Open up almost any book about whiskey in America and you’re bound to find at least a few tales of moonshiners who worked hard to create a quality product while constantly trying to evade the law.Some moonshiners were successful, hiding their stills deep in the mountains or woods. Some weren’t so lucky. Clyde May, an Alabama moonshiner who was active from around the 1950s through the 1980s, was not one of the lucky ones. He ended up serving time for moonshining.This is the story that Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey starts with—a moonshiner whose motto was “It’s better to break a few laws than cut a few corners.” In his time, May handcrafted his own stills and worked with the best ingredients he could find.Flash forward a few decades and, as a way of honoring his father’s memory, Kenny May created Clyde May’s whiskey, legally producing “Alabama Style” whiskey (a style created by his father and characterized by the addition of oven-dried apples to new barrels of bourbon).Their latest release, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is not given the “Alabama Style” treatment. Instead, it abides by all the laws that govern bourbon.Nose: On the front, there are spice and vanilla notes. These are underpinned by oak and a hint of honeyed apples, despite there not being apples added to this whiskey.Palate: Caramel sweetness blends with dryer oaky notes. These dryer notes make me think of the term “Old School,” though trying to explain that, I admit to being at a loss. Vanilla and a little bit of peanut brittle come through and are followed by a hint of baking spice.Finish: Medium length and fairly dry. Toffee and peanut notes mix with a little bit of black pepper.Final Thoughts: Getting back to the idea of story, it takes a little time staring at the highly-stylized (and very aesthetically appealing) bottle to see that the bourbon is not distilled in Alabama, but is instead sourced from Kentucky and bottled by the Conecuh Ridge distillery, which is located in Florida. The idea of it being Alabama whiskey is a fabrication, but one that works to continue the story of the man it is named after. If story does not impact your perception of a spirit and you are merely looking for a good-tasting bourbon (and one, because of its 46% ABV that would do well in a cocktail), then this is a good place to start if you’re looking for a bourbon that’s not “from” Kentucky.Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey is 46% ABV and retails for around $50. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Range The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less
Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, Donna Parchment-Brown, has called on key stakeholders to collaborate for the development of the parish.Mrs. Parchment-Brown, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in Black River on September 12, noted that the parish has tremendous assets and with partnership and linkages it can contribute more to the growth of the parish and the nation.“St. Elizabeth has an opportunity to lead by having a strong, vibrant growing sense of being a joined-up parish where we are doing things together,” she said.She urged council members to collaborate with the foundation on its development plans, especially its students’ empowerment programme, aimed at encouraging students to excel.In his response, Mayor of Black River, Councillor Everton Fisher, said the Council welcomes partnerships as working together will usher in development results at a much faster rate than initiatives undertaken by one individual or entity.“We believe that partnership will bring more results, and these are the sort of initiatives that we at the St. Elizabeth Parish Council want to spearhead. Whether it is the Chamber of Commerce, the Homecoming Foundation, Ministers’ Fraternal – all these groups have contributions to make, and we will be working with you as best as possible. Working with each other hand-in-hand can only enhance the development of the parish,” the Mayor said.The St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, which is celebrating its 21st year in 2013, is a medium for the co-ordination of economic and social initiatives for the development of the parish.Recently, the foundation established a transformation team headed by businessman, Dr. Trevor Hamilton, to accelerate development projects for the parish. Story Highlights The St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation celebrates its 21st year in 2013 Council members urged to collaborate with the foundation on its development plans Partnership and linkages can contribute more to the growth of the parish and the nation
One hundred and sixty-eight high schools are now in a state of readiness to facilitate students in the study of entrepreneurship for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September.This is done under the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) Secondary Early Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) programme, which is a three-year agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ).The initiative, which was launched late April by State Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, aims to stimulate the students’ interest in business.Director of Regional Educational Services in the Ministry, Kasan Troupe, said the regional directors have completed meetings with JAJ in this regard.“Each director is now looking at the schools to decide how we are going to timetable this. The subject will be paired with our resource and technology programme,” she informed.Mrs. Troupe was speaking to JIS News at JAJ’s fifth annual Champions for Youth Awards and Silent Auction held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 31.The entrepreneurship programme will offer real-life experiences that will build knowledge, capacity and confidence in young people and assist them in forming their own businesses.Mrs. Troupe informed that delivery of the subject in the first half of the academic year will focus on “giving the theory and the skill set to the children as it relates to business”.She also informed that come January to June 2018, “students will actually be doing the business itself, the application and examining the foundations of setting up a business and applying the skills”.Teachers will also benefit, as they will undergo training in preparation to teach the subject.Meanwhile, the Champions for Youth Awards and Silent Auction seeks to recognise the most outstanding organisation and teachers in each parish, as well as companies and institutions that were considered the most impactful in helping Junior Achievement to reach its goal of empowering more than 10,000 youth with entrepreneurship skills during 2016/17.President of JAJ, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, said the students impacted represent a wide cross section, because “every student should and will understand how to run a business”.Among the teachers recognised are Tamar Myles of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in St. Andrew, Kimoy Benjamin of the Kellits Primary in Clarendon, Michelle Bennett of York Castle High School in St.Ann, Racquel Ambersley from Mount Alvernia High School in St. James, Kerrion Palmer from Avocat Primary and Junior High in Trelawny, and Margaret Muschette Phillips from Kingston College.The President’s Award went to the Gleaner and the Financial Services Commission for the support given to JAJ. One hundred and sixty-eight high schools are now in a state of readiness to facilitate students in the study of entrepreneurship for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September. The entrepreneurship programme will offer real-life experiences that will build knowledge, capacity and confidence in young people and assist them in forming their own businesses. The initiative, which was launched late April by State Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, aims to stimulate the students’ interest in business. Story Highlights
The Minister referred to Jamaica, where the sport sector includes more than 40 active national associations and federations which are registered as nongovernment organisations. However, there is a direct relationship with government which provides funding, facilities and other critical support. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has called for significant changes in the governance structure for sport.Minister Grange made the call in an address to the Commonwealth Sport Ministers’ Meeting in the Gold Coast, Australia on the margins of the Commonwealth Games. The address was given on the Minister’s behalf by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Mr Denzil Thorpe.The Minister referred to Jamaica, where the sport sector includes more than 40 active national associations and federations which are registered as nongovernment organisations. However, there is a direct relationship with government which provides funding, facilities and other critical support.Minister Grange said, “the governance structure has not kept pace with the dynamic growth and meteoric rise of sport and the increasing levels of participation in physical activities — both recreational and competitive — within the country.”According to Minister Grange, “sport is cross-cutting and has an impact on nearly all sectors of Jamaican life. Therefore, the development of a coherent governance system is essential for effective, efficient management and execution of sport programmes, particularly as sports is a vehicle for advancing the development agenda.”The objective of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting was to ‘agree joint strategies and collective action to strengthen policy coherence to maximise the benefits of investing in sport.’Delegations from 45 Commonwealth nations attended the meeting and agreed to take action to strengthen the alignment and coordination of sport policy implementation, in particular across government and with the Commonwealth Games Federation, affiliated member associations and the broader Commonwealth sport movement, but also working with a broad range of stakeholders. Minister Grange said, “the governance structure has not kept pace with the dynamic growth and meteoric rise of sport and the increasing levels of participation in physical activities — both recreational and competitive — within the country.” Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has called for significant changes in the governance structure for sport.
Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily.It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me.Mr. Speaker let me place on record my gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Ministry of National Security. Their guidance is much appreciated. I also thank Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr; my colleagues Dr. Horace Chang and Rudy Spencer, who will continue working with the team there.Mr. Speaker, I wish them well and urge us all to be patient and supportive.To Minister Mike Henry, let me thank him for the way he ran his leg of the relay; he has left a solid foundation for me to build on.Mr. Speaker, the PS, Dr. Alwin Hales, and the Staff at the Ministry of Transport and Mining and their related agencies and departments, have all welcomed me to their areas of responsibility and together we will succeed.Let me acknowledge my personal staff and security detail. Over the few weeks, their job has become harder and more stressful, because of information received that some from the criminal underworld wish to do me harm.“Dutty Criminals”, Mr. Speaker, must never succeed. We in this house must not have any divide in that mission and all Jamaicans must unite and support Minister Chang and the security forces. Story Highlights Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily. Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me. It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.
zoom Petrobras, a Brazil-based integrated oil and gas company, has announced the 7th round of its fleet renewal plan for offshore support vessels (Prorefam).The announcement was made on Monday morning (March 17) at Petrobras headquarters in Rio de Janeiro by the company’s President Maria das Graças Silva Foster and the Director of Exploration and Production, José Formigli.Following the announcement of the 7th round of Prorefam, Petrobras signed contracts for eight vessels from the 5th round. The contracts were signed with Bram Offshore Transportes Maritimos Ltda, Norskan Offshore Ltda and Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda.Petrobras President Maria das Graças Silva Foster highlighted the importance of the program for the industry as well as for Petrobras, emphasizing that the company’s priority is to increase their oil production, as per the 2014-2018 Business and Management Plan.With regard to contracts, Graça Foster stressed that prices must be within international norms. “Petrobras can’t wait. There is absolutely nothing that would justify us falling behind on our oil production curve. No contract that would put this at risk is a priority for us,” she said.Formigli revealed that calls for bids for the 7th and final round will be issued by Friday, March 21, and that proposals must be submitted to Petrobras by June 27. Contract signing is scheduled for October 30 of this year.Speaking about Petrobras’ expectations for the 7th round, the director reinforced the importance of the Brazilian industry setting competitive prices. He also presented the program’s scope, which includes a total of up to 146 vessels over seven rounds between 2008 and 2014.The minimum local construction content varies between 50% and 60% depending on the type of vessel, and is 70% for the offshore operations phase. “At this point, we have managed to sign contracts for 87 of 146 vessels“, stated Formigli, adding that, of these 87 vessels, 61 are under construction and 26 are operating.He also emphasized the importance of meeting deadlines. “We are working hard with the companies to recover from any lags and to find permanent solutions,” he said, and further stressed that problems of this type have been relatively small and have been overcome.Contracts SignedContracts were signed for 13 vessels in the first round, 27 in the second, 16 in the third, 23 in the fourth, and eight in the last round. Of these, 76 vessels are PSVs (Platform Supply Vessels), used for loading platforms with liquid and solid loads, and OSRVs (Oil Spill Response Vessels), which are designed for recovering oil offshore. Eleven are AHTS vessels (Anchor Handling Tug Supply), which are built to handle anchors, tow-vessels, and transport supplies.Out of the fleet of offshore support vessels working with Petrobras, 53% are Brazilian.Construction timeframes are three years from the time of contract execution for PSVs and OSRVs, and four years for AHTSs. Contracts are valid for up to eight years. Minimum local construction content is 60% for PSVs and OSRVs, and 50% for AHTS vessels. For vessel operations, minimum local content is 70%.Schedule for Upcoming RoundsThe 6th Round:Proposals received: February 4, 2014Results published: March 6, 2014Start of negotiations: March 13, 2014Contract execution: by April 30, 2014The 7th Round:Call for bids: by March 21, 2014Submission of proposals: by June 27, 2014Contract execution: by October 30, 2014 petrobras, March 19, 2014
zoom Nasdaq-listed fuel supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has recorded gross profit of USD 78.5 million and an operating income of USD 14.8 million in its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.Aegean’s net income attributable to Aegean shareholders reached USD 7.1 million or USD 0.15 basic and diluted earnings per share, missing the Wall Street expectations which stood at 27 cents per share.The company’s second quarter sales volumes amounted to 3,150,950 metric tons, up by 18.5% compared with 2,659,620 metric tons in the same period in 2014. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, sales of marine petroleum products decreased by 30.2% to USD 1,189.5 million compared with USD 1,705.2 million for the same period in 2014.E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, commented, “While we faced headwinds during the quarter, we are entering the second half of 2015 with several growth drivers in place and we expect to further improve our financial performance. Our Fujairah facility is operating at strong utilization levels, and our expanded global operations position the company for continued growth, success and value creation.”According to Tavlarios, Aegean Marine is poised to benefit from its diversification and recent expansion into new markets.Total revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2015, decreased by 29.8% to USD 1,207.7 million compared with $1,720.2 million reported for the same period in 2014 due to the drop in the price of oil.As of June 30, 2015, the company had cash and cash equivalents of USD 42.2 million and working capital of USD 267.7 million. Non-cash working capital, or working capital excluding cash and debt, was $558.1 million.Spyros Gianniotis, Aegean’s Chief Financial Officer, stated, “With more than USD 1.8 billion in working capital credit facilities, we have a strong excellent balance sheet that can support continued profitability over the long-term. Given our financial strength, we have been able to move quickly to realize accretive growth opportunities and profitably grow the business, and remain focused on achieving this objective.”
zoom After the Danish shipping giant Maersk Group said it would scrap more vessels in the coming years, the company’s plan to avoid European environmental law on ship recycling by flagging ships to non-EU flags was described as “undermining its credibility as a responsible ship operator” by the environmental organisation Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC).As it would need to scrap more vessels due to an oversupply and low freight rates in the container market, the shipping company estimated that it could earn an additional USD 1-2 million per ship by using beaching yards in Alang, India.“Maersk is a European company and should abide by European laws. Suggesting that it might use a flag of convenience to escape EU ship breaking rules designed to protect the environment and worker safety is scandalous, and will seriously undermine its credibility as a responsible ship owner and operator,” John Maggs, senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk and president of the Clean Shipping Coalition, said.Until recently, Maersk followed a progressive policy on ship recycling, including a ‘cradle to grave’ approach which committed to ‘total vessel recycling,’ Clean Shipping Coalition said, adding that the company’s decision to resort to the low-cost method of beaching and to flagging out its ships beforehand undermines not only the company’s position as a responsible industry leader, but also European efforts to improve global conditions.“While Maersk supports innovation in reducing air polluting emissions, this move shows a cavalier attitude towards the environmental impacts of dismantling ships in the intertidal zone. Maersk needs to reverse course on practices that it previously denounced and that would never be allowed in Europe,” Sotiris Raptis, shipping officer at Transport & Environment, said.In mid-May, the company sent two of its container ships, the Maersk Wyoming and the Maersk Georgia, to India’s Shree Ram yard in Alang for recycling.The company said that it reached a deal for the landing of the first two vessels at the yard, which is certified to the standards of the Hong Kong Convention.The move follows Maersk Group’s announcement of its long-term commitment to create more responsible recycling options in Alang, India, as well as help the ship recycling yard to upgrade facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards as the group eyes cost reductions for its ship recycling.
zoom Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers ended the third quarter of this year with a net loss of USD 7.3 million, compared to a profit of USD 2.3 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier. “The overall product tanker market weakened further during the third quarter of 2017, reflecting the ongoing imbalance between supply and demand of tonnage. The drag in oil inventories and reduced trading activity did not support freight rates,” the company explained.Operating loss stood at USD 0.72 million in Q3 2017, against an operating profit of USD 2.96 million seen in Q3 2016.Revenue dropped to USD 43.3 million in the three-month-period ended September 30, 2017, from USD 44.4 million reported in the same period of 2016.At the of the quarter, Hafnia had USD 50.8 million in cash and USD 563.8 million of bank debt.“As of September 30, 2017, we had binding commitment from a first-class bank to fund the newbuilds, and in combination with our cash balance the newbuild program was fully financed. We have no debt maturities before January 2022,” Hafnia Tankers said.Earlier this month, Hafnia completed its first sale and leaseback transaction in the Japanese market involving the company’s LR1 tanker, MT Hafnia Africa. The 74,500 dwt vessel has been sold to “a large Japanese private ship owning company” with an 8-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year four onwards.During the first nine months of this year, the company suffered a net loss of USD 5.1 million, compared to a profit of USD 14.9 million recorded in the same period last year.“A continued decline in oil inventories, coupled with growth in oil consumption, should in combination with a reduced newbuilding orderbook generate an improved market over the next couple of years,” the company forecast.As of September 30, 2017 Hafnia’s fleet consisted of 37 owned vessels and five chartered-in vessels. Vista Shipping, of which Hafnia Tankers has a 50% ownership, has two LR1 newbuilds on order, with expected delivering deliveries in Q1 2019.
zoom South Korean shipping company H-Line Shipping is teaming up with industry partners and the government on the design and construction of an LNG-fueled 80,000 dwt bulk carrier.The project is part of a government initiative aimed at providing support for the introduction of LNG-powered ships in the country and revitalizing its shipbuilding sector which was badly hit by the industry slump.The Korean government plans to provide financial backing for the introduction of LNG-powered ships, as a way of speeding up the uptake of the technology, especially in the wake of ever more stringent environmental regulations, including the IMO 2020 Sulfur cap. The move is expected to bridge the 20 pct cost gap between investment into vessels with standard engines and those equipped with LNG tanks.H-Line Shipping will be joined by KOGAS, POSCO Terminal Co, and Kore South-East Power, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) said.The coalition is scheduled to ink a collaboration agreement with MOF and Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy on December 13.The deal will serve as the starting point for a feasibility study on the design and construction of the LNG-fuelled bulker, and if all goes well, H-Line Shipping will move forward with the ordering of the construction of a bulk carrier featuring the design in 2018.The feasibility study is expected to be completed in the first half of next year.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank and Commerzbank are financing a third expedition ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hamburg-based subsidiary of TUI Group.The latest vessel, to be named HANSEATIC spirit, will be constructed by Norwegian VARD shipyard and is scheduled for delivery in 2021. In 2016, the cruise company contracted the shipbuilder to build the sister vessels HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, which are set to join the fleet in 2019.As with the predecessor vessels, KfW IPEX-Bank and Commerzbank structured the entire financing and are both acting as Mandated Lead Arranger.“We are pleased to – together with Commerzbank – continue our successful business partnership with Hapay-Lloyd Cruises and, with our financing, to support one of the key German players in global competition in the booming cruise sector,” said Andreas Ufer, member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank at the signing.As the expedition ship will be equipped with the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), it will be operating primarily in the polar regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic, although it will also head for warmer destinations such as the Amazon region.The ship will be fitted with state-of-the-art technology and environmental technology, the company explained. With a length of 139 metres, the new vessel will be able to accommodate up to 230 passengers and 175 crew members.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Oslo-listed Color Group AS concluded a USD 141 million 5-year financing agreement for its cruise ferry M/S Color Magic. The new revolving credit facility has been secured with a syndicate of banks including Nordea, Danske Bank, ABN Amro, SEB, Sparebanken Møre, and DnB. The re-payment profile is 10 years.Color Group said that the first drawn tranche which re-finances the existing loan facility due in September 2019 will be approx. NOK 500 mill (USD 58 million).Color Magic was built at Aker Finnyards Rauma Shipyard, Finland in 2007 and is a sister vessel of MS Color Fantasy, delivered to Color Line in 2004. Color Line’s Color Fantasy and Color Magic provide a daily link between Kiel and Oslo.
PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-755-7147 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, August 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. QUEENS COUNTY: Cameron River Bridge Cameron River Bridge, Trunk 2, will be reduced to one lane from Monday, June 26, until Friday, July 21 for maintenance and repairs. Traffic control lights will be in operation 24 hours a day until completion. Loads wider than three metres, should use detour routes via Hibernia Road at Caledonia and South Brookfield. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bridgetown Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Exit 21 westerly for 8.5 kilometres. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, June 30. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. COLCHESTER: Bass River Bridge Bass River Bridge on Trunk 2 in Bass River will have a one-lane closure from Monday, June 26, until Friday, June 30 for structural repairs. Traffic control consists of signs, flashing light units and traffic control persons. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road from 1.2 kilometres south of Trans-Canada 104 southerly will have a one-lane closure for slope stabilization. Work is expected to be complete on Monday, July Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from the Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection, Route 311, Bible Hill The intersection on Route 311, Main Street, Trunk 4, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for improvements until Friday, June 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Friday, June 30 while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset and will last until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: West Advocate Road Detour Reids Brook Bridge on West Advocate Road will be closed for replacement until Tuesday, Aug. 1. Traffic will be handled by a two-lane gravel detour now in place beside the existing bridge. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures from Monday, June 26, until Tuesday, Oct. 31 for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER: Highway 104 – Cobequid Pass There will be intermittent single-lane closures for maintenance on the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 (Cobequid Pass), between the toll plaza and Masstown, beginning in early July. Work is expected to take about three weeks. A single-lane closure of about three kilometres will be used to separate the work zone from traffic. Motorists should expect reduced speed in the work zones. Work will occur during daylight hours. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from north of the East Margaree-Belle Cote intersection, north for seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A traffic-control person will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 9 (Avonport) interchange, on and off ramps and roundabout on Trunk 1 will have one-lane closures until Monday, July 31 for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. PICTOU COUNTY: Upper Stellarton – Church Bridge The Upper Stellarton-Church Bridge will be closed to all traffic from Monday, June 26, until Friday, August 11 for replacement of the deck. No detours will be posted. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Traffic control consists of traffic lights. Work will take place 24 hours per day. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road from Highway 105 at Exit 2 southerly 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road will have a one lane closure from Monday, June 26, until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic Control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 -30-
Education Minister Karen Casey has stepped in to restructure the Strait Regional School Board today, in the interests of students and staff. “This is not a step I take lightly,” said Ms. Casey. “But after meeting with board members directly on Wednesday, I have formed the opinion that the board is not managing its duties under the Education Act in a responsible manner.” Effective immediately, the minister is exercising her authority under section 68 of the Education Act to remove the board’s powers over human resources and financial management, while leaving the board intact. John Sears, a former professor and vice-president academic at St. Francis Xavier University, has been appointed by the minister to carry out the human resources and financial management responsibilities of the board. It is expected that he will form an advisory group of former board chairs to assist him. “Dr. Sears is widely regarded as a person of integrity and competence who has served this province admirably over many years,” said Ms. Casey. “I am very pleased that he has agreed to take on this responsibility at my request.” School board elections are scheduled across Nova Scotia for October. It is anticipated that the new board will resume its full responsibilities at that time.
Cape Breton farmers affected by excessive amounts of rain this summer can apply for higher interim payments through the AgriStability program, Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor announced today, Sept. 25. AgriStability, one of the new business risk-management programs for farmers, provides support after large income losses. The program is part of the five-year Growing Forward agreement signed by federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers in July. “We recommended an increase in interim payments to 75 per cent, up from 50 per cent, under AgriStability, to help these farmers who have experienced extraordinary wet weather conditions this year,” said Mr. Taylor. “I am pleased with how quickly federal and provincial officials met with the Cape Breton farmers to discuss the situation and to provide this assistance.” After evaluating the affected farms earlier this month, provincial and federal agriculture officials agree that federal-provincial programs will assist with the cash flow needed to cover the loss of crops caused by the weather conditions. AgriStability is available to all Canadian farmers, but those in Cape Breton are able to access a larger interim payment. “I want to encourage the Cape Breton farmers who are enrolled in AgriStability to submit their applications for interim payments as soon as possible,” said Mr. Taylor. “These payments will then be processed in a timely manner.” Producers enrolled in AgriInsurance, also known as Production Insurance, could have a significant portion of their crop losses covered through this program. They should contact the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock and Insurance Commission staff if they have questions or to initiate a claim. AgriInsurance is also part of Growing Forward. Growing Forward programs are cost shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially.
Looking for a cool way to romance your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Want to do something which gives the two of you quality time together and fresh fish for a romantic meal? Gear up and get out to one of the province’s waterways for a free fishing weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15, only, no licence is required for winter angling on waterways in 15 of the province’s counties. The winter sportfishing season opened Jan. 1 and closes March 31. “This is a terrific opportunity to get active outdoors and take advantage of a free fishing weekend,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, however, I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter sportfishing weekend, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.” Gear is simple, inexpensive and easy to find, and is available at any store with fishing supplies. Anglers are encouraged to bring along a thermos of something hot and a blanket to share, and do not forget your camera for lasting memories of a romantic day outdoors. “Although winter sportfishing may not have been first on your list for a romantic getaway, it is sure to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for you and your sweetheart,” says Mark Hamilton, sportfishing development officer. “Quality time, fresh fish, and a great day outdoors await you this Valentine’s weekend.” For more information, visit the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has come to the rescue of photographers having trouble identifying ships in pictures taken during Tall Ships 2009. The museum has put its Tall Ships IdentiKit online. The kit, also made available during tall ships events in 2000, 2004 and 2007, identifies all the registered tall ships. It can be found on the museum’s website, http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca . The museum originally developed an identi-ship tool for the Parade of Sail in 1984 when many people went to the museum looking for help in trying to identify hundreds of photos. The current IdentiKit uses the number of masts, hull colour and rig to quickly sort out the many vessels. It also helps educate people on the different types of vessels and rigs found at Tall Ship events. The museum’s website also features a guide to ship rigs and tall ship links.
The Council of the Federation meeting, hosted by Premier Darrell Dexter, concluded in Halifax today, July 27, with premiers agreeing to work together to lead Canada’s economic growth. For more information go to, http://novascotia.ca/cof/docs/Economy_FINAL.pdf . The next council meeting will be in Ontario next year, July 24 – 26. For details go to http://novascotia.ca/cof/docs/Ontario-Hosting-COF-2013-FINAL.pdf . -30-
The 85th Oscar presentations Feb. 24 reminded the world why Nova Scotia is a great place to learn. John Kahrs, who graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1990, won the 2013 Best Animated Short Film Oscar for his production, Paperman. “The province is very proud of NSCAD, its staff, faculty, students and alumni, and that is why we are helping NSCAD to be there to teach future generations of leaders in the arts community,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More. “Mr. Kahrs is an excellent example of what NSCAD graduates can achieve, and I congratulate him on this tremendous recognition.” Mr. Kahrs is a key Disney Pixar animator, who worked on several well-known features including Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2. “NSCAD graduates have put Nova Scotia on the world map on several levels, from singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan to filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, just to name a few,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leonard Preyra. “Our support for NSCAD is just one element of our support for the arts in this province.” Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012 and serves about 1,000 full- and part-time students a year.
The people and communities in Lunenburg County continue to have the province’s support to help build a brighter future following the closure of the Bowater mill. Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, announced today, April 15, the province will cover part of the cost for the municipality to upgrade its financial and information technology systems. “The closure of the Bowater mill was a devastating blow to families and businesses along the South Shore, and as expected, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg experienced a sudden loss of tax revenue, making it harder to fund some capital projects,” said Mr. Ramey. “Last December, Premier Darrell Dexter promised to work with local officials to ensure important projects stay on track while local councils take some time to plan and adapt.” The province will pay $90,000 toward upgrades to information technology systems, including hardware and financial management software. This funding reflects the estimated lost tax revenue from the mill closure. “These upgrades will enable us to provide services to the ever-growing needs of our community in an efficient and effective way,” said Don Downe, Mayor of the Municipality of District of Lunenburg. “Our municipal council appreciates the province’s support as this funding ensures this project remains on track this year, despite the municipality’s loss in tax revenue resulting from the mill closure.” The forest industry is changing and the mill site can offer a place for Nova Scotians to lead that change. The province continues to offer support to the local workforce and is moving ahead with plans to create a bioresources centre that will change the face of the forestry sector. Innovation will be a key part of protecting and creating jobs, now and in the future. This approach will attract private investment and support research and development of new products not yet imagined. The Lunenburg-Queens Transition Action team, with representation from provincial departments and agencies, and municipal governments, recently met to discuss actions taken since Decemberand plans for moving forward.