Young Nova Scotians are getting a unique opportunity to help spark the spirit of the Canada Games. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society and The Chronicle Herald are giving youth age 12 to 21 a chance to be official Canada Games torchbearers. The online contest was launched today, April 23, at http://TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch. The Chronicle Herald is the official sponsor of the 2011 Games torch program. “The Chronicle Herald is thrilled to sponsor the 2011 torch program as it travels across the province, igniting the spirit of communities and youth along the way,” said Sarah Dennis, president and CEO of The Chronicle Herald. Community sporting events and festivals, such as the Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade and the Bluenose Marathon’s Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run, will host the torch until fall. Ten torchbearers will be chosen for each participating event. TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch website will be updated as more events are added. Entrants will submit a short written description of how they live a healthy, active lifestyle, volunteer in the community, or have done their part to keep the Earth healthy and green. Torchbearers will be chosen by the Host Society. Nova Scotia communities can contact the Host Society at [email protected] for more information on how to host a torch event. The online contest is one element of the 2011 Games Torch Program. The program, along with the official torches, will be unveiled May 3 at a torch-lighting ceremony in Ottawa. Building on the Canada Games tradition, the 2011 Games torch program celebrates the unique culture of Nova Scotia in the communities that help shape and define it, generating awareness and excitement in each region leading up to the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
The election practice in Sri Lanka is not fair, the Asia Network for Free and Fair Elections (ANFREL) said today.Money politics, weak political parties and violence still mar democratic elections in Asian countries, Asia Network for Free and Fair Elections (ANFREL) chairperson Damaso G. Magbual said at a press briefing in Bali, the Jakarta Post reported. According to Magbual, political parties’ weaknesses could be clearly seen in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia, citing as an example that politicians in the Philippines changed political parties “as fast as they change their clothes”. As an example, Magbual said, candidates in Nepal and Sri Lanka could spend 15 times their annual salaries to participate in elections — a bad precedent that could discriminate qualified people from taking part in the democratic process. “The laws in those countries don’t provide limits on how much money the candidate can spend. This is not a fair election practice,” he said during the Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum III at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel in Bali. “This practice is bad. Political parties are supposed to define policies and propose programs to government. If [politicians] keep changing political parties, it means that political parties stand for nothing,” Magbual stressed, adding that Asian countries could take an example from India where candidates who leave their political parties must forfeit their seats.Meanwhile, violence in the implementation of elections still occurs in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He cited that previously, politicians in Cambodia had tried to intimidate and eliminate other potential candidates in the upcoming 2017 election. (Colombo Gazette)