Monday, Sept. 22, Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Keltic Lodge, 383 Keltic In Rd., Ingonish, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Fishermen in Region Two, the eastern half of Cape Breton from the Inverness-Victoria County line to Port Hawkesbury, will vote on being represented by an accredited organization under the Fish Harvesters Organizations Support Act. “We all want the fishery in Nova Scotia to be a strong, viable industry, now and into the future, in order to sustain wealth in our coastal communities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. Before the voting deadline, staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will hold information sessions at three locations around Region Two. These sessions will give fishermen the opportunity to ask questions about the Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act. Locations and dates for the information sessions are as follows: A French-speaking moderator will available at the River Bourgeois meeting. A positive vote will mean organizations can apply for accreditation and then the fishermen can join any of the accredited groups. Being a part of an accredited group will make it easier for their interests to move ahead and for the industry to grow. The Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act was introduced in 2011 to make it easier for fishing regions to hold a vote. Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters. They must be returned by mail and postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 3. Region One, which includes the western half of Cape Breton and gulf part of the mainland and Region Three, the Eastern Shore, have already voted in favour of being represented by an accredited organization. For more information on the sessions contact John Bueglas at 1-800-639-7030, Eugene Samson at 902-226-2787 or Nicole Sampson at 902-631-1476.
Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake assumed office as the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today. He replaced General Jagath Jayasuriya who was appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff.Ratnayake was enlisted to the Regular Force of the Sri Lanka Army on 06 February 1980 as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 July 1981 in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regiment. In addition, he has also held a variety of key staff, instructor and administrative appointments, including Commanding Officer of the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Director Media of the Sri Lanka Army and Military Spokesman for the Ministry of Defence during 2004 – September 2005. Throughout the span of his career of more than 33 years, he has taken part in many seminars, conferences, workshops and invited assignments. Lieutenant General Ratnayake outshines as one of the few Officers of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to have completed so many local and overseas graduate study courses and diplomas. Currently, he is reading for a PhD at Kotelawala Defence University. Upon commissioning, he followed the Commando Officers Course, Infantry Young Officers Course, Battalion Support Weapon Course, Junior Command and Senior Command Courses in India, Governance and Management of Defence Course at Cranfield University, UK, Higher Level Security Studies Diploma Course and Advanced Communication Skills Course in Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He also graduated from Defence Service Command and Staff College, Bangladesh, National Defence University, China and Army Intelligence School, Fort Hnachuca, Arizona, USA. With wide experience and service, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has held many command appointments to suit his rank and was privileged to command an Infantry Battalion and three Infantry Brigades, prior to being appointed as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 23 Infantry Division which pioneered the humanitarian operations in the East.Upon conclusion of humanitarian operations, he was called upon to rehabilitate 12,000 ex-combatants, where he was appointed as the Commissioner General Rehabilitation. With transformation of the Army from warfare to peacetime roles, he using his capacity of judgement, and sense of humaneness rendered an indelible service for the field of rehabilitation, in his capacity as the Commissioner General Rehabilitation.