Information is also available on the website athttp://museum.gov.ns.ca . Looking for a unique experience over the holidays for yourfamily? Why not try your hand at making a Carrick bend rope mat?Or perhaps you’d prefer to view recently acquired artifacts andspecimens, take a shipwreck quiz or design a futuristic plasticmodel spaceship. All these opportunities and more are available at the two metroarea Nova Scotia Museum sites. The Maritime Museum of theAtlantic, on Lower Water Street, and the Museum ofNatural History, on Summer Street, will be open most days overthe holidays. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, visitors have theopportunity to make their own Turk’s Head or Carrick Bend ropemats — the same kind of mats that have been used aboard shipsfor centuries. Visitors can also try to make a Monkey’s Fist knotor help with some net-making. An interactive computer kiosk, called On the Rocks, also allowspeople to explore Nova Scotia’s coastline for shipwrecks or takea shipwreck quiz. Twenty historic ship portraits and the Familiesat Sea display in the Masters of the Sea Exhibit are alsoavailable. At the Museum of Natural History, Building Our Collection,Preserving Our Heritage is a new temporary exhibition showcasingthe portrait of Susanna Francklin, by John Singleton Copley. Every Saturday and Sunday participants can enjoy bug cooking,gallery tours and talks, and walks with Gus, the museum’sresident 82-year-old gopher tortoise. There are also twoworkshops for kids: Using your Microscope, on Tuesday, Dec. 28,and Kit Bashing and Model Making on Thursday, Dec 30. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of NaturalHistory will be open regular hours with the exception of thefollowing dates: — Dec 24 – closed in the afternoon– Dec. 25 – closed– Dec. 26 – closed– Dec. 27 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Museum of Natural History) 9:30a.m. – 5 p.m. (Maritime Museum of the Atlantic)– Jan. 1 – closed For more information or to register for workshops call: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 902-424-7490 The Museum of Natural History 902-424-7353
According to him, the rehabilitation measures taken by the Sri Lankan government were not at par with the expectations. Referring to the attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan security forces, Rosaiah said: “The fishermen of Tamil Nadu, who earn their livelihood in their traditional fishing areas of the Palk Bay region, are victims of repeated harassment and murderous attacks by the Lankan Navy.” Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah Friday urged the Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka and take steps to ensure that those displayed by the ethnic conflict there returned to their original homes.Delivering his address on the first day of the first assembly session of 2013, Rosaiah said: “I reiterate the resolve expressed by the Tamil Nadu assembly June 8, 2011 to urge the Indian government to initiate action by working with other nations for imposition of an economic embargo on the Sri Lankan Government till the Tamils living in camps are resettled in their own places and are allowed to live with dignity, self-respect and equal constitutional rights on par with the Sinhalese.” The Sri Lankan military, which vanquished the Tamil Tigers, has repeatedly denied the charge. (IANS) He said the Tamil Nadu government was anguished at the harassment of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy while the Indian government showed “utter disregard” to their woes.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has emerged as a trenchant critics of the Sri Lankan regime for among other things the mass killing of Tamil civilians in the ethnic conflict that ended in May 2009.