Progress on Cape Breton School Upgrades

first_imgSchool renovations in the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board are on course, said Education Minister Karen Casey during a visit to Riverview Rural High School in Sydney River today, May 2. Upgrades to Riverview High began in 2004, part of a $7.1 million multi-year project. A new entrance will be completed, to complement work done on the roof and siding, and there will be a new music room and drama space. A new air-handling unit will improve air quality in the gymnasium. “I am pleased to confirm that upgrades to Riverview Rural High and Sydney Academy will continue this year. As well, final site selection and planning work for Northside Elementary and Glace Bay Junior High will begin,” Ms. Casey told school board chair Darlene Morrison and superintendent Ed Davis. Once planning is completed for these schools, construction tenders can be announced and work should begin in 2008-09. The Department of Education has been working with the board to find a suitable, safe site for the Glace Bay school; more than 20 sites were proposed and evaluated. The network of underground mines posed a threat at many proposed sites. The board requested that both schools proceed at the same time. At Sydney Academy, new change rooms and a music room will be built this year, in the final phase of a multi-year, $8.28-million project. Renovations to the science labs and cafeteria, and exterior glazing for the Terrace Street wing, have been completed. Ms. Casey visited École NDA in Cheticamp today to see the renovations at that school. Ms. Casey will visit Sydney Academy, Glace Bay High and St. Mary’s Elementary on Thursday, May 3.last_img read more

ANP Denies Looting Sand from Surf Beach near Agadir

Rabat – The National Ports Agency (ANP) has just published a denial following information circulating online indicating that the sand on the beach of Imsouane, north of Agadir, has been plundered.“It is only a project to dredge the sand accumulated in the port of Imsouane. This work is carried out periodically to preserve the depth of the basins and quays of each port in order to guarantee the safety of navigation and improve the operating conditions of the vessels,” said the ANP.The ANP Regional Directorate in Agadir “has drawn up an action plan to improve the operating conditions of the port of Imsouane.” The plan, which also aims to ensure the safety of navigation, includes the dredging of accumulated sand, which is a danger to fishers. “The sand extracted by this dredging is dumped into the sea to avoid it being plundered,” according to ANP.On March 13, the association Surfrider Foundation Morocco cited a source of the project team.“Mechanical shovels have been dredging the beach of Imsouane since December 12, 2018 in order to clear the access to the port… to improve the working conditions of fishers,” said the source.“The collected sand is deposited on the plateau north of Imsouane, a place called ‘la Cathedrale,’” added the source.Surfrider published a video on March 8 showing bulldozers carrying out sand extraction operations in Imsouane.Imsouane had until then been spared from “plundering operations widespread on other beaches.” Called one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in 2017 by Forbes, Imsouane is a popular spot for surfers. They are “afraid that this dredging operation could change the wave that attracts up to 100,000 surfers each year,” reports the website Surfsession. Removing sand could “alter the break-up by making the wave flatter.”The need for sand in Morocco stood at 45 million tons in 2015 and 60 million tons in 2020, the Professional Sand Association (APS) estimated.The Littoral Act adopted in 2015 prohibits sand extraction from beaches and dunes. It also regulates any exemptions that may be granted. On 23 June 2015, the Chamber of Councillors passed the Littoral Bill.The law prohibits damage to the natural state of the sea shoreline.  This prohibition does not apply to port areas, sea defences or public interest installations.Created in 2010 in Agadir, the NGO Surfrider Foundation Maroc is a association for the protection, promotion and sustainable management of the coast, waves and its users. It is an affiliate of the Surfrider Foundation network. read more

CBK briefs diplomats on reconciliation initiatives

The heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions were appraised about the work being carried out by ONUR so far and the initiatives planned ahead. Chairperson of ONUR and other public officials including Esala Weerakoon, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministry secretaries and the Director General of ONUR also attended the briefing. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who heads the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, today briefed the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka on the reconciliation initiatives of the Government.The briefing was held at the BMICH and the diplomats were updated on the reconciliation initiatives, ONUR said. read more