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Budget Bulletin Investing More in Public Health and Safety Expertise

first_imgFINANCE–Budget Bulletin: Investing More in Public Health andSafety Expertise The Naylor Report on SARS, a report commissioned last year by thefederal government, highlighted the need for a steady investmentover time in the training of both new and existing public healthstaff. Nova Scotia is acting on Naylor’s short-term recommendationsresponse for provinces and territories. The report also calls forincreased federal public health investment. More money is also being made available for additional vaccinesfor children: we will continue to expand the chicken pox vaccineprogram and introduce a new vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria andwhooping cough for 14- to 16-year-olds. Nova Scotians have the best ambulance services in the country,thanks to our highly trained paramedics. Additional investmentsin training and equipment for first responders and wage increasesfor paramedics will maintain this excellent service. PROTECTING NOVA SCOTIA FROM TODAY’S NEW THREATSThe Department of Health has begun an emergency planning,preparedness and response initiative for the province’s health-care system. This will be a response plan for hazards rangingfrom SARS, West Nile Virus, pandemic flu, through toterrorist-associated chemical, radiation or biological events. The plan will be consistent with the National Health EmergencyManagement Framework, and include such components as publichealth measures, health and emergency services, surveillance andcommunication activities. Participants in this initiative includethe district health authorities, the Department of CommunityServices and several elements of the Department of Health. When combined with the additional public health officials beingrecruited by the department, the plan will make Nova Scotiabetter prepared to deal with threats to our public health. -30- a second medical officer of health for the Capital Health district; a medical officer of health, to monitor environmental health issues; an epidemiologist, to monitor and respond to outbreaks of infections or diseases; a public health nurse consultant, communicable disease; a senior public health inspector; a part-time disaster-planning specialist; one additional administrative support.center_img In 2004-05, an additional $550,000 will be invested in infectiousdisease control, environmental health and other public healthissues by hiring more public health experts. The additionalresources will enable the department to manage the growing rangeof public health issues surrounding new and emerging diseases,while continuing to handle other duties such as immunizationprograms and safe drinking water. The funding is earmarked for seven new positions: last_img read more

Le rapport de la ministre montre des progrès en langue et en

first_img POUR DIFFUSION Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse font des progrès en langue et en sciences, mais continuent d’éprouver des difficultés en mathématiques au secondaire, d’après les derniers résultats des évaluations du ministère de l’Éducation. La sixième édition du Rapport de la ministre aux parents, publiée aujourd’hui (12 avril), contient les résultats des tests provinciaux effectués pendant 2006 en 12e année en English, en English Communications, en physique, en mathématiques et en mathématiques avancées. Les deux cours de mathématiques étaient également offerts en français. Le rapport contient aussi les résultats école par école pour l éappréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire d’octobre 2006. Les élèves ont fait des progrès dans un certain nombre de domaines, comme l’anglais au secondaire, l’écriture en 6e année et la physique en 12e annèe. Mais les résultats ne sont pas bons en mathématiques et en mathématiques avancées en 12e année. La ministre de l’Éducation, Karen Casey, dit que les résultats en mathématiques l’inquiètent. Elle dit que le ministère, les enseignants, les parents et les élèves doivent faire des efforts tous ensemble pour aider les élèves à améliorer leurs compétences en mathématiques. -30- Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse font des progrès en langue et en sciences, mais continuent d’éprouver des difficultés en mathématiques au secondaire, d’après les derniers résultats des évaluations du ministère de l’Éducation. La sixième édition du Rapport de la ministre aux parents, publiée aujourd’hui 12 avril, contient les résultats des tests provinciaux effectu és pendant 2006 dans sept cours de 12e année : English, English Communications, physique, mathématiques et mathématiques avancées. Les deux cours de mathématiques étaient également offerts en français. Le rapport contient aussi les résultats école par école pour l’appréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire d’octobre 2006. « Notre programme de tests nous donne de nouveau un bon aperçu des résultats de nos élèves à l’échelle de l’ensemble de la province. Il nous montre les domaines dans lesquels il y a des améliorations et ceux dans lesquels il faut que nous poursuivions nos efforts », déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. Les élèves ont fait des progrès dans un certain nombre de domaines. Le taux de réussite aux cours English et English Communications de 12e année est supérieur à 80 pour cent pour les deux cours. Les résultats en physique en 12e année se sont également améliorés pour la quatriéme année consécutive. Il y a des améliorations sensibles dans les résultats de l’appréciation du rendement en littératie en 6e année, puisque 88 pour cent des élèves anglophones répondent aux attentes de la province en écriture ou dépassent ces attentes. Il s’agit là d’un bond de plus de neuf pour cent par rapport à l’an passé. L’amélioration en écriture masque cependant une chute de cinq pour cent dans le nombre d’élèves répondant aux attentes dans la composante du test consacrée à la lecture. Il n’en reste pas moins qu’une bonne partie des 9500 élèves de 6e année qui ont participé à l’appréciation du rendement en anglais ont obtenu de bons résultats en lecture, puisque 83 pour cent d’entre eux répondent aux attentes ou dépassent ces attentes. Le taux de réussite en lecture a diminué pour les élèves anglophones, mais les résultats des élèves francophones en lecture sont stables, avec 83 pour cent des élèves acadiens et francophones qui répondent aux attentes en lecture. Trois cent trente-et-un élèves ont participé à l’appréciation du rendement en littératie en français à l’élémentaire. Les 2208 élèves qui n’ont pas répondu aux attentes cette année suivent désormais un plan de soutien en littératie. « C’est précisément la raison pour laquelle nous faisons ces évaluations provinciales », déclare Vince Warner, directeur des évaluations et des appréciations du rendement de la province. « Elles nous permettent de mettre en évidence non seulement les élèves qui ont besoin d’aide, mais également le rendement du systéme et les domaines dans lesquels nous devons nous améliorer. » La principale inquiétude, cependant, demeure les cours de mathématiques et de mathématiques avancées en 12e année. Seuls 28 pour cent des élèves qui ont participé à l’examen provincial en mathématiques de 12e année ont réussi, ce qui représente une baisse importante par rapport à l’évaluation de 2005, où le taux de réussite était de 31,2 pour cent. La moyenne des résultats n’est que de 38,7 pour cent, contre 41,3 pour cent en 2005. Les résultats sont également décevants en mathématiques avancées. La moyenne provinciale est tombée à 51,3 pour cent, contre 53,9 pour cent en 2005, tandis que le taux de réussite est tombé à 51,8 pour cent, contre 57,3 pour cent en 2005. Les résultats aux examens représentent 30 pour cent de la note finale de l’élève. « Je m’inquiète beaucoup du fait que certains élèves continuent d’avoir des difficultés dans des aspects fondamentaux des mathématiques, de la lecture et de l’écriture », déclare Mme Casey. « Il faut que nous fassions plus d’efforts, tous ensemble, pour aider nos élèves à obtenir de meilleurs résultats. » Le ministère a déjà commencé ses efforts en vue d’améliorer les résultats en mathématiques à tous les niveaux. Au cours de la dernière année, il a ciblé ses investissements dans des ressources visant à améliorer la compréhension des mathématiques chez les élèves. La stratégie adoptée pour les mathématiques comprend une augmentation du temps total consacré aux mathématiques, l’ajout de mentors et de leaders en mathématiques pour aider à guider les enseignants dans tous les conseils scolaires et l’élargissement des options de cours dans les écoles secondaires. Il y a également plus de ressources pédagogiques disponibles, dont de nouveaux manuels scolaires au premier cycle du secondaire, un guide d’étude de grande qualité pour aider les élèves de 12e année qui participent à l’examen provincial en mathématiques et une nouvelle banque de données en ligne permettant aux enseignants et aux élèves de se familiariser avec le type de questions rencontrées dans les évaluations. En 2002, la province a lancé une initiative sur le calcul mental en vue d’aider les élèves de l’élémentaire et du premier cycle du secondaire à être plus à l’aise et à mieux comprendre les concepts de base. Le ministère a accordé des fonds aux conseils scolaires pour la mise en œuvre d’activités de perfectionnement professionnel de qualité pour les enseignants en mathématiques au premier cycle du secondaire. Nous avons également pris des mesures en vue d’introduire des exigences préalables pour tous les cours de mathématiques du secondaire, afin de faire en sorte qu’un plus grand nombre d’élèves soient placés dans des cours où ils peuvent s’attendre à connaître la réussite. Sur les 7876 élèves qui ont participé aux examens de mathématiques et de mathématiques avancées, 41 pour cent ont passé l’examen de mathématiques avancées, alors que ce cours est prévu pour les 20 pour cent d’élèves qui sont au niveau et pour ceux qui prévoient de faire des études en sciences ou en génie à l’université. Ceci se reflète dans l’éventail des notes obtenues par les élèves en mathématiques avancées en 12e année, puisque la meilleure note est 97,5 pour cent et la plus basse 5,5 pour cent. Le ministère est également en train d’élargir ses évaluations provinciales à un plus grand nombre de niveaux cette année, avec en particulier une évaluation en mathématiques en 3e année prévue ce printemps, qui aidera le ministère à dépister les difficultés en mathématiques dès le plus jeune âge. Nous organiserons également pour la première fois une appréciation du rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire auprès des élèves de 9e année. Cette appréciation du rendement permettra de mesurer les progrès des élèves qui ont participé à la première appréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire en 2003. Le Rapport de la ministre aux parents pour 2006 est disponible en ligne à http://plans.ednet.ns.ca.last_img read more

Sherbrooke Serves Up the Best Chowder

first_imgFolks around Sherbrooke know that nothing beats a bowl of steaming hot seafood chowder. But who makes the best chowder in the community? Which restaurant makes the best chowder in the Antigonish-Eastern Shore tourism area? These questions will be answered on Saturday, Aug. 25, when Sherbrooke Village hosts the second annual St. Mary’s Chowderfest and Sherbrooke Shindig. After a successful launch last summer, organizers expect this year’s event to be packed with family fun, and, of course, copious amounts of the classic East Coast seafood dish. The day’s events start at 10 a.m., with a community yard sale at the Sherbrooke Village Performance Centre until 3 p.m. The seafood chowder competition starts at 3 p.m., with entrants registered in both local domestic and commercial categories. A panel of judges includes radio personalities Don MacKenzie from 1320 CKEC and 780 KIXX Country’s Frank Lowe. The Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society will sell bowls of its delicious chowder, with proceeds supporting improvements of the historic site. At 5 p.m., there will be a pie-eating contest open to the public. A good old-fashioned shindig will start at 5:30 p.m., featuring Side Kixx, a Halifax-based country band led by Frank Lowe. Sheet Harbour’s Fraser Newcombe and the Mountain Memories Bluegrass and Old Time Country Band will open the evening’s entertainment. Food concessions, amusements and many activities within the Sherbrooke Village site will also take place throughout the day. The festivities will be capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. The day’s entertainment is free. Those interested in entering the Chowderfest competition, or booking a yard sale table may contact Lynn Hayne at Sherbrooke Village toll-free, 1-888-743-7845. Chowder competition pre-registration deadline is Aug. 17. For further information, including online registration, competition rules and regulations, and a complete schedule, visit www.sherbrookevillage.ca.last_img read more

NATURAL RESOURCES–Death of Moose to be Investigated

first_imgThe death of a mainland moose near Pictou on Thursday, Oct. 2, is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources. Department conservation officers were attempting to relocate a young bull moose from a residential area where it had been spotted during several days. It was determined that the moose should be moved for the safety of the public and moose. Conservation officers tranquilized the moose and began an airlift to Shubenacadie, however, it died about 15 minutes after being shot with a tranquilizer. Department officials that spoke to media Thursday were not aware that the moose had fallen from the sling as the helicopter took off. The moose may have been ill, and may have died from a combination of stress, the tranquilizer, and the fall. The moose carcass is at Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. “Our wildlife officers take every precaution when it comes to protecting endangered species,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “It’s possible that an equipment malfunction may have been a factor in the moose’s death and, if so, we want to ensure that it won’t happen again.” Mainland moose in Nova Scotia are an endangered species threatened by disease and parasites. “Nova Scotia’s mainland moose are a species at risk,” said Mr. Morse. “Though the death of this young moose is unfortunate, it’s possible that the necropsy will provide clues to the reasons for the population decrease.”last_img read more

Rapport sur labsentéisme présenté à la ministre

first_imgLe ministère de l’Éducation a publié, aujourd’hui 27 janvier, un rapport sur l’absentéisme des élèves et sur la création d’expériences positives en classe. Le rapport intitulé « Encourager la participation active des élèves : Rapport du comité de travail ministériel sur l’absentéisme et le climat dans la salle de classe » présente 13 recommandations sur la façon de réduire le taux d’absentéisme et de motiver les étudiants dans leur apprentissage. « L’absentéisme et la démotivation des élèves sont des inquiétudes à l’échelle de la province, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Je souhaite remercier les membres du comité pour le travail qu’ils ont effectué alors que le gouvernement, les éducateurs et les familles continuent de s’attaquer à cet important problème. » Le comité, qui a débuté son travail en mai dernier, était présidé par l’ancien sous-ministre Howard Windsor. Il était formé de représentants des organismes suivants : ministère de l’Éducation, Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Association des administrateurs en éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Council on African Canadian Education, Conseil consultatif jeunesse et Council on Mi’kmaq Education. Le comité recommande une approche globale visant à réduire l’absentéisme des élèves. « Nous avons conclu qu’une stratégie équilibrée est nécessaire pour aborder la question de l’absentéisme et de la participation active des élèves, a dit M. Windsor. Une stratégie équilibrée inclut du soutien à la fois pour les parents et les élèves, ainsi que des conséquences à l’absentéisme. » Le rapport peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse www.ednet.ns.ca. Les commentaires sur le rapport peuvent être soumis par courriel à l’adresse classroom-climate@gov.ns.ca, par télécopieur au 902-424-0519 ou par la poste à l’adresse suivante : Comité de travail ministériel sur l’absentéisme et le climat dans la salle de classe, Direction des politiques ministérielles, C.P. 578, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2S9. La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 12 mars.last_img read more

Les événements liés aux célébrations de Membertou 400 sont dévoilés

first_imgUn village traditionnel mi’kmaq, des concours de danse et de tambour autochtones, des démonstrations par des artisans des Premières nations, un concert gratuit de Buffy Sainte-Marie et une messe en plein air sont les faits saillants des événements prévus dans le cadre des célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Henri Membertou. Le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et le directeur provincial de Patrimoine canadien David Burton se sont joints aux députés, aux représentants de la MRH et aux membres du Grand conseil mi’kmaq à Province House, aujourd’hui 21 avril, pour le dévoilement du programme de cinq jours par le comité organisateur Membertou 400. Les célébrations auront lieu à Port-Royal et à Halifax, du 24 au 28 juin. Elles débuteront par une reconstitution historique du baptême au lieu historique national de Port-Royal le 24 juin, puis se poursuivront au Halifax Common où aura lieu le plus grand rassemblement de peuples des Premières nations au Canada atlantique. « Le gouvernement provincial est heureux de reconnaître cet événement unique et très significatif, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Il s’agit d’une merveilleuse occasion pour les gens de toutes les races et de toutes les religions de se joindre à la nation mi’kmaq pour célébrer sa fière histoire et sa riche culture. » L’événement familial gratuit, qui devrait attirer des milliers de personnes des Premières nations de partout au Canada et d’ailleurs, sera l’un des plus grands pow-wows, ou Mawio’mi en mi’kmaq, du pays. « Il s’agit d’un moment important dans l’histoire des Premières nations et de notre province, a dit Peter Kelly, maire de la MRH. La foi nous a réuni il y a quatre siècles, et cette foi est toujours présente aujourd’hui, nourrie par un esprit de coopération et de respect mutuel. » Le grand keptin Andrew Denny a remercié les gouvernements fédéral, provincial et municipal pour leur appui. « Le peuple mi’kmaq est reconnaissant de l’appui qu’il a reçu de tous les ordres de gouvernement alors qu’il se prépare à rendre hommage à la vie et à l’héritage d’un grand chef mi’kmaq et à célébrer sa culture, a dit M. Denny. L’investissement de Patrimoine canadien nous permettra d’élaborer des outils d’enseignement qui seront l’héritage durable des célébrations Membertou 400, et aussi de joindre l’ensemble de la communauté grâce à un programme extraordinaire d’événements éducatifs et divertissants. » « Nous remercions le ministre du Patrimoine canadien, James Moore, le premier ministre Darrell Dexter et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax pour nous avoir permis de mettre en vedette le grand chef Membertou et notre culture mi’kmaq. » Le grand chef Henri Membertou était un shaman et prophète mi’kmaq. Le 24 juin 1610, il est devenu la première personne du Dominion du Canada à être baptisée, un acte qui représentait le désir des Mi’kmaq d’établir des relations pacifiques avec les nations européennes. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les célébrations du 400e anniversaire du baptême du grand chef Membertou, consultez le www.membertou400.com.last_img read more

New Nursing Home Officially Opened in HRM

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE The province officially opened a new nursing home today (June 18th) in Halifax Regional Municipality, giving more Nova Scotians the option of staying in their community longer. Ivany Place, in Bedford West, is home to 156 residents and was built using the province’s new design standards which emphasize more home-like surroundings. The design also enables couples who both require nursing home care to live together in the same household. The new beds at Ivany Place are among 1,000 new long-term care beds that will be open by the summer of 2011 in 14 new facilities and eight additions to existing facilities throughout Nova Scotia. Northwood will operate Ivany Place. -30- Nova Scotia seniors will have the option to stay in their community longer and receive long-term care after the official opening today, June 18, of Christina and Hedley Ivany Place in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Ivany Place, operated by Northwood, is home for 156 residents, in a community setting in Bedford West. The facility has 12 distinct neighbourhoods each with its own kitchen, living room and dining room. Most residents have private rooms and bathrooms as well as access to outdoor courtyards and gardens. “The opening of Ivany Place helps Nova Scotia’s seniors live more healthily and independently in their community,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “It is part of government’s ongoing commitment to advocate for seniors in Nova Scotia and to make their lives better.” Ivany Place reflects the province’s new design standards, which emphasize home-like surroundings. The design also enables couples who require nursing home care to live together in the same household. Clients have access to 24-hour nursing care as well as medical, nutritional and pharmacy services and occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Other features include a room for family visits and functions, a wellness centre, hair salon and common areas to host entertainment programs and religious services. “This beautiful facility will enable its residents to receive the health care and support they need in their home community, close to family and friends,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It is the latest chapter in Northwood’s proud history of caring for seniors in our community.” Ivany Place also hosts an Adult Day Program for up to 20 clients which offers a safe, therapeutic environment for dependent adults older than 50, with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or who may be physically frail. “We set out five years ago on a journey to create a place that people could truly call home,” said Kate Harris, chair of the board of governors of Northwood. “We thank the community, our partners, our staff, and, most of all, the residents and families who put their trust in us.” Ivany Place employs more than 200 people. The 156 beds opening at Ivany Place are part of the 1,000 new long-term care beds that will be open by the summer of 2011 in 14 new facilities and eight additions to existing facilities throughout Nova Scotia. Access to Ivany Place and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 Traffic signals at the end of the westbound off ramp of Exit 5 on Highway 103 are flashing red. The intersection should be treated as a four-way stop. Delays are possible. Please travel with extra caution in the area. The signals were damaged by lightning and are being repaired. Local Area Office: 902-424-4164 -30-last_img

—Premier Offers Condolences on Death of Former Alberta Leader

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter was saddened to hear of the death of former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, who passed away today, March 29, at the age of 70. “Ralph Klein was a premier who knew how to not take himself too seriously, even while he treated the challenges his province faced with a seriousness of focus,” said Premier Dexter. “He was a dedicated leader who left his mark on Alberta. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the people of Alberta on this difficult day.” Mr. Klein’s political career began in 1980 when he was elected Mayor of Calgary. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1986 before deciding to run provincially in 1989. He won the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party in 1992 and held the position until 2006. During that time Mr. Klein presided over four consecutive majority governments.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Companies to be Celebrated at Provincial Export Awards

first_img Acadian Seaplants, Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafood Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Nova Scotia companies will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards. On Thursday, May 21, nine businesses from across the province will be recognized, and one will receive the Exporter of the Year award. “On behalf of the government, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work and contribution to growing our economy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business. “The One Nova Scotia Commission identified increasing the value of our exports by 50 per cent as key to building a better economic future, and the efforts of these nominees are helping Nova Scotia achieve that important goal.” The nominees for exporter of the year, who have already been recognized in their communities by their regional chambers, are: “The Export Achievement Awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally,” said Laurel Broten, Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO. “Congratulations to all the nominees on this important achievement.” This year’s keynote speaker is Julia Rivard, senior partner at Norex. And, for the first time, companies attending are invited to participate in export information sessions. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs will be held for seasoned exporters by Birgit Matthiesen, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the luncheon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Going Global session for first-time exporters. The luncheon awards ceremony will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards, the export information sessions and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .last_img read more

Expanding Grape Growing Supports Demand for Nova Scotia Wine

first_imgWineries are being invited to apply for funding to grow more grapes as the provincial government invests up to $1 million in expansion. Premier Stephen McNeil, and Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, joined members of the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board to announce the Vineyard Development and Expansion program today, Dec. 8, at Avondale Sky Winery in Newport Landing, Hants Co. “Nova Scotia’s wine sector is a growing industry with huge potential and we want to help our growers and producers meet the demand for Nova Scotia’s high-quality wines,” said Premier McNeil. “The value of the wine industry will increase with more grapes available and that’s important to our rural communities because it secures jobs and creates economic spinoffs.” Nova Scotia’s wineries produce about 1.8 million litres of wine annually and had sales of $15.4 million in 2014. The industry wants to increase the amount of grapes grown to 1,000 acres by 2020 from 632 acres in production now. There are 20 wineries in Nova Scotia and the industry accounted for $7.3 million in wages last year. Wineries are important to tourism with 100,000 visitors to winery properties in 2014. The provincial government created the Nova Scotia Wine Development Board in 2014 to receive advice on ways to grow its potential to create jobs and increase sales. The board has identified increasing grape production as a priority. “The two major hurdles to vineyard expansion are the initial capital cost and the time required to achieve production, meaning a substantial investment is needed by a grower or winery,” said Stewart Creaser of Avondale Sky Winery. “The new assistance will help address these challenges, accelerate the rate of vineyard expansion in the province and produce much needed sustainable rural employment opportunities.” Existing growers with a minimum of five acres of grapes planted will be able to apply for up to $6550 in support for each additional acre planted. New entrants to grape growing and smaller producers will also be able to apply for the funding to increase their acreage up to the five-acre minimum. They will need to submit a plan demonstrating how they will achieve that target by March 31, 2018. To qualify for funding all applicants must be a member of either the Winery Association of Nova Scotia or the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The deadline for applications is Dec. 18. Guidelines and an application form for the program are available at http://novascotia.ca/programs/vineyard-development-and-expansion/.last_img read more

Throne Speech Outlines Progressive Plan for a Stronger Nova Scotia

first_imgGovernment outlined a progressive plan for a stronger Nova Scotia today, Oct. 13, during the opening of the Third Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant opened the session with the Speech from the Throne, which highlighted government progress, and outlined several new measures it will enact in the future. “Our goal is to advance our progressive plan so we can work together with Nova Scotians to make our province stronger,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are investing to help those who need it the most, working with businesses to create opportunities for youth, expanding programs that help seniors, and investing in education.” Government increased its investment in child care by $6.6 million. This investment will be used for things such as increasing the parent subsidy. “Investing in child care is a decision driven by the values of this government and the values of Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “It levels the playing field, supports Nova Scotian families, and it gives our children a fair start.” The province increased supports for seniors so they can stay in their homes longer. An additional 450 seniors get access to the Seniors Citizens Assistance Program every year and government increased the amount it spends on home care by $59.1 million. “Because of investments by government, more seniors can make needed repairs so they can stay in their family homes longer,” said Premier McNeil. “Our increased spending on home care and work with our partners helped us slash home-care wait lists across the province.” The Youth Employment Strategy helped more than 2,000 young Nova Scotians last year and the Graduate to Opportunity program helps Nova Scotian small businesses hire recent graduates. “Government is helping create thousands of opportunities for young Nova Scotians every year,” said Premier McNeil. “We are funding programs to help them get their first job. We are increasing the amount we invest in co-op education. And we are investing in skills and job training while modernizing our province’s apprenticeship system.” Government plans to increase its education investment by $65 million. “We are investing in education because that’s how we ensure our children have a stronger future,” said Premier McNeil. “Our approach to education means more teachers, smaller classes, and a greater focus on math and literacy skills.” Premier McNeil said government is staying with its plan. “We came to office and enacted our plan for a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “It provides improved supports to those who need them the most. It invests in creating opportunities for youth. It supports our seniors. And it invests in education. “We are committed to that plan and every day we deliver on our commitments to Nova Scotians.” New items in the Speech from the Throne include: expanding the domestic violence court beyond the current pilot project in Sydney additional investments to further reduce wait lists for affordable housing expanding the Graduate to Opportunity program launching a down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers removing the General Education Diploma testing fee to help adult learners enabling departments to purchase from small- and medium-sized businesses that need early stage customers creating Research Nova Scotia to better align research, and leverage funds from federal and private partners increasing investments for specialists in classrooms such as speech language pathologists and school psychologists expand school breakfast programs with community partners to ensure no children go to school hungrylast_img read more

Paswan takes charge as Food Consumer Affairs Min says ready with 100

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan Friday took charge as the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry for the second term in the Modi 2.0 government, saying his ministry is all ready with 100 days plan for implementation. Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs Danve Dadarao Raosaheb, BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh, also assumed his office along with Paswan here. Creation of buffer stock of 16 lakh tonnes of pulses and 50,000 tonnes of onion, exempting stock holding limits on contract farmers, finalising e-commerce guidelines, upgradation of consumer courts and BIS labs are some of the targets set for implementation in the next 100 days. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The ministry has also identified filling up of five vacancies for economically weaker section in the consumer affairs department. Showering praise on Modi for winning a second term with a huge mandate, the LJP chief said, “Under his leadership, India will be a powerful nation in the world.” Paswan (72 year), the president of LJP which is a key NDA ally in Bihar, was re-inducted in the Narendra Modi’s council of ministers on Thursday. “I feel proud our prime minister is the best PM in the world. The nation is proud of Narendra Modiji. There is no competitor to Modi and he will be the number one leader in the world by end of five years of the government,” he added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Paswan also mentioned that there was no vacancy for the PM post in 2019 and opposition parties (referring to Congress) can try for the post of Leader of Opposition leader in 2024. Paswan, a prominent dalit face in the coalition government, also said, “The cabinet has been formed in a balanced way and the responsibility has been given to those who are familiar with the departments.” Modi had asked to prepare 100 days plan before the Lok Sabha elections. “We are ready with the plan for implementation,” he added. “The Bureau of Indian Standards bill was passed in the previous regime. The Consumer Protection bill was held back in Rajya Sabha due to technical reasons. I hope it will be passed soon,” he said outlining the 100 days plan. Paswan is not an MP but he is expected to be sent to the Rajya Sabha by the NDA coalition. He was promised a Rajya Sabha seat by alliance partner BJP during seat-sharing talks before the Lok Sabha elections. The law requires a Union minister to be elected to either House of Parliament within six months of assuming office. A seasoned politician, Paswan had so far won ten Lok Sabha elections and was in the Council of Ministers under six prime ministers leading governments of a variety of coalitions, both led by BJP and Congress.last_img read more

4 injured as stones pelted at doctors in Bengal hospital

first_imgKolkata: Amid protests by doctors in several districts of West Bengal, four junior doctors were injured when stones were pelted at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, an official said. “The doctors were peacefully holding a dharna when some hooligans pelted stones from outside around 11 a.m. One intern Mayank Agarwal, 22, was seriously hurt on the forehead, while three others received minor injuries,” Amitava Saha, Deputy Superintendent of the hospital, told IANS. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga He said the outpatient departments (OPDs) was shut as the junior doctors were protesting against an attack on interns at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, but the emergency services also got disrupted after the stone pelting. “The emergency services were kept open. Admitted patients are being treated. But as the situation went out of control, outsiders are not being allowed anymore,” Saha said. The police brought the situation under control and all senior officers are at the spot as the doctors are continuing their sit-in, he added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Similar scenes of cease-work were witnessed in districts such as Bankura, Birbhum and Coochbehar. In Kolkata, family members of patients at the state-run SSKM Hospital started a simultaneous protest by occupying the streets outside and blocking traffic on the AJC Bose Road crossing demanding treatment of their ailing kin. Services at some private hospitals were also disrupted as they showed solidarity with the doctors. “We want some sort of assurance because whenever any incident occurs, the security and administrative staff becomes untraceable. It is us (junior doctors) who are beaten up or manhandled,” said one of the protesting doctors at NRS Hospital. Protests erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night. The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. The intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and has been admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata’s Park Circus area. His condition is reportedly stable.last_img read more

TMC demands statue of Bankim Chandra in Parliament

first_imgNew Delhi: All India Trinamool Congress on Friday demanded for installation of a statue of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Parliament – the first great Indian novelist, who is credited with playing the most important role in the revolution of Bengali language from ancient to the modern form.He is the writer of Vande Mataram – that National hymn of India. While speaking during Zero Hours, TMC senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said, “…. a statue of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay be installed in Parliament and we prepare from today to ensure that we pay tribute to this writer, poet, journalist, pioneer and nationalist.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahO’Brien further mentioned with dismay and attack the government saying, “We failed to pay tribute to the writer…. on his birth anniversary on Thursday, June 27 in Parliament.” He also urged the House to pay tribute with respect to Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay from next year. Vande Mataram is a part of his novel Anandamath- published in 1882. This also inspired thousands of freedom fighters to rise against the British Government. O’Brien also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, accusing him of not addressing any of the questions raised by the opposition parties, and attacked for concentrating only on praising about the previous government’s work.last_img read more

New Zealand bans singleuse plastic bags

first_imgWellington: New Zealand officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags Monday, introducing hefty fines for businesses that continue to provide them. Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain. Companies that break New Zealand’s ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollar (USD 67,000). Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”New Zealanders are proud of our country’s clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,” Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said. “Ending the use of single-use plastic shopping bags helps do that.” Under the new rules, thin plastic single-use shopping bags can no longer be supplied — but the law allows reusable carriers to continue being provided. The legislation — which was announced in August last year and came into force on Monday — will have little practical effect, as New Zealand’s major supermarkets Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinpinghave already voluntarily banned the bags. However, Sage said it was putting the issue of recycling on the agenda. “(The ban) doesn’t go far enough, but what is really great is it’s started the conversation,” she told Radio New Zealand. “People are now talking about single-use plastics and how we can phase them out.” More than 80 countries have already introduced similar bans, according to the UN Environment Programme.last_img read more

Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks

first_imgSan Francisco: Hackers belonging to Russia’s elite state-sponsored hacking groups have been using printers, video decoders and other so-called Internet-of-Thing (IoT) devices as a way to breach corporate networks, Microsoft officials have warned. Researchers at the tech giant uncovered the attacks in April when a voice-over-IP phone, an office printer and a video decoder in multiple customer locations were communicating with servers belonging to STRONTIUM — a Russian government hacking group better known as Fancy Bear or APT28. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “These devices became points of ingress from which the actor established a presence on the network and continued looking for further access. “Once the actor had successfully established access to the network, a simple network scan to look for other insecure devices allowed them to discover and move across the network in search of higher-privileged accounts that would grant access to higher-value data,” officials with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center wrote in a blog post on Monday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Several sources estimate that by the year 2020, some 50 billion IoT devices will be deployed worldwide. IoT devices are purposefully designed to connect to a network and many are simply connected to the Internet with little management or oversight. “Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has delivered nearly 1,400 nation-state notifications to those who have been targeted or compromised by STRONTIUM. One in five notifications of STRONTIUM activity were tied to attacks against non-governmental organisations, think tanks, or politically affiliated organisations around the world,” the Microsoft researchers added. The remaining 80 per cent of STRONTIUM attacks have targeted organisations in the government, IT, military, defence, medicine, education and engineering.last_img read more

India China must respect each others core concerns Jaishankar

first_imgBeijing: India and China should find stronger convergences, respect each other’s core concerns and manage their differences, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said as he underlined that the relationship between the two Asian giants has become “so big” that it has acquired a “global dimension”. Jaishankar, who concluded his three-day visit to Beijing on Tuesday, held extensive talks with his counterpart Wang Yi on the entire gamut of the India-China ties. He also called on Vice President Wang Qishan, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs the two largest developing countries and emerging economies, cooperation between India and China is of great importance to the world, Jaishankar told state-run Xinhua news agency here in an interview on Sunday. China and India are the world’s only two emerging economies that boast a population of more than 1 billion, respectively. “Our relationship is so big that it is no longer a bilateral relationship. It has global dimensions,” Xinhua quoted Jaishankar as saying.last_img read more