South Shore Valley Western Communities Share in Funding

first_img Six community groups in Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties will receive more than $35,000 to help make theirfacilities more accessible to seniors and people withdisabilities. The projects include installing automatic dooropeners, wheelchair accessible washrooms and building ramps. The projects are among 19 projects worth a total of $146,000announced today, May 19, by the Nova Scotia government under theCommunity ACCESS-ability program. The program helps communitygroups make public buildings and other facilities more accessiblefor all Nova Scotians. This brings the number of approved projects to almost 200 and thetotal investment to $1.2 million since the program was announcedin May 2000. “These projects are vital for Nova Scotians with disabilities tofully participate in their communities,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Thecommunity organizations we are supporting are helping to makeNova Scotia a more inclusive society and we are proud to workwith them.” The Kingsport Community Association will be receiving almost$1,100 to build a ramp at the community-owned Kingsport WharfCanteen in Kings County. “A lot of visitors drop by our canteen when they’re touring thisarea, and many of them are elderly or in wheelchairs,” said AlexSinclair of the community association. “A ramp will help themmake the most of their visit to Kingsport.” Installing wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible washrooms andautomatic doors in community halls, recreational facilities,municipal offices and other locations across the province are thetypes of projects supported by the Community ACCESS-abilityprogram. Under the program, the province contributes $2 for every dollarraised by the project sponsor. Donations of labour and materialscan be included in the sponsor’s share, making it easier formunicipalities and community organizations to raise their portionof the project costs. Following are the projects approved in Annapolis, Kings,Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties: — Port George Recreation Centre, Annapolis Co.: $10,000 (ramp,washroom)– Mahone Bay Centre, Lunenburg Co.: $10,000 (wheelchair lift,auto doors)– Evangel Assembly Hall, Yarmouth: $7,097 (wheelchair lift)– Yarmouth Co. Ground Search and Rescue Team Training Centre andHall, Arcadia: $5,862 (ramp, doorway, washroom)– Bonnie Lea Farm – Pew Baker Centre, Chester: $1,842 (dooropener)– Kingsport Wharf Canteen, Kings Co.: $1,071 (ramp) Guidelines and application forms for potential project sponsorsare available on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp or by calling902-424-7798. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–South Shore, Valley, WesternCommunities Share in Fundinglast_img read more

Central African Republic UN chief to launch independent inquiry into sexual abuse

In a statement issued this afternoon, the UN Spokesperson’s Office explained that the External Independent Review would examine the treatment of the specific report of abuse in the CAR as well as “a broad range of systemic issues related to how the UN responds to serious information of this kind.”“As has been stated over the past few weeks, the Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual abuse by soldiers in the CAR, as well as allegations of how this was handled by the various parts of the UN system involved,” today’s statement continued. “His intention in setting up this review is to ensure that the United Nations does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.” The statement added that the Secretary-General would announce in the next few days who will lead the review and its terms of reference. Just last weekend, the UN High Commissioner for Human Right, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reported that his Office had taken “a deeper look” into “the revelations of alleged serious sexual abuse of children” in the CAR despite the fact that the forces involved in the incidents were not operating as peacekeepers under the United Nations flag. Moreover, the High Commissioner said that in addition to requesting concerned States to provide more information about the steps they have taken to investigate the allegations, and prosecute anyone found to have committed crimes, he is sending a team from his Geneva headquarters to the African country to look into possible further measures to address violations.“The punishment must fit the crime, and some other incidents were reported that may not have been fully followed up on by the States concerned, and we need to get to the bottom of what precisely was done by whom and when,” Mr. Zeid emphasized. “There must be accountability for serious crimes, no matter who commits them.” read more