Six 4-H members from Nova Scotia will travel to western Canada from July 6 to 17 to learn about agriculture and Canadian culture. The members will be participating in the annual Royal Bank of Canada 4-H Interprovincial Exchange Program. During the exchange, Nova Scotia delegates will live with rural families in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Representatives of 4-H from those provinces will visit Nova Scotia in August as part of a reciprocal travel program. “This program is an excellent opportunity for 4-H members to meet Canadians with similar interests and to learn about the agriculture industry in other communities,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Our young people will learn a lot while representing Nova Scotia and our 4-H program.” The Nova Scotia delegates were selected through an interview process that was based on their contributions to the 4-H program and involvement in the community. Megan Sanford of Newport, Hants Co. and Monica Firminger of Hopewell, Pictou Co. will travel to Saskatchewan. Sarah Haughn from Italy Cross, Lunenburg Co. is going to Manitoba and Kristy Waalderbos of Amherst, Cumberland Co. and Sarah Lees of Pictou, are travelling to British Columbia. Melissa York from Truro, will travel to Alberta. “This program allows 4-H members to experience agriculture practices and rural life in another part of Canada,” said Elizabeth Crouse, manager of 4-H and rural organizations. “We couldn’t provide this exchange opportunity without the support of the Royal Bank of Canada.” The Royal Bank of Canada has been sponsoring this event for 43 years and will host the 4-H travel delegates from the Atlantic provinces at a farewell banquet and reception on Wednesday, July 6.
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent terrorist bomb attack against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which caused injuries of embassy staff, stressing that diplomatic and consular premises must not be violated.In an overnight press statement, the 15-member Council “condemned in the strongest terms the serious terrorist bomb attack,” which took place in the capital on 30 August, while also expressing their deep sympathy to the injured and their families and to the Government of China and the Government of Kyrgyzstan and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.The Council stressed the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, “to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.”Underlining the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant governments and authorities in the investigation into the case.Furthmore, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.The Council also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, including international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.