PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 -30-
In Garowe, the State Capital of Puntland, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay said Puntland had made “important political, economic and security progress in the last year for which the Government and people deserve full credit.” Mr. Kay, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said however, that more remained to be done, including establishing a federal system of governance, working together with the Federal Government and other emerging states on reviewing the provisional Constitution, and preparing for elections in 2016. According to media reports, Puntland, which declared autonomy in 1998, has cut ties with Somalia’s central government after it learned of a plan to form a new federal state that would allegedly include parts of the Puntland region. Mr. Kay said it was essential for all parties to cooperate including the State of Puntland, interim and emerging national administrations, and the Somali Federal Government. All of Somalia could learn and benefit from Puntland’s experience and achievements since 1998, he added. “I am convinced that the formation of other federal member states within Somalia is in the interest of Puntland and all Somalia. Puntland should not lose any territory that it currently administers. Final boundaries will be determined according to the process prescribed in the Provisional Federal Constitution.” He pledged that international support for peace and state building in Puntland will continue to be guided by the principles of Somali ownership, leadership and respect for the Constitution. Established by the United Nations Security Council on 3 June 2013, UNISOM increased the scope of its activities in the country as an African-Union peacekeeping force (AMISOM) and local forces pushed Islamist Al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu, Somali’s capital. The Mission is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. During last week’s landmark visit to Somalia, members of the Security Council said they expected that the Federal Government would urgently establish a national independent electoral commission, lead a process to revise the constitution and hold elections in 2016. They also underlined the importance of Somali women being represented at all levels of the political process. Somalia’s government institutions emerged in 2012 at the close of a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Since then, Somalia’s political map of 18 regions is being redrawn into a lesser number of federal member states. The country descended into two decades of war and anarchy after the ouster of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, as sectarian and religious factions tore the country apart.