first_imgLow-income Nova Scotians facing a cold winter will be able to seek help from the Good Neighbour Energy Fund administered by The Salvation Army. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 27, that the province will make a contribution of $400,000 to support the fund for 2014. “The Good Neighbour Energy Fund provides direct emergency assistance to more than two thousand low-income individuals and families that may otherwise not be able to pay for home heating fuels or electric heat,” said Mr. Furey. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a home that is safe and warm this winter. We are pleased to partner with The Salvation Army to bring heating help to those who need it most.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund works with energy suppliers to provide firewood, home heating oil, coal, propane and electric heat to Nova Scotians in need. The benefit is paid as a credit that is provided directly to the energy supplier on behalf of the person receiving it. Last winter, 2,604 households received assistance through the fund. The government of Nova Scotia has provided significant assistance to the program every year since 2008. “For the seventh consecutive year the province will help keep Nova Scotians warm with their announcement of $400,000 to support the Good Neighbour Energy Fund,” said Maj. Alison Cowling, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Maritime Division. “This donation will assist families facing emergency heating situations this winter season. We are grateful for our partnership with the government and thank them for giving hope to families in need.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund has been keeping Nova Scotians warm since 1997. Begun as an initiative of Nova Scotia Power employees, it is available to low-income families facing an emergency heating situation. Application forms will be available in mid-January at Salvation Army churches, thrift stores and website,, and offices of members of the legislature. People can contribute to the Good Neighbour Energy Fund by visiting FOR BROADCAST USE Low-income Nova Scotians facing a cold winter will benefit from a 400-thousand dollar contribution by the province today (November 27th). Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced support for the Good Neighbour Energy Fund administered by The Salvation Army. He says every Nova Scotian deserves to have a home that is safe and warm this winter. Last year, over two thousand households received emergency assistance through the fund to heat their homes. Application forms will be available in mid-January from The Salvation Army and at M-L-A offices. -30-last_img read more

Rabat – After completing a joint study with Morocco’s General Secretariat of the Government, the Ministry of Culture is promoting a draft law to significantly bolster the protection and preservation of Morocco’s vast cultural heritage.The broad strategy, according to the study, will constitute a qualitative leap in the protection and advancement of cultural heritage in the kingdom through the strengthening of administrative and technical provisions relating to conservation, preservation, site excavation and development.The Ministry is promising a higher level of consistency in its preservation oversight role. Additionally, the strategy also integrates new internationally recognized concepts of cultural heritage, said the ministry in a statement released by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ministry is also emphasizing the importance of decree 2.17.664, which classifies the archaeological site Jebel Irhoud as an official national heritage site. Jebel Irhoud is where archaeologists discovered the oldest remains of Homosapiens in June 2017. The decree gives the ministry significant oversight responsibility to protect the archaeological site as excavation work continues. Research work and experiments at the site now require authorization from the Ministry of Culture and can only be carried out under the supervision of the same department.The ministry statement also noted a draft decree which is currently being developed that would add the Amridil Kasbah located in Ouarzazate to the list of national heritage sites.The decree also seeks to include other sites including Noul Lamta in the rural town of Asrir in Guelmim Province, the Kasbah of Ghalian in Tangier, the archaeological site Zilil in the Had Gharbia commune, the Gulf of Tangier, and the Medina of Taza.The Ministry expects these ambitious new policies for identifying, protecting and promoting these important cultural resources will be a driving force for economic development and cultural appreciation efforts, as well as an essential element of genuine sustainable development. read more