Premier Darrell Dexter will create new economic opportunities and build on existing business relationships when he heads up a trade mission to Israel and the West Bank Oct. 19-26. “In today’s competitive economy, you cannot secure new international business and investment without visiting markets and making connections on the ground,” said Premier Dexter. “There are tremendous opportunities in the Middle East for Nova Scotia’s high-growth sectors, including information and communications technology, clean technologies and marine and life sciences. “The delegation, and I as premier, are focused on using this unique opportunity to build productive relationships that could lead to Nova Scotia’s involvement in new markets and greater investment in the province.” A number of Nova Scotia businesses are participating in the mission, including Dalhousie University, the Halifax Port Authority and the Brain Repair Centre. “Having Premier Dexter lead the delegation to Israel shows that Nova Scotia is open for business and has support at the highest level,” said Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “This helps open doors for businesses, and creates opportunities for the province in general. There are opportunities out there and it’s up to us to go and explore them.” During his stay, the premier will meet with senior government officials, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, and participate in meetings with Nova Scotia businesses and Israel’s private sector and research communities. He will also meet with Palestinian trade officials and Hasan Abu-Libdeh, the Palestinian Minister of National Economy. Premier Dexter will also visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Birzeit University in Ramallah and the Weizmann Institute, and will attend a number of customary cultural events.
The Police opened fire on a group of drug smugglers in Wellawatte today injuring one person.According to the Police, the main suspect was injured in the shooting incident. The Police media unit said that the main suspect and an accomplice was later arrested. (Colombo Gazette)