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Sirius Orders Two Tankers at AVIC Dingheng

first_imgzoom Swedish shipping company Sirius Shipping has placed an order for two 7,999 dwt oil/chemical tankers at China’s AVIC Dingheng Shipyard.The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2018, Sirius said without revealing the value of the contract.The 9,500 cbm tankers will have ICE class 1A and will be equipped with the latest technology and comply with the future regulations, such as TIER III.The 119-meter vessels will be of an ”EVOlution” design developed jointly by FKAB Marine Designs and Sirius.“The development of the EVOlution series begun in 2012 with focus on fuel economy. With the knowledge built up in Sirius since then, we are now confident and ready to order two units,” Jonas Backman, Managing Director at Sirius, said.The vessels are designed with a two-stroke main engine that is compatible to be converted to run on LNG, the deck strength and stability is designed so that two LNG-tanks can be mounted on deck.The engines onboard will be equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, HPSCR for the main engine and a Catamizer for the aux engines, expected to reduce the NOx level to below 2g NOx / kWh.Sirius currently owns and operates eleven chemical/tanker vessels in the North- and Baltic Sea trade, and one LNG supply vessel in to port of Stockholm.last_img read more

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Skiff That Attacked Galicia Spirit Carried Explosives

first_imgzoom The skiff that engaged in an attack on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Galicia Spirit was carrying “a substantial amount of explosives,” according to shipowner Teekay.Following the attack on the 79,166 dwt tanker, which occurred on October 25 off the coast of Yemen near Bab al-Mandab Strait, the shipowner conducted an investigation of the incident with the assistance of security experts.“While the intentions of the attackers and the use of the explosives is unknown, the investigation findings indicate that the explosives would have been sufficient to have caused significant damage to the vessel,” Teekay said.The company added that it appears that the explosives detonated when the skiff was some 20 meters from the 2004-built vessel, destroying the skiff and ending the attack.Galicia Spirit suffered only minor damage from the incident and none of the crew were injured. The investigations are on-going, Teekay said.last_img read more

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Jinhui Offloads Last Handysize Bulker

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited has sold its last Handysize dry bulk carrier, Jin Yu, to Tokyo-listed Inui Global Logistics for USD 15 million.The vessel will be delivered to Inui between 15 May 2017 and 15 June 2017.The 38,462 dwt dry bulker was built in 2012 at Naikai Zosen and is registered in Hong Kong.Jinhui intends to use approximately 75% of the net sale proceeds received pursuant to the agreement for the repayment of vessel mortgage loan and the remaining portion of the net sale proceeds will be kept as general working capital of the group.Back in February, Jinhui sold four Supramax bulk carriers to Minyi (Tianjin) Ship Leasing, which are expected to be delivered throughout April.The dry bulk owner and operator decided to sell the vessels to enhance its working capital and strengthen its liquidity ahead of expected volatility in the market due to continued uncertainty with respect to the global economic outlook, particularly the freight market.Excluding the vessels sold and scheduled to be delivered to the new owners, Jinhui operates a fleet of two Post-Panamaxes and twenty-one Supramaxes.last_img read more

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TNPA KCT Sign Deal for New Cruise Terminal in Durban

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TNPA South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a deal with KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) that will see the delivery of a new cruise facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020.Under the agreement, signed between the parties on April 16, 2018, the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal would finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer the ZAR 200 million (USD 16.6 million) project.“We are delighted to have concluded terms that will bring benefits to all parties, but most importantly to the City of Durban and South Africa as a growing cruise destination. In doing so, we will truly be positioning Durban as a ‘Smart Port City’ and a world-class cruise capital,” Shulami Qalinge, TNPA Chief Executive, said.KCT, a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium, was chosen as the preferred bidder for the 25-year concession project in mid-2017.The detailed design phase will commence in April and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This will be followed by an 18-month construction phase from January 2019 to July 2020 and the cruise terminal is expected to commence operations in October 2020 kicking off the 2020/2021 cruise season.Looking at the cruise industry’s potential growth, with the construction of the new terminal KCT expects cruise calls to Durban to increase from 60 to 150+ calls by 2040, and passenger numbers to grow from 200,000 to more than 700,000 by the same year.last_img read more

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Samsung Heavy to Build AET Tanker Quartet

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has received an order to build four shuttle tankers for petroleum tanker owner and operator AET.The company is paying KRW 392.3 billion (USD 365.6 million) for the units, which are scheduled for delivery in 2020, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.The order comes on the back of an agreement reached between AET, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MISC Bhd, and the Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras, through which the companies aim to extend their partnership in the DP2 shuttle tanker sector.Featuring 152,000 dwt, the four specialist DP2 Suezmax tankers will be contracted to Petrobras for operations in international and Brazilian waters.Compliant to IMO NOx Tier 3 requirement, the new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.last_img read more

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Dorian LPG Repays Bridge Loan Sheds Light on BW LPG Talks

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license U.S.-based gas carrier owner and operator Dorian LPG, which has been under the spotlight after it refused BW LPG’s takeover offer, has completed three financing agreements worth USD 65.1 million.The net proceeds from the batch have been used to refinance the shipowner’s loan facility with DNB Capital LLC. “Dorian LPG is well positioned to perform through the cycle, including upcoming environmental regulations, with a well-capitalized balance sheet and a fleet of modern fuel efficient VLGCs that have delivered premium returns,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dorian LPG, said.In the latest turn of events, BW LPG has called Dorian to return to the negotiating table saying that a number of the company’s shareholders, other than the BW Group, supported the deal. Hadjipateras explained that these shareholders represent less than 5% of the company’s outstanding shares.“In contrast, our board, whose members are beneficial owners of more than 25% of our outstanding shares, has unanimously concluded that BW LPG’s proposal undervalues Dorian and is not in the best interests of Dorian and its shareholders. To cite a few key financial metrics, the proposed transaction would be dilutive to Dorian’s shareholders’ earnings in 2018, would create a more leveraged enterprise from Dorian’s perspective and fails to recognize that Dorian’s equity contribution to the combined enterprise would exceed 50% of the total, based on 2018 relative EBITDA and existing debt levels,” he said.Commenting on the call to resume talks, Hadjipateras said Dorian never declined to engage with BW LPG. However, the company is more interested in discussing the acquisition of BW LPG’s ECO-ships.“Our board is always open to opportunities that would enhance value for our shareholders and we are in regular communication with them. BW LPG’s wish to have Dorian’s shareholders subsidize its fleet renewal is not a reason compelling enough to divert us from our strategy to serve our own shareholders,” he concluded.last_img read more

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West Nile Viruspositive Bird Confirmed in Kentville

first_img The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jaysand ravens to local offices of the Department of NaturalResources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitablefor testing. To date, 817 birds have been tested for the virusthis season. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html . Health officials confirmed today, Oct. 3, that an American crowfound in Kentville, Kings Co., has tested positive for West Nilevirus. This is the seventh bird in Kings County to test positivefor the virus this year. There have been two positive birds inAnnapolis County and one in Shelburne County. “We’re getting closer to the end of our West Nile virus seasonand so far we haven’t found any West Nile virus-positivemosquitoes in the area,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associatemedical officer of health for the province. “The cooler overnight temperatures that we’re seeing will further reduce the number ofmosquitoes in the province.” Dr. Baikie said the province will continue to monitor for thevirus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. While coldertemperatures should reduce mosquito numbers and therefore lowerthe risk of West Nile virus, it is still important for NovaScotians to protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes,especially in areas where dead birds have been confirmed to havethe virus. It is possible to reduce the risk of mosquito bites byeliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fittingclothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insectrepellent containing DEET according to the instructions on thebottle. Dr. Baikie said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low. “Most people infected with the virus will haveno symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms,” she 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.last_img read more

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Burning Permits Now Required

first_imgFire season officially began in some parts of the province onApril 1 and in the remaining areas on April 15. The season willend Oct. 15. As a result, provincial permits for burning brushare now required. In several areas of the province, municipalities require anadditional municipal permit. Property owners, particularlyresidents of Halifax Regional Municipality, must check with theirmunicipal offices. Fire season is taken seriously by the Department of NaturalResources for the safety and protection of the forest. The datesfor the season are based on legislation and are related toweather patterns, forest conditions, and typical fire activity. During early spring, before our forests green up, 50 per cent offires take place, putting our forests, vegetation and wildlife atrisk. During this time, weather can be deceiving as rain and cooltemperatures can quickly change and dry out woodlands within afew days. “Permits enable us to ensure burning is carried out in aresponsible and controlled manner, yet enable land owners toclean up their properties and reduce the fire hazard,” saidNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Under provincialregulations, permits are required during fire season, making itsafer for all Nova Scotians at a time when the risk of forestfire is greatest.” Last year, Nova Scotia had 272 forest fires which burned 1257hectares (3106 acres). The cost to the Nova Scotia taxpayer was$818,500.last_img read more

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Department Launches New and Improved Website

first_img A new highway camera page and enhanced travel information are allpart of a new and improved website from the Department ofTransportation and Public Works. The new site can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . “More people are using the Internet as an information source, soit’s important that the department website is user-friendly andinformative,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “The changes will make it easier for people to findthe information they need, and it also provides new informationfor the public.” The department’s highway cameras page is popular with the public,and this section has been updated. It now includes information onair temperature, humidity and wind speed, as well as images ofthe highway. “People see the highway cameras as a valuable safety tool inmonitoring weather and road conditions before embarking ontravels,” said the minister. “This new information will provideadditional information for the travelling public.” The department has 20 highway cameras around the province, withanother 12 expected to be installed this summer. The new website will also make it easier for people travelling inNova Scotia. There are links to travel information, tips on roadsafety and an updated road construction page. Plant lovers can find information on roadside vegetation, alongwith an extensive photo gallery of Nova Scotia’s plant life. On average 148,000 visitors a month go to the department’swebsite, with more visits in the winter months. Staff hope thatthese and other improvements will encourage more residents andvisitors to Nova Scotia to use the site as an essential resource. In February of this year, Nova Scotians were asked for input onthe content and layout of the department website. The valuablefeedback gained from this survey has been used to makeimprovements to the site. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Department Launches New and ImprovedWebsitelast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County Highway 103

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Lunenburg County,Highway 103 Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunit and traffic cones. Motorists are asked to use extra cautionwhen driving in this area. Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 There will be alternating lane closures on Highway 103 from Exit12 near Hebbs Cross to the Northfield overpass until Friday, Junecenter_img Road crews will be carrying out guard rail work between 7:30 a.m and 6 p.m. -30-last_img read more

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New Tools to Deter Criminals

first_imgJUSTICE–New Tools to Deter Criminals—————————————————————–People who use a motor vehicle in the commission of an offence or who steal gas will lose their drivers’ licences, under legislation that takes effect on Saturday, July 1. “This legislation helps ensure that people convicted under the Criminal Code are held accountable for their actions,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Those who steal gas or use a vehicle to commit a crime will now face the suspension of their licence and other penalties.” Under An Act to Further Discourage Criminal Offences Involving the Use of a Motor Vehicle, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles will be notified when someone convicted of a crime has used a motor vehicle to commit the offence, leading to the suspension of the person’s licence. The act also requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to revoke the licence of a driver convicted under the Criminal Code for stealing gasoline or diesel fuel. “This legislation enhances the penalties and should serve as a deterrent to anyone contemplating similar crimes,” said Mr. Scott.last_img read more

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Special Christmas Tree Honours Military

first_img For Broadcast Use: A theme-decorated Christmas tree, donated by Blaise Morrison, general manager of the Halifax Shopping Centre, will stand in the Veterans Room in Province House, in honour of Canadian Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and overseas over the holidays. The tree was decorated by festival angel ornaments, designed by Halifax artist Holly Carr and commissioned by Joe Ramia, owner of Gallery 1 Furniture. Richard Hurlburt, Minister Responsible for Military Relations, reminds Nova Scotians that not all Canadians are home with their families this Christmas. Members of the Canadian Forces are in harm’s way and 10 Nova Scotian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice. The three-metre tall Christmas tree was part of the Festival of Trees, an annual event held by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, where theme-decorated Christmas trees are auctioned in support of the foundation. Navy Captain William Woodburn, base commander of CFB Halifax, says it means a great deal to those in uniform to be recognized by their community and to know that they have support wherever they go. -30- A theme-decorated Christmas tree, donated by Blaise Morrison, general manager of the Halifax Shopping Centre, will stand in the Veterans Room in Province House in honour of Canadian Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and overseas over the holidays. “We need to remember that not all Canadians are home with their families this Christmas,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister Responsible for Military Relations. “As we gather with our families on Christmas morning, we should recall that there are members of the Canadian Forces — sailors, soldiers and air force personnel from Nova Scotia — who are in harm’s way and will not be home with their families. “We also need to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and will never see their families again.” The three-metre-tall tree was part of the Festival of Trees, an annual event held by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, where theme-decorated Christmas trees are auctioned in support of the foundation. Mr. Morrison placed the winning bid and donated the tree to the Canadian Forces to be displayed in a place of prominence and honour. The tree is decorated with festival angel ornaments, designed by Halifax artist Holly Carr and commissioned by Joe Ramia, owner of Gallery 1 Furniture. Ms. Carr’s ornamental design, the festival angel, has a red dress gathered in a yellow sash, which symbolizes the Red Fridays and Support Your Troops campaigns. The angel’s peacock feather wings represent the gifts of protection and knowledge and the star, reminiscent of the Star of Bethlehem, represents Canada’s troops delivering hope to the people of Afghanistan. Included in the commemoration of this year’s tree are 10 Nova Scotian soldiers who died while engaged in military operations in Afghanistan. “It means so much to those of us in uniform to be recognized by our community and to know that we have support wherever we go,” said Navy Capt. William Woodburn, commanding officer of Canadian Forces Base Halifax. “The Festival Angel project is a wonderful demonstration of this support and we are so pleased that Mental Health NS has honoured the Canadian Forces, especially our deployed personnel, with this image of hope for world peace.” House Speaker Alfie MacLeod hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity to recognize the miliary’s efforts. “I would like to see as many Nova Scotians as possible visit Province House during the Christmas season to see the tree and to remember those whose responsibilities take them away from their families at this time of the year,” said Mr. MacLeod.last_img read more

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Public Feedback Sought on Capped Assessment Program

first_img Nova Scotians have an opportunity to offer input as the province reviews the Capped Assessment Program. “The Capped Assessment Program has an impact on property owners and municipalities across Nova Scotia,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “That is why we are showing genuine leadership by gathering as much input as we can.” The Capped Assessment Program (CAP) limits how much an eligible residential or resource property’s assessment can increase in a given year. Annual assessments are used to calculate property taxes. Government committed to review the program in 2010, and the process is underway. Along with public input feedback is being sought from other parties including municipalities and the commercial sector. Nova Scotians can participate: on-line at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/cap.asp by phone, 902-722-1216 (local calls) or 1-877-817-4445 (toll free) by e-mail, MunicipalServices2010CAPReview@gov.ns.ca, or mail, 2010 CAP review team, 1505 Barrington St., P.O. Box 216, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4 The deadline for comments is Nov. 30.center_img SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA/MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Public FeedbackSought on Capped Assessment Programlast_img read more

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Province Encouraged by Public Response to Campaign 911

first_imgOne year after the launch of Campaign 911, Nova Scotians are continuing to help keep the province’s roads safe by reporting suspected impaired drivers. “Nova Scotians deserve to have their roads free of impaired drivers,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “With the help of our citizens, Campaign 911 has proven to be a great tool in the fight against impaired driving.” The province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) launched Campaign 911 in December 2009. Since that time, police agencies and RCMP have noticed a dramatic increase in calls from the public reporting suspected impaired drivers. Forty per cent of impaired driving incidents investigated by Halifax Regional Police in the last year were called in by concerned citizens. “Halifax Regional Police are encouraged by the number of citizens playing a role in keeping our roads and communities safe. By taking the time to report suspected impaired drivers, citizens are sending a strong message that impaired driving is not socially acceptable and will not be tolerated,” says Chief Frank Beazley. Campaign 911 is a nationwide campaign that encourages and empowers citizens to report suspected drivers by calling 911. Impaired driving kills about 22 Nova Scotians each year. “MADD Canada is extremely pleased that Nova Scotians have shown their support of this program by making that 911 call, said Margaret Miller, past president of MADD Canada. “It’s about every voice and every call making a difference. It’s about saving lives and preventing injury.” The province has taken important steps through legislation, education and enforcement to get impaired drivers off Nova Scotia roads including the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program, Operation Christmas and increased penalties for those who drive with a blood alcohol level between point-zero-five and point-zero-eight.last_img read more

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Englishtown Ferry Out of Service

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry out of service The Englishtown Ferry is out of service because of slush and ice. -30-last_img

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One Year After Now or Never

first_imgA year ago, the Now or Never report was released. The report recognized the importance of tourism and its role in our economy. Its anniversary gives us a chance to reflect on our progress and the work ahead. The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency was created in 2012 to work with industry to grow tourism in Nova Scotia. In this short time there has been progress. In 2013, we launched a five-year strategy that was supported by government, industry and tourism stakeholders across the province. In fact, the Now or Never report identified the tourism strategy as one of seven exemplary initiatives. The Now or Never report also identified a very specific goal — double tourism revenues in 10 years to close to $4 billion. As Nova Scotia’s leading source of service sector exports, tourism employs 24,000 people. That’s one in 20 Nova Scotians in communities across the province. No doubt, growing tourism will have a positive impact on our economy. This past year I heard from many operators and they told me that 2014 was a better year: a five per cent increase in accommodation revenues, and the largest increase in room nights sold in one year since 2002, at over 62,000 more rooms. As of November 2014, room nights sold in Nova Scotia generated $285 million, a $13-million increase, compared with the same period in 2013. This doesn’t include spending on food, entertainment or attractions, which we know has increased. This growth is good for everyone, and it’s a great first step. Our current strategy will get us part of the way there, but we must refine the strategy if we are to meet the challenging oneNS goal. To help do that, the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency board and senior leadership engaged Michele McKenzie, a former deputy minister of Tourism here in Nova Scotia and president of the Canadian Tourism Commission, to look at what it would take to reach the $4-billion goal. We then presented a strategy to the oneNS Coalition in January. This strategy, which we believe will grow tourism, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and provides recommendations for change. To double tourism revenues in 10 years, the agency must attract more first-time visitors who stay longer and spend more. We will do this by focusing on world-class experiences and working with the private sector to support initiatives that attract these visitors. Industry must close the sale, pre-trip and during the visit, drive repeat visitation, invest in their product and deliver world-class experiences. Government must align policies to support the $4-billion goal. This will guide community economic development, the attraction of inward investment and investment in infrastructure. Finally, communities across the province must work with industry to deliver destination development and marketing, and lead visitor servicing in their regions. So what does this mean in practical terms? For the agency it means investing in markets that are farther away, like western and central Canada, northeastern United States and western Europe, as well as newer markets like China. It also means aligning our resources with our strategic objectives while making evidence-based decisions. We will continue to implement our strategy, monitor the province’s tourism performance and report our progress to Nova Scotians as we move forward. To achieve this goal we know that we will all need to work together. Now we need to get started. –30–last_img read more

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Digital Tax Credit Supports Animation

first_imgAnimated film and television productions will get government support through an animation stream within the Digital Media Tax Credit, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Diana Whalen announced today, May 6. “We had very productive discussions with the animation industry, and they told us they fit well in the Digital Media Tax Credit,” Ms. Whalen said. “I want to thank them for their input and for better understanding the financial situation of the province.” The new stream will give animation productions an additional 25 per cent for eligible animation labour on top of the existing digital credit, which is capped at 25 per cent of Nova Scotia production costs. If the production is done by Nova Scotia firms, an additional two per cent is added. There will be a maximum for individual salary levels that are eligible for the credit. The details of the credit for the animation incentive are being developed in regulation with input from industry. The regulations will be in place by July 1. Animation is currently supported by the Film Industry Tax Credit, which will be replaced by the Film and Television Production Incentive Fund on July 1. The new fund will be transparent and competitive with the rest of Canada. Adding animation to the Digital Media Tax Credit will not affect the interactive media provisions of the credit. For more information, see the Department of Finance and Treasury Board website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le jeudi 18 août

first_img -30- Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maîtrisé et circonscrit dans une proportion de 100 p. 100. Les feux à Ten Mile Lake, comté de Queens, et Maitland Bridge, comté d’Annapolis, sont circonscrits et font l’objet de patrouilles, mais ne sont plus actifs. Le feu de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, est maintenant éteint. La section de la route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, qui est fermée depuis la semaine dernière est maintenant ouverte. Les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées ont été levées à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, mais on demande aux gens d’éviter toute activité qui pourrait allumer d’autres feux. Les feux de camp et de broussailles ne sont pas permis dans la province entre 8 h et 14 h. Les interdictions de brûlage sont mises à jour à 14 h chaque jour au http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe/fr. Pour des renseignements supplémentaires sur les feux de forêt : www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr. Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 18 août à 10 h. last_img read more

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Premier to Promote Offshore Opportunities in Houston

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil and officials from the Department of Energy will be in Houston next week to promote Nova Scotia’s offshore oil and gas opportunities. The delegation will take part in the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which starts on Monday, April 30. With more than 100 countries attending, the conference is one of the year’s largest gatherings of energy professionals. “Nova Scotia has a record of safe and responsible oil and gas development that has supported jobs in our province and generated revenue for government services,” said Premier McNeil. “Our offshore resources continue to attract international interest, providing tremendous potential to bring more companies to Nova Scotia and create more revenue to support services for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotia has attended the conference for more than 25 consecutive years, with the intention of attracting international investment to the province. This year, more than 20 Nova Scotia companies will be in Houston to attract new business and make connections. “Every year we’re at OTC, at least one Nova Scotia company signs a new contract or makes an introduction that leads to a future deal,” said Maritimes Energy Association CEO, Ray Ritcey. “Some years we’re able to generate interest in offshore exploration and other years companies in our supply chain reach agreements to work in markets around the world.” Highlights and recent activity in Nova Scotia’s oil and gas sector include: BP Canada has received approval to drill an exploratory well as part of its $1 billion offshore work commitment the Department of Energy has committed almost $13 million to leading edge geoscience work that is being shared with industry liquified natural gas opportunities could help meet growing global demand for cleaner fuels by transferring abundant North American gas to international markets a safety record that includes more than 15 years without a single lost-time incident for Sable project employees and contractors about $4 billion in direct revenue to the province, plus revenue and jobs supported and created from billions spent on goods and services by major international companies since 1998 For more information visit, https://energy.novascotia.ca/oil-and-gas .last_img read more

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Chinas ambassador to India elevated as vice foreign min

first_imgBeijing: Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, who played a crucial role in normalising ties between India and China following the Doklam standoff in 2017, has been elevated as vice minister of foreign affairs. Announcing Luo’s appointment as the vice foreign minister, China’s State Council or the Central Cabinet said Kong Xuanyou, who is the vice foreign minister, has been posted as the ambassador to Japan. Meanwhile, speculation is rife here that China plans to appoint veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as the next ambassador to India. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Sun who specialised in China and South Asia-related issues for a long time, served as the ambassador to Pakistan till recently. He is currently the director general of planning department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The Indian ambassador to China, Vikram Misri hosted a lunch for Sun and his team at his residence on May 24. The official announcement about his appointment is expected shortly. Luo’s predecessor Le Yucheng was also made vice minister of foreign affairs. Luo is due to return on transfer. Luo, who started his stint in India in 2016, played a crucial role in normalising ties between the two countries following the Doklam standoff, the most serious military face-off in decades between the two countries.last_img read more

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