Aug. 21: Annapolis Royal Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21: Halifax Waterfront (Sands at Salter, near Bishop’s Landing), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21: Chisholm Park, Antigonish, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 21: Wentworth Park, Sydney, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21: Muir Murray Estates Winery, Wolfville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24: Truro Farmers Market, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28: Noggins Corner Farm, Greenwich, Kings Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28: Evan’s Family Farm Market, Wilmot, Annapolis Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11: Beacon Park, Yarmouth, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are still nine chances left to celebrate and savour the flavours of local food with Nova Scotian producers and chefs at community-hosted Incredible Picnics. The picnics showcase locally grown and produced items like fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and beverages. There will also be live entertainment and children’s activities. Upcoming picnics are: For more information visit www.selectnovascotia.ca . -30-
“The authorities must prioritize urgent measures to guarantee better access to justice and to rebuild the population’s trust in the institutions,” said Mónica Pinto at the end of her first official visit to the country. “Serious dysfunctions in the justice system and material deficiencies “create a fertile ground for independence, corruption and impunity to grow.”Ms. Pinto exhorted the Government of Guinea-Bissau to support and dignify the work of judges and prosecutors, as well as to recognize the central role that lawyers play in the judicial system, the exercise of democracy and the strengthening of the rule of law. Ms. Pinto will formulate recommendations in the report she will present in June 2016 before the Human Rights Council. Summing up her observations to the West African nation, the rapporteur said “several interlocutors noted that the situation of justice is sad, terrible – in line with the country’s situation.”Guinea-Bissau is among the 20 poorest countries of the world, and the United Nation’s involvement in peace-building in Guinea-Bissau dates back to 1999. The country plunged into political turbulence earlier this year, barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order. “Nonetheless,” the Special Rapporteur said “the population considered as positive the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice that declared unconstitutional the appointment of a new Prime Minister in August of this year.”“Many in Guinea-Bissau, as well as in the international community, received this decision as an assertion of the independence of the Court,” she said. “This ruling revived the credibility of the justice system.”But Ms. Pinto said she observed multiple and grave deficiencies in the justice system.“Justice does not reach the people; it is concentrated in the capital and a few cities in the countryside,” she said. “In the rest of the country, access to justice – a requisite necessary to exercise one’s rights – is illusory: there are no judges, no prosecutors, and no lawyers.” The Special Rapporteur stated that the absence of courts in most parts of the country and the already mentioned high fees lead people to reach out to “traditional justice” mechanisms, which mediate between parties to solve conflicts, but without necessarily considering positive national and international law.“For the population to regain trust in the independence of justice, it is crucial that the actors of this system be able to act efficiently,” she said.Ms. Pinto took up her functions as UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on 1 August 2015. In that capacity, she works on a voluntary basis, is not UN staff and does not receive a salary for their work. He work is independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
ExxonMobil’s Country Manager Rod HensonUnited States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil said it has made significant progress when it comes to expanding its local workforce, by creating opportunities for more Guyanese to join their team.ExxonMobil’s Country Manager Rod Henson revealed that his company currently employs 585 or 52 per cent Guyanese. The company’s local office grew to 40 employees of which 70 per cent are Guyanese, he said on Tuesday.Henson made this statement while delivering remarks at the Liza Phase 1 Development reception on Tuesday evening, where he noted that things are progressing smoothly as they should.In addition to that, Henson said that Guyanese have joined the Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) team and are serving in several professional capacities.These include: facility engineers, materials management coordinator, management system coordinator, health and safety coordinator, and health and environment coordinator, among others.Speaking briefly on local content, Henson said over US$14 million was spent on Guyanese suppliers. Together with their contractors, the company has also utilised many local suppliers.About 50 per cent of ExxonMobil’s employees, contractors, and subcontractors are Guyanese. That is expected to grow.ExxonMobil has also opened the Centre for Local Business Development here to promote the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized local businesses.In essence, Henson said his company has been able to grow local business capacity and has made huge investments into the local economy, through a series of strategic development policies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil’s 80% success rate in Guyana “unprecedented”- Country ManagerJuly 24, 2018In “Business”Public will be made aware of all oil payments to Guyana Govt – ExxonJuly 9, 2017In “Local News”Other operators in oil and gas sector ‘positive’ for Guyana says ExxonFebruary 8, 2018In “Business”