18 Million to Help Unemployed Older Workers

first_imgAlmost 200 unemployed older workers across the province will receive help finding work, thanks to a new program called the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. A joint investment of $1.8 million was announced today, Oct. 11, by Education Minister Karen Casey and MP Gerald Keddy, on behalf of Monte Solberg, federal Minister of Human Resources, in support of the older worker initiative. “An aging population is causing the workforce in Nova Scotia to change, and our government is committed to providing educational resources to assist older workers through these changes,” said Ms. Casey. “Our older workers are a valuable resource, and this program supports our efforts in providing them with the support they need to obtain and upgrade their skills.” The first 13 projects funded under the program will be delivered by organizations across the province who support older workers. The support will include employment-assistance activities, essential-skills upgrading, preparation for self-employment and work experience. “Government has made a commitment to creating the best-educated, most-skilled and most-flexible workforce in the world,” said Mr. Keddy. “Because there is currently a worker shortage in Canada, we cannot, and must not, overlook the experience of older workers. With active support, these workers will continue to make an important contribution to their communities.” The initiative also supports the efforts of existing programs such as Nova Scotia’s Age Advantage Initiative. This program was designed to help displaced and unemployed older workers navigate life and work changes. The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is a $70-million federal commitment that provides programming until March 31, 2009. Under this initiative, the provinces and territories that choose to participate have responsibility for identifying vulnerable communities and project design, and delivery. The participating provinces and territories then work with organizations in affected communities to develop projects. “At NSCC, we welcome and support learners and industry partners of all ages, cultures, career backgrounds and aspirations,” said Joan McArthur-Blair, president of the Nova Scotia Community College, which received funding under the initiative. “Diversity is an essential contributor to our province’s prosperity. Older workers contribute great knowledge and experience to the success of our economy, and they serve as role models for the next generation of industry leaders.” The program is part of the government of Canada’s two-part strategy for assisting older workers. In addition to this initiative, an expert panel on older workers has been appointed to study labour-market conditions affecting older workers. The panel is looking at other potential measures to help older workers, including improved training and enhanced income support. The initiative for older workers offers programming to meet the immediate needs of unemployed older workers pending the outcome of the study. For more information see the website at www.olderworker.ca .last_img read more

In a time of rising xenophobia more important than ever to ratify

The adoption of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, marked a crucial step towards the development of international human rights and international criminal law as we know it today: it was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly, and signified the international community’s ‘never again’ commitment, after the atrocities committed during the Second World War.Secretary-General António Guterres was clear about the importance of the historic convention: “In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came together and adopted a convention to prevent genocide and punish those who commit this heinous crime,” he said.“Seventy years later, the prevention of genocide remains a cardinal task for our time. That is why I launched an appeal for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention. I urge the 45 remaining States to do so without delay.”Of those yet to ratify the convention, 20 are from Africa, 18 from Asia and 7 from the Americas: the Secretary-General’s appeal states that ratification would demonstrate a commitment to the most fundamental principles of the United Nations, and provide the basis for action by States to prevent genocide.The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime was established in 2015, on the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Genocide, on 9 December 1948, and 10 years after the historic UN World Summit, which saw the international community take a unified stance on a range of crucial issues, including the acceptance of collective responsibility to protect civilians against genocide and other crimes against humanity.The adoption of the Genocide Convention marked a crucial step towards the development of international human rights and international criminal law as we know it today: it was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and signified the international community’s ‘never again’ commitment, after the atrocities committed during the Second World War.“In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came together and adopted a convention to prevent genocide and punish those who commit this heinous crime,” said the Secretary-General. “Seventy years later, the prevention of genocide remains a cardinal task for our time. That is why I launched an appeal for every country to ratify the Genocide Convention. I urge the 45 remaining States to do so without delay.”Of those yet to ratify the convention, 20 are from Africa, 18 from Asia and 7 from the Americas: the Secretary-General’s appeal states that ratification would demonstrate a commitment to the most fundamental principles of the United Nations, and provide the basis for action by States to prevent genocide.The International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime was established in 2015, on the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Genocide, on 9 December 1948, and 10 years after the historic UN World Summit, which saw the international community take a unified stance on a range of crucial issues, including the acceptance of collective responsibility to protect civilians against genocide and other crimes against humanity. read more

Liebherr advancing its autonomous truck development

first_imgPerrone Robotics (PRI) has a new agreement with Liebherr to support autonomous development for Liebherr mining trucks. PRI is currently working with Liebherr’s Mining Group in Newport News to integrate PRI’s MAX™ platform into their autonomy kit.  MAX will support certain functionality within Liebherr’s autonomy kit enabling the truck to perform autonomous haulage at mining locations worldwide.  This functionality will assist in performing the required manoeuvres precisely and reliably for efficient and safe operations. MAX functionality combined with Liebherr’s autonomous mining truck development will support the growing need for autonomy in surface mining.“At Perrone Robotics, we are used to taking on big mobility challenges, but from a size perspective this mining truck is the largest!” stated Paul Perrone, CEO and founder of Perrone Robotics. “That said we’re confident that the MAX platform can deliver the flexibility and functionality that Liebherr is looking for in their mining solution.  Already in a very short period of time we’ve been able to interface with the truck’s systems and drive it robotically.  Our ability to integrate to Liebherr’s perception solutions and control the vehicle correctly and safely meets Liebherr’s requirements.  Plus, the flexibility of our platform ensures that as Liebherr’s autonomous solutions evolve, MAX will be ready to handle them.”“We are impressed with Perrone Robotic’s capabilities and the flexibility of the MAX platform.” said James Whitfield, GM Research and Development. “We have been investigating autonomy for some time and we were pleased to find a capable platform with the flexibility and proven track record that MAX brings to our solution.  The open and agnostic concepts within MAX align with Liebherr’s approach to autonomy.  We look forward to working with Paul and his team on this project.”last_img read more