Events East, operators of the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic, announced today, Oct. 24, they have secured Rogers Communications Canada to provide information and communications technology (ICT) services to support its operations. Rogers will provide Internet, mobile, voice and networking connectivity services between the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Events East’s corporate offices. They will also provide the system to manage public and client Internet access. “Rogers provides a state-of-the-art technology solution that meets the evolving needs of our business as we transition to our new Halifax Convention Centre,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of Events East. ”They play a key role in ensuring that our team remains integrated through daily operations, helping to provide a seamless event experience for our guests.” “Customers like Events East depend on our quality business solutions and reliable, worry-free network to increase productivity and provide a truly connected experience for all guests in their facilities,” said Bruce MacDougall, Atlantic vice-president, Rogers. “That’s why we are committed to supporting the region’s business community through investments in our mobile network and with technology services that support how our customers work.” Rogers was selected following a competitive procurement process that included an evaluation by members of the Events East team with expertise in networking solutions, event technology and operations. The estimated value of the contract is $825,000 over a five-year period. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totaling $169.2 million. For more information, visit HalifaxConventionCentre.com.
The mission, known by its French acronym MONUC, reported that President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba shook hands twice before the cameras during a meeting of President Kabila and his vice presidents.While MONUC characterized the atmosphere as “relaxed and conciliatory,” it noted that the men did not make any public declarations.The meeting comes after the sustained efforts of MONUC and the international community to bring the two men together. Several foreign dignitaries, including the European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, had travelled to the DRC in recent days to urge the two candidates to meet.Neither Mr. Bemba nor Mr. Kabila won a majority in the July vote, the country’s first free and fair elections in more than 40 years. They will now face each other in runoff elections on 29 October.“We are working very seriously with all concerned to ensure that the second round moves ahead as smoothly as the first round, and that the parties and the political leaders play by the rules of the game, and accept the results regardless of who wins,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a news conference in New York today.In other news, MONUC said it remained concerned about the large number of weapons on the streets of the capital, Kinshasa.At a press briefing today, Deputy MONUC spokesperson Jean-Tobie Okala said that the large circulation of arms and men with arms around the city “was not good” for the electoral process.He called on all of those involved to step up their efforts to disarm and for an acceleration of the retraining and integration of militia forces into the national Army.