AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AFFAIRS–Province to Consult African Nova Scotian Communities on Recognition

first_imgThe province wants to hear ideas on how to recognize and honour the contributions that people of African descent have made in Nova Scotia. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs will visit communities across the province from March 17-30 to gather suggestions on ways to pay tribute to African Nova Scotian experiences and achievements. “We want to establish a lasting form of recognition that honours both the struggle for human rights and the many contributions that African Nova Scotians have made to the history, culture and development of this province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The time is right to do this, especially with 2011 being the International Year for People of African Descent. We will work with communities to determine the most fitting form of recognition.” Consultation sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations: Public input can also be shared online, by visiting www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or e-mailing ansa_newsletter@gov.ns.ca by March 31. March 17, Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., Whitney Pier March 21, Lincolnville Community Centre, Lincolnville Loop, Lincolnville March 21, Ward One Recreation Centre, 387 Brother St., New Glasgow March 22, Black Employment Partnership Committee office, 103 Water St., Yarmouth March 23, Highland AME Church, 236 Church St., Amherst March 28, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5457 Cornwallis St., Halifax March 30, Black Cultural Centre, 1149 Main St., Dartmouthlast_img read more

Central Bank warns of financial scams using email social media

The attention of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has been drawn to recent grievances received from the general public regarding financial scams spreading through phishing emails and social media messages.CBSL has noticed that the image of the Head Office building, the Logo of CBSL, names of senior officials of CBSL, are being used by scammers and fraudsters to solicit money from the public by disguising such scams as being sent from a trustworthy entity. CBSL has already reported this matter to relevant Law enforcement authorities for necessary action.Hence, the general public is requested not to be victims of such financial scams and to respond to such promises of monetary giveaways by first contacting respective institution/ company that the suspicious email claims to be from to confirm the authenticity of such emails and if found to be a scam, to inform the nearest Police Station for investigations immediately. (Colombo Gazette) Recipients of these emails are informed of having won a large cash prize in foreign currency through a mobile number draw or through a certain well-known international brand promotional campaign and are persuaded to deposit certain amount of funds to claim the prize. Fake email addresses such as cbs.banklanka@asia.com, info@cbsl-lk.com, customercare@cbsl-lk.com etc. are used to send these emails. Further these emails deceive the email recipients, by attempting to obtain personal information including passport/ national identity card numbers, bank account details etc. for authentication purposes, to send cash prizes.In this regard, the Central Bank informed the general public that the CBSL has no involvement with such reward schemes. read more

Corrie McKeague Police confident missing RAF gunner will be found in landfill

first_imgA search team investigating the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague have trawled through 60 tonnes of waste at a landfill site as his mother warned it would be “just a matter of time” until his remains are found.Police have warned that it could take up to 10 weeks for the team of eight search officers to sift through vast swathes of rubbish at the site in Milton, near Cambridge.However, a spokesman for Suffolk police say the force is “confident” he will be found.It comes as refuse vehicle, seized shortly after Mr McKeague disappeared from Bury St Edmunds after a night out with friends, was found to be carrying a heavier load than originally thought.The lorry, which had been due to collect a 11kg load, has since been found to have contained a haul weighing more than 100kg. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague “Regardless of how he’s ended up in there, I cannot get my head around how he’s ended up in landfill.”I don’t understand how the process has allowed him to get to landfill. It was the one thing that was giving me hope that he was still alive.” Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’ve been working tirelessly on this investigation to try and find Corrie – that’s been our priority the whole way through.”To have that information really reinforced the decision that we’d already made that we needed to come and search this landfill site.””The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”The six-month investigation has cost more than £300,000 to date and the search of the landfill site could cost more than £500,000 if it runs to 10 weeks. Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last yearcenter_img Ms Elliott said it was a “dreadful” time for the family of Mr McKeague and her thoughts are with them.Following his disappearance on September 24 last year, the last known CCTV sighting of Mr McKeague showed him walking from a shop doorway into a horseshoe-shaped area in  Brentgovel Street, from which he failed to reappear.After he was reported missing, signals showed his mobile phone had been in nearby Barton Mills, and matched the route of a bin lorry. Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said she does not believe there was a “deliberate attempt to mislead” the investigation, and that the focus had to be on finding Mr McKeague.”I have a strong belief that we will find him here,” she added. “”It’s frustrating for me, I think it must be terribly frustrating for Corrie’s family.” The landfill search follows the discovery of CCTV footage this week, showing that a bin lorry was stationed near Brentgovel Street in the town around the same time that Mr McKeague was last seen.The movements of the vehicle also appear to match the location signals traced on his phone.The area of the landfill site where the load was deposited is now being searched, with a digger mechanically excavating mounds of waste and officers in white protective suits raking through it on the ground.A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice over the discrepancy in the lorry’s load weight, but has since been told he faces no further action. Officers are now considering whether the lorry, which was spotted on CCTV making a collection near where Mr McKeague was last seen, could have carried Mr McKeague to a landfill site.Commenting on the developments, the mother of the 23-year-old, Nicole Urquhart, said the search could “only mean one thing”.“We know we are going to find Corrie in the landfill. There’s just no way realistically that Corrie was not in the bin,” she added. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeaguelast_img read more