As Nova Scotians head to the beaches for relief from unseasonably high temperatures, provincial officials and the Lifesaving Society are urging caution in the water and around the shore. The tail end of Hurricane Danielle has created increased surf activity at a number of beaches across the province. With the possible arrival of Hurricane Earl, water conditions could become even more hazardous. “Understanding that people are seeking ways to escape the heat, I’m urging everyone to exercise extreme caution when in the water,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “Rough surf attracts many water enthusiasts, but it also creates increased risk of injury or death.” With any storm, there is the potential for large waves, strong currents and dangerous surf conditions. People should consider the following advice from the Lifesaving Society: The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has extended supervision at three of the province’s busiest beaches. Supervision at Rainbow Haven Beach in Halifax Regional Municipality, Melmerby Beach in Pictou County and Mira Gut Beach in Cape Breton Regional Municipality has resumed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Supervision at these three beaches is schedule to end tomorrow, Sept. 2. Nova Scotians are also reminded that Aylesford Lake Beach in Kings County, Lake Milo Boat Club in Yarmouth County and Lawrencetown Beach in the Halifax Regional Municipality will remain supervised until Monday, Sept. 6. Supervision at Lawrencetown Beach will reopen the weekends of Sept. 11 and 12, and Sept. 18 and 19. A number of indoor and outdoor pools are also open across the province and provide safe opportunities for relief from the heat. People should continue to listen to weather reports as Hurricane Earl moves closer to the province. Beaches and provincial parks may be ordered closed should weather conditions warrant. don’t overestimate your ability and stay within your depth parents should keep their children within arm’s reach on the beach and in the water do not consume alcohol on beaches swim with a partner in case you run into trouble never swim after dark
Nineteen Nova Scotia students will get an opportunity to pursue a career in the energy sector after receiving scholarships from an industry-government partnership. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program awards as many as 12 university students with $10,000 each over four years and up to 10 Nova Scotia Community College students each $2,500 non-renewable scholarships. “Nova Scotia has a strong and growing energy industry and programs like this are helping to make life better by providing good jobs,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “The province and Pengrowth are pleased to support the education of young Nova Scotians demonstrating interest in this area, and who will ultimately become its leaders of tomorrow.” Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities, and have demonstrated an interest in the Nova Scotia energy sector. “With every dollar invested in today’s students, we will reap the benefits when these well-educated and capable students not only apply their skills in the workforce but also take active roles in their communities,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast Operations. “Our partnership with Nova Scotia is a great example of government and industry working together to design and implement a highly successful scholarship program.” Pengrowth Corporation and the Department of Energy, launched the scholarship program in 2005, awarding 114 students recipients with scholarships to date. The province and Pengrowth have invested $3 million in the program. For more information on the scholarship and other programs, visit the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/careers-training/scholarship-program.asp .