Nova Scotia signed an agreement today, Oct. 8, allowing provinces, territories and the federal government to share public health information to help prevent or limit illness. The Multi-lateral Information Sharing Agreement sets out what information can be shared and how it will be used. “This agreement strengthens public health across the country by formalizing existing relationships for sharing information,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “For Nova Scotians, this means we’ll be better positioned to receive advance warning of public health threats that might be occurring in other parts of the country.” The agreement has already been signed by British Columbia, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Other provinces are working towards signing as well. The agreement helps Canada meet its obligations under the International Health Regulations, such as reporting notifiable diseases and events which might constitute a public health emergency to other countries.
Rice farmers on the Corentyne, in Berbice, are in urgent need of water to save 10,000 acres of rice in the 52-74 Neighbourhood Democratic Council area. The regional administration’s irrigation pump has run out of fuel and the dam in now inaccessible to get fuel to the pumps.They are calling on the Water Users Association as the need for water grows by the day. Some farmers told this publication that they could lose up to 10 acres daily until water is pumped into the affected areas. However, the pumps are without fuel because of a new system implemented by the regional administration to get fuel to the pumps which are situated along the Canje River.Region Chairman David Armogan speaking on the matter said the decision to change the system did not come from the local regional administration.“The problem we have is that the boat which would normally take fuel into the Canje Creek area has to find additional money to operate. The management of the Berbice Bridge has told the owner of the boat that he has to provide marine insurance before he can cross the bridge. We all know that marine insurance is a very expensive insurance,” he pointed out.According to Armogan, the boat operator is being asked to pay $2 million for the marine insurance, and as such, the regional administration has been forced to engage a new contractor.According to Armogan, there is a truck system also which takes fuel to these pumps but because of the deplorable state of the dams – due to heavy rainfall – this process is hindered.At present, the dams are impassible. Chairman of the 52-74 water Users Association, Neezam Rajab, in an interview with Guyana Times said farmers are under a lot of pressure for their livelihood.“Right now about 10,000 acres is under threat, especially the young ones. I would say about two-thirds is under threat and we start losing already,” he told this publication.Rajab said the only answer at this time is for sunshine lasting for two successive days. With that the truck will be able to take fuel to the Manarabisi pump. Even that will be inadequate since that truck can only take in 2000 gallons at a time.And that amount of fuel will not last three days. The boat, which is being asked to have a marine insurance, had the capacity to take 22,000 gallons per trip but the owner said it is unprofitable to pay $2 million when he still has to pay to cross the Berbice Bridge to transport the fuel.The Regional Chairman said there are three options being explored, one of which is to approach the Berbice Bridge Company with a request for them to wave the insurance rule for that contractor.“If we can get the Bridge Company to relax that rule that they have put in place, then the contractor is willing to come as from Monday,” he said.“If the sun comes out and the weather conditions are good then we will continue to move the fuel overland and we don’t need to push the bridge company in that event.If the rain continues to fall, then we can explore the option of the barge and the big tanks… if the situation gets out of hand we might have to rent a barge and hire a few tanks and purchase the fuel from Guyoil and take it in. That will be far more expensive to do it that way but it might be our only option,” the Regional Chairman said. (Andrew Carmichael)
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Free State delegates sign the Brand SouthAfrica pledge to uphold the nation brand andposition the country as a top investment andtourism destination.Brand South Africa headed to the Free State on 17 November 2011 to urge all residents of the province to build the nation’s reputation and position it for global competitiveness.This was the message relayed at the fifth Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Bloemfontein, attended by representatives from government, business and civil society.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa programme manager for civil society Leo Makgamathe said that the branding of the country is not a matter of choice, but a necessity.Free State MEC for Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MxolisiDukwana.(Images: Nicky Rehbock)To be successful it requires the combined effort of government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.“With globalisation speeding up the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed,” Makgamathe added.And this is no different in South Africa.The country has recently achieved four key milestones: it managed a highly successful Fifa World Cup; came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed; joined Brazil, Russia, China and India in the BRICS economic bloc; and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994.“This has underlined that South Africa is an important developing nation in its own right – which has to be marketed to the world,” Makgamathe said.Strong nation brand vital for Free State“The economy of the Free State is built on agriculture and its mines, but increasingly we are looking to tourism as a growth sector and hope to expand our manufacturing base,” the province’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mxolisi Dukwana said at the summit.The Free State is also looking to diversify by developing its logistics capacity, ICT sector, innovation and research, agri-processing and pharmaceuticals.“So what we, and South Africa, need is more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard. The image of a country makes an integral contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships,” Dukwana added.The government’s role in this is ensuring the country has enabling policies to attract trade and investment, but South Africans also have to believe in themselves to position the country as a viable destination.“We must be bold enough to face our fears and challenges, and understand what we’re about. In doing that we can become our own marketers. In our diversity we also need to have one identity and be proud of it. Often we’re too negative and hard on ourselves,” the MEC told summit delegates.“I urge all of you to do your ‘national service’ and respond when Brand South Africa calls, so that we can work together to create a truly great South Africa for all.”