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Province Invests in Accessible Taxi Service is HRM

first_img Disabled people in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) aregetting better access to wheelchair accessible taxi services. The province has invested $40,000 to help four operators financeaccessible taxis in the municipality. Last November, HRM lost its only wheelchair accessible taxiservice. People with physical disabilities had no access to ataxi service in HRM. The province consulted with Metro Transit, HRM’s taxi committeeand the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission to develop a one-time grant program. “An accessible taxi service is vital for people with disabilitiesto fully participate in their communities,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Thisgrant will help four companies provide wheelchair accessible taxiservice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Four grants of $10,000 each have been awarded towards thepurchase of accessible vans to service seniors and people withdisabilities. The recipients are Darcey Cummings, Ben bellaNafea, Charles Burnell and Nahil Rahim. They will providewheelchair accessible service throughout HRM, as well as serviceto and from the Halifax International Airport. Charles Burnell’s accessible taxi service is operating now. Theother three accessible taxi services will be operating thisspring. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Province Invests in AccessibleTaxi Service in HRMlast_img read more

European Commission proposes restoring GSP to Sri Lanka

These preferences would come under a special arrangement of the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences, known as GSP+. This arrangement is designed to support developing countries by fostering their economic development through increased trade with Europe and providing incentives to take tangible measures towards sustainable development. The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance.These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “GSP+ preferences can make a significant contribution to Sri Lanka’s economic development by increasing exports to the EU market. But this also reflects the way in which we want to support Sri Lanka in implementing human rights, rule of law and good governance reforms. I am confident of seeing timely and substantial further progress in these areas and the GSP+ dialogue and monitoring features will support this reform process. This should include making Sri Lankan counter-terrorism legislation fully compatible with international human rights conventions.”Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory. Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for further progress towards the full implementation of those conventions, and provides a platform for engagement with beneficiaries on all problematic areas. The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective. As is the case for all GSP+ countries, the removal of customs duties for Sri Lanka would be accompanied with rigorous monitoring of the country’s progress in the area of sustainable development, human rights and good governance. (Colombo Gazette) read more