Nova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests $325,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the South Shore Region. Ten grants were announced today, July 26, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “We’re pleased to provide more than $3 million to support 75 projects that encourage Nova Scotians to be more active,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Our recreation organizations and facilities provide leadership and help create healthier communities across the province.” The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. For the South Shore region, the grants were announced at Shelburne County Arena, which received $80,000 for structural and electrical upgrades. “Completion of projects that are so important to local communities, such as the phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County arena, are made possible through partnerships with the community and businesses, the local municipal units, and the province of Nova Scotia,” said Tony Mahaney, president of the Shelburne County Arena Association. “The phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County Arena will ensure the facility remains the center of physical activity and social opportunity for our community.” Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities, and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings. Learn more and take the pledge at thrive.novascotia.ca .
Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in the shooting incident in October 2011 and Silva was seen as one of the main suspects in the murder.Silva is now scheduled to appear in court over the case on March 14. The police said that he has been placed under police remand at a private hospital. The Attorney General’s department had recently instructed the police to file a case against MP Silva over the incident. According to the instructions issued by the AG, the CID has also been told to file cases against 12 others in relation to the case. Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of late government member Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, had told the Colombo Gazette recently that she fears for her life as the case gathers steam again.Premachandra also raised hope that justice will finally be meted out against her father’s killers. (Colombo Gazette) Parliamentarian Duminda Silva returned to the island early this morning, sources close to him claimed.Silva was receiving treatment in Singapore for the injuries he suffered during a shooting incident in 2011 in which presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.
A British woman who vanished for five days after walking barefoot into Brazilian jungle only wanted “time alone” to meditate, her mother has said after she was found alive.Dr Diane Brewster said her daughter Katherine called her to say she was “amazed” to discover how much of a “fuss” had been made over her welfare.The 27-year-old had been missing since she was last seen disappearing into the wilderness to meditate at a remote beauty spot.Police in the country had been looking for Ms Brewster, from Brighton, East Sussex, ever since she left a family that she had been staying with on the outskirts of a hippie commune in Alpestre, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, and failed to return.She was rescued at around 12.30 local time. Katherine Brewster after she was foundCredit:Caters Dr Brewster told the Daily Telegraph: “We are extremely relieved and thankful. She’s absolutely fine. She went out on a kind of meditation and has come back to find it all kicking off.”She’s been really quite surprised by it all. She really wasn’t expecting it. As far as she was concerned everything was fine and she’s come back to find this fuss.”I’ve spoken to her phone and she’s fine. She’s just finding out what she’s caused but is giving interviews to Brazilian media.” The family said they didn’t know when she was due to return but they were thankful she was safe.The people of the UniPermacultura alternative community, based in the village and which is founded on the ideals of sustainable living, reported her disappearance on Tuesday when she left all her belongings behind – taking only her passport and credit card.They have shared a photograph showing she was wearing the same clothes she had left in, with her legs covered in scratches after apparently getting lost in thick undergrowth.In a Facebook post, local resident Neli da Terra said she was “a guest for a period of 32 days, in search of a contact with earth and nature, always with a quiet behavior and relationship and without causing any damage to the community and our family”.Police carrying out searches feared the worst and claim they were hampered by “rugged terrain”. The 27-year-old disappeared on SundayCredit:Kat Brewster/Facebook Sister Lizzie added: “We’re delighted.” 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.