zoom Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) plans to enhance its New Kiwi Service operating between Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand, by adding a new port of call into Bell Bay, Tasmania. The New Kiwi Service has been running in its current format since February 2015, with fixed weekly port calls into Bell Bay.The company is now offering two fixed port calls in Bell Bay each week and the service is linking Tasmania directly to Noumea and New Zealand.The first vessel to call at Bell Bay via the upgraded service will be the 2005-built boxship Malte Rambow on December 8, 2016.The port rotation of the New Kiwi Service will be as follows, with round trip transit times remaining unchanged: Sydney, Brisbane (Australia), Noumea (New Caledonia), Tauranga, Auckland (New Zealand), Bell Bay, Melbourne, Bell Bay, Sydney (Australia).Image Courtesy: MSC
zoom Norway-based Link Mobility Group ASA revealed it will develop and integrate custom mobile solutions for Maersk Tankers, part of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk.Link said it is working on creating a dynamic mobile app framework, which is expected to strengthen the digitalization of internal processes and workflows at Maersk Tankers.The framework is scheduled to be launched during 2017. Moreover, Link is currently developing a mobile app as a front-runner for the framework which is expected to support the Maersk Tankers’ strategy.“We are proud to announce that Maersk Tankers has chosen Link to assist them in their digitization of their business going forward… Maersk is a central player in the shipping business – a sector that is in need of digitalization,” Arild Hustad, CEO of LinkMobility Group ASA, said.Link Mobility Group is a Scandinavian company that develops SMS content and mobile apps.With a fleet of around 100 vessels, Maersk Tankers is involved in transport of refined oil products.
zoom Private investment firm Kühne Holding AG has increased its stake in German liner company Hapag-Lloyd to more than 17 percent.As informed, Klaus-Michael Kühne’s company already held a 14.1 percent share in Hapag-Lloyd through Kühne Maritime, after its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).Kühne said it “used the opportunity” which was offered by the withdrawal of travel and tourism company TUI Group from the container shipping sector to further invest in Hapag-Lloyd. Earlier this month, TUI informed it decided to sell its stake in Hapag-Lloyd.Karl Gernandt, Executive Chairman der Kühne Holding AG, said that the consolidation in the shipping industry offers Hapag-Loyd new perspectives for a further rise and improves the company’s position among other big container carriers. Gernandt added that Kühne Holding AG sees itself as a long-term investor.Hapag-Lloyd told World Maritime News that the shareholder structure is now as follows: CSAV (22.6%), Kühne (17.6%), the City of Hamburg (14.9%), Qatar Investment Authority (14.4%), the Public Investment Fund on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10.1%).In addition, there is a free float of 20.4% – percentages have been rounded and the free float includes institutional shareholders with a shareholding of less than 5%.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Croatian investment corporation KERMAS Group intends to buy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (AHS) in Finland from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC confirmed to World Maritime News.KERMAS plans to acquire a 55 percent stake from USC, becoming a majority shareholder of the Finnish shipyard, the group told World Maritime News separately.“Our intention is to make a remarkable investment in AHS by directed share issue which, if realized, will entail the KERMAS Group holding 55 percent of AHS. The amount of investment is currently discussed and cannot be disclosed before closure of the deal,” KERMAS said.As informed, the share issue will be carried out in 2018 immediately after the parties finalize all corporate approvals.Arctech, fully owned by USC, specializes in Arctic shipbuilding technology, building icebreakers and offshore vessels. With this acquisition, AHS and Croatian Brodotrogir Shipyard Trogir (HBT), part of KERMAS, “are joining forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market.”“As a natural extension of current joint active cooperation, AHS and HBT have decided to join forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market. The primary objective of the cooperation is to be able to better meet the future needs of the growing market for cruisers and multipurpose vessels, such as tanker-icebreakers, floating docks, and chemical tankers,” KERMAS explained.The group added that the building and co-design cooperation between AHS and HBT started in February 2017. The shipyards are currently jointly building an “innovative” gas-condensate tanker-icebreaker newbuilding.Only two months ago, KERMAS expressed its interest in joining the ownership structure of another shipyard, Uljanik. The financially-troubled shipyard is to undergo a restructuring process after the European Commission approved the loan provided by the country’s government. The shipyard needs to find a new strategic partner in the following six months. Apart from KERMAS, Italian Palumbo Group is also interested in Uljanik.The acquisition of both shipyards would bring KERMAS “a big synergy”, Danko Koncar, owner of KERMAS, was cited by Slobodna Dalmacija as saying.Kermas has investments in renewable energy, real estate, marina development, agriculture and shipbuilding. The corporation entered the shipbuilding business in 2013 when it acquired the Croatian state-owned Brodotrogir shipyard.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Thailand’s Thoresen Thai Agencies (TTA) has expanded its fleet by adding a second-hand dry bulk vessel, the 58,700 dwt MV Thor Caliber.The Supramax vessel, which was formerly named MV Albion, was purchased for a price of USD 14 million.TTA informed that the 2008-units was bought from a company which is not connected to Thoresen Shipping Singapore (TSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of TTA.With this additional vessel, the Thoresen-owned fleet comprises a total of 21 vessels with an average size of 54,512 dwt and an average age of 11.57 years.The transaction comes on the back of the company’s sale of two older ships over the previous six months.In February 2018, TTA disposed of the 1995-built MV Thor Endeavour. The 42,529 dwt general cargo vessel was sold at a price of USD 4.2 million. In late 2017, the company sold its 2002-built MV Thor Horizon for USD 5.4 million.TTA said that the sale transactions were in line with prevailing dry bulk shipping conditions, in which older vessels become less competitive and less able to meet operating costs. The proceeds were to be used to improve the efficiency of the TTA fleet and the company’s fleet renewal program.
More than 135 newly elected municipal councillors are gatheringin Halifax on Saturday, Nov. 20, to learn more about their newjobs. From balancing a budget to barking dog bylaws, the 2004Municipal Orientation Workshop provides an informative overviewof the roles and responsibilities of municipal councillors. “Municipal government is democracy in action at the communitylevel,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations. “There’s so much to learn about the way municipal government works. This workshop will help our newlyelected councillors get off to a good start with a betterunderstanding of their role and the responsibilities of council.” The workshop includes sessions on the roles and responsibilitiesof council and administrative staff, an introduction to municipalfinances, and the legal authority and liability of council. Aswell, there will be a presentation by Lawrence Mawhinney, Mayorof the Town of Lunenburg, on making council meetings work. “Municipal councillors play a vital role in keeping ourcommunities strong and vibrant,” said Charles Crosby, presidentof the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “This orientationworkshop will help our municipal councillors make informeddecisions to better serve their communities.” Mr. Barnet and Mr. Crosby will address the councillors as willGreg Keefe, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations and George McLellan, president of the Association ofMunicipal Administrators. Guest speakers at the Municipal Orientation Workshop includeLinda Parker, former president of the Association of MunicipalAdministrators; Jamie Campbell, solicitor for the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities; Dale MacLennan, director of finance forHalifax Regional Municipality; Greg Herrett, director of financefor the Town of Amherst and Jack Novack, director and professorof public sector programs at Dalhousie University. The 2004 Municipal Orientation Workshop is a partnership ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities and the Association of MunicipalAdministrators. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Orientation Workshop for NewlyElected Municipal Councillors
Improvements to provincial highways are leading to more satisfiedmotorists, according to a customer satisfaction survey by theDepartment of Transportation and Public Works. Satisfaction with the provincial highway system has beenincreasing since 2001. Sixty-three per cent of residents feltvery or somewhat satisfied with the provincial highway system.That is 13 percentage points higher than in 2002 and 2001, andfour points higher than in 2003. “Drivers have demanded improvements to their roads and that’swhat they are seeing,” Transportation and Public Works MinisterRon Russell said today, April 20. “The results of this surveyreflect our department’s commitment to excellent service, and theincreased highways budget each year over the past five years.” The department’s capital budget has more than doubled since 1999,and another $15 million has been added to road maintenance. Nova Scotians ranked filling cracks and potholes, ice and snowremoval, storm cleanup, and pavement markings, as the mostimportant highway services. “The survey is a report on the department’s performance and isvery useful for our planning and decision making,” Mr. Russellsaid. “Ultimately, it helps us to improve the delivery of ourservices.” On the topic of road safety, 98 per cent of respondents agreedthat it was most important that drivers be more careful andresponsible. They ranked highway improvements (95 per cent) andincreased spending on highways (93 per cent) next in importance. More than nine of 10 residents were somewhat or very satisfiedwith the highway cameras on the Transportation and Public Works’website. The department receives about 150,000 weekly visits tothe highway cameras page www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras/camera/asp . In total, respondents were asked to rate 17 different aspects ofprovincial highways, from the number of four-lane highways to thetimeliness of a cleanup after a storm. The 2004 customer satisfaction survey, conducted by the MarketingResearch Centre, is based on telephone interviews with 2068residents of Nova Scotia, 16 years of age and older. A randomsample of this size provides a sampling error of plus or minus2.15 per cent with a 95 per cent confidence level. The survey is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/publications/HighlightsNovaScotia2004.pdf . The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Health officials confirmed today, Aug. 8, that the first probable human case of West Nile virus in the province this year is suspected to be travel-related. It is believed that a Nova Scotia resident became infected in July with the virus after spending time in Manitoba and Ontario. “We have seen no West Nile virus activity in the province despite extensive testing,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, the province’s chief medical officer of health. “This fact, combined with the person’s recent travel history to an area with West Nile virus activity and clinical history makes us confident that the disease was acquired outside of the province.” The resident has been hospitalized at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Nova Scotia has reported this case to Health Canada and is providing relevant information to other provincial public health authorities. “Our surveillance system has been operating since early July, however we still have no positive birds or positive mosquitoes in the province,” said Dr. Scott. “In the past, we have started to detect West Nile virus in birds in Nova Scotia in mid-August.” Dr. Scott said the province will continue to monitor for the virus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. He said the human health risk associated with West Nile virus is very low. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. Nova Scotians can protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insect repellent containing DEET according to the instructions on the container. “Most people infected with the virus will have no symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very small number of people will develop more severe symptoms,” he said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease – – which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck and muscle soreness — should seek medical attention. The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jays and ravens to local offices of the Department of Natural Resources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitable for testing. To date, 120 birds have been tested for the virus this season. Information on West Nile virus is available by following the public health link on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html .
Patients living in southwestern Nova Scotia can look forward to faster diagnosis with the installation of the first of six new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units the government is purchasing to help improve wait times. So far, 42 patients have been booked for Canada’s cutting edge MRI scanner at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital including patients from the Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. Access to the new MRI means patients don’t have to travel to Halifax or wait as long to get neurology, head and neck, orthopedic abdominal and urological imaging. “This is an important step for all Nova Scotians as we open the first of our new MRIs to provide diagnostic tests faster and allow for treatment to begin sooner,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont today, Sept. 15, at the official opening of the MRI in Yarmouth. Expanding the MRI capacity in Nova Scotia was one of the top priorities for the provincial government which announced the purchase of the new MRI units for Yarmouth, Kentville, Antigonish and New Glasgow in December 2004. The province also agreed to replace two aging units in Halifax. “We are doing what we said we would do to improve access. When these new machines are all in place, we will have doubled our access,” said Mr. d’Entremont. It is expected the rest of the units will be installed in each health district as renovations, human resource plans, and community funding come into place during the next year. When that is complete, Nova Scotia will have a ratio of one MRI scanner for 117,500 people, among the best capacity in the country. “South West Health and the hospital foundation is to be commended for being the first in the province to raise the money and hire the staff needed so this MRI can start helping patients,” said Mr. d’Entremont. About $12.5 million is going toward the purchase and installation of all MRI units. The funding was made possible through the 2004 First Ministers’ Meeting Accord. The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation exceeded the required goal of $750,000 necessary (25 per cent of the cost of the unit) to purchase the MRI for the community. The MRIs purchased from GE Healthcare bring a new level of MR scanning technology to Canada that enables providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, and other conditions earlier. An MRI can make detailed three-dimensional images of the body’s soft tissues. General Electric Healthcare was awarded the tender for the provision of the new MRIs following a Nova Scotia government procurement process. Until now, MRI machines were located in Halifax and Cape Breton only. “There are many benefits to having an MRI in our district. Most importantly, our patients won’t have to spend hours on the highway to Halifax to get these tests which can be very challenging if you are elderly or cannot drive yourself,” said Blaise MacNeil, CEO, South West Health. “The technology means that we should be able to attract more specialists and family physicians to the area knowing that they have access to the latest diagnostic imaging equipment, said Mr. MacNeil. HEALTH-Patients Benefitting From First New MRI
Canada’s military is doing an incredible amount of development work. The combat operations in which our fellow Nova Scotians participate in will provide a safe and secure environment for development to continue. Our Forces in Afghanistan are working to give the people of that nation the tools to build a homeland in which they can take pride; a country that will allow them to develop into a democracy much as we enjoy here and educate their children. This will help Afghanistan take full advantage of the future skills, talents and wisdom of its entire population. Nova Scotians want to demonstrate support for the several hundred of our sons and daughters, moms and dads, and friends from this province who have volunteered to wear the uniform of this country. Next Friday (Jan. 19), I will attend the departure ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, for military personnel, deploying to Afghanistan. We want them to go with the knowledge that we support them, and that we respect their courage, dedication and commitment to assist people on the far side of the Earth. We want the several hundred Nova Scotians who will be deployed, to know that their families are in good hands, and to proudly wear the Canadian flag on their uniforms. But also, Nova Scotia’s government, under Premier Rodney MacDonald, wants them to take our hopes and prayers for their safety while they are in theatre, and that they will have a safe return home. Successful presidential and legislative elections More than four million children enrolled in school Reforms begun in defence, justice, and finance Significant progress made in removing mines The reintegration of nearly three million Afghan refugees Within the next three weeks, several hundred military personnel from across this province will begin to deploy to Afghanistan. Their mission is to help the unfortunate people of that country provide modern living conditions, services for those in need and education for all children. The relationship Nova Scotia has with its military goes back centuries, to 1789, when members of the local militia gathered on the grounds of what we call the Grand Parade, to demonstrate their capability and willingness to defend Nova Scotia against any adversary. As the military forces developed and matured, so did Nova Scotia’s relationship with them. We are known across Canada as a preeminent contributor of personnel to Canadian Forces, both regular and reserve components. The premier and I met with federal Minister of National Defence, Gordon O’Connor on Friday, Jan. 12. We emphasized that this government is strongly committed to our Forces and military personnel. We discussed military issues important to Nova Scotians and the Forces. Nova Scotia is the first province to appoint a provincial minister responsible for military relations. I say the first, because I fervently hope that the rest of Canada follows. Through this appointment, the premier and his government continue to demonstrate the importance of the military to Nova Scotia, and the importance of Nova Scotians to the military. Nova Scotians have proudly participated in missions and operations throughout the world, in Cyprus after hostilities between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, in Egypt and on the Golan Heights after the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, in Bosnia Herzegovina in the 1990s, in Haiti in 2004, and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia after the brief civil war several years ago. Nova Scotians need to pause for a moment to look at what Canada’s Forces are contributing as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s efforts for development and modernization in Afghanistan:
The government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia are providing more than $32 million for twinning sections of highways 104 and 125. Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Angus MacIsaac, with Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today, Feb. 24, announced that their governments have committed, respectively, up to $17 million and $15 million toward twinning close to nine kilometres of the highways, which are part of the National Highway System. “This substantial investment in our roads will mean safer and faster travel for many Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “With much of the planning work already completed for these sections of highways 104 and 125, the province will be ready to call tenders to begin the improvements as early as fall 2007. “The province looks forward to collaborating with the government of Canada on other strategic highway infrastructure improvement projects in the near future.” Mr. MacKay said upgrading the highways is important. “Highways 104 and 125 are key transportation corridors that connect Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada. Canada’s government is committed to ensuring the safety of Canadians and the efficient movement of goods along this important highway system,” said Mr. MacKay. “Today’s announcement reflects the government’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life of Canadians and to ensuring the economic sustainability of our communities.” The investment will twin a 3.6-kilometre section of Highway 104 from east of New Glasgow to east of Sutherlands River. Work has begun to twin an eight-kilometre section of Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Pine Tree Road. When the projects are finished, Highway 104 will be a four-lane divided highway from the New Brunswick border to Sutherlands River. The funding will help twin a five-kilometre section of Highway 125 from Balls Creek to Sydney River, joining four-lane segments at Balls Creek interchange and Coxheath Road interchange at Sydney River. Financial support is conditional on meeting applicable federal and provincial requirements, including the successful completion of environmental assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The federal contribution is provided through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, which supports large-scale infrastructure projects that strengthen areas vital to sustaining economic growth and enhancing quality of life for Canadians.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Shelburne is closed today, Feb. 2, because of weather and road conditions. All road tests scheduled for Shelburne today are cancelled, and will be rescheduled. Some services are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/online-services.asp. -30-
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road will be closed from Highway 302 to the Smith Road for maintenance to the rail crossing on Thursday, July 29. Detour set up. Work takes place from noon to midnight. Local Area Office: 902-893-3309 -30-
access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days per week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care. During the day, doctors are available at the collaborative emergency centre to treat patients. Between 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., an advanced care paramedic, teamed with a registered nurse, staffs the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An EHS oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “From all reports, the new CEC model is working very well,” said Cumberland Health Authority CEO Bruce Quigley. “Patients are enjoying improved access to primary care and the community as a whole is pleased that ER closures are no longer a regular occurrence. Staff and physicians, as well as the paramedics who team up with our nursing staff to provide overnight coverage, are also supportive of this collaborative approach.” For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner . Close to 1,000 patients in the Parrsboro area have already experienced shorter waits and received expert 24/7 emergency care from highly trained doctors, nurses and paramedics at the South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre. The opening of the collaborative emergency centre, the first of its kind in Canada, marks a key commitment under the province’s Better Care Sooner plan. Nova Scotians joined Premier Darrell Dexter and Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald in Parrsboro today, Sept. 12, to celebrate the official opening of the centre, which began seeing patients in July. “The creation of collaborative emergency centres is a key part of government’s commitment to ensure Nova Scotians and their families receive better health care, sooner,” said Premier Dexter. “By bringing emergency departments and local family practices together to work as a team, we are fulfilling that commitment in a way that makes sense for the province.” Emergency room problems, including long waits, overcrowding and unplanned closures, have plagued Nova Scotia’s health care system for years. Collaborative emergency centres are helping to address these issues by keeping emergency rooms open, reducing patient wait times and providing a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This ensures that patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue turns into a health crisis. “The highly trained doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health-care professionals at this collaborative emergency centre are doing an exceptional job, and I want to thank them for their admirable work and support,” said Ms. MacDonald. “These committed health-care professionals have turned this CEC into a vital part of the community and a unique success story that the whole province can be proud of.” Annie Chagnon recently visited the centre with her 11-month-old daughter, who was running a high fever. The infant was immediately assessed by paramedics and nurses on site, who recommended a plan that provided her daughter with the best treatment. “Anyone who has children knows that when they are sick, you want answers immediately,” said Ms. Chagnon. “Without the CEC, I may have waited hours to see a doctor and by then my daughter’s condition could have worsened. “The level of attention and expert care my daughter received at the South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre was exceptional. It is very reassuring to know that this resource is there for my daughter, and my family in the future.” The collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro is the first to open in Nova Scotia. The province plans to open another three collaborative emergency centres by March 31, 2012, and four more the following year. The services at the CEC in Parrsboro include:
Nova Scotians are being encouraged to celebrate local food by applying to host an Incredible Community Supper. The suppers are part of the Select Nova Scotia campaign to feature locally produced foods that are readily available in the winter. The province is sponsoring Incredible Community Suppers during February. “These events bring together communities with their farmers and processors to provide an appetizing and educational experience,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “There are many opportunities for families to enjoy delicious local food products in the winter months. Supporting local farm businesses helps create jobs and builds a strong economy.” Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to locally produced ingredients by submitting their menu and details of suppliers to the Department of Agriculture. Events must be open to the community and include an educational component about local food. The events are not limited to supper and could be a breakfast, brunch or lunch. Successful applicants receive $500 toward their event. Mr. MacDonell said winter is a perfect time to share a delicious meal with friends and neighbours. Applications are available at www.selectnovascotia.ca or by contacting the Department of Agriculture at 902-722-1305. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 19. This is the third year the province has sponsored Incredible Community Suppers. Last winter, more than 35 events were organized at schools, churches and community halls across Nova Scotia.
The province is taking steps to make sure international students studying at language schools in Nova Scotia receive a high-quality education. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett will introduce the Language Schools Act today, April 23, that will require language schools to offer a certain quality of education and protect the students’ investment if a school closes. “Our priority is students. We value our international students and they should not have to worry about the quality of their education,” said Mr. Corbett. “This legislation will protect students and allow them to study at schools that value high-quality education for as long as it takes to complete their studies.” The province works with its partners to ensure all post-secondary institutions are delivering quality programs. This legislation extends that quality assurance to include language schools. Nova Scotia is the first province to introduce legislation that will regulate language schools. “Today’s bill will also protect Nova Scotia’s reputation as an education destination for international students,” said Mr. Corbett. East Coast School of Languages president Sheila Nunn said the legislation demonstrates the provincial government’s recognition of the significant contribution that accredited language schools make, both culturally and financially, to the Nova Scotia economy. “This commitment to our sector will help support and strengthen our overseas recruitment efforts to attract more international students to Nova Scotia for language training,” said Ms. Nunn. There are 12 language schools in Nova Scotia with about 1,500 students. This legislation will align with the federal government’s changes to their international student program that will require language schools across the country to be designated to accept international students on study permits for programs over six months.
Sixty-three Emergency Health Services staff members with between 20 and 40 years’ experience were recognized today, May 24, for their service. “When Nova Scotians need urgent medical care, paramedics, nurses and medical communications officers with Emergency Health Services are there to help,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “They have the training and experience to respond in emergencies and save lives. More and more, they are also working in collaborative health-care teams to improve the care we offer in communities. We are all grateful for their expertise.” During the ceremony, Kevin Davidson, a country music singer and paramedic receiving his 20-year award, performed his song When Those Sirens Are Gone. In addition to the regular long service medals, a special long service award was presented to Carolyn Desjardins on behalf of her husband, Craig Desjardins, a regional support supervisor in the northern region of the province. Mr. Desjardins passed away suddenly last August, at age 41. Paramedics and others who have worked for Emergency Health Services to Nova Scotians for 20 years or more are eligible for the EHS Long Service Award.
Premier Stephen McNeil offered congratulations today, Sept. 19, to the Nova Scotia athletes who competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “These athletes put in a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication in becoming members of the Canadian team and Nova Scotians are proud of their efforts,” said Premier McNeil. “I congratulate all the athletes for the spirit they showed in competition at the Games.” Sailors Paul Tingley of Halifax and Scott Lutes of Mahone Bay won bronze medals as part of Canada’s Sonar crew on the weekend. Nova Scotia’s other Paralympians were: -30- Devin Gotell, Antigonish – swimming Danial Murphy, Bedford – swimming Jamey Jewells, Donkin, Cape Breton Regional Municipality – wheelchair basketball Pamela LeJean, Sydney – F53 shotput Jillian MacSween, Halifax – goalball
Students can now apply for the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship, which helps them pursue careers in Nova Scotia’s energy sector. “We want more young Nova Scotians to stay here and build successful careers in our energy sector,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Their ideas will become Nova Scotia’s innovations, and together we will move toward a more prosperous and cleaner energy future.” Eight university students will receive scholarships valued at $2,500 per year for four years. Eight other students enrolled in trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500. Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited and the province have together invested more than $4.8 million to give students the opportunity to pursue their passions in the energy sector. Since 2005, about 265 scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Applications will be accepted until May 3. For more information visit https://energy.novascotia.ca/career-development/scholarship-program .