Gareth Bale’s chances of moving to Jiangsu Suning are all but over after the Chinese Super League side signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players.The Real Madrid forward has been tipped to leave the club as Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane did not see the Welshman in his plans for next season. Jiangsu Suning had reportedly offered Bale a £1m-a-week deal to make the move to the Far East and an agreement was claimed to be imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, reports over the weekend suggested the deal had been called off at Real’s request, with the Spanish giants reluctant to let Bale go on a free transfer.Any hopes of the deal with Jiangsu Suning being revived have seemingly been quashed by their deal for Santini.The club also signed Brazilian defender Miranda from Inter last week, meaning they now have five foreign players on their books.Chinese Super League regulations only allow clubs to have four overseas-born players included in their official squads at any one time.Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta, who is Italian, is expected to leave the club to bring that tally down to four, but there would still be no room for Bale.The club’s other two foreign players, Brazilian Alex Teixeira and Italian Eder Martins, are considered first-team regulars so are unlikely to be moved on in order to accommodate the former Tottenham man.Bale, who has three years left on his contract, now has to consider pushing for another move elsewhere or remaining at Real, where a first-team place is far from guaranteed.Zidane has made it clear that Bale no longer figures in his plans but the club have found it hard to move the player on.The Spanish side are looking to recoup some funds after an extensive summer outlay so would be reluctant to let Bale go for nothing, but finding a club willing to pay a transfer fee and match Bale’s lucrative wages has proved impossible so far.Madrid have welcomed Bale back into their pre-season squad and with a serious injury suffered by Marco Asensio depriving them of an attacking option, may now have little choice but to find a place for him in the squad for the 2019-20 campaign.
A picturesque Kings County shoreline graces the cover of the 2004Nova Scotia Doers’ and Dreamers’ travel guide. Photographs of the shoreline in Halls Harbour, Kings Co., and asmaller inset picture of Grand Pre National Historic Site, arefeatured on the front cover of the guide now being distributedthroughout North America and around the world. The guide contains more than 3,200 listings for accommodationsand campgrounds, restaurants, museums and attractions, outdooroperations and adventures, signature festivals and events, andtour operators. “This travel guide is one of the most important parts of ourtourism marketing campaigns with hundreds of thousands of copiesdistributed every year,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister ofTourism, Culture and Heritage. “Visitors often compliment us onthis publication and refer to it as a must-have resource whenplanning their visit to Nova Scotia.” The front section of the guide features information and pictureson some of the province’s top attractions, events and regions,along with sections on activities for the fall and winterseasons. In the back section is a new listing for regionallibraries as a resource for those looking for public computer andInternet access or for those looking for genealogy information. Throughout the guide are 10 new features entitled Legacies andLegends. These features draw attention to some of the province’stop living-history attractions, where history is recreated andbrought to life by animators dressed in period costume. “The travel guide is a critical part of marketing Nova Scotia asa destination of choice,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the NovaScotia Tourism Partnership Council. “It encourages people to stayin the province longer and also serves as a great resource forour operators.” With more and more potential visitors now exploring theirvacation options by using the Internet, 650,000 copies of thetravel guide have been produced this year, down from 750,000 lastyear. In March, 100,000 copies of the French version, Novelle Ecosse:Du reve a l’aventure Guide touristique 2004, will be available. Additional publications including maps, a Golf Guide and a Guidefor Nature and Outdoor Lovers will soon be available to helpvisitors plan their vacations. A newly designed Festivals and Events Guide is also beingdistributed to visitor information centres, trade shows andtourism organizations. The guide lists hundreds of community-based activities in an easy to follow layout organized by allfour seasons. One hundred thousand copies of the guide have beenprinted for distribution. “Festivals and events are an integral part of what tourism is allabout in this province,” said Nick Carson, president of theTourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “They showcase therich culture, heritage and talent we have and they provide ourvisitors with a wide range of choices every month of the year.” Copies of both the travel guide and the guide to festivals andevents are available throughout North America by calling the NovaScotia Information and Reservation Service at 1-800-565-0000 orthrough the province’s official tourism website atwww.NovaScotia.com . Nova Scotia’s billion-dollar tourism industry provides employmentfor more than 35,000 Nova Scotians. Tourism is also a significantexport industry, with more than half of the money generatedcoming from outside the province. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–2004 Tourism Publications NowAvailable
To maintain the safety of residents’ homes, the Nova Scotia government has accepted expert environmental advice to establish a surveillance and asbestos management program for 100 public housing units in Sydney. The Department of Community Services released the Phase 2 report, prepared by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, a Dartmouth firm with national affiliations, today, Dec. 20. Joan McKeough, director of the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority, informed residents on Tuesday by a letter that said, based on options identified by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, the most appropriate method of controlling the asbestos in the Whitney Pier Terrace and Ashby Terrace is to leave it undisturbed and to undertake a surveillance and asbestos management program. If any major renovations are required, the insulation will be removed. “We want to reassure residents that their homes are safe. Sealing off the attics and carrying out the surveillance and management program will ensure the continued safety of residents’ homes,” Ms. McKeough said. An asbestos management program establishes a set of procedures and processes to be followed for the life cycle of a building and to ensure the safety of the tenants, contractors and staff. Air monitoring tests were conducted on all 100 units in the Whitney Pier and Ashby Terraces with only one asbestos fibre detected. Five repeat tests on the same unit detected no traces of asbestos fibres. “Research has indicated that it takes frequent exposure to asbestos at high levels over many years to cause asbestos-related illness,” said Dr. Ann Roberts, regional medical officer of health for the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. In his report, Ron LeBlanc, president of Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, said, “Our company considers surveillance with a management program to be the more appropriate option for the Whitney Pier and Ashby Terraces.” Mr. LeBlanc said, “The residents are as safe today with a good asbestos management plan, as they would be if the insulation was removed.” He also said that leaving vermiculite insulation with asbestos in place is the standard industry approach. Most jurisdictions in Canada have chosen similar options, as the enclosure and long term management plans are sufficient to meet tenant and worker safety, as well as being the least intrusive. Earlier this year, the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority discovered that the vermiculite attic insulation in the terraces in Whitney Pier and Ashby contained asbestos. The attics were sealed in the spring to prevent the insulation from entering the living space and to prevent access to the attics. Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited was hired by the departments of Community Services and Transportation and Public Works to review initial work carried out in the spring by the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority and to identify options for long term management of the asbestos. The Phase 1 report, released in July, confirmed that the methods, procedures, and materials used for sealing all met or exceeded federal and provincial standards. The Phase 2 report can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/whatsnew.html . With the implementation of the asbestos management program, the housing authority can safely carry out work to make empty units available for new tenants and help reduce the current waiting list for public housing. Ms. McKeough said the housing authority will consider requests from tenants who wish to move. Transfer decisions are made by the housing authority’s board of directors, based on availability. “The housing authority and our board of directors are committed to working with residents and appreciate the residents continued cooperation with the upcoming surveillance and management program,” Ms. McKeough said. “We will continue to work with our residents to take all the necessary steps to maintain the safety of these homes.”