Richmond County Communities Receive Infrastructure Funding

first_img Hundreds of Richmond County residents will soon enjoy saferdrinking water and a cleaner environment. Improvements to Arichat and Petit-de-Grat’s water treatmentplant, and a sewage treatment plant upgrade for the Village ofSt. Peter’s have been approved under the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program. The projects are valued at a total of$371,960. Joint federal and provincial funding of $221,732 was announcedtoday, March 5, by Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotiaand Municipal Relations and Member of Parliament Rodger Cuzner.The Village of St. Peter’s and the Municipality of the County ofRichmond will fund the balance of their projects upon formalacceptance of the agreement. “Whether providing a community with a safer sewage system ordrinking water, the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program isworking to improve our environment, and the safety of ourcommunities,” said Mr. Barnet. One of the first priorities of the program is green municipalinfrastructure that ensures effective wastewater management andsafe drinking water. To date, the majority of the federal andprovincial funding announced has been directed towards greenprojects. “The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is one of the wayswe are investing in green projects like these sewage and watertreatment plant upgrades, designed to improve our environment andprovide safe, high quality water systems,” said Mr. Cuzner.”Building strong communities and improving quality of life is apriority for the government of Canada.” The Village of St. Peter’s Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade projectincludes the installation of aluminium tank covers at thefacility, preventing foreign objects from entering the treatmentprocess, improving the look of the building, and helping containodours. “Two years ago, the infrastructure program helped us build thisimportant facility,” said Esther McDonnell, chair of the Villageof St. Peter’s. “Now the partnership is helping us make it evenbetter.” Phase two of the Arichat/Petit-de-Grat Water Treatment PlantUpgrade project provides for the design and construction of anupgrade to the water treatment facility that serves 450households in the area. The project is an extension of an earlierphase, also funded under the Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram. The new facility will meet the requirements of the NovaScotia Department of Environment and Labour’s Drinking WaterStrategy and will effectively address water quality problems inthe area. “We are delighted to receive the funding to begin the secondphase of this project,” said Gail Johnson, warden of theMunicipality of the County of Richmond. “This project will havesome significant benefits for our community and a real impact onthe quality of life of our citizens.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested more than $167 million in113 projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Richmond County CommunitiesReceive Infrastructure Fundinglast_img read more

Chinese storytelling tradition placed on UN list of intangible heritage in danger

23 November 2011A form of verse and prose storytelling from north-eastern China that has only five remaining masters was today placed on a United Nations List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia, inscribed Hezhen Yimakan storytelling on the list as it is danger of disappearing, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported.Statistics indicate that while there were considered to be 20 outstanding Yimakan masters during the 1980s, now only five are capable of performing some cantos, or the main divisions in long poems.Narrated in the language of the Hezhen people, the storytelling consists of numerous independent episodes depicting tribal alliances and battles, including the defeat by local heroes of monsters and invaders.Yimakan performers traditionally improvise their stories without instrumental accompaniment, alternating between singing and speaking, and using different melodies to connote different characters and plots.The storytelling tradition is one of 18 dossiers that have been proposed for inscription this week of the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, according to UNESCO, which manages the list. read more

Overtime goal lifts Ohio State mens hockey past Michigan State in Big

Junior forward Darik Angeli skates down the ice in a game against Michigan. OSU lost, 4-3, March 2 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Ben Jackon / For The LanternBy late Thursday night, a great week had become even better for Ohio State’s Drew Brevig.On Monday the defenseman was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. But his biggest moment came Thursday night when he scored the winning goal in overtime to push the Buckeyes past Michigan State and into the Big Ten semifinals.The OSU men’s hockey team (17-13-5, 7-9-5-4) came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over MSU (11-18-7, 5-10-6-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal in St. Paul, Minn.MSU started brighter. OSU freshman goalie Christian Frey had to be alert during the first few minutes as the Spartans got the game’s first three shots.But he couldn’t stop MSU’s fourth attempt. Spartans senior forward Greg Wolfe found some space in front of the net and quickly shot past Frey.Even with their top-10 power play unit getting two opportunities, the Buckeyes failed to put any significant pressure on sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand. The Spartans came into the game with the most blocks in the Big Ten – 78 more than any other team – and their defensive expertise stymied the Buckeyes through the first 20 minutes.OSU began to produce chances early in the second period. First, junior forwards Max McCormick and Tanner Fritz combined to test Hildebrand. Then the netminder had to stop junior forward Darik Angeli on a shorthanded breakaway.It wasn’t until late in the period that the Buckeyes finally broke through.Captain Curtis Gedig had his long shot from the point saved, and after sophomore forward Anthony Greco’s rebound attempt was also stopped, Frtiz reacted quickly to tie the contest.Greco drew a penalty 5:57 into the third, but the Spartans’ stingy defense kept their composure. On the other end, Frey stuck out his left toe to prevent MSU scoring the go-ahead goal with just over nine minutes to go.OSU killed off a power play in the final two minutes, and the two teams headed into overtime for the fourth time this season.With both teams playing to extend their season, it took just over four minutes for the clinching goal to arrive.After a flurry of activity around the MSU net, the puck made its way out to Tanner Fritz. He dropped it behind him to Brevig, and after composing himself the defenseman directed the puck into the top corner, ending MSU’s resistance.OSU has a short turnaround before facing No. 1 Minnesota on Friday in the semifinals. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. read more