zoom APM Terminals Gothenburg has served a notice of termination to 160 staff members, out of a total of 450 employees, due to “a sharp fall in volumes over the past year”.The port operator said that, once the redundancy negotiations are completed, operation will be run on a two-shift basis without night-time service. In total, 450 people work at APM Terminals Gothenburg.“This has been a difficult but necessary decision. We are in a critical situation, where targeted blockades and strikes have been crippling our operation for over a year now, and where we have lost several of our customers. We are now faced with the necessity of winning back confidence and reshaping our operation to the current volume,” Henrik Kristensen, CEO of APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.APM’s container terminal in Gothenburg was hit hard by a series of industrial actions over the past year. Nine days were lost to strikes and 14 trade union blockades following one after the other were organized during the period, resulting in a drop in volumes.APM Terminals Gothenburg added that it “has accepted every proposal that the mediators, selected by the Swedish National Mediation Institute, have made to solve the dispute.”“For our long-term survival, we see no other option than to make major changes to our operation, win back the confidence of customers and be a stable employer for the benefit of our workforce and our owners,” Kristensen added.“Our objective is that the negotiations will take place promptly and we hope to complete them within a couple of weeks, so that we can then inform the members of staff affected. This is a very distressing but unavoidable situation. We will try to make the process as sympathetic as possible,” Sophia Tuveson, HR & Negotiations Manager at APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.
zoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise company Carnival Corporation have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for Carnival’s UK-based brand Cunard.As informed, the agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions are satisfied.The 113,000 gross ton ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. With an accommodation space for 3,000 passengers, the cruise ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839.The cruise brand currently operates three ships, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.“We are very pleased to announce the fourth ship for our … Cunard brand… While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, commented.“Fleet enhancement is an important part of our ongoing goal to exceed guest expectations. This includes replacing less efficient ships with more efficient vessels over time as part of our managed capacity growth,” Donald added.“For this group we have built 63 ships, representing today almost two-thirds of their fleet, with other 9 to come in the coming years,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said.With this new ship agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered to its portfolio of cruise brands between 2018 and 2022.
zoom Oslo-based containership owner MPC Container Ships AS has invested in three more vessels, bringing the company’s fleet count to 23 ships.Namely, as disclosed earlier today, the company has acquired HS Onore a 2,846 TEU vessel built in 2006, which will be renamed AS Clarita.Furthermore, MPC took a majority share in two 2,556 TEU vessels built in 2004, the Rio Teslin, which will be renamed to AS Palina and Rio Thelon to be named AS Petra.The takeover of the HS Onore is expected by the end of October 2017, while the latter two ships have been taken over immediately.“The total equity investment for the three vessels is USD 21.6 million, including working capital requirements and dry dock reserves,” the company said.The acquisition follows a senior secured bond issue of USD 100 million completed earlier this month by MPC Container Ships Invest B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of MPC Container Ships AS.The net proceeds from the bond issue were assigned for financing acquisitions of additional container vessels and for general corporate purposes.Established in April 2017, the company focuses on ownership and operation of containerships concentrating on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.
zoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has unveiled its plans to establish two new wholly-owned companies under the reorganization of its shipbuilding business.The move, effective January 1, 2018, would see the company split its shipbuilding business into Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, which will primarily undertake construction of ships that require intensive outfitting, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure, set to mainly engage in the manufacture of large ships and marine structures.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is to consolidate the current capabilities of MHI’s shipbuilding bases, including Shimonoseki, Nagasaki, and others, and function as a business company exclusively dedicated to shipbuilding.The new company will grow business in ships that require intensive outfitting, such as ferries and vessels used by governmental agencies. It will also make social contributions in areas impacting the environment, in an effort to achieve sustained development.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure will carry on construction of large ships at the Koyagi Plant of MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. The new company will also expand business in units accommodating new fuels and manufacture of marine steel structures.MHI informed that it will work closely with the two new companies, supporting them in the development of their business operations.
zoom Miami-based cruise liner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has secured EUR 2.5 billion (USD 2.96 billion) to finance construction of its two new Icon-class LNG-powered cruise ships.The loan is being provided by an international consortium led by German lender KfW IPEX-Bank. The banking syndicate also includes BNP Paribas, HSBC, Commerzbank, Santander, BBVA, Bayern/LB, DZ Bank, JPMorgan and SMBC.The ships, which will be built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, will be able to carry over 5,500 passengers each, and are due to enter into service in 2022 and 2024, respectively. They will also introduce the use of fuel cell technology, the objective being a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.Royal Caribbean Cruises said that it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will also run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.“Cruise ships are booming, and the aim is to shape this trend for the lowest possible level of emissions for mankind and nature. We are pleased that our financing is helping to advance LNG propulsion,” Andreas Ufer, Member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank, said.“This order will occupy our production until 2024. This not only affects our location in Turku, but also our whole supply network both in Finland and Germany on a significant scale. This combination of our successful distribution and the closely-tailored structured finance will sustainably secure jobs in Germany and Europe,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, adds.This is the largest syndicate financing package that KfW IPEX-Bank has ever structured and led on its own, which is contributing EUR 686 million to the deal.The loans, granted separately for the ships, each have a term of 12 years from the respective ship delivery date.
Image Courtesy: Nigerian Ports AuthorityFollowing a ninety-day voyage from Korea, Total’s FPSO Egina arrived at the Port of Lagos in Nigeria on January 25. The massive FPSO, which features a length of 330 meters and a width of 61 meters, is the biggest ship in West Africa, according to LADOL Free Zone.“The arrival of the Total Nigeria Egina FPSO to LADOL Free Zone is a historic milestone for industrialisation in Nigeria,” LADOL stressed.Egina started its journey in October last year, departing Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje. The newbuilding had 200 crew members on board during its voyage to Lagos, only calling at Mauritius and Cape Town.The 219,830 gross ton vessel is designed to hold 2.3 million barrels of oil. It will be moved to Egina oil field operated by Total and located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 meters.
zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is forecasting higher profits in 2019 after delivering improved results in 2018.For 2019, Maersk expects EBITDA of around USD 5 billion including effects from IFRS 16, and around USD 4 billion excluding effects from IFRS 16.The organic volume growth in Ocean is expected to be in line with the estimated average market growth of 1-3% for 2019.“Maersk’s guidance for 2019 is subject to considerable uncertainties due to the current risk of further restrictions on global trade and other factors impacting container freight rates, bunker prices and foreign exchange rates,” the company said.In 2018, A.P. Moller – Maersk reported an increase in revenue of 26% to USD 39 billion compared to USD 30.9 billion reported a year earlier, with growth in all segments. EBITDA for the year was USD 3.8 billion, increasing from USD 3.5 billion seen in 2017, in line with the company’s latest guidance of USD 3.6 – 4 billion.Net profit including discontinued operations was USD 3.2 billion, against a loss of USD 1.2 billion reported in the previous year, positively impacted by an accounting gain of USD 2.6 billion from the closing of the Maersk Oil transaction in 2018 and an impairment in Maersk Drillingof USD 1.75 billion in 2017.“In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete,” said Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.The improvement in operating earnings was driven by higher freight rates, efficiencies gained from the integration of continuing operations, and synergies from the acquisition of Hamburg Süd.However, margins in continuing operations were challenged and EBITDA was lower than initially expected at the beginning of the year, primarily due to an increase in bunker fuel prices not fully recovered by higher freight rates, the company explained.“Although we had a challenging start to 2018, looking at our financial performance, we increased earnings despite significantly higher bunker fuel prices and lower than expected container volume growth in the second half of 2018. However, profitability needs to improve,” Søren Skou added.
Transformation of the 100-Year Old Business ModelTransforming the shipping industry which has run on relatively cheap, heavy fuel for 100 years is not an easy task. In addition to new ship designs and engine types, there is a need for new types of fuel as well as building entire new supply chains for these new solutions, Maersk insists.“All of this breakthrough innovation will have to take place in the 2020s and is more than any single company can do,” the company adds.As a result, the shipping major urges all parties involved to collaborate on incentives and development of innovative solutions to usher in the age of zero-carbon vessels.“We want to begin a dialogue with cargo owners, regulators, researchers, investors and technology developers, and together set the foundation for a sustainable industry,” Maersk said, pointing out that research and development will be the cornerstone in decarbonizing the shipping industry.The Pursuit of Solutions Must Begin NowZero-emission, commercially-viable vessels must be on the water by 2030, Maersk believes, especially due to the 20-25-year lifetime of a vessel.“This should be followed by an initial slow ramping up, allowing maturing of technology and supply chain in order to be able to turn around our entire fleet for net-zero carbon emissions in 2050. This leaves us and the industry only eleven years to find the right solutions for a positive business case for decarbonization.“For the next few years, it is very important not to rule out any solutions. There are several promising technologies at various stages of development. All solutions will come with benefits and challenges to be overcome and only by actively partnering, collaborating and undertaking research and development will we know which ones will win out. There are several technologies and fuels being developed these years within the areas such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen-based fuels.”Maersk said that it has already engaged in research and test programs in some of these technologies, for example sustainable biofuels.“Over the coming years, we will expand the range of solutions we are investigating. This will prepare us for selecting a few candidates we will pursue for the first carbon-neutral vessels.” Our 2030 efficiency target is strong enough to ensure that we continue to decouple CO2 emission levels from growth in trade and volumes shipped. With this target, we will not exacerbate our contribution to climate change while we grow our business, serve global trade and support job creation.” zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk At the end of last year, the world’s largest shipping company Maersk revealed plans on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050.The efforts are in line with the shipping industry’s push to halve its carbon footprint by 2050 compared to 2008.“We do not by net-zero refer to off-setting CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. By committing to this target, we believe we will drive the transformation of the shipping industry towards use of carbon-neutral fuels,” the company said in its sustainability report for 2018.Maersk believes that efficiency can only keep shipping emissions stable, not reduce or eliminate them.“Nevertheless, until decarbonisation is achieved, decoupling business growth from emissions is a necessity, and we have set an efficiency target of 60% relative reduction in CO2 by 2030 from a 2008 baseline. With these targets, we are breaking the mould for climate targets and ambitions in the shipping industry.”Maersk had set a target of 60% relative reductions by 2020, using a 2007 baseline. By the end of 2018, the company reached 47% reduction since 2007.These have been achieved through massive investments in optimizing fleet efficiency, with technical retrofittings including capacity boost, new bulbous bows, propellers and engine modifications, as well as by improving planning and optimizing of networks.However, as explained, this is not enough to reach 60% in two years’ time.Hence, the company pointed out that massive innovative solutions and fuel transformation must take place in the next 5-10 years.“Over the last four years alone, we have invested USD 1 billion and engaged 50+ engineers each year in developing and deploying energy efficiency solutions. We expect this investment level to be sustained in pursuit of our new targets. Efficiency gains do not, however, solve the climate change problem. That can only be achieved through decarbonization,” the company said.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Florida-based tanker shipping company Overseas Shipholding Group ended the fourth quarter of 2018 in loss.The company delivered a net loss of USD 5.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared with net income of USD 53.6 million for the fourth quarter 2017.Net income for the full year 2018 was USD 13.5 million, down from USD 56 million reported in 2017.Shipping revenues for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 were USD 89.2 million and USD 366.2 million, down 4% and 6%, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2017.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues for the quarter and full year were USD 79.9 million and USD 326.7 million, down 4% and 10%, respectively, from a year earlier.“During 2018, we took steps to reduce debt, gain cost efficiencies, and retain capacity available to capture value from an improving rate environment, positioning the company well to benefit from the inherent operating leverage of its business model,” Sam Norton, President and CEO, said.“We are as convinced as ever that improving fundamentals will support a continuing recovery, and we expect to benefit from that recovery as our fleet of conventional tankers is re-chartered beginning in late 2019.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Flex LNG South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries has splashed the newest LNG carrier for Oslo-listed ship owner and operator Flex LNG.The newbuilding number 8010, to be named Flex Aurora, was launched at the HHI’s yard on September 6.With a cargo capacity of 174,000 cbm, the new two stroke vessel features a low pressure X-DF engine and is one of the first uncommitted vessel with this kind of motor technology entering the market, according to Flex LNG.Once fully refurbished and mobilized it will be available for business at the end of the second quarter of 2020.The vessel is one of two newbuildings under construction purchased by Flex LNG in May 2018 at a price of USD 184 million per unit.Flex Aurora’s sister vessel, to be named Flex America, is scheduled for delivery in August 2020.Both newbuildings are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to comply with IMO Tier III regulation both in gas and liquid mode giving them high trading flexibility.
After 25 years of public service, Gordon Gillis, deputy ministerfor the Premier’s Office has announced his retirement from thepublic service, effective Friday, Oct. 31. “Gordon Gillis is a tremendous example of the difference that oneperson can make during a career in the public service,” saidPremier John Hamm. “His wealth of experience, quick mastery ofcomplex issues, and exceptional managerial skills will provedifficult to replace.” “I have enjoyed my time serving in the government of NovaScotia,” Mr Gillis said. “I’ve been lucky enough to work withhundreds of very talented and dedicated people.” Gordon Gillis began working with the government of Nova Scotia in1978 as a lawyer for the Attorney General with assignedresponsibility for the then-Department of Labour. Since 1986, hehas served as a deputy minister for the departments of MunicipalAffairs (1986), Intergovernmental Affairs (1991), Justice (1993,1997), Labour (1995), Community Services (1996), Treasury andPolicy Board (2000), Communications Nova Scotia (2000), and twoseparate terms as deputy minister for the Premier’s Office(1991, 2000). A graduate of St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie universities,Gordon Gillis was admitted to the bar in both British Columbiaand Nova Scotia; is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’Society; and has served as a volunteer on the board of managementfor the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Nova Scotia KidneyFoundation. Mr. Gillis is retiring at the conclusion of his current contract. An announcement on his replacement will be made soon. PREMIER’S OFFICE- Deputy Minister To Retire
More than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Terry Hartling, regional manager for the northern regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. Hartling. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. Hartling. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .
Nova Scotians of all ages can join in a variety of events being held throughout the province to mark Canadian Library Week, Oct. 17-24. Activities include Read to Me! jamborees — intended to get more parents and caregivers to read to their children; outreach programs designed to show more people what resources their public library has available; and promotion of online resources. This year, for the first time, Canadians across the country will observe Canadian Library Week at the same time. The theme for the national event is Lifelong Libraries: Discover Us. “Public libraries are repositories of knowledge, heritage and culture, and an enabler of learning, creativity and imagination,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Libraries are the institutions in our society that literally offer something for everyone.” Nova Scotians made more than 5.7-million trips to local libraries last year, borrowing about 6.9-million books, talking books, DVDs and other items. This is an 18 per cent increase in library visits since 2002. “As a new grandparent, an educator, and a person who enjoys reading, I appreciate the positive impact libraries can have on a person’s learning and on their life,” said Mr. Muir. “Drop by your local library this week and discover all it has to offer.” Public libraries play an important role in promoting literacy and lifelong learning. “Libraries of the 21st century are dynamic centres of lifelong learning, continuously responding to the ever changing world of information,” said Jennifer Evans, Nova Scotia’s provincial librarian. “The public library welcomes people of all ages and all walks of life. The free library card is an incredible value — use it to discover the many powerful library resources at your fingertips in Nova Scotia,” she said. Ms. Evans points to the recent acquisition of World Book Online by Nova Scotia public libraries as a prime example of how libraries are evolving. Anyone with a Nova Scotia public library card can access the online encyclopaedia, and many other databases and online resources, regardless of whether they are in a library, at home, in a Community Access Program (CAP) site, or at work. World Book Online is available on public library websites. A list of local public libraries can be found online at publiclibraries.ns.ca . The Nova Scotia public library system currently has nine regional public libraries with a network of branches and bookmobiles to provide a variety of services to all Nova Scotians. Regional libraries are funded jointly by the government of Nova Scotia and participating municipal councils. For more information about Canadian Library Week, visit publiclibraries.ns.ca or www.cla.ca/clw/index.htm .
The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has invited residents of north-end Sydney to an open house to discuss how construction of the Battery Point barrier will affect their neighbourhood. J&T Van Zutphen Construction will begin work soon on construction of a rock barrier between the Tar Ponds and Sydney Harbour. The barrier will extend from Battery Point in Sydney’s north end, near the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) sewage treatment plant, to Harbourside Commercial Park (formerly Sysco). A gap in the structure will accommodate water flowing through the Muggah Creek estuary. The barrier is needed to prevent the release of Tar Ponds sediment into Sydney Harbour when work begins on the big cleanup. The contractor will use slag from Sydney Steel and coarse stone from a nearby quarry to build the structure. At the same time, a soil berm surrounding the sewage treatment plant will be excavated and trucked to the CBRM landfill. This work will temporarily increase truck traffic in parts of the north end. The agency has distributed flyers throughout the neighbourhood inviting residents to the open house. Project planners will be on hand to explain the job and discuss concerns. The open house will take place Friday, May 26, at St. George’s Anglican Church hall, on Napean Street, Sydney, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For information on this project and all aspects of the Tar Ponds Cleanup, see the agency’s website www.tarpondscleanup.ca .
Thousands of elementary school children will have an old friend back to teach them how to be safe around snowy Nova Scotia roads this winter, and this year he’s bilingual. Today, Dec. 4, at Three Mile Plains District School in Hants County, Sammy Snowplow kicked off his winter season of visits to Nova Scotia school children. Students saw an interactive DVD featuring Sammy, an animated character who promotes winter safety, and got a close-up look at one of the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ snowplows. Sammy was introduced last winter when Transportation and Public Works’ snowplow operators took his winter safety message to schools all over Nova Scotia. This year a French version of the DVD has been produced so Sammy (known in French as Sammy le Chasse-Neige) can appear in French-language classrooms. “Sammy was a big hit last year,” said Dave Kelly, area manager for Transportation and Public Works in Hants County. “Our drivers found that he was very effective holding the attention of younger children and helping them get the message of winter safety.” The program creates awareness about the importance of winter safety and ensures that children remember the key safety tips throughout the season. The DVD presentation is backed up by materials such as bookmarks and activity books that are left behind at schools. “Our snowplow drivers are very enthusiastic about this program because they were the ones who helped us develop it,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This proactive approach to winter safety may save a child’s life.” For more information, and to meet Sammy Snowplow, see the website at www.sammysnowplow.ca . Sammy the Snowplow was produced by Communications Nova Scotia.
Farming is physically demanding, however, it doesn’t have to be physically damaging. Nova Scotia farmers must make the health and safety of workers a priority to reduce the risk of injury or being killed on the job. In Canada each year, an average of 115 people die and another 1,500 are seriously injured in farm-related incidents. This year’s theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is Manage More Than Just Your Back. Taking place March 12 to 18, the week aims at prompting farmers to focus on ways to lower the risk of sprains, strains and falls on the job. “We encourage farm owners and managers to promote safe work practices on the farm to prevent injuries and death,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “I urge Nova Scotia farmers to use due diligence everyday and to create a culture of safety in the workplace.” Results from a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program shows the leading type of farm-related injuries in Canada are sprains and strains. Overexertion was the leading cause of injury followed by livestock handling, machine-related incidents and falls. The study indicated these four causes account for 84 per cent of all strain and sprain injuries sustained in agricultural work. “Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry is diverse, vibrant and vital to our economy, environment and quality of life,” said Willie Versteeg, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and representative on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “It is because of the farmers in this province that our agriculture industry is all those things and so much more, and we must continue to work to protect their health and safety.” The launch of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill, Colchester Co. The launch is being held in partnership with leading farm safety advocates. “Working together for the common goal of health and safety in agriculture is a key role in the development and support of farm safety in Nova Scotia,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Minister of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Farm Health and Safety Committee, Canadian Farmer’s with Disabilities, and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in the delivery of this launch.” The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week program is delivered by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association in partnership with Farm Credit Canada, Agriculture & AgriFood Canada and promoted by the Nova Scotia Farm Health & Safety Committee. More information is available at www.casa-acsa.ca
Des cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) continuent d’être signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse. Sept nouveaux cas ont été confirmés aujourd’hui, 12 mai. Ces sept nouveaux cas sont dans le territoire de la régie de la santé Capital. L’un des cas est lié au noyau initial à Windsor. Les six autres cas font l’objet d’un examen. Dans deux des cas, les personnes ont commencé à ressentir des symptômes au cours des sept derniers jours. Les cinq autres cas ont été dépistés lorsqu’on a procédé à de nouveaux tests sur des échantillons déjà prélevés ou à des tests sur un échantillon additionnel selon la pratique courante du laboratoire. Tous les cas sont bénins et les personnes atteintes se sont rétablies ou sont en cours de rétablissement. Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Si une personne présente des symptômes de la grippe et a été en contact avec une personne atteinte du virus H1N1 ou a visité une région touchée, elle doit rester à la maison pendant sept jours après l’apparition des symptômes et minimiser le plus possible le contact avec les membres de sa famille. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut consulter un médecin ou visiter une clinique sans rendez-vous. Il est important que les Néo-Écossais comprennent qu’il est sécuritaire de se rendre au travail et à l’école, de participer aux activités scolaires et de faire des sorties sociales s’ils ne présentent pas de symptômes de la grippe. Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril, est maintenant de 64. Une ligne d’information sans frais est en opération de 8 h 30 à 20 h 30 chaque jour. Le numéro de la ligne sans frais est le 1-888-451-4222. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca. -30-
Strategy Magazine has recognized the NSLC as 32nd out of nearly 400 companies in its list of Canada’s most effective advertisers. The magazine’s formula was based on a weighted point system that tabulates the number of marketing awards won by Canadian advertisers over the course of a year. A detailed news release on the announcement can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com -30-
Halifax Regional Municipality, road closures Roads next to Queensland Beach and Kennedy’s Beach are closed because of surf on the road. Sections of Route 333 are closed because of surf coming over road and downed trees. A section of Trunk 3 is closed because of downed trees Peggy’s Cove Road is closed except to local traffic. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are down in several parts of the province. People are asked to avoid driving in storm areas and to use extreme caution if driving is unavoidable. -30-
Le Bureau de l’ombudsman déclare que ses efforts de sensibilisation ont augmenté de 51 pour 100 en 2009-2010 grâce à un plus grand accent mis sur les jeunes, les aînés, les services correctionnels et la diversité. Dans son rapport annuel déposé aujourd’hui 2 décembre, l’ombudsman Dwight Bishop indique que les citoyens comprennent mieux le Bureau et son rôle. L’année dernière, le Bureau a traité un total de 2 271 plaintes, demandes et examens. En tout, 1 744 demandes relevaient de la compétence du Bureau, ce qui correspond à une augmentation de deux pour cent. Le Bureau a formulé 37 recommandations officielles, dont trois n’ont pas été acceptées et font l’objet de discussions supplémentaires dans le rapport. « En général, nous sommes satisfaits de la réaction de la plupart des ministères du gouvernement à nos demandes et à nos recommandations, a dit M. Bishop. Toutefois, les délais de mise en œuvre de nos recommandations ont été inacceptables dans certains cas. » Le Bureau continue de traiter des questions complexes et délicates par l’entremise d’examens systémiques en profondeur des politiques et des procédures. Un résumé des enquêtes est inclus dans le rapport ainsi qu’une répartition des enjeux et des plaintes abordés au cours des cinq dernières années dans le domaine des services correctionnels. Vingt-trois demandes relatives à la divulgation d’actes fautifs ont également été reçues, et cinq enquêtes ont été entamées. Il s’agit du plus grand nombre de demandes reçues dans une province où il existe un processus de divulgation. « Le processus est en place depuis 2004 et nous avons remarqué une augmentation graduelle du niveau de confiance des fonctionnaires dans ce processus, » a dit M. Bishop. Le rapport inclut un aperçu des recommandations formulées par l’ombudsman depuis l’adoption du règlement sur la divulgation d’actes fautifs. Le rapport annuel peut être consulté sur le site Web du Bureau de l’ombudsman à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/ombu.