Month: October 2019

  • Epic Gas Adds Final LPG Newbuilding

    first_imgImage Courtesy: Epic GasSingapore-based owner and operator of pressurized gas carriers Epic Gas has taken delivery of the 11,000 cbm LPG carrier Epic Salina.The final vessel in a series of eight pressurised LPG newbuildings, constructed by Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard, joined Epic Gas’ fleet on March 29.In January 2017, the company took delivery of the seventh newbuilding from the series, Epic Sardinia, which is under a long-term bareboat charter with purchase option. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is owned by Japan-based shipping company Kumiai Senpaku.“Since the first quarter of 2013 we have grown from 22 vessels of total capacity 99,500 cubic metre, to 41 vessels and 268,900 cubic metre today, a 270% increase. Our average vessel size has increased from 4,523 to 6,559 cubic metre,” Epic Gas said.The company added that it remains committed “to providing a high-quality fleet of long term controlled assets across the fully pressurised sector of 3,300 – 11,000 cbm.”last_img read more

  • New Initiative for ClimateSmart Shipping Launched in Sweden

    first_imgElectromobility for Shipping is the name of a new collaboration between six actors with the aim to increase the electrification of shipping.Swedish ferry company Stena AB, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association, ABB Sweden AB, ABB Marine Oy, research institute RISE and battery company Northvolt have decided to collaborate for a more sustainable future within shipping.“There is a lot going on concerning battery on ships and we believe that research and development are crucial for finding the best. By joining forces between the research community and the maritime sector, we have great opportunities for the future,” Dan Sten Olsson, CEO of Stena AB, commented.As informed, the organizations intend to jointly contribute to climate-smart shipping, international competitiveness and increased export opportunities for green technologies.Image Courtesy: Stena Linelast_img read more

  • Crew Evacuated from FireStricken Yantian Express

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hapag-Lloyd has evacuated the crew of the containership Yantian Express after the fire aboard the vessel increased in intensity.Namely, the shipping firm said that the ship’s crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers “is unharmed and was safely transferred” to the salvage tug Smit Nicobar on January 5 and 6.“Due to bad weather conditions, the fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,” Hapag-Lloyd said, adding that firefighting support at the site is ongoing.The fire broke out on January 3 in one container on Yantian Express’ deck and spread to additional containers.“At this time, it is not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo,” the company continued.The 7,510 TEU Yantian Express was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal when the fire started. The ship is currently around 800 nautical miles off the coast of Canada, Nova Scotia.last_img read more

  • APL Vancouver Hit by Fire off Vietnam

    first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Screenshot from Youtube video by TRAN THE HUANG The Singapore-flagged containership APL Vancouver suffered fire in the early morning hours of January 31, while it was sailing from Shekou to Singapore.The source of the fire aboard the 115,060 dwt vessel is currently unknown, and no dangerous cargo has been loaded in the cargo hold as per the stowage information.APL Vancouver still had signs of fire aboard on February 3 and firefighting action continued, OOCL cited data from the ship’s operator, Singapore-based container shipping company APL.The company earlier informed that emergency response procedures were immediately activated by the APL team, adding that the company established continuous contact with the vessel’s Master and local authorities to coordinate all necessary actions to ensure the fire is safely and promptly extinguished.The vessel was being attended by the Vietnamese Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center, fire fighters, firefighting tugs and a salvage master. APL Vancouver remains at anchorage off the Vietnamese coast.APL could not confirm which containers were involved in the fire nor the condition of containers and cargo onboard the vessel.There were no reports of injuries to the crew members aboard the 2013-built containership.Unconfirmed media reports suggested that the vessel was loaded with around 4,500 containers at the time of the incident, more than a hundred of which were carrying hazardous materials.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Report ICBC Leasing Orders Kamsarmax Quartet

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license ICBC Financial Leasing has ordered four Kamsarmax bulk carriers in China, brokers reported.The Chinese corporation placed an order for firm 81,200 dwt bulker quartet at COSCO Yangzhou, according to information provided by Intermodal Shipbrokers.ICBC Leasing will pay around USD 27 million for each of the newbuilds.The 97,000 cbm ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020. Once completed, they will feature a length of 229 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Separately, ICBC Leasing ordered five 2,200 TEU containerships in March this year, VesselsValue’s data shows. The vessels, to be built at Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industry in China, are expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Brookland Elementary Officially Opens

    first_imgStudents joined together with educators, community members andgovernment today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland ElementarySchool in Sydney. The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 studentslast September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Josephschools. “Brookland is a wonderful school,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “The students and staff have brought the spirit of thethree predecessor schools to a fine new building with all themodern amenities. “There’s no better example of that spirit than the money they’veraised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia — $2,300and counting.” Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children inthe area. “I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone –students, teachers, parents and the community — the opportunityto find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to worktogether for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for everychild,” she said. The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorativeplaque. Student performers provided entertainment. The school is home to 24 classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room,a music room, and a multi-media room. It devotes 3,716 squaremetres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with spacefor storage and support. The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investmentby the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost$11 million.last_img read more

  • Budget Bulletin Healthy Kids

    first_imgINVESTING IN THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDRENImproving the health of Nova Scotia’s children is aresponsibility shared among parents, communities, government andschools. In 2005-06, the Province of Nova Scotia is doing itspart by investing in initiatives aimed at helping kids get inshape and stay in shape. Many of the new investments will be directed towards childrenwhere they spend much of their time — at school. The Office ofHealth Promotion and the Department of Education are working toensure more physical activity opportunities and healthy eatingoptions at school. DEVELOPING HEALTHY EATING PROGRAMSA total of $595,000 in grants will benefit schools so they candevelop or start a healthy eating plan. Funds will be used forthings like beverage selection, menu planning, pricing andtraining for staff and volunteers involved in school food andnutrition. A $360,000 investment will place public health nutritionists ineach district health authority. The nutritionists will supportthe implementation of the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy,released in March 2005, and will provide support to schools intheir region to develop and start healthy eating programs. There is an undeniable link between students’ academicperformance and their overall health and well-being. A $750,000breakfast program will see elementary school studentsprovincewide have a healthy breakfast to ensure that every childgets a good start to the school day. DEVELOPING HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LEARNERSThrough its new plan for education, Learning for Life: BrighterFutures Together, the Department of Education will focus ondeveloping healthy and active learners. Recognizing the roleschools play in supporting healthy, active lifestyles, thedepartment will invest $1.7 million in programming and resourcesto better support students. Initiatives include new physical education programming and more physical education teachers, aresource for every school board to support schools inimplementing health and physical education programs, healtheducation resources for parents and students and moreprofessional development for teachers. INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITYThrough a partnership with the federal government, a $1-millioninvestment over three years will see a sport animator hired foreach school board who will bridge the gap between schools andcommunities to increase participation in sport, physical activityand recreation. The Active Kids, Healthy Kids research conducted in 2001 will berepeated this year to track the changes in level and frequency ofphysical activity among children and youth in grades 3, 7 and 11.The new research will also look into healthy eating habits. Withan investment of $352,000, six physical education teachers willbe seconded to collect the information, and researchers willcompile and interpret the data. Armed with this information, wecan track our progress to date and better plan policies andprograms to help young Nova Scotians become healthier. More than $2 million is invested annually in facilities thatpromote sport and physical recreation. This year, an additional$150,000 will be dedicated to supporting school playgrounds sochildren can play and be physically active with safe equipment.An additional $90,000 will buy new physical education equipmentfor schools. A total of $9.5 million is being invested in theOffice of Health Promotion in 2005-06 to increase physicalactivity opportunities for all Nova Scotians. A healthy living tax credit will be introduced for childreneffective July 1, 2005. Families will receive an allowable taxcredit on up to $150 for each child who is registered in aqualifying sport, municipal or public program. -30-last_img read more

  • Ombudsman Office to Hold Meeting in Bridgewater

    first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the Bridgewater area on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Arrangements can be made for people to meet privately with a representative of the office. The clinic will take place between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Bridgewater Mall, 421 LaHave St., Bridgewater. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency which addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail or see the website at . -30-last_img read more

  • Alpine Ski Team Named for Canada Games

    first_img James Boudreau, Halifax Emily Burns, Upper Falmouth, Hants Co. Catherine Hart, Halifax Nicola Hughes, Halifax Colin MacPherson, Big Pond, Cape Breton Co. Garrett McLeod, Wolfville, Kings Co. Jeffrey Oland, Halifax Lydia Stevens, Chester, Lunenburg Co. Natalie Vincent, Porters Lake Brendan Wilton, Bedford No snow? No problem. Nova Scotia’s alpine ski team has had to be creative, but 10 athletes are ready to head for the hills in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. A summer training trip to Switzerland, and various races in Quebec and Alberta have helped the team prepare. They will compete this weekend at Ski Martock in Windsor, Hants Co., and in races in Ontario, leading up to the Games. Coached by Carl Beaudoin of Dartmouth and Emily Boudreau of Halifax, and managed by Julie Ann Wilton of Bedford, each athlete will compete in Super G, giant slalom, and slalom events at the Canada Winter Games. The final team is as follows: The alpine ski team was picked a year in advance of the Games, which allowed for an extended preparatory program, including extensive individualized dryland training programs, as well as mental preparation. Emily Boudreau is one of two apprentice coaches on Team Nova Scotia, selected as a participant in the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program, co-sponsored by the Coaching Association of Canada and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection. Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for a total of 1,122 medals in 22 sports. For a photo of Nova Scotia’s alpine ski team, contact Melissa MacKinnon at .last_img read more

  • Programs Help Graduates Manage Student Loan Debt

    first_img The province is paying $4.7 million in interest for students who are still in school this year. Tuition for Nova Scotia students in Nova Scotia universities is $500 lower than it was last year. Tuition is frozen at the 2006-07 level for most other students. — 2,853 students are receiving less than $4 million worth of loan forgiveness under the Debt Reduction Program in 2006-07. — This year, the government introduced a $1,000 graduate tax credit. This will increase to $2,000 in 2008.center_img University and college graduates will have more flexibility in managing their student loan debts through two new provincial government programs introduced today, Aug. 8. The Enhanced Repayment Assistance Program will reduce the payments for graduates who are having difficulty paying their provincial student loans. The Payment Deferral Program will allow graduates to postpone their provincial student loan payments until they can better afford them. “The Enhanced Repayment Assistance Program is more flexible than the program it replaces so more graduates will be eligible,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Payment deferral is something new for the province and would be especially attractive to graduates who must accumulate several years of on-the-job experience before they are deemed qualified for a professional designation.” Any graduate or apprentice who has a student loan in good standing can apply for the programs immediately. A graduate who is finding it difficult to pay a provincial student loan would apply to the Enhanced Repayment Assistance Program through the Department of Education’s student loans office. Staff would review the application and consider how much student loan debt the graduate has, how much they earn, how many dependents they have and other factors. If the graduate’s debt to income ratio is too high, their payments will be reduced to more affordable levels for six months. The Department of Education will pay the interest to keep the loan in good standing. The graduate can reapply to the program for additional six-month periods, up to a total of 54 months. Each renewal application would require proof of income. The provincial Income Relief Program, which the Enhanced Repayment Assistance Program replaces, had a 30-month limit. Graduates and skilled trades workers who must complete an internship or apprenticeship that lasts longer than 12 months can apply to have payments deferred for as long as it takes to qualify for their designation. Other graduates can access the Payment Deferral Program, in two six-month increments, for up to a total of 12 months. Their student loan, plus interest accumulated during the deferral, would still be paid in full but usually when their income is higher. The interest on the loan would be calculated at the rate that the government borrows money, which is a lower rate than the graduate would normally receive from a financial institution. The Department of Education has received several requests for payment deferral from graduates in long-term internship programs such as medical residents. Following consultations, the department proposed the programs being introduced today and expanded the program to include anyone involved in an internship or apprenticeship. Through these two new programs, almost any student who has a valid reason why they cannot honour their repayment commitments can avoid defaulting on their provincial student loan. Defaulting on a student loan could have serious implications when applying for a mortgage, car loan or credit card in the future. “We know that graduates want to repay their student loans and we are willing to work with those who are having difficulty in making their payments,” said Ms. Casey. Last year, about 9,600 people in Nova Scotia received a provincial student loan. The Enhanced Repayment Assistance Program and the Payment Deferral Program, which together will cost an estimated $800,000, are part of the government of Nova Scotia’s strategy to make post-secondary education more affordable. The provincial government has taken other steps to make education more affordable as well. For example: last_img read more

  • Government Supports Cape Breton Company

    first_imgThe province will help a Cape Breton employer restructure, maintain 60 well-paying jobs and prepare for future growth and success. Atlantic Castings will receive a $2-million investment incentive through the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This investment will help Atlantic Castings protect and create important jobs and provide economic support for a vibrant community,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. Atlantic Castings, formerly Cape Breton Castings Ltd., is a manufacturer and supplier of aluminum die cast transmission parts for the North American automotive industry. The company’s operating facility consists of eight die cast manufacturing cells with a full suite of new and well-maintained equipment. “This government support, combined with a $2-million cash contribution through our group of investors, will allow our company to work towards achieving a competitive edge in the automotive industry, and provide the necessary resources to diversify into other markets,” said Sean Burke, a spokesperson for the investor group. “We are committed to contributing to sustainable growth and economic prosperity for Nova Scotia.” The Industrial Expansion Fund (IEF) is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The IEF has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

  • More Energyefficient Buildings in Nova Scotia

    first_imgOrganizations constructing new buildings will need to incorporate water- and energy-efficiency measures to qualify for provincial funding. The new energy-efficiency building standards became effective November 1. “Ensuring new buildings are more energy efficient makes sense for the health of our environment, our citizens and our economy,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “It will help Nova Scotia cut harmful air emissions and combat climate change.” Incorporating energy-efficient measures in a building’s design is one of the most effective ways to minimize the amount of energy the building will use. The costs of meeting the new energy-efficient standards will be recovered through energy savings. Provincial contributions to construction costs of any non-governmental building that uses energy and water will depend on meeting the standards. It is already government practice that buildings constructed by government, such as schools, hospitals, court and corrections facilities, and office buildings, meet a high energy-efficient standard called a LEED rating. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a widely accepted rating system that provides certification of green buildings. The LEED rating system awards points for meeting specific performance criteria in six categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; material and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process. Nova Scotia’s government buildings must at least meet a LEED silver rating as determined by the Canada Green Building Council. The province’s commitment to energy efficiency in buildings is stated in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, which aims to make Nova Scotia one of the cleanest, most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.last_img read more

  • Amendments to the Education Act

    first_imgThe province is clarifying the process for teacher certification and giving school boards more independence to deal with the conduct of members. Education Minister Ramona Jennex will introduce amendments to the Education Act today, Nov. 14. One of the changes will move authority for teacher certification to a department administrator while leaving the minister responsible to hear appeals. This will ensure a clear and reasonable separation of responsibilities. The act now gives the minister the authority to issue teacher certificates and permits as well as the responsibility to hear appeals. This change will remove the requirement for the minister to hear appeals of her own decisions. “This amendment ensures all teachers understand the process to obtain a teaching certificate and ensures they also have access to a fair and balanced appeal process if there is an issue with their certification,” said Ms. Jennex. Another amendment will give school boards more independence to discipline members for minor infractions without having to involve the minister. Any member who now receives a reprimand has the ability to appeal to the minister. These minor infractions are best handled at the board level and do not require ministerial involvement. Any school board member who is suspended, has their seat vacated, or who temporarily has their right to sit revoked will still be able to appeal to the minister. A member who feels a reprimand violates their individual rights can pursue a remedy through the legal system. “School boards have the ability to manage themselves and their conduct independently, especially when it comes to minor infractions,” said Ms. Jennex. “The minister should only intercede when the penalties have the potential to impact the operations of a board, such as a suspension.” A further amendment will update the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act to reflect recent operational changes, such as the move of a resource centre to a new facility on South Street in Halifax.last_img read more

  • Nova Scotians Visitors Encouraged to Attend Titanic Commemorative Events

    first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to attend free events April 14 and 15 in Halifax to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. “Halifax’s role in 1912 was one of assistance,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Atlantic Canadians are known for lending a hand in difficult times so we hope that everyone will gather together to honour our place in history.” Join host George Jordan at the waterfront side of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a walking, candle-lit procession on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. To symbolize Halifax’s role in the tragedy and the conditions in 1912, a horse-drawn carriage with a period-style casket and pallbearers will lead the procession. The procession will begin at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, move along the waterfront, left onto George Street, left onto Hollis, right onto Prince, right onto Argyle and into the Grand Parade for the Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells event. Gordon Pinsent, Canadian icon, will host Titanic Eve – Night of the Bells at the Grand Parade from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event, presented by The Chronicle Herald, will tell the story of Titanic, its passengers and crew and Halifax’s response to the tragedy. Over 20 performers will take the stage. A moment of silence will be held at 12:27 a.m., marking the time recorded when the last wireless messages from the Titanic were received. Flares will be set off to symbolize the ship’s call for help, members of the RCMP Pipe and Drums band will perform Amazing Grace, and churches in downtown Halifax that held memorial services for the victims in 1912 will ring their bells for a few minutes. People can bring a collapsible chair to the event and should dress for weather conditions. “The Herald was there 100 years ago and aided in breaking the news of Titanic’s tragedy,” said Ian Thompson, associate publisher of The Chronicle Herald. “From our extensive in-paper and online special coverage of the Titanic 100 anniversary leading to our presentation of Titanic Eve and Night of the Bells on Saturday, The Chronicle Herald is honoured to be supporting commemoration of this monumental anniversary 100 years later.” Visit The Chronicle Herald Titanic site at for more information. The Titanic Spiritual Ceremony, an interfaith memorial service will be held in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery on Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the Girl Guides of Canada, the Boy Scouts of Canada and sea cadets will lay flowers at the grave sites of the Titanic victims, 121 of which are buried at the cemetery. People can enter the cemetery on foot through the Chisholm Avenue entrance and are reminded to respect grave markers as they make their way to the ceremony at the Titanic grave sites. Standing areas will be indicated. People will be able to pay personal respects to the victims’ grave sites after the service. There will be no vehicle access to the cemetery. The provincial, federal, municipal governments have contributed to the commemorative events as well as The Chronicle Herald, Emera, BellAliant, Famous Folks Communications, Egg Films, Canada Post, J.A. Snow Funeral Home and Hatfield Farm. For information on the events visit .last_img read more

  • January 2014 Report Released

    first_imgA growing provincial debt, poor internal financial controls and missing information required to verify entitlements to pensioners, were among issues identified in Auditor General Jacques Lapointe’s final report to the House of Assembly, released today, Jan. 23. The net debt of the province at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year stood at $13.9 billion, a 5.3 per cent increase over the previous year – representing a $617 increase in per capita debt, to $14,832 for every Nova Scotian. While several other indicators of the province’s overall financial condition presented in the report were stable over time, most ranked either the worst or second-worst in comparison with similar provinces. The auditor general was unable to verify the accuracy of pension benefits paid to retired provincial or Capital Health employees due to missing information. Mr. Lapointe’s examination of Nova Scotia’s largest pension plan followed major changes in the administration of the plan. The provincial finance minister is no longer the trustee of the plan, and the province no longer guarantees benefits, in effect shifting risk from the provincial government to the plan’s members. The auditor general made a number of recommendations to improve the transparency of the plan and ensure the accuracy of benefit payments, including making the plan’s Statement of Investment Policies and Goals available to plan members. The Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc. agreed that the statement, which it previously deemed confidential, will be available by the end of the current fiscal year. The auditor general’s annual review of audit opinions and management letters to public agencies that are audited externally noted that 31 per cent of accounting, control and other deficiencies identified by the auditors had also been identified in previous years. About two thirds of these had been reported as far back as 2009-10 and were still not corrected. “By not addressing the issues reported in auditors’ management letters on a timely basis, management and boards of directors are not fulfilling their responsibilities to correct deficiencies in their operations,” Mr. Lapointe said. These entities include agencies, boards and commissions, including health authorities, school boards and a range of publicly-held enterprises. Mr. Lapointe drew attention to the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation where numerous problems included unexplained changes to mortgage information and errors in land inventory; and Cape Breton District Health Authority, where identified deficiencies persisted uncorrected for years. Mr. Lapointe raised concerns about the accounting practices of the Office of the Public Trustee, which is responsible for more than $45 million in estates and trusts, yet has no standard accounting system. He also recommended that all interest earned on this money be left with the estates rather than being transferred to the province. The auditor general commended the province for properly consolidating its revenue forecasts in 2013, resulting in the first unqualified opinion on budgeted revenue estimates since 2001. “This is a significant improvement in government financial reporting as all revenues of the province are now presented in the annual budget. Members of the House and the public now have full knowledge of revenues in the provincial public sector.” He also noted that 77 per cent of his office’s 2010 recommendations related to financial matters had been acted upon – a marked improvement in the government’s performance in this regard. The report is Mr. Lapointe’s last, as he is retiring at the end of January. The full auditor general’s report is available at .last_img read more

  • Teachers Educators Celebrated During Education Week

    first_imgTeachers and education partners across the province are being celebrated, today, April 20, for their dedication to their students, schools and communities. Education Week runs until Saturday, April 25, and has been celebrated since 1935, honouring the commitment of teachers and partners, to students. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey presented Education Week Awards to 23 teachers and five education partners at École du Carrefour in Dartmouth. “Teachers and school staff are the foundation of our schools,” said Ms. Casey. “The educators being honoured today are the difference between a school being simply a building or part of the community. “Collaborating with schools and communities is an important part of our action plan for education, and it is very fitting that today we are honouring great educators who do this every single day.” This year’s theme is Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Recipients are being recognized for supporting student development through service learning, community projects and co-operative education, and for encouraging students to be active in their schools and communities. Education Week is a co-operative effort of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.last_img read more

  • Marine Renewable Energy Legislation Provides Industry Clarity

    first_img “We’re pleased the province continues to support the development of a marine renewable energy sector in Nova Scotia,” said Elisa Obermann, executive director of Marine Renewables Canada. “As this industry develops, it will provide more companies with the opportunity to participate in local projects and develop skills and products that will help them reach global markets.” The province has consulted widely with stakeholders on how to balance the interests of other marine users, and ensure Nova Scotians benefit from the development of a new resource. More information on the legislation can be found at . Government introduced legislation today, April 29, to ensure marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities. The new legislation will increase consultation and provide for the safe, responsible and strategic development of the industry. “We need a clear and responsible path forward for developing Nova Scotia’s marine renewable energy sector,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Our tidal resources will make a significant contribution to the province, both as an economic generator with export potential and as a new power source. We have an opportunity to build on our leadership position as a centre of excellence in the tidal industry and this legislation sets out how we do that.” The act allows government to regulate projects in the Bay of Fundy and Bras d’Or Lakes and will also: ensure consultation in establishing areas where industry will be developed establish a licensing and permitting system for the placement of marine renewable energy generators in those areas give the Energy Minister the authority to develop regulations to ensure the safe and responsible construction, installation and operation of industry projectslast_img read more

  • First Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature

    first_imgFirst Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature Speech from the Throne The following is the Speech from the Throne read today, Sept. 21, 2017, by Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc at the opening of the first session of the 63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia: Before I begin I would like to honour those who have passed since our last Speech from the Throne. Those who contributed to the strength and prosperity of our great province. We remember remarkable Nova Scotians like Dr. Cora Greenaway, a founding member of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Rudy Haase, conservationist and humanitarian, and Donald Reid, who was instrumental in Joggins becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. All three of these individuals are also Order of Nova Scotia recipients. We also recognize the contributions of Nova Scotians including Ethel Garnier, who served for 50 years as Executive Housekeeper at Government House, and Wayne Smith, CFL star and two-time Grey Cup winner, and Phil Pacey, a champion for heritage in our province. We lost community leaders like Joan Eisner, former Director of Volunteer Services with South Shore Health, and Wade Smith, beloved educator and coach. John Nichols, retired Provincial Court Judge, and Dianne Tompkins Brushett, former Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, and Joe Feeney, former Mayor of Mahone Bay, proudly served Nova Scotians in their respective public institutions. Just last week, our country said goodbye to the Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, a former Member of Parliament, cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister. His accomplishments as a parliamentarian leave behind a legacy felt by all Canadians. Finally, we pay our respects to three former members of this House of Assembly – the Hounourable Paul MacEwan, the Honourable Ralph Fiske, and John Archie MacKenzie. Our sincere condolences to their friends, families, neighbours, and to all those carrying on their memory. Open to the World I am honoured to deliver this address, and I thank former lieutenant governor J. J. Grant for his years of service. I am humbled to hold the same office as him — he served our province in a way that makes us proud. À titre de premier lieutenant-gouverneur de la province d’origine acadienne, je suis fier d’avoir cette occasion d’être au service de ma province et de représenter ma communauté. As our province’s first lieutenant governor of Acadian descent, I am proud to have this opportunity to serve my province and represent my community. Congratulations to all those elected, who sit in this chamber, as they earned the confidence of their constituents. And we are here today not focused on celebrating victory, but focused on what needs to be done to make our province stronger. We owe all those who voted our thanks for their support and for their continued participation in our democracy. To those who worked and volunteered to ensure we could hold free and fair elections, we thank you for your service and commitment. Government has made much progress, but we know there is more work to do. It is clear that challenges exist. This spring, Nova Scotians voiced concerns about challenges in healthcare. We know that more mental health supports are needed, access to primary care must improve, and wait times are too long. Government heard these concerns, and will respond. This is the second term for Premier McNeil and his government, but the world and our province is different now than it was in October 2013. In four years, Nova Scotia moved from a deficit to a surplus. Our finances are stronger. Our seafood exports are soaring. Our wine sector is growing and is internationally recognized. Our tourism sector is booming. And our population is on the rise. Without a spirit of openness, these achievements would not be possible. Our province accomplished these feats because citizens stood up and pursued an optimistic plan, government stood with them, and we are stronger now because we worked together. Government’s plan focused — and will continue to focus — on opening our province and communities, welcoming newcomers, and breaking down trade barriers wherever possible. Now is not the time to give into fears arising from global uncertainty. Now is the time to press on. Our government is leading by example. Just recently, Syrian-refugee-turned-entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad was appointed to the board of Invest Nova Scotia. He’s helped grow Nova Scotia’s Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, received mentions from the Prime Minister at the United Nations, and plans to keep growing his family’s business. He now gets to help as Nova Scotia continues to become more open and welcoming. His experience is invaluable. Through will and determination, he and his family pulled together to create a business — they created something great. By continuing to embrace a spirit of openness, we will discover new ideas, welcome new people, and create new businesses. Government wanted to position itself to capitalize on opportunities when they arise. That is why such a focus was placed on controlling spending and making smart strategic investments over the last four years. Entamons cette séance de l’Assemblée législative en faisant de notre province un exemple, non seulement au Canada atlantique, non seulement dans cette fédération, mais à l’échelle internationale. Même si nous sommes une petite province, nous pouvons avoir un grand impact. Let us begin this sitting of the legislature focused on making our province an example — not just in Atlantic Canada, not just in this federation, but internationally. We may be small, but we can make a big impact. A Healthier, Stronger Nova Scotia A stronger Nova Scotia shares the benefits of economic growth by investing in the services we need most. If we want a stronger Nova Scotia, we need to have a healthier Nova Scotia. Government is ready to keep investing in healthcare to ensure better access to the services people need. Providing better access to healthcare involves hiring and retaining health professionals: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, and mental health clinicians. We know we can do that by providing more flexibility and by further investing in efforts to educate and attract doctors. Our doctors are not just healthcare providers, they are a source of information and insight into the healthcare system. That’s why our government will provide flexibility to doctors so they can choose where and how to practice. It’s why input and advice of doctors, including working with Doctors Nova Scotia, will be sought out when developing recommendations or changes to primary care. Further funding will be provided to attract and educate new doctors by adding more spaces to the family residency program, adding more spaces for internationally trained doctors, and providing more tuition relief to doctors who want to practice here. The focus on collaborative healthcare will continue as we hire more nurse practitioners and family practice nurses. These nurses will further improve Nova Scotians’ ability to access healthcare services where and when they need it. We are also supporting the recruitment of young doctors, because they have told us this is the type of team they want to be a part of. Most importantly, the evidence demonstrates that this approach to providing primary health care will improve services and ultimately the health of Nova Scotians. Cutting wait times for surgical procedures is also a priority. To help, government will add 15 new specialist residency positions. Five of these positions will be in Cape Breton. This will support efforts already taken to reduce wait times. Those efforts were made possible by an $8.1 million investment that made 2,200 additional surgeries possible. Going forward, we will continue to invest more money to further reduce wait times. More doctors and more surgeries will help many Nova Scotians, but our province also needs more mental health supports and faster access to care. Government will make investments to hire more clinicians and support workers, improve community-based supports, and expand crisis services. Helping our children and youth in their schools will be made possible by expanding the SchoolsPlus Program and developing new Youth Health Centres. Nova Scotians are clear — they want investments in healthcare, and those investments will be forthcoming. More Opportunity for All Nova Scotians Using our resources to create more opportunities for all Nova Scotians doesn’t happen accidentally. It requires careful planning, determination, and strategic investments in our people. For starters, government will cut income taxes for those in the middle class and those who need it most. This tax break will benefit 500,000 Nova Scotians. It will increase the amount going back into the pockets of Nova Scotians who need it the most. The benefit will increase to $1000, and it means more than 60,000 people will no longer pay provincial income tax. This is the largest income tax cut in our province’s recent history. Many Nova Scotian families are caring for loved ones with health needs. Our government will support them, too. Wait lists for home care services have almost been eliminated. People deserve to stay in their homes as long as possible. Government will ensure more people can receive the caregiver benefit, a program that provides $400 per month in support and allows seniors to stay at home, around loved ones, longer. With this change, more than 1,600 people will become eligible. Government has listened to Nova Scotians who say they want to be able to stay in their own homes and communities. Supporting people at home and supporting their caregivers has meant that fewer Nova Scotians have had to rely on nursing homes; and when it is needed, access to nursing home care has improved – with more than a 50 per cent reduction in the waitlist for nursing homes. This September brought a game-changing investment to the education system in our province. Government launched pre-primary sites around the province. This investment is crucial because we know the early years of a child’s life are critical for their development. The facts show that four year olds who have access to such a program perform better in school. That is the strong start our children deserve. Not only does this program help our children, it helps families too. This program is free for families enrolled in it. That means it will save those families thousands of dollars. That savings means more support and opportunity for middle class Nova Scotians. Education for Prosperity Our government has always believed that a strong education is the foundation for a stronger Nova Scotia. Over the last four years, education funding increased by $65 million. I am proud to say funding for education will continue to increase. Government created the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions so it could work with teachers to build stronger classrooms. This council empowers teachers to make a real difference in education policy, and change has already happened. Government funded the hiring of more teachers to implement class caps from grades primary to 12. There are more teachers to provide even more help with math and literacy skills. Student assessments and data entry are being streamlined so classroom teachers can focus more on teaching. These changes will help our young people as they grow and develop. They will also help them be more prepared to enter the workforce when they eventually graduate. We know that it is as important to educate and train our children as it is to bring new people to our province. Opportunity and Jobs for Young Nova Scotians Already government has helped more than 2,500 young Nova Scotians stay and work here through programs like Graduate to Opportunity and the co-op program. In addition, more than 2,100 young Nova Scotians were hired into the civil service since 2013. While progress was made, there is more work to do. The Graduate to Opportunity Program will see its budget doubled so we can help even more Nova Scotians. Over the next four years, this expansion could create as many as 1,200 new jobs. The number of research and innovation based jobs in Nova Scotia will increase through Innovate to Opportunity, a new program that will help employers who hire Masters and PhD graduates. While government also eliminates tuition for apprentices when they leave work to complete their training, the apprenticeship START program that focuses on hiring apprentices will grow and support 700 new opportunities. Keeping young people here also means making life more affordable for them. Government is taking steps that collectively will mean, along with other changes to student assistance, university students can receive over $40,000 in non-repayment support over five years. That is more than five years of average tuition. Our government wants to make accessing university more affordable, and it wants to make it easier for young Nova Scotians to buy their first home. To do this, households earning up to $75,000 per year are eligible for a down payment assistance program. With more jobs, less debt, and a down payment, more young Nova Scotians will be living and staying here. Helping Those Who Need It Most A stronger Nova Scotia is only possible when we help those who need it most – a more inclusive and accessible Nova Scotia, a Nova Scotia that provides more support to at-risk women and works to bring an end to the cycle of poverty that holds so many Nova Scotians down. Around one in five Nova Scotians identifies as having a disability. Our government wants to create a more inclusive and accessible Nova Scotia. The first step was to work with community leaders to create and pass the province’s first ever Accessibility Act. To support this legislation and accelerate the spread of accessible spaces and buildings, government will create a $1 million Small Business ACCESS-ability Program and increase the Community ACCESS-ability Program to $1 million per year. Becoming more inclusive and accessible will also help families caring for people with disabilities. Government will create a respite care program, expand the independent living program, and improve the existing Independent Living Support Program. These changes will help families, help people with disabilities gain more independence, and create stronger communities. While working to make our province more inclusive and accessible, government will take concrete steps to address violence against women. We cannot create more opportunity for everyone until people feel safe and secure in the province. A safer province will come from an annual investment of $1 million to fight sexual violence. This will fund things like Prevention Innovation Grants that help organizations support victims and help prevent sexual violence. A safer province will also come from an action plan to address domestic violence. We will start by working with existing groups who help at-risk women by funding new facilities. This action plan will also lay out several programs to address domestic violence. Finally, we will add a domestic violence court in Halifax and maintain the current domestic violence court in Sydney. A safe and secure province is one that also focuses on improving economic security. That is why government will create Advance Nova Scotia. This plan promotes six actions to boost the income of low-and middle-income Nova Scotians. In addition to the income tax cut previously mentioned, government will take steps to increase support and make it easier for people to get back to work. Together these efforts will give more Nova Scotians a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives proposed introducing a standard household rate for income assistance clients. We will do that and increase rates for all types of households. Our government will make it easier for people to transition off income assistance and back into the workforce. This will be accomplished by creating a work incentive to allow clients to earn more without seeing a reduction in their payments. This does away with an old, antiquated system that actually made it hard to get off income assistance by putting up barriers to people who wanted to re-enter the workforce. A four-year Blueprint to End Poverty will be funded, and $20 million will help form partnerships between the province, other levels of government, and non-profits. It will focus on working with community groups that have new ideas, focus on employment and skills development, and find ways to tackle barriers that prevent people from improving their standard of living. In addition to these steps, more maintenance enforcement workers will be hired to collect the millions owed to children. Government will work to ensure no one can hide behind provincial borders. This sends a clear signal that parents are expected to meet their financial obligations to their children. Because of our government’s changes, the Heating Assistance Rebate Program will help 5,000 more Nova Scotians with the cost of energy. This means we can now help more than 42,000 people across the province. These steps are the culmination of a once-in-a-generation effort to transform our system that helps those who need it most. It is going to produce real results that will make meaningful changes in the lives of thousands. Economic security, personal security, and fewer barriers will create a stronger province and a healthier Nova Scotia. The Power of New People and New Ideas Whether it is investing in healthcare, strengthening our classrooms, or helping those who need it most, we need a stronger economy. A stronger economy provides the resources necessary to make these investments. We cannot build a stronger economy without embracing new people and new ideas. Over the last four years Nova Scotia has continued to welcome more immigrants, more international students, and more refugees to our shores. This effort led to our population growing, and it is adding to our province’s diversity. This success was not accidental — it was planned, supported, and invested in. Our government repeatedly made it a priority to attract new people, launching new immigration streams for international graduates, aggressively recruiting immigrants from around the world, and making it easier for people to move here and start new businesses. Last year, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 5,000 newcomers to our province – the highest number of arrivals since the end of the Second World War. The federal government has recognized our immigration success and believes in our ability to attract immigrants. They have signaled their support for our population growth by working with our province to develop a multi-year plan for immigration levels, addressing ongoing labour market demands faced by provinces and territories. Now, under the Provincial Nominee Program, Nova Scotia received 1,350 nominations in 2017. The province also has a further 800 nominations through the new federal Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Combined, this totals a record 2,150 potential nominations. We will continue to work with the federal government to keep growing our population. Welcoming new people to our province is the right thing to do. Immigration strengthens the economy by increasing the labour force, finding people with skills we need, and improving our productivity. Bringing new people with new perspectives and ideas will also see more businesses get started and more Nova Scotians employed. Helping our traditional industries thrive means investing to help them hire more people, help them find the skilled workers they need, and help them create new products to sell around the world. We are on track to post the best tourism season in our province’s history. This follows last year’s record-breaking season that brought $2.6 billion in revenue to the province. Government created Tourism Nova Scotia, and put the leadership of the organization in the hands of people with business experience. They have developed a new strategy which emphasizes bringing new first-time visitors to the province and developing unique experiences for tourists. Our success is possible because we are working with businesses to take risks and try new things. We want to keep building on this success. That’s why government will create a $2 million annual fund, partnering with the federal government and the tourism sector, to invest in some of our iconic tourism sites that attract first time visitors. Our fisheries sector is booming. Seafood exports nearly doubled to $1.8 billion annually. We want to keep finding ways for the fisheries and aquaculture sector to keep growing so we can meet international demand. That is why we will continue with our Aquaculture Development Program. This will fund important research to help the industry improve productivity, support strong regulations, and ensure the public is engaged while we responsibly develop this sector. Our Building Tomorrow Fund will invest $3 million per year to build on the success of the Honeycrisp Orchard Renewal Program. This fund will help farmers and fishers create new products and capitalize on new ideas to ensure their businesses are around for generations. This is just one more way to focus on helping to bring new ideas to our traditional industries. The Building Tomorrow Fund will help our agriculture sector, and so will the Wine Development Program. The investments supported by this important program will help Nova Scotian producers double grape production by 2020. While we work with our businesses to increase grape production, government will also direct the Department of Finance and Treasury Board to adopt policies that encourage further growth in our local wine, distilling, and craft beer industries. These changes will ensure better marketing and promotion of our made-in-Nova Scotia products. We know Nova Scotians have a taste for locally made products. For proof, we only need to look at the most recent NSLC annual sales results. Nova Scotia–made wine saw growth of nearly four per cent. Craft beer grew by 34 per cent — that’s $10.6 million in craft beer sales alone. The Building Tomorrow Fund and the Wine Development Program will build on the recent success of our agriculture sector, which generated $350 million in exports last year. While we work with traditional industries, we want to support new high-potential, high-growth industries. Our government is placing a focus on ocean industries and technology where economic potential is very strong. With partners like the federal government, the private sector and other universities in the Atlantic region, Dalhousie University has created the Ocean Frontier Institute. As well, the province, the federal government and the private sector have all been at the table for the creation of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE). Government will keep working with partners to build an innovation infrastructure in this province so future inventors and entrepreneurs have the support they need. We will do this by continuing to invest in sandboxes around the province. Government worked with universities and our community college to launch these innovation hubs around Nova Scotia. Through this initiative, over 4,600 students worked with 130 mentors to turn their ideas into reality. In addition to the seven sandboxes currently operating in Nova Scotia, we will add another sandbox focused on our ocean sector. While continuing to support tech companies, government will invest in and support small business here in Nova Scotia. We will also cut small business taxes so they can invest, expand, and hire. We will increase the income threshold for the 3 per cent small business tax rate from $350,000 to $500,000. This means small business can earn an extra $150,000 and their tax rate is reduced. Our government knows that cutting red tape helps small businesses grow. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has recognized Nova Scotia for the work we’re doing to cut red tape. They’ve said we have made the most progress, in the shortest period of time, of any province in the country. We will build on this success and further reduce red tape by $25 million. Government will provide better internet access by taking concrete steps. We have already partnered with municipalities, private service providers and community groups to improve service. We are developing a longer-term plan which will use fibre optic cable to build a backbone for service in rural areas of the province backed up by satellite service to reach areas with challenging geography. And we are working with the federal government to leverage our investments, to reach more rural homes and businesses with improved service. New Markets While our government works to bring more people to Nova Scotia, we want to sell more of our products abroad. The Export Growth Program produces success stories every year. We are growing the size of this program so more businesses can find customers in other markets. This support will help with the cost of trade shows and conferences, travel to markets, and partnering on trade missions. An Export Accelerator Program will also be established to help get Nova Scotian products to market. This program will connect businesses with international experts. It will be led by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and it will provide direct support and service to important exporters. Our resources are in demand around the world. We are supporting our traditional sectors to find new ideas for new products so they can create even more value when sold in other markets. These efforts, combined with increased support for export programs, will help create more jobs. These efforts will build on past government successes. Just one example is the China strategy government launched in 2016. Exports to China have grown to $420 million per year. This strategy combined with new export programming will continue to see exports to China climb. We want to grow the economy, not just for the sake of growth itself, but because of how that growth will empower so many Nova Scotians. Focusing on these priorities is how government will build a stronger Nova Scotia. To ensure the successful implementation of the priority objectives highlighted here today, beginning October 1st, the mandate of the Premier’s Delivery Unit will evolve to become the Office of Strategy Management. The office will be led by a deputy minister, and have a broader focus on government’s overall strategic objectives. The office will establish clear measures, track and report performance, and will work across government departments to focus on achieving results while advancing government’s policy agenda. Opportunity and Optimism Providing more opportunity for all Nova Scotians and creating a healthier Nova Scotia will only be possible when we open ourselves, our communities, and our province to new people, new ideas, and new approaches. To see the benefits of this kind of openness, we don’t have to look far. We can look to a chocolatier in Antigonish. The growing prosperity of our Mi’kmaw communities is being recognized nationally and internationally. Our African Nova Scotian community helped establish the province’s human rights commission. Notre communauté acadienne travaille sans relâche dans nos secteurs traditionnels importants, soit la pêche, la foresterie et le tourisme. Elle joue aussi un rôle important dans notre secteur culturel, à la fois par les arts et par les expériences touristiques culturelles. Our Acadian community works tirelessly in our important traditional sectors — fisheries, forestry, and tourism. And it plays an important role in our cultural sector, both through art and through cultural tourism experiences. European immigrants traveled here and powered our coal mines and steel mills. The impact of our province’s Lebanese community can be felt throughout our province. Our government has appointed more women to the bench, and we are approaching gender parity. Our province’s diverse culture shines through in our art, and our creative economy is growing. For cultural inspiration, we can look to the work of Alan Syliboy, an accomplished Mi’kmaq artist from the First Nations community of Millbrook. Or Shauntay Grant, whose storytelling is inspired by the traditions of her ancestors in Nova Scotia’s historic black communities. We want to celebrate our culture, hold tight to optimism, and remain open to new ideas, because that is the foundation of a plan that will make our province stronger. Openness and understanding come from education and experience. The more we learn about one another and the more we interact with one another, the more we understand. Our province’s future and our children and grandchildren’s prosperity depends on this very interaction. Prosperity will come as new ideas are turned into new businesses and traditional businesses create new products. La croissance dont nous avons besoin découlera de notre volonté d’agir pour miser sur des possibilités. Ces possibilités font que je vois l’avenir de notre province avec optimisme. The growth we need will come from a willingness to reach out and capitalize on opportunities. These opportunities make me optimistic about our province’s future. From openness and opportunity comes optimism. And I know no problem exists that we as a province cannot tackle together. When we stand together, we are stronger together. -30-last_img read more

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    first_imgNew Delhi: Transion Holding’s online-exclusive sub-brand Infinix new Infinix Hot 7 Pro smartphone will be available at Rs 8,999 on Flipkart from June 17 to June 21, the company said on Sunday. The company claims that Infinix Hot 7 Pro is the first smartphone with 6GB of RAM priced under Rs 10,000 in India. It has a 6.19-inch HD+ display with a notch at top, a MediaTek Helio P-22 processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone also features an AI-enabled dual rear camera setup of 13MP and 2MP each. In the front too, there is a 13MP and a 2MP camera equipped with AI Portrait and Beauty mode. In addition, the phone packs a 4000mh battery capacity and runs Android 9 Pie-based XOS 5.0 out-of-the-box.last_img read more

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    first_imgPebble Beach (US): Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open on Sunday, capturing his first major title with a 13-under par total to deny two-time defending champion Brook Koepka’s bid for history at Pebble Beach. Woodland punctuated the victory with a birdie bomb at 18, a final flourish in a display of back-nine fortitude that saw him convert a 54-hole lead for the first time in eight career attempts. “Once that went in, it all kind of came out of me, it was special to finish it off here at Pebble Beach,” said Woodland, who threw his arms in the air then pumped his fist. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHe knew his 13-under total was one better than the 12-under posted by Tiger Woods in his US Open victory at Pebble in 2000. But 19 years ago, Woods was the only player under par, marching to victory by a massive 15 strokes while Woodland topped a leaderboard that featured 31 players under par. Most dangerous was Koepka, trying to become just the second player — and the first in more than a century — to win the US Open three straight times. He started the day four strokes off Woodland’s lead and immediately applied pressure with four birdies in his first five holes. But his three-under 68 left him three strokes shy on 10-under 274. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsKoepka did grab a slice of US Open history, becoming the fourth player to complete four rounds in the 60s. Minutes later, Woodland became the fifth with a final scoreline of 68-65-69-69. “I was proud of myself to stay in my moment and control myself and not get too worried about what he was doing,” Woodland said. England’s Justin Rose, who started the day one shot behind Woodland, struggled to a three-over 74 to finish tied for third on seven-under with Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie and Spain’s Jon Rahm. Woodland, 35, took a two-shot lead with a bold birdie at the par-five 14th, where he powered his second shot to the short rough behind the green and chipped to three feet. “The idea was to play to win,” Woodland said. “That birdie kind of separated me a little bit.” He was in trouble at the par-three 17th, where his tee shot found the front right of the putting surface — on the wrong side of a ridge in the hourglass green. Woodland opted to pitch up and the shot tracked straight toward the hole, settling two feet away. “I was just trying to get it over that hump,” Woodland said. “Fortunately I had the same shot earlier in the week, so I already executed it once. It came off beautifully, and I thought it had a chance to go in there — it gave me a little cushion on the last.” Woodland, who admitted he once had trouble handling the rush of adrenaline in pressure situations, displayed impressive poise on a day when plenty of players were pressing on a receptive Pebble Course. Louis Oosthuizen got to nine-under. So did Adam Scott. Only Rory McIlroy was going backwards, the Northern Ireland star’s bid doomed by a brace of double-bogeys. Even Tiger Woods got on the birdie bandwagon with six birdies on his last 12 holes. But after four bogeys in his first five, it was too little too late, the 15-time major winner finishing two-under and 11 shots off the pace.last_img read more