The province is joining with police to make Nova Scotia roads safer for travelers this holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across the province are teaming up today, Nov. 23, in New Glasgow to launch Operation Christmas. The annual campaign is aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving. To signify the start of Operation Christmas, checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up throughout New Glasgow. There will be an increased number of checkpoints across the province throughout the holiday season. “I have said it many times before, there is zero tolerance for impaired drivers in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Everyone has a role to play to ensure those who drink don’t drive. By planning ahead to get home safely and making sure others do the same, lives will be saved.” Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia’s roads. In 2011, 19 Nova Scotians died in alcohol-related automobile collisions. “Mothers Against Drunk Driving appreciates the opportunity to participate with law enforcement, responders and other highway safety partners as part of Operation Christmas,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “Today’s provincial launch means police will conduct an increased number of sobriety checks in their own communities over the holidays. We are asking motorists to exercise responsible choices and drive safe and sober.’ New Glasgow Regional Police Service is partnering with Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton Police Service and Westville Police Service to host Operation Christmas 2012. “Operation Christmas is a shared responsibility between law enforcement and the community to eliminate all injuries and deaths due to impaired driving during the holiday season,” said New Glasgow Regional Police Service Chief Delaney Chisholm. “Operation Christmas is a great opportunity for road safety partners to remind motorists about the importance of planning ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely.” The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above .08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 to .08. With winter only weeks away, Nova Scotia motorists are also reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions. “Canadian Tire welcomes the opportunity to be part of an important program like Operation Christmas,” said Tom Mara, associate dealer of New Glasgow Canadian Tire. “With the holiday season upon us and winter weather just around the corner, it is imperative the we prepare our vehicles for safe winter travel. Snow tires and preventative maintenance items such as battery testing, wiper blade replacement and stocking the car with emergency roadside kits will ensure we all arrive at our destination safely.”
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), located at The Hague, sentenced Ranko Cesic, 39, after he pleaded guilty to six counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of violating the laws or customs of war.Mr. Cesic admitted to killing 10 men and forcing two brothers to perform oral sex on each other during a 32-day period while he was either a Bosnian Serb police officer or a member of the Bosnian-Serb Territorial Defence group.The crimes occurred at either the Luka detention camp, near the town of Brcko in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina, or in the Brcko Partizan Sports Hall.In one case, Mr. Cesic ordered a man to say goodbye and shake hands with other detainees at the Luka camp before taking him outside and beating him to death.The judges said the depravity and cruelty of Mr. Cesic’s behaviour and the fact that all the victims were vulnerable detainees under the supervision of Mr. Cesic and others were aggravating factors in his case.But they said Mr. Cesic’s guilty plea, remorse and cooperation with prosecutors were mitigating factors and determined that an 18-year jail term would be appropriate.
The decision was taken because it “may contain shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC), a type of bacteria that is potentially harmful to health,” FSS said.The cheeses affected are Dunsyre Blue with the relevant batch number and best-before dates between September 18 and October 18 this year.Dunsyre Baby cheese, with best-before dates between September 21 and October 11 2016, is also subject to the recall, FSS said.E. coli O157 infection can occur after eating food or drinking water that may be contaminated with the faeces from infected animals, or from contact with animals or their environments. The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratoryErrington Cheese statement The organisation said Errington Cheese had not voluntarily withdrawn the product, so it was initiating the withdrawal of batch G14 from the marketplace.The statement continued: “FSS and South Lanarkshire Council’s investigations into food safety related to unpasteurised cheese produced by Errington Cheese Ltd are ongoing.”Actions will continue to be determined by what is necessary to protect public health and the interests of consumers.”Errington Cheese said it was conducting its own tests.A statement published on the firm’s website said: “We take food safety as our priority and when we were told of the presumptive E.coli O157 result we immediately consulted experts in dairy microbiology.”The experts told us they were confused and concerned by the testing methodology adopted by the laboratory. We have given careful consideration to this and to the fact that the cheese has been on the market for three weeks now with absolutely no reported incidence of illness.”We have arranged for the sample of the same cheese tested by the authorities to be tested and the results will be ready on Monday when we will review the situation and post an update.”Meanwhile, an investigation by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has begun into the death of the three-year-old girl in Dunbartonshire on September 2.The child was among 20 confirmed cases of infection with E.coli O157, with 11 of those requiring hospital treatment.Authorities looking into the outbreak found those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue before they became unwell. All confirmed cases became unwell before the end of July.During that month, two Dunsyre Blue batches were voluntarily recalled, while on Thursday, Errington Cheese also instigated the “precautionary recall” of third batch of the product. Scotland’s food agency has called for a further batch of cheese to be withdrawn from sale because it may contain E. coli.Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said a sample from a batch of Lanark White, made by Lanarkshire-based Errington Cheese, has tested positive for E. coli O157.A different brand of cheese made by the same firm had been linked to an E. coli outbreak in which a three-year-old girl died.In July, two batches of Dunsyre Blue were voluntarily recalled, and earlier this week a third was taken off the market as a “precautionary” measure. Dunsyre Blue was previously recalled after a three-year-old girl died during an E.coli outbreak linked to the cheeseCredit:PA/FSS Officials said investigations showed a number of those affected had consumed Dunsyre Blue FSS has issued a Food Alerts for Action (FAFA) calling for batch G14 of Lanark White to be immediately recalled from sale. It said the products would have been purchased between August 22 and September 10.A statement from FSS said: “A sample from a batch of Lanark White submitted for testing by South Lanarkshire Council has tested positive for E. coli O157.”Although this organism may not carry shiga toxins, it is associated with human disease in the UK, so this cheese is a potential risk to health.”Lanark White, a white cheese made from unpasteurised sheep’s milk, is known to be supplied by Errington Cheese to wholesalers, who in turn supply to retail and catering establishments.The product is mainly provided to specialist cheese shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants, FSS said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.