Mass. tornado

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 07:33:51

A tornado hit Revere, Massachusettes, just north of Boston, yesterday, damaging dozens of buildings.

The mayor of Revere says 65 homes and businesses were damaged when the EF2 twister carved a path over three kilometres long. Power was knocked out to thousands but only minor injuries were reported by several people.

Lobster levy

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:40:15

Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell says a proposed five-cent a pound lobster levy will be part of a pilot project. Colwell says the project will be conducted in a region not yet identified. He says the purpose is to adopt standards to improve quality.

However, a couple of fishing organizations are complaining the government didn't consult them about the new marketing levy of five cents a pound...three cents more than what a report for the Atlantic premiers recommended. That report said it should be two cents...half from fishermen and half from buyers and processors.

Ashton Spinney at the L-34 Management Board for southwest Nova Scotia says fishermen have not been consulted about increasing the levy from two to five cents. Spinney said it's hard comment on the government's plan when he doesn't know what the intent is such as Colwell's comment that the three cents would go towards quality assurance.

NDP Fisheries Critic Sterling Belliveau, citing his own 35 years of experience as a lobster fisherman, scolded Colwell for the announcement, saying the industry was caught by complete surprise. Belliveau says the Minister had no mandate from the industry for such a significant increase and the minister should know better than not to follow an established industry procedure for holding meetings, and establishing consensus.

LNG export terminal?

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:38:26

There's more interest in the Canso Strait area for a liquified natural gas export terminal.

Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas has announced it is buying the Bear Head site from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $11 million with the deal for the site near Port Hawkesbury to close at the end of next month.

The site, which covers 100 hectares, is already zoned for industrial purposes and there are already two foundations in place for liquefied natural gas tanks. The Australian company says this project could lead to exports to European markets.

Bluenose II

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:38:03

They've started work on installing a new hydraulic steering system for the Bluenose II.

David Darrow, the premier’s deputy minister, said the design work is done and equipment is on order...but it's not off the shelf and will take six to eight weeks to deliver. The system became neccessary because of the decision to go with a much heavier steel rudder instead of wood. That was to satisfy regulators with the American Bureau of Shipping so the big schooner could carry passengers.

The rebuilding project is two years late and approaching $20 million...up from the original estimate of $14 million.

Murder suspect sought

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:37:45

Police are still looking for 31 year old Shilo Beals of Cherry Brook, wanted in the 2004 murder of Kevin James Bowser.

There was a shooting near 5446 Uniacke Street in Halifax, where they found Bowser suffering gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant for Beals was issued on July 14th on first degree murder and weapons charges. He's described as a black man, 5'10" 161 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is considered armed and dangerous and he should not be approached.

Investigators say Beals could have left the province. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to called Halifax Police or Crime Stoppers.

Grow-op busted

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:37:16

A 50 year old Sambro man is facing drug charges after a grow-op was busted in Spryfield.

The man is looking at a charge of production of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking after a police raid in the 100-200 block of Old Sambro Road last Friday.

Beaches

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:36:55

Penhorn Beach in Dartmouth has now re-opened for swimmers.

Tests last week showed high levels of bacteria, but the latest tests done yesterday showed the levels are once again within safe parameters. Dingle Beach remains closed.

For more information on the beaches head online to Halifax.ca/rec/beaches.php

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-29 05:36:37

On the diamonds....the Blue Jays hammered the Red Sox 14-1 to open a series at Fenway. SwitchhitterMelky Cabrera hit two homers, one from each side of the plate. Knuckleballer R-A Dickey had a season high 10 strikeouts. That leaves Toronto two and a half games behind the idle Orioles. Texas downed the Yankees 4-2.

A judge in California has ruled against LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, clearing the way for the 2 billion dollar sale of his team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The judge sided with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley, who sold the team after the NBA penalized Sterling after he made offensive, racist remarks.

The 80 year old Sterling has vowed to fight the NBA until he dies and is expected to continue to launch court challenges to try to stop the sale.

News stories from 2014-07-28.