The first partnership to come out of the province’s new housing strategy will help revitalize Truro and encourage more young families to put down roots in the community. The province is working with the Town of Truro on the first Neighbourhood Improvement Program to revitalize the Alice Street area in the east end, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 17. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a safe and affordable place to live, in a community where they can build a good life,” said Premier Dexter. “We know that a community is not just a collection of streets and buildings, it’s a place that Nova Scotians call home. That’s why this housing strategy is so much more than just building houses and housing units. “This is about building communities and creating homes for families to raise their children, for young people to get started on the rest of their life, and for seniors to feel safe and secure in their golden years.” Truro residents identified the Alice Street Neighbourhood Improvement Program as a priority during the housing strategy consultation last November. “We have already seen the benefits to families when people with different income levels are indistinguishable from one another,” said MLA Lenore Zann, speaking on behalf of Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “In fact, Truro’s King Street, with its new apartment complex, art gallery and other improvements, is a wonderful success story. It provides a great foundation that can be expanded further east to an area that has seen little development over the years. “Both the new revitalization program and the Alice Street residential development will help attract more young families and help our east-end community create a more beautiful, family-friendly and safer environment for all to enjoy.” The heart of the revitalization project is developing the former Alice Street School site. The province will also redevelop another property it owns on Alice Street, and will offer new and existing programs to residents to improve curb appeal. Gloria Upham is a retired teacher who lives in the neighbourhood and used to walk along Alice Street to her job at the elementary school. “I’d love to see the area revitalized,” Ms. Upham said. “I really believe that this effort will inspire all of us to take pride in our homes and enhance the neighbourhood.” The town council unanimously approved the development June 11. Along with a new playground, the new residence will bring 28 apartments to the area. “Alice Street School was the centre of the community where kids went to school, neighbours met neighbours and events were staged over many years in Truro’s east end,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “It was the meeting place where many successes were realized and students were recognized for their accomplishments and everybody knew each other and cared for each other. Now we have come full circle in this new development, caring for the needs of our families.” “I feel strongly about offering new housing options in this neighbourhood,” said developer Ron Meech of Meech Holdings. “These efforts, along with the municipal and provincial efforts, will bring about the changes the community has asked for.” Under the Neighbourhood Improvement Program, residents can get funding to support revitalization efforts such as landscaping, exterior painting and some exterior repairs. For more information on the province’s housing strategy, go to http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/hs/Housing_Strategy.pdf .
By Ouassima BoujradFez – Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America (USA), announced Tuesday, August 5, during the US-Africa Summit in front of the “US Africa Business Forum,” being held in Washington, D.C., that the next Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, and will be held on November 20-21.The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is a platform to facilitate the exchange of views and ideas between global business leaders and entrepreneurs and strengthen alliances among them. It was first proclaimed by Barack Obama in his Speech in Cairo in 2009, where he characterizes this step as a “New Beginning,” declaring the inauguration of this summit in the U.S.A. in Washington on 26-27 April 2010 for the first time. The main objective behind the first summit was to deepen the ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. According to www.whitehouse.org, “Participants hail from: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, China, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, United Kingdom, the United States, and Yemen.”The second GES was held December 3-6, 2011, in Turkey, at the Istanbul Harbiye Convention Center, under the theme “Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda.” The fundamental goals were to improve the culture of entrepreneurship for cross cultural approximation and sustainable development, to support global cooperation among entrepreneurs and to share success stories.The third GES was organized in Dubai, UAE and held December 11-12, 2012. It’s focus was to provide opportunities to link U.S.A. leadership with the Muslim countries entrepreneurs to create private-sector jobs plus financing, and to highlight the immense support of the U.S.A. government to a sustainable growth promotion, expanding trade, and improving the investment climate in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the world.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the site of the fourth GES, held October 11, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry replaced Barack Obama as the summit’s leaders. The aim of the 2013 GES was to boost opportunities for young entrepreneurs to fulfill dreams and innovations and make easier networking and wider cooperative opportunities.This year Morocco will host the event in Marrakesh on November 20-21. It was selected among 50 other African countries, which signifies the immense development the Moroccan country had reached. It is also a frank recognition from the USA government that Morocco is a perfect, sustainable entrepreneurship door for the rest of African states and countries.According to the “Financial Times,” Morocco ranks as the second most attractive country to host direct foreign investments in the African continent, after South Africa. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, has indicated that this international meeting will be an open event during which “Morocco is going to target the various countries” with the aim of assuring wider participation.