Another Eye on Provincial Highways

first_imgMotorists now have another tool to help them check road and weather conditions before heading out on provincial highways. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has installed a new camera, identified as Lornevale Station, on the Cobequid Pass section of Highway 104 near the Mines Bass River Road overpass. “This new camera provides more information for people planning to travel over the Cobequid Pass,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett, on behalf of Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Weather can vary widely across the province during the winter months, and we encourage everyone to check road conditions before getting behind the wheel.” Department highway cameras are attached to Road Weather Information Systems sites that have special sensors embedded in the road and on nearby towers to collect data on weather conditions affecting the road surface. There are now 47 highway cameras on the department’s website. Images from all of Nova Scotia’s highway cameras are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras/camera.asp . The highway camera page on the department’s website receives up to 250,000 visits per month, during the winter. The cameras are part of the province’s extensive road condition information system, which allows travellers to see weather and road conditions on computers, and to hear road conditions by calling 511. Road conditions can also be accessed on cellphones and hand-held devices via Mobile 511 at m511.gov.ns.ca . More information on safe winter driving and winter road maintenance can be found on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/winter .last_img read more

Prince William launches his own award scheme for children

first_imgPrince William talking to pupils Duke of Cambridge helps children complete a construction task  The Duke of Cambridge meets schoolchilren at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School in Abergavenny, WalesCredit:PA Chief executive of SkillForce Ben Slade said William asked for instruction in his Welsh pronunciation before making the speech and had rehearsed what he was going to say a couple of times.He said of the prince: “He is absolutely fantastic. He is genuinely interested in the people themselves, what they are gaining from the awards and what we can do to improve it.” “The ability for a child to develop character, courage and resilience to overcome setbacks is something about which I care deeply.”Over the years I have seen, time and again, how the development of personal skills puts a young person in better stead for education, future employment and for life.” SkillForce works with schools to transform lives using the skills and experience of ex-services veterans.It supports children and young people in more than 200 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, preparing them for their next steps in education, work and life, and William became patron in 2009.Jon Murphy, headteacher at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School, said the school had seen huge benefits from taking part in the pilot.He said William’s first public event was on St David’s Day in 1991 when he visited Cardiff with his parents.He said: “You have visited our small village of Llanfoist. We will always remember that and St David’s Day will have a new significance for us.” The Duke of Cambridge center_img Giving a speech to mark the award launch, which has been piloted in 37 schools around the country, William addressed the crowd first in Welsh, saying: “Bore da, dydd gwyl Dewi Hapus (Good morning. Happy St David’s Day).”The Duke said he was passionate about SkillForce and added: “I believe that an individual’s academic success, wellbeing and mental health depends not only on traditional qualifications, but on nurturing non-academic attributes like self-confidence, discipline and determination.”It is not enough that someone is good at English and maths if they cannot withstand the pressures that life throws up. The Duke of Cambridge helps children complete a construction task Credit:Getty Images Children from the host school then demonstrated the skills needed for the Explorer Award, for children aged eight to 11, by taking part in a “hover ball” teamwork challenge, using ropes to move a ball across the playground without it dropping. The Duke smiled as he took up one of the ropes and helped the children balance the ball and drop it into a bucket.Abigail Squirrell, 10, said: “When we were playing the game it felt like he was not there because he was casual with us.”It felt like he was not a prince. I could see he was getting really involved. He was really enjoying the games.” Duke of Cambridge greets children as he launches the new Prince William Award with SkillForceCredit:AFP/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more