Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, is encouraging more voluntary organisations to establish youth arms specifically designed to promote their involvement in the process of development through volunteerism.“This will provide a means for our young people to show their value, to reaffirm that they have an important place in society and to give them the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our advancement,” she said.Mrs. Robinson made the appeal during the media launch of the Jamaica Red Cross 70th Anniversary celebration at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 16.The Minister commended the Jamaica Red Cross for the establishment of its youth arm, adding that “no doubt this is pursuant to ensuring that volunteerism through the Red Cross will remain a feature of the Jamaican society for generations to come”.“I believe as a people, that the time has come when we should seriously consider the development of a culture of volunteerism by inculcating in our youth the importance of giving back to humanity. Every individual has the capacity for caring and the capacity for working in solidarity to alleviate human suffering and contribute to human dignity,” she said.Mrs. Robinson noted that the Jamaica Red Cross has repeatedly reproduced its purpose through its commitment to Jamaica, adding that the organisation’s quick responses in times of need have resulted in the restoration of economic and social activity.“You have manifested to Jamaica, and indeed the world, that a spirit of compassion and sacrifice is inherent in mankind and that within every human lies a jewel of hope and love. The Jamaica Red Cross Society has been a part of this great achievement to humanity. You have been and will remain a jewel in the annals of Jamaica,” she said.Some of the activities slated for the year-long celebration include a youth rally and exposition on May 4; Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13; a gala banquet, September 27; a national Awards Ceremony for volunteers, December 5; a 5K run/walk, at a date to be announced; and a newspaper supplement on April 29.The Jamaica Red Cross, a member of the worldwide Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, was established by an Act of Parliament in 1962 to serve as an auxiliary to the Government in times of emergencies, disasters or crises. In keeping with its legal mandate, the organisation routinely works very closely with various government agencies on an ongoing basis, and with greater intensity in times of disaster.
Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme (HTMP), which is established in secondary schools across the island, is purposed to take the industry to new heights of professionalism and world-class service. Story Highlights Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking to high-school students and teachers at Royalton Resorts in Trelawny on May 8, outlined that the programme will be creating a professional cadre of tourism workers capable of embracing new innovations in the industry. He said among the new and future highlights is the introduction of information and communications technology (ICT) applications in the tourism sector. The $100-million HTMP is targeting some 650 high-school students across the island for broad-based learning and training on the tasks, knowledge and skill sets required to build a career within the tourism and hospitality industry.It is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the Ministry of Tourism, and is being offered by the AHLEI.The programme will facilitate a two-year training course for students in grades 11, 12 and 13 free of cost, and upon completion, they will gain an Associate Degree in Customer Service, AHLEI certification, National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) level-four certification, and Customer Service Industry Association recognition. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme (HTMP), which is established in secondary schools across the island, is purposed to take the industry to new heights of professionalism and world-class service.Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking to high-school students and teachers at Royalton Resorts in Trelawny on May 8, outlined that the programme will be creating a professional cadre of tourism workers capable of embracing new innovations in the industry.He said among the new and future highlights is the introduction of information and communications technology (ICT) applications in the tourism sector.“Tourism understands itself, because we are among the most responsive industries to the new technologies that are around, and so the new workers of tourism are going to have to become very conversant with the Internet… and be able to manipulate ICT applications in order to satisfy the new tourists that will come from the different destinations across the world,” Mr. Bartlett explained.“The best place to start is within our high-school system, and so this programme that we started in September  is intended to begin to get you in the tune of understanding what is required for service, how important service is and the many ways that technology is going to help to facilitate high-quality service in the industry,” he added.The Minister said the Government is on a drive to certify those who are currently working in the sector but lack certification.Mr. Bartlett argued that certification should match experience that will allow greater mobility within the industry on a local and international scale, adding that the Government is determined to provide this opportunity to current workers who are handicapped by this setback.“So, what we want to do now, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), is to create certification for those workers, supervisors, chefs and so on who are in the industry now and are not certified,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We have partnered with international institutions like the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Valencia School, to offer certifications that are acceptable across the world, so that our workers can be so certified to give them mobility, not just in Jamaica but to anywhere in the world,” the Minister added.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (centre), with students and teachers of Holland High School in Trelawny as well as tourism stakeholders, during an event at Royalton Resorts in Trelawny on May 8.
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Nautronix has successfully delivered the first two NASDrill RS925 and NASeBOP (Emergency BOP Acoustic Control) systems from their current order of four systems for two of Rowan’s new ultra-deepwater drillships, the Rowan Relentless and the Rowan Reliance. The total contract value is approximately $10 million.Nautronix’ NASDrill RS925 system has been designed specifically to meet the requirements for a reliable, stable DP and position reference system for demanding offshore operations, in particular deepwater drilling vessels.NASDrill RS925 combines the two most accurate deepwater acoustic positioning technologies – Short Baseline (SBL) and Long Baseline (LBL), to calculate multiple independent position solutions providing reliable, repeatable input to the vessels DP system; with SBL mode providing accuracies of 0.15% slant range and LBL mode providing accuracies up to 1m RMS independent of water depth.Nautronix’ NASeBOP Control System provides a method of backup control of critical BOP functions in the event of failure of primary communication and control. At the heart of the system is Nautronix’ ADS² (Acoustic Digital Spread Spectrum) signalling technology. The system achieves a highly reliable communications link from a surface vessel to a subsea isolation device, such as a full BOP, or a simple isolation device which would be used during surface BOP drilling.These systems are one of the first of their type to be certified to comply with ABS’ new Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM). ISQM is a process that manages software control system development and changes on an offshore unit during its lifetime. The NASeBOP system also meets the requirements of the ABS Classification of Drilling Systems(CDS). To achieve this certification the system was proven to operate during extensive arduous environmental testing, including shock and vibration, to ensure its reliability.Fred Brooks, Head of the Deepwater Fleet in Rowan, commented “We reviewed various acoustic suppliers in the global market to ensure we chose the best digital acoustics for our new fleet, Nautronix’ technology was chosen as the NASDrill RS925 system has a fantastic track record of reliability. Their new NASeBOP System has superior capability which stood out amongst their competitors and is what we require so that we can offer our clients the best possible service. Nautronix’ commitment and positive engagement to supply these new systems with ISQM, ABS and CDS was excellent. Rowan are delighted to be the first Drilling Contractor to have this implemented on our new fleet.”Mark Patterson, Nautronix CEO, commented “We are delighted to have supplied Rowan with our NASDrill RS925 and NASeBOP systems for their new vessels. It is very encouraging to see the high level of interest we are receiving in these systems from the industry, with increasing orders over the last year.” My location Print Close Nautronix, January 13, 2014
zoom The idle containership fleet has edged below 2% of the overall fleet for the first time since last September. Figures from Lloyd’s List Intelligence show that total capacity of inactive vessels fell to 335,640 teu last week, standing lower than for the corresponding week over the last two years, when 2.6% of the fleet was idle, Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said in its Shipping Market Review for the week 21, 2014.ILLUSTRATIONAccording to the Review, Handymax’s saw the greatest degree of inactivity with 107,428 teu idle, followed by the Panamax segment, which had 83,624 teu of inactive capacity.Analysts Alphaliner expect further declines of idle vessel capacity over the coming weeks as ships either find employment or a finally scrapped.Whilst the idle fleet is currently low, the CEO of A.P. Møller – Maersk has said he doesn’t expect a sustainable recovery in the short term.“There is lingering overcapacity, so there will be pressure in the market in 2015, 2016 and probably 2017,” commented Nils Andersen.The P3 Alliance of which Maersk is the largest member, is due to begin operations in the autumn and Maersk expects cost savings of $1 billion annually from the new network’s efficiencies. Mr Andersen commented that once P3 begins he expects smaller competitors to either merge or join other alliances, which could eventually lead to more balance in supply and demand.When speaking about the tanker market, both clean and dirty segments suffer from overcapacity, based on IMDO’s report.The global tanker market is experiencing low rates, with the crude sector really suffering with most routes providing very low earnings for owners, according to SeaTrade Global. VLCC trades out of the Gulf last week were earning just $6,000/day.Suezmaxes also experienced paltry rates with only Med-Med voyages topping $10,000/day.Aframaxes fared better, realising rates of around $20,000/day for the Gulf/East and Caribs/US Gulf routes but overall the crude sector has too many vessels and charterers are keeping ship-owners nervous by late disclosure of cargoes.The product sectors are faring somewhat better; however weak market conditions and high levels of new tonnage are pressurising owners. A large part due to falling US gasoline imports as it benefits from its domestic energy boom.The LR Atlantic market, which performed very strongly last year with earnings from $15,000 -$20,000 on average is now struggling below $10,000 a day.The MR market is forecast to improve in the short run as single hulled vessels are phased out and some older tankers are retired, however a large new-delivery schedule will quickly lead to overcapacity.IMDO, May 29, 2014; Image: GMA
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zoom The Gulf Bridge Express Service by Chilean shipping company, Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) will shortly be terminated with the last roundtrip voyage.The last voyage is going to be sailed by MV Saint Nikolaos bound for New Orleans on April 22, 2015, Hapag-Loyd said.As informed, GCS and the GS1 will cover alternative services from and to the Gulf ports of US and Mexico.These services offer a comprehensive network in South America both directly and also via transhipment with other Hapag-Lloyd mainline- and feeder-vessels at the ports of Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena (Colombia) and Caucedo (Dominican Republic).Service between the ports of Veracruz and Altamira with the ports of Houston and New Orleans will be covered through the collective services of the GCS, GS1, MGX and the AX2, the company said.CSAV and the German company Hapag Lloyd are about to merge their operations.Image: Hapag-Loyd
zoom The world’s largest transhipment hubs are exposed to numerous risks, from poor underlying demand to increasing use of direct services, however, strong links to new mega-alliances that can guarantee capacity and smooth operations could provide opportunities as well as risks, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Throughput at Singapore after the first six months of 2016 was down by 5%, while further north Hong Kong fared even worse with a half-year decline of 10%.Transhipment volumes account for around 85% of all Singapore’s container handling and a sizeable proportion of Hong Kong’s and some of their contraction is the consequence of market share shifts to other nearby hubs. Annual growth at Singapore and Hong Kong has lagged well below the world average since 2010, while other hubs such as Tanjung Pelepas and Port Kelang have grown above trend as more carriers and alliances have moved some transhipment activity there.The ports’ customers, ocean carriers, are under financial pressure to reduce their operational costs and some of their actions have accelerated the shift towards more direct calls at the expense of transhipment. More previously feedered ports are being added to mainline services to save on feeder costs. The addition of more ports on to weekly loops has extended the round voyages of services, requiring additional ships to maintain the frequency, helping absorb surplus vessel capacity.Increased demand and new terminal infrastructure in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, has also helped to attract more direct services.Having fewer but larger alliances poses another risk to all transhipment-heavy ports as it will reduce the client pool for terminal operators and will see business won and lost in much bigger “chunks”, according to Drewry.However, Drewry added that the rise of the mega-alliances could actually be beneficial to larger transhipment ports where there is ample capacity to cater to increasing alliance-level volumes.
zoom The Netherlands-based companies DUC Marine Group and KOOLE Mammoet Salvage have reached an agreement to jointly tackle future salvage and wreck removal operations.Under the agreement, DUC will be responsible for all diving activities related to salvage operations and diving equipment maintenance.“Together with our new-built DP-2 MPSV ‘Solution’, which was taken into service in June this year, this acquisition will enhance DUC Marine Group’s services, especially in the salvage sector,” Henk Kapitein, CEO of DUC Marine Group said.“Diving is not our expertise and it requires highly specialised skills to maintain our diving equipment in optimal condition. We are pleased with the cooperation with DUC,” Paul Koole, owner of KOOLE Mammoet Salvage, added.Established 30 years ago, DUC Marine Group developed into a marine contractor and offshore construction services provider, supplying mainly to offshore renewable energy, oil and gas industry, maritime projects, salvage projects and large inshore projects.KOOLE Mammoet Salvage, part of KOOLE, operates in the field of maritime wreck removal and salvage.
zoom Singapore-based marine and offshore engineering group Sembcorp Marine has decided to sell its 30 percent equity interest in COSCO Shipyard Group.The stake in COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited’s 51 percent-owned subsidiary would be purchased by shipping giant China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO Group).Following the completion of this transaction, Sembcorp Marine will cease to have any interest in CSG except via its investments of 4.98% shareholdings in the company.With this acquisition, the equity interest of COSCO Group in CSG will increase from 3% to 33%, while the equity interest of COSCO Corporation in CSG will remain unchanged at 51%.The equity interests of COSCO Group’s subsidiaries Shanghai Ocean Industrial Company and Guangzhou Ocean Investment Management Company in CSG will also remain unchanged at 8% each.COSCO Corporation said that the completion of the disposal is conditional upon the fulfillment of certain conditions.
The distribution of 250 new police officers will be the focus of meetings this month between the Department of Justice, Nova Scotia’s police chiefs and the RCMP. The additional officers are being phased in over four years, starting in 2007. “We want to make sure these officers will go where they will have the greatest impact on community safety,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Police chiefs and RCMP serving municipalities are giving us important information on how to make the most of these additional resources.” Police met earlier this week in Truro with Department of Justice officials to discuss a range of policing issues, including new officers. “The addition of 250 police officers is a demonstration of the province’s commitment to working in partnership with police agencies so that we may continue to combat community issues for and with our citizens. Together, we can continue to provide safer, stronger communities across Nova Scotia,” said Chief Frank A. Beazley of Halifax Regional Police on behalf of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. Adding new officers is a key initiative as part of the provincial government’s efforts to improve the safety and security of Nova Scotia’s communities. The province has passed legislation to create a public safety investigative unit that will help communities fight crime in their neighbourhoods. A new rewards program for unsolved murders has been introduced, and the province has committed $6 million to law enforcement to address organized crime. In October Mr. Scott met with Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and federal Justice Minister Vic Toews. During the meetings he urged the federal government to consult with the provinces on distribution of federal funding for new police officers, and received a commitment for early legislative action to improve the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities will also be holding meetings in communities across Nova Scotia to hear ideas on how to prevent crime through community based activities. Mr. Scott also welcomed new federal legislation to strengthen penalties under the Criminal Code. “The federal government has introduced legislation to allow the courts and law enforcement to better deal with crime in our country,” said Mr. Scott. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to call on their member of parliament to support any legislation that will improve the safety of our communities.”
An exhibit reflecting faith, hope, and courage is being unveiled in Amherst today, Feb. 16, to commemorate African Heritage Month. Connections 2007 — The Road to Freedom depicts the story of the enslaved, and the journey to freedom in Canada via The Underground Railroad, through paintings, artifacts, poetry and song. The exhibit is the result of a six-month program with ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia and the Cumberland County School of the Arts Society. ArtsSmarts is a national program that targets students from primary to high school and provides workshops with the local artists around diversity, culture and race. “It was important for the office to be involved in a youth initiative for African Heritage Month,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The ArtsSmarts program encourages youth to express themselves and explore history in fun and interesting ways, and it was a pleasure working with artist Darlene Strong and her group in Amherst.” Students attended classes two times a week and learned African Nova Scotian history from guest artists. Connection 2007 was the idea of Ms. Strong, a local artist and program co-ordinator. “The Underground Railroad represented the road to freedom for many enslaved black people from the United States. The route led to various points in Canada,” said Strong. “The journey was dangerous, but the victory over slavery was sweet. The words ‘Let Freedom Reign’ continue to echo down the corridors of time and in our school in this exhibit.” The living exhibit will be unveiled at 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Cultural Academy, 26 Crescent Dr., Amherst. It will be available for viewing, by appointment, for the rest of the month.
Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 -30- HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, eastbound, will be reduced to one lane near Exit 3, toward Mount Uniacke for cleanup today, Tuesday, Nov. 18. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nova Scotia’s tourism industry has a preliminary revenue estimate of $1.33 billion for 2008, the same as 2007. The province expects to end the year with about 2.07 million or three per cent fewer visitors and 2.62 million or two per cent more room nights sold. “For Nova Scotia to have held its ground in the current economic environment speaks volumes about the tenacity and innovation of our tourism industry,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It also shows that our multi-year plan has good, research-based strategies that are helping us weather economic challenges.” The province’s overarching tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions, was launched in 2006. The department will present plans for continuing to implement it in 2009 at the annual tourism conference on Monday, Dec. 1. The province welcomed 1,838,000 visitors to the end of October — a three per cent decrease or about 60,000 fewer visitors compared to the first 10 months of 2007. The number of room nights sold increased by two per cent. For the month of October, there was a five per cent decrease in visitors and a two per cent increase in room nights sold. Around the province, room nights sold were up in most regions. While visitors from Quebec were up one per cent in October, the total number of overall visits from across Canada was down four per cent. Consistent with the trend reported across Canada, there were 16 per cent or about 3,100 fewer American visitors in October. There were 11 per cent fewer overseas visitors, which is about 900 people. The number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road decreased by two per cent and visits by air decreased by 11 per cent for the month of October. Cruise passengers are same-day visitors, so are not included in overall visitor numbers. So far this year, activity was up 29 per cent or about 228,000 visitors at the Port of Halifax and 105 per cent or about 38,800 at the Port of Sydney. The cruise industry brings an estimated $37 million in direct expenditures to Nova Scotia’s tourism industry. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors, excluding Nova Scotia residents, at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/pubs/insights .
Ferry Street Bridge in Sydney will close for an extended period of time beginning Monday, March 23. The closure, to both pedestrian and road traffic, will allow the remediation of the Tar Ponds to begin and will continue until the work is done. There will be blockades near both entrances of the bridge and detour signs will be posted to redirect traffic. Caution lights and barriers will be installed for public safety. In 2012, a two-lane bridge with sidewalks will be built. The new bridge will have lighting and railing to match Sydney’s downtown nautical theme. The bridge will reopen when it is no longer needed for construction vehicles and the public can use it safely.
For the week of Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, there have been 37 reported hospitalizations. “There continues to be H1N1 activity in all district health authorities with outbreaks of influenza-like illness and increased absenteeism in schools,” said Dr. Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer. “H1N1 is still the predominant respiratory virus during the current surveillance week.” Other highlights include: 502 lab-confirmed cases 73 hospitalizations for H1N1 One H1N1-related death. The percentage of emergency room visits with influenza-like illness has increased to 26 per cent, which is up 15 per cent since the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31. Influenza-like illness has increased to 19.1 per cent, from 10.3 per cent, as reported by physicians around the province. The province publishes a report on respiratory illnesses, including H1N1, every Wednesday. It can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/NSRespiratoryWatch.pdf . Nova Scotia continues to experience an increase of H1N1 activity across the province. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 influenza season, which runs from September 2009 to September 2010, the province has had:
Twenty-one communities are receiving one-time Community Crime Prevention and Reduction Investment grants this week from the Department of Justice for projects aimed at reducing and preventing crime in Nova Scotia. In total, $80,000 is being distributed to 35 groups across the province. The majority of projects are aimed at young people. The funding will help pay for events, activities and equipment that give Nova Scotians an opportunity to participate in community programs. “Empowering our youth and community partners is one of the keys to developing safe and healthy communities in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister, Ross Landry. “These grants help fund activities for youth that are meant to expand their interests and skills so they are less likely to be involved in crime.” “We are delighted to receive this grant from the department,” said Judi Giroux, chairperson of Silent Witness Nova Scotia, Cumberland chapter. “This grant will enable our chapter to educate the public and prevent future abuse and fatalities against women.” Organizations receiving the grants submitted applications that met the Department of Justice goals for crime prevention and reduction.
À partir du 1er août, les frais d’inspection de certaines remorques seront plus élevés. Le règlement sur l’inspection des véhicules (Vehicle Inspection Regulations) a été modifié pour augmenter les frais d’inspection des remorques ayant un poids enregistré inférieur à 4 500 kilogrammes. Cette modification touche toute personne qui possède, par exemple, une petite remorque utilitaire, une petite roulotte ou une remorque pour motoneige. Il y a presque 45 000 remorques de ce genre enregistrées dans la province. Les nouveaux frais d’inspection sont les suivants : Pour les remorques sans freins pesant moins de 4 500 kilogrammes, les frais passent de 10,71 $ à 15 $. Pour les remorques à un essieu avec des freins hydrauliques ou électriques et pesant moins de 4 500 kilogrammes, les frais passent de 10,71 $ à 20,50 $. Pour les remorques avec plus d’un essieu, des frais additionnels de 10,50 $ par essieu s’appliqueront. Les modifications prévoient aussi la délivrance d’autocollants d’inspection valides pour un an aux résidents du Nouveau-Brunswick et de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard dont les véhicules sont inspectés ici. Les autocollants d’inspection délivrés par la Nouvelle-Écosse sont valides pour deux ans, mais ceux qui sont délivrés par le Nouveau-Brunswick et l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard ne sont valides que pour un an. Une autre modification prévoit que les techniciens diplômés qui ont obtenu leur diplôme ailleurs au Canada pourront inspecter des véhicules en Nouvelle-Écosse.
Written submissions can be mailed to: HRSB Review Panel P.O. Box 333 Halifax, NS B3J 2N7 The report and recommendations of the independent review of the Halifax Regional School Board is expected on Friday, June 14. The work will not interfere with any ongoing criminal investigations or proceedings. The independent review panel responsible for looking into the approach by the Halifax Regional School Board and associated agencies leading up to the death of a Nova Scotian high school student is seeking public input. In April, two out-of-province experts, Debra Pepler and Penny Milton, formed the independent review panel at the request of the province. The panel reports to Marilyn More, minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We welcome all ideas about what works well and what needs to work better for children and youth,” said Ms. Pepler. “The information we receive from the public will help us prepare thoughtful and purposeful recommendations.” The review panel will use the feedback to recommend ways to enhance mental health and social-emotional supports for children and youth. “Hearing from Nova Scotians about ways to improve the services and supports we offer young people is very important,” said Ms. More. “It is particularly important to me to hear from young people themselves, to ensure the panel gets a wide range of perspectives and ideas that will help us improve the current system.” Interested Nova Scotians have until Friday, June 7 to provide input in either English or French. All submissions are anonymous and confidential. Input may be provided in two ways: –An online questionnaire is available at www.reviewpanelinput.com.
A fire in Mineville, Halifax Co., has been contained by fire crews. Halifax Fire crews were released from the scene this morning, May 8, and Natural Resources crews remain on site for cleanup. “I want to thank the DNR ground and air fire crews, EMO, Halifax Fire, the RCMP and other support organizations for their co-ordinated and effective response to this fire,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “My thanks go out to the residents of East Lawrencetown for their co-operation with the evacuation last night.” More than 19 hectares of ground burned in the fire, but no buildings were affected. Conditions in the province are dry and Mr. Churchill encouraged all Nova Scotians to check burning restrictions at http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burnsafe/ or call 1-855-564-2876(BURN).
“The Labour Standards Code exists to protect workers, and our team is here to help employees understand their employment rights,” said Ms. Regan. The proposed changes will take effect upon Royal Assent. initiates an inquiry, investigation, or other proceeding makes an inquiry about his or her rights under the code makes a statement or gives information to Labour Standards officials asks/requires the employer to comply with the code/regulations helps another employee who is concerned about a possible violation of their rights under the code participates in a proceeding has shown an intention to take, or whom the employer believes will take, a leave to which they will become entitled Changes to the Labour Standards Code will clarify and enhance protections for employees who make inquiries or provide information to Labour Standards officials. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan introduced the amendments today, Nov. 20, to protect employees who contact Labour Standards, whether or not a complaint is ever filed. “Nova Scotians shouldn’t have to worry about what might happen to their job if they call Labour Standards to ask a question or gather information,” said Ms. Regan. “These changes add clarity, and will make sure employees are protected against retaliation by their employer for asking about their employment rights.” Proposed amendments will clarify and enhance protection for an employee who: