NSTA To Become Tourism Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 17:32:39

Business Minister Mark Furey has introduced legislation to change the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency into Tourism Nova Scotia. It'll be a private, sector-led Crown corporation and enable business leaders and operators to make more independent decisions, faster. Cabot Links/Cliffs owner Ben Cowan-Dewar will chair the private sector board.

Arcadia Man Up On Drug Trafficking

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 17:20:58

An Arcadia man was arrested after a home search turned up drugs on Saturday. Cocaine and prescription drugs were seized, and 42-year-old Joseph Allen Lamrock was arrested. He faces possession for the purpose of trafficking, and was due in Yarmouth court today.

Maritime Seafood Coalition Formed

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 17:19:48

Fish harvesters, processors and industry organizations have formed a coalition regarding the Harper Government's stance on foreign workers. The Maritime Seafood Coalition says the temporary foreign worker program singled out seafood from the seasonal agriculture/food program, and many of its workers had to leave.

Berwick Musician In Nepal Becomes Unlikely Media Personality

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 16:34:18

When West Kings graduate and Berwick musician Mitchell Pineo went to Kathmandu in Nepal for a music festival, he was hoping to attract some attention, but after the massive earthquake and subsequent avalanches hit the region, and death tolls have risen into the thousands, the attention he’s received has been entirely unpredictable. His mother, Peggy Melanson, was glad to have received a text from him saying he was alright before the enormity of the disaster broke in the news, but her nerves have been frayed knowing he is still in danger and is unable to travel at this time.

He has been communicating with Canadian media when cellphone service allows describing scenes with collapsing buildings, and bodies around. Because of continuing aftershocks, he has been sleeping outdoors in a parking lot, but remains safe.

Expos’ First GM, Jim Fanning, Dies at 87

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 16:34:12

The man whose dedication to baseball in Montreal brought it from a fledgling franchise to a respected organization within a very short time, Jim Fanning, the Expos first General Manager, has died at the age of 87, a Blue Jays spokesman has confirmed. Fanning had a brief career as catcher for the Chicago Cubs in the ‘50s before moving into the front office duties with Milwaukee before joining the Expos in 1968, quickly establishing himself as a top talent evaluator.

He remained with the Expos until 1993, and is perhaps best remembered as being the field manager during the strike-shortened 1981 season when the Expos defeated the Phillies to win the Eastern Division pennant before a painful late-inning loss to Los Angeles prevented them from advancing to the World Series. Fanning was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, and became a Canadian citizen in 2012.

Pay It Forward Day Arrives Thursday

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 16:13:16

Since the 2000 movie, Pay It Forward, starring Kevin Spacey, was released, the idea of paying it forward has grown in leaps and bounds, and last year, the special day designated for the purpose, April 30, enjoyed the participation of over 70 countries around the world. Organizers have an ambitious international goal of inspiring 3M acts of kindness globally, and local organizer Paula Huntley has organized a food drive at the food bank at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentville between 9:00-1:00 Thursday.

Grandiose gestures aren’t required, but if you’re in a position to treat someone to a few dollars worth of gas, or to a cup of coffee, that would definitely qualify, but if not, a helpful gesture or even an encouraging word to someone who may be going through a rough time would be just as appropriate.

First Nations New Economic Drivers In Rural Economies

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 15:11:57

The Glooscap First Nation Economic Development Corporation is celebrating an important first birthday with news that it is well on its way towards creating a new model for First Nations economic development not just for the province but further afield. Aboriginal leaders are leaning away from traditional sources of revenue such as tobacco and gaming due to their high medical and social costs, towards an approach driven by innovation, collaboration, and creativity.

The Corporation’s CEO, Jason Peters, says the scope of the 25-acre proposal in the works off Exit 8A on Highway 101 could simply not be delivered by band members alone, and the collaborative effort with existing groups which would not just benefit the band itself but the entire region, is drawing attention from bands right across the country as an example of a cooperative effort which would be advantageous for both First Nations and larger non-aboriginal communities.

Kentville To Host National Day Of Mourning Ceremony

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 13:42:45

Tuesday marks the National Day of Mourning to remember those whom have been killed or injured on the job, and while there will be a ceremony at Province House in Halifax at 11:00AM. Kentville is one of several communities across the province which will be holding similar events.

The ceremony is scheduled for 7:00PM at Memorial Park on Park Street.

SMH, DGH, Closed To Visitors Due To Illness

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 13:29:29

Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton and the Digby general Hospital are the latest medical facilities to announce they have had to close their doors to visitors due to a gastrointestinal illness. Visitor restrictions will remain in force until further notice, but allowances for immediate families may be made in exceptional cases at Soldiers, and more generally at the Digby hospital.

The management appreciates the cooperation of the public, while reminding everyone of the importance of frequent hand washing, and of other precautionary measures such as wearing gloves and masks, and of avoiding visiting if they are not feeling well to inhibit the spread of illness.

RCMP Host Shredding Day Tuesday in Berwick

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 10:59:21

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in North America, and in an effort to help sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands, Kings County RCMP, in cooperation with the Kings County Seniors Safety Program, has organized a Free Shredding Day. The event is scheduled for Tuesday between 2:00 and 4:00 at the Berwick Fire Hall, and all personal, legal, financial, and medical information will be safely shredded before recycling.

Halifax Wheelchair Basketballer Leads Team To Bronze In Nationals

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 10:59:09

Veteran Halifax Wheelchair basketball star Adam Lancia scored a remarkable 48 points to lead his team, Variety Village, to a bronze medal at the 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball National Championships in Toronto with an 84-81 double overtime win over the Academy. Two Quebec teams battled it out for gold, with the Quebec Bulldogs defeating a Laval team 58-55 to come out on top. Lancia earned tournament all-star recognition for his efforts.

Co-op Looks To Sell Gas And Grocery Operations To Sobey’s

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 09:59:06

In a decision Co-op Atlantic Board Chair Adelard Cormier described as a “difficult one”, the struggling organization’s Board of Directors has suggested selling off its food and gas operations to Sobey’s. They say the proposed sale is the best way to ensure the viability of the group’s remaining home energy and agriculture divisions.

It’s been about 2 years since to Co-op in New Minas shut its doors. Members have until May 12 to vote on the recommendation.

Fatal accident involving the Annapolis River

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:15:13

A single car accident in the Valley has claimed the life of an elderly man.

RCMP say the 76 year old man was driving a car that went off HighWay 1 into the Annapolis River near Aylesford yesterday evening.

A 69 year old woman was taken to hospital in serious condition.

They think there may have been a medical conditin that caused the accident.

No name has been released.

Annapolis County traffic incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:14:27

One person was airlifted to hospital in Halifax after a serious accident in Annapolis County around 10 yesterday morning.

The vehicle went off the road on Main Street in Lawrencetown and hit a pole.

Two others in the car were not seriously injured.

Flames erupt in the South Alton area

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:13:42

Four people escaped when their home went up in flames on Highway 12 in Welton Landing near South Alton early yesterday morning.

A barking dog and then the smoke alarm woke them up, the parents got two of their children out the windows safely.

Two other children weren't home at the time.

The family is staying with relatives and the Red Cross is helping with emergency supplies.

The house and its contents were destroyed.

It's suspected an electrical fault in a baseboard heater is to blame.

Search called off in the Peggy's Cove area

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:12:15

RCMP divers were back in the water yesterday off Peggy's Cove but found no trace of 25 year old James Donald Quattrocchi of Ontario who was swept off the rocks Wednesday.

They've called off the search and will keep the file open as a "missing person" case.

The Nepalese death toll rises following an earthquake

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:11:11

Police in Nepal say the confirmed death toll from Saturday's massive earthquake has now topped 32-hundred.

But that doesn't include at least 18 people killed by a quake-triggered avalanche that swept over a Mount Everest base camp.

Another 61 people were also killed in neighbouring India, with 20 more reported dead in Tibet.

NBL, Q-League; and other sports

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-04-27 05:05:40

The Halifax Rainmen have pulled ahead of the Windsor Express with a dominanating 125-91 performance at Scotiabank centre. The Rainmen now lead three games to two and move back to Windsor for game six tomorrow.

In the Q-League semi-final, Moncton visits Quebec tonight; Quebec leads the series 2 games to none.

The Habs eliminated the Sens 2 to nothing in game six in the NHL.

NBA playoff action saw the Raptors swept 4 games to none, losing to the Wizards 125 to 94.

The Rays got past the Jays 5 to 1 on the diamond, while Baltimore blasted the Red Sox 18 to 7.

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