Residents and visitors in the Pubnico area will soon be travelling on two improved road sections thanks to a tender call by the department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The tender calls for repaving on Route 335 from the intersection of Rock Road south for 3.7 kilometres to the end of the existing pavement, and on Dennis Point Road from the intersection of Spur Road for 1.1 kilometres to the road’s end. “Whether drivers are in the Pubnico area for business or pleasure they’ll benefit from this paving project,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Upgrading Nova Scotia’s highways is important for road safety and the economy.” The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
“More than 2.9 million people are at risk of famine and many will predictably die from hunger if we do not act now,” said the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, in a news release. As under-secretary-general, Mr. O’Brien heads the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).“CERF is one of the fastest ways to enable urgent response to people most in need,” he said, explaining that the loan will bridge a crucial gap and allow FAO to immediately save lives and livelihoods of farmers and herders until additional funds from donors are received.This effort is part of the international response to prevent another famine in Somalia five years after the previous one devastated the country. Across Somalia, 6.2 million people will face acute food insecurity through June 2017. Of these, nearly three million people are in Phases 3 (crisis) and 4 (emergency) of the five-phase International Phase Classification for Food Security (IPC), representing more than a two-fold increase from six months ago. Phase 5 is famine. “Livelihoods are people’s best defence against famine and this $22 million loan is critical to FAO’s famine prevention and drought response in Somalia,” said FAO Deputy Director-General for Programmes, Daniel Gustafson.