Patrick Sullivan is the new chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. Mr. Sullivan, who has 20 years of leadership and marketing experience, will start today, Aug. 13. “We are very pleased to have someone of Mr. Sullivan’s calibre join our team,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “I am confident that Mr. Sullivan will bring the leadership skills and international marketing experience needed to lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency to its greatest potential in this challenging global market.” Mr. Sullivan has a great deal of leadership experience. He has been president and CEO of a number of start-up and large organizations, and has a strong background in marketing, including e-marketing. “I have been an ambassador of Nova Scotia for many years. To get to come home and work on behalf of a strong tourism brand is such a privilege,” said Mr. Sullivan. “My passion for this province, coupled with my work experience will help in leading the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency to a successful future.” Mr. Sullivan will lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and work with the interim and incoming inaugural boards, tourism staff and industry partners to implement a long-term strategy for tourism that will deliver profitable growth for the industry and economic benefit to the province. “I am confident that we have found the right person to lead the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and create winning partnerships between industry and government,” said Tom Ruth, interim board chair, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “This is one of many ways we are making great progress toward the creation of the agency and a long-term growth strategy for tourism in Nova Scotia.” Originally from Nova Scotia, Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University. He has worked for several private companies including Procter and Gamble, McCains Food Ltd., Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Upper Canada Brewing Company, Sympatico and Workopolis. Mr. Sullivan will act as interim executive director of Tourism until the agency is created. The province announced the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency last fall to help Nova Scotia reach its fullest potential in the highly competitive global tourism market.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction.
Unemployed Nova Scotians returning to the classroom to upgrade their skills will get more support this fall. Government is increasing support for living expenses, child care and dependent care for eligible participants of the Skills Development program for the 2016/17 school year. The program, provided through federal labour market funding, offers financial support to people who need additional skills to find long-term, meaningful employment. Specific changes are: “We know it’s difficult for people to balance work, family and household expenses with post-secondary education,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “These changes will help even more Nova Scotians get the skills and training they need to create a better future for themselves and their families.” Changes to the program, which take effect Sept. 1, will help make post-secondary study more accessible to more Nova Scotians. “I have two young kids so going back to school was difficult, but I also knew it was time for a change and time for me to find a job that would allow me to support my family,” said Kevin MacPherson, past Skills Development participant and recent Nova Scotia Community College graduate. “This program definitely made it easier for me to manage my commitments and my studies. Changes will only help to make things even easier for others and hopefully help more people get the education and job they need.” These changes support other efforts underway to help Nova Scotians connect with jobs, including changes to the province’s employment services system and the expansion of the Graduate to Opportunity program. They also help to provide businesses with a more qualified, skilled and ready to work labour pool to recruit and hire from. To find out more about the Skills Development program go to https://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/skills-development.asp . $300 per week in living allowance for single clients, up from $200 $400 per week in living allowance for clients with dependents, up from $350 $100 per week, per child or dependent, for care, up from $100 per week per family
training and education on maintenance, management and safe use of equipment implementing a well-defined occupational health and safety program supported by a joint occupational health and safety committee sharing and communicating policies and procedures as they are updated in an effective manner to staff Occupational health and safety officers are working with health-care workers to raise awareness about strain, sprain and inflammation injury prevention. Officers visited 36 health-care facilities across the province between March and July of 2016. The goal was to engage workers in discussions about health and safety programs. The visits were also used to promote general safety compliance and awareness, and to identify areas for improvement while recognizing the efforts that are already being made. “Our health-care industry is the largest single employer in the province. Unfortunately, it also has the highest injury rate,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “We’re working to change this. “We are focused on improving workplace safety across the province, and fostering the partnerships that help us achieve that goal.” The visits by occupational health and safety officers resulted in several recommendations that are being shared with stakeholders today, Jan. 5. These include: “AWARE-NS was pleased to participate in this collaborative effort,” said Susan Dempsey, executive director, AWARE-NS. “These efforts have allowed organizations to identify gaps and opportunities and will help build and refine safety management systems to reduce soft tissue injuries in long-term care.” The steps to improve workplace safety are part of a larger initiative with a number of stakeholders in the health-care sector. Stakeholders include WCB Nova Scotia, AWARE-NS, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Health Association of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and others. Government has continued to advance the goals laid out in the province’s Workplace Safety Strategy by improving education with industry and the public, increasing targeted inspections, and getting tougher on employers that continue to break safety laws. A summary of the recommendations can be found at: novascotia.ca/lae/healthandsafety/.
Clare will have a new four-bed community option home for Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians with disabilities. Government is investing about $400,000 annually to build and operate the new home in Meteghan. “Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians with disabilities and their families want to be supported in their first language in the communities where they are from,” said Gordon Wilson, MLA, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “I am pleased to announce this funding so they can live close to family and friends and maintain their vibrant culture.” “These young adults will be able to live as independently as possible in their own community,” said Joanne Deveau, a parent from the community of Clare. “A group of parents from this area has been working for the past six years to make this project happen.” The Department of Community Services is committed to providing Nova Scotians with disabilities with safe places to live and work within the communities they call home. The project is in the early planning stages. It is part of a $2.1 million investment in this year’s budget for the Disability Support Program to design, develop and open four new small options homes over the next year.
Los Angeles: Former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has filed for divorce from actor Josh Duhamel almost two years after their separation. The former couple announced their split in September 2017 after eight years of marriage. According to a court docket acquired by Entertainment Weekly, Fergie, 44, filed for divorce from Duhamel on May 31, at a courthouse in Pasadena, California. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year. To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public,” the couple told the reporters. “We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family,” they said in a statement on September 14, 2017.
Bhubaneswar: India lived up to their billing and thrashed South Africa 5-1 in the summit clash to win the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Saturday. Coming into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, world no. 5 India played like champions and remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Dragflickers Varun Kumar (2nd and 49th minutes) and Harmanpreet Singh (11th and 25th) scored a brace each, while Vivek Sagar Prasad (35th) was the other goal scorer for India. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevSouth Africa’s lone goal was scored by Richard Pautz in the 53rd minute. India and South Africa have already qualified for the final round of the Olympic qualifiers before Saturday’s summit clash. Earlier in the day, Asian Games champion Japan defeated USA 4-2 to finish third in the competition. The top two finishers of this tournament make it to the final round of the Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year. Going by world rankings, the Indians were expected to control the proceedings and they exactly did that from the word go. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsIndia secured their first penalty corner as early as in the second minute and Varun made no mistake in converting the opportunity into goal. In the 11th minute, India got another penalty corner and this time Harmanpreet slammed home to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the hosts. Seconds before the end of the first quarter, South Africa got a rare opportunity but Nqobile Ntuli’s reverse hit was kept away by Krishan Bahadur Pathak in front of the Indian goal. Five minutes from half time, India were awarded a penalty stroke when Birendra Lakra was stick-checked inside South Africa’s ‘D’ by Jethro Eustice and Harmanpreet made no mistake to make the scoreline 3-0. The flow of the match continued in the same vein after the change of ends with India dominating the proceedings. Five minutes into the third quarter, India extended their lead when Vivek Sagar Prasad scored from close range after being set up by Simranjeet Singh. India secured their third penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time Amit Rohidas’ try was saved by the South African goalkeeper. India kept up the pressure and earned their fourth penalty corner in the 49th minute and Varun scored from a variation to make the scoreline 5-0 in the home team’s favour. South Africa finally had something to cheer about when they secured back-to-back penalty corners in the 53rd minute and from the second chance, Pautz deflected in Eustice’s flick to reduce the margin to 5-1. Four minutes from the final hooter, India secured two more penalty corners but failed to utilise the opportunities. South Africa too got a last chance to pull another goal back in the form of their third penalty corner but to no effect.
Jammu: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday discussed the overall political and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the party’s state leadership and asked them to launch an offensive against the BJP for its “failure” on various fronts. Gandhi chaired a meeting of top leaders of J&K in Delhi and discussed the overall political and security situation of the state, a Congress spokesman said. The meeting was attended by top Congress leaders like Gulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, K C Venugopal, AICC secretary in-charge J&K, Dr Shakeel Ahmed, and JKPCC chief G A Mir. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The meeting deliberated upon the latest political situation in the wake of the results of the recent Lok Sabha elections and the preparations for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state, which are otherwise due to be held any time, but the state is under President’s rule, which has been extended for another spell of six months, the spokesman said. Gandhi asked the party leaders from the state to activate the cadre at various levels to highlight issues of the people and expose the “failures and falsehood” of the BJP. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed He said the leadership should highlight the issues of people in all three regions of the state with a view to launch an offensive against the BJP for its “failure” on various fronts. Gandhi also asked to highlight the “failures” of the centre government and the erstwhile coalition government in the state to come up to the expectations of the people on various vital commitments, the spokesman said. The meeting had a detailed deliberations on various aspects of the security and political situation and the measures to be taken for the strengthening of the party base in all three regions of the state, he said. The spokesman said the leaders also deliberated on chain of activities to be undertaken to increase the mass-contact programme of the party in the state.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will ask SP MP Azam Khan to apologise on the floor of the House for his sexist remarks against BJP member Rama Devi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said Friday. In a meeting of floor leaders of all parties chaired by the Lok Sabha Speaker, it was decided that Khan should apologise or face action. “The Speaker will ask Azam Khan to apologise over his comments made against Rama Devi without any condition in the House. If he does not do so, the Speaker has been authorised to take action against him,” Joshi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Several women MPs cutting across party lines have also written to the Speaker demanding stringent action against Khan. Rama Devi said he should be suspended for entire five years from Lok Sabha. Earlier, women members in Lok Sabha on Friday spoke in one voice condemning Khan for his sexist remarks and demanded that he apologise or else he should be suspended from the House. During Zero Hour, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said Khan’s remarks in Lok Sabha on Thursday during the debate on triple talaq bill were a “blot” on all legislators, including men.
NEW DELHI: In a major relief to auto-rickshaw drivers, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced to discontinue the practice of ‘road try test’ after recalibration of auto fare meters. The announcement was made by the Delhi Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology Department Minister, Imran Hussain following directions from the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.Hussain said that the Chief Minister had directed him to hold consultation meeting with all stake-holders to simplify the procedure for re-calibration of auto fare meters. This initiative of Kejriwal government will benefit the auto rickshaw drivers as well as the commuters, as recalibration will be done faster, which will also save cost and time. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi government had recently revised the auto fares. This has necessitated re-calibration of auto fare meters after upgradation of their software. The re-calibration of auto fare meters is about to start shortly. Hussain also noted that the Auto Rickshaw drivers were also complaining about charging of exorbitant prices by Manufacturers, Repairers and Dealers of Auto Rickshaw fare meters for up gradation of software. The Minister announced that for providing relief and succour to Auto Rickshaw drivers, an advisory has been issued to the Manufacturers, Repairers and Dealers of Auto Rickshaw fare meters for not charging more than Rs 400 per meter plus applicable GST for undertaking software upgradation post revision of auto fares. Previously, after re-calibration and initial verification by Weights & Measures Department (now renamed Legal Metro logy) in its laboratory at Wazirpur, the Auto Rickshaw drivers had to go for the road try test at Rewla Khanpur, Najafgarh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Auto Rickshaw drivers were demanding that road try test at the far away location at Najafgarh was inconvenient to them and it was also causing loss of a day’s earning. They were requesting for making the re-calibration process smooth and convenient and for conducting at central location. The Department has so far been testing the Auto/Taxi Fare Meter with the help of electronic pulse generating machine in the lab situated at Taxi Meter Unit which checks the auto/taxi fare meter on the basis of pulse generated for distance travelled and calculates fare. Thereafter the meters were being tested on road through Road Try Test at Rewla Khanpur. From now on wards, the Auto Rickshaw drivers will not go for the Road Try Test at Rewla Khanpur and the verification certificate of Auto Fare Meter Testing will be issued after testing at Wazirpur Laboratory only.