19, 2000, Gazette)
ceremony for The Rooms
The official ground-breaking ceremony to launch construction
of The Rooms was held Oct. 4 in St. Johns. The $40 million
culture and heritage centre will be built in the historic district
of downtown St. Johns. When completed, the facility will
house the Newfoundland Museum, the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland
and Labrador and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The creation of this facility is an important step socially
for the preservation of this provinces cultural heritage,
said Premier Brian Tobin. The Rooms will serve to tell
our stories, to define who we are as a people and to celebrate
our uniqueness. The entire arts and heritage community share
in the work of preserving and presenting the culture of Newfoundland
and Labrador, and I thank them for their support and participation
in bringing The Rooms to reality.
When completed, the new building will offer over 150,000 square
feet of exhibition space, meeting rooms, lecture halls, conservation
labs and a state-of-the-art multi-media centre. Other amenities
include a full-service dining room and gift shop. The new space
will permit the three founding institutions to offer a full range
of public programming and the opportunity to participate in national
and international tours of travelling exhibits and art collections
which are not possible in their current locations.
hits the road
Memorials mens basketball Sea-Hawks embarked on their
community outreach program last weekend, playing inter-squad
games at St. Catherines Oct. 13, and Trepassey and Placentia
on Oct. 14. The games went very well and we had great turn
outs at all games, said head coach Todd Aughey.
The team invited children from each community to come out and
shoot around with the Sea-Hawks players prior to
each game, conducted a players clinic in Trepassey on Saturday,
and attended high school games in advance of their tip-off time.
It is one small way that our players are making a difference
in the community, said Mr. Aughey.
Meanwhile, the Sea-Hawks womens team played an exhibition
game against the Gonzaga High School mens team, eking out
an 85-83 win in overtime. Maureen Murrin scored a buzzer beater
to record the final two for MUN. She rebounded the ball when
Jennie Browne missed her shot. Ms. Murrin had nine points and
seven rebounds in the game. Eight women had eight or more points
in the game with Ann Murrin leading the way with 14 points. Lead
scorer for Gonzaga was Ian Hennebury with 20 points.
The Lady Sea-Hawks have a 2-0 record in exhibition action and
travel to Ontario on Oct. 24 to play York University for two
games before the Laurentian Tournament Oct. 27-29.
for new aquaculture research
The AquaNet board of directors announced funding on Sept. 27
for 27 innovative aquaculture research projects. The approval
of research funds follows the July 18 announcement by Dr. Gilbert
Normand, secretary of state for science, research and development,
of the Canadian governments investment of $14.4 million
over four years in AquaNet.
The 27 research projects from the three research themes,
of animal production, environmental integrity and socio-economic
aspects, will receive funds totalling $1.8 million in the first
year, said Dr. William Driedzic, scientific director of
AquaNet and director of Memorials Ocean Sciences Centre.
In 2000-01, AquaNet research will involve 21 industry partners,
10 government and other agencies, and 73 researchers from 16
universities. The initial research projects are eligible for
a further $6.4 million in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
There will be a competition this fall amongst Canadian
university researchers and their partners for a further $2.0
million of aquaculture research funding.
By the end of 2003, AquaNet will have contributed $10.2 million
into innovative aquaculture research in Canada. AquaNet was initially
funded from 1999 to 2003 and will undergo a mid-term review in
2002 for additional funding til 2006.
AquaNet is Canadas newest federal Network of Centres of
Excellence (NCE). NCEs are unique partnerships among industry,
universities, and government designed to develop the economy
and improve the quality of life for Canadians. These nation-wide
networks connect excellent research with industrial know-how
and practical investment. There are 17 other NCEs in fields such
as forestry, robotics, tele-learning, arthritis and AIDS research.
AquaNets mission is to position the Canadian aquaculture
industry for the future by increasing the efficiency of aquaculture
production through species diversification, biotechnology, environmental
sustainability and training of highly qualified personnel, while
simultaneously addressing the legal, political and social issues
which historically have affected the industry.
For further information on AquaNet, access the AquaNet Web site
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