The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of commissioner Pat Skinner on Friday, Feb. 15. As a prominent human rights advocate, her work touched many Nova Scotians and extended well beyond her appointment as a commissioner in 2010. Ms. Skinner was a recipient of the Human Rights Award in 2006 and a past employee of the commission in the 1980s. “We are all deeply saddened and her presence at the commission will be truly missed,” said Human Rights Commission director and CEO David Shannon. “Pat typified what it is to be a caring member of our Nova Scotia community and our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.” Ms. Skinner worked tirelessly in her efforts to advance equality, inclusion and dignity through the many committees and organizations where she dedicated her efforts. As a proud Nova Scotian, she made it her life’s work to improve social justice for everyone and to create a better future for young people. She has left a legacy of passion, dedication and determination to strive for social equality for all.
Rajapaksa arrived in Seoul Monday for a four-day state visit. Under a memorandum of understanding, the money to come from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) will be used in various agricultural and public work projects as well as education and health-related programs, it said. “The agreement is important because it raises transparency on the amount of money that will be offered, making it easier for Colombo to set up its national development plans,” the ministry said.The EDCF can make it possible for local companies to take part in the ongoing 10-year national infrastructure building plan that runs through 2016, it said.The loans can also strengthen bilateral economic ties with the country that buys South Korean cars, knitted goods and synthetic rubber. Two-way trade between the two countries reached $426 million last year, with South Korea posting a $262 million surplus. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa held a summit in Seoul Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen economic and other cooperation between the two countries.Meanwhile South Korea said it will provide Sri Lanka US$200 million in development loans that can be used for future infrastructure building by the South Asian country. In the past, Seoul provided development loans to 22 projects worth $460 million, making Sri Lanka the fourth-largest beneficiary of official overseas assistance. (South Korean agencies) During Tuesday’s summit, Lee said Sri Lanka’s economy has grown steadily and its political situation stabilized due to Rajapaksa’s leadership. Lee also thanked Sri Lanka for sending a pair of elephants two years ago as a token of friendship between the two countries. “In particular, more than 20,000 Sri Lankan workers are contributing to the economy of South Korea and they are beloved by South Korean businessmen,” Lee said during the summit, referring to migrant workers from the South Asian nation.Lee said the two countries agreed to expand the Sri Lankan workforce in South Korea. Further details of the agreement were not immediately available.Rajapaksa’s trip to Seoul also includes a forum with business leaders of the two countries and a meeting with leading South Korean trade organizations.South Korea will meanwhile provide Sri Lanka US$200 million in development loans that can be used for future infrastructure building by the South Asian country, the South Korean Finance Ministry said.
Due to an operational incident on the service between Bedford and Bletchley all lines are blocked. More info when known.— London Midland (@LondonMidland) January 3, 2017 A man has died after a crash between a car and a train in Bedfordshire on Tuesday morning.London Midland Trains service between Bedford and Bletchley have been suspended and motorists are being told to avoid the area following the incident in Lidlington. It is believed the crash occurred on the level crossing on Marston Road. According to Network Rail’s website, around 36 trains and 1,200 vehicles use the crossing each day.Trains can pass through at up to 60mph. The crossing has automatic barriers which cover half of the road.A British Transport spokesman said: “Just after 10am today we were called to Marston level crossing close to Lidlington station following reports that a car had been struck by a train.”Officers attended alongside Bedfordshire Police and the East of England Ambulance service however a man, believed to be the driver of the car, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Motorists advised to avoid Marston Road near #Lidlington following a collision between a car and a train. Closures are in place— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) January 3, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been notified of this incident.”An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called to reports of the crash on Marston Road at 9.54am this morning.”We dispatched a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew and hazard area response team which remain on the scene.”A spokesman for the fire service also confirmed on they are on the scene.A spokesman for Network Rail, which manages level crossings in Britain, said: “We are assisting emergency services with an incident at Marston level crossing, near Bedford, in which a train has collided with a car.”British Transport Police are investigating the cause of the incident.” “The car was struck by the 09.34 Bedford to Bletchley London Midland service with 11 passengers and two members of staff on board. There are no other reported injuries.”At present the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, however officers continue to examine exactly how the car came to be on the tracks.