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Women working in science, trades and technology will be the focus of two celebrations for International Women’s Day in Halifax Regional Municipality and in Bridgewater. On March 8, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Nova Scotia Community College celebrations will highlight Techsploration and Women Unlimited, programs that encourage women to enter trades and technology. “Women make an important contribution to our province’s prosperity, whether they work at paid or unpaid jobs,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “And today, we’re focusing on women in trades and technology, who are paving exciting career paths for women in Nova Scotia.” Women make up nearly half of the workforce in the province. However, less than five per cent of women work in trades and about 16 per cent in technology occupations in Nova Scotia, despite good job security and pay. Emily Swim, Jamie Patriquin and Tiffany Cotter are three women studying to work in those fields. They are the only women in the Natural Resources Operations program at NSCC’s Lunenburg campus in Bridgewater. “We are all very proud of our accomplishments,” said Ms. Patriquin. “There were times when our male classmates expected us to fail, but as soon as they realized we could operate a chainsaw as well as the rest, we gained instant respect. I expect it will be the same when we begin our working careers.” Industries that rely on tradespeople and technological workers are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers that will worsen over the next decade. The aging of the trades and technology workforces will have a significant impact; for example 35 per cent of construction workers are older than 45. Several solutions may be needed. Women in all their diversity are a source of talent for employers. Women’s employment in trades and technology is growing as they begin to receive the kinds of encouragement men receive. Techsploration and Women Unlimited both work to improve the numbers of women in these fields. Techsploration, a partnership of the Department of Education, NSCC and Women in Trades and Technology Nova Scotia (WITTNS), is designed to attract students to these fields. It has expanded across the province, with other provinces and countries looking to replicate its success. Women Unlimited is a fairly new concept in Nova Scotia that supports women and helps address the barriers they face trying to enter the trades and technology fields. The WEE Society (Women’s Economic Equality) and the Hypatia Association developed the three-year program with support from Nova Scotia Community College and the federal and provincial governments, including the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Hypatia Association works with employers to ensure that workplaces are welcoming to women. Women Unlimited is being tested at the Lunenburg and Institute of Technology campuses of Nova Scotia Community College.
Amal Perera and Nadeemal Perera had been arrested at a Dubai hotel recently together with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush. (Colombo Gazette) Singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal Perera, who were hopeful of being released today, have been ordered to be further remanded by a court in Dubai.Lawyers appearing for Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal Perera said that they have been further remanded by a month.