Navig8 Product Tankers Takes Fifth Tanker from GSI

first_imgzoom Petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has taken delivery of the Navig8 Goal, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI).The Navig8 Goal is the fifth of eight vessels contracted at GSI to be delivered to Navig8 Product Tankers.The vessel is also the fifth to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (CSSC).Following delivery from GSI, the Navig8 Goal was delivered to CSSC under the terms of the sale memorandum of understanding and then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter.The Navig8 Goal will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Alpha8 commercial pool.Navig8 Product Tankers was established in 2013 as a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and DVB Bank.The company has taken delivery of twelve LR1 and twelve LR2 product tanker newbuildings to date and anticipates delivery of its full 27 eco-design product tanker newbuilding fleet during the first quarter of 2017.The company’s fleet is contracted to operate in various product tanker pools managed by the Navig8 Group, an independent pool and commercial management company.last_img read more

Fuel Surcharge Collections Put Pressure on Matsons Profit

first_imgzoom US-based container carrier Matson reported a drop of over 60 percent in its net income for the first quarter of 2017, reaching USD 7 million, compared to a net income of USD 18.1 million seen in the same period a year earlier.For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the consolidated revenue stood at USD 474.4 million compared with USD 454.2 million reported for the first quarter of 2016.The company’s Ocean Transportation operating income plunged to USD 14.5 million, representing a drop of 56.1 percent from USD 33 million seen during the first quarter of 2016.Ocean Transportation revenue increased by 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2017 to USD 370 million from USD 366.1 million reported a year earlier. The rise was primarily due to higher container volume in China and higher average freight rates across the company’s core tradelanes, mostly offset by lower volume in Hawaii, Guam and Alaska.“Matson’s ocean transportation businesses performed largely as expected in the first quarter, declining year-over-year primarily due to the timing of fuel surcharge collections, lower volume in Hawaii and Alaska, and higher vessel operating expenses related to the deployment of an additional vessel in Hawaii,” Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.On a year-over-year FEU basis, Hawaii container volume dropped by 5.5 percent primarily due to the absence of competitive volume gains in the prior year, and Alaska volume decreased by 4.2 percent attributable to the continued energy sector related economic contraction.Additionally, China volume surged by 23.4 percent due to stronger demand for the company’s expedited service and an additional sailing during the first quarter 2017, while Guam volume was 6.9 percent lower due to competitive losses.Matson said that it expects Ocean Transportation operating income in 2017 to be lower than the USD 141.3 million achieved in 2016. In the second quarter 2017, Ocean Transportation operating income is expected to approximate the USD 33.9 million achieved in the second quarter 2016.“For the balance of 2017, we continue to expect modest improvement in each of our core tradelanes with the exception of Guam where we expect further competitive losses due to the launch of a competitor’s weekly service in December 2016,” Matcon said.The company’s SSAT terminal joint venture investment contributed USD 4.9 million during the first quarter 2017, compared to a USD 2.6 million contribution in the first quarter 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to improved lift volume.last_img read more

Farm Safety to be Highlighted

first_imgNova Scotia farmers are working hard to reduce the risk of being injured or killed on the job. Farm Safety is My Business is the theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 8 to 14. The week highlights various aspects of risk management in the agricultural sector, focusing on young workers between the ages of 15 and 29. “We encourage farm owners and managers to make risk assessment and worker safety a priority in all aspects of their business,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Agriculture. “I urge Nova Scotia farmers to use due diligence every day and to analyze the risks in their workplace so they work safely.” Risk management on Canadian farms is changing. In the past, the farmer and his family did most of the work. Today, some farms in Nova Scotia have become larger and use less-experienced workers, creating a need for more formalized safety training. A young worker who was raised on a farm may know more about farm safety than a non-farming youth who is looking for a summer job on a farm. The non-farming youth will need specific safety training to do the job safely. “The province and industry continue to work together on the promotion of farm safety,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Organizations like the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Dalhousie University – Community Health and Epidemiology, the Nova Scotia 4-H and Rural Organizations, deserve special recognition for their continued commitment to farm safety.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said leadership and grassroot support by organizations, farm employers and employees will help reduce workplace injury and illness. Frazer Hunter, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, is pleased with the safety improvements made on farms in this province over the past 10 years. “Even though the majority of our farmers have had to face declining financial returns on their farms, they have made it a priority to focus on turning their farms into safer work sites,” said Mr. Hunter. “They realize that the financial and personal costs of an accident can be tremendous and may have an impact for a lifetime, and not only affect the farmer but also his or her whole family. This is why we in the federation like to celebrate and support farm safety week all year-round.” An average of 115 people are killed and another 1,500 are seriously injured each year in farm related incidents in Canada, while countless minor injuries are never reported. The social costs of agricultural injuries in Canada has been estimated at $200 million to $300 million annually by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week Program is delivered by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association in partnership with Farm Credit Canada, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada and promoted by the Nova Scotia Farm Health and Safety Committee. For more information on Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, see the Canadian Federation of Agriculture website at www.cfa-fca.ca . A Farm Safety guide is available by calling 1-800-952-2687.last_img read more

Nova Scotia to Host Child Welfare Forum

first_imgSome of the world’s top child welfare experts will be in Halifax to discuss how to improve the lives of children in Atlantic Canada. They are part of the first Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum on Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3. The forum is a partnership between the government of Nova Scotia, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare. “This forum’s focus — improving outcomes for children through collaboration and integration of services — is timely,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “Government is working on a child and youth strategy with this same focus in mind and the ultimate goal of making our children’s lives better.” The forum will bring together those behind child welfare policy and social workers on the front lines who work within the policies. The focus is on how collaboration and integration of services between government departments and community-based agencies can better meet the needs of Atlantic Canadian children. Distinguished speakers and in-depth discussions will highlight the two-day event. Invited speakers include: — Susan Bissell, senior project officer at Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF’s International Research Centre in Florence, Italy. She is a specialist in the fields of children’s rights, child labour, trafficking, children in armed conflict, juvenile justice, and a range of other protection concerns; — Margaret Norrie McCain is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick. Their mission is the elimination of family violence through public education and research. — Diana English, director of research and development for the Child Welfare League of America. Ms. English has participated in numerous international, national, and state child welfare related commissions, committees, and conferences, and published over 80 articles on child welfare issues; and — Michael Ungar, who has worked directly with children and adults in child welfare, mental health, educational, and correctional settings. Mr. Ungar maintains a family therapy practice in association with Phoenix Youth Programs, a prevention program for street youth and their families. More information is available at the Child Welfare League of Canada’s website at www.cwlc.ca .last_img read more

Workshops Seek Public Input On Energy Policy Climate Change

first_imgThe province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy policy and create a greenhouse-gas action plan. Public workshops are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19, in Yarmouth and Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Digby. Both meetings will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and be chaired by Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier. The Yarmouth workshop will be held at the Grand Hotel, 417 Main St. The Digby meeting will be at the Fundy Restaurant, 34 Water St. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990 levels,” said Jamie Muir, acting Energy Minister. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed White’s Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The province has created two documents, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy and A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, to help inform public discussion. The first deals with broad energy policy and the second with climate change –- especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse-gas reductions until Dec. 12. The workshops are the first two of 12 sessions to be held around the province. Information gathered at the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the energy strategy and the climate action plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.last_img read more

Public Input Invited for Water Strategy

first_img Comment on the water resources management discussion paper may also be made by writing to waterstrategy@gov.ns.ca or by sending in the feedback form included in the paper. Nova Scotia aims to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020. To help reach that goal, new strategies are being developed for water, natural resources, energy, climate change, and coastal management. To learn more or take part, see The New Nova Scotia: A Path to 2020 at www.gov.ns.ca/2020 . – Oxford on Tuesday, April 1, Lion’s Hall, 4627 Upper Main St. Truro on Wednesday, April 2, Best Western Glengarry, 50 Willow St. Bridgewater on Thursday, April 3, Wandlyn Inn, 50 North St. Yarmouth on Tuesday, April 15, Fire Hall, 221 Pleasant St. Annapolis Royal on Wednesday, April 16, Fire Hall, 5 Saint Anthony St. Kentville on Thursday, April 17, Fire Hall, 416 Main St. Stellarton on Monday, April 28, Museum of Industry, 147 North Foord St. Antigonish on Tuesday, April 29, Keating Millenium Centre, Saint Francis Xavier University Mabou on Wednesday, April 30, Mabou Community Hall Sydney on Thursday, May 1, Delta Sydney, 300 Esplanade Sheet Harbour on Monday, May 12, location TBA Lower Sackville on Tuesday, May 13, location TBA Cole Harbour on Wednesday, May 14, location TBA Halifax on Thursday, May 15, location TBA Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to give input on the way Nova Scotia’s water resources are managed at 14 public workshops throughout the province. The workshops will lead to the development of a Nova Scotian strategy for managing water resources, today and in the future. The first workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1 in Oxford, Cumberland Co. “Protecting the environment is one of government’s five priorities for the new Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “We’re working with Nova Scotians to develop a water management strategy that supports sustainable prosperity and healthy communities.” Developing a strategy will help the province better monitor and manage water resources. Knowing more about the province’s water resources will help protect the health of people and the environment. It will also assist in planning for emergencies, preparing for future climate change effects and maximizing water’s economic potential. Nova Scotia’s water resources include rivers, lakes, coastal waters, wetlands and groundwater. Developing a water resources management strategy is one of 21 goals in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, aimed at making Nova Scotia one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020. Environment and Labour is leading a multi-departmental government committee to co-ordinate the development of the water resources management strategy in consultation with the public and many community groups. Nova Scotians can offer input at the public workshops to be held across the province. A schedule of the workshops will appear in print advertising and is online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water . A discussion paper titled Towards a Water Resources Management Strategy for Nova Scotia, outlines some issues and concerns to consider in developing a water management strategy. The discussion paper, which also includes a feedback form, can be viewed on the Environment and Labour website, at any regional office and at all public libraries. The public workshops on developing a water resources management strategy for the province will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the following times and locations:last_img read more

JHS FishProducts Applies Innovation Reaches Markets in Africa

first_imgTechnology and innovation in southwest Nova Scotia are helping one company take recycling to the next level. Tusket-based JHS FishProducts Ltd. is taking fish parts that would not normally be used in North America and turning them into an edible commodity using drying machinery. Dried fish products are a dietary staple in southern Nigeria and the demand for these products is growing. To support this growth, the company plans to create up to 50 jobs over about five years in the Tusket area. To support JHS FishProducts’ growth, the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is investing a $1.4-million term loan to help upgrade facilities and equipment. In addition, NSBI is providing a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $390,000. Sterling Belliveau, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, made the announcement today, Feb. 5, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “JHS FishProducts is a great example of a company that is using an innovative approach to reduce waste, build a business, and create jobs in our province and we are proud to be working with them,” Mr. Belliveau said. Dried fish has a long shelf life, is rich in Omega 3 and is popular in many countries in Europe and Africa. “Not many Canadians would become excited at the prospect of dried fish products for supper. In fact, most would throw the head away,” said Helgi Már Stefánsson, general director, JHS Fish Products Ltd. “But, with the right technology, fish products that normally would be considered waste can be transformed into a consumer good.” Primary export markets in southwest Nigeria include Lagos, Anambra, and Abia states, with an estimated population of 28 million. “JHS FishProducts is a great example of how companies are applying innovation to product development to capture greater market share and gain a competitive edge,” said Pat Ryan, vice-president and chief operating officer, NSBI. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: MacKay Road MacKay Road, between Trunk 4 at Linacy and Route 347 at Coalburn,will be temporarily closed at Highway 104 on Tuesday, June 15.Alternate routes are in place. Temporary closures of MacKay Road will be required periodically to complete construction work on the Highway 104 twinning project. Local Area Office: 902-755-5142 -30-last_img

Help Needed During Pothole Season

first_imgTransportation and Infrastructure Renewal is asking for the public’s help in identifying and dealing with the spring problem that plagues roads everywhere – potholes. “Given our climate and geology, potholes are a fact of life in the Maritimes every spring,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We can’t stop them but we have very high standards in how we deal with them.” In addition to driving with extra caution motorists can help by pointing the finger at problem potholes. A toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233, will direct callers to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base. “Our staff make regular road checks but we’re responsible for 23,000 kilometres of roads so we may not see everything,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “The public can help and we would appreciate it.” Potholes appear on roads as the constant freeze and thaw cycles of the spring loosen the asphalt. During colder weather potholes are repaired with a temporary patch called cold mix. In the summer months, regular hot mix asphalt is used. Hot mix provides a more permanent repair but it is not generally available from suppliers until after the May long weekend. Department standards for 100 series and trunk roads are that potholes deeper than 100 mm (4 inches) are marked with a sign as soon as staff becomes aware of them and repaired within seven days. For roads with lower traffic volumes potholes must be signed within 24 hours and repaired within 21 days. Potholes which pose a significant and immediate danger are repaired as soon as department staff become aware of them.last_img read more

Tanning Bed Use Restricted in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe province is protecting young people from harmful UV ray exposure with legislation that comes into effect today, May 31. Under the new Tanning Bed Act, it is now illegal for people under 19 years of age to use tanning beds. “This is about protecting the health and well-being of young Nova Scotians,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Nova Scotia has among the highest incidence rates of cancer, including melanoma, in the country and we need to do all we can to reduce the risk to our youth of developing this disease.” Studies have shown that indoor tanning before the age of 35 raises the risk of melanoma by 75 per cent. Overall, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada and yet it is also one of the most preventable. Over the next several months, the new law will come into effect using a phased-in approach. In the coming weeks, tanning bed operators from across Nova Scotia will receive information packages, including signs, detailing the new regulations. A guide will also be distributed to tanning bed operators in the coming months. “While we take this new law very seriously, it is also our responsibility to ensure that tanning bed operators have the proper information and have adequate time to adjust their business practices,” said Ms. MacDonald. During the fall months, inspectors will be visiting tanning salons across Nova Scotia to ensure they are in compliance with the new rules. In addition, a 1-800 number will be established where people can report wrongdoing. Tanning bed owners can be fined up to a maximum of $10,000 and have their business closed for up to two years for repeated violations of the act. The World Health Organization now classifies UV rays as a known carcinogen.last_img read more

Route Chosen for St Margarets Bay Interchange and Connector

first_imgA route that will provide the safest intersection has been chosen for the new St. Margaret’s Bay Interchange and Connector between exits 5 and 6 on Highway 103 in Halifax Regional Municipality. The route will also save the most time for motorists and provide the quickest route for emergency response organizations. The announcement was made today, Aug. 4, by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. The new road and connector was chosen from six possible options that were shared with residents and interested parties through an open house this past winter. The route chosen is Option 3B, which is east of Kieley Lake to Ingramport, with a roundabout close to St. Margaret’s Bay Road. “This option was the one that is in the best interests of the community,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Developing this route will have the least impact on the environment, while improving existing road safety conditions and serving the most people from St. Margaret’s Bay Road.” The location will affect one house. Staff from the department have begun discussions with the landowner to move the house to another location. “We are very pleased that a connector and interchange will be constructed between exits 5 and 6 on the 103, said Jeff Fraser, director of operations, Emergency Health Services. “This will make a positive impact on emergency health service’s response for the communities in the area.” The interchange and connector road are part of a multi-year Highway 103 twinning project and are included in the government’s Five Year Highway Improvement Plan. Planning and engineering work will continue, with construction slated to begin in 2014. The estimated cost of this project is $10-12 million. The report on the route is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/hwy103.asp .last_img read more

Province Approves Writeoffs for 201112

first_imgThe province is writing off $38.4 million in debts that were considered unpaid or uncollectible as of March 31, 2012. Write-offs are a routine accounting practice and do not impact Nova Scotia’s deficit or surplus position. Debts are written off each year when it is determined that they are unlikely to be paid in cases of personal or commercial bankruptcy, death of the debtor or property foreclosure. Although written off from an accounting point of view, the province will continue its efforts to collect debts. Nine departments have write-offs for things such as ambulance user fees, student loans, farm loans, Pharmacare premiums, fines, and various other fees. The Department of Health and Wellness has the largest write-off, with $18.5 million. This is primarily due to unsuccessful attempts at collection of ambulance fees dating back to 1998. The department is working with Emergency Medical Care on a new process to improve collection rates. A list of the write-offs is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

Another Season of Incredible Picnics Kicks Off

first_imgDelectable Nova Scotia lobster, homemade pies and rolls, and other local fare will be served up at the season’s first Incredible Picnic today, Aug. 2, at Chestico Days in Port Hood. A dozen events across the province are on the schedule for the 5th annual Incredible Picnics. They showcase locally grown and produced items like fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and beverages. “Nova Scotia’s agriculture and seafood industries contribute a combined $2 billion in the province’s economy and provide good jobs in rural areas,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “The Incredible Picnics are a fun, tasty way to support these industries and celebrate the variety and quality of local food in Nova Scotia.” Some events are sit-down suppers while others are picnic style. People are encouraged to taste delicious local foods from vendors and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities. The other picnics are at: Windsor Farmers’ Market, Aug. 11 Bonnyman’s Tea House, Tatamagouche, Aug. 12 North Sydney County Exhibition, Aug 18 Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Aug. 19 Crazy Cob’s Cornundrum Corn Maze, Masstown, Aug. 19 Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market, Aug. 19 Wedgeport Tuna Tournament, Lower Wedgeport, Aug. 24 Growing Green Bridgewater Sustainability Festival, Aug. 25 Hubbards Barn and Community Park, Aug. 26 Meadowbrook Farm and Meat Market, Berwick, Sep. 2 Cape Breton Farmers’ Market, Sydney River, Sep. 8 Select Nova Scotia, which supports Incredible Picnics, was developed by the province to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers, and to promote the sale and consumption of food grown and produced in Nova Scotia. More information on the Incredible Picnics is available at www.selectnovascotia.ca .last_img read more

Le rapport annuel indique que des services aux citoyens vulnérables sont nécessaires

first_imgL’ombudsman de la Nouvelle-Écosse affirme que les services offerts par son bureau devraient être élargis pour mieux répondre aux besoins des personnes vulnérables. Dwight Bishop souligne que le besoin croissant est plus évident au sein de groupes tels que les jeunes, les nouveaux Néo-Écossais et les personnes « cherchant à comprendre un système de soins de santé qui est complexe ». Dans son rapport annuel publié aujourd’hui 26 novembre, M. Bishop déclare aussi que le public se préoccupe de plus en plus des questions d’éthique au sein du gouvernement, notamment en raison de nombreux cas d’inconduite signalés. « Les citoyens veulent que les organes de surveillance tels que le Bureau de l’ombudsman soient de plus en plus vigilants », dit-il. M. Bishop fait référence à plusieurs cas traités en 2012-2013 qui, selon lui, mettent en évidence le besoin d’élargir les services de l’ombudsman et d’effectuer des enquêtes plus approfondies. Son enquête auprès de l’Autorité de développement économique régional de Cumberland est un exemple local de ce que le public considère comme un manque d’éthique. « Il s’agissait d’une question de responsabilité relative aux dépenses publiques, et donc d’intérêt public », déclare-t-il. Dans ce cas, le rapport de l’ombudsman a incité le gouvernement provincial à embaucher une entreprise privée pour effectuer une vérification judiciaire des projets de l’organisme. M. Bishop souligne également que les besoins pressants des personnes les plus vulnérables ont été mis davantage en évidence pendant une enquête sur les méthodes offertes pour vérifier les antécédents de personnes embauchées pour travailler avec les jeunes à risque. Dans son rapport, il conclut qu’il n’existe aucune approche globale au Canada, et qu’en Nouvelle-Écosse il n’existe aucune loi exigeant une vérification des antécédents. Un autre cas troublant était l’examen des services aux personnes ayant des besoins complexes, c’est-à-dire ceux qui sont aux prises avec de multiples problèmes de santé psychologique et physique mais qui ne répondent pas aux critères pour les services conventionnels. M. Bishop a donné l’exemple d’une jeune femme qui a reçu un diagnostic de trouble d’hyperactivité avec déficit de l’attention et d’agressivité sévère, en plus d’un trouble de la parole. Il affirme que le ministère des Services communautaires a reconnu que la jeune femme ne répondait pas aux critères pour les services offerts, et que la seule solution possible était l’ajout de personnel à un établissement de soins existant. Deux enquêtes effectuées en 2012-2013 impliquaient des décès, c’est-à-dire le décès d’un détenu à un établissement correctionnel provincial et le décès d’un enfant dans une famille recevant des services gouvernementaux. M. Bishop souligne que le rapport sur le décès du détenu a été rédigé et que ses recommandations ont été acceptées par le ministère de la Justice. L’enquête sur le décès de l’enfant sera conclue d’ici la fin de l’année. Le Bureau de l’ombudsman effectue aussi un examen du programme des établissements de soins pour enfants. En 2012-2013, le Bureau de l’ombudsman a reçu 18 nouvelles plaintes en vertu de la loi sur la divulgation d’actes fautifs dans l’intérêt du public (Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act). Une enquête a été effectuée, et deux autres sont en cours. M. Bishop déclare que son personnel compte bien élargir le rôle du bureau dans les domaines qui présentent de nouvelles demandes de services et une augmentation des attentes du public. « En fin de compte, mes préoccupations se rapportent à l’existence de ressources adéquates pour répondre aux besoins croissants. » Le rapport annuel peut être consulté au www.novascotia.ca/ombu/fr .last_img read more

Province Cheers on Olympic Athletes

first_img Eric Gillis, Antigonish, marathon Mark de Jonge, Halifax, men’s K-1 200m (sprint) Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, women’s K-2 500m (sprint) Ryan Cochrane, Windsor, men’s K-2 200m (sprint) Ellie Black, Halifax, women’s artistic gymnastics Erin Rafuse, Halifax, women’s 49er FX, sailing Danielle Boyd, Halifax, women’s 49er FX, sailing Graeme Saunders, Chester, men’s 470, sailing Jacob Saunders, Chester, men’s 470, sailing -30- Nova Scotia is sending nine Olympic athletes to Rio to represent Canada this month. “Nova Scotians will be cheering for their fellow Bluenosers and all members of Team Canada during the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “How exciting it must be for these athletes to be on the world stage at the very top of their sports. We are proud of them and, on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish them well. May they continue to represent their province and their country with resolve and determination.” The Olympic Games officially open Friday, Aug. 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and run until Aug. 21. The athletes representing Nova Scotia are:last_img read more

Army Major killed another officer and 2 jawans injured in Kashmir encounter

first_imgSrinagar: An Army Major was killed while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in south Kashmir Monday, officials said. They said the encounter took place in the Achabal area in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. A Major-rank officer has been killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers have been injured, they said. The injured have been rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they added. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area this morning. The search operation led to a gunfight after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated, they added.last_img read more

Building collapses in Delhi no casualties

first_imgNew Delhi: A three-storey building collapsed here on Tuesday, an official said, adding that there were reports of any casualties. According to the senior fire official, they received a call at around 6.25 a.m., informing them that a portion of the building in the national capital’s Sadar Bazaar area had collapsed. “Three fire tenders were rushed. A portion of the building had first collapsed, but at around 8 a.m., the entire structure crumbled to the ground,” the official added. According to the police, there was no one residing in the building. The cause of the collapse is under probe.last_img read more

Columnist accuses Donald Trump of sexual assault

first_imgWashington: A New York-based writer and longtime women’s advice columnist has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her more than two decades ago, a charge denied by the US president who described it as fake news. E Jean Carroll in a new book ‘What Do We Need Men For?’ said that President Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City in the mid-1990s. Excerpts of the forthcoming book were first published on the website of New York magazine. While Carroll does not appear to name Trump in the printed excerpt of the first-person account, he is named in the headline, which reads: “Hideous Men Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life.”last_img read more

Apple updates Mac to fix faulty video conferencing app

first_imgSan Francisco: To fix a faulty feature on video conferencing app Zoom, Apple has released a silent update for Mac users. To fix the vulnerability that was letting websites automatically add users to a video call without their permission, Apple’s update would now prompt users asking them if they want to open the app. According to Apple, the automatically-deployed update removes the hidden web server, which Zoom quietly installed on users’ Macs when they installed the app, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The video conferencing platform faced flack from users following a public vulnerability disclosure on Monday by a software engineer Jonathan Leitschuh after he described how any website could forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user’s permission. On Tuesday, Zoom released a fixed app version however Apple said its actions would protect users both past and present from the undocumented web server vulnerability without affecting or hindering the functionality of the Zoom app itself, the report said. Over four million users across 750,000 companies use Zoom for video conferencing around the world. “We’re happy to have worked with Apple on testing this update. We expect the web server issue to be resolved today. We appreciate our users’ patience as we continue to work through addressing their concerns,” the report quoted a Zoom spokesperson as saying.last_img read more

Kumaraswamy govt falls as JDSCongress coalition loses trust vote in Karnataka Assembly

first_imgKarnataka Floor Test Live: “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes. The HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, with the coalition falling short of majority in the 224-member House. The trust vote was necessitated after 15 MLAs rebelled against Kumaraswamy government, plunging it to a minority. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes.The trust vote sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy reached its culmination today after three missed deadlines. While the Opposition BJP has 105 MLAs in the House and the support of two Independents, the ruling coalition has 101 MLAs on its side on paper. However, as many as 20 coalition MLAs were absent from the House, reducing the number of the ruling government to 99. The political crisis in the state began with the resignation of at least 1 MLAs-12 from Congress and three from the JD(S), threatening the existence of the coalition government in the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier today, the police imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) (prevents assembly of five or more people at one spot) and banned sale of liquor from 6 pm Tuesday to 6 am. The rebel MLAs had moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s delay in accepting their resignations. On July 17, the top court left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations but ordered that they should not be compelled to attend the proceedings of the state Assembly. (Inputs from The India Express)last_img read more