Nova Scotians are being encouraged to uncover treasures,exceptional objects and the unique stories that are part of theirheritage this weekend, June 12 and 13, as more than 40 museumsacross Nova Scotia engage in the fun and hands-on activities ofMuseum Weekend. “It’s encouraging to see the variety of high quality museums inNova Scotia,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “The benefits of these museums are felt incommunities throughout the province and this weekend there’ssomething for all ages and interests.” Take a heritage hike, make a kite like Alexander Graham Bell,learn a new heritage skill or how to preserve treasured familyphotos during the ninth annual Museum Weekend. Participants maydiscover amazing facts about life at sea, hear the music of thepast, sample old-fashioned recipes, take in a new exhibit, orseek out answers in a heritage hunt. Nova Scotians can also get a new perspective on history throughmuseum displays of local students’ drawings. The artwork reflectsheritage in the students’ communities as part of the MuseumWeekend I Spy Heritage contest. Annual Museum Weekend events highlight the province’s richheritage and the significant role museums play in preserving andinterpreting local culture and natural history. “It’s our heritage,” said Mr. MacDonald. “This weekend is a greattime to experience it.” For event details and museum listings see the website athttp://museum.gov.ns.ca/museumweekend or call 1-800-565-0000.
Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva recalled his organization’s close working partnership that has been on with the delegation for years and acknowledged its support gratefully, particularly during the times of the conflict before May 2009. The new Head of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka Ms Claire Meypraud had talks with army commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva today.Meypraud paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters today. Towards the end of the courtesy meeting, exchange of mementos took place as tokens of close cooperation and understanding. Ms Meypraud, accompanied by her Deputy Head of the ICRC delegation, Irfan Sulejmani during her meeting with the Commander of the Army, was enthusiastic in receiving an update on the roles and tasks of the Army versus its interaction with the ICRC and Red Cross in Sri Lanka with special focus on the north and east.