zoom The 2013-built car carrier Morning Compass has been seized by Libyan militants and escorted to the country’s Ras Al Hilal port, according to local media.The vessel, working under a charter deal with Korean shipping firm EUKOR Car Carriers, was on its way from South Korea’s Incheon port to Libyan port of Misurata when it was stopped.Data provided by VesselsValue shows that the 6,500 CEU carrier was still anchored at the Ras Al Hilal port yesterday.Media reports indicate that the vessel, which is currently carrying some 5000 cars, is crewed by twelve Filipino seafarers.Citing an official, the Libyan News Agency (LANA) informed that the ship was intercepted because it was sailing in a no-entry military zone.World Maritime News contacted the vessel’s charterer for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Affected by depressed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) spot rates, Singapore’s gas carrier owner BW LPG has seen its profit plunge to USD 8 million in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s profit after tax fell from USD 59.9 million reported in the same period a year earlier, while its Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) earnings were at USD 94.7 million for the quarter, significantly lower than USD 136.8 million reached in the first three months of 2016.These factors resulted in a decrease in TCE income of USD 32 million and USD 10.1 million respectively, in the VLGC and LGC segments. Operating revenue for the period was USD 137 million, down from USD 162.6 million seen a year earlier.Additionally, BW LPG said that its EBITDA dropped to USD 41.9 million in the first quarter, from an EBITDA of USD 88.9 million reported in the corresponding period of the previous year, mainly due to the decline in LPG spot earnings.As at March 31, 2017, the group had no unpaid capital commitments, as the last two owned VLGCs under construction were delivered in January 2017 and two new remaining VLGCs under construction are time chartered-in vessels.“Our short-term outlook remains cautious as we enter the summer months, with continued cargo tightness in the Middle East, high U.S. domestic LPG prices and significant newbuilding deliveries for rest of year 2017,” BW LPG said, adding that this “will maintain downward pressure on rates.”The company also informed that it maintains its view that renewed U.S. LPG production is the key to reopening global price spreads and a more sustained rebound in freight.BW LPG has a fleet of 53 vessels, comprising 49 VLGCs and four LGCs. In addition, the group has two time charter-in VLGC newbuilds that are under construction.
zoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM has, through its subsidiaries SAAM Puertos and SAAM Inversiones, acquired the 15% interest held by Grupo de Empresas Navieras (GEN) in Iquique Terminal Internacional (ITI) for USD 11.05 million.As a result, SAAM now controls 100% of ITI, which is described by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as the main port terminal in the far north of Chile and the fifth most important in the country.“This transaction is part of our growth strategy. Since we are already familiar with and operate the asset, the deal reaffirms our commitment to ITI and its employees,” Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, commented.“The importance of northern Chile and trade with neighboring countries lays a foundation for good outlooks and opportunities to consolidate Iquique as the area’s main port for foreign trade,” Valdés added.As disclosed, with this acquisition, SAAM Puertos, which operates eleven port terminals in six countries in the Americas, continues to execute its strategy to grow in assets.In early 2017, the company acquired 51% stake in Puerto de Caldera, Costa Rica.In early April, SAAM announced plans to invest a total of USD 133.5 million this year. The port operator intends to invest USD 85 million in maintenance and extension of its current assets – San Antonio Terminal Internacional, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and San Vicente Terminal Internacional.Last month, SAAM revealed that Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG), a port it has operated in Ecuador since 2006, incorporated the facilities of the adjacent Trinipuerto bulk terminal through a 40-year lease. Trinupuerto terminal is expected to more than double TPG’s current container transfer capacity and enable it to enter the bulk cargo market.
zoomImage Courtesy: DP World The long-term issuer rating of Dubai-based terminal operator DP World Limited has been upgraded to Baa1 from Baa2, Moody’s rating agency said.“Our decision to upgrade DP World’s ratings reflects a strong track record in managing its business through industry cycles as well as achieving its growth ambitions, while maintaining a healthy financial profile,” Rehan Akbar, a Moody’s Vice President — Senior Analyst, said. “DP World’s growing scale and geographic footprint has increased its business resilience which Moody’s now sees as more appropriately reflected in the Baa1 rating.”The rating action reflects its diversified global operations; the positive expected long-term growth in international container traffic; its solid profitability and liquidity profile; its expected adherence to leverage targets as proven by management’s track record; and its flexibility to delay capex to support the balance sheet if needed.The risk of escalation in trade tensions between the USA and its key trading partners creates significant uncertainty in global trading conditions and is a downside risk for DP World. Moody’s believes the increased uncertainty will adversely impact business confidence and delay investment decisions leading to a weaker global trade outlook in H2 2018 and potentially well into 2019.Additionally, the company’s outlook on all ratings is stable, reflecting Moody’s view that DP World will remain resilient over an industry cycle as a result of its broad geographic footprint and financial flexibility.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Demand for classic Panamax containerships, which picked up in the recent weeks, has driven a major drop in the number of idle units in the size range from 4,000 to 5,100 TEU, according to Alphaliner.Over the past month, the count reduced from 50 to just 22 ships, of which only twelve are still believed ‘spot’ for charter.The sharp fall is mainly driven by increased demand from the intra – Far East routes, which have become the biggest single trade for Panamax ships. The number of ships of over 4,000 TEU, deployed in the Far East regional trades, has increased steadily since 2010, from 30 to 195 units currently, 153 of which are classic Panamaxes.Chinese domestic routes alone employ 63 of these ships, primarily on high-volume trades that connect Northern and Southern China.Alphaliner noted that most of the new demand is fuelled by the vessel size increase on North Asia – South East Asia services, as well as by an increasing number of high-volume feeder routes in South East Asia.“The relatively low charter rates for classic Panamaxes have enticed operators to upgrade some services from the 1,500 – 3,500 TEU size to the 4,000 – 5,100 TEU scale, with Panamax vessels chartered at rates similar to those paid for smaller ships.”
zoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – Public Domain; Image by: Janeway The Croatian government has agreed to provide state guarantees for a loan of up to HRK 150 million (USD 22.5 million) for the struggling shipyard 3. Maj.The country’s Finance Minister, Darko Horvat, noted that the support was dependent on all creditors agreeing to defer the recovery of outstanding debts for two years.The specified amount would be enough for the shipyard to resume production. It was further said that the state would incur no expenses with the move.With the state guarantee, the shipyard will be able to seek a loan from the Croatian state development bank HBOR or commercial banks. 3. Maj is owned by compatriot Uljanik which earlier hinted at a possible sale of the shipyard as part of its restructuring plan.Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, said the undertaking was aimed at securing more time for 3. Maj to find a strategic partner for a sustainable future. Among the possible solutions to the problem was the transferring of part of the operations to Uljanik’s facilities in the Port of Pula.“It could also mean a part of business taking place in the Pula dock,” Plenkovic said.3. Maj lost a number of significant shipbuilding deals in October 2018 when Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation canceled four contracts. The company made the decision amid the shipyard’s financial difficulties, which led to a much-publicized attempt to refinance the company and shipyard management was unable to put forward a credible plan that would lead to completion of the remaining hulls.World Maritime News Staff
The province’s Registry of Deeds office will remain in the Townof Pictou, Premier John Hamm announced today, Nov. 1. “The Registry of Deeds office in Pictou has been an importantservice to the community for many years, carrying much historicalsignificance for local residents,” said the premier. “Aftercareful consideration of community needs and alternate spaceoptions within the Town of Pictou, it was important forgovernment to reassure the community that this office would notbe moved to another town.” Last month, the Department of Justice announced that it wasmoving Family Court proceedings from New Glasgow to Pictou. As aresult of the additional physical space pressures that this newservice in the Town of Pictou would provide, transferring theRegistry of Deeds office to the New Glasgow area was considered. “We have listened to the community, reviewed the physical spaceoptions within the Town of Pictou and have decided that no changeto the location of the Registry of Deeds will result in itleaving the Shire Town of Pictou,” added the premier. Officials from the departments of Justice and Service Nova Scotiaand Municipal Relations will meet soon to determine which is thebest option to keep the Registry of Deeds office in Pictou.
Award recipients: Todd Brown, Thomas Conrad, Scott Hawkes, Michael Marquis, David Nelson. Government employees who helped develop a winter snowplow training program and who made thousands of historical records available to the public, were among the recipients honoured today, Jan. 31, with the first Premier’s Awards of Excellence. Four teams and one individual were recognized by Premier John Hamm for their contributions to Nova Scotia at a ceremony which took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. The Premier’s Award of Excellence is the highest honour of the Nova Scotia civil service. Established this year, it recognizes Nova Scotia civil servants for outstanding contributions or achievements. This year, an external selection panel looked for nominations of teams or individuals that demonstrated leadership excellence, innovation and creativity, outstanding client service, and creative relationship building. “Public service employees of the government of Nova Scotia are among the best in the world and it was time for us to recognize exceptional work,” said Premier Hamm. “The selection panel evaluated 50 nominations and, with great difficulty, recommended five as recipients of the award. The award winners, in fact, represent the many thousands of government employees who bring their skills and dedication to their public service roles every day.” “We hope that all nominees are proud of having been nominated,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Human Resources. “The number and quality of submissions we received demonstrates that excellence in the public service is everywhere. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that values its staff and that pauses from time to time to recognize and celebrate their achievements.” NovaScotian Crystal, Canada’s only producer of handcrafted crystal, was commissioned to create the award. Winners of the first annual Premier’s Award of Excellence are: — Justice Enterprise Information Network Team:The Justice Enterprise Information Network is a world-class information system that was developed in-house to support the Department of Justice and its partners in the administration of justice and public safety.Award recipients: Colin MacDonald, Dick de Gier, Carolyn Hebert, Lorraine Vassalo, Anne Marie Skinner, Greg McGean, Duncan McIntyre, Mitch Lalovic, Robert MacLellan. — Snow School Development Team:A group of five winter operators from Sydney created The Snow School Training Program to meet the new risks and challenges presented by new truckplows. The program has become the provincial standard and ensures that Nova Scotia produces the most highly trained snowfighters in North America.Award recipients: Lloyd Hall, Lloyd Harris, John (Sandy) Jardine, Gary Willis, and Wilfred Pentecost. — Online Resources Work Team:In 1998, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management launched a website to provide Nova Scotians with access to their documentary heritage via the Internet. As a result of the team’s work, more than 10,000 historical photographs, documents, maps, print materials, sound recordings and film clips will be accessed by more than one million visitors this year. Award recipients: Paul Maxner, Garry Shutlak, Philip Hartling, Anjali Vohra, and Virginia Clark. Annette Boucher, registrar, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and prothonotary, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia:Annette Boucher has enhanced the administration of justice and the provision of French-language services within Nova Scotia and on a national basis. To those involved in litigation, Annette represents the face of patience and understanding as she guides them through this difficult and often confusing process. Evaluation of Alternatives Work Team:The Public Safety Communications Services Program Office developed state-of-the-art, field communications to support Nova Scotia’s volunteer first responders. Nova Scotia is the first constituency in North America to incorporate satellite phones, trunked radio, and other new, field communications technologies in the public-safety community. For more information on the Premier’s Award of Excellence see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/prem .
Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt wishes to clarify a statement he made to media earlier today, Feb. 16, concerning the release of the report of the Review of Wildlife Sanctuaries and Management Areas. This statement indicated that he believed the report had been released, and that there would be no clearcutting on Crown land. The report of the Wildlife Sanctuaries and Wildlife Management Areas is scheduled for release early next week. The minister acknowledges that his comment about clearcutting on Crown land, which he made in relation to the Liscomb Wildlife Sanctuary, was incorrect. “I apologize for these comments to journalists and I hope they understand that I simply made a mistake,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “I wish to thank the several media representatives who brought this to my attention to allow me to correct this regrettable error.” -30-
-30- Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Closure Highway 107, the Forest Hills Extension, from Main Street in Dartmouth to Exit 14 at the Waverley Road Exit, will be closed until further notice because of a traffic collision.
Communities are again being invited to apply for Age-friendly Communities Program funding to make community features and services more accessible for seniors. “These grants are part of the commitment we made to support communities who are working toward becoming more age-friendly,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. “They are also part of government’s commitment to make life better for families in every region.” The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities and their community partners create or adapt structures or services to be accessible and inclusive of seniors so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities match these provincial grants, which can be up to $5,000 per project. “Nova Scotians are embracing the age-friendly concept because they see that what is good for seniors is good for people of all ages,” added Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. The grants are part of senior-focused funding initiatives that include the Positive Aging Fund and Senior Safety Grants. They advance the province’s Strategy for Positive Aging, a long-term guide for planning for the aging population. The deadline for applications is July 30. More information on the grants and application forms and a list of grant recipients are available at www.gov.ns.ca/seniors or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065.
NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Balfour Bridge Balfour Bridge on the Balfour Road, off Route 289, will be closed from repairs. A walking bridge is in place. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Traffic on Black Rock Road will be reduced to one lane at the Highway 101 overpass for overpass repairs. Traffic signals are in place until Tuesday, Oct. 5. Drivers should expect delays and travel with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31, 2011. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at the Cobequid Pass Toll Plaza will have a one lane closure to replace concrete slab until Sunday, Oct. 24. There is a detour for oversized traffic on Trunk 4. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. Traffic at the detour bridge will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Parker Mountain Road Parker Mountain Road from 1.1 kilometres north of Trunk 1 will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 INVERNESS COUNTY: Peter Campbell Bridge Peter Campbell Bridge on the Orangedale/Iona Road is being replaced. A section of the road between McIvor Road and Portage will be closed, expect for local traffic until Monday, Oct. 4. Please use alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-756-2140 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 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Amherst town line, south for about 4.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pumping Station Road The Pumping Station Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 204 and Hastings Road to allow for culvert replacement. The project is scheduled for completion on Friday, Oct. 15. Local Area Office: 902-664-7370 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 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 at the Kentville/New Minas town line will be reduced to one lane for the replacement of a culvert until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic signals are in place and delays are expected. Drivers should use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 DIGBY COUNTY: Robinson Weir Road Robinson Weir Road, from 300 metres north of Route 303, will be reduced to one land for paving and shouldering until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Mira North Road Grand Mira North Road, 16.5 kilometres from Route 327 will be closed for culvert repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 6. Alternate route on Grand Mira South. Local Area Office: 902-563-2250 KINGS COUNTY: Route 360 Route 360 at Highway 101 Overpass (Berwick – Exit 15) will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and resurfacing from Friday, Oct. 1 until Sunday Oct. 31. Traffic signals in place. Expect minimal delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: 358 Bridge by Port Williams Cornwallis River Bridge in Port Williams will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Route 212, from two kilometres east of Oldham Road to Antrim Road for 8.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Frankville Road and Linwood Road overpasses, on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher, have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement and waterproofing, until Friday, Oct. 8. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Road Acacia Valley Road, from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 26 to Ridge Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.5 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for construction until Sunday, Oct. 31. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from about one kilometre south of Virgina Road in South Milford will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Street between Kingston and Greenwood will have periodic lane closures for cold planing and repaving from Monday, Oct. 4 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Spa Springs Road Spa Springs Road, from Route 362 to the bridge 500 metres west of the Route 221 intersection, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 5 Exit 5 on Highway 125 will be closed for upgrades until Sunday,Oct. 31. A detour route is marked and drivers should use Exit 4 or Exit 5A, as directed. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Granville Road Granville Road in Port Wade will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shouldering until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic Control will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 QUEENS COUNTY: Pulp Mill Bridge The Pulp Mill Bridge on River Road will be closed for bridge replacement until Monday, Oct. 11. Detour on Old Garden Road in Pleasantfield. Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton/Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, is being diverted to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 3.8 kilometres west of Fox Island Road east to the Canso town line, will have alternating one lane closures for cold planing, pulverization, gravelling and re-paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and for some time over the weekend. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will be reduced to one lane each way for road work until Friday, Oct. 15. Expect delays and rough surface. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, Prospect Road from lights at Trunk 3 intersection towards Exhibition Park will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no lane restrictions from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during week days. Local Area office: 902-835-3935 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 362 Traffic on Route 362, from Mosher Hill north for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gardiner Road Gardiner Road, for about four kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, pipe work and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201Route 201 from Old Mill Road in South Farmington, east for about 500 metres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255 from Homeville/Round Island Line towards Mira Gut Bridge for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for re-paving and bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 19. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from the intersection of Route 320 in Martinique south to Creighton Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, cleaning culverts and paving until Friday, Nov. 12. Traffic control is on site. An alternate route is available on Route 320. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-625-4025 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic control personnel and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30, Cabot Trail Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail), from East Big Interval Road for about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving, shoulder work, and guardrail repairs until Monday, Oct. 4. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 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 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Route 201 in Nictaux south to Varnier Mountain Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Sunday. Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10, North Ridge Road Trunk 10 at North Ridge Road, about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Friday, Oct. 8. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Route 303 from Exit 26 north to Digby Town line will be reduced to one lane for widening, upgrading, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 14. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-
Halifax Regional Municipality: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, in the Salmon River-Jeddore area of the Eastern Shore, has reopened. The highway had been closed because of a downed pole and power lines. Department staff are making repairs to the road shoulders. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-424-2039 -30-
Nova Scotians are encouraged to prepare for a snowy Nor’easter today, Jan. 12, that will make driving conditions hazardous and could lead to an interruption of power and other services. Environment Canada forecasts some areas of the province could receive up to 30 centimetres of snow by Thursday, Jan. 13. “Nova Scotians should take precautions,” said Ross Landry, Minister for the Emergency Management Office. “Our advice is that families have food and other supplies on hand for at least 72 hours.” Nova Scotia Power says it has placed repair crews on standby. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warns that drivers should check road conditions before travelling and, if at all possible, avoid driving during severe weather. The department has more than 500 pieces of snow removal equipment provincewide ready to clear snow and salt roads. Road conditions across the province are available by calling 511 and visiting www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Detailed information on winter safety kits and preparation can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
New legislation introduced today, Dec. 5, will ensure public sector organizations cannot use their funds to pay external lobbyists. “We understand Nova Scotians are concerned about how public sector organizations spend their money,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This new act will increase accountability and ensure limited funds don’t go to external lobbyists.” Under the Public Sector Lobbyists Act, organizations such as school boards, housing and health authorities can still lobby government directly through employees and officers. “Lobbying is a legitimate democratic activity,” Mr. MacDonell said. “We’re being proactive so organizations and people involved in lobbying can focus their efforts appropriately.” Nova Scotia was one of the first provinces to regulate lobbyists and increase transparency with the Registry of Lobbyists.
West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Alton Road Alton Road, from Trunk 2 to 650 metres south of the Cloverdale Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Saturday, Sept. 10. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martin’s Point Road Martin’s Point Road has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing and upgrades until Friday, Sept. 30. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31 HANTS COUNTY: Old Mines Road Old Mines Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- CONTINUING WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed for repairs until Monday, Sept. 19. A detour route is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slow down in construction zones, and be prepared to stop. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Cross Road Cross Road from Northfield Road to Cornwall Road has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing and upgrades until Friday, Sept. 30. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Rockwell Drive Rockwell Drive has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trunk 1, from Duffy Road west to Meteghan River Bridge during paving and culvert repairs. The project is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 16. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road As part of the construction of the new roundabout in Pictou, crews will be working on the installation of new storm drains on West River Road off of Highway 106 at Exit 3A. The centreline will be adjusted during construction. Use caution and reduce speed. The roundabout is expected to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Pictou Road Pictou Road between Vimy Road and Hillside Avenue is now opened. Work will continue on Pictou Road until Monday, Oct. 31 which will periodically be restricted to one lane. NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Gully Bridge Repairs on Gully Bridge, Route 289, Brookfield Dean Road will continue until Friday, Sept. 30. One lane will be open. A traffic light is on site.
New York: Indian-American activist Priya Sawhney, who interrupted Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ on-stage talk, has been arrested on trespassing and burglary charges, according to media reports. Sawhney, 30, rushed on stage during Amazon’s “re:MARS” event here on Thursday and asked Bezos to do something about “chicken farms”. Sawhney evaded event security, as well as some of Bezos’ personal detail, which costs a reported USD 1.6 million per year, the BBC reported. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “You are the world’s richest man. You’re the President of Amazon and you can help the animals,” shouted Sawhney, asking Bezos to stop the abuses of animals in California farms, the report said. The security guards quickly surrounded her and took her away. Bezos and Jenny Freshwater, another Amazon executive on stage at the time, sat calmly as the woman was removed. A judge in Las Vegas says a California animal rights activist can be freed from jail without bail pending her next court date on felony charges for approaching Bezos, the world’s richest man, on a conference stage, according to a media report. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Sawhney is due again in court July 15 on false identification and burglary charges. In Nevada, burglary relates to entering a building with intent to commit a felony, the report said. Sawhney is co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere (DXE), an international grassroots network of animal rights activists founded in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Direct Action Everywhere animal rights group said it was protesting against what it claims is poor treatment of chickens at a farm in Petaluma Poultry, a California farm that supplies chicken and turkey to Amazon and others. “Animal abuse is the crime here, not animal rescue,” Ms Sawhney said in a press release published quickly after the incident. “It’s time Amazon and Jeff Bezos take a stand for transparency, rather than actively suppressing the truth.” Once she was taken away, Bezos turned to the moderator and said: “Do you have a response to that?”
London: After registering a nervy win against Pakistan, Australia will look to come out with a commanding performance when they meet Sri Lanka in their fifth World Cup encounter at the Kennington Oval on Saturday. With six points in four games, the defending champions are sitting pretty in the top section of the points table and, therefore, would aim to gain two points to get to the top of the chart. One of the things that has been witnessed in Australia’s campaign so far is that none of the games have been easy for them. Barring their first game against Afghanistan, the mighty Aussies have had to grind and struggle to registers wins against West Indies and Pakistan. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevWith David Warner returning to his usual batting fluency like he did against Pakistan, Australia’s top-order looks more formidable, while the middle-order has been in good form to begin with. Their bowling, too, is in fine form with Mitchell Starc leading their pace battery. While they were taken for plenty by the strong batting line-up of the Men in Blue, they put up a good show against Pakistan and will look to keep the foot on the pedal. On the other hand, Sri Lanka, have four points from four games, which includes two washouts. In their two completed games, Dimuth Karunaratne’s men have not looked a very challenging side. Their batting has been in tatters, providing little chance to the bowlers to get them back into the game. The onus, will however, be on Karunaratne and Kusal Perera to make sure they play positive brand of cricket and provide enough runs for the likes of Lasith Malinga to unleash themselves against the five-time world champions.
Kolkata: Three persons have been held for interrogation in connection with the killing of a local Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, police said on Sunday. “Manoranjan Patra, 55, was beaten to death near the Trinamool party office in Harishchowk. Like every day, he was on his way to the party office when some people attacked him on Saturday. Three individuals have been held for interrogation,” an officer of Khanakul police station said. A Trinamool supporter claimed that Patra was threatened by some Bharatiya Janata Party activists a few days back. Patra’s body has been sent for post-mortem and investigations are going on, the officer added.
Narendra Modi never ceases to surprise. He surprised everyone, probably including himself, by sweeping the 2019 elections. The brutal victory evoked fears of Armageddon and critics saw Modi 2.0 as confirmation of the proclamation of a Hindu Rashtra. But these have since been found to be grossly exaggerated. The massive victory seems to have done some magic as Modi in his second term has behaved more like a statesman than anything else that has been conjured up of him. Also Read – A special kind of bondHis address to members before the commencement of the first day of proceedings of the newly-elected Lok Sabha was a star performance, especially his gesture of reaching out to the opposition in the interest of legislating for fulfilling the aspirations of ‘130 crore Indians’. “When we come to Parliament, we should forget paksh (treasury) and vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” the Prime Minister said. That was more statesman-like than Modi has ever been known for. Also Read – Insider threat managementSimilarly, his emphasis on the constructive role of the opposition, even in its truncated form, is a refreshing change. “The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in the proceedings of the House with gusto,” Modi said. One hopes the new Speaker takes note and extends the courtesy to the leader of the opposition. Ever since he was swept to power on the wave of what he claimed to be India’s first ‘pro-incumbency wave’, Modi has been maintaining that it was important for the NDA to listen to the opposition ‘even if the opposition had just one member’. Modi even reminded the opposition of its duty to constructively oppose the government. After winning his second mandate, the Prime Minister used typical symbolism to pick Kerala’s temple town of Guruvayur for his first public meeting, where he delivered a clear message on his government’s policy of inclusiveness. He told an enthusiastic crowd of BJP supporters that he opted to hold his first public meeting in Kerala, although the state did not send a single BJP representative to the Lok Sabha. “Some people must be wondering what kind of a man this Modi is, coming first to a state which refused to elect a single BJP candidate,” the Prime Minister said in a speech at a school ground near the famous Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur, where he offered prayers. Modi said his government belonged to 130 crore Indians and not just the people who voted BJP back to power. He also complimented the people of Kerala for participating in the great national festival of democracy. He said he considered the people of Kerala in the same way as he considered the people of Varanasi. This was in sharp contrast to what Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on the same day at a place not far off from where Modi was speaking. In Wayanad for a thanks-giving visit for electing him convincingly while his supposed family burrow of Amethi rejected him, Rahul continued to attack Modi and reiterated his charge that the prime minister was a liar. Rahul’s diatribe appeared to be completely out of sync with Modi’s approach, which was anchored on moderation and conciliation. The same symbolism was on show when Modi first entered the central hall of Parliament House for his second term as he bowed down ritualistically before the Constitution, which his government had been accused during the election campaign and the period leading up to that of systematically subverting. This phase was marked by an orchestrated campaign against Modi’s alleged disregard for the constitution and its institutions, which prompted the prime minister to complain against what he derisively described as the ‘Khan Market Gang’. Later in his address to the new batch of MPs, he asked the NDA members not to discriminate against anyone and win the trust of minorities, who he said had been cheated by the Opposition for generations and now it is time to win them over. He pointed out that the minorities have been made to live in an ‘imaginary fear’ all this while and the ruling front MPs have to break this ‘deception’. He said they should take everyone along, including those who have not voted for the ruling alliance and have been its trenchant critics. Down and out in the Modi tsunami, the opposition parties by and large seem to have reconciled themselves to the new reality. But the ‘Khan Market Gang’ is persisting with its ways, running down the verdict of the people and igniting passions. Some of the writings by the so-called members of the gang deserve unequivocal condemnation. An article carried by a news portal captioned ‘Being Muslim in New India is an inherently existential struggle subsumed as a community is under an emergent Hindu nation’, authored by a Muslim, provides a good sampling of the attempts to create the fear psychosis that Modi referred to in his speech. The highly provocative article surmises that the 2019 election results have one clear message: ‘a New India is here and it is a Hindu Rashtra’. It argues that it is too simplistic to give credit for the BJP’s massive mandate to the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo and claims that the credit should go to over 180 years of sustained efforts of ‘Sangh Parivar reformists’. “However, out of all that is being spoken about in this victory — Shah, Modi, New India, and a Hindu nation — the Muslims of the country are left with a question: Where are we in all this?” Whether it is the result of an oversight by the editors of the portal or a deliberate attempt to ignite passions, it is a fit case for the Press Council of India to take up. (The views expressed are strictly personal)