An Office of Gaelic Affairs will be established in Antigonish to develop and promote Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia. Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for Gaelic Affairs also announced, today, Dec. 7, the appointment of Lewis MacKinnon as acting CEO of the new office. The office’s mission will be to work with the Gaelic and other communities. It will offer advice and support to departments, agencies and Crown corporations to develop policies and services that reflect the needs of the Gaelic community. The Office of Gaelic Affairs supports the mission of Comhairle na Gàidhlig or the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia: to create the environment that makes Nova Scotia a place where Gaelic language and culture thrive. Or, in Gaelic: Àrainneachd a chur air bhonn an Albainn Nuaidh far an soirbhich a’ Ghàidhlig agus a dualchas. Mr. MacIsaac said, “The continuation of Gaelic language and its culture in the province presents some very clear challenges. “By working together, identifying opportunities and building upon the language and culture that is still present in the province today, I am confident that these challenges can be met so that the mission of the Gaelic community can be realized.” Mr. MacIsaac acknowledged the efforts of members of the Gaelic community, those who have advocated establishing the office. Mr. MacIsaac said Premier Rodney MacDonald responded to the community’s efforts by creating the first Ministry for Gaelic Initiatives in the province, paving the way for the creation of an Office for Gaelic Affairs. Mr. MacIsaac said Mr. MacKinnon was chosen as acting CEO for the office because of his fluency in Gaelic, his experience in working on team projects and his strong communication skills. Born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Antigonish County, Mr. MacKinnon has a background in business and has worked on Gaelic initiatives in the province for many years. He is also a Gaelic singer and recording artist.
The police said that two people were taken into custody over the assault on a lawyer who appeared on behalf of the suspects in the Kotte Rajamahavihara Temple double murder case.Sumith Silva who appeared for the suspects in the case involving the murder of two Monks at the Rajamaha Viharaya, was assaulted outside Magistrates Courts in Gangodawila last week. Attorney-at-Law Goonaratne Wanninayake the lawyers were demanding immediate action to bring the perpetrators to book and to strengthen security provided to lawyers inside the court premises. Agitated by this incident a group of lawyers from Colombo decided to boycott courts today. However this afternoon Wanninayake said that the police had informed him two people were arrested over the incident and they will be produced in court.As a result a protest which was to be staged tomorrow by the lawyers has been called off. (Report by Indika Sri Aravinda)
NEW YORK — An autopsy has concluded that the cause of death for financier Jeffrey Epstein was suicide by hanging, a spokeswoman for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday.Spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis said an official report on Epstein’s death would be disclosed on Friday. (Reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Editing by Will Dunham)