Minister Recognizes Contribution of Errol Hancock

first_imgMinister of Agriculture Brooke Taylor today, July 28, extended his sympathies to the family of Errol Hancock, who passed away Saturday, July 26, at the age of 106. Dr. Hancock served Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry for more than 36 years, including more than a decade of general practice with the Canadian Department of Agriculture. He later joined the provincial Department of Agriculture in 1937, becoming the department’s first provincial animal pathologist. In 1927, Dr. Hancock worked on the initial testing of cattle for tuberculosis eradication as well as the eradication of other poultry and cattle diseases. “Dr. Hancock made distinguished contributions to the agriculture community and the field of veterinary medicine in Nova Scotia and Canada,” said Mr. Taylor. “The industry continues to experience benefits from his pioneering work in the field of disease eradication and control. The department of agriculture continues to offer several of the programs and services he helped establish. “The Hancock Building, home of the veterinary pathology laboratory located on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus in Bible Hill, was proudly named after him in recognition of services to the livestock industry in Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

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Australian Navy told Lankan asylum seekers to go and die

The claims first surfaced in an Amnesty International report last year involving a boat believed to be heading to New Zealand. Two young Sri Lankan parents, who risked a dangerous high seas journey to escape conflict, say the Australian Navy gave them a message while allegedly paying off the people smugglers to turn back. The Australian Navy had told Sri Lankan asylum seekers to go and die after they were turned back at sea.Secret interviews with asylum seekers being held in Indonesia appear to confirm allegations that people smugglers were paid to turn back while trying to reach Australia, Tvnz.co.nz reported. Parent Kandiah Kayuran said the message was, “don’t come back this way, go and die” and he said, “were left like that”.British journalist Phil Miller secretly interviewed the couple and others being held at an Indonesian detention centre in Kupang City, West Timor. Most of them have applied for asylum and are hoping for a new life in New Zealand, but the process could take years.“This boat hit a reef off an island off Indonesia and sank. Fortunately they were rescued by local Indonesian fishermen,” Mr Miller said.Mr Miller says conditions at the West Timor camp are dismal and there are half a dozen children including Mr Kayuran’s six-week-old girl there. The Prime Minister says he hasn’t discussed how Australia turns back people smugglers.But Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International says,”if there are trans-national crimes going on here, which is what the evidence suggests, then that’s a issue for New Zealand”. John Key is meeting his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Friday but this issue won’t be on the formal agenda. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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