Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Oct. 4. Lunenburg Nova Scotia where the Land Meets the Sea, a documentary produced by Lunenburg Films Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $72,385 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $233,500. To read an interview about Lunenburg Nova Scotia Where the Land Meets the Sea, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30-
“With up to 1,000 Syrian refugees arriving in Iraq every week, the UN urgently requires additional funds to scale up its humanitarian assistance to all Syrian refugees in Iraq,” said the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, who also serves as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Development and Humanitarian Affairs in the Middle Eastern country. “While the Iraqi authorities have shown a strong commitment in their provision of humanitarian assistance, they require more support to meet the needs of the ever increasing number of refugees arriving in Iraq,” she added. Along with representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – Claire Bourgeois and Marzio Babille, respectively – Ms. Badcock visited refugee camps in the Al’Qaim district, located in the Anbar governorate in western Iraq, this week. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 500,000 refugees, either registered or awaiting registration in neighbouring countries and North Africa, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. Earlier this week, UNHCR said that the number of refugees is currently climbing by more than 3,000 per day. According to the latest figures from UNHCR, there are presently over 63,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq. In the last four months, the number of refugees has increased six-fold from the around 10,000 Syrian refugees who were registered in Iraq at the end of July. The United Nations seeks $83 million to scale up its humanitarian response to the increasing number of Syrian refugees in Iraq for the time-period of January to June next year. The funds will provide basic water and sanitation, health, education, shelter, and protection assistance to refugees in Al’Qaim camp, as well as the Domiz refugee camp, located in the Dohuk governorate. “With the situation in Syria not showing any signs of abating, the current flow of refugees into Iraq is likely to continue, and could even further increase,” said Ms. Bourgeois. “To accommodate them, existing camps need to be expanded and completed without further delay, such as the third camp in Al’Qaim, and persons fleeing violence should be allowed to seek protection in them.” The UN officials also noted that with the onset of falling temperatures during the winter months – which frequently fall to below 10 degrees Celsius across Iraq – new challenges for all refugees exist. “Acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, are of particular concern to children during the winter months,” said UNICEF’s Mr. Babille. “We must make sure that every child and family is provided with warm clothes, blankets and heating as well as the required medical treatment to prevent and treat preventable diseases, thus ensuring children remain healthy during the cold season.” Separately, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, is due to leave Geneva for Beirut today, where he will join the European Union’s Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, on a two-day mission to Lebanon and Jordan. The duo’s activities include a visit to programmes for refugees and host families in the two countries, which together have now received more than 300,000 registered Syrian refugees, with 155,873 in Lebanon and 144,426 in Jordan. It will be Mr. Guterres’ second mission to the region in three months. Also today, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) warned that Syrians are at risk of being killed and maimed as a result of explosive remnants of war (ERW) left behind in the wake of the conflict in Syria. According to UNMAS – which coordinates and delivers clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war left behind after the cessation of armed conflict – the intensity and length of the conflict in Syria has involved the use of a broad range of weapons which will result in a devastating level of deadly explosives littering residential areas in cities and towns throughout the country long after the conflict ceases. “From our work around the world, we know only too well that the long-term impact of ERW will hit children and the most vulnerable in society the hardest,” said UNMAS’ director, Agnès Marcaillou. “In the case of Syria, refugees and internally displaced people returning to homes damaged by fighting are at particularly high-risk of being killed or injured by left-behind explosives obscured by debris.” She added, “In some countries, such as Afghanistan and Laos, people have long confronted the dangers of ERW, but for most Syrians this will be a new danger and so the need for risk awareness is crucial.” The UN agency is urgently seeking funding to deliver risk awareness on these dangers to Syrian refugees and internally displaced people as well as funding to pre-position ERW clearance teams and equipment to enable rapid deployment when the situation allows. These projects are included in the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan 2013, due to be launched in Geneva on 19 December.
Wreckage was found on the seabed 30 metres from where final radar readings located it at an altitude of 1,600ft (488m), suggesting it had dropped almost vertically in its final moments, the interim report found.About 15 minutes before the crash took place at 8.16pm on Jan 21, an air traffic controller had asked Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, whether he needed to drop further in altitude, apparently to avoid cloud and maintain vision.The pilot replied: “Negative, just avoided a patch there, but back on heading five thousand feet.”The plane then “climbed rapidly” to about 2,300 ft before it crashed into the sea breaking into three pieces at around 8.16pm on Jan 21.The aircraft, which was built in 1984, has papers held by a company based in Norfolk, Southern Aircraft Consultancy.Ibbotson, who had previously written on Facebook that he was “rusty”, had reportedly filled out forms incorrectly before take off. On one, he was said to have written N246DB instead of N264DB.He is also said to have been qualified to fly at night only if conditions were clear without any bad weather. 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 Emiliano Sala plane tragedy may have been caused by the footballer and his pilot breathing deadly levels of carbon monoxide in the cockpit.Toxicology tests on Sala show he had a carbon monoxide saturation of 58 per cent in his blood.Anything over 50 per cent is likely to cause “seizure, unconsciousness, heart attack”, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.The discovery raises new questions over the air-worthiness of the Piper PA-46 Malibu that crashed into the English Channel on Jan 21.Pilot Dave Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, was at the controls despite only holding a private licence. Sala and the pilot died as the player completed a £15million transfer to Cardiff City from Nantes.Legal recriminations are ongoing between the clubs. David Henderson, who arranged the flight on behalf of the agent Willie McKay, is currently on bail, having been arrested in June on suspicion of manslaughter.The AAIB said in a statement: “Toxicology tests found that the passenger had a high saturation level of COHb (the combination product of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin). It is considered likely that the pilot would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide.”A full report on the crash is still pending but Sala’s family demanded investigators salvage the wreckage of the plane from the English Channel. A “detailed examination” was necessary in the wake of the carbon monoxide results, a lawyer for the family said.Daniel Machover, of Hickman & Rose solicitors, said: “That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family. How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course. The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.”The family and the public need to know how the carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.”Emiliano’s family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”A previous interim AAIB bulletin on the tragedy confirmed the mystery owner of the plane made no attempts to apply to either American or British authorities for commercial use.Investigators are still establishing whether the doomed flight took place on a “cost sharing” basis, which does not breach Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines.The US-registered Piper Malibu N264DB, unlicensed for commercial flying, fell thousands of feet in the space of 20 seconds after making a 180-degree turn, minutes after Ibbotson requested a descent.