More Protection for Volunteers

first_imgNova Scotians who volunteer for non-profit organizations wouldhave even more protection under legislation introduced today,Oct. 2, by Justice Minister Michael Baker. Further amendments to the Volunteer Protection Act are intendedto deter people from suing volunteers, by forcing them to pay thefull court-approved legal defence costs of the volunteer in theevent that a lawsuit is unsuccessful. “This strengthens the legislation, which already limits theliability of volunteers who serve non-profit organizations,” saidMr. Baker. “This amendment will hold accountable those who sue avolunteer if the case has no merit.” Mr. Baker said the change should also help encourage even moreNova Scotians to devote their time and energy to non-profitorganizations. “Volunteers are special,” he said. “They help us feel proud aboutour people and communities. They contribute to a healthier,stronger Nova Scotia, and we thank them for their dedicatedservice.” The Volunteer Protection Act, proclaimed on Dec. 23, 2002,already sets out a number of circumstances where volunteers arenot liable for damages. They include: The Act also prevents non-profit organizations from recoveringcosts from volunteers, in cases where the organizations are foundliable and must pay damages. A non-profit organization means any non-profit body or societyincorporated under the Societies Act organized and conducted forpublic benefit, and operated for the following purposes:charitable, civic, educational, religious, welfare, health,sport, recreation, tourism, heritage or culture. This couldinclude a municipality, school board, regional library board or ahospital. when volunteers are acting within the scope of their responsibilities; when volunteers are properly licenced, certified or authorized by the appropriate authorities.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 104

first_img Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 -30- ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one lane closures on Highway 104 on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, from Wednesday, Oct. 20 to Tuesday, Nov. 30. Roadcrews will be carrying out joint replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution while travelling in the area. last_img

Highland Village Museum Hosts Array of Special Events

first_imgCandlelight tours, concerts, ironwork workshops and a traditional Cape Breton codfish supper are only a few of the activities visitors to the Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach will be able to enjoy this summer. In addition to its regular activities — such as weaving, spinning, wool dying, blacksmithing, and basket making — the museum will host special events and programs for the whole family during the month of August. Làithean Sona/Happy Days Children’s Program lets children experience what life was like for the Gaels through hands-on activities such as chores, crafts, games, language, and song. The program continues every Wednesday throughout the month of August. Saturday, Aug. 5 marks the 45th annual Là Mór a’ Chlachain/ Highland Village Day. This day-long, outdoor concert showcases local talent and traditional Nova Scotian Gaelic culture, with fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, Highland dancers, and Gaelic singers. Musique Royale, the Nova Scotia festival of historic music in historic settings, returns to Highland Village for the second time this summer. On Wednesday, Aug. 9. The evening concert features the Petric-Forget Duo. The museum’s popular candlelight tours continue this summer every Thursday in August. The evenings feature a candlelit tour of the historic site, storytelling, and an opportunity to enjoy the view of the Bras d’Or Lakes at sunset. The fourth annual Joe Neil MacNeil Memorial Lecture will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., backstage in the Tuning Room. Guest speaker Rob Dunbar will give the evening’s lecture, entitled Poetry of the Immigrant Gaelic Poets of Nova Scotia. On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Village will host An Gobha anns a’ Cheàrdaich/Introduction to Ironwork, with ironworker John MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald will speak about the history of metalworking and provide instruction on smithing as an art form and its practical applications. Jim Watson, manager of interpretation, Highland Village Museum, will present Ag Éirigh air Òran/Gaelic Song Workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Mr. Watson and friends will share Gaelic songs that were written in Nova Scotia and reflect the immigrant tradition. On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 23, the Highland Village Summer Room Lecture Series presents Janet Muller, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ms. Muller is CEO of Pobal, an umbrella organization for Northern Ireland’s Irish speaking community. She will be speaking on the work of Pobal and Irish language development. The lecture will take place backstage in the Tuning Room, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 26, Highland Village Museum will host a codfish supper. The traditional Cape Breton meal is served with all the trimmings, including potatoes, curds, chow, bacon scraps, biscuits, cookies, tea, and coffee. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona, Victoria Co., overlooking Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. For more information on these events call 902-725-2272, or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Government of Canada Invests 375 million in Transit in Nova Scotia

first_imgEleven public transit systems in Nova Scotia will be improved thanks to the government of Canada’s investment of $37.5 million. The announcement was made today, Nov. 24, by Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and ACOA, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. These investments towards public transit infrastructure will help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, as well as help reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Transit services that will benefit from the federal funding include Metro Transit in Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Transit, Kings Transit (Kings County and surrounding area), and eight other community transit organizations. Eligible capital investments may include the purchase of buses and accessible transit vehicles, the construction of new terminals and maintenance facilities, and the acquisition of improved computerized systems for transit services. “Reliable and efficient public transit is key to ensuring environmentally sound, vibrant, and healthy communities,” said Mr. MacKay. “The government of Canada recognizes that improving public transit use can help reduce congestion, lower automobile emissions, and make our communities more livable by supporting their economic, social, and cultural development.” “Today’s investments will help improve our public transit systems in both urban and rural Nova Scotian communities,” said Mr. Muir. “They support healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities, as well as help protect our environment. They also reduce isolation through better access to employment, education, medical services, and community and social events.” The funds include more than $11.7 million from the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Public Transit Funds, and $25.8 million to Nova Scotia through the federal Public Transit Capital Trust. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will administer the distribution of these funds, primarily based on ridership. Public transit providers will likely receive funding before March 31, 2007. “We are delighted that the Canadian government is investing in public transit systems throughout Nova Scotia,” said Russell Walker, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “Larger transit services, which include HRM, Kings, and CBRM, will be able to provide improved services, and rural communities will be able to enhance accessible services to seniors, persons with disabilities, and the disadvantaged.” Through Budget 2006, the government of Canada has provided $1.3 billion in dedicated funding for public transit across Canada. Nationally, $900 million was provided through the Public Transit Capital Trust and $400 million was committed through the Public Transit Fund. For more information about the transit funding announced today, please call 1-902-424-2088. For more information on the Government of Canada’s infrastructure initiatives in Nova Scotia, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.last_img read more

25th Annual Model Makers Showcase

first_imgVisitors to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic this weekend will have the opportunity to view model ships of all shapes and sizes. Hosted by the Maritime Ship Modeler’s Guild and featuring model makers from across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the weekend showcase will boast ship models as well as free model building activities for children. The showcase will also celebrate the guild’s dedication to volunteering. Since 2003, a group of modelers have donated nearly 13,000 hours worth of work to the museum, using their expertise and love of model making to conserve, treat and preserve almost all of the models in the museum’s extensive collection. From cleaning simple, wooden, recognition models, to completely restoring all 13-feet of the damaged RMS Franconia model, these volunteers have ensured that hundreds of historically important models will be exhibit ready for years to come. The showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Admission will be charged. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St. in Halifax.last_img read more

4H Members Compete in Provincial Event

first_imgTwo hundred and fifty young Nova Scotians will take part in competitions during the 4-H Weekend on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. “The talent that members exhibit at the 4-H Weekend is profound. For the past 85 years our 4-H program help develop the skills of our young people who then become exceptional community leaders,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “The 4-H Weekend is an excellent opportunity for families to socialize and for the public to experience the public speaking talent among the 4-H membership.” 4-H members will participate in several events, including the woodsman contests, the Nova Scotia Horse Classic, public-speaking competitions and the 4-H Weekend Challenge. “The confidence that our youth develop through this communications training is just one of the experiences that the 4-H program offers,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and rural organizations with the Department of Agriculture. “The excellent communication skills of 4-H members is evident at all 4-H events and their expertise in speaking will benefit them as they become leaders in their careers and communities.” The highlight of the weekend is 4-H Night in Nova Scotia on May 5. 4-H members who have won provincial honours will present their winning speeches and demonstrations. Awards are presented to the winners of all competitions and to members and leaders who have won national 4-H travel awards. Several Friends of 4-H certificates will be presented to people who have made significant contributions to the 4-H program. The provincial 4-H host and hostess, who officially represent Nova Scotia’s 4-H program, will be chosen. Many activities are open to the public. Information is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/4h/ .last_img read more

Fundy Region Gets Investment in Sport Recreation Infrastructure

first_imgFamilies across the Fundy region will have more opportunities to be physically active thanks to the province’s annual recreation facility development grant program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced today, May 14, investments totaling $217,500 for the Fundy region. The investment is part of the annual $3-million provincewide grant program. “Investing in sport and recreation facilities is one part of our overall strategy to make Nova Scotians healthier and help reduce the demand on our health-care system,” said Mr. Barnet The grants will be used to renovate a recreation centre and community hall, increase playground equipment, develop more trails, and upgrade a baseball field. Community groups work with Department of Health Promotion and Protection staff to develop projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of capital costs and communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “We can not do this alone. I congratulate the many volunteers that recognized a need in their communities and worked so hard to build the support and make it a reality.” Grants through the recreation facility development program are provided based on criteria, such as community need and benefits, the level of planning and preparation, sustainability, and other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities.last_img read more

Students With Disabilities Survey

first_img 46.7 per cent of those who were not in the labour force had returned to school 69.7 per cent of employed respondents indicated their job was directly or indirectly related to their education. The survey can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca. The number of students with disabilities enrolled in post-secondary education has increased in each of the last three academic years. Over the same period, there has been a 45.5 per cent increase in the number of graduating students. In the 2007-08 academic year there were 2,600 students with disabilities enrolled in post-secondary study in Nova Scotia. A survey of former students from the 2006-07 academic year has just been completed with the results expected in the spring. College and university graduates with disabilities are finding jobs at a rate equal to their peers who are not disabled. A survey by the Department of Education found 81 per cent of graduates with disabilities were working and another seven per cent were about to start a job. This total of 88 per cent mirrors the 89 per cent of Nova Scotians 25 to 49 years old with post-secondary education who were employed in the reference year, 2007. About one-half of the graduates who were not looking for work had returned to school and about one-quarter had health issues. “We want all Nova Scotians to get the education they need to get good jobs, said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The Department of Education works hard to put in place services and supports to ensure students with challenges can succeed. The results of this survey highlight the successes and also give us information on how to improve our efforts.” The release of the report coincides with the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, today, Dec. 3. This year’s theme is Dignity and Justice for All of Us. The 2007 study surveyed 259 former students from the 2005-06 academic year. The students had attended the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) or a university in Nova Scotia. Of these, 195 had graduated while 64 withdrew before graduating. Overall, about 75 per cent of those surveyed had studied at NSCC and 25 percent had studied at a university. The former students reported a wide range of disabilities including learning, mental health, muscular/skeletal, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, deafness and chronic illness. The survey is part of a five-year study, in collaboration with the Canadian Council on Learning, that is examining the graduation rate, employment and quality of life of students with disabilities. The survey also found that while the employment rate for both groups is roughly similar, 83 per cent for those that withdrew and 80 per cent for graduates, the earnings of graduates was higher. When employed in jobs related to their educational fields, the survey said university graduates earned an average of $32,941 per year and community college graduates earned $28,331 annually, while those students that withdrew earned $28,101 per year. The salaries of graduates with disabilities is roughly similar to their peers without disabilities, although they did earn about five per cent less, the survey notes. Other survey results include:last_img read more

Colon Cancer Prevention Program Expands to Annapolis Valley Health

first_imgMore Nova Scotians will have access to a home screening kit for colon cancer as the Colon Cancer Prevention Program expands to Annapolis Valley Health. The expansion of the screening program is part of government’s efforts to make life better for families in every region of the province. The program is in place in South Shore Health, Cape Breton District Health Authority, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, South West Health and Colchester East Hants Health Authority. By next spring, it is expected to be available provincewide. MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, officially launched the program’s expansion in Kentville today, July 12. “Government is committed to making health care better for Nova Scotians. An important part of this is providing access to screening for colon cancer. I am pleased to see the Colon Cancer Prevention Program expand to the Annapolis Valley Health area, and that it is now available in six district health authorities in the province,” said Mr. Ramey. “This program is key to preventing colon cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Nova Scotia, and finding it early when it can be most successfully treated.” This week, people between the ages of 50 and 74 who live in the Annapolis Valley Health area, will begin receiving information on the program. A couple of weeks later, they will receive the home screening kit. Directions, in English and French, are included in the kit. The home screening test is easy to use. It tests for small amounts of blood in the stool, which may be a sign of growths in the colon. “Colon cancer is a preventable cancer,” said Dr. Bernard Badley, medical director, Colon Cancer Prevention Program. “People often think that if there are no signs or symptoms of a problem, all must be OK. That is not necessarily the case with colon cancer. “I cannot stress enough the importance of people being regularly screened before there are any signs of disease. With screening, studies show that we can reduce the number of people who will die by up to one-third.” Although in its early stages and not yet available throughout the province, the program is already making a difference. “The screening program has identified a number of individuals with early cancers and pre-cancers,” said Dr. Badley. “Without screening, these likely would not be found until a much later stage when treatment is far less effective.” Dr. Don Clark, a colonoscopist with Annapolis Valley Health, said screening for colon cancer is essential. “More often than not, there are no warning signs of colon cancer in the early stages when it is most treatable and most who get the disease have no family history of it,” said Dr. Clark. “On average, about 75 people in our district are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. The prevention program will change this, but people need to participate.” The greatest risk factor for colon cancer is being older than 50. Nova Scotians, age 50 to 74, are encouraged to be tested regularly. For more details on colon cancer or the kits, go to www.cancercare.ns.ca/coloncancerprevention . Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a provincial program of the Department of Health, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Riverbank General Store a Success

first_imgPeople with disabilities in Queens County are making a difference in their community, while gaining work-related skills, thanks to the Riverbank General Store. The store, located beside the Medway River in Mill Village, will celebrate its official grand opening later this week. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse visited the General Store today, Aug. 9. Sponsored by the Queens Association for Supported Living (QASL), the store gives people with disabilities an opportunity to gain work-related skills and participate more fully in their community. “The Riverbank General Store is a perfect example of the exceptional programs around this province that help make life better for people with disabilities,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This is obviously a place the community values and staff love to come to work.” The general store features a bakery and café, as well as grocery items, including free range and organic products. Its gift shop showcases the work of local artisans, as well as items produced by participants in another QASL program, Penny Lane Enterprises. The province invested $150,000 in start-up funding for the profitable, fully sustainable venture. Queens Association for Supported Living offers several vocational, life skills and community-based employment programs as well as residential services for persons with disabilities. “Riverbank has found, and fulfilled, a niche in our community,” said Murray Kirkpatrick, administrator of Queens Association for Supported Living. “The success here clearly shows the positive difference that can be made in the lives of persons with disabilities when community organizations and government work together.” This investment is the latest in a series of recent improvements to expand services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. The province has increased investments in such programs by $19 million since 2009, bringing the annual budget to nearly $255 million.last_img read more

Province Introduces Citizenship Ceremony Leave

first_imgImmigrants will be able to take time off from work to attend their citizenship ceremony, thanks to legislation introduced today, Nov. 28. “Nova Scotia’s immigrants greatly contribute to the province’s economy and its communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Creating a welcoming environment that encourages immigrants to move, settle, and make a life in Nova Scotia is key to the province’s immigration strategy.” The legislation will create an unpaid leave of up to one day under the Labour Standards Code that will protect a person’s employment while attending their citizenship ceremony. Between 800 and 1,000 people in Nova Scotia become Canadian citizens every year. Response to a discussion paper issued last October indicated support for a citizenship ceremony leave.last_img read more

On rappelle aux NéoÉcossais de vérifier le niveau de radon dans lair

first_img Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le radon et sur les lignes directrices de Santé Canada, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp (en anglais seulement). Il est facile et peu dispendieux de protéger votre maison et vos proches contre le radon. Le radon est un gaz radioactif naturel inodore et sans aucun goût qui se forme lorsque l’uranium se décompose naturellement dans la terre et les rochers. Les appareils de vérification qui peuvent être envoyés par la poste sont abordables et conviviaux. « Lorsqu’il est libéré dans l’air extérieur, le radon est dilué et sans danger, mais lorsqu’il est libéré à l’intérieur, par exemple dans une maison, il peut parfois s’accumuler à des niveaux élevés, a dit le Dr Robert Strang, administrateur en chef de la santé publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le radon pose un risque pour la santé lorsque les gens sont exposés à des niveaux élevés pendant de nombreuses années. C’est pourquoi il est important de vérifier l’air dans votre maison. » Puisque les fenêtres et les portes restent généralement fermées en hiver, il s’agit d’une période propice pour la vérification du niveau de radon accumulé dans la surface habitable. Selon les lignes directrices de Santé Canada, la quantité de radon dans les édifices et les maisons ne doit pas dépasser 200 becquerels par mètre cube. Les appareils de vérification, y compris les trousses d’analyses en laboratoire que vous envoyez par la poste, sont disponibles auprès des entreprises qui effectuent des vérifications environnementales ou sur Internet, à un prix variant de 50 $ à 100 $. Santé Canada recommande que les appareils soient laissés en place pendant au moins trois mois. La plupart des problèmes liés au radon sont faciles à résoudre. Les propriétaires de maison peuvent embaucher un entrepreneur pour résoudre de tels problèmes. Si une vérification du niveau de radon indique un niveau supérieur à 200 becquerels par mètre cube : Scellez toutes les fissures et ouvertures dans les murs de fondation et les planchers, et autour des tuyaux et des drains. Couvrez le plancher du sous-sol et les murs de fondation de deux couches de peinture puis d’un agent d’étanchéité. Rénovez les planchers de sous-sol existants, particulièrement les planchers en terre.last_img read more

Seasonal Farmers Markets Open for Business

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to explore and support their local farmers’ market when many of them open this month and in June. Farmers’ markets are a staple around the provincewith Nova Scotia having the highest number per capita in Canada. Select Nova Scotia, in partnership with Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, recently launched an advertising campaign to highlight the opening of seasonal markets and to encourage Nova Scotians to spend more time and money shopping at their local market. “Visiting a farmers’ market is an opportunity to enjoy the top- quality fruit, vegetables, meats, wines and other agricultural products produced across our province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “It’s also a chance to connect face-to-face with local farmers, artisans and other vendors, and enjoy quality time with family or friends.” Every market is different, but most offer fresh-baked goods, meats, artisan cheeses, preserves, jams and jellies of all kinds. There is also fresh produce like asparagus, beet greens and fiddleheads. Local artisans also sell handmade items from candles to quilts and furniture. “After our long, snow-covered winter, Nova Scotians are ready both for the taste of spring and the social gathering found at farmers’ markets,” said Keltie Butler, executive director of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia. “Bring a friend and a few shopping bags and we’ll see you at the market.” Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia is a co-operative with members from Cape Breton to Yarmouth. It works on behalf of farmers’ markets and market-based businesses, and is a national leader in training, community building, co-operative marketing, research and advocacy. For a list of farmers’ markets and for more information about where to buy and shop local, visit selectnovascotia.ca .last_img read more

Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le jeudi 11 août

first_img -30- Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 20 h. Les équipes ont fait des progrès considérables aujourd’hui. Le feu de forêt de Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 100 p. 100. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 45 p. 100. Tous les autres feux sont entièrement circonscrits. Des patrouilles ont encore lieu à certains endroits en raison de la sécheresse. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées sont toujours interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asplast_img read more

Spark West Winners Named in Startup Challenge

first_imgA new e-bicycle company in Hubbards, Lunenburg Co., is receiving $50,000 in funding and business guidance through Innovacorp’s Spark Innovation Challenge. The business, SURU, is one of five winners selected in the Spark West region of the province. SURU’s co-founders, Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil, are developing zero-emission, electric-powered bicycles that can travel up to 50 kilometres without fuel or pedalling. The bikes are made without tools or special moulds and manufactured entirely in Nova Scotia. “Participating in the Spark Innovation Challenge has guided the trajectory of our business,” said Mr. Uhlarik. “The coaching we received through Spark and the funds being awarded will help us build better products and win in the marketplace.” The challenge expanded across the province this year, with winners in each of the four competition regions receiving up to $50,000 in funding and mentorship from seasoned business professionals. The four regions were Spark West, Spark North, Spark Halifax and Spark Cape Breton. The first provincewide Spark Innovation Challenge attracted 136 submissions. Eleven finalists in the Spark West region pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Finalists also participated in several business workshops and were mentored by seasoned business professionals. The other winners in the Spark West region are: Alias Earth, a set database company founded by Jim Dorey of Morden, Kings Co., $50,000 Electric Puppets, a virtual reality company founded by Ryan Cameron of Chester, Mahone Bay, $50,000 Finleaf, an aquaponics company founded by Myrna Gillis of Brooklyn, Queens Co., $25,000 Nexus Robotics, an autonomous farming robotics company founded by Teric Greenan, Jad Tawil and Thomas Trappenberg of Barss Corner, Lunenburg Co., $25,000 Winners must use the prize money to build prototypes or take new products and services to market. Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency each contributed $400,000 towards this year’s Spark Challenge. “Spark is a great program that’s helping new technology companies across Nova Scotia get started,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business and Minister responsible for Innovacorp. “The winners of this year’s challenge will build stronger products and create jobs for other Nova Scotians, particularly young Nova Scotians.” “Congratulations to all of the finalists in the first ever provincewide Spark competition,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “This competition has been an excellent showcase of talented entrepreneurs from across Nova Scotia whose spark of innovative ideas have real potential to be commercialized and grown into thriving businesses. I look forward to seeing how the winners advance their ventures and bring their ideas to fruition.” For the full list of winners, visit www.innovacorp.ca/news/spark-winners-2017.last_img read more

Air India to launch Mumbai to Nairobi flight services from September

first_imgMumbai: National carrier Air India is set to provide seamless connectivity to East Africa from the financial capital Mumbai with a direct daily flight to the Kenyan capital city Nairobi from September. At present, Air India has a codeshare partnership with Kenyan Airways, which operates a daily service between Mumbai and Nairobi. Code sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence. The services on the Mumbai-Nairobi route will be operated four times in a week, Minister for civil aviation (Independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri announced in a tweet Monday. “I am delighted to announce that on the occasion of World Tourism Day on Sept 27, @airindiain will begin a direct Mumbai-Nairobi flight (4 days a week) to improve air connectivity between India & Kenya,” Puri tweeted. According to an airline source, the new route will be serviced through the 256-seater Boeing 787-800 plane.last_img read more

Jet Airways shares plummet 41 pc as company lands in NCLT

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet Airways’ shares faced massive drubbing Tuesday and tumbled nearly 41 per cent after State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders decided to send the grounded airline to the National Company Law Tribunal. The scrip plummeted 40.78 per cent to close at Rs 40.45 on the BSE. During the day, it tanked 52.78 per cent to hit an all-time low of Rs 32.25. On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), shares plunged 40.78 per cent to close at Rs 40.50 apiece. During the day, it dropped 53.72 per cent to a record low of Rs 31.65. On the traded volume front, 60.53 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over four crore shares on the NSE during the day. This the 12th consecutive trading day fall for Jet Airways and the scrip has plunged over 73 per cent during this time, wiping out Rs 1,253.5 crore from its market valuation, on the BSE. Harried bankers Monday decided against an outright sale of Jet Airways to the lone bidder and instead voted to send it for bankruptcy to recover their Rs 8,000 crore dues. The once-largest private sector airline, started over 25 years ago, stopped flying in April after it ran out of cash and the unpaid lessors took away most of its 100-odd operational aircraft. After a meeting of the 26 lenders on Monday, SBI in a statement said that “after due deliberations, the lenders have decided to seek resolution for Jet Airways under the bankruptcy code since only a conditional bid was received”. The decision of the lenders to seek bankruptcy process through the NCLT came exactly two months after the airline stopped flying on April 17 after being on the fringe since last July. The scrip has also been on a backfoot following announcement that stock exchanges will impose restrictions on trading in Jet Airways’ shares from June 28 as part of preventive surveillance measures to curb excessive volatility, according to a circular issued last week.last_img read more

CBI forms additional team to probe Unnao rape survivors car accident

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has formed a 20-member additional special team to probe the Unnao rape survivor’s accident case, agency spokesperson said on Friday. In addition, six top forensic experts from Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory have already reached the crime scene, he said. Sources said the forensic team took a Swift car, same as the victim was travelling in when the accident happened on Sunday, with it and has already started recreating the crime scene. The 20-member special team will assist a five-member team in Lucknow which is already probing the case, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Tourism minister to visit JK Ladakh next month

first_imgNew Delhi: A team of officials from the Union tourism ministry, led by minister Prahlad Patel, will be touring Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh next month to finalise the plans to boost tourism in the two newly-formed Union territories by November 1. In an interview to PTI, Patel said he had already sent two officials from the Union culture and tourism ministry on deputation to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, who would act as an “advance team” before he would arrive there in the first week of September to take stock of the situation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I will to go to Leh first and then to Jammu and Kashmir to visit the identified tourist spots and conduct a review. We need to provide skill training to guides, get them acquainted with different languages. We are planning to get this done over the next two months,” he said on Monday. The Union minister of state (independent charge) for tourism added that he would lead the teams unless he accompanied the prime minister on his upcoming trip to Russia. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said two recent decisions of the government — on e-visas and on opening up 137 peaks, 15 of which were in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, for foreign tourists — would boost the tourist footfall in the region, which in turn would help in the growth of both revenue-generating and employment opportunities. Patel listed four key elements of his plan to prepare the two Union territories for tourism — upgrading manpower, which would include training guides, build awareness on the bread-and-breakfast scheme, asking people to open up their homes at places where there is a shortage of hotels, give them basic training to run them and also promote adventure sports in a big way. “What we need to do is change perceptions like we managed to do in the north-east. We need to tell everyone that there are no security issues in the region and it will be safe for them to travel there. “While we have the cultural heritage to get tourists to visit these places, what we need to do is build amenities around them. We have to identify areas and build infrastructure,” he said. Patel further said while in Ladakh, the focus would be on tourists from countries practising Buddhism with guides being taught specific languages, in the Kashmir Valley, the ministry was planning to revive the Sufi tradition at places like Kishtwar. On August 5, the government abrogated the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.last_img read more

RTI Only 5 out of 128 govt schools in Ggm district have

first_imgGurugram: In a report that has come from the RTI, only five out of 128 government schools in Gurugram district have fire safety permits, shows information shared by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in response to a query filed under the RTI Act by activist Aseem Takyar. The MCG, last Friday, wrote that 128 government schools did not have a valid NOC, and objections had been issued for the same.As per the Haryana Fire Service Act, all educational institutions must have a NOC, without which a building is not deemed fit to tackle a potential fire hazard. Assistant divisional fire safety officer IS Kashyap said, “Government schools don’t have any valid NOCs. After the Surat fire tragedy (2019), we surveyed Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderall schools and coaching institutes. Some never applied, while others were not able to meet the norms.” “Government schools may not have all the safety equipment, but they do have their own arrangements. For example, all schools may not have sand buckets, but they have earthen pots that can be used when needed. Government schools are spacious and there is enough open area for students to escape,” said Premlata Yadav, the district education officer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFor safety precautions, the city fire department has already started issuing notices to various establishments that are functioning without the fire safety clearance. “As per law, major establishments in the city have to renew their licences after every year. However, many establishments in the city do not renew their licences and continue to play with the lives of the people in the city. While the fire department is expected to take action, even the residents must put pressure on these establishments,” said a senior official from the fire department.last_img read more