Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: MacDonald Bridge MacDonald Bridge about 1.5 kilometres west from Exit 29 on Trunk 4, will have one-lane closures for timber bridge rail replacement until Monday, Dec. 24. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 -30-last_img read more

Health Minister Encourages Corporate Jamaica to Develop Wellness Programmes

Story Highlights He was speaking at the awards ceremony for the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Work-it-Out weight loss Challenge at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (June 13). Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is encouraging corporate Jamaica to invest in the welfare of employees, by promoting health and wellness in the workplace, which will result in enhanced productivity. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is encouraging corporate Jamaica to invest in the welfare of employees, by promoting health and wellness in the workplace, which will result in enhanced productivity.“I am issuing a challenge to corporate Jamaica to see their employees as the most valuable asset and the state of mind of those employees as the intellectual force that will drive their competitiveness and success and therefore deserves the level of investment that is necessary to make them feel motivated and healthy to do their jobs,” Dr. Tufton said.He was speaking at the awards ceremony for the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Work-it-Out weight loss Challenge at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (June 13).The Minister lamented that corporate Jamaica has “not yet bought in fully” to the Government’s thrust to promote health and wellness among citizens, especially at the workplace, and called for greater support from employers.“There are thousands of companies in Jamaica who all they care about is that you show up for work , work as hard as you can and after you leave work, it doesn’t matter to them….what happens to you as long as you show up the next day,” he said.Dr. Tufton suggested that employers consider bringing in a doctor once or twice a year to check the health status of employees; hiring an instructor to conduct work out sessions at the workplace at least once a week; and providing a healthier menu of options for employees.“We have to get the narrative changed, which is why we have added ‘Wellness’ to the Ministry’s portfolio to get Jamaicans to start taking more responsibility, start engaging in activities that are prevention related, prevention focused and by so doing really enjoy a better quality of life,” he said.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica has to change its ‘sick profile’ which includes one in three Jamaicans being hypertensive, high levels of obesity and seven of every 10 deaths being due to lifestyle related diseases, by taking greater responsibility for maintaining personal health.In the meantime, the Health Minister praised the participants of the competition for taking on the challenge to improve their health, and encouraged them to become “crusaders for this cause” by developing their own internal activities and getting more persons involved in the movement.Dr. Tufton said he was impressed with the results of the six-month long competition which saw 320 teams comprising 1,600 individuals from 11 parishes losing a combined total of almost 2,000 pounds.In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, who himself lost 12 pounds as a member of the NHF’s internal contest, said the competition, which is in its 9th staging, is in keeping with the agency’s thrust to promote healthy lifestyles among the populace, “recognizing the link between living well and being healthy, and the clear link between non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and an unhealthy lifestyle”.He noted that it yielded significant results, based on a survey of participants, which revealed that 41 per cent achieved their goals over the six months; and 90 per cent have made some positive changes in their lifestyles.The NHF implemented the Work-It-Out Challenge, a weight loss and fitness competition to encourage Jamaicans to engage in more physical activity, promote healthy eating and health checks.   The programme seeks to empower and motivate participants to increase their physical activity in their daily lives as well as increase their knowledge of healthy eating habits, regular health checks while having fun. “I am issuing a challenge to corporate Jamaica to see their employees as the most valuable asset and the state of mind of those employees as the intellectual force that will drive their competitiveness and success and therefore deserves the level of investment that is necessary to make them feel motivated and healthy to do their jobs,” Dr. Tufton said. read more

Diaspora Policy Reflects Commitment to Jamaicans Abroad – Senator Johnson Smith

“We had multilevel layers of consultation [including focus groups] and even then, there were deeper discussions with the Diaspora Advisory Board members… . This is part of a truly inclusive process, which has taken us to this draft National Diaspora Policy,” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the proposed implementation of a National Diaspora Policy reflects the commitment of the Government across administrations to the development and well-being of Jamaicans abroad. She said that the policy, which is now at the draft stage, has gone through various consultations and reviews, including valuable inputs from the Jamaican Diaspora. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the proposed implementation of a National Diaspora Policy reflects the commitment of the Government across administrations to the development and well-being of Jamaicans abroad.She said that the policy, which is now at the draft stage, has gone through various consultations and reviews, including valuable inputs from the Jamaican Diaspora.“We had multilevel layers of consultation [including focus groups] and even then, there were deeper discussions with the Diaspora Advisory Board members… . This is part of a truly inclusive process, which has taken us to this draft National Diaspora Policy,” she said.She was speaking at a plenary session for the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Wednesday (June 19).Mrs. Johnson Smith said the policy is intended to provide the foundational institutional framework for engagement with the diaspora.“While we speak about diaspora engagement, diaspora policy, diaspora investment, et cetera… and while administratively it has been done to an extent, there is no institutional framework within the Jamaican policy framework,” she said.The Foreign Affairs Minister said the intention is to now embed the policy “to make sure it is there in a formal sense, which will lead to its sustainability”.“We need to have an institutional framework, which will allow us to develop greater understanding of and response to diaspora challenges, and we need to have a sustainable way to build greater affinity with the younger generation,” she further pointed out.She noted, as well, that the policy will allow for a more cohesive approach to diaspora engagement.“We have to improve communication and coordination. So we need a mechanism that, while flexible, will give a single platform to allow all of the various branches to have something to connect to, and we need to enhance diaspora contribution to national development,” she said.During the session, Mrs. Johnson Smith gave a comprehensive presentation on the policy, seeking the endorsement of members of the diaspora before its presentation to Cabinet, then to Parliament.Eight major policy goals have been established for the National Diaspora Policy. These treat with diaspora engagement and facilitation of their partnership in national development, including through human capital inputs, promotion of the well-being of Jamaicans at home and abroad, and the engagement of young people.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will have primary responsibilities for policy implementation and monitoring.In fulfilling these duties, the Ministry will work in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Working Group on International Migration and Development, and the Diaspora Advisory Board or its successor body. Story Highlights read more