Royal Canadian Legion branches in the province will benefit from improved infrastructure under a new program announced today, July 26. The Legion Capital Assistance Program is a $100,000 provincial funding program. The application-based program will provide funding for repairs to existing legion buildings. Eligible projects include upgrades to wastewater and water systems, bathrooms, kitchens, heating systems and repairs or replacement of windows and roofs. “The new Legion Capital Assistance Program will help provide necessary upgrades and repairs to our legions where many events, public meetings and community activities take place,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It’s a fine example of government’s commitment to making life better for families in every region.” In December 2009, members of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command addressed the standing committee on veterans affairs about the need for improvements and repairs at branches across the province. “The province has listened and acted on those concerns within the current fiscal means,” said Ms. Jennex. “We wish to thank the province for the Legion Capital Assistance Program that will enable our branches to apply for assistance with costly repairs to their buildings,” said Les Nash, president of Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “This program will benefit not only the legion branches but also the communities in which they are located.” The new program will provide up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $10,000 for approved projects. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations is administering the program. Application forms are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr.
A seven-member team, led by G S Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, which inspected 42 trawlers impounded by Sri Lankan Navy in March 2015 and ordered to be released by the Government of the island nation, has said 31 boats could be salvaged after repair work, The Hindu newspaper reported.The team, which returned to India on Sunday evening after assessing the condition of the boats berthed in Kankesanthurai, Karainagar, Mannar and Trincomallee in northern Sri Lanka and Puthalam in the west from August 17 to 20, said even the 31 boats could only be towed back in view of the bad condition of their engines. Of the 42 trawlers impounded in Sri Lanka, 36 belonged to Tamil Nadu fishermen and six to fishermen from Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry. Of the 36 trawlers owned by fishermen of Rameswaram (11), Nagapattinam (24) and Pudukottai (1), 27 could be salvaged after repair, while nine have to be disposed of as scrap in Sri Lanka itself, sources in the team said. Pictures of the extensively damaged trawlers were shown to the owners and they would be scrapped in consultation with them, they said. Fishermen in the salvage team would be accompanied by carpenters and mechanics to carry out necessary repair work. The State government would bear the cost of fuel and minor repair work.Four of the six boats belonging to Karaikal fishermen could be salvaged after repair and it would be done by a separate team. Two of their boats had to be condemned, the sources said. After the team submitted a report to the government in a couple of days, salvage operation would begin in the first week of September, official sources said. After the release of trawlers, 130 boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen would still be in the custody of Sri Lankan Government. Fishermen who were part of the inspection team urged the Central and State Governments to secure the release of all the boats at the earliest.Most of the boats, which were confiscated in the later part of 2015 and early 2016, had suffered extensive damage. Only about 50 trawlers, which were impounded recently, were in good condition, they said. (Colombo Gazette)