Young Nova Scotians are getting a unique opportunity to help spark the spirit of the Canada Games. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society and The Chronicle Herald are giving youth age 12 to 21 a chance to be official Canada Games torchbearers. The online contest was launched today, April 23, at http://TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch. The Chronicle Herald is the official sponsor of the 2011 Games torch program. “The Chronicle Herald is thrilled to sponsor the 2011 torch program as it travels across the province, igniting the spirit of communities and youth along the way,” said Sarah Dennis, president and CEO of The Chronicle Herald. Community sporting events and festivals, such as the Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade and the Bluenose Marathon’s Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run, will host the torch until fall. Ten torchbearers will be chosen for each participating event. TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch website will be updated as more events are added. Entrants will submit a short written description of how they live a healthy, active lifestyle, volunteer in the community, or have done their part to keep the Earth healthy and green. Torchbearers will be chosen by the Host Society. Nova Scotia communities can contact the Host Society at [email protected] for more information on how to host a torch event. The online contest is one element of the 2011 Games Torch Program. The program, along with the official torches, will be unveiled May 3 at a torch-lighting ceremony in Ottawa. Building on the Canada Games tradition, the 2011 Games torch program celebrates the unique culture of Nova Scotia in the communities that help shape and define it, generating awareness and excitement in each region leading up to the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road) Sections of Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road), from the Hants County line south for about seven kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic is controlled by flag people and a pilot vehicle. The work is scheduled to be finished Tuesday, Sept. 30. CONTINUING WORK Cherryfield Road: various sections from the intersection of Highway 10 to East Dalhousie Crousetown Road: between Conquerall Mills Road and Italy Cross Road Vaughn Road: from Highway 3 to end of road West Street (Queens County): from the Town of Liverpool north for about two kilometres. NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Route 202, in the West Gore area, has stop-and-go traffic with a pilot vehicle for gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road and Llewellyn Road Hirtle Road, from Highway 103 toward Route 331, and Llewellyn Road, from Hirtle Road to Highway 103, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Sections of Highway 105, from Grand Narrows Road east to the Pleasant Street/Route 305 overpass and on-ramp, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs, repaving, and guardrail upgrades until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset, but there may be some night work. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and be prepared for delays. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for road upgrading, including gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road will be closed at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept 29 until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck. Detour route in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre to Dunns Loop until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Work on these roads will be completed by the end of October. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 4, Port Hawkesbury Sections of Highway 4, from the Port Hastings rotary at the intersection with Highway 105, east for about three kilometres, will have stop-and-go traffic for repaving. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles are onsite. Work takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of September. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Alma Road Alma Road, from Sylvester Road north to Route 376, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth Trunk 1 from the Windsor Town Line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson will have stop and go traffic for repaving from Tuesday, Sept. 30 until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout Construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118 begins Sunday, Sept. 28. Work will take place at night (between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends). The work will be completed in late December. Even though the work will be taking place at night, delays are possible during the day. Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Lane Reduction Traffic on Highway 101 near Coldbrook is reduced to one lane during work on the railway overpass 500 metres west of Exit 14. Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day by traffic signals. Work will be completed at the end of September. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Traffic on sections of Forties Road, from the intersection of Fraxville Road to the intersection of Barss Corner Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. Traffic is controlled by flag people. LUNENBURG/QUEENS COUNTIES: Road Paving Sections of the following roads are reduced to one lane for repaving: PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347, from the intersection of Garden of Eden Church Loop to the intersection of Woods Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Delays are expected. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Narrows Road, Georges River The Grand Narrows Road in Georges River has lane closures for culvert work and ditching. Work is about three kilometres west of Highway 105 and will end Tuesday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Little Bras d’Or Traffic on Highway 105 (Trans Canada Highway), between Exit 17 and 18 near the Little Bras d’Or bridge, is reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Friday, Oct. 3. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332, from Riverport Bridge towards Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Halfway River Flat Bridge Trunk 2, from Canaan Road to Lakelands Road, is closed for timber bridge repairs on the Halfway River Flat Bridge until Friday, Oct. 3. A detour is in place. PICTOU COUNTY: Stewart Road Stewart Road, from Route 376 west to Durham Road, about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-
AECI, the leading explosives and speciality chemicals company in Africa, and Thiess, one of the world’s largest mining contractors, have signed a five-year agreement for AECI’s entry in to Australia. Under the agreement, AEL Mining Services (AEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, will provide leading-edge explosives, initiating systems and technical services to Thiess in Australia. AECI says its entry into Australia “is aligned with the company’s clearly defined international growth strategy.” In addition to Australia, other geographies of interest are Africa, Brazil, Chile and Indonesia. Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of metallurgical and thermal coal and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. “The explosives industry is nearly six times the size of South Africa’s,” AECI reports.To prepare the groundwork, AECI Australia was registered as a legal entity in 2014. At the same time, a Managing Director was appointed, an office was opened in Brisbane and a site was developed in Bajool near Rockhampton in Queensland. The site includes an ammonium nitrate emulsion manufacturing facility imported from South Africa, as well as storage space. The modular design of the manufacturing facility is deployed globally and gives AEL the flexibility to grow capacity easily in the future. All the necessary regulatory approvals are in place. “The first 140 t of emulsion were manufactured on 25 November 2014 and a trial blast involving 550 electronic detonators was completed on 10 January 2015. Full explosives supply will commence in February,” says Mark Dytor, Chief Executive of AECI.“Recently, Thiess concluded an extensive review of the Australian explosives industry, particularly in terms of products and services. After identifying the need for a world-class service provider committed to delivering added value in a challenging commodity cycle, they decided to approach AEL with whom they have a long-standing working relationship in Indonesia,” AECI further reports.According to Michael Wright, Executive General Manager of Thiess in Australia, AEL is a world leader that employs highly skilled people, provides a comprehensive range of products and services and offers an international footprint that matches its global mining aspirations. “Most importantly, however, they’re fully committed to developing R&D programs that have the capacity to drive lower cost outcomes for mines. Given the competitive and complex state of mining, the partnership has the potential to be a real game-changer in the Australian mining industry.”Moving forward, AECI’s assets in Indonesia will be leveraged to facilitate the development of a regional supply chain framework. The company’s Australian leadership team, headed by Nigel Convey as Managing Director, is also progressing a new business pipeline, ensuring AECI’s emergence as a key role player in the Australian mining industry.