High school students will be debating mock bills offering tax incentives for voting and raising the minimum age at which a student may leave school, as part of Model Legislature 2007, May 25-27. The student MLAs, representing each of Nova Scotia’s 52 constituencies, will table, debate, and vote on the bills at Province House. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 25, and continues until Sunday, May 27. The students will divide into caucuses and debate the two mock bills on the floor of the House of Assembly on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27. “Model Legislature is a hands-on experience of how democracy works in Nova Scotia. It makes learning about the political process interactive and fun,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Students will experience the challenges and opportunities faced by the men and women who work as their elected representatives.” Ms. Casey will meet the student MLAs and speak with them about why it is important for young Nova Scotians to get involved in public affairs. As part of the weekend’s events, students will attend a workshop on the role of the media. They will also organize their own news conferences addressing the mock bills. The students will get public speaking and debating tips from speaking coach Josh Judah before debating the bills and preparing for news conferences. The first model legislature was held in 2003.
They had attempted to take the cash and gems to New Delhi via a Srilankan Airlines flight when they were arrested last afternoon (Saturday).Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Two Chinese Nationals were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with US$ 50, 690.00 and Baht 133,400 valued at Rs. 7,372,626.00, the Customs Department said.A Customs Department spokesman said that the two Chinese, aged 26 and 59, also had in their possession 46 Gems (Garnet) valued at Rs. 452,800.00, all concealed in their hand bags.