Public Safety Radio Coverage Expanding

first_imgNova Scotia is helping firefighters, ground search and rescue crews, medical first responders and the RCMP in rural areas better communicate during an emergency. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis today, April 13, announced the government is investing $1.6 million to add four new radio towers to the network used by public safety agencies and volunteers. “Improving radio coverage is an investment in the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “First responders need to be able to communicate with each other during an emergency and these investments will help them do so.” The locations of the new sites are: Mr. Kousoulis said the sites were assessed and selected as priority areas for the network. The range for coverage is about 35 kilometres from the tower site. “Trunked mobile radio allows us to work safely and effectively with other emergency services,” said Don Hughes, chief of the Noel Volunteer Fire Department in Hants County. “It’s always good news when the geographical coverage of this critical system is expanded. It’s a good investment.” The province maintains TMR2, the mobile radio system used by public safety agencies and volunteers in the Maritimes. It serves about 20,000 users including police, fire, ambulance, ground search and rescue, municipal emergency management offices, the RCMP and three levels of government. The network currently has 90 fixed sites across the province. Government recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art, all-digital system and provided more than $10 million in radio equipment and training to public safety agencies. River John, Pictou Co. Port Mouton, Queens Co. Springhill, Cumberland Co. Gore, Hants Co.last_img read more

ICC Prosecutor says determination to bring justice to people of Sudan remains

“The question we need to ask of ourselves today is whether the people of Darfur, who continue to endure the suffering widely recognized by, amongst others, the African Union (AU), will ever receive the justice they deserve? Will their plight be finally answered through independent and impartial justice, or will their cries continue to face silent inaction?”Ms. Bensouda’s comments led off her briefing to the Security Council and come amid a worsening security climate and dire humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region, with ramped-up hostilities between Government forces and armed movements, deadly inter-communal conflicts and a precipitous rise in criminality and banditry.This morning, the Security Council decided to extend the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) mandate for an additional year.Dismissing “those who have chosen to deliberately distort facts by alleging that the ICC imposed itself on Sudan,” Ms. Bensouda said that efforts of “detractors and naysayers” only serve to strengthen her Office’s resolve. “Omar Bashir’s rapid departure from South Africa proves that the warrants of arrest against him are as valid as they were when issued; that they remain in full force and effect, and that my Office is committed to ensure they are executed”, she went on to say.While the Sudanese President may have escaped the law in South Africa through an unanticipated and premature departure from the 24th AU Summit, “the swift judicial action by South African courts we have witnessed is a shining precedent that must be emulated in other States,” the Prosecutor continued.“More generally, the High Court’s ruling in South Africa has also underlined a growing recognition by domestic courts of states’ obligations to uphold their commitments under international law – in this case, the ICC’s Rome Statute.”It is “past time” for the Security Council and UN Member States to join forces with the Court and civil society in devising concrete and effective strategies for the arrest of accused persons wanted by the Court, and to give the ICC the full support it requires, Ms. Bensouda stressed.“I encourage States Parties to plan – ahead – for the arrest of each individual wanted by the Court in a targeted and efficient manner.”Reminding the Council of the “frequency” and “brutality” of the targeting of civilians, women in particular, the Prosecutor claimed that the people alleged to be most responsible for these ongoing atrocities are “the same people against who warrants of arrest have already been issued.”She repeated to the Council what she said during her last briefing about the situation in Darfur in December 2014 : that her Office has finite resources and a heavy caseload, and is therefore struggling to commit to full, active investigations of the on-going crimes in Darfur.“This however, should not in any-way be misconstrued or interpreted to mean that investigations have been closed or that we have abandoned the victims of mass atrocities in Darfur. Far from it”, she insisted.The ICC Prosecutor called “once again” on the Council to ensure Sudan’s compliance with its resolution 1593 , as well as on States Parties to the Rome Statute to promote cooperation and affect the arrest of individuals wanted by the Court in the Darfur situation.“If there is no follow-up action on the part of the Security Council, any referral by the Council to the ICC…would never achieve its ultimate goal, namely, to put an end to impunity. Accordingly, any such referral would become futile.”“There is more that we can and must all do to achieve peace and justice in Darfur. It must be stressed that this Council also has a vital role to play and must do its part.” read more

Fish and chip shops urged to serve standard sized portions

first_img“Secondly, it’s about choice. By offering a greater selection of sizes, shops can potentially open themselves up to increased business from lunch time trade and by upselling to single smaller portions, rather than a larger shared portion.”Standardising portion sizes is also expected to cut waste, improve profits and provide clearer nutrition information, said the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Rob Clayton, of the AHDB, said: “A key finding of the research was that one in three people said a greater range of portion sizes would encourage them to eat fish and chips more often.”That’s more than 17 million people across the UK.”Couple this with the fact that 45 per cent of people would order smaller portions to cut their calorie intake and there is a huge marketplace for outlets to encourage health conscious consumers through their doors.”In October wholesaler JJ food Service called for smaller portion sizes to cut obesity levels in Britain. Fish and chip shops are being urged to serve portions in standard sizes in a new campaign to cut obesity.Research released on Wednesday found a huge difference in portion sizes at 600 fish and chip shops across the UK.Currently a medium portion of cod varies from 93g to 562g and a medium portion of chips varies from 100g to 797g.But the average price of fish and chips varies by only 34 per cent around the country. Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Under industry recommendations, a medium or regular portion of fish would weigh 170g while chips would be 284g.Tom Pickerell, technical director at industry body Seafish, said standard portion sizes had two main benefits.He said: “Firstly by standardising portion sizes across the industry, consumers will know what to expect when ordering their selected portion size, wherever they are in the UK.center_img Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more