The festive lights are on again at Province House, and this yearthey are sending a message about energy conservation. With help from the Department of Energy, Province House hasinstalled 25 strings of light emitting diode (LED) Christmaslights and eight compact flourescent floodlights around theHollis Street entrance. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said switching to energy efficientlights costs a little more up front, but has long-term savings.”It’s important for us to demonstrate that small changes canresult in significant savings,” said Mr. Clarke. “Energyefficient lights have much lower operating costs, so you spend alittle to save a lot more.” LED lights convert electricity to light without using heat. Eachlight should last more than 200,000 hours compared to only 1,000hours for conventional lights. A string of LED lights, like theones used at Province House, costs less than 4 cents to run for30 days when lit for six hours a day. Conventional lights wouldcost $3.15 to run for same length of time. The compact flourescent floodlights are very efficient, too.Usually, the front of Province House is lit with eight 90 watthalogen lamps. Each of these lights would cost about $1.60 to runfor 30 days. They have been replaced with compact flourescentbulbs that will cost about 34 cents each to run for the sameperiod. “Switching to energy efficient holiday lights is a small butsignificant way Nova Scotians can help conserve energy,” said Mr.Clarke. “We hope Nova Scotians will try them out.” Speaker of the House Murray Scott agrees, “Province House is animportant symbol to Nova Scotians and it’s appropriate that itsChristmas lighting lead by example.” The new energy-efficient lights will also have an environmentalbenefit. The reduced electricity consumption represents areduction of about one-half tonne of greenhouse gasses.
Francesco Bastagli of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Bajram Rexhepi, were on hand as work commenced on cleaning up the YU-building in Ulpiana. Prime Minister Rexhepi said that he hoped the renovation would be completed in 10 days. “This is a good beginning, but much more needs to be done,” Mr. Bastagli said, stressing that the affected communities should be involved in the building’s reconstruction.Besides repairing material damages, confidence and trust between the Serb and Albanian communities have to be rebuilt, he added.In another development, UNMIK today reported that the dead body of a male child had been found washed on the side of a riverbank in the Lipjan area of Pristina.The Mission said no foul play is suspected, but the Pristina Regional Serious Crimes Squad is investigating the case.Police linked the body with that of a Kosovo Albanian child reported missing since 27 February, according to UNMIK.