A marketing campaign promoting the world-class offerings of Nova Scotia universities was launched in Halifax today, Jan. 11. The campaign markets Nova Scotia as “Canada’s University Capital” to prospective students and their parents. “We are sending a strong message to students across Canada: Nova Scotia is the destination for education in this country,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks, on behalf of the Premier Darrell Dexter. “We want prospective students and their parents to know that Nova Scotia’s universities offer a wide range of quality programs and a personalized approach to learning.” An enthusiastic crowd of university students and alumni from across Nova Scotia were on hand for the launch. “The competition for students in Canada is fierce, this campaign will help Nova Scotia’s universities stand out and remind our young people that a world-class education can be found right here,” said Cape Breton University president John Harker, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. The campaign brings together every university in the province, offering a unified voice under the Come to Life brand. An interactive website gives visitors an opportunity to meet a professor from each university and receive a brief introduction to their university. From the campaign site, visitors can access links to explore offerings of each university. The campaign will also be launched with events in Toronto and Ottawa later this month. “This campaign is one part of government’s overall goal to attract and retain young people to the province. After receiving their education at one of the province’s fine universities, we invite those alumni to stay here, put down roots, and build a life in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Nova Scotia is also grateful for the many friends and ambassadors around the world who have come to Nova Scotia for their higher education and continue to boast about the province, its people and their experiences at our universities.” “The education I received in Nova Scotia was invaluable to me,” said John Rogers, an Acadia and Dalhousie alumnus and CEO of the law firm of Stewart McKelvey. “My professors knew me by name. I felt like I was part of a community. The value given to excellence in my field of study instilled a sense of pride that has carried on throughout my career. It provided me with the foundation for life-long learning.” A province steeped in a tradition of education, Nova Scotia remains an education destination of choice for out-of-province and international students. In 2009, more than 16,000 out-of-province students and more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries were enrolled in programs across the province.
TOKYO — Asian shares rose in muted trading Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.5 per cent in early trading Wednesday to 21,564.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4 per cent to 6,150.30. South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.2 per cent to 2,231.70. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.8 per cent to 29,002.90, while the Shanghai Composite index gained 1.7 per cent to 2,992.57.Kim and Trump both arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday and begin their meetings later in the day. The two leaders first met in June in Singapore, a summit that was long on historic pageantry but short in any enforceable agreements for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.Progress toward further dismantling of the North’s nuclear program could help reduce tensions left over from the 1950-53 Korean War.Trump and Kim are to have a private dinner Wednesday evening and hold talks Thursday in hopes of building on Singapore’s aspirational agreement.U.S. stock indexes capped a day of wobbly trading with slight losses Tuesday, erasing some of their modest gains from a day earlier. The market changed course several times during the day as investors balanced conflicting U.S. economic data and testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.The Fed chief told Congress that the U.S. economy should keep expanding at a solid, though somewhat slower pace this year, and reassured markets that the central bank would be “patient” in raising interest rates. Those comments, which indicate steady policy ahead, cheered sentiments among Asian markets.“Powell’s reference to neutral size of the Fed’s balance sheet as being consistent with reserves around $1 trillion ‘plus a buffer’ adds to comfort that the Fed will err on the side of caution rather than unsettle with ‘overtightening,’” Mizuho Bank said in a commentary.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 dropped 0.1 per cent to 2,793.90, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1 per cent to 26,057.98. The Nasdaq composite slid 0.1 per cent, to 7,549.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 0.7 per cent to 1,577.48. Major European indexes finished mostly higher.ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude added 55 cents to $56.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was essentially flat at $55.50 a barrel in New York overnight. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 43 cents to $65.79 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar was flat at 110.58 yen. The euro fell to $1.1379 from $1.1388 on Tuesday.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
“Most of the survivors we have today were broken in their bodies and their souls”, Esther Mujawayo-Keiner told those gathered in the General Assembly Hall, to reflect on what UN chief António Guterres referred to as “one of the darkest chapters in recent human history”, which overwhelmingly targeted Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Esther Mujawayo-Keiner, survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, shares her story during the International Day of Reflection, 2019. He pointed out that Rwanda has been among the top five UN peacekeeping contributors, explaining that his nation contributes soldiers and police, “with values instilled by our tragic history”.“As a nation once betrayed by the international community, we are determined to do our part to working with others to make things better going forward”, President Kagame concluded.For her part, Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanda’s UN Ambassador, reflected on the time, 25 years ago, when “the world and the United Nations abandoned Rwanda”.She viewed the event underway in “this very house that let Rwanda down”, as a historic one and expressed gratitude that although her country had experienced “interrupted” peace and security, it is now on the solid foundation “of social cohesion”.No crime ‘like any other’“I was asked to provide a photo of my family”, said survivor Marcel Uwineza, a Jesuit priest. “I actually don’t have any”.He painted a picture of Hutus and Tutsis being pitted against each other, where “uncles turned against their nephews and nieces” and where his family “lost everything”.Reverend Uwineza underscored that the genocide “was born of racist policy rather than war”, as many claim.“We have to challenge the many deniers who use war as a means to minimize the gravity of the genocide, knowing that all lives matter, but a genocide is no crime like any other” he underlined.Speaking about the “joy of reconciliation”, the priest described meeting the man who killed his two brothers and sister, saying that he had initially thought he was going to be murdered as well. But instead, the man knelt before him and asked for forgiveness.“When finally I said ‘I forgive you’, I felt free”, Reverend Uwineza said. UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in the General Assembly Hall, April 2019. Beware of ‘dangerous trends’“Today we stand in solidarity with the people of Rwanda”, Secretary-General Guterres told the gathering, calling on everyone present to acknowledge “dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance” at work throughout the world today.Calling the current widespread proliferation of hate speech and incitement to violence “an affront to our values, which threatens “human rights, social stability and peace”, he saw them as the “dangerous trends” that were “clearly present in Rwanda immediately before the genocide”. “Today’s commemoration gives us an opportunity to once again raise our voices against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, including social and ethnic discrimination, anti-Muslim hatred and anti-Semitism”, the UN chief asserted. “Wherever they occur, these evils should be identified, confronted and stopped to prevent them leading, as they have in the past, to hate crimes and genocide”.Mr. Guterres called on all political, religious and civil society leaders to“reject hate speech and discrimination”, and to root out the causes that “undermine social cohesion and create conditions for hatred and intolerance”.“Let us all pledge to work together to build a harmonious future for all people, everywhere” he said, calling it “the best way to honour those who lost their lives so tragically in Rwanda 25 years ago”.‘Enshrine’ past lessons for future generation“Tutsi were decimated”, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa stated. Beginning on 7 April 1994, “those [who] opposed the genocide, including Hutus, were also targeted and killed”.Putting the bloodshed into perspective, she said that “an average of over 8,000 people a day, more than 30 in the time allocated to this ceremony” were slaughtered.“The international community watched in horror, but we did not prevent the atrocities”, lamented Ms. Espinosa, asking those gathered to “rekindle our efforts to realize our promise of ‘never again’” by investing in education “to enshrine the lessons” of the past, fight hate speech and “call out those who dehumanize others”.Rising from the ashesKeynote speaker Rwandan President Paul Kagame attested to his country’s fighting spirit, of how it went from darkness to hope, and called honour and prevention acts of remembrance.“We honour the victims. We honour the courage of the survivors, and we honour the manner in which the Rwandans have come together to rebuild our nation” he asserted.Citing “denial and trivialization” as the foundation of genocide, Mr. Kagame stressed that “countering denial is essential for breaking the cycle and preventing any recurrence”. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Lighting candles during the commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She recounted how the genocide took almost all of her immediate family, including her parents, most of her siblings and her husband. She thought she might be the last woman left standing, “because it was almost impossible to survive”.But slowly, she discovered there were other widows – a new kind of family – adding that the “widows clan” helped her to be “truly alive” and no longer “dead on the inside”, and together with other female survivors, she founded the widows’ association AVEGA.