As it relates to youth programmes and training initiatives, Mr. Sweeney informed that “we identified a strong youthful population there, especially within the age range of 15 to 24 years, and a number of youth within the community need to be attached to programmes, whether secondary school, vocational, tertiary, internships and jobs”. Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says effective implementation of community-redevelopment, citizen-security and public-safety initiatives can significantly transform vulnerable and volatile communities. Mr. Sweeney said the objective of the interventions is to effect change and provide relief to residents. He said the services being delivered will empower people to solve their own problems and, ultimately, uplift their community. Story Highlights Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says effective implementation of community-redevelopment, citizen-security and public-safety initiatives can significantly transform vulnerable and volatile communities.Speaking in a recent JIS ‘Issues and Answers’ interview, Mr. Sweeney pointed out that communities have already been benefiting from social-intervention activities and engagements being undertaken by various government agencies as a means of effecting positive changes.He said that through the work of the committee, the agencies that are operating in these volatile areas every day “will now have a coordinated approach in providing the intervention that is needed, whether through work on the physical environment, skills and educational development or social services”.Mr. Sweeney told JIS News that the social-intervention activities being implemented in Mount Salem in St. James, where the first ZOSO is in effect, are expected to serve as the blueprint for similar activities in other areas.He noted that three major areas of focus were identified for Mount Salem. These are enhancement of the physical environment, youth engagement programmes and civil registration.In terms of the physical environment, he outlined that initiatives are focused on sanitation, solid-waste removal, utility regularisation, bushing, improving road conditions and street lighting for public safety.As it relates to youth programmes and training initiatives, Mr. Sweeney informed that “we identified a strong youthful population there, especially within the age range of 15 to 24 years, and a number of youth within the community need to be attached to programmes, whether secondary school, vocational, tertiary, internships and jobs”.He said that “once we put them in the programme and they have matriculated out of the programme, we say to these entities and employers that we are the reference; I know where this person lives… I know where they come from… I know what they have been trained in”.Mr. Sweeney added that with this approach, the youth will develop trust and confidence in the system, knowing that their address will not be an inhibitor after they have invested their time and effort in a training programme.In addition, he noted, they would have seen others in the community getting sustainable jobs and engagements after they have gone through these State-provided programmes.In terms of civil registration, some of these services were delivered at a two-day community fair, where a number of entities were on hand to process important documents for residents, who also benefited from free medical and dental checks.The entities included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Ministry of National Security and its agencies.“So, it was about processing birth certificates, passports, voter’s identification, driver’s licence to ensure that persons have proper identification. If we know who you are, if we know your demographics, your personal situation, then we can better serve you and mobilise the type of agencies, or direct you to them,” the Deputy Chairman reasoned.Mr. Sweeney said the objective of the interventions is to effect change and provide relief to residents. He said the services being delivered will empower people to solve their own problems and, ultimately, uplift their community.“When you leave a community such as Mount Salem, you want to return and see the community almost empty in the daytime because those people are at jobs, there is good infrastructure, there is social cohesion within the community and there are no zinc-fence structures, but (instead) lines of visibility where you can interact from your home to the street,” Mr. Sweeney noted.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues related to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development.This is in keeping with the clear, hold-and-build strategy aimed at containing crime while safeguarding the rights of citizens and promoting sustainable community development.
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zoom ACM Shipping and Braemar Shipping Services announced today that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended merger pursuant to which Braemar will acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of ACM.Under the terms of the merger, ACM Shareholders will be entitled to receive two New Ordinary Shares and 250 pence in cash for every five ACM Ordinary Shares, resulting in ACM Shareholders owning 28 per cent and Braemar Shareholders owning 72 per cent of the Enlarged Share Capital.The two companies believe that the merger will create a strong shipping services group, in particular benefiting as follows: The Braemar Group’s and the ACM Group’s respective shipbroking teams, making the enlarged group more attractive to clients, employees and investors. Following completion of the merger, the enlarged group will comprise 1,026 employees in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East of which 426 employees will be in the shipbroking division. The enlarged group is expected to deliver earnings per share enhancement in the first full financial year following the merger, along with strong balance sheet and cashflow generation.Following the merger becoming effective, Braemar and ACM intend to merge their business operations into a single unified business, under a unified board structure and senior management team.The merged shipbroking business will have roughly 420 brokers worldwide and be branded as Braemar ACM.The enlarged company will probably retain a Premium Listing on the London Stock Exchange and the admission to trading on AIM of the ACM ordinary shares will be cancelled.Johnny Plumbe, Executive Chairman of ACM, said:“Since becoming a public company in 2006, ACM has successfully developed and grown its business. The merger with Braemar provides a unique opportunity to create a global, diversified shipping services group, with a significant combined shipbroking division which we expect will be a strong engine for future earnings growth. Our committed management and broking teams will complement those at Braemar, enabling a successful integration for the benefit of our clients, employees and shareholders.”Commenting on the merger, Sir Graham Hearne CBE, Chairman of Braemar, added:” We will be able to improve our market coverage and the services we offer to our clients. This will consolidate and strengthen our position as a leading player in the shipbroking and shipping services markets.”Press Release, May 20, 2014
zoom The Administracao dos Portos do Douro e Leixoes (APDL), the Port Authority for the Port of Leixões, has contracted ADELTE to handle the design, manufacture and installation of an innovative, HYDRA-model boarding bridge (SPBB).ADELTE SPBBConsisting of two tunnels, each measuring 26 meters in length and with a docking cabin capable of serving mega cruise ships at dock level, the first SPBB in the port of Leixões will be able to service vessels up to 300m in length by the end of 2014.An interesting design feature of the new HYDRA is that a mobile access ramp can be coupled directly to the connecting module of the bridge.This new fully custom-designed SPBB will include technology patented by ADELTE, ensuring optimum operating efficiency and total comfort and safety for passengers, including those with reduced mobility.The most recent project with a HYDRA boarding bridge was delivered this May to Costa Crociere for their new terminal in the Italian Port of Savona.The port of Leixões, beside the city of Porto, wants to boost its cruise passenger activity and is currently building new infrastructure which include a new terminal, a 340-meter dock, and a marina.June 24, 2014
zoom Taming a giant is not an easy task, especially if the giant is a huge steel structure. Maersk’s containerships fall just within the steel giant category. It takes extremely tough ropes to hold them down. World Maritime News Staff, September 09, 2014; Image credit: Maersk
zoom Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business has, in the first nine months of 2014, exceeded sales volumes of marine fuels by 32 percent year-on-year, reaching 3.1 million tonnes. Direct-to-vessel sales were at 2.5 million tonnes, some 48 percent up on last year’s figures.Gazpromneft says that these results have been achieved by strengthening collaboration with existing customers, as well as gaining new ones, and by growing the number of vessel calls at ports operated by the company.Sales at ports in the Russian Far East, at which maritime traffic is currently showing rapid development, have seen Gazpromneft Marine Bunker achieve direct-to-vessel sales of more than 757,000 tonnes of marine fuels in the first nine months of 2014 — exceeding last year’s levels by almost two-fold.Gazpromneft Marine Bunker conducts bunkering operations at 19 sea and 13 river ports throughout Russia, as well as at Europe’s international ports — including Tallinn, Riga, and Constanta.Gazpromneft Marine Bunker CEO Andrey Vasiliev, said: “A broad geographical range, ownership of our own bunkering fleet and various terminal assets, high service standards, and direct contracts with the most significant consumers of marine fuels — it’s precisely these advantages that mean our company can be confident of maintaining its leadership of the Russian market. In the long term we plan to more than double the size of the fleet. We are also lining up investment in the modernisation of our terminal complexes. Next year will see the introduction of stringent fuel in Emission Control Areas, which will increase demand for low-sulphur fuel. To that end, we are focusing on the development of a new market sector in LNG bunkering, aiming to secure a foothold in this sector by 2025.”
Print Close zoom Thirteen people are reported missing after a cargo ship sank off Taiwan on Monday and are feared dead.The ship, identified as Zhenhe 168, went down off Tiawan’s Xiquan Island around 5 a.m. Monday, Xinhua news agency informs.The sinking was reported by the owner of the boat 12 hours later, according to local maritime authorities.Search and rescue operation has been launched comprising of two patrol ships and a helicopter and is now in its second day, but there have been no signs of the crew.The wreckage has been found on Monday, Xhinhua reports.The cause of the incident is being investigated. My location World Maritime News Staff; Image: Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom The new president of Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) Tadaaki Naito has called for a more prudent and rational approach to investment in the upcoming period to avoid unnecessary risk-taking.“I believe that it is important to calmly and prudently verify in our investment decision-making process that we are fully in control of business profitability, or in other words, that we are not excessively dependent on factors outside our control. It is also important that we take a rational approach to necessary risk-taking after carefully considering this balance,” Naito, who took office today, said in his inaugural speech.However, as the shipping and logistics industries, including ocean transport, are promising growth, Naito believes that the growth needs, in Asian emerging markets especially, should be carefully considered but not completely ruled out. “We must have sound management decision-making to cement the long-term stability of our business, and a proactively bold approach to high-growth businesses. Both of these are important and have been handed down to us as part of the DNA synthesized throughout the long and unbroken history of the NYK Group,” he added.NYK has transformed its business substantially over the recent period by becoming a diverse logistics company, and, according to Naito, strengthening of the company’s diversification strategy should be resumed.“In terms of considering the sustainable development of the group going forward, I think there are many important key expressions, and one of these is human resources development. Our medium-level section and team leaders who are involved in day-to-day operations and directly responsible for projects are particularly important players on the front lines. I am very keen to consider human resources initiatives to maximise the abilities of these key people. In addition, we must consider safety, stability, and reliability to be invaluable essentials required for our business,” Naito concluded.
zoom Robust tanker demand has propelled Euronav’s financial results for the first quarter of 2016 to a net profit of USD 113.5 million against USD 80.8 million recorded in the same period last year.According to Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, this was the strongest first quarter for eight years and a robust start to the second quarter with freight rates higher year-on-year.“Demand continues to expand stimulated by a “lower for longer” oil price. The current vessel supply outlook is manageable consistent with our thesis that restricted access to finance is emerging as a barrier to entry, evidenced by virtually no new large tanker orders during the first quarter,” he said.Antwerp-based tanker company repeated its commitment to distributing 80% of net income to shareholders, adding that the company believes that the outlook is positive and sustainable for Euronav and the tanker sector.The argument is built on the fact that the oil price continues to stimulate demand to levels which should enable the increase in vessel supply to be adequately absorbed going forward. This is coupled with elevated levels of oil production which are likely to remain above demand even with an agreed output freeze, the company said.Finally, Euronav expects that low ordering of VLCC and Suezmax should prevent an oversupply of tonnage in the years to come.So far in the second quarter of 2016 the Euronav VLCC fleet operated in the Tankers International Pool has earned about USD 59,342 per day and 43% of the available days have been fixed. Euronav’s Suezmaxes trading on the spot market have earned about USD 32,595 per day on average with 41.5% of the available days fixed for the second quarter of 2016.During the quarter, Euronav took delivery of the second and third vessels of the four VLCCs which were acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts- the VLCC Alice and VLCC Alex. In May 2016 Euronav is scheduled to take delivery of the fourth and last vessel – the VLCC Anne.
zoom Shipping companies from the Ocean Alliance have encountered another hurdle as the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) asked for more information before giving its approval for the process.Namely, FMC’s Request for Additional Information (RFAI) “stops the clock” on the Ocean Alliance agreement, which was filed on July 15, until such time as the filing parties answer the questions proposed in the RFAI.Once the questions are answered and filed with the Commission, a new 45-day clock commences, FMC said, adding that the agreement would have become effective on August 29, 2016, absent Commission action.The proposed alliance, which consists of the French shipping company CMA CGM, China’s COSCO Shipping, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Taiwanese Evergreen, is looking to deploy increased ocean carrier services from Asia to the US East and Gulf Coast ports starting from April 2017.The carriers earlier said that they would transition from their former alliances in or about March 2017 and, subject to regulatory approval, begin full operation by April.
zoom Azerbaijan’s Baku International Sea Trade Port (Port of Baku) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) at the fourth meeting of Bulgarian – Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Baku on September 29, 2016.The duo agreed on enhanced cooperation and exchange of experience between the Port of Baku and ports of Varna and Burgas.Port of Baku is said to be an important participant of both East-West and North-South corridors which are in the interest of Bulgaria in terms of having an access to Central Asia.In 2015, the Joint Committee of Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor was established between the Port of Baku, the Port of Aktau in Kazakhstan, and the Sea Port Poti in Georgia. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to attract extra cargo carried via the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor. In January 2016, Ukraine also joined to the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor.In addition, the Port of Baku inked Memoranda of Understanding with Antwerp, Panama, Aktau and Poti ports in the past years.
zoom Polish Port of Gdansk’s Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) concluded 2016 with an operational result at the level of 1.3 million TEUs, representing a record in the history of the terminal. The record number of containers was driven by a number of factors, including the growing need for directs calls of oceanic container vessels in the Baltic, as well as the visible growth of cargo targeted at Eastern and Central Europe markets.Already in October 2016 the number of containers exceeded the overall result of 1.06 million TEUs seen in 2015, as the second berth at the Gdansk’s DCT was officially opened.Expanding the country’s sole deep-sea terminal to become the largest container hub in the Baltic Sea, Terminal 2 (T2) can accommodate ultra-large vessels of the capacity exceeding 18,000 TEUs which will enter the Baltic Sea through the Danish Straits, the company said earlier.The new 650-meter-long and 17-meter-deep quay doubled DCT’s annual handling capacity from 1.5 million to 3 million TEUs.“With the opening of Terminal 2, we now have the prospect to take it to the next level – use this potential and double in size. DCT Gdansk has proven itself a game-changer for the Baltic, opening the market to direct calls from Asia and providing access for Polish importers and exporters as well as enhanced transshipment access across the Baltic for the Shipping Lines. Our challenge now is to attract new services and to push further into central Europe, whilst retaining and consolidating our position with our existing customers,” Cameron Thorpe, CEO of Gdansk, said.
zoom Germany’s travel agency and cruise ship operator Phoenix Reisen has extended a charter for MS Deutschland, a 1998-built cruise vessel.As informed, the 22,496 gross ton ship will stay in the company’s fleet until at least 2025.In addition, the charter contract for the upcoming summer season remains in force with this Bonn-based company.“We are happy that we can continue to offer the ship to our guests and that the future of the favorite dream ship is secured,” Benjamin Krumpen, CEO of Phoenix Reisen, commented.Built at HDW shipyard in Kiel, the vessel was sold to Delos Cruise in January, Phoenix Reisen said.MS Deutschland has also been chartered to student organization Semester at Sea during winter. Phoenix Reisen informed that the organization remains the second charterer of the vessel.During winter, the ship sails under its alternate name World Odyssey, transporting Semester at Sea students. During summer, it works for Phoenix Reisen under the name MS Deutschland.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Greece-based Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services from Geneva for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the M/V New Orleans.As informed, the gross charter rate for the 180,960 dwt ship is USD 21,000 per day for a period of minimum eleven to maximum thirteen months.The charter is expected to commence on March 25, 2018.The 2015-built Capesize bulker is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 11,250 per day.“This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 6.93 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter,” according to Diana Shipping.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 50 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 5.8 million dwt and a weighted average age of 8.58 years.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish ferry and logistics company DFDS has entered into an agreement to sell a 1997-built combined freight and passenger ferry (RoPax).The 21,856 GT Liverpool Seaways will be bought by French shipping company La Meridionale.DFDS said the sale is expected to be completed in April 2020 with proceeds of around DKK 200 million (USD 29.5 million).As informed, the ferry is scheduled to be delivered to the new owner in April 2020.Liverpool Seaways is currently deployed in DFDS’ Baltic route network and is planned to be replaced by a ferry from DFDS’ existing fleet.According to DFDS, an accounting profit of around DKK 100 million will be recorded under special items. The sale has no material impact on the company’s outlook for 2019.In the second quarter of 2019, DFDS’ revenue and EBITDA increased by 9% and 4%, respectively. The growth was mainly driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and higher passenger revenue.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont and Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief have signed an agreement finalizinghow the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be delivered inNova Scotia. The agreement will provide $12.6 million over fiveyears for new programs in the areas of food safety and quality,the environment, renewal and science and innovation. Business risk management programs, designed to help producersmanage and protect income, will be funded based on demand withdollars over and above the $12.6 million. The two governmentswill also supply an additional $7.6 million over three years tosupport the transition from existing programs to the new set ofprograms. All funding is cost-shared based on a 60/40 federal-provincial ratio. “The agriculture industry constantly faces a number ofchallenges,” said Mr. D’Entremont. “This program will addressmany of these challenges and provide a framework to build oninnovation and increase the province’s competitive position.” “This agreement provides stable funding for Nova Scotia farmersand will help them prepare for the future,” said Mr. Vanclief.”The APF is the first long-term, comprehensive strategy foragriculture in Canada and its planning and design has been a longroad. We have now reached the point where we can see the APF inaction.” Full details on APF programs in Nova Scotia will be announced incoming months. The implementation agreement signed today, Sept.9, sets out general rules and guidelines for how these newprograms will be delivered and officially allocates federal andprovincial funds to APF programs. The funding breaks down asfollows:– $5.6 million for environmental farm planning programs;– $2 million for food safety and quality programs;– $4.2 million for renewal programs to support producers inareas such as business management and to help new farmers enterthe field;– $750,000 for science and innovation programs to help withissues like human resources and strategic planning for researchwork; and– funding for business risk management programs — the CanadianAgriculture Income Stabilization Program (CAISP) and productioninsurance — will be based on demand. The APF is designed to help make Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry the supplier of choice at home and abroad. It willhelp Canadian agriculture maximize new opportunitiesinternationally by safeguarding and enhancing the food safety andquality system in Canada through science and environmentallysound agricultural practices. In keeping with this, federal and provincial governments are alsodelivering on an APF international strategy, which includesincreased marketing efforts in target areas. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Ministers Launch New Generation ofPrograms for Nova Scotia Farmers
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR -New Guidelines Proposed For Water Haulers Public safety is highlighted in new management controls beingproposed for water haulers in Nova Scotia. Nova ScotiaEnvironment and Labour released draft guidelines for registeredwater haulers today, June 21. “The water haulers association asked us to establish standardsfor the equipment and the sources from which the water is taken,”said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. “We agreedthat these are appropriate actions to ensure public confidence inour drinking water supplies.” Although there are abundant groundwater supplies in Nova Scotia,some wells occasionally run dry and need to be filled by a waterhauler. Some large commercial facilities also depend onreservoirs that are refilled by water haulers. Mr. Morash said the water hauling industry has asked for tightercontrols on operators, too. “We’re proposing to require waterhaulers to hold a certificate of qualification,” he explained.”The certificate will carry an obligation to follow strictprocedures to ensure the water and the equipment that carries itare safe.” Nova Scotians wishing to review the proposed guidelines andregulation changes can do so through the Environment and Labourwebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/. Consultation material is alsoavailable by calling 1-800-567-7544. The deadline for comments isFriday, July 23.
The province issued a call for proposals today, Dec. 13, toexplore and develop the Donkin coal resource block within theSydney coalfield. “This coalfield is the largest coal resource in Eastern Canadaand, as such, is important to Cape Breton and Nova Scotia’seconomy,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister of Energy on behalf ofRichard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. “It isimperative that it is mined responsibly by a company withsignificant technical management and financial resources.” The successful bidder will be provided the exclusive right toapply for a mineral lease for the coal resource as outlined inthe call for proposals. The lessee will be subject to the laws ofNova Scotia and will be required to obtain all necessaryenvironmental approvals before mining begins. “We made a commitment to the people of Nova Scotia in our energystrategy that we would develop these resources in a responsibleway,” said Mr. Clarke. “And that’s what we’re doing.” The province engaged Pincock, Allen and Holt, an internationallyrespected mining engineering consulting company, to help thedepartment prepare the evaluation criteria, evaluate proposalsand make recommendations regarding the successful bidder. The call for proposals and background on the Donkin coal resourceblock can be accessed on the website athttp://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/donkin .
A campaign that helps Nova Scotians better understand the front-line work being undertaken by health-care providers has earned the province a prestigious communications award. Communications Nova Scotia and the Department of Health received a Gemstone Award for its Primary Health Care Campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Canadian Public Relations Society’s celebration of the best in provincial communications strategies, materials and campaigns. Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s leaders in primary health care — a fact that was highlighted in the campaign DVD, brochure, fact sheets and a new updated website. The campaign, led by communications advisor Tina Thibeau and in conjunction with Communications Nova Scotia, was designed to help Nova Scotians understand that health care is not just about being admitted to a hospital. Primary health care happens when people meet with a public health nurse to talk about blood pressure, get flu shots at the local health clinic or when they visit a family doctor. The campaign materials are now being used throughout Nova Scotia’s health-care system as an educational tool. “We were pleased to see our campaign on primary health care win,” said Laura Lee Langley, assistant deputy minister of Communications Nova Scotia. “Our staff took a topic that’s challenging to convey and helped make it understandable.”
Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road The West North River Road Overpass, over Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, July 29. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership today (Feb. 24) that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today’s labour market needs. Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program. Mountain Equipment Co-op, a member of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, hosted the event, which was broadcast live via a government webcast. The Target 100 program is designed to recruit, train and employ 100 Department of Community Services’ clients over the next two to three years for jobs at co-op businesses around the province. “Target 100 connects real people with real jobs in their community, and not just any jobs, but good jobs with benefits, profit sharing and opportunities for advancement,” said Premier Dexter. “These are the kind of jobs that will enable struggling Nova Scotians to raise their families and build a life.” The co-op council said that, over the next few years, it will have hundreds of vacant positions to fill. It makes sense to work with Community Services, which shares the same values, to fill the positions, said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Both the co-op council and Community Services operate on values of self-help, social responsibility and caring for others,” Ms. Peterson-Rafuse said. “Target 100 allows us to work together to support the healthy productive people and communities we believe in.” “This is the best kind of partnership, one where everybody wins,” said Dianne Kelderman, chief executive officer of the council. “It is a win for the co-ops looking for employees, a win for Community Services in its efforts to provide people in need with opportunities to become independent and, most importantly, a win for those who find not just a job, but a career.” Potential positions vary from customer service to marketing, management, skilled trades and administrative. Salaries will start at $10.50 to $15.50 an hour. Jobs will also come with medical and dental benefits, pensions, co-op shares, training and the opportunity for loans at reduced rates. This initiative is in line with Nova Scotia’s ongoing Poverty Reduction Strategy that was put in place in 2009. The strategy highlights the need for people to find work and be rewarded for it. FOR BROADCAST USE The provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership today (February 24th) that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today’s labour market needs. Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program, which is designed to recruit, train and employ Department of Community Services’ clients over the next couple of years for jobs at co-op businesses around the province. -30-