Sambro Island Lighthouse Featured on New Coin

first_img A photo of the Sambro Island lighthouse, taken by the lateHeadley Doty, is depicted on a new coin issued by the RoyalCanadian Mint. Born in Yarmouth, Mr. Doty joined the provincial government as aphotographer in 1946. He established the first still photographysection of the former Bureau of Information. He retired from thepublic service in 1970. “Lighthouses are an important part of Nova Scotia’s landscape andheritage, so it is very symbolic to have the Sambro Islandlighthouse featured on this new coin,” said Ernest Fage, ministerresponsible for Communications Nova Scotia. “As a province, weshould all be very proud to have the work of a talented NovaScotian depicted on this coin.” The Sambro Island lighthouse, located at the entrance to theHalifax Harbour, is the oldest working lighthouse in NorthAmerica. “The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to commemorate the rich historyof Canada’s historic lighthouses,” said David Dingwall, presidentand CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As one of North America’soldest operating lighthouses, the 2004 Sambro Island Lighthousecoin has appropriately launched this collector series.” The new limited edition coin is the first coin to be unveiled inthe Royal Canadian Mint’s 2004 Lighthouse Collection. For more information about the coin, visit the Mint’s website . COMMUNICATIONS N.S.–Sambro Island Lighthouse Featured on NewCoinlast_img read more

Prestigious UN honours awarded to disaster prevention experts

5 October 2007A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. “The award recognizes the efforts of these individuals – both trained as engineers – to communicate effectively on hazard and risk-related issues with a wide range of stakeholders including social scientists, engineers, architects and decision-makers as well as the general public,” said Salvano Briceño, director of the Geneva-based secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). “Their ability to bridge the gaps between science and practice has brought disaster risk reduction closer to people’s daily’s lives.” Kyoto University Professor Yoshiaki Kawata, who specializes in disaster risk reduction, has been selected for the honor for his promotion of research and knowledge about past disasters. According to the ISDR, he has highlighted the lessons learned from the Great Hanshin Awaji, or Kobe, Earthquake which took over 6,400 lives and is one of the most devastating earthquakes in Japanese history. Mr. Kawata has dedicated much of the past three decades raising public awareness of disasters; in 2002, he founded the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and established the Kobe Disaster Reduction Museum to educate both the public and local governments in practical knowledge and skills. A pioneer in advancing safe architectural and designs to resist natural hazards, Tony Gibbs works as an advisor for the UN and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group on hospital safety. He has made significant contribution to hazard awareness and disaster risk reduction n the Caribbean and throughout the Americas, according to ISDR. He has also focused on designing structures to protect hospitals against wind and earthquakes, influencing standards and advances in building design worldwide. Aside from these achievements, Mr. Gibbs is also being awarded the prize for his advocacy and leadership role in sharing knowledge with engineers, architects, builders and the public. A Sasakawa Certificate of Distinction was also awarded to ActionAid International, a South African non-governmental organization (NGO) for its role in incorporating disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework – which offers a number of concrete steps to make communities and nations more resilient to any type of disaster – into is sustainable development activities. The Social Action Centre in the Philippines, La Red Habitat en Riesgo in Argentina and the South African Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme are being recognized for their efforts with Sasakawa Certificates of Merit. The UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment Prize, was established in 1986 by the Nippon Foundation in Japan. Laureates are selected by the UN Sasakawa jury, comprising representatives from the five continents. read more

TMX Group moving to new Toronto tower in 2017

TORONTO — The headquarters for Canada’s largest stock markets will get a new home in the fall of 2017.TMX Group Ltd., the owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the Montreal Exchange and other securities markets, says it will move into a new, 40-storey tower that’s being built by Oxford Properties Group.The new address at 100 Adelaide St. W in downtown Toronto is near the current Exchange Tower, which is a block south at 130 King St. W.Oxford Properties Group says it will spend around $400-million to build the new 900,000-square-foot Ernst & Young Tower.The existing building at 100 Adelaide St. W will be torn down, but its historic facade — including the mosaics made by Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald — will be integrated into the new structure.Construction is expected to be finished by June 2017.The Canadian Press read more