Changes to the Emergency 911 Act, introduced today, March 5, will help make more services available to Nova Scotians during emergencies and severe weather events. This may include providing comfort centres with satellite phones or helping provide enhanced cell phone charging services for citizens during prolonged weather events or emergencies. The changes will also expand the mandate of the E911 Cost Recovery Fund to further complement the 911 service. “First and foremost, this fund will continue to support our 911 service and ensure the system responds to Nova Scotians during emergencies,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office which manages the fund. “In addition, we will work with our municipal partners to identify ways to strengthen emergency preparedness activities.” Most provinces in Canada charge telephone subscribers a small monthly fee to maintain and enhance 911 systems. Nova Scotia began charging a 43 cents per month fee in 2001 to cover the cost of operating the system. The money is disbursed through the E911 Cost Recovery Fund and does not go into the provincial government’s general revenues. The Emergency Management Office will work with municipalities to identify opportunities to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians during emergencies and severe weather events and help increase the resiliency of communities during such events.
President Maithripala Sirisena offered prayers at Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha today. The visiting President was accompanied by his Sri Lankan Ministers and senior officials, My Republica reported.The entourage had reached Lumbini on a chartered flight from Kathmandu. The visiting delegates were also accompanied by Nepal’s tourism minister, Rabindra Adhikari, provincial chief Umakanta Jha, tourism minister of province-5 Lila Giri, and vice chairman of Lumbini Development Fund Monk Maiteyele. Sirisena had arrived in Kathmandu to attend the fourth BIMSTEC summit on August 29. He will return home today. (Colombo Gazette) At Lumbini, he visited the Mayadevi temple and Ashok pillar and offered rituals according to Sri Lankan traditions. Before flying back to Kathmandu, the President will visit a temple constructed by Sri Lankan monks at Lumbini.