Government has approved new regulations under the Public Utilities Act that give the Utility and Review Board the ability to approve long-term natural gas pipeline contracts. This change creates consistency by giving Nova Scotia Power the same opportunities available under the Gas Distribution Act. Long-term agreements have the potential to provide Nova Scotians with reliable access to natural gas while keeping electricity prices stable for ratepayers. The Utility and Review Board will independently consider if proposed agreements are in the best interests of ratepayers. -30-
Kem Sokha, President of the Cambodia Centre for Human Rights, and his deputy, Pa Nguon Tean, were two of the four who had been charged with defamation, according to a statement released today by the Secretary-General’s spokesman in New York.With the dropping of the charges, the statement said Mr. Annan “hopes that in the future these and other human rights activists in Cambodia will be allowed to carry out their essential work without interference.”Cambodian authorities had released Mr. Kem and his deputy, along with two other activists, from jail earlier this month after arresting him on New Year’s Eve.Mr. Kem’s arrest had prompted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to warn that this and other detentions of activists were threatening progress in the war-ravaged country.Cambodia emerged from decades of civil war, including the Khmer Rouge genocide, with the signing of the UN-brokered Paris Peace Agreement in 1991 that set the country on the road to developing a civil society, however many problems remain.