zoom Nasdaq-listed tanker shipping company Teekay Tankers has entered into an agreement to dispose of two of its 159,500 dwt tankers, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The two vessels, the LR2 tanker Ganges Spirit and the Suezmax tanker Yamuna Spirit, were sold to Greece-based shipowner New Shipping Ltd.VesselsValue said that the 2002-built tankers were sold for a price of USD 16.2 million each.The vessels, constructed by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, have a market value of USD 18.1 million a piece.Earlier in October, Teekay Tankers decided to exit the MR2 tanker sector as sold its final MR2 chemical tanker Hugli Spirit for USD 13 million to Norway’s Champion Tankers AS.The 46,900 dwt vessel, which features a length of 183 meters and a width of 32 meters, was part of the company’s fleet of 47 vessels.World Maritime News Staff
Chinese shipping giant China COSCO Shipping Corporation (COSCOCS) has taken delivery of its first 400,000 dwt very large ore carrier from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS).Handed over on January 11, the Singapore-flagged vessel is the first from the batch of ten VLOC ordered from the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s (CSSC) shipyard in April 2016.The VLOC Yuan He Hai would transport ore cargoes for Brazilian miner Vale.Under a 27-year agreement signed between COSCOCS and Vale in March 2016, the company would transport 16 million tons of iron ore for Vale on an annual basis.The remaining newbuilds, all featuring a length of 362 meters and a width of 65 meters, are slated for delivery in 2018 and 2019.The shipping firm informed that the ships are green, environmentally-friendly, and energy-saving, with fuel consumption reduced by nearly 30%.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: China COSCO Shipping Corporation
zoomImage Courtesy: Port of Corpus Christi The Port of Corpus Christi has secured an additional USD 59 million in funding for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP).The funding, unveiled in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan, brings the total Federal appropriations for the project to USD 95 million.The estimated CIP cost is USD 360 million, of which the federal government is responsible for USD 230 million, while the Port of Corpus Christi is responsible for the remaining USD 130 million. To date, the Port of Corpus Christi has transferred USD 78 million of its own funds to the USACE, bringing the total CIP funding level to USD 173 million.“The inclusion of additional Work Plan funds is yet another significant milestone toward the United States becoming a net exporter of its energy production,” said Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.“Widening and deepening the Corpus Christi Ship Channel is a mathematical certainty. Energy markets are taking notice as the majority of incremental U.S. energy production is coming to Corpus Christi and ultimately to the global markets. We expect over two to three million barrels per day of new crude production coming our way, and our energy producing and marketing customers know we are building out all the necessary infrastructure to handle these new volumes, safely and responsibly.”The USACE Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan also provided funds for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project and the Jacksonville Harbor deep draft navigation project. Namely, US would provide an additional USD 41.4 million to deepen the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, while Jacksonville Port Authority received an additional USD 46 million for its 47-foot deepening improvement project.
zoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based container port operator DP World handled 71.4 million TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 1.9% year-on-year on a reported basis and 2.9% on a like-for-like basis.The company’s Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent terminals saw a container throughput of 32.9 million TEUs last year, a rise of 3.2% YOY on a like-for-like basis.In addition, terminals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa handled 29.5 million TEUs, and terminals in America and Australia recorded 9 million TEU, up by 3.1% and 0.9%, respectively.The UAE handled 15 million TEU in 2018, down 2.7% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 36.8 million TEU in 2018, a 0.8% improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 1.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“We are pleased to see that our global portfolio has delivered growth on top of our strong prior year performance and despite the uncertainty with global trade,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt). In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability.”“In 2018, we have made good progress in strengthening our product offering which will enable us to participate in a wider part of the supply chain and offer smarter long-term solutions to cargo owners. Looking ahead to 2019, we expect our portfolio to continue to deliver growth and our focus remains on delivering operational excellence, managing costs and disciplined investment to remain the trade partner of choice. Given the steady volume performance of our portfolio, we are well placed to meet full year 2018 market expectations,” he concluded.Related:DP World Buys Additional Stake in DP World AustraliaDP World Inks Acquisition Deal for Chilean Port Operator
zoomImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/Wei-Te Wong under CC BY-SA 2.0 license South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is to sign a formal deal to acquire compatriot rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), local media cited Korea Development Bank (KDB) as saying. HHI and KDB will enter into the final contract in early March, following a conditional agreement signed in January 2019.The announcement comes as Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), another major shipbuilder in South Korea, expressed its intention not to bid for the DSME stake.The state-controlled KDB holds a 55.7 percent stake in DSME, with an estimated worth of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.94 billion).Under the agreement, KDB will transfer its DSME stocks to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks that will be issued later. What is more, the bank is to consider providing KRW 1 trillion in financial help to DSME.As a result, HHI will be split into two entities of which one will be listed on the market. The shipbuilder will also be selling its stocks to the bank.If proceeded, the agreement will see HHI owning a 26 percent stake in DSME and KDB 18 percent.However, the acquisition could face obstacles as labor unions at both HHI and DSME yards opposed the deal. Workers are reportedly worried that the acquisition could result in massive layoffs.The completion of the deal, expected in five to six months, will be subject to regulatory approval as it has the potential to reshape the global shipbuilding market.World Maritime News Staff
Reserved-seating tickets for the Sherbrooke presentation of theRCMP Musical Ride on Friday, Sept. 12, are sold out. Advance tickets, which offer festival seating (bring your ownlawn chair or blanket) are now on sale and are selling briskly.There are fewer than 500 adult, 500 senior/youth and 200 familytickets remaining. The advance tickets are good for designatedareas that offer a full view of the show. This will be the final Nova Scotia appearance of the season forthe renowned equestrian show. The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes musical entertainmentfrom Pictou County’s Rusty Nail Bluegrass Band, a special medalpresentation ceremony for RCMP veterans of the Second World War,and, of course, the world-famous Musical Ride. There will be a limited number of standing room tickets availableon the day of the show, however, advance tickets guarantee apreferred view and save money. Advance tickets are $12 foradults, $9 for seniors and those under 16 years of age and $30for a family (two adults, two children). Standing room ticketsare $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and those under 16 and $35for a family. All reserved and advance ticket holders will alsobe eligible for special discounts at Sherbrooke Village on theday of the show. Tickets are available only through the Sherbrooke Villageadministration office. For more information call toll-free 1-888-743-7845.
The Nova Scotia government will review a court decision releasedtoday, Aug. 28, in New Brunswick that deals with aboriginallogging on Crown land. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has ruled that a Mi’kmaqharvester is not guilty of violating the Crown Lands and ForestsAct. “Our legal staff will review today’s ruling, but this decision isnot binding in Nova Scotia,” said Richard Hurlburt, Nova Scotia’sMinister of Natural Resources. “Nova Scotia will continue tomonitor timber harvest on Crown lands and take appropriateenforcement action if necessary.” Nova Scotia has a similar case before the courts. Thirty-fiveMi’kmaq loggers were convicted in provincial court in March 2001of illegally harvesting timber from Crown land. The decision wasupheld in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in March 2002. An appeal washeard in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal earlier this year. Nodecision has been released. In June 2002, the province of Nova Scotia, the federal governmentand the Mi’kmaq signed an umbrella agreement to enter into broadnegotiations on treaty-related issues. “This government agrees that negotiated settlements are thepreferred option,” said Ernest Fage, acting Minister ofAboriginal Affairs. “The process that we are moving forward withcan provide more clarity for all interested parties.” The provincial and federal governments are awaiting theappointment of a Mi’kmaq chief negotiator to proceed with thenegotiations. ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS–Nova Scotia Reviewing N.B. Logging CourtDecision
The province of Nova Scotia has taken significant steps toaddress the issues of racial equity in education that were raisedin the 1994 Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC) report. That’s one conclusion found in the Report of the BLACImplementation Review Committee tabled in the House of Assemblytoday, Sept. 26. “Our education system must be accessible and equitable to blacklearners and their parents,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The BLAC Implementation Review Committee report gives us a clearsnapshot of how far we have come, and what we need to do to trulyachieve that goal.” The BLAC Implementation Review Committee was established inSeptember 2001 by the deputy minister of Education DennisCochrane. Its mandate was to examine the status of therecommendations within the 1994 BLAC Report. The committee wasalso to provide an action plan, including costs, for theimplementation of items that have yet to be acted upon. Recommendations of the BLAC Report that have either beenimplemented or acted upon include: the establishment of theCouncil on African Canadian Education; the establishment of anAfrican Canadian Services division within the Department ofEducation; and the provision of scholarships for African NovaScotian youths to undertake teacher training. “We still have some recommendations in the BLAC report thatrequire action,” said Charles Sheppard, the chair of the Councilon African Canadian Education. “But there is no doubt somesignificant steps have been taken to date to address the racialequity issues raised in the BLAC report.” Based on the Implementation Review Committee’s report, theprovince has budgeted $4.1 million over the next four years toimplement the remainder of the operational recommendations of theBLAC report. These include the hiring of more African Canadianteachers and support workers, the expansion of adult literacyprogram sites in black communities, and the continued developmentof programs, resources and learning materials on black history,tradition and culture. “One of our government’s stated commitments is to ensure theeducation system reflects the diverse nature of Nova Scotiacommunities,” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister BarryBarnet. “The BLAC Implementation Review Committee’s reportclearly shows we are moving in the right direction.” Members of the BLAC Implementation Review Committee includedrepresentatives from the Department of Education, the Council onAfrican Canadian Education, the Nova Scotia School BoardsAssociation, the Black Educators Association, the AnnapolisValley Regional School Board, the Halifax Regional School Board,the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, the AfricanUnited Baptist Association and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. EDUCATION–Province Moves Forward In Addressing Racial EquityIssues in Education
There is an old adage that good fences make good neighbours. On Saturday Aug. 27, the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society and Sherbrooke Village will be turning that saying around and asking good neighbours to make good fences. The society has put together a Good Fences, Good Neighbours campaign this summer to install of more than a kilometre of new or refurbished fencing. Lynn Hayne, chair of the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society, credits the success of the campaign to a strong partnership between Sherbrooke Village and the volunteers of the society and strong community support from business, government and private citizens. “We’ve had great support from Human Resource Skills Development Canada which has provided labour for our painting crew and the corporate sector has come on board by donating sponsoring paint, lumber and other materials. The public has also responded well to the campaign and we’ve received support from as far away as British Columbia,” said Ms. Hayne. “We’re going to celebrate our success with the fence project and at the same time offer people the opportunity to help us support Sherbrooke Village by asking for their time and talents rather than their money. However, we wouldn’t turn down any financial contributions that people might wish to make.” The BYOB ( Bring Your Own Brush) painting day will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be provided for all pre-registered participants. Brushes can also be provided for those who are unable to supply their own. Complimentary admission to Sherbrooke Village will also be provided to registered participants. “We’re very pleased with the fencing work that has taken place on our site this year,” said George Brothers, manager of program development for Sherbrooke Village. “The project is a great example of a multi-level partnership working to support one of our most valuable cultural assets. One of our primary goals is to showcase our heritage in the best way we can, and having the village looking its best goes a long way towards helping us achieve that goal. “Often, fences are the first thing people notice when they arrive and this year, with the help of all our good neighbours, we’re getting a chance to make a good impression as soon as they arrive.” For information, or to register for the event, call Denise at 1-888-743-7845, extension 241 by noon Friday, Aug. 26.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is transforming its Halifax facility into a world-class, high-technology aerospace centre. The assembly and test project, announced today, March 26, will require advanced training for about 60 employees and create up to 25 new positions. It is the second phase of a $45-million investment program to develop an engine assembly line and testing facility. The province is partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada, providing $12 million through the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This will be the first jet-engine assembly and testing facilityto be built in Atlantic Canada, an important milestone for theNova Scotia’s growing aerospace and defence sector,” said PremierRodney MacDonald. “We are investing in a world-class facilitythat will help maintain and expand Pratt & Whitney Canada’s presence in Nova Scotia.” Starting in the fall of 2009, the new engine centre will assemble and test small to medium-sized turbofan engines. The engines feature the latest materials, fuel efficiency and environmental technologies available. “This investment to give the Halifax facility an advanced technology mandate reaffirms our commitment to Nova Scotia for years to come,” said Benoît Brossoit, senior vice-president, service centres and operations, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “It will also bring important new technologies and skill sets to the province and create exciting opportunities for the local aerospace sector. “It will position our Halifax facility as a centre of excellence in aerospace engine manufacturing while strengthening Nova Scotia’s positioning in the global aerospace industry.” The PW617 engine will be the first to be assembled and tested, when production begins. By leveraging the latest innovations in design technology, the PW600 family is opening new possibilities in business travel with the goal of saving time and money, while minimizing environmental impact. “This project will result in an even more highly skilled, well-trained and well-paid workforce in Nova Scotia,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “Pratt & Whitney Canada has an excellent collaborative connection with our local universities and the Nova Scotia Community College. The resulting research projects will prepare the next generation of highly-skilled aerospace workers in this province.” Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Que., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Halifax Regional Municipality Motorists are advised that Conrads Road across Queensland Beach has re-opened to traffic. -30-
Nova Scotia and Maritime-built boats will be centre stage at this summer’s 4th Annual Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show on the Halifax waterfront. Presented by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA), in partnership with Waterfront Development Corporation (WDCL), the show runs from July 23 to 25, at Bishop’s Landing Marina. The quality and diversity of Maritime-built custom and semi-custom boats will be showcased. Last year, 22 boats were featured, ranging from dories to ocean-going cruisers. Two WDCL tenants, YachtSmiths International and The Dory Shop, will again participate. “The Halifax waterfront is a natural fit for the Nova Scotia In- Water Boat Show,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, WDCL. “It’s a working waterfront with a growing marina and top destination for visitors and residents.” The show will also feature a seminar and a fashion show by Helly Hansen. “The Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show is unique because it features only Maritime-built boats, designed for fishing, work and pleasure,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of NSBA. Nova Scotia and Maritime boatbuilders are known globally for building safe, seaworthy boats. The industry is growing with a U.S. demand for fine pleasure boats based on Nova Scotia hull designs that are safe and practical. Dartmouth-based YachtSmiths International will feature the completed 53-foot aluminum luxury Kasten designed motor yacht Passage of Time and introduce a model of the Pathfinder 48-foot steel trawler design. The company specializes in high-end pleasure yachts for the North American market, using steel, aluminum and composite. It presently employs 10 people and looks to expand into northern Europe. “Building custom boats is all about relationships – when you spend a year or more building a boat for a client, you tend to form a lasting relationship,” said Brian Smyth, chief operations officer, YachtSmiths International and speaker for the show. “We have clients that update us on their boats and latest adventures.” The Dory Shop, on Lunenburg’s working waterfront, is one of the oldest continuous commercial boat building shops in North America. The dories are built using much the same traditional methods of the past 90 years. For the first time in 30 years, the company is building schooners. Dawson Moreland and Associates, parent company of The Dory Shop, is building twin 48-foot schooners simultaneously outside the shop. In 2008, boatbuilding sales in the province were about $50 million, with more than 45 boatbuilding companies, employing about 820 people year-round. NSBA was established in 1998 by group of leading boatbuilders who shared a common vision of growing and diversifying the industry. Membership comprises 34 boatbuilders and 38 companies supplying products and services to the industry. WDCL is a provincial Crown corporation that oversees provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. Revenues are reinvested into further development and projects on the waterfronts. A number of events are supported annually to provide people with a vibrant waterfront experience.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry will be back in service by 6 a.m., Sunday, May 2. If final preparations proceed faster than expected the ferry may be operating by 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. People travelling in the area on Saturday evening can call 902-929-2404 to check the ferry’s schedule. -30-
Today, Jan. 27, has been proclaimed Family Literacy Day in Nova Scotia. Family Literacy Day celebrates outstanding literacy and learning efforts by families, schools and community groups across the province. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education is partnering with community literacy organizations to host reading circles, children’s activities and family entertainment to mark the day. A provincial celebration planned for Gaspereau, Kings Co., has been rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 28, because of weather conditions. “Investing in family literacy builds healthier families, economic potential and stronger communities,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “Parents and guardians are children’s first and most important teachers. By focusing on literacy at an early age, we have the opportunity to instill in children a lifelong love of learning that will give them tremendous advantages throughout their lives.” The government has supported the development and delivery of family literacy programs for more than a decade. The Nova Scotia Family Literacy grant program awarded $260,000 to community organizations this year. The province also partners with the Halifax Youth Foundation to deliver family literacy programs. This year, the foundation approved $110,000 for 21 projects. Shirley Caldwell, a participant in the Publish It! project sponsored by the Valley Community Learning Organization, said she never dreamed she would write a book with her children. “It was a great experience for me, my husband and my kids,” said Ms. Caldwell. “We did it as a family and now we are all reading more than we ever did before. Plus, my kids want me to read to them more often.” For more information or to view Family Literacy Day activities, visit www.gonssal.ca and select Family Literacy Day under Latest News.
Canadian businesses in the Atlantic region will continue to benefit from help for export-related activities, thanks to a $10-million investment. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, joined Bernard Valcourt, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and other Atlantic province ministers to announce the five-year renewal of the Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA). “Through jobsHere, Nova Scotia’s plan to grow our economy, we are helping businesses compete globally by being innovative, competitive and providing opportunities for our workers to learn the skills needed for good jobs,” said Mr. Paris. “The Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development supports our province’s plan by offering businesses in Nova Scotia the opportunity to expand and grow, connecting them with international markets opportunities. We want to ensure they have access to the knowledge and expertise required to compete on a global stage.” “Economic growth and job creation are priorities for the government of Canada, and it is clear to me that in Atlantic Canada, we have the expertise and the competencies to succeed everywhere in the world. This agreement will make it possible for businesses in our region to access new markets, which will create jobs and stimulate economic activity here at home,” said Mr. Valcourt. Paul Robichaud, New Brunswick Minister of Economic Development, agreed. “We are proud to be able to help New Brunswick companies explore new and emerging markets through The Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development,” said Mr. Robichaud. “This partnership with the federal government shows that by working together, governments can help businesses grow and be more prosper right here in Atlantic Canada.” “The IBDA has proven to be a valuable regional partnership,” said Susan Sullivan, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. “Over the years, it has improved the export readiness and led to new opportunities for businesses from a wide-range of industry sectors. By agreeing to the extension of the IBDA, the provincial government is further enhancing the ability of local businesses and organizations to link to new sales opportunities, market intelligence, and other initiatives that support the continued expansion of the province’s business community.” “Under the Agreement on International Business Development, we have seen numerous Prince Edward Island companies take part in export development projects including trade missions, shows and training sessions,” said Allan Campbell, P.E.I. Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. “With international trade being such an important part of Prince Edward Island’s economy, it only makes sense for us to continue to support such a valuable partnership.” The IBDA is a federal/provincial agreement between the government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to help Atlantic Canadian businesses enter, explore and succeed in international markets. The IBDA is the leading component of a pan-Atlantic effort to foster business relations, attract foreign investment and nurture technological co-operation. The assistance provided under this agreement may take various forms, including training, promotion of the region as a trade partner of choice, information on foreign markets, participation in trade missions or fairs or help marketing new technologies. Since the launch of the agreement 17 years ago, IBDA funding has helped 200 Atlantic Canadian companies begin to export. It has helped more than 300 exporting companies define and enter new markets and has helped more than 450 others increase their sales and presence in existing markets.
A chorus of drummers and a parade of flags representing 29 countries opened the 7th International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference today, Sept. 23, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. More than 300 presenters and delegates from North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean have gathered for the conference, which brings together people interested in preserving, promoting and protecting African heritage and culture throughout the world. “For hundreds of years, people of African descent have played a vital role in the culture, heritage, and economic well-being of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This weekend we look forward to sharing Nova Scotia’s story. We believe great things will come out of this conference that will have a lasting impact far into our future.” Nova Scotia is the first conference host in continental North America. It has previously been held in the Bahamas, Tanzania, and four times in Bermuda. Visitors are being immersed in African Nova Scotian history. The program includes visits to the Black Cultural Centre and the grand opening of the Africville Seaview Church Museum on Sunday, Sept. 25. Today’s opening ceremony featured the premiere of a short film by Sylvia Hamilton called, We Are One, created especially for the conference. “Nova Scotia has been in many ways a small but mighty hub of the African Diaspora,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Our roots run deep, and our culture deserves to be shared with the world. It is our hope that delegates from around the world will leave this weekend with a deeper sense of our province’s rich African heritage and important role in the Diaspora.” The African Diaspora Heritage Trail is an international tourism initiative started by the Bermuda Department of Tourism in 2002. It is designed to promote socially conscious travel, educate visitors on African culture, and create economic benefits in communities of African descent. “We are pleased to partner with Nova Scotia for the 2011 annual conference,” said Maxine Esdaille, chair of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation. “The conference creates a unique and inspiring learning environment for all committed to developing African Diaspora heritage destinations.” Conference sessions are also being held Saturday, Sept. 24. An International African Bazaar coinciding with the conference is open to the public at Sackville Landing on the Halifax waterfront. It runs until Sunday at 5 p.m.
DIGBY COUNTY: Road Closure Update Old North Range Road is now open Trunk 1, Smiths Cove is now open Both were closed due to flooding. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 -30-
VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown ferry will be out of service beginning at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, to replace a cable. It’s not known how long it will be out of service. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-
Government is supporting two sustainable transportation projects in the Strait area that will help connect community hubs and promote active living. Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, Sept. 8, the first projects to receive funding through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “These projects are great additions to communities across Nova Scotia and government is pleased to be a partner with community groups, municipalities and volunteers,” said Mr. Samson. “It’s initiatives like these that provide residents with safe and ready access to community hubs and facilities, and encourage visitors to seek out local attractions and activities.” The Hero Trail Connector, a 1.2-kilometre multi-use path, will be constructed from one end of Port Hawkesbury to the newly developed community park, which features sports fields, tennis courts, a new playground and a community garden. The multi-use path will provide the elementary school students at Tamarac Education Centre safe and easy access to the playground. Government is providing $15,000 for this project. The remaining $15,000 will come from the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the Strait Area Trails Association, which is leading the project. “The Hero Trail Connector has been designed for children and families,” said Mr. Larry MacKeigan, executive director, Strait Area Trails Association. “We are confident this important piece of infrastructure will encourage residents and visitors to get out and enjoy our community’s active living opportunities.” Mr. Samson also announced support for the Old Boudreauville Road trail, which connects Petit de Grat with its main community facilities. Government is providing $1,700 for new signage to encourage more community members and tourists to use the trail as an alternative method of active transportation. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, visit the sustainable transportation page at http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .
Quarante-trois emplacements à l’échelle de la province ont été choisis pour offrir un programme de prématernelle aux enfants de quatre ans à partir de cet automne. « Pour la première fois, les familles néo-écossaises auront accès à un programme gratuit de prématernelle pour les enfants de quatre ans, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Cet investissement appuiera l’avenir de nos plus jeunes Néo-Écossais et permettra aux familles d’économiser des milliers de dollars en frais de garderie. » Au cours de la première année du programme, 50 classes seront créées à 43 endroits à l’échelle de la province. Les endroits ont été choisis en fonction du plus grand besoin, y compris les endroits où il y a peu de services ou aucun service agréé de garde d’enfants et les endroits où des espaces dans les écoles étaient disponibles. Le gouvernement provincial continuera d’ajouter des classes de prématernelle dans la province au cours des quatre prochaines années. Christine McLean, professeure adjointe en études des enfants et des jeunes à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent, souligne que les résultats des recherches sont clairs en ce qui a trait aux avantages de l’apprentissage axé sur le jeu. « Les jeunes enfants tirent avantage de programmes d’apprentissage précoce axé sur le jeu et approprié du point de vue du développement, déclare Mme McLean. Par l’apprentissage axé sur le jeu, animé par des éducatrices qualifiées de la petite enfance, les jeunes enfants ont l’occasion d’acquérir des compétences dans les domaines de la littératie, de la numératie, de la socialisation et de la maîtrise de soi, ce qui contribuera à leur réussite scolaire future. » Le programme de prématernelle appuiera l’apprentissage et le développement précoce des jeunes enfants en les préparant à réussir à l’école et dans la vie. « Nous croyons fermement dans un partenariat entre la maison, l’école et la communauté en ce qui a trait au développement des enfants, affirme Gary Adams, directeur général du Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Ce partenariat est essentiel pour faire en sorte que nos élèves reçoivent le soutien et les programmes dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dès un jeune âge. Le programme de prématernelle appuie cet objectif et s’ajoutera aux efforts de notre personnel. Les élèves de notre conseil scolaire et de toute la province tireront grand profit de ce programme, et nous avons hâte d’accueillir les jeunes de la prématernelle dans la communauté scolaire en septembre. » « Le programme d’apprentissage précoce à l’école élémentaire Jubilee a aidé mes enfants à grandir du point de vue social, souligne Jessica Wolstenholme, parent. Le programme a aidé mes enfants à rencontrer d’autres enfants avec qui ils fréquenteront l’école et à former des amitiés. Il est merveilleux pour les enfants d’être inclus dans l’environnement scolaire d’une façon qui n’est pas aussi structurée qu’à l’école. » Elle souligne qu’elle prévoit inscrire sa plus jeune dans un programme de prématernelle lorsqu’elle aura quatre ans. Mme Wolstenholme indique également que le fait que le programme soit offert gratuitement signifie que les familles qui ne sont peut-être pas en mesure de payer des frais de garderie pourront offrir cette expérience à leurs enfants. Pour des renseignements sur l’admissibilité et sur les endroits où les programmes de prématernelle seront offerts, et pour inscrire vos enfants en ligne, consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary (en anglais seulement). Les parents peuvent également inscrire leurs enfants par téléphone en composant le numéro sans frais 1-833-424-2084.