An Emergency Idol competition in Kentville and a demonstration of public alerting on The Weather Network are two of several events being held in Nova Scotia next week to mark Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, May 6-12. Primary to Grade 6 students will compete for prizes at the 4th annual Environment, Health and Safety Expo at the Kentville Fire Hall and Arena on Sunday, May 6. The show is presented by the Annapolis Valley Safe Communities Coalition. The Emergency Management Office of Nova Scotia has donated prizes, including battery-powered, hand-crank AM-FM radios with built-in flashlight and siren alarm. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to think about their own families’ needs in an emergency, and to plan ahead,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “There are many easy-to-use planning tools available to help people look after themselves in the first 72 hours of an emergency, so first responders can assist those in more urgent need of help. Those resources are on our website at gov.ns.ca/emo, and the federal site at epweek.ca.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson adds that families should make sure they have up-to-date emergency kits for their homes and vehicles. The Emergency Management Office will also broadcast test messages to Nova Scotia viewers of The Weather Network, on Wednesday, May 9. “The public needs to be aware of emergency situations so they can take action to protect themselves and their families. The Weather Network is pleased to work with the province of Nova Scotia to demonstrate how our unique technology allows provincial authorities to warn the public in times of an emergency,” said Paul Temple, vice-president at the Weather Network. “The demonstration on May 9 will help raise awareness of the importance of public alerting in times on emergencies.” Other events and advertising include: — a full-page newspaper ad in the Halifax Chronicle Herald to promote the 72 Hours – Is your family prepared? message. The ad is co-sponsored by EMO Nova Scotia, Public Safety Canada, Aliant, Nova Scotia Power, RCMP emergency services section and the Canadian Red Cross; — feature interviews on The Weather Network with EMO CEO Craig MacLaughlan and Emergency Management Planning Officer Dominic Fewer, to be broadcast nationally during Emergency Preparedness Week; — distribution of brochures and posters to municipal emergency measures co-ordinators, provincial government offices, libraries, law enforcement agencies, first responders and media outlets; — an EMO presentation on the new technology behind the joint emergency operations centre in Dartmouth, to the Emergency Management Association of Atlantic Canada education conference, Friday, May 11; — the introduction of a new training workshop to help persons with disabilities prepare for emergencies. The workshop was developed in co-operation with the Persons with Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Committee, and will be delivered to organizations throughout the province following completion of a train-the-trainers program. — a mall display promoting Emergency Preparedness Week at the community kiosk in the Halifax Shopping Centre. Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event that promotes the need for individuals to care for themselves and their families in the first 72 hours of an emergency. It was first introduced in 1996. A comprehensive list of tools and resources is available on the Emergency Preparedness Week website at www.epweek.ca . The Emergency Management Office of Nova Scotia is responsible for ensuring prompt, co-ordinated responses to emergencies. Its head office is located in Dartmouth, with regional offices in Sydney, Truro, Kentville and Lunenburg.
Petrol and diesel prices are likely to be cut by close to Re 1 per litre this weekend on sliding global oil rates.This would be the seventh reduction in petrol prices since August and the third in rates of diesel since its decontrol last month.State-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) following the fortnightly review practice, are due to revise rates of petrol and diesel on Saturday.In all probability, rates will be reduced if the current trend of declining international oil prices continue, industry sources said.
Sunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensSunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensQueensland’s Sunshine Coast has been given the tick of approval for fresh and local produce by one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi.With more than 20 years’ experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants, both in Australia and overseas; the presenter of Channel 7 program Better Homes and Gardens visited the region to film a series of food-themed episodes last month.Coordinated and supported by Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) and Sunshine Coast Council, the crew filmed local vistas and met with home-grown producers to feature a selection of ingredients to cook up a unique recipe.Better Homes and Gardens presenter Ed Halmagyi said, “The most remarkable thing about the Sunshine Coast as a food destination is it’s unique combination of variety and world-beating quality. From wild flavours, to artisan ingredients, to some breathtaking restaurant experiences, it’s a journey every gourmet needs to take.”VSC’s CEO, Simon Latchford said “What a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Sunshine Coast during prime time on a high rating national program. This not only puts the spotlight on our magnificent region but shows viewers we have incredible produce and there is more to the Sunshine Coast, than just our spectacular beaches.“The region’s grower’s, produce, dining options and events such The Curated Plate are an integral part of how we position the Sunshine Coast. We are well placed to capitalise on growing demand for local culinary experiences, as part of the experience for our visitors,” added Mr Latchford.Owner of Maleny Cheese, Sara Bucher said they were delighted to be considered for the program.“Our family has worked in local producing for 15 years and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ed and the Better Homes and Gardens team to share our knowledge of the region and our industry. The timing works well with Maleny Cheese reopening this week.”“The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its premium quality niche food and beverage production in an outstanding, clean natural environment,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said.“With a wide range of award winning, environmentally and socially conscious producers, I’m really excited to see them showcased on Better Homes and Gardens to a national audience.”Watched by around 1 million viewers each week, the Better Homes and Gardens episodes that will feature the Sunshine Coast will be aired on Friday 5th and Friday 12th July at 7pm.This initiative aims to tell the Sunshine food story in the lead up to The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival in the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August. Source = Visit Sunshine Coast
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More flight delays, cancellations for US airlines in April WASHINGTON – Cancelled and delayed flights rose in April on the nation’s leading airlines, and so did consumer complaints, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The rate of cancelled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 per cent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations — it was crippled for days by a one-day storm in Atlanta.About 78.5 per cent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, down from the 84.5 per cent on-time rate in April 2016, according to the latest figures available from the government.Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate, at 88.8 per cent, while Virgin America was last at 64.6 per cent.Complaints rose 70 per cent, although only a tiny fraction of the millions of travellers lodged a protest.April was also the month in which a passenger was dragged from a full United Express flight, igniting a debate over poor customer service on U.S. airlines.Consumers lodged 1,909 complaints with the Transportation Department, with 1,430 filed against U.S. airlines. Most consumers complain directly to the airline, but the carriers don’t have to report those figures.More than one-third of complaints dealt with cancelled or delayed flights or missed connections.Discount carrier Spirit Airlines had the highest rate of complaints, followed by United, which took a public-relations beating after video surfaced of airport officers roughly hauling a 69-year-old man off a United Express plane to make room for crew members flying to their next assignment.Southwest Airlines had the lowest complaint rate.___The Transportation Department report can be found at http://bit.ly/2t3KDdx