Premier Darrell Dexter offered his congratulations today, May 9, to Irving Shipbuilding for being named one of Canada’s top 50 defence companies, and the highest-ranked shipyard in the country. Canadian Defence Review Magazine ranked Irving Shipbuilding fifth among defence companies in the country, based on the company’s economic impact, innovation, contribution to national security and support for Canada’s military. Irving’s position as the highest ranked shipyard highlights the company’s expertise as “Canada’s largest combat ship service provider.” “This ranking reaffirms what we know, that the best ships are built right here in the Maritimes,” said Premier Dexter. “Irving Shipbuilding and the Halifax Shipyard have more than 120 years of experience, a highly skilled workforce and modern facilities. This makes the company ideally suited to build Canada’s fleet for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.” Under the strategy, Irving Shipbuilding is bidding to become a centre of excellence for shipbuilding. The contracts are worth up to $35 billion, and could mean up to 4,000 good jobs in Nova Scotia for the next 30 years. Earlier this week, Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly and council unanimously endorsed Irving Shipbuilding’s bid for the national contracts. “Shipbuilding excellence in Nova Scotia predates Confederation and the Irving Company has inherited that proud tradition,” said Mayor Kelly. “The experience, skill and dedication of the Irving workforce in delivering an exceptional product within budget and on time is second to none.” Irving Shipbuilding has invested almost $90 million in skills its people training and infrastructure and technology upgrades between 2006 and 2011, and plans to continue these upgrades. “This strong No. 5 ranking is another feather in our cap and demonstrates our commitment to building top-quality ships at good value for one of our longest-standing customers, the Canadian government,” said Steve Durrell, president of Irving Shipbuilding. “This is a true testament to the expertise, commitment and effort of every member of the Irving Shipbuilding team.” More information on shipbuilding in Nova Scotia can be found at www.shipsstarthere.ca .
“The threat from ISIL has been intensified by its use of the Internet and social media to disseminate propaganda online to a wide international audience,” Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. “Although the volume of such messages has declined in the past 16 months, the threat persists as supporters outside Syria and Iraq collect and re-distribute this propaganda,” he added. In Europe, for example, ISIL has used its online presence to encourage supporters to mount attacks in their countries of residence. “This has led to multiple attacks, including in Belgium, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom,” noted Mr. Feltman, adding that while some of those extremists had been labelled “lone actors,” investigations demonstrate that the perpetrators often received support or resources from facilitators and, in a number of cases, were in direct contact with ISIL enablers. He also noted a decrease in the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and in the overall number of ISIL fighters during the last 16 months but returnees and the relocation of fightersfrom the conflict zones to other regions now present a considerable – and an increasingly transnational – threat to international security. At same time, Mr. Feltman also warned that ISIL continues to fund affiliates, while urging them to become more self-sufficient and proactive in developing internal revenue streams. “Money services, including exchange houses and money couriers, continue to be a preferred method for ISIL and its supporters to move funds across borders,” he said, expressing concern that funds for reconstruction and stabilization for newly liberated areas should not enable ISIL remnants to abuse those new resources. Further, welcoming recent Security Council initiatives countering terrorist narratives, protecting critical infrastructure and stemming the destruction, looting and smuggling of cultural heritage sites and artefacts, the senior UN official called for more effort to implement norms and mechanisms, particularly those relating to terrorist financing and foreign terrorist fighter threats. He also informed the meeting of the work undertaken by the UN and other actors, including the INTERPOL and the Financial Action Task Force to strengthen regional and national frameworks to counter terrorism financing and arrest the flow of foreign terrorist fighters.