Projects to Help Reduce Emissions In Annapolis Valley

Three communities in the Annapolis Valley will deliver projects to reduce emissions and fight climate change, with support from the province. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, July 26, $195,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program. “Nova Scotia is a national leader in fighting climate change by reducing emissions,” said Mr. Irving. “Supporting these projects will help more communities be part of our cleaner energy future while creating jobs and growing our green economy.” The Town of Wolfville will receive $60,000 to build awareness of sustainable energy initiatives, conduct research and develop a long-term energy plan. “Wolfville has committed to an ambitious climate change mitigation program which aims to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the community.” said Jeff Cantwell, mayor of Wolfville. “Funding from the Low Carbon Communities Program will allow us to plan and implement a town-wide climate action engagement campaign, inspiring and empowering institutions, businesses and residents to do our part in fighting climate change.” The Clean Annapolis River Project will receive $75,000 to deliver awareness initiatives about renewable energy. “Making the shift to more sustainable energy systems is a shared responsibility and I am excited to be able to share my passion while supporting rural Nova Scotians in this journey,” said project leader Jakemen Mercer. “This funding allows us to develop educational programs and resources to help us make the transition to sustainable energy systems that otherwise have not been available here.” The Municipality of the District of West Hants will receive $60,000 to develop an emissions reduction plan for the district. “We are thankful for the funding provided as it will enable us to update our emissions data, determine where we produce the most emissions and create clear specific actions to mitigate climate change in our region,” said Saira Shah, planner, Municipality of the District of West Hants. Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jumpstart projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity. Projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs. This year, 11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000. Eligible groups have received grants of up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. The Low Carbon Communities Program supports Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities in Nova Scotia. read more

Lara Sarwan to work with Windies players ahead of India Tests

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSarwan set to retire from international cricketSeptember 15, 2016In “latest news”Florida to kick off India’s full West Indies tour on August 3June 12, 2019In “latest news”Antigua pitch faces ICC sanction in wake of Windies series winFebruary 6, 2019In “latest news” Two former West Indies captains will join the team’s preparation ahead of the upcoming MyTeam11 Test Series against India. According to Cricket West Indies Inc. (CWI), Brian Lara, one of the greatest batsmen of all-time, and Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was one the leading players of his generation, will be part of the pre-series camp to be held in Antigua ahead of the first Test match against India.They will share their immense knowledge, experience and expertise with the members of the 13-member squad ahead of the MyTeam11 Series, which is co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI.West Indies and India will play two Tests – from August 22 to 26 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua; and from August 30 to September 3 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) Director of Cricket, was grateful to Lara and Sarwan for coming on board and offering their time to interact with the young batsmen as they get ready for this crucial two-match series – which will signal the start of the new ICC World Test Championship (WTC) for both teams.“We have some good young batsman in the team who we believe will form the future of West Indies cricket. We saw some very good signs of development earlier this year in the Test matches when we played so very well to beat England and we want to see them grow and become outstanding players for the West Indies,” Adams said.“We have taken the step to have Brian and ‘Ronnie’ work with these players, who have demonstrated a will to learn and succeed. We know they still have the passion and love for West Indies cricket and are eager to assist and share their information with the present generation.”Lara, 50, is the leading runscorer in West Indies history with 11,953 runs in 131 Test matches. His mammoth 400 not out against England in in Antigua in 2004 remains the only occasion a batsman has reached a quadruple century in Test history. He also holds the record for the highest first-class score of all time – the monumental 501 not out for Warwickshire in the English Country Championship.Sarwan, 39, scored 5,842 runs in 87 Test matches, including 15 centuries, with a top score of 291 against England in Barbados a decade ago. In One-Day Internationals, he also scored 5,845 runs in 169 innings.West Indies and India met in Test cricket for the first time in 1948. They have played 96 times – West Indies have won 30 times, India have won 20 and 46 matches have been drawn. West Indies have contested 542 Test matches in their 91-year Test history. They have won 173 times, lost 193, drawn 175 and tied once – the famous match against Australia in December 1960 at the Gabba. read more