The Mahone Islands Conservation Association has arranged for 16 hectares of islands to be donated by the members of the Long Island Preservation Society for the use and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians. The members of the Long Island society have agreed to donate, at no cost, Long Island, Dry Island, Centre Island and Snipe Island in Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co., to the province. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the proportion of Crown lands and coastal access available for Nova Scotians now and for future generations,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “Without organizations like the Mahone Islands Conservation Association and the Long Island Preservation Society, many of these accomplishments would not be possible.” The Mahone Islands Conservation Association’s mission is to protect and conserve the natural environment of the islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay. The recent acquisitions complement previous work the province and the association have done to help preserve Andrews, Backman and Covey islands. “These four islands represent valuable pieces of Nova Scotia,” said John Meisner, chair of the Mahone Islands association. “We are pleased to see that these islands will continue to provide traditional, social and recreational opportunities for all Nova Scotians, as well as the many visitors to our beautiful province.” It is an area rich in natural beauty and neighbouring historic influence, with high tourist and travel appeal. The members of the Long Island society have gone to great lengths to ensure an appropriate future for the sought-after islands. “These islands are some of our province’s treasures. We want to make sure that they are used in a way that is fitting for their pristine beauty and rare coastal lands,” said Jim Eisenhauer, Long Island society spokesman. “The agreement lets us rest easy that the land will be kept in it’s natural state and be available for recreational activities for all Nova Scotians.” Mr. Morse said the Mahone Islands Conservation Association is setting a great example. “It is helping the province achieve environmental and recreational goals by championing donations and acquisitions in its community,” Mr. Morse said. For more information on the Mahone Islands association, go to www.mahoneislands.ns.ca
Three countries from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe and one from Latin America and the Caribbean will be chosen to succeed Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Brazil, whose terms all expire on 31 December this year.Member States will meet in the General Assembly tomorrow morning to elect the Council members by secret ballot, with winning candidates needing two thirds of those countries present and voting. Balloting will continue until enough candidates reach that threshold, even if only one country is competing for a seat in a particular region.Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo are vying for the three seats for Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, while Azerbaijan, Hungary and Slovenia are contesting the Eastern European category. Guatemala is the only declared candidate for the Latin America and the Caribbean region.The new members will join Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012, and the five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 20 October 2011Nine countries are formally campaigning for elections tomorrow that will decide which States will occupy five non-permanent seats on the Security Council during 2012-13.
The hearings will continue tomorrow. The Supreme Court was to conclude hearings today and issue a ruling tomorrow.However, since the hearings did not conclude today the Supreme Court decided to continue hearings tomorrow and extended the stay order on the dissolution of Parliament till Saturday. An interim order issued on the dissolution of Parliament has been extended till Saturday, December 8th.The order was extended by the Supreme Court when it continued hearings into the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament today. A seven member bench is hearing the case. (Colombo Gazette)