Whether travelling to a ceilidh or a Cape Breton clam bake, Nova Scotians will have a smoother trip on Highway 19. The province awarded a $1.7-million road paving contract to Dexter Construction Company Ltd. to repave 6.6 kilometres of Highway 19 (Ceilidh Trail). “The Ceilidh Trail is starting to realize its terrific potential as a recreation and tourism resource and this job will help smooth the way,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This job and many others are listed in the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan that serves as a long-term blueprint for maintaining Nova Scotia’s highway system.” The road will be paved from 1.2 kilometres north of the intersection of Creignish Mountain Road north for 6.6 kilometers. The province plans to pave 500 kilometres of road this year and resurface more than 200 kilometres. This year’s $281-million road construction budget is part of a three-year stretch of record-breaking highway improvement investments. The 5 Year Plan is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/2012_13Content.asp .
Some 10,000 vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugee children received the schools meals in March, the UN World Food Programme announced, allowing them energy to focus more on their studies. “By providing children with daily, nutritious meals at school, WFP can ensure improved nutritional intake for these children as well as encouraging their parents to send them to school regularly,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich. He added that “education is vital to equip the youth of Lebanon and Syria with the tools they will need to contribute to a region that is going through such turmoil and difficulty.” Over the past five years, more than one million Syrian refugees have attended Lebanon’s public schools. In response, more than 250 public schools have introduced a double shirt system, to allow the enrolment of additional students. The WFP school meals programme is funded by the Italian Development Cooperation, and is being carried out in close coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition, WFP assists 600,000 Syrian refugees across Lebanon with monthly food vouchers useable at local markets.