Legacy Facility Officially Named

first_imgThe $40-million facility being built on the Halifax Mainland Common has been officially named the Canada Games Centre. The announcement was made on-site, today, May 4, by Jean-Paul Deveau, chair of the 2011 Games board of directors, with representatives from federal, provincial and municipal governments, and the Canada Games Council. As a primary sport venue for the 2011 Games, the centre will host badminton, artistic gymnastics and synchronized swimming. “The Canada Games has a long history of infrastructure legacy in Canada,” said Mr. Deveau. “The 1969 Canada Summer Games left HRM such facilities as the Canada Games Diamond and Centennial pool. I’m so pleased that this state-of-the-art facility will be part of what the 2011 Games are remembered for.” The Canada Games Centre will have funding from all levels of government and the community. The federal government will contribute 30.6 per cent, the province will give 31.5 per cent, Halifax Regional Municipality will cover 33 per cent, and the community will contribute 4.9 per cent. “The Canada Games Centre represents our commitment to help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives. We hope the 2011 Games will inspire more Nova Scotians to add more physical activity to their daily routines,” said Duff Montgomerie, deputy minister of Health Promotion and Protection. The Canada Games Centre will host a variety of future provincial, national and international competitions. It will include an indoor track, a training pool and separate leisure pool, multi-sport gymnasium courts, and a health, fitness and wellness centre. In addition, the centre will provide classroom space and meeting rooms. The building is also designed to meet or exceed a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver rating. “The Canada Games Centre will become HRM’s, indeed Nova Scotia’s, premier multi-purpose sport, recreation and wellness facility. Generations of HRM residents will now have a state-of-the-art centre where they can participate in fitness activities and community events for years to come,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “We are truly proud that this amazing facility will carry the Canada Games name,” said Sue Hylland, president and CEO, Canada Games Council. “This venue will certainly showcase the standards set for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. Legacies are such a crucial part of the Games, whether it’s the facilities left for the community or the sense of pride that grows in each resident as their hometown plays host to this first-class national event.” The centre will also be home to the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, which will attract, develop, and train high-performance, competitive athletes through a range of specialized services. Construction is set to be completed by November 2010 and will be open to the public in March 2011, once the Games are over. More information on the Games can be found at www.canadagames2011.ca. For further information on the Canada Games Centre, visit www.halifax.ca/canadagamescentre . FOR BROADCAST USE The $40-million facility being built on the Halifax Mainland Common as part of the 2011 Canada Games Legacy has been officially named the Canada Games Centre. The centre will be a primary venue for the 2011 Canada Winter Games, which will take place from February 11th to 27th, 2011, hosting the badminton, artistic gymnastics and synchronized swimming events. The facility will include competitive and warm- up pools, a field house with a hard-court gymnasium, and a 200- metre indoor track. Construction is set to be complete by November 2010 and will be open to the public after the Games in March 2011. -30-last_img read more

UN expert finds Egypts willingness to discuss human rights encouraging

“I was able to have open and extensive discussions with key stakeholders regarding the country’s counter terrorism law and practices,” Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, said on concluding a visit to the Middle Eastern country.The primary purpose of the visit, he explained, was to engage with officials and experts regarding a counter terrorism law that is intended to replace the state of emergency, scheduled to end on 28 May 2010. During his four-day visit, Mr. Scheinin met with the Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and officials in the ministries of foreign affairs, interior and justice, and also consulted with lawyers, academics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and diplomats. He also met with the Chief of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court, the Public Prosecution and high-level representatives of the Egyptian Council of Human Rights and Parliament, including the President of the People’s Assembly, he said. “I will continue my dialogue with Egypt with a view to submitting a full public report on its counter-terrorism law and practice by the end of 2009,” Mr. Scheinin said, stressing that the report will include finding and recommendations for consideration by the UN Human Rights Council. In that context, he discussed with authorities his wish to visit Egypt again in the near future, he saidMr. Scheinin, a Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute, reports to the Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity, as do all UN Special Rapporteurs. 21 April 2009The willingness of the Government to discuss the subject of upholding human rights while countering terrorism is “most encouraging,” an independent United Nations expert said today. read more

UN envoy on Yemen presses on towards political solution with meetings in

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, with whom he exchanged views on the situation in Yemen and the peace process, UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva. The Secretary-General said that “the League, when the time came, would consider seriously the question of monitors, in case of a ceasefire,” said Mr. Fawzi. While in the Egyptian capital, the Special Envoy also met with the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and key leaders of the General People’s Congress.“The Special Envoy still feels, as he did in Geneva, that there is momentum for a political solution to be reached and he is pushing all parties in that direction,” said Mr. Fawzi. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will soon travel to Oman for meetings, followed by a visit to Saudi Arabia, before traveling to New York to brief the Security Council.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but the agency’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. “With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a press briefing in Geneva.UNHCR requires $105.6 million for its emergency response inside Yemen. It has only received about 23 per cent of that. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access, UNHCR noted. The conflict continues to cause death, injuries and damage to homes and infrastructure. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today that the civilian death toll in Yemen has risen to at least 1,916, with another 4,186 civilians wounded since the escalation of the armed conflict in March. Also, over the past few weeks, there have been two “particularly devastating” attacks in residential areas, according to spokesperson Cécile Pouilly. On 19 July, 95 civilians, including 29 children, were killed and 198 injured in Aden in the Al Ghaleel Residential Area, which is home to members of the Al-Muhamasheen community, a marginalized group in Yemen. The attacks were reportedly conducted by the Houthi Popular Committees using mortar shelling. Fourteen civilian homes also incurred extensive structural damage. Then on 24 July, at least 73 civilians, including 11 children, were killed and 93 injured, when two residential compounds in Taiz were hit. The compounds housed the families of workers of Al Mokha Steam Power Plant. According to eyewitness, the residential compounds were hit by nine missiles. OHCHR is working on verifying reports of the source of the attacks. “We are also deeply concerned about attacks against civilian infrastructure, including places of worship, hospitals and schools,” Ms. Pouilly told reporters. “We urge all parties, again, to ensure that they, at all times, distinguish between civilian and military targets, comply with the principle of proportionality when conducting military operations and take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event to minimise, the impact of violence on civilians.” read more