The 2011 deer hunting season in Nova Scotia begins Friday, Oct. 28, and ends Saturday, Dec. 3. “Deer hunting is a popular sport, a means to obtain an inexpensive food source, and a way to help manage the wildlife population, especially in areas where there are too many deer,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “I encourage hunters to ensure they have the proper deer stamps on their hunting licences, to make safety a priority, and remember to wear orange clothing in the woods.” In Nova Scotia, a geographical zone system is used to manage the deer population. The zone system is used to decide how many antlerless deer from a particular zone may be taken by licensed hunters, based on the deer population in that zone. Generally, only adult male deer have antlers and females are anterless. The province reconfigured the deer zones last year so there are now 12. Hunting licence applicants should review the zones carefully. Hunters may harvest one deer of either gender in zones 107, 105, and 102. In the remaining zones on mainland Nova Scotia a limited number of antlerless deer may be taken. No antlerless deer may be taken in Cape Breton zones. The number of deer taken is controlled by the number of deer stamps issued to hunters with valid licences. A deer stamp on a hunting licence allows the bearer to take one deer and it stipulates which zone the deer must be taken from. To manage a high population of deer in zone 102, a hunter is permitted to purchase a bonus deer stamp allowing for another deer to be taken from that zone only and the deer must be antlerless. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays in Nova Scotia. Deer meat may be donated to food banks through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, co-ordinated by Feed Nova Scotia. Hunters may bring deer to a participating meat cutter to donate all or a portion of the meat to help families in need. For more about hunting regulations and safety in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/hunting-furharvesting.asp . -30-
In a statement from his spokesperson last night, Mr. Ban congratulated Haider al-Abadi on his confirmation as the new Iraqi Prime Minister. He also paid tribute to outgoing Nuri al-Maliki for his leadership during this time of transition.“The United Nations looks forward to working with the new Government of Iraq in its efforts to serve all Iraq’s communities while confronting major challenges,” according to the statement.Mr. Ban called on all Iraqi political leaders “to build on the current momentum of collaboration” to ensure that the pending appointments of Minister of Defence and Minister of Interior are filled.According to media reports, Mr. Abadi said those candidates would be named within a week. The Secretary-General has said that he hopes the ministerial programme approved yesterday will be implemented in a timely manner, taking into account the needs of all Iraqi communities. In a separate statement, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said the formation of the new Government “provides hope and opportunity for the Iraqis, as it promotes national unity, as well as socio-economic reform and development.” He urged the Government, in light of the “seriousness” of the current security, humanitarian and economic challenges facing Iraq, to act effectively from Day One of its inauguration to address such challenges, including the threat from the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Due to the fighting with the group, an estimated 1.8 million people have been displaced since January. They are spread around some 1,500 sites across the country. Iraq is also hosting 215,000 Syrian refugees.