Construction of Glace Bay Dialysis Unit Underway

Construction of a new six-station dialysis unit at the Glace Bay Hospital is now underway. “It’s exciting to see the construction start for the new dialysis unit at the Glace Bay Hospital,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Dialysis patients often make several trips for treatment each week and having it offered in our hospital means patients and their families will be able to get treatment closer to home.” Dialysis patients now travel to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney for treatment. The space will allow for 24 patients from Glace Bay to use the new unit daily. The project will be partially funded by the estate of the late Thomas Peach of Glace Bay, who left $1.9 million with the intent of helping establish dialysis services in the community. Construction is expected to be completed within a year. read more

Amendments to the Wilderness Areas Protection Act

these amendments will not change the level of protection offered to designated wilderness areas. All vehicle use in wilderness areas will still need to be specifically authorized and activities that may damage biodiversity in these areas are still prohibited the Wilderness Areas Protection Act allows government to designate connector trails for vehicle use in newer wilderness areas without changing legislation there are already about 120 kilometres of designated off-highway vehicle connector trails within wilderness areas Nova Scotians want to enjoy nature, wildlife and diversity in our province’s wilderness areas. Amendments to the Wilderness Areas Protection Act introduced today, Oct. 1, will give authority for limited use of off-highway vehicles on two long-established connector trails. If passed, these amendments will allow the environment minister to authorize limited off-highway vehicle use on the Grand Lake-Ross Lake Connector Trail in Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area, Guysborough Co. and on the Dominique Meadow Brook – Fountain Lake Connector Trail in Portapique River Wilderness Area, Cumberland and Colchester counties. Before designating a connector trail, the minister must enter a trail management agreement with an organization and ensure certain conditions are met to protect the environment and trail users. They will also allow parking lots to be developed within the boundary of a wilderness area. Currently, people are using parking areas at some locations that aren’t allowed. “We are committed to protecting our designated wilderness areas,” said Gordon Wilson, Minister of Environment. “These amendments will allow us to consider limited off-highway vehicle use on two connector trails and help us ensure that people enjoying wilderness areas are parking in places that are safe and do not damage the features we are seeking to protect.” -30- Quick Facts: read more

DR Congo UN welcomes withdrawal of M23 armed group from Goma calls

“We welcome this withdrawal, but emphasise that this is an early step and that stability in the region remains very fragile,” the spokesperson for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Kieran Dwyer, told the UN News Centre today.“It is critical that the M23 comply with the terms of the communiqué of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) restricting them outside the 20 kilometre zone around Goma and that they cease all military activity while a long-lasting solution continues to be worked on,” he added. The city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, had been occupied last week by fighters with the M23 – a rebel group composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – after a steady advance over preceding days, which included clashes with the national army, known by the French acronym FARDC.The move drew widespread condemnation and calls for the fighters’ immediate withdrawal, including from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council. It also caused a humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands of people uprooted amidst armed clashes and reports of targeted summary executions, the widespread recruitment and use of children, unconfirmed cases of sexual violence, and other serious human rights abuses.As part of its efforts to support the national army, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) deployed attack helicopters in aid of the FARDC’s efforts to halt the M23 advance. The peacekeeping mission has 6,700 and 4,000 troops in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively, including, in some places, behind the M23 lines. North Kivu alone is four times the size of Belgium. In Goma, the mission has some 1,500 ‘blue helmets.’ During the M23 occupation, they controlled the city’s airport and conducted regular patrols, in line with their mandate to provide protection for civilians.“MONUSCO mobilised 17 rapid reaction units in the city throughout the day to monitor the M23 withdrawal which took place in a largely orderly manner,” Mr. Dwyer said, adding that its troops also secured key installations, including the Central Bank, Governor’s House and communications infrastructure at Goma Hill.The withdrawal is in line with an ICGLR communiqué issued on 25 November, which, in addition to the establishment of the so-called neutral zone, also urged the rebel group to stop the violence and threats to depose the DRC Government. The communiqué was issued after a meeting of the regional grouping – attended by several African heads of State – in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.Throughout Saturday, UN peacekeepers escorted DRC national police, who had arrived from the city of Bukavu on 30 November, to various vital installations. “MONUSCO expects the deployment of an additional 1,000 Congolese national police to Goma in the coming days to control law and order in the city,” Mr. Dwyer added.MONUSCO also continues to monitor the movements of M23 in the withdrawal to the 20 kilometre Neutral Zone, and has begun monitoring and patrolling this zone in accordance with the ICGLR communiqué. UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have been working to provide assistance, including food, water and shelter, to around 140,000 people uprooted in North Kivu province – of which Goma is the capital – over the last week. The situation arose within the context of an existing humanitarian crisis in eastern DRC – there were already 2.4 million internally displaced persons in the country, including more than 1.6 million in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu.“The people of the region have suffered too much as a result of armed groups. Well over 100,000 people urgently need humanitarian assistance, including food, health care and shelter,” Mr. Dwyer said. “In order for government, UN and other humanitarian assistance to be able to reach those in need, it is critical that stability be maintained and the rights of civilians be respected.”He added, “Access for humanitarian assistance in all areas is a critical priority in the coming days, while MONUSCO works to consolidate stability in the 20 kilometre Neutral Zone.”On Friday, the Security Council’s so-called 1533 Committee – which deals with an arms embargo that applies to non-governmental entities and individuals operating in eastern DRC, as well as targeted travel and financial sanctions – added two M23 leaders to its list of individuals and entities subject to sanction measures.The two are Baudoin Ngaruye, the group’s third-highest ranked military leader, and Innocent Kaina, a sector commander – both men are said to be responsible for severe violations of human rights and international law, ranging from killings and abductions to the recruitment and training of child soldiers. read more

BREAKING Fire erupts at Regional workshop in Bartica

The Regional workshop located at Second Avenue Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni Mazaruni) is currently on fire.This was confirmed by Deputy Mayor, Kamal Persaud who stated that the fire fighters are making every effort to put out the blaze.Inews is tracking this story and will bring full details in the subsequent post…[Photo taken from Facebook Page of Amrit Jainarine] Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire destroys house in BarticaApril 8, 2019Similar post100-year-old woman perishes in Bartica fireApril 2, 2019In “Crime”Mother of four killed in Bartica accidentJanuary 20, 2016In “latest news” read more