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Youth Will Stay and Grow in New Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians can look forward to broadband Internet service throughout the province by 2010, as well as other steps to make Nova Scotia a leader in information technology, Premier Rodney MacDonald said in his first State of the Province address. Premier MacDonald outlined the province’s future direction to members of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce today (Nov. 29), saying government will focus on making the right IT investments to push the province to the technological forefront. “By the end of 2009, all Nova Scotians, no matter where they live, will have 100 per cent coverage,” the premier said of his commitment to expand broadband Internet. It’s a move to address significant challenges ahead, such as the aging of Nova Scotia’s population at a time when younger Nova Scotians are leaving for opportunities in other parts of Canada or abroad. “The new Nova Scotia will be a place that attracts and welcomes immigrants, that beckons home our friends and relatives who have dispersed across the country, because the opportunities they left to pursue are now available at home,” the premier said. Technology, innovation and environmental industries will be fertile territory for Nova Scotians to carve out strong economic opportunities and competitive global leadership. Already, Nova Scotia has more than 1,400 IT firms, almost 2,400 researchers in leading-edge life sciences, and, last week, the government announced investments in three major financial services companies that could lead to almost 1,000 well-paying jobs. “That’s a great start, and my government is ready, willing and excited to take Nova Scotia’s advantages to the next level.” The premier said leading-edge Nova Scotian and international businesses are creating rewarding jobs that generate increased revenue to pay for quality programs and services across Nova Scotia, such as education and health care. The premier said government will apply discipline to its decisions, ensuring the province sticks to the path toward the new Nova Scotia. This is why equalization and the fiscal imbalance, as well as establishing Nova Scotia as North America’s Atlantic Gateway to Europe and Asia, are priorities. “There will be an Atlantic gateway developed somewhere in North America before long,” the premier said. “Geography has dealt us the basis of a winning hand. It is now up to us to make the most of it.” The premier ended his speech by saying the state of the province is strong, and will only get stronger. A copy of the premier’s remarks is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/premier/ .last_img read more

UN agencies promote breastfeeding to protect babies in typhoonhit Philippines

“The estimated 12,000 babies to be born in the worst-affected areas this month need to be exclusively breastfed, meaning that they get nothing but breast milk, which protects them from potentially deadly infections,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a joint news release issued yesterday.They said that around one third of babies in the area born before the disaster who are less than six months old are already exclusively breastfed, and nine out of ten were at least partially breastfed before the emergency. The mothers who were doing at least some breastfeeding need to be supported to transition to exclusive breastfeeding.“The uncontrolled distribution and use of infant formula in emergency situations like this – where there are serious water and sanitation challenges and other disease risks – is extremely dangerous,” said Dr. Julie Hall, WHO Representative in the Philippines.“Supporting breastfeeding is one of the most important things we can do to protect babies in areas of the Philippines hit by the typhoon.”During emergency situations, disease and death rates among babies and children are higher than for any other age group, the agencies noted. Babies who drink formula made with water that is contaminated with germs or given with an unsterile bottle or teat, can become very sick with diarrhoea and die within a matter of hours.“Feeding babies with formula in emergencies must only be considered as a last resort, when other safer options – such as helping non-breastfeeding mothers to reinitiate breastfeeding, finding a wet nurse or pasteurized breast milk from a breast milk bank – have first been fully explored,” they stated.UNICEF and WHO strongly urged all who are involved in funding, planning and implementing the emergency response in the Philippines to avoid unnecessary illness and death by promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. Community leaders are called on to monitor and report any donations that may undermine breastfeeding.Some 14.4 million people are affected by the typhoon, which also displaced about 3.6 million people. Ongoing priority needs include food aid and access to water, urgent and extensive shelter requirements, and recovery of livelihoods.Meanwhile, medical teams organized by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) have started delivering reproductive health services to expecting and nursing mothers in evacuation centres for those displaced by the typhoon.The first medical missions, on 26 November, went to the two largest centres in the devastated city of Tacloban where 44 pregnant women and 33 breastfeeding mothers received care. Each was tested for vital signs, given a gynaecological consultation and a test for infections. Pregnant women were given prenatal exams, including ultrasound. In addition, midwives dispensed medicines and information about family planning methods. A counsellor was available for women showing signs of psychological trauma. The team went to two more sites yesterday and served clients from 14 evacuation centres.While all of Tacloban’s medical facilities were heavily damaged by the typhoon’s fierce winds and tidal surge, a number have reopened and are now able to provide safe delivery services, including three that can provide caesarean sections.There are some 230,000 pregnant women among the millions affected by the typhoon. Nearly 900 are giving birth each day, with around 130 likely to experience potentially life-threatening complications, according to UNFPA. read more