action to correct these problems. More importantly perhaps, sound decisions and good management of programs are unlikely when based on unreliable and inaccurate information.” The report contains 75 recommendations for corrective action, most of which have been accepted by the various branches of government under review. Mr. Lapointe said while that response is hopeful, the government’s past performance in fixing problems uncovered by the auditor general is poor. The full report is available on the auditor general’s website at www.oag-ns.ca or by contacting the office at 902-424-4108 or oaginfo@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

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Province Supports NSCC Aviation Program

first_imgPeople interested in joining Nova Scotia’s booming aerospace industry got a boost today, Feb. 3, Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) president Joan McArthur-Blair announced. In response to industry demand, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development will provide a one-time program development fund of $360,000 for aviation training at NSCC. “We are all aware of the present economic challenges, but there continue to be great opportunities in this province,” said Mr. Parent. “The department is constantly exploring new approaches to working with industry sectors and education partners to find innovative solutions and approaches to our workforce challenges. Today, I think it’s safe to say we’ve succeeded.” Aviation programs are expensive and run on a cost-recovery basis. Ms. McArthur-Blair announced that college savings on program delivery will be passed on to students. NSCC will reduce tuition for students entering aviation programs in 2009 by 25 per cent. “At NSCC, accessibility is a very important part of our mandate,” said Ms. McArthur-Blair. “NSCC is proud of the role we can play in working with industry and government to come up with creative solutions that lead to relevant learning and meaningful employment for Nova Scotians.” The program development funding will also support adding a new program. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) is a 10-month certificate program that will provide students with the skills needed to maintain the structural integrity of aircraft. The program was developed in response to industry demand for skilled workers. “Despite the current downturn in the world economy, we still envision 600 new jobs in the aerospace sector in this province yearly for the next several years,” said David Cogdon, executive director of the Aerospace and Defence Human Resources Partnership. “A collaborative approach, new training opportunities and greater access to training for all Nova Scotians are key elements in a successful and growing aerospace and defence sector in the province.” NSCC is a vibrant post-secondary institution committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. NSCC offers more than 100 programs in five academic schools that reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy, and serves the province through a network of 13 campuses. According to NSCC’s most recent survey of graduates (2008), 92 per cent of NSCC graduates are employed; 88 per cent in their field of study. For more information about NSCC, go to www.nscc.ca .last_img read more

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More Road Improvement Projects Announced

first_imgThe province’s steady flow of road work will continue to provide improved infrastructure to Nova Scotians this year as a result of seven tenders announced today, Aug. 12. “We’re determined to keep the road builders of Nova Scotia on the go by getting these necessary jobs into their hands during the current construction season,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “By working closely with the federal government and the municipalities we’re able to deliver a first-class road-improvement program for 2009.” Planned spending for road improvements is over $100 million more than last year, making this year’s highway improvement plan one of the most ambitious in the province’s history. These seven tenders have an estimated value of almost $12 million. Tenders announced today include: Colchester County, 5.7 kilometres of repaving on Trunk 2 and Plains Road Cumberland County, eight kilometres of repaving on Trunk 4 Hants County, seven kilometres of repaving plus drainage improvements on Trunk 2 Lunenburg County, 7.8 kilometres of repaving on four different roads Pictou County, 5.2 kilometres of repaving on Route 256 Pictou County, paving of four streets in the west Pictou area Yarmouth County, 3.4 kilometres of repaving on Raynardton Road.last_img read more

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Job Fair Connects Newcomers Employers

first_imgThe second annual job fair for newcomers will attract more than 400 people seeking employment in Nova Scotia. The job fair, featuring more than 35 employers, takes place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. “A good job is one of the biggest challenges facing many immigrants and international students and one of the most important factors in their decision on where to settle,” said Immigration Minister Ramona Jennex. “Newcomers bring much-needed skills to the province and contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy.” Newcomers taking part in the job fair will mostly be international graduates, international students near graduation, and immigrants who are either seeking jobs or looking for a career change. “It’s important that employers know that help is available in finding newcomers who can provide the skills that may not be available in the domestic labour market,” said Lorena Costa, human resources liaison, Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association. “It’s also important the employers know that help is available to integrate newcomers into their workplace.” The employers taking part in the job fair cover a wide range of business and industry, including customer service, engineering, financial services, accounting, health, hospitality, IT, communications, manufacturing and construction. “To address our need to find enough unique skill sets that our company requires, we’ve had to search beyond the local market and look at the rest of Canada and abroad,” said Lianne Landry, senior human resources manager of Keane Canada, which provides IT outsourcing services from its Halifax location. “We were impressed by the quality of candidates we have hired from the international community. Keane is a global organization and international employees contribute to our culture tremendously.” The event is organized and sponsored by the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Office of Immigration, Department of Labour and Workforce Development, the Greater Halifax Partnership, Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre, Pier 21 Society, Direction Emploi, Saint Mary’s University, and Mount Saint Vincent University. FOR BROADCAST USE More than 400 people are expected to participate in the province’s second annual job fair for newcomers on Wednesday (November 4th). Immigration Minister Ramona Jennex says a good job is one of the most important factors in an immigrant’s decision about where to settle. She says the job fair will help connect skilled workers with local employers, contributing to a stronger economy. More than 35 employers are taking part in the job fair and cover a wide range of business and industry. The event takes place at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. -30-last_img read more

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Retour en classe pour les élèves et les enseignants

first_imgLes élèves et les enseignants à l’échelle de la province retourneront en classe au cours des prochains jours pour la nouvelle année scolaire 2010-2011. Les programmes mettront davantage l’accent sur la sécurité des élèves, la culture internationale, la littératie, les mathématiques et la santé. « Le gouvernement a travaillé fort pour améliorer la vie des familles dans toutes les régions de la province, et l’éducation joue un rôle clé dans ce succès, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Je souhaite un bon retour en classe à tous les élèves et les enseignants, ainsi qu’une autre année sécuritaire et bien occupée, remplie de possibilités d’apprentissage et de plaisir. » Dans le cadre d’un nouveau module sur la santé et la sécurité au travail qui sera intégré au cours obligatoire Développement personnel et social de 9e année, les élèves apprendront la différence entre le travail sécuritaire et non sécuritaire, leurs droits dans le milieu de travail, et la façon de contester et d’évaluer leur environnement de travail. De plus, les enseignants des écoles anglophones de la maternelle à la 9e année recevront des ressources sur la sécurité personnelle qui aideront les élèves à discuter d’une variété de sujets et de décisions sur la santé, par exemple l’adoption d’attitudes et de pratiques saines dans différents environnements. D’autres faits saillants incluent un nouveau cours sur les cultures internationales à l’intention des élèves anglophones de la 6e année, au sujet de la durabilité environnementale, de l’économie globale et de la participation active des citoyens. Un nouveau programme d’études sociales sera offert dans les écoles francophones de la maternelle à la 3e année. Un programme pilote sera également offert en arts du langage en français aux élèves de la maternelle à la 4e année, ainsi qu’aux élèves de la 7e et la 8e année. Un nouveau programme des arts du langage en français sera offert aux élèves de la 5e et de la 6e année l’année prochaine. De nouvelles ressources en littératie seront offertes aux classes de 7e année afin de continuer à appuyer la mise en œuvre d’un nouveau programme de géométrie et des ressources pour les élèves du premier cycle du secondaire dans les écoles anglophones. Le programme de mentorat individuel en littératie se poursuit également dans toutes les écoles francophones, avec des ressources d’apprentissage pour appuyer toutes les initiatives. « Cette année scolaire, nous nous efforçons de fournir aux élèves et aux enseignants le soutien et les ressources dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dans tous les sujets, tout en faisant la promotion d’une culture de sécurité, à la fois en classe et dans le milieu du travail, a dit Mme More. Ces programmes, nouveaux et existants, offrent aux élèves une variété de possibilités d’apprentissage qui leur permettront d’acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour décrocher un bon emploi dans le futur. » Le ministère de l’Éducation fournira des ressources et des possibilités de perfectionnement professionnel aux enseignants de mathématiques de la 7e année des écoles anglophones afin de les aider à aborder les besoins des élèves qui n’ont pas répondu aux normes de l’évaluation Elementary Mathematics Literacy Assessment. Un suivi pour les résultats de l’Évaluation des apprentissages en mathématiques sera également effectué dans les cours de mathématiques de la 7e année. Ce suivi est actuellement effectué annuellement en 4e, 5e et 6e année. Un nouveau programme de mathématiques sera mis à l’essai dans les classes de la 3e à la 9e année des écoles francophones. Le ministère de l’Éducation publie également son premier bulletin en ligne sur le retour à l’école à l’intention des familles, des élèves et des enseignants. Ce bulletin offre des conseils pratiques pour une année scolaire saine et active, des renseignements sur les programmes du gouvernement et les dates importantes. « J’espère que les familles et les enseignants trouveront que ce bulletin et les autres ressources sont pratiques alors qu’ils se préparent en vue d’une autre année de devoirs et d’activités, a dit Mme More. J’ai hâte de découvrir et de célébrer les nombreux accomplissements de nos élèves au cours de la prochaine année scolaire. » Pour consulter le bulletin, visitez le http://back2school.ednet.ns.ca/fr.last_img read more

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Offender Dies at Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

first_imgAn offender died Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Yarmouth. The offender was discovered in his cell just before 10 p.m. Next of kin are being notified. “I extend my sincerest sympathy to the family,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. RCMP, the Medical Examiner Service and the Department of Justice are investigating. Foul play is not suspected.last_img

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New Apprenticeship Program for High School Students

first_imgHalifax-area high school students are getting the chance to explore careers in the culinary trade this summer. Serve It Up! is a new youth apprenticeship program led by the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resources Sector Council. It gives students the opportunity to work in commercial kitchens with Red Seal Certified cooks to gain practical, hands-on experience while earning credits toward graduation. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan was joined by students, representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, culinary sector partners, industry members, the apprenticeship board, and the school board at a kickoff event today, July 26, in Halifax. “Hands-on learning experiences like this are a perfect way for young people to learn about different careers,” said Ms. Regan. “Programs like these connect employers with students to help them discover great opportunities right here in Nova Scotia.”. Student Amanda Jamieson is spending the summer working under executive chef Luis Clavel at Cut Steakhouse, Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar in downtown Halifax. “I’ve always loved to cook,” said Amanda. “I saw opportunities for students to train in other trades and always wished there was something similar for the cook trade, so when my teacher told me about this program I immediately signed up. I’m getting great experience and plan to continue my apprenticeship and earn my certification.” “This important initiative will help increase the number of youth apprentices in the culinary trade, ensure that the sector has the skilled and professional workers it needs, and highlight Nova Scotia as a centre of excellence for tourism education,” said Scott MacAulay, chair, Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council. “These students have a genuine passion for cooking and we want to do everything we can to nurture that interest and help influence their choice for post-secondary education.” Serve it Up! is the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s third sector-based apprenticeship summer youth program. TestDrive and Building Futures for Youth have provided more than 650 students with paid summer employment and hands-on trades experience. Government has invested more than $1.3 million into the programs since they were launched.last_img read more

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Financement accordé à des projets pour célébrer le Canada 150 en NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgCette année, les Néo-Écossais auront la possibilité de souligner le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération en participant à de nombreuses activités culturelles formidables dans la province. Le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Tony Ince, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 30 janvier, que 39 organismes et coopératives à but non lucratif se sont partagés la somme de 841 000 $ en subventions provenant du Fonds En avant pour le 150e. « Cette année, les Néo-Écossais célébreront le 150e anniversaire de notre pays en soulignant notre rôle dans la création et la formation de la Confédération, a déclaré M. Ince. Des activités formidables permettront à nos collectivités de se remémorer nos réalisations, de les célébrer et de célébrer notre bel avenir. » Le Mulgrave Road Theatre présentera sa pièce The West Woods lors d’une tournée dans la province. L’action se passe en 1968 dans une collectivité noire du comté de Guysborough et porte sur la famille Clarke et les obstacles que rencontrent les femmes noires à cette époque de changements sociaux. Le « Mi’kmaw Birch Bark Canoe Builder Live Exhibit and Youth Apprentice Program » célèbre l’artiste mi’kmaw de réputation internationale Todd Labrador. M. Labrador est, aujourd’hui, le seul constructeur de canot mi’kmaw et, dans les ateliers qu’il offrira, il transmettra son savoir et son art aux jeunes mi’kmaw. « Célébrons notre retour » est un projet qui célèbre la vitalité du peuple acadien. Il y aura une cérémonie de dévoilement, un concert, une exposition d’arts visuels et la présentation de la pièce Évangeline. Ces activités coïncideront avec la commémoration de la déportation, le 28 juillet. L’octroi d’autres subventions sera annoncé lors d’activités communautaires dans les mois qui viennent. Rendez-Vous 2017 fait partie des célébrations de Canada 150 en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les grands voiliers se rendront à 11 endroits dans la province au cours de l’été. Le Fonds En avant pour le 150e fournit du financement à des organismes pour la planification d’activités qui aideront les Néo-Écossais à célébrer le 150e anniversaire du Canada. Les activités ou les programmes doivent rendre hommage à une personne ou à une réalisation importante de la Nouvelle-Écosse, célébrer notre identité culturelle et notre diversité ethnique ou célébrer des innovations survenues au cours des 150 dernières années. Le deuxième appel de soumission de projets au Fonds En avant pour le 150e est ouvert et la date limite pour la réception des soumissions a été repoussée au 28 février. Pour plus de renseignements sur le programme, allez à www.novascotia.ca/150.last_img read more

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Meet a Farmer at the Mall

first_imgNova Scotians will be able to meet a farmer at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19. The event, now in its sixth year, will feature information booths in the Bay Court hosted by Nova Scotia farm organizations and cooking demonstrations made with local foods. A farm animal display will be located outside in the Old Navy courtyard and will include a sheep shearing demonstration. New to the event this year are fibre art demonstrations, Belle the milkable dairy cow, and a chance for kids to make pollinator seed bombs and sheep dolls. “This annual event is an opportunity for people to make a connection to the farmers who are helping to feed their families,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This connection helps raise awareness among consumers and encourages them to support our agricultural industry by buying local.” The event is supported by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and affiliated commodity groups. “With only two per cent of Canadians now having a direct link to the farm, there is a need to educate people about the importance and value of the agriculture and agri-food industry,” said Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “Meet Your Farmer at the Mall allows the public to talk directly to the people who are making our industry a world leader in food quality and safety.” About 23,000 people visit Mic Mac Mall each day, making the event a good opportunity for farmers to connect with the public and talk about the agriculture industry and the importance of buying local. “Meet Your Farmer at the Mall is a welcomed opportunity for farmers to share their story and have conversations with Nova Scotians about every day farming practices,” said Chris van den Heuvel, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. For more information on the event, go to www.meetyourfarmer.ca.last_img read more

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Amendments to the Nova Scotia Museum Act

first_img enhance the mandate of the board of governors to allow more direct oversight of museum operations. Members will be appointed by a nominating committee consisting of the board chair and three other members, and when possible, candidates will reflect Nova Scotia’s cultural, generational, gender and ability diversity allow the board to set reasonable visitor fees enable the board to fundraise and effectively market the museum’s unique offerings Modernized legislation will help Nova Scotians enjoy the buildings, vessels and collections that make up the provincial museum system for years to come. Changes to the Nova Scotia Museum Act, introduced today, March 1, strengthen governance and address fees and fundraising. “A stronger board of governors will allow us to better ensure that Nova Scotia’s rich and diverse heritage and stories are preserved and shared,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “These changes will help us in our efforts to reposition the system, to attract broader and bigger audiences and to tell the compelling stories that Nova Scotians want to see and hear.” Proposed changes will: The Nova Scotia Museum system consists of 28 museum sites and is one of the oldest provincial systems in the country. It is responsible for the provincial collection of over one million artifacts and specimens. It also oversees the stewardship of more than 210 buildings, four floating vessels and nine locomotives. The collection provides Nova Scotians with a rich resource for conducting research, educational programs, exhibit development, and reflects the incredible diversity of Nova Scotia’s human and natural histories. These changes support the mandate of the Culture Action Plan. Through this plan, the province has committed to support cultural excellence and stewardship and aims to make Nova Scotia a place known for its strong, empowered and vibrant communities and thriving creative economy. To learn more, visit: https://novascotia.ca/culture/ .last_img read more

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Bollywood stars with BJP tickets register wins Urmila Shatrughan Sinha lose big

first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha will have its usual glamour quotient this time too with newcomers such as action star Sunny Deol and singer Hans Raj Hans set to join their showbiz colleagues Hema Malini, Kirron Kher and Ravi Kishan, all from the BJP, in the lower house of Parliament.There were big losers too with Raj Babbar, the Congress chief in Uttar Pradesh and its candidate from Fatehpur Sikri, trailing by over 4.9 lakh votes against his BJP rival. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCUrmila Matondkar and Shatrughan Sinha, Congress candidates from Mumbai North and Patna Sahib, respectively, and Moon Moon Sen, contesting from Trinamool Congress, also failed to charm voters. Deol, the newest entrant to the select club of showbiz stars trying to find political relevance who joined the BJP just weeks before the elections, won the Gurdaspur seat from Punjab with a margin of over 82,000 votes, according to Election Commission. His electoral rival, Congress’ Sunil Jakhar, won the seat in a by-election from Gurdaspur that had earlier favoured another star, Vinod Khanna, for the longest time. The late actor held the seat for BJP for four consecutive terms from 1998 to 2014. Deol’s father, veteran actor Dharmendra, won the Bikaner seat in 2004 but did not seek another term in politics, leaving his wife Hema Malini and son to fight elections. He, however, campaigned for both. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsHema Malini looked set to retain her Mathura seat for a consecutive second term, surging ahead of her closest rival Kunwar Narendra Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal. The vote tally for Sufi singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans, who is contesting from North West Delhi on a BJP ticket, trounced AAP candidate Gugan Singh by over 5.5 lakh votes. In Chandigarh, Kirron Kher, the BJP MP from the constituency, was set for another win, polling more than 2 lakh votes against Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal. Sunny Deol’s “Dillagi” co-star Urmila Matondkar, also fighting the elections for the first time on a Congress ticket from Mumbai North, failed to register a win, earning only 2.41 lakh votes against winning BJP candidate Gopal Shetty, whose vote count stood at 7 lakh votes. The Modi factor, however, failed to yield dividends for actor-politician Jaya Prada, who recently switched to BJP after spending years in the SP. Her former colleague and now bitter rival, SP’s Azam Khan, was poised for a win in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency. The other BJP star candidate who lost was Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, who fought from Thrissur, Kerala, which voted in Congress candidate T N Prathapan. Jaya Prada was not the only star candidate to cross over to a different party. Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and Ravi Kishan switched parties with varying results. Sinha, who joined the Congress after years of being a BJP rebel, failed to retain his seat in Patna Sahib, which went to BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Union minister defeated Sinha by over 2.8 lakh votes. Sinha’s wife Poonam, who was fighting the election as a SP candidate from Lucknow, also did not fare well. Incumbent Home Minister Rajnath Singh retained his seat with a vote count of 6.33 lakh votes while Poonam Sinha managed 2.82 lakh votes. Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan, who switched his loyalties from Congress to BJP this election season, won from Yogi Adityanath’s bastion, Gorakhpur with 7.14 lakh votes.last_img read more

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Heat wave spell to continue in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the national capital sweltered under the hottest day of the season, mercury fell by a notch on Saturday morning. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 27.6 degrees Celsius, a day after parts it registered a high of 47 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature later in the day is expected to hover around 45 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT Department. The relative humidity in the morning was 48 per cent. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar The weatherman has forecast heat wave spell later in the day and in the next few days. The national capital Friday sweltered under the hottest day of the season, with the mercury rising to 47 degrees Celsius in some areas. The weather stations at Ayanagar and Palam recorded 46 and 46.2 degrees Celsius respectively. Private agency Skymet Weather showed the maximum temperature touched the 47-degree mark in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. The maximum temperature was 44.8 at Safdarjung observatory, which is considered the official recording for the city. The minimum temperature on Friday was recorded ar 28.4 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

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