Image Courtesy: Hyundai Heavy IndustriesNorwegian shipping company Knutsen OAS Shipping has taken delivery of the newly-built MEGI liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier La Mancha Knutsen, South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said on September 26.The 176,300 cbm vessel, which features a length of 290 meters and a width of 46.4 meters, is the first of two large LNG carriers ordered from the Asian shipyard in January 2014.Knutsen OAS Shipping’s second carrier, named Rioja Knutsen, is scheduled to join the company’s fleet by the end of 2016.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships are each valued at over USD 203.7 million.Knutsen operates nine advanced LNG carriers, of which eight are on long-term fixed contracts of 15 years and beyond. According to the company’s website, Knutsen also operates the smallest LNG carrier in the world.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has developed a diagnostics tool that collects and visualizes the sound of an engine as part of the company’s efforts to use big data.Developed in collaboration with MTI Corporation, the system, named Kirari Muse, will help prevent accidents, according to NYK.As informed, a pilot operation will be carried out with an NYK-operated vessel.The system consists of a tool for diagnostics that based on the sound of the engine will analyze its condition.NYK explained that based on the sound data collected while sailing on daily basis, it will be possible to detect the differences in the sound emitted and detect potential malfunctions.Earlier this month, NYK, MTI Co. Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DATA Corporation conducted a proof-of-concept experiment for a next-generation onboard IoT platform. The test was held aboard a coastal vessel and the companies now plan to perform the experiment on an oceangoing ship.World Maritime News Staff
If you are looking for new and delicious ways to barbecue seafoodthis summer, look no further. Fresh barbecued Nova Scotia seafoodwill be prepared by chefs from the 44 North restaurant andoffered free to the public each weekend in July. The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will hosta summer seafood barbecue promotion in conjunction with 44 Northat Casino Nova Scotia Hotel and the Taste of Nova Scotia Society. The promotion will feature different seafood each weekend,including salmon, halibut, swordfish and shark. A collection ofTaste of Nova Scotia recipes will also be provided to the public. “Nova Scotia is known throughout the world for its fabulousseafood,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture andFisheries. “This promotion is a great opportunity to learn tipsfrom experts on how to prepare seafood, increase domesticconsumption and get Nova Scotians hooked on our products.” The promotion will run every Saturday and Sunday from July 3 toJuly 25 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the 44 North patio, locatedon the harbour side of Casino Nova Scotia Hotel. For moreinformation, recipes, and a complete list of Taste of Nova Scotiarestaurants visit the department’s website atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/marketing .
Premier John Hamm says today’s terrorist acts in London were an act of cowardice that have been felt around the world. “Today, in London, England, an act of cowardice has claimed the lives of dozens of innocent people, with many hundreds more injured,” the premier said in a statement released today, July 7. “On behalf of the people of Nova Scotia, I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of these terrorist attacks. “Our historic and family ties to London, the centre of the Commonwealth, bring this assault even closer to home. “I wholeheartedly agree with the statements made by our prime minister and his colleagues in the G-8. In the face of terror, we must show common resolve. Nova Scotia fully supports our federal government and Canada’s allies as they work to bring to justice those behind today’s brutal attacks. We will also continue to co-operate with the federal government and our international partners to ensure the safety of all Canadians, home and abroad. “To show our respect for all of the victims of today’s terrorist attacks, all flags on provincial buildings have been lowered to half-mast.” -30-
Representatives of all three levels of government got a closer look at the Harbour Solutions Project work sites today, Oct 20. Premier Rodney MacDonald, Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), took part in a tour of the two main construction sites in the Harbour Solutions Project. The tour included an explanation of the advanced-primary wastewater system being utilized in the project, an underground tour of the Halifax wastewater treatment facility, followed by a viewing by boat of the Dartmouth wastewater treatment facility . “The federal government is pleased to play a pivotal role in the Halifax Harbour Solutions Project. This project is imperative to the clean up of the harbour and in creating a cleaner environment for the residents of HRM and for all those who utilize the harbour for commercial and recreational purposes,” said Mr. MacKay. Premier MacDonald said that while the harbour plays such an important role commercially for the province, it is just as important to see the environmental condition of the Harbour reclaimed and respected. “The spring completion of the Halifax wastewater treatment facility will be a major milestone for the residents of HRM,” said Mr. Kelly. “We all look forward to environmental, recreational, and economic benefits associated with the Harbour Solutions Project.” Construction activity on the Harbour Solutions Project began in the Fall of 2003 with the sewage collection system infrastructure on the Halifax side of the harbour. Construction on the Halifax wastewater treatment facility has been underway since the fall of 2004. Major activity at the Dartmouth site began in December of 2005 and the Herring Cove wastewater treatment facility is well underway. Overall, the Harbour Solutions Project remains on schedule and on budget. The project is slated for completion in the summer or fall of 2008. The province has committed $30 million over 15 years, and will provide two pieces of property in Dartmouth valued at $2 million. The federal government, through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund has committed $60 million and the municipality is funding the remaining costs.
Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians are now renewing vehicle permits online in French, speaking with francophone operators through the provincial government call centre, and are participating in more public consultations in French. These are just a few of many improvements in French-language services provided by the province, outlined in a progress report tabled in the legislature today, April 13, by Acadian Affairs Minister, Chris d’Entremont. “This progress report reflects our commitment to providing quality service to Nova Scotia’s French-speaking citizens,” said Acadian Affairs minister Chris d’Entremont. “I am proud of the accomplishments so far and look forward to continued improvements with the support of our partners in the community.” The Progress Report 2007 – French-language Services Provided by the Government of Nova Scotia, also highlights a number of new publications and online resources being provided in French, as well as programs that have been adapted in order to better meet the needs of French-speaking residents of Nova Scotia, such as the translation of the Sammy the Snowplow safety program for delivery in Acadian schools. An electronic version of the report can be found on the Acadian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/acadian/e/publications.asp. Next year’s progress report will include initiatives from all designated public institutions listed under the regulations.
A community-designed, state-of-the-art public library is adding to the already exceptional quality of life in Antigonish. The Antigonish Town and County Library will have its official opening Sunday, after a decade of consultation with local, provincial and federal government partners. “I was pleased to visit the library while I was in Antigonish this week. It’s a wonderful place, and has already become a vital part of the community,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “It is a great example of the kind of thing we can accomplish when communities and the province work together. It’s facilities like this that help keep our communities great.” The province contributed $1.5 million towards the $5.5-million cost of the new library. The Provincial Library also provided a $15,000 special grant for a self-service checkout and holds locker, the first of its kind in a rural public library in Nova Scotia. “This is a place for the community to gather and strengthen their relationships,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “This amazing new space realizes the community’s dream and contributes to a better life for families in the Antigonish area.” The new library was built on the Project for Public Spaces model that emphasizes community involvement in the design process. Consultations were held with residents, artists, architects and special interest groups to develop a community-focused facility. In addition to library services, there is also a Community Access Program site, meeting and program spaces, a permanent home for the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association, a community kitchen for cooking classes and an outdoor patio. The environmentally friendly library incorporates geo-thermal heating and cooling, rain water harvesting and solar power. It also has almost two dozen works of art including a mural by Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy titled The Dream Canoe. The project was funded by the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, the Town of Antigonish, the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, the community, Friends of the Antigonish Library and the provincial and federal governments. For more information, visit www.peoplesplace.ca .
Provincial government offices in Cape Breton will remain closed today, Feb. 6, due to the storm. Offices in Antigonish and Guysborough counties will open at noon. -30-
Nova Scotians are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing Shubenacadie Sam’s prediction of an early spring when he came out of his hut and didn’t see his shadow. Sam appeared at 8 a.m. today, Feb. 2, before a large crowd of his fans at the Groundhog Day ceremony at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. Nova Scotia’s time zone gives Sam the honour of being the first groundhog to make a spring prediction in North America each year. To learn more about the groundhog and his prediction, follow Sam via @ShubenacadieSam or on Facebook. To plan a visit to the park on weekends, go to http://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca. -30-
Child care centres across the province are converting 570 spaces to support families with infants, toddlers and after school care, thanks to federal-provincial funding. Government announced today, April 19, it will help 51 centres and increased its support from $2 million to $2.7 million to meet the changing needs of communities. A new infant incentive, announced in March, will ensure the 144 new spaces for infants remain affordable. Centres will also convert 346 spaces for toddlers and 80 spaces for pre-primary wraparound care. “Families want child care options that are affordable, accessible and inclusive, and government is responding to that need in our communities,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We have increased our original investment to meet this demand and create more spaces for children and infants.” Child care centres are in a better financial position to support infant care as a result of the investment. “The first years of life are essential to the sound development, future well-being and learning progression of children,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “I am therefore very happy that investments from the early learning and child care bilateral agreement signed in January between the Government of Canada and Nova Scotia allow more kids to benefit from learning and child care services in a stimulating environment.” Allegro Child Care Centre in Halifax is one of the centres that will focus its grant on converting spaces for infants and toddlers. “After 20 years in business, I am grateful for this opportunity to meet the changing demands of our growing community,” said Marcia Nickerson, owner and operator of Allegro Child Care Centre. “We will be starting renovations next month while still maintaining our daily quality program. “We are so thankful to our current families for their support at this time, and look forward to contacting many new parents on our waitlist to let them know we have new spaces coming available.” Another centre in Cape Breton will also prioritize infant care. Kim MacPhee is the director of child care at the YMCA of Cape Breton. As a grant recipient, her centre will, for the first time, be in a position to offer infant care to families in Sydney. “The YMCA has long been committed to accessible, affordable and high-quality child care and this new space conversion grant will help us meet the child care needs of families with infants,” said Ms. MacPhee. “Our community is changing and we need to change along with it to ensure that family needs are being met. This funding will support the YMCA of Cape Breton in providing the youngest people in our community with a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate child care environment.” In January, the province signed a three-year, $35 million early learning and child care funding agreement with the Government of Canada. A portion of that funding has been designated to support this and other initiatives to grow the regulated child care sector for children, families and operators. Since signing the agreement, the province has changed Nova Scotia’s Child Care Subsidy Program to make regulated child care more accessible and affordable for more families and will invest an additional $6.9 million in 2018-19, to create up to 1,000 new regulated child care spaces for toddlers and infants in communities that need them most.
An independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Warren Reed, Ben Marston, Paul Vienneau, Jeremy MacDonald and Kelly McKenna v. Province of Nova Scotia will begin July 5 in Halifax. The complainants allege discrimination on the part of the Department of Environment for not enforcing what they view is a law requiring restaurant owners to have accessible washroom facilities if they have an outdoor patio for the summer. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Chocolate Lake, 250 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Halifax. Board chair Gail Gatchalian will oversee the inquiry. The chair has granted the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia intervenor status on this matter. The intervenor status grants the right to participate in the proceedings and provide comment on the legal issues being considered. -30-
New Delhi: Investment banker-turned politician Mahua Moitra, legislator from Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, delivered one of the most feisty speeches – not many thought of. During speaking on the Motion of Thanks for the President’s speech, Moitra attacked the ruling Modi-led NDA government with her maiden speech in the Lok Sabha and said, “All the signs of early fascism were visible in India today.”Giving a glimpse of her oratory skill, the eloquent speaker said, “You may say, acche din are here and the sun will never set on this Indian empire that this Government is seeking to build. But, then you are missing the signs. If you only would open your eyes, you would see that there are signs everywhere that this country is torn apart.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaBeginning her speech, she further congratulated the incumbent government on its resonant mandate. “It is the very nature of the overwhelmingness of this mandate that makes it necessary for us to be heard today, the voice of dissent to be heard today. Had the mandate been any less, there would have been a natural checks and balances woven into the narrative.” While concluding Moitra said that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum had put up a poster in its lobby in 2017 that highlighted the seven signs of early fascism. Moitra declared all these signs could be seen in India now. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMaking further attack, she said the Constitution was under threat and accused BJP MPs of thinking that the Sun will never set on the great Indian empire. Taking a dig on the NRC, the first time MP asserted, “Citizens are being thrown out of their homes and are being called illegal immigrants. People who have lived in this country for 50 years have to show a piece of paper to prove they are Indians. In a country where ministers cannot produce degrees to show that they graduated from college, you expect disposed poor people to show papers as proof that they belong to this country?” Referring the increasing numbers of criminal incidents across the country and the recent lynching in Jharkhand, the TMC Parliamentarian also mentioned, “There is resounding disdain for human rights that is permeating in every level of governance. There has been a ten-fold increase in the number of hate crimes between 2014 and 2019… The lynching of citizens in broad daylight is being condoned. From Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan last year to Mr Ansari in Jharkhand yesterday, the list is not stopping.” As the final of her seven warnings, Moitra also noted that there was “erosion of independence in the electoral system” and alleged that how the autonomous “Election Commission was used to transfer key officials. Rs 60,000 crore was spent in this election; 50 percent by one party, Rs 27,000 crore.”
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is in political hibernation after the announcement of Lok Sabha results. His father Mulayam Singh Yadav has not spoken on the party’s debacle or the end of its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other party leaders are also tight-lipped on these issues. But Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, has said that “Mayawati did not acknowledge the respect that we gave her.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Talking to a TV channel, she said: “Mayawati could not digest the respect that the Samajwadi Party gave her. According to the Vedas, it is said that those who cannot digest respect are the ones who cannot digest disrespect either.” Aparna further said that the decision to enter into an alliance with the BSP was taken by Akhilesh Yadav on his own. “Akhilesh Yadav can tell if he consulted anyone before formalising the alliance. I would not like to comment on whether Netaji (Mulayam) was happy with this decision or not,” she said. Aparna said that all Samajwadis would have to come together and introspect on the reasons behind the party’s performance in Lok Sabha elections. “The BJP has whipped up a huge wave in its favour and it should ring an alarm bell for the Samajwadi Party,” she said.
New Delhi: To enable small and medium businesses )SMBs) save critical time and cost of business operation, PC and printer major HP Inc on Wednesday introduced high-capacity “HP Neverstop Laser” printers in India. “HP Neverstop Laser 1000” series is available from Rs 15,846 (non-wireless) and Rs 17,236 (wireless) while “Neverstop Laser MFP 1200” series would cost Rs 22,057 (non-wireless) and Rs 23,460 (wireless). With the advantage of replacing the toner in 15 seconds and reducing common printing interruptions through innovations and digital integration, “HP Neverstop Laser” printer gives businesses a competitive edge, said the company. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “With breakthrough innovations like Laser Tank, we are helping businesses enjoy high quality laser printing at an affordable rate, and run their print-based workflows without interruption,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc. India. “Now, a larger number of customers can affordably take advantage of HP’s market leading laser printing technology, which has always stood for the highest levels of quality and durability,” Chandra added. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “HP Neverstop Laser” has a printing speed of 20 ppm (A4) with a sharper and bolder text quality. The cost per page starting at 29 paise per page (with the dual laser Toner reload kit) offers customers the opportunity to print with a mess free self reload experience. “As the market leader in Laser printers, we are strengthening our existing portfolio with this new Printer to cater to a wider gamut of customers,” added Leo Joseph, Senior Director, Printing Systems and Solutions, HP Inc. India. The key features include up to 5,000 pages without interruptions and print up to 5,000 pages right out of the box with virtually no interruptions-perfect for high-volume printing. The printers have options for mobile scanning, Wi-Fi Direct and printing with HP Smart App. The “HP Neverstop Laser” toner reload kit is available at Rs 849 (single Pack) and Rs 1,449 (double pack).
Gurugram: It took the courage of five girls of a government school in Manesar to highlight once again the lack of security faced by thousands of students in government schools of Gurugram.Five students of Government Girls Middle School, Manesar, have filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the court’s intervention in the issue related to the safety of students. The petition mentions that the school premises are used for non-educational purposes and multiple outlets operate out of the school compound. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast month, the girls had also sent a letter to the district education officer outlining their concerns. “A post office, primary health centre, panchayat Bhavan, Anganwadi, and a park run from the school premises. Under the pretext of accessing these public places, many anti-social elements also frequent the school which makes us feel unsafe and also disrupts our education,” stated the letter. The girls had requested the education officer to get the non-educational set-ups removed from the school premises. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter five girls approached the Punjab and Haryana high court against the alleged lack of security at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Manesar, Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram Amit Khatri on Saturday visited the school to check security arrangements. He later announced the installing of CCTV cameras which surprisingly was not there in the school. The incident of a class-II student being murdered in the washroom of the school in 2017 highlighted the concerns of the safety of children within the school premises. It seems that there are still many educational institutions especially those managed by the Government where the lackadaisical approach is compromising the security of the students. Co-incidentally at around the same time last year a class 11 student attacked his colleague with scissors after an altercation in Sohna. In most of the government schools, students can still be seen coming in and out of the school premises at their will. Moreover, despite the ban, most of the hawkers selling cigarettes have come around the area. There are also complaints that most of the liquore vending units have also set up their shops around the government to target the students. In a damming report that had come it was cited that 150 government schools in Gururgam do not possess the fore NOC.
Sonbhadra (UP): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday visited the Sonbhadra village where 10 tribals were shot dead over a land dispute, nearly a month after the UP administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur. Priyanka Gandhi covered the distance from Varanasi to Umbha village in Sonbhadra district, about 100 kilometres apart, by road, prompting Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma to say she was pulling off a “political stunt”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Shortly after arriving at the Varanasi airport this morning, she tweeted, “Today, I am going to Sonbhadra to meet the brothers-sisters and children of Umbha village, enquire about their well-being and to be part of their struggle.” “I had promised the members of affected families of Umbha village, who had come to meet me at Chunar Fort, that I will visit them,” she said. Later, the UP Congress tweeted photographs of her reaching the village, where armed men led by a former village pradhan had gunned down 10 Gond tribals when they resited an attempt to take control of the disputed land on July 17. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Congress leaders said she will talk to the villagers and get a first-hand account of the steps taken by the state government for their security in the aftermath of the shooting. Deputy Chief Minister Sharma, however, said Priyanka Gandhi should “repent” in Umbha. “The root cause of the Sonbhadra incident can be traced to the Congress. She should go there to repent (paschataap) the act of former Congress leaders. After so many days, when action has already been initiated into the incident, this is only a political stunt,” Sharma said. On July 21, four days after the shooting incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the area and he too had pinned the blame on the previous Congress dispensations for the land dispute, suggesting that it had been lingering on since 1952. After Adityanath’s visit, Priyanka Gandhi had said “acknowledging one’s duty is good”. Two days before the chief minister’s visit, she had tried to visit the village to meet the families of those affected by the shooting. On way to the adjoining district, authorities stopped her in Mirzapur from proceeding further as section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in the village then due to tension in the area. Her detention at the Chunar Fort triggered a standoff between her the state government. She spent the night at the fort and met the members of the tribal community the next day. Before being detained, she had met at a Varanasi hospital the families of those injured. Opposition parties had dubbed her detention as “undemocratic and unconstitutional”. Priyanka Gandhi had then said took a jibe at the chief minister over his visit, saying “acknowledging one’s duty is good”.
Kazan (Russia): India, projected to have the largest working population between 2022 and 2034, has called upon nations to join hands with it to leverage its skilled manpower, with an estimated 10 million youths entering the workforce per annum.India, with a strong 48-member contingent, is among the 63 countries participating in the world’s biggest international vocational skill competition — WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which is underway in the capital of Tatarstan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”As we know, India is a young nation in an ageing world with the median age of 27.6 years as compared to median age of above 40 in large parts of developed nations. India is also projected to be the region with the largest working population from 2022 till 2034. In view of this, skilling on global standards can ensure global mobility of highly skilled Indian workforce,” Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey said here. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe urged nations to come forward to encash this opportunity while attending the second edition of the Summit for Ministers, held in Kazan on the sidelines of the 45th WorldSkills Competition.Ministers from more than 40 countries participated in the summit and deliberated on the most advanced approaches to workforce training system excellence.Participants included Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Olga Vasilyeva, Minister of Education of the Russian Federation; Jos de Goey, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Chair of the Strategic Development Committee at WorldSkills International; Tang Tao, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, People’s Republic of China, amongst others. Pandey said India’s focus is on ensuring that its demographic dividend is appropriately skilled, and people are productively employed in decent work.”For India, this demographic dividend is a limited opportunity which will peak around year 2040 wherein it is estimated that there would be 46 dependents per 54 workers,” he said.Currently, India has more than 10 million youths entering the workforce every year, he said.”To provide access to quality skilling opportunities within a short time frame, India has adopted an accelerated modular competency-based programme of 200 to 600 hours duration. For enhancing the employability of youths coming out of these short-term programmes, it is envisaged to further skill them under an industry-led apprenticeship program. Youths directly entering the labour market are trained on in-house bridge courses by industry,” he said.At the same time, the minister said industry interface was equally important and one of the key strategies for skilling with scale, speed and standard is the focus on industry-led apprenticeship training.”A comprehensive set of legislative, policy and administrative reforms have been undertaken to create one of the most liberal and industry friendly interventions in apprenticeship.”The intent behind these interventions is to reduce the burden of compliance by moving towards self-certification, provide flexibility to industry in terms of hiring and training apprentices, creating a role for Industry Chambers to be third party aggregators and leveraging technology for process standardisation and simplification,” he said.A National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) was launched in August 2016 to extend financial benefits by the government to industries for taking up apprentices.Targeting high population of youths migrating overseas for good opportunities, the minister said the government has taken numerous initiatives to improve opportunities for decent overseas work and enhance the skills level of emigrating workforce.Detailing initiatives, he said these include a number of government-to-government (G2G) agreements focused on testing centres and joint skilling programmes.”A case study in point is the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) of Japan…Indian workers are now going to Japan under this programme due to a G2G agreement. This has also led to setting of several Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing at various locations in India,” the minister said.These G2G and other B2B partnerships have led to development of common standards aligned with countries like the UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan.”Our endeavour is to adopt World Skills as ‘Global Gold Standard’ across the apex institutions of the skilling ecosystem. We started the India Chapter of World Skills – India Skills Competition in 2016. This competition saw over 50,000 participants across 27 states and Union Territories, supported by over 100 corporates and academic institutions,” he said.He quoted a recent by a global consultancy firm in association with industry bodies in India, forecasting that across the Indian workforce in the next five years, 9 per cent would be deployed in new jobs that do not exist today, 37 per cent would be in jobs that have radically changed skill sets, and 54 per cent will fall under unchanged job category.He said as a result, skilling becomes critical, whether it is entry level skilling for persons in ‘Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)’ category, or finishing skills to improve employability of students graduating out of our educational institutions or upskilling or reskilling of current workforce.The Government of India is supporting IT industry body NASSCOM with an outreach target of 200 million youths in various colleges and employer locations. In addition, Centers of Excellence like the Indian Institute of Skills are focusing on the application of Industry 4.0 technologies in the manufacturing sector, he said.Stressing on the need for an effective partnership between the government, industry and academia, he said building such a three-way partnership is one of the key strategies of the government to ensure future-ready workforce.
Mumbai: The lenders to the bankrupt Jet Airways Monday made a presentation to the South American conglomerate Synergy Group, which has reportedly emerged as sole potential buyer of the airline, according to a source. After the August 10 deadline, Synergy Group Corp, which owns majority stake in Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings, had reportedly evinced interest in the airline, which had already received expressions of interest (EoIs) (which were subsequently withdrawn) from energy baron Anil Agarwal’s family trust-backed Volcan Investments, Russian Fund Treasury RA Partners and the Panama-based Avantulo Group. “The lenders of Jet Airways Monday made a presentation to the Synergy Group, which is likely to invest in the carrier. They shared information about the airline’s assets, manpower, liabilities, among others,” a source said.
Six stories in the news for Wednesday, July 5———REPORTS OF $10.5M PAYOUT TO OMAR KHADR SPARK FURYWord that the federal government has agreed to pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize to him to settle a lawsuit has sparked a furious and at times virulent reaction among those who see him as a terrorist killer. But those who see Khadr as an abused “child soldier” say the apparent settlement is overdue. The settlement has been confirmed by sources familiar with the deal.———TOP GENERAL SLAMS ACTIONS BY ARMED FORCES MEMBERS AT HALIFAX INCIDENTCanada’s top soldier has condemned the actions of a group of Armed Forces members who disrupted an Indigenous spiritual event in Halifax on Canada Day. The event was commemorating the suffering of Indigenous Peoples when five men carrying the old Canadian Red Ensign flag approached and sang “God Save the Queen.” Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, calls the incident “deplorable” and says the men will be removed from training and duties while the incident is investigated.———SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER AMBER ALERT IN SASKATCHEWANA suspect has been arrested after police in Prince Albert, Sask., issued an Amber Alert last evening after an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted. A little over an hour after the alert was issued, police said the girl had been found and is safe, but there was no word on whether she had suffered any injuries. Police later arrested Jared John Charles, 19, of St. Louis, Sask., but did not say what charges he may face.———FEDS TO EXPAND SCOPE OF $1.2 BILLION BUSINESS FUNDThe federal government is broadening the scope of its $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments to include companies from all industrial sectors. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will be in Hamilton later today to announce that Ottawa’s so-called strategic innovation fund will no longer be restricted to just a handful of sectors in Canada.———AUTO SALES IN CANADA DRIVE PAST THE ONE MILLION MARKERDespite slumping passenger car sales, more than one million new vehicles have been sold in Canada by the midway mark of the year for the first time. DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall car and light truck sales increased five per cent, with 1,039,068 vehicles moving off lots from January through June compared to the same time period last year. The market research firm says June auto sales also set a record, with 203,486 sales.———NEW CFL COMMISSIONER TO BE INTRODUCEDThe Canadian Football League will announce it’s new commissioner today at a news conference in Toronto. A league source tells The Canadian Press that Winnipeg native Randy Ambrosie will be named the league’s 14th commissioner, replacing Jeffrey Orridge, who stepped down last month. Ambrosie played nine years in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup in his final season with the Eskimos in 1993.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Queen Elizabeth at her official residence in Scotland for a private audience.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release a report on the rental market.— Court appearance in Regina for a 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing Hannah Leflar when they were both 16.— The producers of “Corner Gas” and the Town of Rouleau, Sask., launch the Dog River Walking Tour.