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New Sydney River Bridge Will Have Active Transportation Lane

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first_imgThe new Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive will include a four-metre-wide active transportation lane for pedestrians and cyclists on its south side when it opens in 2014. Design work on the new bridge is underway and the tender to build the new bridge and demolish the old one will be called this spring. “Our government knows that the replacement of the Sydney River Bridge is an important job-creating infrastructure project,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. “Our government is proud to invest in initiatives that will provide transportation options for the residents of Sydney.” “Replacement of the Sydney River Bridge is a complex job at a busy location that includes demolition of the existing bridge,” said Frank Corbett, Deputy Premier. “The project will provide good paying jobs during construction and result in a long-lasting and useful crossing.” “The new bridge will enhance efforts by the Municipality to promote active transportation,” said Mayor Cecil Clarke of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). “It will have improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and will be designed to link directly to the proposed Sydney River Multi Use Path, which will eventually link Sydney River to downtown Sydney. “The Sydney River Multi Use Path is still in the early planning stages, but the development of this pathway is one of the key recommendations of the CBRM Active Transportation Plan.” The present bridge carries about 7,700 vehicles a day but is nearing the end of its service life. It will be closed during construction and a detour route and shuttle service will help bridge users deal safely with the inconvenience of this necessary closure. The province consulted with emergency services and schools in the area regarding changes needed to help traffic flow smoothly and safely through the detour route. The detour will be less than five kilometres long. Details of the shuttle service will be announced closer to the date of the bridge closure. In addition to its active transportation lane the new bridge will have two regular driving lanes and no overhead obstructions. The total project, which is in the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan, is scheduled for completion in 2014 and will cost about $20 million. The province’s estimated cost is $14.6 million while the federal government has committed a maximum of $5.4 million. Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all applicable federal eligibility and approval requirements under the Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement with the province.last_img read more

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UN official calls on Cambodia to cancel concession on indigenous land

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“The Government and the company have disregarded the well-being, culture and livelihoods of the Phnong indigenous people who make up more than half the population of the province, and many breaches of the law and of human rights have been committed,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, said in a statement yesterday.He asked Government to cancel the agreement of last August to provide an initial 10,000 hectares of state land to Wuzhishan L.S. Group for a pine tree plantation in Mondulkiri province, with a promise of a further 189,999 hectares. “As with other economic land concessions, no environmental or social impact assessments were carried out, and local populations and authorities were neither informed nor consulted,” he said.The concession encompasses hilly grasslands and dense forest in the valleys and along the waterways of southern Mondulkiri. In September, the company started spraying the hills with large amounts of the herbicide glyphosate, later burning sprayed areas. The hills are used by the Phnong to graze their cattle.Ancestral burial areas and spirit forests have also been desecrated and the company has taken farm lands and rice fields, Mr. Leuprecht said. The concession should not have been approved as the Land Law establishes the right of indigenous people to collective title, he added. read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 8

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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson scored the game-winner in overtime against Calgary on Nov. 22 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) are riding a six-game winning streak through 23 games and are positioned one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan division.The Blue Jackets battled in the first two games of the week to come away with one-goal victories, but dominated the Ottawa Senators Friday to wrap up the week.Here are a few storylines from the eighth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense pick up without star productionSo far, the power play has been abysmal. It hasn’t been in double-digit percentage since Oct. 14, which has been the difference in turning the offense into a dominant force it could be. The expected offensive presence of forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky has not been consistent, either.Yet, Columbus scored eight goals this week from seven different players, many of which aren’t the average contributors.Defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored a go-ahead goal Friday against Ottawa and rookie center Pierre Luc-Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board with his third of the year against Buffalo Nov. 20.Josh Anderson has continued his steady offensive production, scoring his team-leading eighth goal in overtime in a 1-0 win against Calgary. Atkinson scored twice and Foligno scored once against Ottawa for their first goals since Oct. 27 and Oct. 25, respectively. Head coach John Tortorella will need more of that production from his top-six forwards.Bobrovsky is still the best goaltender in the NHLGoaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s statistics are always listed in this rundown, but his play during the win streak has been nothing short of remarkable. He ranks second in the league in wins and first in save percentage, goals against average and tied with three shutouts. Not impressed? During the team’s six-game win streak, Bobrovsky has allowed four combined goals in his four wins with a .966 save percentage.The penalty kill has been a major help to Bobrovsky, and the defense has improved in the past week with its ability to limit quality scoring chances. When those were deficiencies, however, No. 72 was a one-man defense and he’s beginning to be rewarded for it.There’s plenty of the season left, but Bobrovsky is the early favorite for the first back-to-back Vezina Trophy winner since Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season. Lukas Sedlak solid in returnThe Blue Jackets returned one of their best penalty-killers from an ankle injury this week in Lukas Sedlak. The team was in dire need of depth at center, so Sedlak’s return was welcomed, even if he’s not a prolific offensive player.In two games, the Czech skater tallied one assist in 9:24 of average ice time, but his impact was felt most in the penalty kill, which was a perfect 4-for-4 in his two games.The third line of Sedlak, Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder has provided Tortorella with a productive forecheck and active sticks in the defensive end that keeps the opposition’s chances to a minimum.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert remains on injured reserve since Nov. 6. Calvert was initially given a three-to-four week window of recovering from his upper-body injury.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadMontreal star goaltender Carey Price is back in net for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. His first game back, against Buffalo on Nov. 25, was a shutout. The Blue Jackets will face three of the league’s worst power plays — Montreal, Carolina and Anaheim. But if there’s one game to watch this week, it will be Saturday on the road against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.Top performers (skaters)Cam Atkinson – two goals (6), one assist (3), three points (9), +4Markus Nutivaara – one goal (1), two assists (8), three points (9), +3Josh Anderson – one goal (8), one assist (4), two points (12)Oliver Bjorkstrand – two assists (9), two points (14), +1Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 3-0-0 (14-4-1), 1.32 goals allowed average (1.91), 76 saves, .950 save percentage (.936)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 23-34, 40.4, 20-27, 1-0, 2-7 Nick Foligno – 19-27, 41.3, 13-25, 4-2, 3-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-19, 34.5, 10-19, 0-0, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-8, 46.7, 6-8, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 46.4 percent, ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at Buffalo; 0-for-2 vs. Calgary; 0-for-2 vs. OttawaOverall: 6-for-62 (9.7 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 3-for-3 at Buffalo; 1-for-1 vs. Calgary; 3-for-3 vs. OttawaOverall: 49-for-58 (84.5 percent), ranked tied-fourthUp next:11/27 – at Montreal (9-12-3)11/28 – vs. Carolina (10-8-4)12/1 – vs. Anaheim (10-9-4)12/2 – at Washington (14-10-1) read more

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