Pictou County Traffic Advisory

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Bridge Replacement Starting Monday, June 24, Shore Road will be closed at Waterside Bridge for a bridge replacement project. Shore Road traffic will be detoured onto R. Grant Road, Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Three Brooks Road, and Otter Road. Detour signs will be posted. Work is scheduled for completion in late October. -30-last_img

Annan blasts use of genderbased violence as weapon in Africas wars

“Every effort must be made to halt this odious practice, and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Mr. Annan told an African Union (AU) Session on Gender in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday, noting that such violence had reached “almost epidemic proportions” in parts the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in the Darfur region of Sudan. “I urge African States to do everything they can to translate into reality the objectives of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security – and to do so without delay,” he declared, referring to the October 2000 resolution aimed at enhancing the role of women in preventing conflict, promoting peace and assisting in post-conflict reconstruction within UN operations. Mr. Annan noted that in the past year alone, Africa’s women “have made great strides forward” and he congratulated the AU on electing five women out of a total of 10 commissioners. “Increasingly, Africans understand that their continent cannot develop unless its women exercise real power – in the home, in the local community, in the nation, and in the Union itself,” he added. Stressing the “devastating obstacle to development” posed by HIV/AIDS and its “increasing and terrifying toll on Africa’s women,” he underlined the indispensable part they had to play in all aspects of the struggle against the disease. “No less important is recognition of the role of women in the work for peace and security,” he declared. “Time and again, women have played a constructive and essential part in peace processes. “They are gradually finding a place at the negotiating table, in the implementation of peace agreements, in post-conflict rehabilitation, reconstruction and disarmament,” he added. “It is high time they were included in those processes in a more formalized way, at all levels and at all stages.” read more