Halifax to Host Women in Nontraditional Careers National Conference

first_imgLarge-scale projects such as shipbuilding and offshore exploration will bring a large demand for skilled workers and a boom in opportunities for women in non-traditional careers. Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, along with Nan Armour, chair of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT), and industry representatives, officially launched the CCWESTT conference at Irving Shipbuilding, today, Jan. 27. “We are thrilled to host this national conference,” said Ms. More. “We are committed to increasing the participation of women in science, engineering, trades and technology. To accomplish this, we have to work in partnership with industry, educational institutions, community organizations and unions to provide opportunities for women in non-traditional careers. This is yet another example of jobsHere, our plan to create good jobs and grow the economy, in action.” The biennial conference, which will take place in Halifax for the first time May 3-5, will attract more than 300 participants from across Canada. “The theme for the conference is Inspiring a SeaChange … Moving Forward Together,” said Ms. Armour. “Although we are making progress, there are many barriers facing women in these non-traditional careers. Having the conference here in Halifax provides women and employers with a wonderful opportunity to work together to remove these barriers and help women to fully participate in jobs such as trades and engineering. “It will also enable employers to address skills shortages in these fields.” “I am confident that, together with our partners, we can move forward so that girls and women can choose to have a viable and accessible career in science, engineering, trades and technology,” said Ms. More. For more information on the CCWESTT conference, visit www.ccwestt2012.ca.last_img read more

Mattala Airport to reopen to bring Chinese planes

“There are so many Chinese companies which have come to Sri Lanka. There are a number of Chinese hotels too. And the Chinese traffic to Sri Lanka has increased over the last couple of years.”China has become the biggest source of tourists to Sri Lanka in recent months, and the new government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is now doing more to attract a larger crowd. Hotels are being prepared with more facilities for tourists and safety of the travelers is also being ensured.However, Amaratunga said that there was room for further expansion in improving facilities and the government was aiming to do so. The minister also dismissed recent reports stating that Chinese travelers spent less money in the island nation than western tourists, adding that Chinese travelers were one of the leading sources of foreign exchange in the island nation.With Sri Lanka’s tourism industry once being heavily scarred by civil conflict, the government is now aiming to attract more than 2.5 million tourists by 2016 and is set to launch fresh campaigns in many parts of the world.“If all our programs go as planned I think we can go well above the 2.5 million mark, as we have mended our ties with the international community,” Amaratunga said. (Colombo Gazette) “Firstly, we are trying to open the Mattala Airport and make it more feasible for Chinese planes to land and bring in more chartered planes from China,” Amaratunga told Xinhua in an exclusive interview. “We are also addressing the safety issue of our tourists as we have received a lot of complaints of harassment, especially in the beach bound areas. We have to control that. This government is very keen to ensure the safety of all our tourists who are arriving in Sri Lanka.”The government which was sworn into power after the ruling United National Party won the parliamentary election last month will also launch fresh advertising campaigns in China this year.The government has remained firm that China would not be neglected and would continue to remain amongst its “priority markets.” Tourism Minister John Amaratunga has said the Government hopes to reopen the Mattala Airport and make it more feasible for Chinese planes to land.He said that Sri Lanka is aiming to become the best tourist hub in South East Asia and will look to attract more than 2.5 million tourists by 2016,. Amaratunga who was sworn into Sri Lanka’s national government last week, said that Sri Lanka was looking at expanding its tourist arrivals, especially from China and would make the island nation more tourist oriented. Mattala Rajapakse Airport is situated on the country’s southern coast of Hambantota and is the country’s second-largest international airport.“We are giving the fullest encouragement to the Chinese government and the Chinese people to come and visit Sri Lanka. And we want to assure and ensure their safety,” the minister said. “We have to get more oriented with the Chinese language. We must also have Chinese menus in the smaller places because when tourists arrive here they would not want to be confined only to the five star hotels,” he said. read more