The second session of the 61st general assembly will open at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 25 with the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia reading the Speech from the Throne. The first session of the general assembly will be prorogued earlier in the day at 11 a.m. It is necessary to prorogue the existing session in order to open a new session of the general assembly. -30-
CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will unveil the province’s new oil and gas royalty framework on Friday.The announcement will take place in Calgary, a city that’s seen scores of job losses as a result of the crude oil price collapse.Industry players have warned the NDP government against making any changes that would add to the pain during the downturn.The policy will be based on recommendations by a panel headed by Dave Mowat, head of Crown-owned bank ATB Financial.Other panel members include energy economist Peter Tertzakian, Leona Hanson, mayor of Beaverlodge, Alta., and former Alberta deputy finance minister Annette Trimbee.The panel began its work in August and had hoped to finish its report by the end of last year. Alberta to announce new oil and gas royalty framework on Friday in Calgary by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 7:25 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The World Food Programme (WFP) convoy transported just over 750 tonnes of food and nutrition supplies up the Sobat river, a major tributary of the White Nile. This meant negotiating access and security guarantees to allow safe-passage for the vessels through the Greater Upper Nile region, where thousands of South Sudanese people have been displaced by the war, said WFP.The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people, and get to them more efficiently – Adnan Khan, WFPLife-saving aid for the isolated counties of Ulang, Luapiny and Nyirol, was previously only delivered by airdrop, which costs around six times more than using river or road transport. The first convoy was loaded in Renk, composed of one barge and 11 smaller vessels that transported supplies of sorghum, pulses, vegetable oil and porridge – enough to sustain 40,000 people for one month. According to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, backed by multiple UN agencies, 6.1 million people in South Sudan – approximately half of the population – face severe food shortages.Millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”, said Adnan Khan, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. “They urgently need humanitarian assistance. Without it, they face serious challenges. The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people and get to them more efficiently.”In response to these growing humanitarian needs, WFP is now providing emergency food supplies to 5 million people using road, air and river routes.