A Nova Scotian is the new chair of the National Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada. Vern Fraser was recently named chair of the council at a meeting in Quebec City. Mr. Fraser, a former R.C.M.P. officer, is an employee of the Emergency Management Office in Kentville. “Our colleagues across the country will benefit from Vern’s ground search and rescue expertise and leadership,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “This opportunity will allow the province to showcase our capabilities while working with our provincial and territorial partners toward consistent standards for ground search and rescue.” Mr. Fraser will represent the council on ground and inland water search and rescue matters and provide direction and leadership on key council initiatives. “It’s truly an honour to be appointed chair of the council,” said Mr. Fraser. “The many volunteers across the country deserve to be well represented at the national level. In their interest, I will be aggressively working to move forward with the council’s new five-year action plan that will build search and rescue capacity throughout Canada.” The Ground Search and Rescue Council of Canada represents the search and rescue authorities in each province and territory, as well as national organizations and agencies. Council members share best practices, support development in search and rescue training, prevention, operations and organizational structure, and build consistency for ground and inland water search and rescue.
The Sri Lankan Government is expected to release 99 Indian fishermen, Indian media reports said.According to News Today in India, the released fishermen from various coastal districts of Tamilnadu would reach their native place in a day or two. Most of them were fishing near Katchatheevu when Sri Lankan Navy personnel arrived and allegedly damaged fishing nets of about 20 boats, asking them not to fish there, he said, adding, they returned to the shore. In a related development, four fishermen were arrested for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters on Monday night. He said the fishermen were fishing near Neduntheevu in Sri Lanka. The arrested fishermen have been taken to Kangesanthurai, he added. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile quoting Rameswaram Fishermen Organisation president S Emerite, agency reports said that fishermen of his area had ventured into the sea in 396 mechanised boats on Monday.