Program Changes Support a More Diverse Inclusive Workforce

Government is helping more Nova Scotians who are underrepresented in the workforce upgrade their skills and become job ready. The Skills Development Program is changing to provide quicker access to training for these unemployed Nova Scotians looking for a job. “It is important that our workforce represents our province’s diverse population,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We are taking action to help reduce barriers and connect more Nova Scotians to opportunities in our growing, innovative and inclusive economy. This is part of building the kind of province we all want to be part of.” The program helps unemployed Nova Scotians who are having trouble getting a job and needing to develop new skills. Individuals work with a career practitioner on a career plan and receive funding for training through adult learning programs and post-secondary education. Currently, Nova Scotians must have been working or looking for work for three years to be eligible for this support. Individuals who self-identify as one or more of the following groups are now eligible after just two years: “With the growing need for skilled labour in Nova Scotia, it is important to invest in Nova Scotians who are underrepresented and those furthest away from the labour market,” said Rebekah Skeete, director, YMCA Greater Halifax. “As a result of this pilot more underrepresented youth, single parents who had to take time off to raise their children and African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities may become eligible.” For more information about the program and a full list of eligibility criteria, visit . To speak with a career practitioner, visit a Nova Scotia Works centre . Indigenous Peoples African Nova Scotians visible minorities persons with disabilities recent immigrants read more

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Additional Resources: For information on how to prepare for a hurricane and regular updates visit and .Power outages should be reported to Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004. The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to take steps to help minimize risk of property and personal damage from a hurricane or tropical storm. Strong winds, heavy rains and storm and power surges can cause significant damage. All Nova Scotians are asked to prepare in advance and monitor local weather forecasts this weekend. The basic checklist includes: EMO is working with Environment Canada and partners on the approaching storm, gathering municipal information, identifying possible local risk areas and conducting information sessions with provincial and municipal emergency management officers and co-ordinators. enough food and water for 72 hours monitoring local media outlets for updates securing gates, doors and windows moving yard furniture and securing trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by wind checking radio batteries filling vehicles with gas and parking them away from trees keeping pets inside moving any type of watercraft to high ground ensure the safety of you and your family check on neighbours if the power has gone out, do not leave candles unattended -30- read more

KL Rahul the hero as Kings XI Punjab remain unbeaten at

Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul added 114 for the second wicket (BCCI)Kings XI Punjab 151 for 4 (Rahul 71*, Agarwal 55, Sandeep 2-21) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 150 for 4 (Warner 70*, Ashwin 1-30) by six wicketsKL Rahul’s third fifty in four matches helped Kings XI Punjab secure a last-over win with a ball to spare. This allowed the hosts to remain unbeaten at home in IPL 2019.A last-over finish seemed far-fetched when Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 114 for the second wicket. Then Kings XI stumbled, with the chase hinging on Rahul as they needed six off three balls. Was the botched chase in Chennai on his mind? It may have been, but it didn’t show. He drilled a full delivery from Mohammad Nabi to the long-off boundary.Then with two needed off two, David Warner, who swooped in from long-on slipped under heavy dew to allow Rahul and Sam Curran to complete the second and clinch victory, much to the relief of the team management.How exactly did the Sunrisers Hyderabad make a fist of this? Courtesy Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, who come from Punjab and play all their cricket here. The pair claimed the wickets of Agarwal, David Miller and Mandeep Singh to nearly pull off a stunner. This meant David Warner’s unbeaten 70 went in vain. (Cricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: Gayle’s blazing ton, hands Sunrisers first lossApril 19, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Shakib, Rashid star as Sunrisers defend another low totalApril 26, 2018In “Sports”IPL: KL Rahul unbeaten, but Royals beat rest of Kings XIMay 8, 2018In “Sports” read more