there are no significant changes from the 9 a.m. update this morning’s fog was beneficial to firefighting efforts, though the fog has now cleared the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., has been flaring up in spots but continues to be 100 per cent contained the fire at Round Hill, Annapolis Co., is now declared out and will no longer be included in future updates there are now air quality advisories in place for Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties related to the fire near Perch Lake, south of Pictou there are also still air quality warnings for Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Queens counties please remember that smoke and humidity are affecting air quality, and young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to “re-circulate” and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asp Following is a provincial fire update for Friday, Aug. 12, at noon. On Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14, updates will be provided at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional updates will be issued if there are significant changes. The media contact on the weekend will be Brian Taylor. His contact information is below. -30-
A group of fishermen who were released by the Sri Lankan government were brought to India by a Coast Guard vessel on Friday evening, The Hindu newspaper reported.Forty-nine among them were from Nagapattinam district; 13 from Ramanathapuram and 16 from Pudukottai district. They were all arrested by Sri Lankan Navy in the mid-sea since September. Fisheries Minister K.A. Jayapal, Commissioner of Fisheries Beela Rajesh, Nagapattinam District Collector S. Palanisamy and Fisheries Department officials were present at the Karaikal port. At a Rameswaram jetty, 48 fishermen, including seven from Tuticorin, arrived carrying tales of woes.Earlier, ICG vessel Rajkamal received the fishermen from the Lankan Navy at the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL). Braving heavy rains, family members of the fishermen thronged the fishing jetty to receive them. The Tuticorin fishermen were taken in a van soon after. Police sources said the fishermen were brought by the Coast Guard vessel ‘Sagar’. Upon arrival at Karaikal port, the Coast Guard personnel handed over the fishermen to the Fisheries Department. The Rameswaram fishermen who had been languishing in Anurathapuram prison complained that they were treated in inhuman manner in the prison.On many days they could not eat as the food smelt bad. Paul (20) a fisherman from Thangachimadam said he suffered from food poisoning and was treated in the jail hospital.Before repatriation, the Lankan Navy warned them they would be detained in prison for a minimum of two years if they were found poaching again, a fisherman said. Meanwhile, U Arulanandham and P Sesu Raja, fishermen leaders, urged the Centre to secure the release of the boats before they suffered damage due to the vagaries of weather.