Families from across the province will hold rallies, get physical and lend a helping hand over the next several days as they participate in activities to mark Duke Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis attended a flag-raising ceremony at Province House, today, Sept. 20, where she joined representatives from the Department of Education and members of the award’s provincial council, to raise the Duke of Edinburgh flag. “Volunteerism and community service are fundamental to the fabric of this province,” said the lieutenant governor. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is not only a way to recognize young people who give selflessly, but also provides a structure and incentive to encourage new generations to embrace the concept of service to others.” More than 2,300 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in Duke programs each year to promote community and country development, while teaching the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. “The young people and their families who participate in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs are helping to grow strong communities in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “The recent visit from Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, reminded us of the importance of community service and self-improvement, and I congratulate those who incorporate those themes in their daily lives.” Throughout the week, duke participants, leaders, council members, parents and volunteers will participate in theme days that will highlight the great work youth are doing in their communities. Activities will promote awareness, gratitude, fitness, environmental appreciation and community involvement, which are the main themes of the Duke program. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org .
China Development Bank (CDB) Corporation will lend US$580 million (S$732 million) to Sri Lanka to help implement key infrastructure projects, a government document released on Wednesday showed, according to a Reuters news agency report.The loan will bring CDB’s total lending to Sri Lanka to more than US$1.4 billion. China’s increasing influence in the island nation has stoked concerns in neighbouring India. According to the document, US$300 million of the loan will be spent on developing roads and US$200 million on water supply projects, with the rest going to the national business school. It said CDB had already extended US$652 million for road development projects and US$214 million for an irrigation project.