Nova Scotia and Canada are seeing important results from the premiers’ trade mission to China. Yesterday in Beijing, Premier Darrell Dexter, who is leading the mission, met with the director of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), which oversees ocean technology research and development for the Chinese government. During the meeting, Nova Scotia and SOA agreed to pursue co-operation in three areas: marine coastal management; marine disaster mitigation; and marine energy, including tidal energy. “This is a promising development that could result in tremendous opportunities to advance the province’s knowledge in this area, particularly in tidal energy,” said Premier Dexter. Also in Beijing, the premiers met with Chinese vice-premier Wang Qishan who serves under Premier Wen Jiabao in the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. During the meeting, the premiers discussed their ambitious trade and investment agendas in which Chinese markets play a key role. The premiers also met with Chen Deming, China’s Minister of Commerce, and discussed Canada’s relationship with China, including $65 billion worth of trade in 2010 and $15.4 billion worth of two-way investment. Canada’s provinces and territories play an important role in developing and maintaining this economic relationship. The premiers also discussed numerous opportunities to expand investment, given the conclusion of the Canada-China Foreign Investment and Protection Agreement negotiations. In addition, Premier Dexter and Premier Alison Redford co-led a meeting with Li Fanrong, CEO of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Discussions focused on CNOOC’s desire to continue investment in Canadian energy projects and the premiers addressed investment opportunities in their provinces and territories. Premier Dexter also discussed the recent $970-million Shell Canada exploration investment in Nova Scotia’s offshore and other offshore opportunities. The premiers also had productive meetings with Huang Danhua, vice-chairwoman of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Committee (SASAC) and Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-minister and deputy chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). “Simply put, for Canada, trade means jobs,” said Premier Dexter. “What we have found these past few days is a generous host that is keen to develop the same economic ties that we are seeking.” Other business in China includes signing a new trade agreement between Atlantic Canada Resources and Shenzhen LeTianTian Food Company that will ensure the purchase of seafood from Nova Scotia continues. On Saturday, Premier Dexter will attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Cape Breton University and China Synfuels that will lead to an agreement to develop a Synfuels research and development laboratory at CBU’s Verschuren Centre. Under the agreement, the two parties will explore joint research programs and collaborate on commercialization of synthetic fuels. The premiers are leading a delegation of 110 business and institutional leaders on the mission. Premiers and delegates will proceed to Shanghai on Saturday and to Hong Kong on Sept. 19. The Council of the Federation mission ends Sept. 20. The Council of the Federation comprises all 13 provincial and territorial premiers. It allows premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories and with the federal government. For more information on the mission to China visit novascotia.ca/cof/ .
REMEMBER WHEN RINGTONES were all the rage a few years ago? It was a simpler time when we had Nokia 3210s and used phones the size of a brick. But as phones became smarter, custom ringtones were replaced by more generic ringtones and sounds.However, it’s now easier than ever to relive some of the glory and bring custom ringtones to your smartphone. Here’s how.iPhoneThe least straightforward of the three. Before you start, you will need the latest version of iTunes and the song/music of choice saved on it.A ringtone can be as long as 30 seconds so make sure the section you’re picking for your ringtone doesn’t get annoying after a few rings. Once you’ve that decided, it’s a case of creating that file.First, right-click the song on iTunes and select ‘get info’.Then in the options tab, enter the start and stop time of the clip you want (remembering that it should be less than 30 seconds) and press ok.Now right-click the song again and click on ‘Create ACC version.’A new shortened version of the song will appear.Drag this file and save it on your desktop or folder (Anywhere where you can easily find it) and rename the file extension from m4a to m4r.(If you’re using Windows and you can’t do this, it’s because it’s hiding the file extension name. If you go to Start > Control Panel > Appearances and Personalisation > Folder Options and click the view tab, you will see an option to untick a box for ‘hide extensions for known file types’.)Now connect your iPhone to your computer, but before you add the ringtone to iTunes, check to see if the tones option is available first. If it’s not, you will need to go into File (iTunes if you’re using a Mac) > Preferences and under the general tab, select tones. Close and then restart iTunes.Now drag the ringtone from wherever you saved it onto iTunes and it will save under Tones. Go into your iPhone settings, select Tones > Sync all and click apply. That’s the hard part out of the way.Now it’s a matter of selecting it as your ringtone. Go into settings > Sounds > Ringtone and lo and behold, your new ringtone is there for you to select.AndroidFor Android, the process is more straightforward since you can simply download an app to get the job done.One of the more popular examples out there is Ringdroid which, while looking rather dated now, allows you to create ringtones from existing music files on your phone.It also allows you to assign custom ringtones to specific contacts should you want to mix it up a bit. Source: Ringdroid/Google PlayWindows PhoneAnother easy way of adding new ringtones, although you will need your computer to fully complete this. First, you must download Zune (if you haven’t already) before you can do anything.It’s a matter of editing the file in Zune, (clicking edit and choosing/typing ringtone in ‘Genre’) and syncing the file to your phone. After that, go into settings and then into Ringtones + sounds and find the new file you added.Read: Amazon applies for US delivery drone testing >Read: Soon you could be able to roll up your TV and bring it with you >