Hundreds of Nova Scotians with disabilities will soon be moving more independently thanks to an initiative which will provide them with new or recycled wheelchairs. Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, April 13, a new program that is based on the success of the children’s recycled wheelchair program. “We are providing $1 million to the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia to help put people in motion,” Premier MacDonald said. “This program will enable adults with disabilities to receive the equipment they need to become more active and participate fully in their communities.” “The Abilities Foundation is very pleased to be part of the Nova Scotia government’s expansion of the Wheelchair Recycling Demonstration Project,” said Tom Merriam, president and CEO of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia. “This initiative will move us closer to enabling Nova Scotian children, and now adults, with disabilities to receive the wheelchairs they need to lead more active and independent lives.” The province partnered with the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia in March 2005 to deliver the children’s wheelchair program. David Morse, Minister of Community Services said, “The children’s program is a success and we are pleased to have the leadership and experience of the Abilities Foundation to put a similar plan for adults into action.” An advisory committee made up of organizations representing people with disabilities and other community groups, will develop the guidelines and criteria for the adult wheelchair recycling program. The investment will provide wheelchairs to Nova Scotians with disabilities who are between 19 and 64 years of age. The program is expected to begin this summer and applications will be available from the Abilities Foundation.
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Thursday was 77.94 cents US, down 0.36 a cent from Wednesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2831, up 0.60 of a centPound sterling was at C$1.6908, down 0.16 of a cent, and US$1.3177, down 0.75 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.5009, down 0.64 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
Over the medium term, the industry is poised to achieve the target of attracting over 2.5 million tourists and the tourist spending target to USD 150 per night by 2016 by facilitated high end tourists and infrastructure.Following many notable achievements during the past two years, the Sri Lankan economy is likely to experience a year of moderation and consolidation in 2012, the bank said in the report. (Colombo Gazette) President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday reiterated that he stands committed to protect the human rights of his people.Speaking at the launch of the annual report of the country’s Central Bank, President Rajapaksa said that the government is also keen to ensure the peace which was achieved after 30 years of war is sustained. Sri Lanka will in May celebrate three years since the LTTE was defeated by the military after a bloody final battle which saw thousands killed on both sides. Rajapaksa said that 30 years of war saw Sri Lanka’s economy taking a beating but with the end of the conflict the economy has grown to record levels.He said that while the world economy was suffering, Sri Lanka’s economy had grown to 8.3 percent last year and this included rapid economic growth in the war affected north and east of the country.Among the most notable factors in the Central Bank report was the improvements seen in the tourism sector last year. The Sri Lankan government has refused to give in to pressure to allow an international independent investigation to take place in Sri Lanka on the final war.“The solution to our problems will be a domestic solution. Our commitment to protect the human rights of our people is second to no other country,” the President said. The Tourism industry expanded substantially in 2011 both in terms of arrivals and earnings, major international hotel chains are being established in Sri Lanka while several reputed airlines have added Sri Lanka among their destinations. A UN report however accused the government of violating humanitarian laws in its efforts to defeat the rebels which resulted in thousands of civilians being also killed.