The province is inviting Nova Scotians to share their ideas and experiences on cyberbullying through a new survey and website, launched today, June 10. “We are dealing with a very serious issue and we want to hear from Nova Scotians about the impacts cyberbullying has on their lives,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Together, we can help prevent this form of harassment.” The Cyberbullying Task Force and working group will use the information from the survey to help develop recommendations for the Minister of Education. Along with the survey, the website will provide Nova Scotians with contact information and links to partnering organizations and Kids Help Phone. “I have already heard from many Nova Scotians who are concerned about cyberbullying and offering to help in some way,” said Wayne MacKay, Cyberbullying Task Force chair. “This website will offer a way for people to connect and share their insights and ideas about reducing the problem.” Last April, Ms. Jennex announced a task force to address the issue of cyberbullying. She requested a report by the end of the year. The survey is available at http://cyberbullying.novascotia.ca/survey . To learn more about the Minister’s Task Force on Cyberbullying, visit http://cyberbullying.novascotia.ca .
The construction is part of the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project (ReNuAL), a plan to begin upgrading the eight IAEA Nuclear Sciences and Applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, which opened their doors in 1962, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).“ReNuAL is one of the most important projects in the Agency’s 60-year history,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in a news release. “The laboratories are unique within the United Nations system in providing Member States with direct access to scientific training, technology and analytical services. More than 150 of our Member States benefit from them,” he added.They play a key role in the IAEA’s activities to assist countries with the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology in areas including human and animal health, food security and the protection of the environment.“The work done in these laboratories is in high demand,” the Director General added. “When they have been modernized, the Agency’s ability to meet the needs of our member States will be significantly increased.”IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Sciences and Applications Aldo Malavasi said in the news release: “The modernization of the laboratories will allow us to scale up the provision of scientific services and training so that we can more efficiently help Member States meet current and future challenges, such as the Zika virus outbreak.”The news release said that the project is getting under way with the construction of a new Insect Pest Control Laboratory, due to be completed by the end of 2017. The laboratory is responsible for the development and application of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).Developed jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), it is an environmentally friendly method that has been successfully used for decades to combat fruit flies and livestock pests, such as the screwworm fly and the tsetse fly.The SIT uses irradiation to sterilize insects in order to suppress pest populations. Sterilized male insects are mass-reared in special facilities and released in large numbers to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, populations decrease over time.The technique is also being developed for disease-transmitting mosquitos, like the species that spreads viruses such as Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya. The IAEA and the FAO are working to enhance the method in preparation for pilot trials in different parts of the world.