Drivers in Antigonish and Richmond counties will soon be travelling on smoother and stronger roads thanks to two paving tenders called by the province. The tenders, both of which close on Thursday, June 12, are: Richmond County — to repave Trunk 4 from the intersection of Black River Road, east for 7.9 kilometres to the intersection of South Side River Bourgeois Road and from the River Tillard Bridge west for 0.5 kilometre to the intersection of Highway 104. Also included is repaving of the Highway 104/Trunk 4 connector at Exit 47. Antigonish County — to repave Route 245 from the Antigonish town line west for about 7.8 kilometres. “We’re off and running on a busy road construction season in Nova Scotia,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Spending money on our highways pays dividends by improving the flow of product and people throughout the province.” This project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
TOKYO — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea’s trade status (all times local):11:30 a.m.South Korea’s presidential office has expressed “deep regret” and vowed a stern response over Japan’s decision to take the country off its list of nations with preferred trade status.In a statement read on national TV, Blue House spokeswoman Ko Min-jung said Seoul had committed to resolving its trade row with Tokyo diplomatically and will now sternly respond to the Japanese measures it sees as “unjust.”Ko says President Moon Jae-in will address the issue ahead of a Cabinet meeting later on Friday and the country’s finance minister will also announce government plans in response to the expanded Japanese export controls.South Korea says the Japanese trade curbs could hurt its export-dependent economy and has accused Japan of weaponizing trade to retaliate over bilateral disputes stemming from wartime history.___10:30 a.m.Japan has approved the removal of South Korea from a “whitelist” of countries with preferential trade status, escalating tensions between the neighbours.Friday’s Cabinet decision expanding controls over exports of sensitive materials takes effect on Aug. 28.It follows an earlier requirement that Japanese companies’ exports to South Korea be approved on a case-by-case basis for three materials used in semiconductors, smartphones and other high-tech devices.The decision will fuel antagonism between the two neighbours already at a boiling point over the export controls and the issue of compensation for wartime Korean labourers.It will ripple across the high-tech sector, further affecting supply chains already rattled by U.S.-China trade tensions.The Associated Press